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Get ready for Judge Dredd: Year Two – The Righteous Man

January 27th, 2016 by Paddy Comments

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Judge Dredd: Year Two – The Righteous Man
Writer: Michael Carroll

Nothing causes drama quite like a family member and it looks like Judge Dredd is no exception.

Writer Michael Carroll goes back to Dredd’s early days and the aftermath of one of the most difficult decisions he ever had to make. The revelation that not only did Judge Dredd have a brother but that he himself arrested him for corruption was one of the defining moments in the character’s history.

Now, Carroll – who has already established himself as a fan favourite writer at 2000 AD – brings new depth to this iconic moment with Judge Dredd Year Two: The Righteous Man, which explore the implications of this fateful decision for the young Judge Dredd.

As the Judges cart Rico Dredd away for questioning and exile on Titan, his clone-brother Joe comes under scrutiny. They’re cut from the same cloth; can Joe Dredd be trusted? An investigation begins, and Dredd is shipped off to an iridium-mining town in the Cursed Earth, which has come under pressure from mutant raiders. But everything is not as it seems. When the reason for the raids becomes clear, Dredd will have some tough decisions to make.

While Mills’ introduction of a ‘long lost’ brother for Dredd could have been another piece of easily forgotten old continuity from a period when Dredd’s character was still finding its feet, series co-creator John Wagner took it and spun a vast dynastic plotline out of it that has time and again reared its head, most notably in the Origins storyline, a mark of Mills and Wagner’s strength as writers and just how adaptable the premise of Judge Dredd.

Rico’s existence was revealed in ‘The Return of Rico’ story by Pat Mills and Mick McMahon in 1977, which saw Rico, later played by Armand Assante in the 1995 Judge Dredd film, escape from the maximum security prison for rogue Judges on the moon of Titan and confront his brother – only for Dredd to execute him and stoically carry his body to the morgue.

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...