How do I into Judge Dredd? Is this series a good place to start?

How do I into Judge Dredd? Is this series a good place to start?

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  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Just read whatever the frick you want.

    Though if I were to recommend a WORSE place to start then that might be it.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >WORSE

      WORST

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I started with the Batman crossover, (after seeing the 1995 movie). It's a good place to ease into it.

      >WORSE

      WORST

      I have that comic sitting right next to me and I haven't gotten to it yet. As a burger who's pretty familiar with Dredd through limited resources,( some of the comics, magazines, novels, video game, an encyclopedia from the 90s, and the films) what am I in for?

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        It's not bad. The issue is that it's so uncharacteristic of the usual Dredd story that it would give you weird ideas of what the series is about. It works better when you understand why it's not like most of the series.

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          Cuz it's not done tongue in cheek like most of the rest of the series?

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            It's also not really from Dredd's perspective (at least not in the way that nearly all the rest of the stories are where he's unquestionably the center of the story) and that fact alone probably makes it a poor intro.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Is it better to just start from the beginning?

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Doesn't really matter. Go right ahead if you want.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        I mean, his oldest stories are very simplistic and quite corny (even more so than the later ones) for a fair while, but they do have some cool ideas here and there

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          This is bullshit. Early Dredd is great.

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah, plus a lot of it pays off on later stories.

            I was actually shocked the whole Rico Dredd thing was only a single issue story, considering how often it's mentioned later.

            Although the whole "war is treated as a sport" part of the Luna City arc is pretty much completely retconned later on so you can just skip that part

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Early Dredd is fun, but very rough. The "Dirty Harry" influences are very much on the nose. Many cite the Cursed Earth as a good starting place, I honestly found it rather boring when compared to The Day The Law Died

        Honestly, I started with random issues of the American color reprints in my teens and just couldn't get enough of it. It wasn't until I was in my 20's when the Complete Case Files finally hit stateside

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Ironically, I still haven't read any of his comics because I dislike the capeshit method of having different writers and artists on one character for decades.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      That's pretty normal for a long-running comic of any sort especially in an anthology series, anon. Comics that go on for that long with the same writer and artist are way more rare (although old man Wagner does still write for Dredd on occasion and Ezquerra was drawing the odd strip almost up until his death). The difference is that in capeshit a new writer and artist usually ends up as Alternate Universe/Retcon Origin Story #54781 while 2000AD stuff, with very few exceptions, are perpetual settings without retcons and AU spin-offs so on the whole you tend to get more writers writing for something because they really like it than for particularly personal/political reasons. Especially since being an old Brit comic, 2000AD owns the rights to it all themselves and the artist/writers don't get it back later, and the possible maximum readerbase for your mouthpiece-inserted-into-Strontium-Dog or whatever is laughably miniscule compared to even one issue of an unpopular burger big two comic.

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Start with the production order or just read one of the collections

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    just read the newspaper strips.
    they give a condensed quicker read that catches up on all the world-building and characterization going on in the main strip just in one-tenth of the time since it's done by the same creative team of the main Dredd Strip

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Frick me that was great!

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Start with block wars
    Then apocalypse war.

    Or go a step further back and go the judge child .

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      LOLNO, Judge Child is fricking dogshit and a very boring retread of The Cursed Earth

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Early Dredd was much more " freak of the week" but it set up a lot of long running bits and pieces.

    Some of the modern stories have bits of plotline from decades ago.

    Trifecta was a prime example

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    John Wagner is the greatest comic writer ever.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      No, he's very middling.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Horseshit. Post fricking anything from his heyday and you're guaranteed gold. It doesn't get any better.

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The advice that worked for me and made me a fan was starting with the Complete Case Files Volume 5. Gives you a good idea of the range of the strip (some funny one-offs, some more action-based material, a Judge Death story) and then ends with Blockmania and Apocalypse War which is an epic storyline that is enhanced by a familiarity with the prior status quo and how this deviates from it.

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Read the complete case files and start at Nr 3. If you like it then you will like the rest. It's a good start because it's where some of the stories got longer and Dredd got more personality and became who he is today. It also has some amazing art.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I meant Nr 5. My bad

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Put the Batman crossover on that list, dangit. It's great.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Really?

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah. It's a great "best of" mash up the two universes mixed together in a good and exciting three act episodic structure. The first one is judge death ending in Gotham, aided by mean Machine, and teaming up with scarecrow, while batman ends up arrested mega city one. The second one has bats and dredd in a battle tournament against some one offs and the riddler gets killed. Lastly, joker teams up with the dark judges. All the stories have solid art, to boot. If you haven't read them, go find them. It my entry to dredd comics.
          This crossover is canon to 2000 a.d., btw.
          I think there's one more, but I'm not sure. I think it was made later than the others.

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Neat.

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    a random issue of 2000AD

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