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Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1909…
Borag Thung, Earthlets!
We begin with an ending. The ending of Kingdom, to be precise – and the story of how Gene the Hackman found it. Beyond mindless action and a consistent (if irritating) dialect, there is little to enjoy in Dan Abnett’s tale of mutant dogs fighting a race of giant alien bugs. Beethoven meets Starship Troopers, this is not.
If you’re looking for mindless action, you’ll struggle to find a more literal example than in Pat Mills’ Greysuit – which opens on John Blake’s latest target, The Family Man (so-called because he murders a victim’s entire family when on assassination hits), bashing his own brains in against a wall. The disconnected eyeball flailing in each hit’s recoil is inspired. As is the army officer who suffers from singing Tourette’s (every other frame has him breaking into song), whom »
- Oli Davis
As with many of the best film discoveries in my life, I went in to see Dredd with low expectations. I’d been invited and figured I might as well go, but the idea of another cinematic crack at the Judge? The scaled-down, rubbery-looking costumes and the prospect of an eyeball-squeezing 3D presentation weren’t enough to attract my interest. Once the lights went down, that all changed. I found myself sealed into a greasy and violent world that lives on in my scorched brainpan to this day. It may not be the greatest movie ever made, but of its type Dredd is a minor classic, evoking the spirit of the book in a way Stallone couldn’t manage whilst building its own gritty, low budget vibe. Of everything I’ve seen at the pictures over the last decade or so, this is the one that surprised and inspired me more than any other. »
- Steve Palace
For those of you old enough, cast your minds back to the far reaches of 1976 (those of you like me who are not old enough just imagine). For children it was one of the best years ever with one of the hottest summers on record, the Muppet show, Raleigh Chopper bikes and no end of year exams. But little did children of the time know that in a little room, hunched over a desk were Pat Mills and John Wagner and they were in the process of developing what was to become one of the most popular UK comics of all time, 2000Ad. In particular, they were designing new characters for the publication and one of those under development was the futuristic fascist policeman we know and love as Judge Dredd.
First appearing in Prog 2 of 2000Ad in 1977, Dredd »
- Andrew Newton
Andrew Newton reviews 2000Ad Prog #1908…
Borag Thungg Squaxx dek Thargo. Prog 1908 greets us this week with part 9 of the excellent ‘Block Judge’ storyline by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra with Ezquerra once again proving how effective his artwork is at bringing Dredd’s world to life. In part 9 of ‘Block Judge’, Dredd is doing his usual superb work in Gramercy Heights and with the help of others is bringing order back to the Block, albeit slowly. I just can’t wait to find out what’s brewing in the Gramercy Heights Arena.
Next in the issue comes part 9 of Stickleback: The Thru’penny Opera. Excellently written by Ian Eddington, Stickleback is really building up to the big action now and although I’m no big fan of D’isreali there is no denying that the artwork adds the perfect atmosphere to the story. The sad thing is, after 9 parts I »
- Andrew Newton
One of the most frequently posted comments on this website over the past year? It'd be something along the lines of 'they can make [name of sequel that sounds not very good], but they can't make Dredd 2'. The frustration is understandable. When the Karl Urban-headlined Dredd movie tanked at the Us box office in particular, it seemed to take any hopes of a follow-up to what had been a raw, worthwhile film with it.
But the flame of hope still flickers, with a new web series the latest addition to the world of Dredd. However, should all concerned be looking for a future direction for Dredd 2, then Judge Dredd: Origins is surely prime material. It's a 2007 23-issue arc written and illustrated by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra to »
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog #1907…
Judge Dredd co-creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra reach part eight in their ‘Block Judge’ storyline this week. The progress has been slow cleaning up Gramercy Heights, but in a satisfying way. Dredd’s systematic arresting of the low-tier drug dealers to the high-level money men is a subtle exploration of proper, Wire-style policing in Mega City One. Multiple threats bubble away in the housing block, and it’s difficult to know which one will be the story’s conclusion. My money’s on the John Lennon-lookalike making a bomb in his flat.
But if you want explosions now rather than being slow built up to, Kingdom is your strip. The storyline is unabashed action, as the assorted band of mutant dogs and humans prepare to battle the badder and baddest one of Them – the enemy’s Alpha. Unfortunately, this action is at the »
- Oli Davis
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog #1906…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has dog fighters (literally), private school bashing, a vast, inter-dimensional eye and a talking horse. Some are great, some are dragging their feet; others, like Dredd, are just plain fun.
Judge Dredd is still playing babysitter/social engineer/Block Judge at Gramercy Heights. It’s always to see Dredd written and drawn by original creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. They bring an effortless understanding of its protagonist to the strip. There’s no overt effort to make it dark or tortured. It’s simply Dredd doing what he does best: being a hardass (a year at a Cursed Earth Correction Facility for one citizen with a Taiwanese Sexmek – a mekanoid rendered illegal “Under The Indenceny Act Of 2029” – being one harsh example).
