Mega-City One – a future metropolis plagued by every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern police force acting as judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law!
Judge Dredd has been running for nearly 40 years in the pages of 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine. It has the almost unique distinction of all taking place in the same timeline – a year has passed for Dredd for every year of publication.
The story of Judge Dredd is a uniquely British take on American concepts of justice, freedom and democracy. At turns dramatic, comedic, satirical or epic, the series imagines a future where freedoms have been traded for “security”. Dredd is now himself a symbol for totalitarianism.
This blog is tackling the fairly alarming task of reading an issue (or episode, or “prog”) each day, in order, and writing about it. You can find out more about me and this blog right here.
I’ll be doing this every day, so don’t expect a thesis on each issue. Particularly in the early days they are very short and sharp, and my posts will likely be the same.
I’m a sucker for structure, so each post will follow the following template (more or less):
A short summary of the events of the issue.
Ol’ Stoney Face
What the issue tells us about the title character – Joe Dredd.
Friends of Dredd
Dredd’s a solitary guy, but he doesn’t always work alone. We’ll get the scoop on his allies here.
The Big Meg (and Beyond)
Information we learn about Mega-City One, Dredd’s home and a crazy melting-pot of crime, corruption, mad citizens… and the Law. Also, the other locales of Earth and beyond in the 22nd century.
The Alien Zoo
It’s a big universe out there – we’ll track what we learn about encounters with extraterrestrials right here.
Talking about the Judges and the judicial system.
A rundown on the criminals/miscreants and general annoyances Dredd and the Judges face.
The city-blocks usually have great pop-culture referential names. I’ll keep track of them here.
Any specific moments that really blew me away.
A quick look at any arrests made during the issue.
Noting who dies in each issue, at the hands of the Judges or whatever creeps they’re after.
My thoughts on the issue.