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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd – Day of Chaos: The Fourth Faction

16 September 2015 1:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd – Day of Chaos: The Fourth Faction…

With the much-loved mayor of Mega-City One presumed dead by the citizens, an election has been scheduled to choose his successor. Cadet Judge Hennessey has predicted that something terrible will happen on the Election Day and she may be right. East-Meg assassin Nadia has arrived in the Big Meg, carrying a deadly weapon that could destroy everything!

Those that know their Dredd will be more than aware of a little skirmish that occurred within the Dredd Universe – 1981 in real-time – called The Apocalypse War.  If you’re not up to speed on this “bit of a do” I’ll recap.  Before this war East-Meg had – unbeknownst at first – released a water born drug which launched a block war, which was dubbed Block Mania.  Residents became manic; tens of thousands perished in these riots along with a large number of Judges, when »

- Villordsutch

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2000Ad at the movies in a post-Dredd World

7 September 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Just because Dredd didn't catch on as hoped, it doesn't mean there aren't many 2000Ad strips that shouldn't be overlooked.

In 1977, a bearded young man made Star Wars, a little film you may have heard of. Said movie went on to imprint itself onto the public's hearts, and spawned a franchise that's (thankfully) never been stronger.

However, popular culture gained another iconic creation in that same year: 2000Ad, the self-titled Galaxy's Greatest Comic. It's fair to say that, while you could likely find a hermit in the world's deepest, darkest cave with some knowledge of Star Wars, 2000Ad has less global recognition.

Over the years, though, 2000Ad has continued to flourish, and has, recently, begun to expand its reach: the comic now has its own podcast (the Thrill-Cast, well worth a listen, featuring interviews with major creators from across the comic's run); an app for digital downloads is available; and »

- simonbrew

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Judge Dredd co-creator says, “There will be a new Dredd film…”

4 September 2015 3:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ever since the ultra-violent 2012 Karl Urban headlined adaptation of Dredd hit theatres, fans everywhere have been holding their breath for a much deserved sequel. Unfortunately their hopes have been dashed several times despite highly publicised campaigns aimed at turning the studios heads.

However, there may be some shining light at the end of the tunnel as co-creator John Wagner took to Facebook to answer some fans questions.

During a conversation on whether or not a sequel could happen Wagner commented, “There will be a new Dredd film…it’s just a question of when.”

While this may sound a tad ambiguous, it’s really the first time that the creator has spoken about a new film. Alex Garland, who wrote the screenplay for Dredd and also produced, has previously admitted that another adaptation of some sort is inevitable in the near future although he won’t be involved. Karl Urban »

- Gavin Logan

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“There will be a new Dredd film”, says John Wagner

3 September 2015 11:35 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A Karl Urban-headlined Dredd sequel is a long shot - but Judge Dredd is still likely to return on screen, argues John Wagner.

The chances of an official, fully-fledged film sequel to 2012’s Dredd have all but been extinguished over the past years, with even a strong campaign failing to persuade anyone to stump up the necessary $40m or so to make the project happen. As such, Karl Urban’s days as Ol’ Stoney Face seem done and dusted, no matter how keen the actor is to reprise the role.

But still, just because one Dredd adventure is over, another may yet begin. And on Facebook. Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner has suggested that more Dredd will eventually arrive on the big screen.

“There will be a new Dredd film”, he posted on Facebook, “it’s just a question of when”.

That was pretty much the same line that »

- simonbrew

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Frightfest 2015: ‘Future Shock!’ Review

29 August 2015 2:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Featuring: Pat Mills, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Kevin O’Neill, David Bishop, John Wagner, Dave Gibbons, Dan Abnett, Alan Grant | Directed by Paul Goodwin

The latest in a long-line of pop-culture documentaries that capture the zeitgeist of their particular subject matter, Future Shock! The Story of 2000Ad tells the story of the UK science-fiction comic that changed the face of the industry – a comprehensive overview of its history, a warts-and-all. A peek inside the creative process of its most famous creators, and a funny, moving and passionate chronicle of how a band of talented eccentrics assembled to create a visionary and extraordinary comic that’s still a game-changer 36 years on.

