Ulysses Farinas , Erick Freitas, Dan McDaid & Ryan Hill
Review by Seth
This is IDW’s, second attempt at a “Judge Dredd” ongoing series. I bought the first 3 issues of the last run ,felt completely underwhelmed and dropped it like a half eaten hottie. Judging (bwah ha ha) by what I heard, I didn’t miss much.
For me, IDW seem to have got it right with the mini series they have run.;”Dredd vs Mars Attacks”, “Anderson”, “Year One” and “Mega City Two : City of Courts”. Not all of them were completely faithful to the UK version, but they had the spirit and the feel of the original strip. Matt Smith’s efforts were particularly good, and IDW have shown that they are more than capable at successfully putting a slightly different spin on established 2000ad characters : their “Rogue Trooper” run (sadly curtailed) is a perfect example of this. A great reboot, better than anything Rogue related that had appeared in the Prog’ for years.
So, what happened here?
We join the story as Dredd wakes up in a wasteland. Mega City One is gone, the Judges are no more with just a few clues to show it ever existed. He has no memory of how he got there, only flashbacks to his last case. Teaming up with a group of juves he finds his way into a community now underground, but which hearkens back to the Mega City One he left. The Big Meg has gone, but where? and why? And when is Dredd?
Could be the makings of an interesting a mega epic (If a little “City Of The Damned”). But for a relaunch issue for a previously failed title? It feels like desperation. Dredd as a post post apocalyptic adventure title.
It’s difficult to judge after 2 issues where this is going. Presumably, Dreddy will find out what happened to MC1 and everything will be back to normal and Joe will be busting heads on the sked soon.
Script wise, some of the dialogue is just downright painful and Dredd frequently acts out of character. Considering Farinas contribution to the worthwhile”Mega City Two : City Of Courts” series (though admittedly only on art) this is more than a tad disappointing. The art here is nicely scruffy. It reminds me a bit of Frank Miller’s art style in “Ronin”, rocking a bit of the early McMahon and current Henry Flint. But it is inconsistent, the characters vary and the storytelling can be as clear as mud.
Orlok has already put the boot in for the run, I can’t help but agree. This is where I get off. Why not get an established Dredd writer on the case? If Wagner is busy, are Ewing, Williams, Grant or Carroll available? There’s more than enough talent out there.
Pity – but do they really think they will get more readers in with this effort?
Completely bobbins. I hope Dredd vs. Aliens Vs Predator is better.