In Mega-City One, the Judges are the law – acting as judge, jury, and executioner. But how do the citizens really feel about a system where they are powerless? This classic, chilling look at the impact of the Judges is finally back in print – and now has contains more material than ever! America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city… bar the odd encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer… and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation – with the Judges in its sights!
This is one of those really difficult to review pieces just because it is such a complex story. It’s hard to pick out any one point in this collection, because there are so many levels to it. Being a Dredd fan for many years, it was tough to read story where he was primarily in the back seat, which I have to say was a bold move for writer John Wagoner, but if anyone has that right, it’s him. After all, he’s the one that brought the character, and so many others to life to begin with. America comes in 3 distinct parts, the initial deals with her life and death, the second Beeny’s attempts to atone for his part in her death, and finally her daughter’s attempts to hunt down those ultimately responsible for what happened to her.
America isn’t a happy story. Much like other Dredd stories, it is filled with warnings of the direction our world could go in. It is also a deeply personal tale of what Mega City is like for those who aren’t Judges. It is a parable of a society that has become so eaten away by corruption and war that the smallest infractions bring about harsh justice at the hands of a stoic police force that see in only black and white terms. The gripping script that tears at the heart strings is only underscored by the painted artwork that capture an almost darker version of Mega City, if that’s even possible than the usual Judge Dredd tale. Mega City 1 seems to take a whole new life under the painted
If by some rare circumstance, you missed this in it’s original run, this is your chance to buy the whole saga in one book. This collection also includes script excerpts from John Wagoner. A must have for any Judge Dredd fan.
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