What does /co/ think about Judge Dredd? I just got a bunch of volumes of the Complete Case Files and after work I'm going to get comfy and read through them.
>What does /co/ think about Judge Dredd?
I think the movie made me want to read every single Anderson story.
She's basically Saturn Girl as a super cop. It's like someone designed a character specifically to my tastes.
Love the character. Inspired me to cosplay and goto convention.
You're going to enjoy the books. If you really get invested, I'd recommend downloading the torrents for Judge Dredd Megazine or even 2000 AD to get a broader view of his world. Also there is one story omitted from case files due to copyrights.
I started reading some case files and noticed the first few stories in each volume are super short and okay. Do they get longer? I keep saying people suggest stuff like the dark judges/judge death arcs, are those proper long? Also is there colored versions of those? I vaguely recall seeing that.
The way Dredd was originally printed only some pages were in colour and the casefiles don't reproduce those colour pages mainly for cost reasons. The casefiles switch over to full colour from volume 12 onwards. There have been coloured reprints of some early Dredd stories like Dredd vs Death but they have never been collected. If you've seen colour early Dredd it's probably scans of these reprints or fan made colouring.
Dredd stories continue to vary in length from mulit part epics hundreds of pages long to five page one shots.
I like it alot
he is based and shit but I really like characters that follow their principles and do their job like it or not
the crossovers are funny and there are good storys all over, be it big arcs or some "a day in the life of dredd\megacity" chapter
If you are looking for a long story to get your teeth into I'd suggest the Apocalypse War/Block Mania reprinted in casefiles vol5. It's action packed with some fantastic art and is one of the more important stories in terms of shaping Dredd's world.
>Love the character. Inspired me to cosplay and goto convention.
Yo dude me too! Got any pics?
Damn, that's an impressive re-creation, looks spot on.
I read Judge Death and Necropolis ages ago, recently started on the case files, only on #3 but loving them so far. My favourite stories are City Block 1 and 2, more satirical than the others I've read so far.
Thoughts on the IDW Judge Dredd run anons? I thought it was alright. Nothing too special though.
So many progs...I've read three hundred of them and still have roughly 1500 to go. 1977 to 2013, never really thought of just how much time that is until now, when I'm going through it week by week.
You lucky lucky bastard anon. Getting to experience all that glorious thrill power for the first time. Just be sure to upgrade your thrill buffers, wouldn't want to overload your circuits,
My favorite ongoing comic. Always a standout in my week. Very much looking forward to 2016.
Normally I would've burnt out at this point, but it's just too damn good. I read a prog, then of course I have to read the next one. And the next one. When I finally look up, three hours have passed.
Read the first 2.5 Case Files then stopped for whatever reason. My OCD compels to restart from the beginning. Keep putting it off. Wish they'd make an animated series or some shit. Not like it's going to get more popular the longer they wait.
Currently reading Complete Case Files 01. Hoping to get 02 and/or 05 for Christmas. Have read America and Origins as well.
Judge Dredd animated series, you say? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMEeVPAsox8
The initial run was pretty bad in my opinion. A lot of the stuff the writer did never jived too well with me.
All of the spin-off issues were pretty good, and much more in tone with what I've read in 2000AD Dredd.
>tfw this crossover STILL hasn't happened
>in this year of our lord 2015 AD
Yep. Had lot of fun doing it. Classic was a lot more trickier than I thought it'd be though.
How about a quick storytime?
First appearance of alien super fiend Judge Death
Sorry anon I'll be done soon, this first story is only 4 episodes
>looks spot on.
A guy actually bought the production moulds used for the films pieces and sells casts of them. They are as accurate as you can get, it's great.
Looks great man
Thanks. My sis and I worked on it over a year. Made the shoulders out of eva foam, pill bottles, and pipe cleaner for the claws.
The shoulders are mounted using velcro and then leveled off with pads underneath my jacket to give the broad shoulders illusion.
Only thing I hate is that I couldn't get a metal helm done in time and had to make that one using a chicken bucket. Guy next to me in this pic used a 3D printer for his and it looked damn good.
That's all kinds of awesome, man. Major props!
Unless you're wally squad or a psi, long beards and hairstyles that can't be tucked into the helmet are usualy forbidden. Dredd himself famously hates even accepted mustaches, since he considers grooming and caring too much for personal appearance to be a personality flaw.
Cyborg enhancements! I swear.
Dredd gets some weird meet ups. Like superman and satan. Still surprised they even reference saten after all these years.
Just wish they did more with that nice dimission dredd.
Hey Judge Anon, I want to thank you for getting me into Dredd. I enjoyed the storytimes and started collecting bits and pieces.
I also have parts of a Dredd 3D movie costume on the way.
Woah, glad to hear! Man, you look like you're well underway! Also, I'm mad fuggin' jelly of your collection. Looks like half of Planet Replicas' storeroom in there!
I think I will have half of it by the end of the month. RIP my bank account
I really hope they can license it to sell in other countries, it's a really nice looking set of hardbacks, the covers are fantastic.
