Book Review: Judge Dredd: Year One by Matt Smith, Simon Coleby

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In an all-new adventure from Joe Dredd’s early days as a Mega City-One Judge, writer (and Eagle-award-winning 2000AD Editor) Matt Smith presents a tale where “all the young juves, carry the news,” only in this case, the news is delivered with a lethal blow!

Received in ebook format from http://www.netgalley.com. DRMd, too big to be sent to a kindle, had to be read using ADE on a laptop. Unfortunately ADE on a laptop is not the easiest format to read these stories – in “actual size” the font is virtually unreadable (bad for something this text heavy), but if you magnify, the scrolling becomes so slow as to be unresponsive….both PG-DN and cursor scroll both mean that each page can take over 10 minutes to progress through. (I have read other graphic novel content on an ipad, and it has been a joy and a delight to read, so to be presented in this format is highly disappointing).

To the story itself: Dredd has been on the streets for approx a year after 15 years in the academy. Psi-Division is not long established. Seemingly random Psi events kick off around the city, where teens that would have previously rated “zero” for psychic ability are producing. Dredd is learning from more experienced Judges such as Goodman and Riorden – the latter being the Psi-Cop leading on the investigation.  Between them Dredd and Riorden end up at a children’s home where Dredd enters the psychic rift that has opened up recently in the building.

Dredd finds himself facing a version of Meg City one that has been decimated as his own, but empty of people – a situation he has never confronted before, and it makes him nervous. He meets up with some judges that have been forced underground by the psy-kids that took the city over the previous year, under the guidance and direction of something that calls itself “The Four Mothers”. Meanwhile, the Judges in Dredd’s reality are attempting to find him and pull him back with forewarning of potential issues to come through a time link to the future.

Graphics are good – the other MegCity One in particular – it’s very word heavy (Dredd speaks!) and I will consider getting a paperversion of this

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