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Judge Dredd: America Paperback – 15 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rebellion/2000AD (15 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905437587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905437580
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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About the Author

John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, he co-created Judge Dredd, as well as Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter and a host of other 2000 AD mainstays, including the critically-acclaimed Button Man. Incredibly prolific throughout his career, and writing under a diversity of pen names -- often in concert with Alan Grant, with whom he devised and developed 2000 AD's sister comic, the Judge Dredd Megazine -- Wagner has worked extensively beyond the Thargian universe, originating and editing a number of British periodicals as well as writing many American standards, including Batman, The Punisher, Lobo and Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett. His Paradox Press graphic novel A History of Violence has recently been made into a film by David Cronenberg. Frazer Irving is without question one of 2000AD's brightest new stars. His distinctive art style, both on co-created strips like A Love Like Blood, Necronauts and Storming Heaven, as well as on Judge Dredd, Judge Death, Future Shocks, Terror Tales, Tharg the Mighty, The Scarlet Apocrypha and Sinister Dexter, have quickly brought him to the attention of the US industry. Irving recently completed both Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained for Dark Horse Comics and The Authority: Scorched Earth for DC/WildStorm.


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America is one of the pivotal series in the history of Dredd, perhaps the point which makes red finally question his belief in the absolutism of the law.

It collects several stories following the life of the titular character America, one of the hundreds of millions born to poverty and hopelessness in Dredd's world but one who finds her voice and dares to believe the law can be challenged.

The art is fantastic, the writing is some of the best in the many years Dredd has been running, before or since and it's one book I'd recommend to all comic fans who want to know what Dredd is about. Brilliant.
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Dredd has always been a somewhat complex creation - a comic-book action hero, yet also a member of an oppressive police state, where the freedom of speech does not exist. America is one of the more blatantly political stories, which also has a touching human dimension.

Bennett Beeny & America are childhood friends. One will tow the line & grow up to have a successful career. The other will become a terrorist, fighting for democracy. Both will have their hearts broken in this tragic story, as Dredd brings his jackboot crashing down on their dreams.

Wagner's writing is perfectly accompanied by the moody art of Colin MacNeil, where the city itself always looms oppressively over its occupants like a 2-D expressionist film. Perhaps that's why he was often given the more political stories to actualise, such as the first chapter of Total War.

This volume also includes two sequels, both written many years after the original. They are not up to the standard of the first story - which would be a very tall order - but then one is merely a vehicle for introducing a new character, who became a welcome addition to Dredd's world. Plus I enjoyed them more upon re-reading than I did initially, when my expectations were higher. But the first story is still so strong that I can't bring myself to give this volume less than 5 stars.

A classic, mature, politically-aware Dredd story.
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Judge Dredd at his finest, artwork so atmospheric that you start to feel mega city 1 all around you combined with a story so thrilling that even the most deprived citizen will reach full thrill-power before the end. A must for a Dress fans with an interesting view into the world of mega city 1`s legal system at its most extremes.
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My memories of this story were better than the reality. I think the ideas in the story are better than the story itself. Part 1 is ok, Part 2 is poor, Part 3 is a 2.5.
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I was absolutely blown away by this comic! It is without doubt - a masterpiece. It is a stunning piece of work which can easily sit alongside such comic books greats as Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns. But the subject matter is more resonant than the mentioned two, it is something more vital, and is like a chilling prophecy on where the our world is heading towards, especially in this climate of Terrorism and citizens rights being slowly eroded.

The story centres around two friends, America Jara and Bennett Beeny. Childhood freinds growing up in Mega City 1. Beeny is bullied as a child by other other kids, but find's a kindred spirit in America Jara. Beeny fall's in love with America but feels she is out of his league. His fears are soon realised when she falls for someone else. However, Beeny can never get America out of his mind. He send's letters to her but they soon grow to lead totally different lives. Beeny becomes a successful comedian and singer, whilst America Jara joins a Terrorist organisation 'Total War' which is intent on taking out the fascist Judges. But even as they drift apart, Beeny still yearns for his childhood friend and love. A chance meeting years later has terrifying consequuences for Beeny, and it will ultimately lead to tragedy for both.

America is a love story foremost, and a critical look into the oppresive way of life for the citizen in Dredd's world. Dredd is not the protagonist of the piece, but rather an antagonist. We see him at certain times like in the begining showing his views on where he stands: '' The people, they know where I stand. They need rules to live by - I provide them. They break the rule, I break them, Thats the way it works'' these words follow to the iconic artwork of Dredd standing on the American flag.
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Probably the most important Dredd story written. The genius of the tale lies in the fact that Dredd is used as part of the fabric of Mega City One so the focus is on life in the future city. America was written during the golden age of Dredd where it began to reflect upon itself and its history. Though a sombre tale it retains the series satirical sense of humour.
Added to this, Colin Macneils artwork is some of the best to serve the galaxy's greatest comic. The other two tales are nowhere near as strong but still worth a read. Enjoy.
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This is reprinted from the Megazines, so I hadn't read it before. Excellent story and artwork as usual, and one that fans shouldn't miss. Not sure if you can get this in a Kindle edition, but for my money the printed version is always going to be superior as there's so much going on throughout the book.
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