Judge Dredd #1

Judge Dredd #1

In Eagle, Other Publishers, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl0 Comments

“I’m a little disturbed because of the kids who are reading about this character and think of him as a great hero-figure. They think of him as the good guy. If they think of this as the way people ought to behave — that’s real worrying.”Artist Brian Bolland, on Judge Dredd
(From Comics Scene #2, March 1982)

Review

Title: “The Coming of Judge Death”
Synopsis: Judge Death, a warped analogue of Mega-City judges like Dredd, comes from another dimension to sentence the living.

Writer: John Wagner
Penciler: Brian Bolland
Inker: Bolland

At 13, this reviewer was mesmerized by this cover. Despite having only a vague awareness of Judge Dredd, this comic was a must buy. Inside was a gateway to another world: a smart, satirical take on a post-apocalyptic, neo-fascist America — all drawn beautifully by Brian Bolland.

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Title: “The Forever Crimes”
Synopsis: Judge Dredd uncovers a plot involving a cryogenics specialist who is using the near dead in a blackmail scheme.

Writer: John Wagner
Penciler: Brian Bolland
Inker: Bolland

While not on par with the terrific Judge Death story, this short tale proves Dredd is tough on crime, too.

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Title: “Punks Rule!”
Synopsis: Dredd takes down a gang of lawless punks all by himself – just to prove a point!

Writer: John Wagner
Penciler: Brian Bolland
Inker: Bolland

The weakest of the three stories, but still very good. It helps establish both the Mega-City environment and Dredd’s arsenal.

Grade (for the entire issue): A+

Cool factor: Great cover! Great story! Great art!

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: The are also two text features: the four-page “The Judge Dredd Story” and a single page of “Eagle Talk.”
Collector’s note: These stories originally appeared in the British tabloid 2000 A.D. in Progs. #110 (“Punks Rule!”), #120 (“The Forever Crimes”) and #149-151 (“The Coming of Judge Death”).

Character Quotable
“I have come to judge thiss ccity! To bring you lawthe law of Death!.”Judge Death, serious adjudicator. Dead serious.
Judge Dredd #1

JUDGE DREDD #1
Published and © by Eagle, November 1983
Cover by Brian Bolland

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, July 10, 2009.

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