Dredd: Urban Warfare – spoiler light (includes preview pages)

UWcoverDredd: Urban Warfare
Published by Rebellion

North America: 10 Feb $21.00
UK & Ireland: 12 Feb £14.99
Pre-order limited edition Bookplate

Available in digital from: Amazon Kindle, Nook,
2000 AD webshop,
2000 AD iPad app

Set in the continuity of the Dredd (2012) movie
Judge Dredd was created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

This book collects the Prequel to the 2012 movie Dredd and the two comic book sequels.

The prequel was written by Matt Smith, Editor of 2000AD, and illustrated by Henry Flint and tells the background of Ma Ma, which is hinted at in the movie. The two sequels are written by Arthur Wyatt and illustrated by Henry Flint (Underbelly) and Paul Davidson (Uprise).

The sequels, Underbelly and Uprise saw reprint in US format to great acclaim, I think this is the first re-print of the prequel.

Dredd: Top of The World, Ma-ma

Script: Matt Smith
Artist: Henry Flint
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Simon Bowland
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 328

Just as gritty as the film and written by 2000AD Editor in Chief Matt Smith this is a no holds barred story.

In the pages below you can see how Henry Flint has brought the screen Dredd to the page. You’ll notice that the city and Dredd continue to show a more ‘real world’ image. The language is also more in common with current vernacular than the futuristic way of speaking in the comics.

Matt Smith has a very deep understanding of Judge Dredd, well given the fact he is Editor in Chief you’d expect that. He has written two mini series for IDW, Judge Dredd: Year One and Judge Dredd: Judge Anderson Psi Division.

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Dredd: Underbelly

Script: Arthur Wyatt
Artist: Henry Flint
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Ellie de Ville

Picking up after the film. Bringing down The Ma-ma Clan left a power vacuum as her influence reached beyond Peach Trees.

From the Cursed Earth, the wasteland outside the walls of Mega-City One a gang is smuggling Mutants in to the city. People Smuggling, or trafficking, has been a feature of Judge Dredd in 2000AD before, here it takes on a more familiar look, the sort of scene that could take place on the border of USA and Mexico for example, or in Calais for vehicles heading to the UK.

Arthur Wyatt is a British writer based in Seattle, perhaps well placed to bring the movioe version Dredd to life.

This story sold out in one day when released in US format and was reprinted twice, again selling out.

underbelly p1 underbelly p2

Dredd: Uprise

Script: Arthur Wyatt
Artist: Paul Davidson
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Simon Bowland

Set again at City Bottom as the start of the Dredd movie, this time in an area known as the Spit . Here is where the poorest live. A block has been built in the area for the rich of other areas.

An organisation called Uprise isn’t happy.

This story highlights some of the social issues that a Mega-City would face. It also highlights the state of the Justice Department.

Paul Davidson’s art is of course different to Henry Flint’s but with the colours of Chris Blythe being consistent throughout the book everything looks smooth.

 

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