There’s little doubt that IDW’s newly launched Judge Dredd title is inspired by the film Dredd 3D.
While Karl Urban’s take on Britain’s most famous comic book character was a huge hit with critics, to say it disappointed at the box office stateside is the understatement of the year.
The obvious question that results from that is IDW’s attempt to bring the character to an American audience going to fare any better?
There’s already been a similar attempt some 17 years ago. DC Comics released a title aimed squarely at our American friends that lasted for a mere 18 issues, on the back of the previous film incarnation – that we don’t like to speak about (shudder).
IDW’s version has a lot going for it though, there’s certainly a familiar feel to proceedings as the satirical element that’s key to the character is alive and well here. Something that many hardcore Dredd fans felt the new film was missing.
It’s important to remember that the real star of Judge Dredd has always been Mega-City One and its inhabitants, Dredd is merely a conduit to shine a satirical light on our own culture.
Duane Swierczynski’s story has a lightness of touch that feels very much at home with the character and universe we all know and love.
What’s even better is that it is just as accessible for newbies looking to discover the Lawman Of The Future for the first time.
Another clever touch is having a smaller, secondary story which goes some way to replicating the anthology feel of 2000AD.
It won’t go down as classic but there’s more than enough here to suggest that the country that the title has so richly satirised might finally be getting a Dredd worthy of the name.
4 out of 5 nerds