First published in 1977, 2000Ad was violent, anti-authoritarian, blackly funny and above all, idiosyncratically British… and was – at its birth – seen as a dangerous, anarchic and totally anti-establishment. Yet it’s hard to comprehend, as someone who grew up seeing 2000Ad on the shelves of newsagents, »

- Phil Wheat

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The Dark Judges returning to 2000Ad for Dreams of Deadworld

29 August 2015 1:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

2000Ad has revealed that the Dark Judges will be making their return in September for Dreams of Deadworld, a new four part series from writer Kek-w and artist Dave Kendall.

Artist Dave Kendall was inspired by a haunting dream to create his own versions of John Wagner and Brian Bolland’s classic Judge Death, Judge Mortis, Judge Fire, and Judge Fear characters – and now those versions are getting their own strip in 2000 Ad.

The story explores what happens to the fearsome foursome after their slaughter of the entire population but before they discovered the dimension jump technology that allowed them to visit Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One.

Each episode will focus on a particular Dark Judge as they stalk the remains of their once-teeming world, unveiling more of about their origins. In the first episode, Judge Fire travels beneath the waves to discover treachery by members of their terrifying department »

- Gary Collinson

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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files #01 (10th Anniversary Edition)

13 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch Reviews Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files #01 (10th Anniversary Edition)…

The first thing you’ll notice about this Complete Case Files #01 is that it’s fairly massive, this book is so big my Nexus 7 creaked when I uploaded it.  Now quite a few of you may also have this book, as this is the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Complete Case Files #01, which is rather lucky for me as I had initially missed it. So being given the chance to read the starting stories of the genesis of Judge Dredd – from the founding Fathers – and not only that but to see the classic Dredd artwork is going to be an added bonus.

As you may expect with the Dredd stories of old they aren’t the Dredd we know today.  Yes  John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra are still creating unbelievable tales for Dredd now and they can really »

- Villordsutch

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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd: Dark Justice

17 July 2015 1:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Andrew Newton reviews Judge Dredd: Dark Justice

Having previously been destroyed by nuclear fire and dragged to hell by the vengeful spirits of those he had murdered, alien superfiend Judge Death has managed to return to the world. United with his ‘brothers’ – Judges Fear, Fire and Mortis – the quartet of terror have invaded The Mayflower – a starship populated by four thousand of Mega-City One’s richest citizens. Psi-Division’s Cassandra Anderson discovers that Death has returned and now she and Judge Dredd must travel into deep space in an attempt to stop the Dark Judges once and for all.

There are very few comic books better than one containing Dredd but it is rarer than hen’s teeth to find one better than a comic book containing Dredd going up against the Dark Judges.  The latest graphic novel from Rebellion containing this evil gang is Dark Justice written by »

- Andrew Newton

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Future Shock! The Story of 2000Ad review

5 July 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Pat Mills and John Wagner are amongst the talking heads in the first full documentary about the mighty 2000Ad.

It feels surprising that no one has attempted to chart the history of 2000Ad in a documentary before, given its legacy, but with its current upward trajectory and the devotion that it inspires (especially in the wake of the critically acclaimed but commercially melancholy film of Judge Dredd) it’s probably the best time to make a feature with a positive outlook.

Future Shock! is the work of Paul Goodwin, whose main task appears to have been assembling a wealth of talent to interview. With the exception of Alan Moore, Mark Millar and Garth Ennis, the big names are all present, which means you get to see Neil Gaiman sitting in front of an apparently colour coded bookcase, Bryan Talbot enthusiastically miming someone being impaled on a sword, »

- simonbrew

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Comic Book Review – 2000Ad Prog 1934

10 June 2015 6:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1934…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets!

After the plodding ‘Breaking Bud’ story by Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner, Michael Carroll returns to the strip with ‘Blood of Emeralds’. The green gem of the title refers to Emerald Isle, where one of the strip’s characters – Judge Fintan Joyce – was drafted from post-Chaos Bug. He’s attacked by the assassin Stonefish in the opening segment, a wickedly quick sequence of narrow, page-wide panels, similar to Mark Millar or Brian Michael Bendis’ panoramic layouts. It’s all over a MacGuffin – Joyce’s safety deposit box that’s just arrived in his possession. There’s a distinctly Irish flavour to the story: Fintan Joyce’s name, the ‘Emerald Isle’, a picture of his father wearing a green version of the Judges outfit, even the tease for next week’s instalment called ‘Return to Murphyville’. Expect a Gangs of Mega City-One joke in weeks to come. »

