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Judge Anderson: the PSI Files: 03
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on 1 September 2014
Anything goes (usually illegally) in Mega-City One but esoteric concerns have always been better suited to Anderson’s corner than that of the typical street judges. There’s a lot of that kind of thing in Vol 4 and she’s at the centre of it.

The first part finishes Steve Sampson’s excellent run on art duties. He returns the reins to series regular Arthur Ranson for a multi-part epic that manages to be set present day (for the Meg) and simultaneously be tied into an event that happened prior Necropolis. It could've been a mess but it isn't, it works and it references a lot of history while doing so.

Something that not’s unique to 2000 AD and the Megazine, but certainly isn't commonplace in comics, is the acknowledgement that characters get older. They have a finite period of usefulness. For Judges that means it’s only a matter of time before they’re either dead or forced to take the Long Walk into the Cursed Earth. Anderson isn't at that stage yet.
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on 25 August 2013
Anderson has always had some good stories, and the first one in this book is another good tale. It also features Dredd as a bonus although he's in the background (as much as Dredd can be!) and it's interesting seeing the different dynamic. The tale centres around a mythical figure who comes back to the Meg and the Judges have to deal with it. Interesting read with a bit of a weak ending but well written and drawn.

The other stories in PSI files 3 are okay but not as good as the first one. The art is hit and miss but it's in full colour (but not the best job).

I'm a fan and would have bought this regardless, but I'd only recommend if you already like the world of the Judges and PSI division.
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on 11 March 2013
I've been a 2000ad fan for many a moon. Recently started rebuilding my collection and this is a fine tome.

There isn't really too much more to say... chances are if you found your way to this book you're already a fan of 2000ad, and if you are... buy it!

If you've no idea of what Judge Anderson is all about, far be it from me to tell you what you can and can't do, but my humble suggestion would be to to...perhaps... start at the very beginning for, as the song says, it's a very good place to start!
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on 1 April 2013
Volume 2 had its choppy moments, so it's good to see the quality ramp back up for this volume. As good, if not better than the early stories, great stuff.
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on 14 December 2014
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on 6 June 2013
Color versions of Judge Anderson, sounds intriguing, right? But coloring is done badly and drawing is not even close to the B/W versions of earlier episodes. Also some of the stories are lame. This is not even close to as good as JA01, sadly.
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on 10 December 2014
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on 23 September 2014
The latest Anderson book starts well enough with a promising tale that is about the richest man in the solar system who "merges" with other minds to enhance himself. It starts well enough but the ending is a little bit weak.

It does set up the rest of the book though which is pretty weak overall - even favourites such as Judge Death seem tired and even his catch phrases seem jaded.

The art is average - some good, some poor but it's acceptable. Sadly most of the stories are quite forgettable and it's actually difficult to have enough interest to finish the book. Anderson is normally a firm favourite, adding a different twist on the street Judge mentality and fetching a little bit of quirkiness to the world of the Meg.

The weakest of the PSI files so far sadly and not recommended, except for collectors.
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on 21 August 2013
Alan Grant drags Anderson even deeper into the realms of philosophy and religion in this volume. Her hitherto discoveries about her past coupled with a recent changed perception of what `Justice' is have opened her consciousness to previously unexplored concerns affecting Mega City One. She begins to experience visions that lead her into the unknown. The iconography used will be familiar to everyone but the associations are Anderson specific.

There's some of Dredd in this one. It's interesting to see Old Stony in Anderson's world. It distances him a little from the typically masculine arena he usually embodies. Grant knows that Joe needs to present the appearance of a non-conformist with a controlling influence but there's also an almost parental guiding attitude present. He won't accept failure from Anderson but he's more than happy to step aside to let her prove herself, or team-up if the Law permits.

The two main artists are Arthur Ranson and Steve Sampson. If you've bought the previous volumes in the series you'll already be familiar with Ranson's superb work. Steve Sampson on the other hand has a radically different style. His use of thick, bright colours contrasts with Ranson's more subdued, realistic palette but it works beautifully. Sampson's portrayal highlights a different side of Cassandra. She has a glow about her, as if her emotions are shining out from within like a beacon or a redeeming light. His panelling is equally vibrant when necessary; the more space he allows himself the more impressive his final product.

As usual there's some random one-shots from annuals and yearbooks to close the book that neither match up to the main stories in terms of quality or continuity.
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on 12 November 2014
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