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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Judge Dredd #1

November 21st, 2012 by Paddy Comments

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

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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...