Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bookworming: Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 01

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 01, John Wagner et. al., **

It was ironically a Sat. afternoon re-watching of the amusingly terrible Stallone Judge Dredd movie (not to be confused with the excellent Karl Urban fronted, presumably The Raid influenced, Dredd) that drove me to pick up this collection of 70s British comics. It is worth noting that pretty much every "how to get into Judge Dredd" article I perused recommended not starting with Vol. 1. I did anyway. These early comics are well into parody territory with a very cartoonish tone. There is quite a lot of carnage, and the eponymous Judge's brutal adherence to the letter of the law is on display. Unfortunately, that is the full extent of the character development. The stories are mostly juvenile and  are short even by comic standards, with many being a mere six pages. I quite enjoyed some of the artwork, with particular interest in the hyper dense line work of the Megacity 1 vistas, byways, and automation.

I really can not recommend this one unless you are interested in the character's beginnings, and even then, you don't get much. But I must admit to finding it amusing, in a dark sort of way. And if you take our current issues of environmental change, accelerating automation, and increased urbanization and turn them up way past eleven, you might start to see shades of relevance in Megacity 1. Might, if there was any depth to be found. Which there isn't, at least here.