- Oli Davis

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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 10

9 June 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Andrew Newton reviews Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 10…

Judge Dredd takes to the mean streets of the Big Meg once more to tackle the city’s most dangerous offenders, including the deadly martial artist Stan Lee! The tenth book in this bestselling series collects together some of the very best in Thrill-power, including such stories as ‘The Art of Kenny Who?’, ‘The Fists of Stan Lee’, ‘Atlantis’ and ‘The Taxidermist.’ Featuring the writing of Judge Dredd dynamic duo Alan Grant (Batman) and John Wagner (A History of Violence) and the work of such classic artists as Steve Dillon (Preacher), Cam Kennedy (Star Wars) and Kevin O’Neill (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), this is the perfect collection for all discerning comic fans!

Judge Dredd, undoubtedly one of the finest bringers of law the world has seen, comes to our attention again today as Judge Dredd: The Complete »

- Andrew Newton

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Comic Book Review – 2000Ad Prog 1933

3 June 2015 6:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1933…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets!

In the first of three different concluding instalments this week, John Wagner’s latest Judge Dredd strip – ‘Breaking Bud’ – comes to an end. Unlike his last run, with the occasionally brilliant, but ultimately hammy ‘Dark Justice’, ‘Breaking Bud’ has its dithering narrative topped off with an awkwardly placed deus-ex-machina. The conclusion has the forced loose end tying of an early film noir’s end final scenes.

Tharg’s 3riller ‘Commercial Break’ story fares no better with a similarly dud ending – a rushed final battle sequence between our three heroes and the alien invaders. The plots coveted ‘brixels’ play an important part in the conclusion, with their psychically controlled nature used to create various weapons and defences…but, other than that, it all feels inconsequential. The whole thing seemed over in seconds, an odd pace considering how considered the first two parts were. »

- Oli Davis

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Comic Book Review – 2000Ad Prog 1930

14 May 2015 2:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1930…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets!

John Wagner continues his Breaking Bad riff with the second instalment of Judge Dredd story ‘Breaking Bud’ this week, a tale about a recently fired Justice League worker turned to crime. Like dear old Walter White, you think Bud Biggard is just out to support his family. Then the revenge against his old boss happens, and all of a sudden, he goes all evil Heisenberg. Pretending to be a force of Spectre-esque vengeance, Bud uses a stolen invisibility bracelet to get his way. The concluding dark turn bodes well for the story going forward…for the slightly disturbed amongst us, anyway.

Speaking of slightly disturbed, 2000Ad can count a new writer droid amonst its ranks – C.B. Harvey makes his debut with the Terror Tale ‘Phase Shift’, a brief story about a mad scientist trying to turn solid matter into gas, and then back again. »

- Oli Davis

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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges #4

30 April 2015 10:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Andrew Newton reviews Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges #4…

Classics tales of Judge Death—and his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis—come to life in this remastered and colourised series!

Out of all the enemies Judge Dredd has, Judge Death and his comrades are the most fearsome and the most troublesome to the citizens of Mega City One.  In this current series, Judges Death, Fear, Fire and Mortice have come through to the city after tricking Judge Anderson.

In this issue, Judge Anderson returns from Death World to Mega City 1 to find chaos as Dredd and the other judges try to track down the Dark Judges.

I remember this story when it first came out and it’s just as good and enthralling read now as it was then.  It is undeniably a high quality story written by those who know Dredd and his universe the best, Alan Grant and John Wagner. »

- Andrew Newton

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2000Ad reveals Fcbd special edition Prog

30 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Free Comic Book Day (Fcbd) landing on the 2nd May the treats are rolling out for the millions of readers around the world and 2000Ad have announced what they’ll be giving away with their free special edition Prog.

It’s not often you get these great names, and by great names we’re talking about Dave Gibbons, Pat Mills, Mick McMahon, John Wagner, Ben Willsher, Henry Flint, Kevin O’Neill, Rob Williams, Luca Pizzari, Simon Davis, Matt Smith & Mike Hawthorne, all packed into a 48-page free comic book; but on the 2nd May you will.  This coming Saturday – available only from participating comic book stores – this 2000 Ad Fcbd issue includes brand new material that has never been published before plus old favourites from the Thrill Archive!

