Judge Dredd: Year One #4

Judge Dredd: Year One #4

Writer: Matthew J. Smith Artist: Simon Coleby Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 24, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 1
7.1Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Psychically powerful juves rule the streets and insurrection is spreading in Mega-City One - Justice Department's only hope lies with Judge Dredd, attempting to cut off at source the psi-energy passing across the dimensional divide. But for a young lawman barely out of the Academy, has he underestimated just what it will take to save the metropolis he has pledged to protect?

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jul 24, 2013

    Judge Dredd: Year One is a great Dredd story, let alone a Year One story. If you're a new Dredd fan or a longtime reader, there's something here for you. In four issues you get a top notch Dredd story that describes the character perfectly and his motivations completely. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 24, 2013

    IDW has clearly shown a prequel type series for Judge Dredd is an interesting one. To see a fallible Dredd is interesting, especially considering how often he's perfect. What really sells this series though was the high level concept concerning universe-hopping bandits. That allowed for the big reveal to give the story a bit of a detective and not your average shoot em up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Andrew Lamb Aug 10, 2013

    Simon Coleby‘s visuals bring out the gritty streets and hollowness of Dredd's current predicament. His pencils have an early 90s look to them, much like The Wake‘s Sean Murphy. Unfortunately, at times faces lose detail in close ups, thankfully this doesn't detract from our helmet-wearing protagonist. Leonard O'Grady‘s colors compliment Coleby's artwork, and although they pay homage to Dredd's 2000 AD days, I've always disliked the green gloves and boots. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Danielle Luaulu Aug 9, 2013

    For many people first coming to the Judge Dredd universe, this run so far has been a good way to go. It's been vastly entertaining and this story-arc gives an interesting look into Dredd's first years as a judge. While the ending was too hasty and a lot of the art was overshadowed by tons of word balloons, it's an interesting look at the Dredd mythos for someone who's a newcomer. Even with the abrupt end, it's still an enjoyable read. Overall, Judge Dredd: Year One #4 earns three stars out of five. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nomadic Avenger Jul 28, 2016

    This score (9) is for the whole Year One mini-series. It was fantastic - the art was amazing and the story was of an epic scale. The end had a great twist that made this a great story, not just a great Dredd book. I would have liked to have seen more of Joe Dredd during his years as a cadet so the flashback was neat to see. Highly recommended!

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