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Classic Dredd - First Rate Graphic Novel - Essential buy
on 25 April 2009
I brought 2000AD issue 1, the first day it came out in 1977. A week later, Judge Dredd appeared. 32 years later I sit in my study and see my ever growing 'Judge Dredd - Complete Case Files' (Now up-to 13 editions), and I realize Dredd has been with me my whole adult life (Sad, but true). THE PIT takes Dredd slightly out of the norm, he's in charge and you cant help but smile when he says "My names DREDD, some of you may have heard of me" to the assembled troops. I wont spoil the plot for you. This is classic Dredd, mean & moody. It also takes you into the world of the 'flawed' Judge. We've seen this before, but never on such a scale it seems. Needless to say Dredd cleans house, and introduces some good off-shoot characters in the process. The art is top-rate as you would expect, and the story line keeps you gripped to the very end. The Graphic Novel format is ideal if you need a big hit of Dredd in one go. The long story lines are not that common, although there are at least a dozen out there, that's not a lot over 30+ years. This rates right up there with the very best 'epic' Dredd stories. I can not see how they can improve on this, hence the five stars. Dredd is told in real time, so he's now at least in his late 60's. The weekly comic keeps hinting at the age thing, so we are due 'something' about them having to deal with that soon! This story is about 15 years ago, and is some of Carlos Ezquerra best work, and the other artist hold it together very well, (unlike Heavy Metal Dredd, which is about as bad as it can get, Im sorry to say). There have not been many good 'epic' story lines in the last few years, so these type of compendiums are real gems. A must have for the Dredd fan.