Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review Tuesday: Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Volume 11

Continuing with the Dredd novels, next up:


This is a compilation of the Dredd comic strips from 2000 AD Progs, numbers 523 - 570. Under this cover you have the years 2109 through 2110. Cover art (above) by Cliff Robinson.
In a post-apocalyptic world, the US is reduced to two Mega-Cities, containing nearly 500 million citizens each on either coast. To speed up the legal process a policing force of JUDGES enforce the law. One Judge will, on the spot, be Judge, Jury, and if it fits the crime, Executioner. We get to follow the adventures one of the most feared and by-the-book Judges, Joseph Dredd, as he does his job upholding the law and defending Mega-City One.
This edition of the case files includes:
  • Pit Rat
  • The Raggedy Man
  • SIMPed Up
  • Reasons to be Fearful
  • Revolution (Rise and Fall of the Democrats)
  • PJ Maybe (first appearance)
  • The Alabammy Blimps
  • The Return of Death Fist (aka Stan Lee)
  • Parental Guidance
  • Killkraze
  • Free Chopper / In Oz (and the return and demise of the Judda)
As well as an assortment of one shot deals and other quick adventures. In this volume we see some gray-scaling of the artwork, so it's not just black and white with cross hatching. You also see some major diversity in the artwork amongst the various artists. A fine year of Dredd, to be sure. 

What's key in this year in the life of Joe Dredd is his reaction to the Democracy Advocates. His self-doubt begins and this leads to important recurring themes. 

The return of Death Fist might be seem concluded, but this will also come back to haunt Ol'Stoney Face. 

He's smart. He's tough. He's the LAW! He's so by-the-book that he makes you laugh at times. Great stuff! A definite MUST READ! Get to it, citizen!

Find it in Kindle format:
Or paperback:
Or on 2000 AD