Real nice stuff, man. Got any favorite stories or characters yet? Gonna get on 3A's action figures too?
>Got any favorite stories or characters yet?
I have read everything up from the start up to 2003 due to torrents, started buying them as I both wanted to actually pay for them and to have physical copies.
Anderson remains my favourite, followed by Hershey then Old Grumpychin himself.
I really enjoyed the apocalypse war and need to go through it again.
>Gonna get on 3A's action figures too?
I don't think I'm getting any of the 3A ones but I have already pre-ordered this one
And without the helmet
>need to go through it again.
Do so. It really pays off to read it with a very close analytical eye in terms of storytelling and pacing. See how Wagner and Grant do rising peaks of tension and action while still keeping everything in context and constantly raising the stakes. And of course, Ezquerra's art is phenomenal. The man was doing "widescreen comics" nearly twenty years before that became a thing and ten times better.
Oh yeah, I've seen that fig! Looks incredible. It's really nice to see the undershirt of the uniform, how it all works out. Very cool stuff.
3A I'm really hyped about because they do quality work, their Lawmaster looks great, and a few months back they did a podcast with the 2000AD folks where they confirmed plans to do more side judges, like Giant and Hershey. They have an Anderson coming out on 2016 maybe, so once they get a good female judge mold, Hershey can't be that far behind.
And brother, I'd do unspeakable things to get my hands on that.
I got mine from here
I will be buying the Hershey and Anderson the moment they are available.
Some day I will cosplay that sharp-haired chocolate Judge. Some day. I'm still sad we only got an easter egg of her in the 3d film, but it's better than her being a love interest I guess.
It pays to look up some info on Ezquerra's original design. A few tidbits:
>Ezquerra was mailed a picture of David Carradine dressed up as Frankenstein from Death Race 2000 as a basis for the character.
>The helmet was drawn to resemble an executioner's hood.
>The Lawgiver has a boot holster because Ezquerra had been told judges would spend a lot of their time riding a motorcycle. The original Lawmaster design also has a holster for a rifle too, like WWII motorbikes.
>The eagle was taken from a 50 Pesetas coin from Franco's Spanish regime.
>Several other details were also taken from Franco's military and police uniforms.
>John Wagner hated the shit out of it the first time he saw it, saying "I don't want to write a fucking spanish pirate!"
>>John Wagner hated the shit out of it the first time he saw it, saying "I don't want to write a fucking spanish pirate!"
My favorite part of this cameo is that it says she's been assigned a riot. And while I'm sure that just means she's something like senior judge in charge of the ground forces, a part of me wants to believe Dredd 3D's Hershey is enough of an unstoppable badass that she can stop an entire riot by herself.
>"What happened here?"
>"Riot. Perps were uncooperative."
Only if the perp resists. If a perp surrenders, then a judge is expected to bring him in. But because murder is usually a life sentence (and attempted murder of a judge is 100% a life sentence), a lot of perps choose to try their luck and shoot their way out or make a run for it. And the moment they do, all their rights are forsaken.
Circumstances can also get you around it.
If I recall right a high level sov assassin simply got life despite his many killings.
PJ maybe was arrested after surrendering and later his death sentence became life after bargaining some info over to the Judges. Dredd did try to have him killed though. And if you do not know who maybe is, he is basicly Dredd's Riddler who likes to kill for fun.
Also two senior Judges can agree to invoke the Security of the City act granting themselves emergency powers to do whatever the drokk they like.
They do have justify all that torture and summery execution at a later date though.
been trying to get the complete case files so i can get more into dredd, played the games and saw the more recent movie but i want to actually know how it all started and such, any links or torrents anyone can share?
>inb4 sentenced to isocubes
Isn't it a common test for cadets to be forced to stop a judge from killing perps that have surrendered? I'm sure I have seen it a few times
When I get back I'll post the recommended reading list and a link to a fairly up to date torrent
Apparently someone beat me to it >>78005861
/torrent/8851083/Judge_Dredd_Collected_from_2000AD_progs_0001_-_1829_(1977_-_2013 on pirate bay
Please do buy the case files though, if you get into it.
Yep. Dredd did it to Giant Sr., IIRC.
Read the entire run up to the year 2000 or something
10/10 even the worst stories are readable and the best ones like apocalypse war/dredd singlehandedly winning a global war, helltrek, judge child, necropolis and oz are all great. The short stories about dredd's daily life were my favorite.
Even the skysurfer parts that were the weakest in my opinion were still decent enough to read.
Also helltrek would make excellent sequel material for dredd 2012. It's be a great chance to showcase the world outside megacities, although arguably 99% of the fun in dredd come from the absurdities of living in a dystopian megacity.
I have to admit, Helter Skelter holds a special place in my heart; primarily because it was the first mega-epic Dredd arc I read when I first picked up 2000ad. A lot of recent arcs like Trifecta, Total War and Chaos Day are damn good too
I honestly thought I was only Dredd fan here who didn't care too much for the OZ shit. Have to give the writers credit for how they handled the whole story line, did not see the end coming and it fit in so well with Dredd's fucked up world.
