Judge Dredd #1 - Ripe; Protection Racket Review

Judge Dredd #1 Review


In the 22nd century, crime runs rampant in Mega-City One, home to over 400 million citizens, robots, criminals and lunatics. The only line of defense between anarchy and chaos are… the Judges. And Judge Dredd is the toughest of them all. In this, Judge Dredd's 35th anniversary year, IDW is proud to re-introduce Judge Dredd to America in this all-new ongoing series.


Cover/Solicit - 5/5

- Would I pick-up the comic based on the solicit/cover alone? Are the alternate covers appealing? Does the solicit/cover portray what happens in the issue?

Art - 3/5

- Do I personally like this artist's style? Does the artist stay true to the characters appearance?

Colors/Ink/Lettering - 4/5

- Does the work blend well with the artist? Is the coloring/inking enjoyable and easy to distinguish what's happening? Can I easily read the lettering?

Layout/Flow - 5/5

- Does the layout of the issue make it easy to read? Does the issue have a good flow of the plot and keep me engaged?

Story - 4/5

- Weighted Triple. How well did the issue further develop the current story? How well did the issue further develop the characters? Did I enjoy reading the issue?



Verdict - 4.1

- I have never read the 2000 AD Judge Dredd comics but I really enjoyed the original 1995 Judge Dredd movie. I haven't gotten the chance to watch the 2012 version but that's on the to do list. I really like the variant covers for this issue and the art for the first story art pretty nice. The second story however left something to be desired. Overall this is a good jumping in point for anyone not familiar with the history of Dredd. It gives a basic overview of how society in a Dystopian Future exists and how the Judges protect the citizens. The first issue is a lead-in to the first story arc of robots revolting against humans. It is very well written and the pacing was done in a manner not to confuse a new reader. The second story is similar  in showing the robots disdain for their human masters but overall was unnecessary to the issue. Personally I would have like the first story to be a little longer with maybe a little more background on the characters. This is definitely worth picking up if you have ever been interested in Dredd but too afraid to or intimidated because 2000 AD has been running for over 1800 issues.

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