Judge Dredd #1 (2015)
Writers: Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas
Artist: Dan McDaid
Anyone that has read any Judge Dredd series in the past knows that this issue by far is headed in a totally new and unique direction. IDW wants to put Dredd in a never before place and this post-apocalyptic world is definitely something different.
Story (5/10) :
Judge Dredd meets a post apocalyptic future where the world is green and not at all the same. After being called to a crime scene early in the issue, we are unexpectedly introduced to Dredd waking up in a “Grassy Knoll” meeting a unique set of characters. Not too much information in this first issue but the story does, at the very least, try to grab our attention. We meet a group of kids, a herd of strange people, and a place called Ang Avi all in a strange world. A far cry from Mega-City or even a Mega-block. Dredd tries to decipher where he is and runs into Judge Robots protecting the Ang Avi paradise. Not much happens except Judge puts the bots down, ends up with a few kid tag-alongs, and finds that the Ang Avi is no paradise but in-fact Mega-City One………hmm.
That leaves us all guessing until issue 2.
The art in this book is a bit much to consume. While the open environments look good, the characters are not very well drawn and the line work at times creates more confusion on the page than necessary.
Not the best style but not the worst either.
Lettering / Layout (8/10):
Not much to call out here but the lettering is relatively solid..
TO put it bluntly, not a fan of this first issue but am willing to give it a chance and you should too. Judge Dredd books tend to always come thru in end. So let’s cough this one up to act one with hopefully better to come.