It's all about Babs for me.
I know Ennis hates it, but I enjoy Helter Skelter too for what it is: a shameless love letter.
Yeah, I understand all the points he makes, like being too much of a fan to really put Dredd through the grinder and rehashing a lot of Wagner and Grant stuff, but I definitely agree he's way too hard on himself. His Dredd was perfectly acceptable, and at any rate, better than Millar or Morrison's.
Spoilers for Helter Skelter:
using interdimensional technology, a bunch of villains from different timelines where they beat Dredd band together, with Judge Cal as their leader, and launch an attack on MC-1 along with other 2000AD villains. Before Dredd can stop them they take over the Hall of Justice and crucifiy the council of five, but Hershey survives because she's too legit to quit.
The important thing here is that Chief Judges come and go, but only one got literally nailed to a cross for her city.
did they ever explain who was the only cadet who passed the Judge exam under Dredd before Giant?
There's quite a bit of Henry Flint drawn Dredd coming up in trade paperback. Volumes for Dead Zone and Titan for February and June 2016.
I can't speak for Titan (I guess this paperback will include the sequel) but I read Dead Zone in the Megazine and it has some of my favourite Dredd artwork.
How is the Megazine at the moment?
Solid right now. A great main Dredd story by Wagner and MacNeil featuring Judge Beeny and Total War. Enjoying Brit-Cit adventures in Storm Warning and Lawless is fun but I can't quite get past how similar to Copperhead it is.
I read the first arc of Lawless and enjoyed it. Best B&W comic I can recall recently.
Lawless really benefits from following up on the Insurrection trilogy. You can show how the system is "supposed" to work in Lawless, but keep the looming threat of SJS Space Bastards in the background if things ever get out of hand.
after sometimes in those dredd thread I begin to wonder if someone really doesn't like dredd
it's one of the best ongoing comics I've ever read and it never cease to amaze me, be it old or new storys
judge dredd is fucking awesome
It's possible that, with things like Mega-City Confidential, they may be setting Hershey up to go full McGruder (have a big fallout with Dredd, become bitter enemies, etc.), but lately they've smoothed a lot of things up so unless something really bad happens, I imagine she'll go down during a mega epic in defense of the city. Or at least, that's what I hope they'll do. Apart from a few awesome pages, I was honestly downright disgusted with how she was treated in Enceladus. Absolute bullshit.
Megazine's doing fucking great right now. Great stuff all around.
Swear to God, I wish someone would tell Dredd to stop being a fucking shady dick to the biggest ally he has. She trusted him with the final decision on the Ranger program just like six weeks ago, and now here he is, running around behind her back like an asshole. Again. If anything, I'm happy to see that if it does come down to blows, at least half of it will be Dredd's own damn fault.
Not gonna lie: I'm super fucking into this whole teetering friendship thing right now. Like honestly emotionally invested. These two need a good huge epic crisis to bond over again.
Hear ya on the investment part. Every time you think Dredd has built some level of respect of Hershey, he says fuck it and undermines her.I think what makes it so interesting though is that Hershey is more than willing to step down and let Dredd take over.
With all the disagreements they've been dropping since chaos day, the next big event has got to have their relationship playing a big role.
And man, now I'm putting it into a bigger context and realizing this is Dredd learning from his mistakes. Remember Mechanismo? That was also a disagreement over a patch-up measure taken by a Chief Judge after a major crisis. He tackled that head-on, clumsy and almost panicking, and got his badge taken from him after that. So now he's a lot more methodical and sneaky about the way he "protests" similar measures. He didn't throw the full weight of his investigation in the Mega City Confidential case, surely confident that it would leak itself eventually. Now he's using Wally Squad to undermine this privatization plan, which also came from the Hall of Justice. He has his greviances, and for the most part he's right about them in the long run, but instead of trying to appeal to Hershey's sense of justice or twisting her arm he's sneaking around her back to sabotage everything. He's forgetting this isn't McGruder, this isn't someone who's insane or has a hate boner for him. And yeah, sooner or later that shit's gonna blow up in his face.
My only hope is that when it happens, it happens under Wagner or Al Ewing's pen. I really didn't like Rob Williams' bits with them in Enceladus, besides the control room scene.
I think thats the beauty of it all Unlike Marvel's civil war where this type of division resulted in making one side a complete dick. Hershey has in part been shown to be making practical choices.
Shes stated the city is fucked from past events and can't simply bully its way like before.
Every program introduced has been done with the intent of filling the coffers and getting the city back on its feet. And best of all, shes asked Dredd to come up with a better plan beyond "muh lawl" or gtfo the way.
I'm just wondering where this is all heading. We keep getting stories every once in awhile about the system needing to change, yet Dredd seems conservative against any change while Hershey and the department as a whole has no problems going further right. Maybe Joe will have a relapse and remember Fargo's dying breath?