North America Edition of Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Endgame (light spoilers include 6 preview pages)

NA EndgameJudge Dredd Day of Chaos: The Endgame
a graphic novel published by 2000AD
NORTH AMERICA: 14th October 2015
USA $24.99 Canada $28.99

Writer:
John Wagner
Artists:
Ben Willsher, Colin MacNeil, Henry Flint, Leigh Gallagher, Edmund Bagwell
Colours:
Chris Blythe
Letterer:
Annie Parkhouse

Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1759-1789

There are thirty one Progs worth of Judge Dredd here, the second ‘half’ of the year long epic Day of Chaos. You can read my preview of the first half in my earlier article Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Fourth Faction.

Both of these have already been published for the UK/Ireland market and featured in the Judge Dredd Mega Collection (also UK/Ireland). Here they are collected for the North American market. The cover I have included here is not the final artwork.

In Fourth Faction we saw Nadia leading her comrades in revenge on Mega-City One. In this volume we see the stakes raised higher and higher.

There are six preview pages after the Contents list at the end of this article.

Yevgeny Borisenko and his agents have Elmore Yurges and his family in their hands and Yurges has the key to what Borisenko has planned for Mega-City One. He will settle for nothing short of the entire annihilation of the people of Mega-City One to pay for the destruction of his own city, East-Meg One thirty years earlier.

As with most Judge Dredd epics there are several smaller stories that build the bigger picture. In this volume we see a variety of characters getting up to a variety of deeds and misdeeds.

The Dark Judges make their return, though without Judge Death. These three, Fear, Fire and Mortis, had been seperated from Death for quite some time at this point. You can read more about them in my earlier article Who are The Dark Judges?. Here they run amok in a city already in quite severe distress. They also come across one PJ Maybe…

There is a one Prog interlude, Two for Tea, with Judge Dredd meeting up with his niece, Vienna. Vienna is the daughter of Dredd’s twin Rico Dredd. She treats Judge Rico as a younger brother. This story examines Dredd’s guilt regarding Vienna, something young Rico isn’t burdened with. The Dredd family is a complex situation indeed, and after Day of Chaos it only gets more complicated but that’s another story (Judge Dredd: Forsaken written by Michael Carroll).

Variety is something Judge Dredd can offer in heaps and all of this comes from John Wagner, the writer who created Judge Dredd. He can bring us the cold and calculating Dredd or the Dredd who cares for the daughter of his Clone-brother. He can bring us gritty reality or the loony-toons of PJ Maybe. Several other enemies of the Justice Department come out of the woodwork during the Day of Chaos, there certainly are plenty given the rich continuity of Judge Dredd.

The art is brought to us by five artists with the equalising colours from Chris Blythe making everything flow nicely. I’m not singling anyone out for special praise.

This story really leaves Mega-City One changed. The city in ruins, Justice Department wreaked. Of course you can’t count Dredd out yet.

Contents

THE ASSASSINATION LIST
Script: John Wagner
Art: Leigh Gallagher
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1759-1764

EVE OF DESTRUCTION
Script: John Wagner
Art (parts 1-5 & 11-16): Henry Flint
Art (parts 6-10): Ben Willsher
Art (parts 17-20): Colin MacNeil
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1765-1784

TEA FOR TWO
Script: John Wagner
Art: Edmund Bagwell
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 1785

WOT I DID DURING THE WORST DISSASTER IN MEGA-CITY HISTORY
Script: John Wagner
Art: Henry Flint
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 1786

CHAOS DAY
Script: John Wagner
Art: Henry Flint
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1787-1788

THE DAYS AFTER
Script: John Wagner
Art: Henry Flint
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1789

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