Not only that but there are also free signings going on in the UK and the USA with Mick McMahon, Ben Willsher, »

- Villordsutch

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Comic Book Review – 2000Ad Prog 1928

29 April 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1928…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets! This week sees the culmination of creative dream team Rob Williams and Henry Flint’s stint on Judge Dredd. There isn’t an emoticon for Sad Ol’Stoney Face, so you’ll just have to imagine one.

What you won’t have to imagine, though (unless you own a copy of Total Recall), is a three-breasted woman, as a rather fetching mutant stars in this Prog’s Strontium Dog. After ending last week on a Mexican standoff, this instalment jumps straight into the gunfighting action. John Wagner continues the strip’s noir detective-ish tone, having Johnny Alpha hang out at bars, offer bribes and casually outwit foes. Still, the extra bosom can’t detract from this week’s lack of plot progression.

At least you do care about Alpha’s fate, though. Orlock’s, however, is completely inconsequential. This week’s instalment »

- Oli Davis

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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – The Heavy Mob

15 April 2015 6:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – The Heavy Mob…

The Heavy Mob features the stories Holocaust 12, Brit-Cit Brute, Wynter and the Judge Dredd tales Father Earth, Debris and Warzone, featuring the work of John Wagner, Robbie Morrison, John Smith, Jim Murray, Kev Walker, Ron Smith, Michael Carroll, Pj Holden, Nick Percival, and more.

This volume concentrates on the heavily armoured divisions within the Justice Department, sent into the most extreme of troublespots. Holocaust 12 and Brit-Cit Brute have never been reprinted since their original publication in the early 1990s, so this will be the first time they will be getting an airing in twenty years!

I feel Heavy Mob is now unfortunately the first real stumble in the Judge Dredd: Mega Collection; it begins well but proceeds to grasp randomly at stories that previously would have been stapled to the closing chapters of the other Mega Collections.

It »

- Villordsutch

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2000Ad Prog 1924 – Comic Book Review

7 April 2015 5:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1924…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets! It’s all change this Prog, with five spanking-new stories beginning. Well, they’re kinda new. Four of them are just the latest chapters in long-running strips. Handily, though, the editors have included a ‘catch-up’ page for each, which makes for some entertaingly bonkers reading. 2000Ad, it seems, is where comic book writers’ imaginations go to take drugs.

These narratives make perfect sense when told over time, but appear most strange when condenscened into two paragraphs. The best of these is the catch-up for Strontium Dog, the long-running strip from Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Mutant turned bounty hunter turned freedom fighter, once-dead-but-returned-to-life Johnny Alpha seemed “blown to smithereens” last time we saw him. Turns out he was saved by the government he fought against to face a greater foe. Personally, Alpha has never done it for me. It »

- Oli Davis

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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd: Luna-1

5 April 2015 4:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Andrew Newton reviews Judge Dredd: Luna-1…

In 2061, an international lunar treaty divided a million square miles of the moon’s surface between Mega-Cities One, Two and Texas City. Every six months one of these cities has to supply a Judge-Marshal to govern it… enter Judge Dredd! An environment every bit as deadly as the streets of the ‘Big Meg’, Judge-Marshal Dredd has his work cut out for him – especially when war breaks out during the first Lunar Olympics!

Judge Dredd is one of those characters that you love to bits but would never want policing your town.  This is perhaps the same sentiments of those citizens living on Luna 1 when Dredd visits there to become the Judge Marshal for six months.

This compilation features the stories of Dredd’s tenure as Judge Marshall of the Luna 1 colony that spanned the progs of 2000Ad from issue 42 to 58 and all excellently »

- Andrew Newton

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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – Mandroid

2 April 2015 2:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – Mandroid…

Mandroid is a vigilante story about former soldier Nate Slaughterhouse, who is invalided with his family back to Mega-City One with half his body replaced with cybernetic parts. When his wife goes missing and his son is targeted by criminals, Nate goes on the rampage.

After the Mega-Collection’s fragmented last issue where we took a look at the evolution of Judge Anderson, this time we return to my preferred method of delivery – within this series – with virtually a full issue dedicated to one entire story, which in this case is Mandroid – a tale from the great John Wagner and the fantastic artistic talents of Kev Walker.  We do get two other tales stapled on at the end in the form of Escape From Atlantis, and Bad Mother from the talents of Simon Coleby, Carl Critchlow, Paul Marshall and Cam Kennedy »

- Villordsutch

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