Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Fallout – spoilers

Judge Dredd DofC Fallout coverJudge Dredd Day of Chaos: Fallout
Published by 2000AD 5 June 2014 – 240 pages, £18.99

Writers:
John Wagner, Alan Grant, Rob Williams, Michael Carroll
Artists:
PJ Holden, Trevor Hairsine, James Harren, Dave Taylor, Laurence Campbell, Ben Willsher, Nick Dyer, Andrew Currie, Inaki Miranda, John Burns, Jon Davis-Hunt
Colours:
Chris Blythe, Eva De La Cruz
Letterer:
Annie Parkhouse

Cover: Chris Weston

Judge Dredd was created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

Day of Chaos was an epic beyond what has come before. Two previous collections represent most of what occurred in a story that took over a year to tell and reached back 30 years to the Apocalypse War. There is a one page synopsis of key points of Day of Chaos in this  book.

Fallout deals with what happened after the dust settled on Day of Chaos. With the city devastated, reduced from 400 million citizens to 50 million. The Justice Department stretched to the limit with entire Departments such as PSU, SJS and the Academy all but wiped out. What next for the city?

Here are the stories from 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine that Tharg feels are most important in the story following Day of Chaos. There are some spoilers below, including six preview pages, I’ve tried to keep them light but in a collection like this it is impossible to avoid completely. Click on the thumbnails for high-res versions of the preview pages.

The page count for Michael Carroll is pretty high in this volume with one story from Alan Grant and more from John Wagner and Rob Williams.

Michael Carroll and Rob Williams bring in major sub plots that carry on throughout and beyond this collection. Involving the re-introduction of a Dredd clone, a new Mega-City Two and the SJS.

This is a powerhouse of a book. You can read reviews of the two earlier volumes Day of Chaos: Fourth Faction and Day of Chaos: Endgame elsewhere on this blog.

DEBRIS
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: PJ Holden
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1792-1796

Sue Perkins Block Citi-Def are not giving up. They are the only fully intact block following Day of Chaos and they have no intention of giving ground, not even to the Justice Department. They go so far to declare independence.

With the Justice Department stretched beyond capacity Space Corps Marines come to Dredd’s back up with a non-combatant adviser who proves far more useful than anyone could guess.

fallout06 - art by Laurence CampbellINNOCENT
Script: Rob Williams
Art: Laurence Campbell
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1798-1799

Crime is always an issue wherever people are collected together. In Mega-City One it was a problem before Day of Chaos, now it is an epidemic. Tek-Judge Wilson has brought a cure.

SJS get involved when the operation goes south.

PAYBACK
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: PJ Holden
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1801-1802

The Marines have a grudge with Dolman and intend to take it out on him the old-fashioned way. Meanwhile Dredd and the Marine’s commander, General Gilmore have a difference of opinion. Chief Judge Hershey puts the matter to rest.

SEALED
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: John Burns
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 1816

Looters find a boy in a bubble. Dredd finds the looters and we have a standoff.

fallout05 - art by Jon Davis-HuntTHE PITS
Script: Alan Grant
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 332

A new fashion hits Mega-City one and Anderson leads Dredd out in to the Cursed Earth to shut the dealers down.

fallout04 - art by James HarrenSAVE HIM
Script: Rob Williams
Art: James Harren
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1819

Psi-Cadet Salas has been catatonic since the Day of Chaos, all the psychic energy from so many deaths was too much for him. He has spoken only one word, ‘Dredd’.

WOLVES
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Andrew Currie
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1820-1822

I reviewed this in full after the last episode was published – read it here.

fallout03 - art by Inaki Miranda and Eva de la CruzCYPHER
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Inaki Miranda
Colours: Eva De La Cruz
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1824-1825

Back in Mega-City Two to deal with how the SovSec is going to be run. By East Meg  Two or by Mega-City One? An assassination attempt nearly sours the deal.

THE FORSAKEN
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: PJ Holden
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1830-1835

A Cadet, believed dead in Day of Chaos, is found alive in SovSec, Mega-City Two. He tells a tale about Ten Cadets left behind when Justice Department pulled back in Sector 53.

For Dredd and Dolman this is personal… family are involved.

fallout02 - art by Trevor HairsineSKULLS
Script: Rob Williams
Art: Trevor Hairsine
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 1836

Dredd is hold down by a gang of Judge Killers known as the Bug Boys. He calls for back up but gets unexpected assistance from SJS Judge Gerhardt.

POWER STRUGGLE
Script: Rob Williams
Art: Nick Dyer
Colours: Eva De La Cruz
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 336

judge Maitland is the Head of Accounts Div. She finds out that her predecessor signed a contract with the company supplying power to a nuclear silo without inspecting all the small print… It soon becomes an explosive situation.

fallout01 - art by Dave TaylorWASTELANDS
Script: John Wagner
Art: Dave Taylor
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1837-1841

A more or less perfectly intact Citi-Blok is going cheap in the middle of a ruined Sector. Property speculators are set to make a killing from the wasteland.

BENDER
Script: John Wagner
Art: Ben Willsher
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1845-1849

Judge Lock has been on med leave since Day of Chaos, at his own request he returns to duty. Partnered with Judge Bender he goes back to the streets. What he sees out there is not to Lock’s liking.

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Here is the cover stripped of the words. If you want to know more about it pop over to Covers Uncovered run by Pete wells.

Judge Dredd DofC Fallout cover bare

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