Writer: Douglas Wolk
Artist: Ulises Farinas
Colours: Ryan Hill
Letters: Tom B. Long
Cover Art: Joe Corroney
Covour Colours: Brian Miller
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
This story introduces Mega-City Two to IDW’s Judge Dredd continuity. There is nothing that looks similar to any glimpses we ever had of the city of the same name in 2000AD continuity.
That’s said and out of the way now because this isn’t about what is different. The two continuities are what they are; different. This is about the comic in question.
The plot starts in the year 2094 with Dredd in a very unfamiliar situation, he is in a car. He is being talked to by someone over the radio and by the car. And he is on camera for the viewers entertainment.
Welcome to Mega-City Two. They do things different here…
The city is rather free and easy with the Law. Chief Judge Kennedy used to have his own TV show – an echo here of The Streets of Dan Francisco from 2000AD/Megazine. After a violent past (2070’s it seems) Mega City Two adjusted how it approached the Law and crimes are treated differently from Block to Block (or ‘Community’).
Most of the script is rather good Dredd. His attitude is close enough to what I expect to see and there are some nice touches, such as his obvious dislike for non-lethal weaponry and the city’s attitude to certain crimes. Nice to see mention of things from mainstream continuity such as Stookie Glands. So the main aspect is covered, the feel of the character is OK. Oddly Dredd actually mentions the ‘I don’t take my helmet off’ issue…
This is Douglas Wolk’s first comic script so the fact he has the character of Dredd reasonably captured in issue 1 is great. Apparently he’s quite up on his Dredd Lore. He gives a potted history of the Mega-Cities at the end of the book.
The Art is interesting. It is cartoony but not distractingly so. This obviously means that some details are lost, faces are much plainer than many Dredd artists for example. There is however a lot of detail in the cityscape. The colouring suits the art style perfectly. I know I said I’m not comparing… but interesting ti see Mega-City Two uniforms differ a lot to Mega-City One.
Over all this is a good start to the mini-series.