Judge Dredd Issue 1
Published by IDW
16th December 2015
Writera: Ulises Farinas & Eric Freitas
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colours: Ryan Hill
Letters: Chris Mowry
Cover Art: Dan McDaid
Cover Colours: Ryan Hill
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra
Douglas Wolk and Ulises Farinas brought us Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two.
Now instead of illustrating someone’s story Ulises Farinas is having his story illustrated by someone.
You can enlarge the credits page here to see the other covers. I’m not a big multi-cover buyer and usually opt for ‘standard’.
Sometimes I will pick the cover by a particular Artist because I like his work. Both reasons fit this issue.
Dan McDaid recently illustrated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which I loved.
You can see Dan’s art in the 5 Preview Pages below.
This is the second attempt by IDW for an ongoing Judge Dredd series.
I have to be honest, I was not a big fan of that first run. I was OK with the fact they were doing their own thing, setting out their own continuity. That’s fine, it is long established in 2000AD’s Judge Dredd that there are other dimensions and some have close parallels with or without Judge Dredd.
The thing is that they just seemed to regurgitate old hits from 2000AD’s past and didn’t deliver them very well. Starting with a Robot War they moved on through the Angel Gang, Judge Cal plotting to take over Mega-City One and
What I did like was the mini series that IDW ran. Two by 2000AD Editor in Chief, Matt Smith, and one by Douglas Wolk and Ulises Farinas. Plus the Judge Dreedd Vs Mars Attacks by Al Ewing and John McCrea
I think it is safe to assume that Judge Dredd Vs Mars Attacks was outside 2000AD and IDW main universe. It is well worth reading.
Wolk And Farinas gave us a really different, fresh look at Mega-City Two . They even changed the Mega-City Two Judge’s uniform.
So hearing that Ulises had many ideas for how Dredd could work for the US audience and that Scottish Artist Dan McDaid was on board I was instantly interested.
What did I find?
Firstly there is Dan McDaid’s brilliant art that strikes the eye on page one. That’s a living landscape. An aged Dredd, maybe not as old as he is in 2000AD.
Then the story. I’m assuming the final Script is by Freitas from a plot by Farinas. Well you will see from the preview pages that this certainly all seems new.
Interesting structure and a great set-up. Dredd is taking everything slowly, methodically. He’s in charge.
There are quite a few surprises in the rest of the issue and the art and plot carry on entertaining me.
Great start and I’m looking forward to Issue 2.