Judge Dredd #1

Judge Dredd #1

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Nelson Daniel, Paul Gulacy Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: November 21, 2012 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

In the 22nd century, crime runs rampant in Mega-City One, home to over 400 million citizens, robots, criminals and lunatics. The only line of defense between anarchy and chaos are... the Judges. And Judge Dredd is the toughest of them all. In this, Judge Dredd's 35th anniversary year, IDW is proud to re-introduce Judge Dredd to America in this all-new ongoing series.

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Nov 20, 2012

    The VerdictThe verdict’s in and ladies & gentlemen… It’s guilty. IDW is guilty for bringing back a kick ass character with a chiselled chin & a gigantic chip on his shoulder. Judge Dredd is guilty for being a fascist bully/arsehole with a gun & a badge. And finally, I’m guilty for loving every second, every image & every panel of it. The sentence is an addiction to a new monthly series for life. Court’s adjourned. My iso cube’s waiting, gotta go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Dec 14, 2015

    For readers who have any familiarity with Judge Dredd, this is a comic that is a good jumping on point.  For readers with no prior knowledge of the character, there is some solid background exposition in the early pages of the story.   It is not enough to explain the entire premise of Judge Dredd; the series has been going for decades.  It is enough to support readers new to the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 21, 2012

    JUDGE DREDD 1 is a fantastic start to a new series that embraces the old and adds a dash new to the series. If you've ever been interested in getting started in the world of Judge Dredd, this is a good place to jump on. It's extremely new reader friendly. The writing is very solid on both stories and so is the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Ed Allen Nov 22, 2012

    Brendan McCarthy will be drawing next month’s backup story, so I’m definitely going to be back for more. It’s actually quite refreshing to see a younger Dredd, one that’s unencumbered by the decades of development we’ve already seen in 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine. If you’re curious about Judge Dredd or even if you’ve never heard of him before then Judge Dredd #1 is well worth your time and money - check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Nov 23, 2012

    Perhaps I don't have the proper street cred to be steeped in 2000 A.D. lore (and feel free to condescend to me if you do and you have unkind things to say about this book), but it's a nice start, with a satirical Robocop-esque feel to the Mega City One society - complete with either incompetent or impudent security robots frustrating their owners Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Sal Brucculeri Nov 26, 2012

    Overall, this was a very good comic. If you have ever read a Dredd comic in the pas this one will not dissappoint. While reading this comic I felt like the team knows what people want from a Dredd comic and so they said, "Here you want Dredd you got Dredd." I have been a fan of this comic for years and have been reading it since I was a kid and I can't say enough good things about this new Judge Dredd #1 from IDW. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Paddy Nov 21, 2012

    It won't go down as classic but there's more than enough here to suggest that the country that the title has so richly satirised might finally be getting a Dredd worthy of the name. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Nov 20, 2012

    All in all, this was a good first issue for the relaunch of Judge Dredd on this side of the work. I like the feel of having two shorter stories, which plays on the original serial issues from 2000 AD, and I think that Duane Swierczynski is on to something good. If you're a fan of Dredd, or even somebody who's curious about him this is a good place to start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Nov 21, 2012

    Ultimately, the difference in presentation between the two stories leaves me in a quandary. Should I ride out a few issues to see which narrative style ends up dominating the book, or do I cut my losses from the first story, giving up potential tidbits of comic excellence along the way? What say you, readers? What is the far, far better thing to do? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Nov 21, 2012

    Overall, if you're looking to jump into something Dredd related, this issue wouldn't be a bad idea. It does a superb job of explaining everything, the setting, the character, by the end you'll know just about everything. Going in-depth, the story is alright, but it has yet to find an identity. It has a slightly comedic undertone, but very violent and serious too. We shall see next month if this series improves or stays in average territory. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    Despite the faults of Judge Dredd #1, I couldnt help but have some fun with this. I wish though that there were more solid story beats than just fleeting moments. Though I feel like Swierczynski is building a story out of this, Im not sure exactly where hes going to go. Is it perfect, by all means no, yet there is a lot of fun to be had. Judge Dredd #1 is worth a read because at least its fun, and thats never a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Thomas J. Angelo Nov 23, 2012

    IDW's debut issue of Judge Dredd left me a little flat. The book succeeds in a few areas. For example, Mega-City One is given some time in the spotlight, and the strange robots are a nice callback to the 2000 A.D. series. But Dredd himself is hardly seen in this book, and when he is, he's not the bad mammajamma lawman that he needs to be. The most exciting thing he does is blow up a fruit tree, and that's a little underwhelming for a series that is trying to boast the legacy and gravitas of Judge Dredd. If you're brand new to Dredd, start with the Complete Case File collections. If you're already a fan, it's worth a look, but don't get your hopes up to high. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Steve Morris Nov 21, 2012

    It's not a bad issue, and the art is rather nice in both the main story and the back-up. It's a solid opener, but I don't think I'll be anxiously waiting the next issue. Read Full Review

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