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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 17 (Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files) Kindle Edition
Volume 17 includes the mega-epic Judgement Day, in which Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog Johnny Alpha have to team up in order to stop the evil Sabbat and his zombie hordes from destroying the world!
This pulse-pounding collection features stories scripted by John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), and with art from Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog), Steve Dillon (The Punisher), Sean Phillips (Sleeper) and Dean Ormston (Lucifer), amongst others.
- ASIN : B00KQMT3R8
- Publisher : 2000 AD Graphic Novels (June 3, 2014)
- Publication date : June 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 157837 KB
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For the remainder of the volume both the artwork and the stories are a frustrating mix of the good and the mundane. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Ennis. It was a very big pair of shoes to fill replacing John Wagner and I think by his own admission he felt a little overawed. What I can say is despit the odd misfire his heart is very much in the right place, and the decision to bring back some older characters (Dekker and Perrier although the cynical would say it’s to add shock value) works well. Again ‘Judgement Day’ was released as a stand-alone volume under Titan so if you have that book you are paying a lot here for stories that are sometimes not the best. Of the remaining stories, I certainly enjoyed ‘Texas City Sting’ which was well illustrated and entertaining as Dredd uses the Third Mega City’s laws to great effect to pick up escaped perps. ‘the Marshal’ also sets up a later story in a later volume which made fans wistful for the Ennis era. Of the other stories, ‘Babes in Arms’ is superficially entertaining but on reflection quite average and nothing else really stands out.
So to the story which comprises 50% of the volume - ‘Judgement Day’. It’s like much of Ennis a mixed bag. Part of the problem is it feels in many ways a retread of ‘The Apocalypse war’ only less thought out. Killing off vast swathes of the planet seems all too final, and very like a Marvel/ DC experiment. That said, the end prog as well as most of the scenes featuring Johnny Alpha are worth reading. It is however, not surprising that this is not considered the best mega epic. However, it’s fitting that perhaps it should sit here, in a volume that while still entertaining is ‘the sum of its parts’ - still think the effort warrant four stars and would recommend to any fan.
The bulk of this Case Files is taken up with the mega epic the is Judgement Day. It's a crossover with Strontium Dog, and fetches the world of Judges (literally) together as well as the future bounty hunter to combat Sabbat the necromancer as he builds an army of undead to take over the world. It starts in the cursed earth on a Hot Dog run and spans the world before resolution.
We again see nods to some great Judge's from past stories - Perrier and Decker both feature in this and both had excellent earlier stories and are excellent examples of Mega City Judges. McGrudger is on fine and wacky form in this tale, but it's one of teamwork and hard men doing hard jobs to beat a school yard bully (although it's on a galactic scale!)
It's got excellent writing on most of the stories, and while the artwork is the usual randomness it's generally good to great. It's worth the price simply for Judgement Day which is a vital part of Mega City history, but as a bonus you get a couple of great bonus tales too.