Published by IDW
24th December 2014
Writer: Matt Smith
Artist: Carl Critchlow
Letters: Shawn Lee
Matt Haley (right)
Mimi Yoon (far right)
Agnes Garbowska (lower right)
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
Psi Judge Anderson created by John Wagner and Brian Bolland
For those that don’t know; this story ties in with last year’s acclaimed IDW Judge Dredd mini-series by Matt Smith, Judge Dredd: Year One. You don’t have to have read last year’s story to enjoy this – but I can highly recommend catching up. Matt Smith is the Editor in Chief of the 2000AD brand, editing 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine.
I’ve seen a few readers aren’t keen on maby the covers from this series, IDW might be advised to consider a few of the 2000AD names, they’ve used several in the past. I mentioned the name Alex Ronald in my preview of the previous issue, his covers for 2000AD or Judge Dredd Megazine are always great – you can see them in detail on 2000AD Covers Uncovered.
The story picks up from last issue with Judge Anderson in the clutches of Mr Ashberry. Now she is about to learn who exactly who The King of the Six Sectors is. Chances are he is the most powerful Psi talent she has met outside Justice Department to date, after all we are aware she is the star of Psi Division.
As I explained at the beginning of this article this story ties in to Judge Dredd: Year One and there is direct reference to that in this issue. If you haven’t read last year’s story you will still understand everything, at worst your interest will be piqued. So that’s alright.
Obviously as this is the final issue exposition soon gives way to action. It is a good balance and makes a great read. There is more insight in to Justice Department and the city. This builds depth and breathes life in to the setting.
It is a wordy script again at points but this time it isn’t so crowded, on Page 10 the Letterer has really used the space well to lead the eye through the art. The art is consistently high, as it has been throughout the series.
Here’s hoping there is another mini-series by Matt Smith next year. With Alex Ronald on covers duty.