Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two
Issue 2 (of 5)
Published by IDW
Writer: Douglas Wolk
Artist: Ulises Farinas
Colours: Ryan Hill
Letters: Tom B. Long
Cover Art: NAR!
Covour Colours: Tom Mason
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
Dredd goes undercover in MC2. He is still on camera but they are playing along with his cover – one can only assume the same crew don’t always follow Judges.
So disguised as a Biker, The Man, apparently fresh from the Cursed Earth he looks in to some Biker Gang activities. You know the sort of thing, art galleries.
There are many ways of writing Dredd, in 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine there have been action stories, comedies, musicals, love stories. But regardless of the story-line the underlying themes are the same. Dredd is a hard-ass and dedicated to the Law. This story delivers comedy and action and a Dredd that is close to the one I’m used to.
In other words I like how this is going.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an out and out comedy. It is fairly serious at heart but has a general helping of lightness – keep an eye out for the Ad Break. Something I sometimes have concern with when reading US comics is the pacing, not an issue here.
Douglas Wolk definitely has a decent hang on the character of Dredd. The citizens of Mega-City Two are different to Dredd’s home city. They seem to really have taken to the relaxed way Chief Judge Kennedy runs the city. Though they certainly don’t really look too different.
The art is very detailed while appearing simplistic.
I hadn’t seen any of Ulises Farinas’s work before but since starting reading this I’ve seen several pieces and some are exceedingly good.
Dredd’s disguise continues the Mad Max theme that started in issue 1. And regardless of the existence of Face Changing technology they go for the ‘helmet covers half his face’ angle.
We see more of the cit, including a cutaway of some of the innovative solutions the city have towards traffic. This really gives Farinas scope to get details in the long-shots.
The final panel is pretty brilliant, though I can’t show you it here.