Judge Dredd – Every Empire Falls – Spoiler Free Preview (including 5 pages)

every-empire-fallsJudge Dredd: Every Empire Falls
Published by Rebellion 9th February 2017

Paperback – 240 Pages
Released simultaneously in:
UK/Ireland £12.99North America $18.99
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Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Paul Davidson, Colin MacNeil, Henry Flint, P J Holden, Carlos Ezquerra
Colours: Chris Blythe. Len O’Grady, Adam Brown
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Cover Artist: Tom Foster

Originally published in the Judge Dredd Megazine 371-374 & 2000AD Progs 1850-1854, 1934-1939, 1973-1990

Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

This latest collection of Judge Dredd stories published in the pages of 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine were all written by Michael Carroll. As with most of the regular Dredd writers he has a great depth of continuity knowledge and we see it in this book. He’s also one of my personal favourites, not that the others are any slouches.

Michael not only writes comics, such as Razorjack with John Higgins, but has also written a number of novels, including a Razorjack novel his popular series about young Superheroes.

Before I go in to a little more detail here’s the Press Release:

Following the decimation of Mega-City One during Chaos Day, Judges from other “friendly” Justice Departments have been brought in to strengthen the ranks and help maintain law and order on the streets. Among the newcomers is Fintan Joyce, son of a former Emerald Isle Judge, who teamed up with Judge Dredd in one of the most fondly remembered Judge Dredd stories. Exploiting Big Meg’s weakened state, several groups have risen up against the Judges. If things couldn’t get any worse, Dredd has fallen foul of Brit-Cit and they want him in prison or on a slab. Have the odds finally stacked up enough to spell the end of Mega-City One’s greatest lawman?

We get a bit of a tour of the World of Dredd in this set of stories. We see the Emerald Isle, Brit Cit, The Undercity, The Cursed Earth and Texas City. Along the way we meet up with some old faces along the way. Spoiler free but here are some clues… at least one was created by one of the artists in this collection, another by Sean Philips. There’s also a cameo from one of the old Judge-Tutors. not Semple (for that you need to read Mike’s Judge Dredd e-novels about Dredd and his brother Rico).

The stories aren’t all directly linked but common themes carry through them all. As indicated in the Press Release there are many factions seeking to make the best out of the situation Mega City One has found itself after Day of Chaos.

Again, and this can’t be over stated, Michael Carroll has a wide knowledge of Dredd Continuity and he uses it. Importantly though you don’t meed all that continuity to understand these stories.

With the richness of art talent on display here this is a lovely looking book.

It’s always great to see co-creator Carlos Ezquerra on art duty; he’s as good as ever. With company like Colin MacNeil (America), P J Holden (Department of Monsterology), Henry Flint (Zombo) and Paul Davidson (Aquila) there are some of the top talents of the Judge Dredd world on show.

Contents

NEW TRICKS
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Paul Davidson
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1850-1854

BLOOD OF EMERALDS
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1934-1939

THE GRINDSTONE COWBOYS
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Len O’Grady
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1973-1977

DUST TO DUST
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Henry Flint
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in the Judge Dredd Megazine 371-373

THE LION’S DEN
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: PJ Holden
Colours: Adam Brown
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1978-1985

RECLAMATION
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Len O’Grady
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1986-1990

FROM THE ASHES
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in the Judge Dredd Megazine 374

Extras:

GALLERY
Featuring Covers from issues containing these stories

SCRIPT – THE GRINDSTONE COWBOYS
(PART 1 of 5)
Script: Michael Carroll

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