Judge Dredd Complete Case Files 24 – spoiler light with preview pages

JD CF24Judge Dredd Complete Case-Files 24
Published by Rebellion
UK ONLY: 12 Feb £19.99

Available in print from: Diamond
and all good book and comic book stores
Available in digital from: Amazon Kindle, Nook, from
2000 AD webshop, 2000 AD iPad app

Cover: Cliff Robinson

Originally serialised in 2000 AD Progs 959-983
& The Judge Dredd Megazine 3.04-3.16.

Genre: Sci-Fi (and pretty much everything else)

Writers: John Wagner. Pat Mills. Alan Grant, Alan Barnes, Dan Abnett, Mark Millar, Robbie Morrison, Jim Alexander, Andrew Cartmell, Mark Millar, John Smith, Tony Skinner, Paul Neal
Artists: John Burns, Cliff Robinson, Steve Yeowell, Carlos Ezquerra. Colin MacNeil, Jason Brashill. Simon Davis. Dean Ormston, Jason Brashill, Simon Jacob, Anthony Williams, Lee Sulivan, Ashley Sanders, Simon Davis, Paul Marshall, Tom Carnet, Maya Given, Dean Ormston, Ray Bryant, Marc Wigmore
Colours: P.B. Smith,
Letterers: Tom Frame, Ellie De Ville, Fiona Stephenson.

320 pages of stories from both 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine. As with most Case Files as this is a large collection of Judge Dredd stories in print order the stories vary greatly in theme and style. This makes for a very interesting read.

A full list of contents follows and there are 6 pages of The Cal Files, oddly reproduced without credits. I’ll just review two stories, one from 2000AD and one from the Megazine.

The Pit is considered a modern classic and one of the stories that defined Dredd. In this volume we have the first 14 parts of this 30 part story.

Dredd is sent to run Sector House 301 in the North West Habzone, part of the city cut off from the rest of the city by a swathe of the city that was destroyed in the Apocalypse War. Separated from the rest of the city the citizens feel abandoned and the Sector House has become a dumping ground for problem Judges.

This is a multi-part series that has many story-lines running through it. It reads like a US TV cop show more than almost any other Dredd story.

Some unregular readers of Judge Dredd don’t seem to realise that Dredd has a group of trusted Judges that he relies upon. I rad many comments about the Dredd film where people criticised the use Judge Anderson saying things such as ‘he never has a side-kick’ the fact she was female was also referred to. This story is one of many that prove their thoughts incorrect with the cast including Judge Giant (junior) and Judge Castillo and introduces Judge DeMarco and Judge Guthrie. Castillo and DeMarco are both female.

The art on this story is shared between Carlos Ezquerra, Colin MacNeil and Lee Sullivan and is of a consistent high standard. The plot is all John Wagner and set the bar for the period.

From the Megazine I’ve picked a lesser known story to focus on, Compassion Fatigue. Written by Robbie Morrison with art from Simon Davis

I’ve picked this one as it shows the public medical care of Mega-City One. Action mostly takes place in St Jude’s Med Block. The Justice Department are not just the law enforcers, they are the Government. as such public medical care. among other public services, are in fact extended arms of the Justice Department. These services are run by Auxiliaries. In this tale the the hospital staff wear Auxiliary style pads and the Doctor has a matching Badge, hardly the same as the Judge’s shield badge but still clearly to mark him as an Auxiliary. However there is an accounted on hand that refers to profit, that isn’t conflicting evidence. Many Justice Department facilities run with commercial partnerships or in some cases are fully outsourced (yes that can go very horribly and wrong…).

This is a typical look in to the civiliam world of Dredd, showing how living in Mega-City One can grind anyone down. The sentencing at the end of the story is also very interesting.

There are a few other insights to medical care in other stories in this set of stories, mostly in Med Section of the Justice Department. Check them all out.

Preview pages follow the contents list.

Contents (from 2000AD)

THE CAL FILES
John Wagner & John Burns
Originally published in Progs 959-963

HAMMERSTEIN
Pat Mills, Tony Skinner & Jason Brashill
Originally published in Progs 960-963

DEAD SIMPLE
John Wagner & Cliff Robinson
Originally published in Prog 964

BALLAD OF DEVIL ANGEL
Alan Grant & Simon Jacob
Originally published in Progs 965-966

C-H-A-M-P!
Dan Abnett & Anthony Williams
Originally published in Prog 967

THE MAN WHO BROKE THE LAW
Mark Millar & Steve Yeowell
Originally published in Progs 968-969

THE PIT
John Wagner, Colin MacNeil, Carlos Ezquerra & Lee Sullivan
Originally published in Progs 970-983

Contents (from Judge Dredd Megazine)

STALKING THE LAW
Robbie Morrison &b Ashley Sanders
Originally published in issue 3.04

TATTOO HELL
Jim Alexander & Ashley Sanders
Originally published in issue  3.05

COMPASSION FATIGUE
Robbie Morrison & Simon Davis
Originally published in issue 3.08

KILLING TIME
John Wagner & Paul Marshall
Originally published in issue  3.09

JUDGE SPOTTERS
John Wagner & Tom Carney
Originally published in issue  3.10

BLOODSPORTS
Andrew Cartmel & Maya Gavin
Originally published in issues  3.11-3.12

BALLAD OF CINDY CRAWLSKIN
John Smith & Ashley Sanders
Originally published in issue  3.12

KILLING GROUNDS
John Smith & Dean Ormston
Originally published in issue  3.13

HIGH OCTANE
Robbie Morrison & Ray Bryant
Originally published in issue  3.13

TICKERS
Alan Barnes & Maya Gavin
Originally published in issue  3.14

THE SHOOTING
Paul Neal & Marc Wigmore
Originally published in issue  3.14

MONDO SIMP
John Smith & Paul Marshall
Originally published in issues 3.15-3.16

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2 comments on “Judge Dredd Complete Case Files 24 – spoiler light with preview pages

  1. benji says:

    thanks for clearing up the confusion because rebellions page says that the progs end at 969, which would miss the pit entirely.

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