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...of a collection with the exceptions being Inferno by Grant Morrison. A bunch of judges exiled to titan return with a vengeance! And the judge robots fiasco which may be signaling the end of Chief judge macgruder!
The editors at 2000AD dropped the ball with this one. Volume 19 includes the Inferno story line, but the start of Part 2 makes no sense if you haven't read the Purgatory story, which they decided not to include in this volume as Dredd does not appear in Purgatory. If you want to get the full Inferno experience, make sure you find Purgatory online somewhere and read that story first.
Over all its a good book but kindle need a better optimization process for these books. the occasional clipping of word bobbles and misplacement of cells out of order can be annoying but the material is great and just what you would expect.
Following a bit of a bounce back in volume 18, the Complete Case Files Volume 19 slides further down the spiral both in terms of story quality as well as Art, although I was partial to the art of Greg Staples at the time, but some of the other artists employed as they tried to increase the pool simply don’t work.
In terms of story quality, the primary tale in this volume is the Epic ‘Inferno’ of which more later. The standalone stories are highly variable here. I was quite partial to the opening story ‘Enter Jonni kiss’ but he return of characters like the Muzak Killer Marty Zpok and ‘The Chieftain’ give the accurate impression Garth Ennis was checking out and moving on. Most of the other standalone titles within the 2000AD section are uninspired or actively weak. Inferno is arguably the weakest regarded of the Mega Epics and I found it lived down to its reputation. An odd rehash of Judgement Day and the Apoclaypse war, the script comes across as gratuitous and chucks a logo of established continuity in the toilet. The artwork of the late Carlos Ezquerra is superb however as always…
Onto the Megazine section and again the quality control on the stories is erratics. Probably the best is ‘Number Five is Alive’ where the Mechanismo robot thought dead in Volume 18 is alive but the artwork for the story isn’t the best. It does set up the ongoing tension between Dredd and Mcgruder quite nicely but this is certainly the weakest collection to date and one for completists. Three stars from me.
This is deep in to the worst of the Dredd story lines. The art, full colour throughout, is terrible. Mostly you cannot even tell this is the Big Meg. Stories are boring and derivative, and well below the standard of classics. I am dubious things will get better whilst Ennis is at the helm.
the dredd files continue, as i have said before i still prefer the early adventures but lets face it he is still with out a doubt the hardest lawman out there even if at times it does`nt make much sense