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Judge Dredd The Pit Kindle Edition
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The events here are more personal in scale than the typical lunatic high-bodycount Dredd stories, with a solid cast of well-written supporting characters adding depth and dimension to the story. The reader's newfound emotional investment in the normally-faceless supporting Judges pays off in a slaughterhouse of a climax where you find yourself rooting for all of these likeable jackbooted fascists.
My copy from Amazon was marred by some weird printing side-effect where the pages were mottled with some weird sepia-coloured dusty stuff. This wiped off easily enough leaving the clean, beautifully reproduced art looking great, but doing it for 200-odd pages got rather annoying. Also, be aware that the Kevin Walker cover shown above is not the one on the front of the book.
I've been trying to reason why that is. What is it about this long story arc that attracts me to reread it so often? I think its because just as Sector 301, where the story is set, is a microcosm of Mega City 1, so The Pit is a microcosm of the many years of Judge Dredd stories. It has everything in one volumn, the good, the bad and the ugly of Mega City 1. Also, and this I feel is probably the real reason for its longlevity is the supporting cast of Judges, most of whom are so well designed and rounded that they reappear from that point on right up to the present day. DeMarco, Guthrie, Niles, Buell, all excellent characters in their own right and who, would you believe, seem to hold their own even when standing chin to chin with Dredd himself.
The story, as you would imagine from the man who helped create Dredd in the first place, is excellent. Sending Dredd into an isolated Sector full of crime, corruption and underperforming Judges was just a stroke of genius. Dredd starts kicking butt right away, both Judge and criminal, and the story ends with an all out war against crime which the Judges HAVE to win.
My wife, who knows nothing about Dredd other than watching the newest film with me, found my copy of The Pit sitting on the bedside table and picked it up out of curiosity ... she didn't put it down again until she had finished reading it, and she enjoyed every second. That right there I think possibly says it all.
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Recommend it to any dredd fan.