A subtle joy about the Block Judge story is the montages. Initially they were slightly tedious, »
- Oli Davis
The Dredd producer introduces the trailer, stressing that the animation is a bootleg production inspired by the satirical 2000 Ad strip.
Superfiend focuses on classic Dredd villain Judge Death, the undead being from a reality in which he judged life a crime and eradicated the populace.
The animation will be released in a miniseries that launches online on October 27.
It will consist of six episodes: 'Judge Sydney', 'The Angel Gang', 'Judge Death', 'Rico & Vienna', 'In Death We Trust' and 'Dredd vs Death'.
There has been vocal fan demand for a sequel to 2012's Dredd, which flopped in Us cinemas but has been a surprise home release hit.
Superfiend is part of Shankar's 'Bootleg Universe', which also includes the Venom short Truth in Journalism and Punisher short Dirty Laundry.
Judge Death was created by John Wagner »
Villordsutch reviews 2000Ad Prog #1904…
Borag Thungg Flickering Myth and 2000Ad readers and welcome to the 2000 Ad Prog #1904 review in which we have no new stories starting this week and all of our tales are all fairly bedded in, so without any further ado we’ll march on with them…
Judge Dredd – Block Judge
As Dredd attempts to investigate the rather brutal murder of a Gilbert George – a supposed brilliant psychic – who’s respected by a number of businesses, Dredd’s current role of being Block Judge is draining his time away from this main case as he deals with minor issues including children taking other children hostage in the Block School, and obese athletes stuck in doorways and blocking hallways; this and the Block Courts having to sort out noise problems caused by music being played too loud to hide the noise of small farms being created.
John Wagner pens »
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #353…
Welcome to you squaxx dek thargo to the review for Megazine issue #353 in which we have a new starter with Judge Dredd: Dead Zone – Invisible, an ending from with the Man from the Ministry and our tales in Lawless and Uprising are continuing on. So let’s not hang around here whilst there’s scrotnig things to read!
Judge Dredd: Dead Zone – Invisible
With Invisible we’re following the hapless couple (Yodie and Belle) that stumbled into the grave-robbing/murder excellent story of the last few issues; it was in the final couple of chapters that Yodie discovered a possible piece of alien technology. The alien tech is built in the form of a bracelet, which Yodie now wears and Dredd and Co. are desperate to get hold of in what appears too be for the couple’s safety. Yodie in fear has »
The British publication introduced the likes of Alan Moore (Watchmen) and Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) to the comics world and the film features interviews with writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman), writer John Wagner (Judge Dredd), writer-director Alex Garland (Dredd; 28 Days Later) and writer Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum).
Metrodome International will debut and screen the film at the Afm.
Hogan and Mullane said: “We’re delighted to be working with Metrodome International on what was a real passion project for us, as we know they feel as strongly as we do about bringing the film to a wide audience.
“2000Ad is a real »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Villordsutch reviews Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens….
“Dredd Is The Most Lethal of the highly trained and obscenely well-armed law enforcement agency known as the Judges, tasked with keeping the sprawling metropolis of Mega-City One from descending into chaos and anarchy. But now Dredd and the other Judges are all that stand between the universe’s most efficient killing machines and the annihilation of every living being in the city—criminal or innocent. Dark Horse Comics and 2000 Ad team up to bring you a collection of the two classic stories Predator versus Judge Dredd and Judge Dredd versus Aliens!”
Dredd vs AvP! Now I was rather excited to be picking this up to review. Seeing Joe go against two of science-fictions greatest space creatures is going to be a fantastic read and to see how he deals with both foes at once in Mega-City One; however I quickly discovered »
2000 Ad: Prog 1900 & 1901
TV fans often defend their favourite shows with assurances that “it gets better.” It’s a given, at least in North America, that shows take time to truly find their footing. British television, however, is understood to be a place where the writer rules, and is thus free to craft more satisfying, finite stories untainted by corporate committee-think.
That’s not so much the case with British comics icon Judge Dredd, who debuted nearly 40 years ago in the second issue (or rather, “prog”) of 2000 Ad. Prog 1900 (on shelves this week) and next week’s 1901 feature a multi-part Dredd story, “Block Judge”, by the founding creative team of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. So, the creative continuity is there, but the character hasn’t stayed particularly fresh. »
- Steven Fouchard
(Cbr) "Dredd" has gone a long way to earn a huge and deserved fan following since its 2012 release. Unfortunately, director Pete Travis’ adaptation wasn’t a box-office hit. And yet, there’s still hope for a follow-up Appearing at Wizard World Chicago Con, star Karl Urban dropped a few more potential details. Luckily MovieWeb was there to listen in. “Why yes, there is a definite possibility,” Urban said. “But, it is more likely that we will do the ‘Origins’ story with Dredd trekking through the cursed earth to find the first Chief Judge Fargo.” Fargo was the first Judge, a celebrated figure of law and order who is Judge Dredd’s clone father. The character’s early days were fleshed out in a serialized "2000 Ad" story called “Origins” by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Published between 2006 and 2007, the story followed Dredd as he traveled outside of Mega-City »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
I really enjoyed Karl Urban's Dredd, and like all of the other fans, I want to see a sequel happen. Earlier this year Urban said that there have been conversations with screenwriter Alex Garland and Lionsgate about bringing another Dredd movie to the big screen.
