Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 10 (4 stars)

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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 10

John Wagner, Alan Grant & Various - Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 10 (Rebellion)

Judge Dredd is surely the greatest British comic character. He's graced the pages of 2000AD since in 1977, and in 2008 his maxim 'I Am the Law' still rings true. The ultimate judge, jury and executioner. It's a distopian future where the radioactive 'cursed earth' has lead to humanity sheltering in confined ultra-advanced strongholds across the globe. Mega City One is the biggest of these space-age cohabitations, sheltering several hundred million citizens, and in Judge Dredd's eyes everyone of them is a potential perp.

Realistically Judge Dredd is a fascist, stamping on freedom to enforce a police state. John Wagner and Alan Grant provided Dredd stories for every weekly issue of 2000AD for years on end and this gloriously-presented compendium reaches back to 1986-1987, with art from some of the greats including Steve Dillon, Iain Gibson, Cam Kennedy and Kevin O'Neil. It's something of a mixed bag that doesn't cover any of the major milestones in Dredd's world (Apocalypse War, The Judge Child, Necropolis), but even when not embarking on these epics, Dredd is still a razor sharp satire on modern life. There are a couple of clunkers and sometimes the comedy is overplayed, but as a body of work, volume 10 of the Complete Case Files is amusing, action packed and scarily prophetic.

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