Andy Naylor reviews Judge Dredd #8...
The current Judge Dredd issues by IDW are for a US based audience dealing with a robot rebellion and clone replacement mystery within Mega-City One.
First off, I simply must address the robot rebellion. Quite coincidentally I’ve been reading the Dredd case files and only recently read the original robot rebellion with Call-Me-Kenneth. This current arc follows many of the same twists as the first Call-Me-Kenneth plot and, to me, Judge Dredd #8 is a poor interpretation of that classic story, but is crucially missing the gritty humour and political poignancy of that definitive robot rebellion.
There is also a second part to the issues, dealing with a clone mystery with residents of Mega-City One disappearing only to be replaced by clone imposters. The simultaneous running of these two stories becomes a little distracting as you jump from one to the other after only two or three pages of story progression in each, and it means that there is a lot less Judge Dredd than I would’ve liked. That being said, both join up quite smartly at the end and intertwine nicely.
Last week I reviewed Judge Dredd: Year One #3 and I found the art in that simply outstanding. Unfortunately the drawing and colouring in Judge Dredd #8 is more cartoony, less sharp and crisp and coloured quite blandly. I would have liked to have seen a bit more classic Dredd violence and gore in the artwork, as this issue comes across more of a PG friendly Dredd.
If you are considering reading Dredd, either as new reader or an old fan, I would recommend you more towards last week’s Judge Dredd: Year One comic book over this one.
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