While attending Chicago Comic-Con the actor was asked about the possibility of Dredd 2 and he revealed that if it happens it will most likely be a prequel instead of a sequel. Here's what he had to say as reported by Movie Web:
"Why yes, there is a definite possibility. But, it is more likely that we will do the origins story with Dredd trekking through the cursed earth to find the first Chief Judge Fargo."
- Joey Paur
Reboots and remakes are a dime a dozen in contemporary Hollywood, with seemingly every studio harkening back to yesteryear to bring back a host of beloved cinematic IPs for better or worse. However, few of these nostalgic attempts at reinvigorating a franchise manage to satisfy the core fan base let alone recoup their production cost. And one such reboot to fall foul to the latter was 2012’s beloved and crucially under-appreciated Dredd.
Despite being held up by fans as an instant classic, Pete Travis’ visualization of Mega City One’s judge, jury and executioner was deemed a commercial dud, thereby extinguishing any potential hope of a sequel. Nevertheless, the film’s ardent supporters have been rallying for the story to continue ever since.
- Michael Briers
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #351…
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! Dredd sniffs out corruption in the Cursed Earth burial pits in ‘Dead Zone’ by John Wagner and Henry Flint; Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson enforces her brand of justice in ‘Lawless’ by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade; and the citizens’ unrest is reaching flashpoint in the Dredd movie sequel ‘Uprise’ by Arthur Wyatt and Paul Davidson.
Welcome Perps to the Judge Dredd Megazine #351 review, continuing from last month’s milestone issue all of our stories are continuing on and we have no new starters. Lucky for you last month was pretty drokking good!
Judge Dredd carries on with his rather macabre murder investigation in “Dead Zone”. As Dredd begins his interrogation of the attendees of the Chaos (Plague) Memorial Interment Facility to gather further information into the whether Mr. McPhee died of his own causes »
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog #1893…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has a senile pensioner, blue vampires, one of those deepwater fish with a bulb for a quiff and dog-faced humanoid zombies. A standard night out in Maidstone, then.
The first of those – the senile pensioner – is Mrs Gunderson, currently hosting one of 2000Ad’s most infamous and fearsome killers, Judge Death, in her apartment. As she talks about Death’s arch-nemesis, Joe Dredd, being quite the hit with the ladies, you get the impression she hasn’t fully comprehended the impending threat.
Luckily, it’s just a Judge Death impersonator in the conclusion to John Wagner’s Dredd strip A Night in Sylvia Plath. Not as bizarrely brilliant as last week’s opener – this Part 2 was too busied with tying up its storylines over the wonderfully doting characters of Mrs Gunderson and Walter the faulty robot – but there was humour to be had, »
- Oliver Davis
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1892…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has diner-based showdowns, Albert Einstein-lookalikes, many trolls a’slayed and that niche, strange Eastern religion called Christianity. But first, we start at the beginning. Even more at the beginning than usual – the cover.
What a lovely display by Judge Dredd artist Colin MacNeil. The circular framing of its three characters and simple palette recall the opening title cards of Looney Tunes episodes. Which leads us right into this week’s Dredd strip, A Night in Sylvia Plath, written by ol’stoney face co-creator John Wagner. The title sounds like one of those celebrity porno tapes. A Night in Paris, A Night in Chyna (eyes…cannot…unsee…). Fortunately, it’s about the ‘Sylvia Plath’ block of apartments in Mega City One – specifically old Mrs Gunderson and her servant robot Walter, both with a few screws loose (figuratively and »
- Oliver Davis
Luke Graham reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1890…
Borag thungg, Earthlets! Prog 1890 of 2000Ad is packed to the gills with thrills and spills, but which strip delivers the most?
Speaking of deliveries, in part two of Sinister Dexter, Finnigan Sinister has to escape from delivery company Congo after his cover is blown. Swiftly dispatchingfive security guards in an inventive action scene, he escapes in mail truck. Unlike Mr. Davis, I’m not a fan of Jake Lynch’s artwork here. The lines are too messy, it’s not always clear where one character ends and another begins. It’s just awful. At least Dan Abnett is moving the story in an interesting direction as Sinister and Dexter are invited to a… barbecue.
- Luke Graham
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