John Wagner, Alan Grant & Various - Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 12 (3 stars)

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John Wagner, Alan Grant & Various - Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 12

(Rebellion)

SCI-FI COMIC

Yet another huge Judge Dredd compendium from the pages of 2000AD. As per usual John Wagner and Alan Grant take up the writing reins of the ultimate lawman as he brings tough justice to the streets of sci-fi metropolis Mega City One. Equal parts black comedy, action and science fiction satire, some stories are hit and miss (the Wizard of Oz pastiche is particularly painful) but when you take into account 2000AD’s weekly schedule their consistency is astounding.

Featuring artists such as Jamie Hewlett, Glenn Fabry, Brendan McCarthy and Brett Ewins, this volume also sees the advent of full colour in the world of Judge Dredd, for approximately two thirds of this anthology. Unfortunately, some of the colouring is a little rough (and in some places the art is downright ugly) but as you’d expect, it’s always entertaining and often thrilling.

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