Judge Dredd: Year One #1
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Judge Dredd: Year One #1

Writer: Matthew J. Smith Artist: Simon Coleby Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: March 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 2
7.1Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

"The Long Hard Road" begins here! In an all-new adventure from Joe Dredd's early days as a Mega City-One Judge, writer (and Eagle-award-winning 2000 AD Editor) Matt Smith presents a tale where "all the young juves, carry the news," only in this case, the news is delivered with a lethal blow!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Mar 20, 2013

    JUDGE DREDD: YEAR ONE is seriously fun. It's gritty, dark, and exactly what I'd want from a contemporary Dredd book. The art and writing team here are fantastic, and while the title doesn't explain how or why Dredd became who he is, this is still a good look into the first year of Dredd as a Judge. Honestly, I'm very surprised how good this book is because at times, companies can over-franchise books, and usually when that happens, they sacrifice quality just to get books onto the shelf. We have the exact opposite here. As first issues go, JUDGE DREDD: YEAR ONE is a better book than IDW's JUDGE DREDD (which is also a fantastic book). Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Mar 20, 2013

    The art by Simon Coleby fits perfectly with the character. To do Dredd right you need someone who can get the gritty and violent nature of the character and city, but also the detailed work necessary to make the technology realistic. Coleby hits those nails right on their respective heads. Using a lot of widescreen panels with extreme closeups in many of them, I couldn't help but read this thinking this was Coleby's take on a Dredd movie. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Mar 21, 2013

    It is nice to see the resurgence of the Judge Dredd character continue, after the on-going regular series and great movie it truely is a great time to be a fan of the character. Getting a double dose of Dredd for a few months is just the cherry on the sundae, enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jumbus_Christ Mar 21, 2013

    The combination of the art and story allow Dredd Year One to really excel. Sadly the characterization of Dredd left some to be desired, a missed opportunity. As far as first issues go, this is an incredible start. If Dredds arc becomes stronger, and the story remains at its current pace, this book will be Dredds deserved return to the spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Mar 22, 2013

    Overall, the first issue of Jude Dredd: Year One is a pretty good start. New fans wanting to know more about Dredd himself may be a littledisappointed, but it's still a solid story set in the early days. People whom are reading the Ongoing should give thisseriesa go. All Dredd fansshouldsee what this thing is about. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb Mar 22, 2013

    Overall, Judge Dredd fans should be pleased with "Judge Dredd: Year One" #1. It doesn't break any new ground, but that's not really the role of a "Year One" comic. The writing and art both respect the strip's thirty-year history, and the book is shaping up to be a solid tale of extreme street justice. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody Mar 20, 2013

    Judge Dredd: Year One is a good story that will have you coming back for more. It's a great Dredd story, but it doesn't feel like it earns the Year One title just yet. With the introductions out of the way, hopefully we get a few more of the things that make you think this is Dredd's earliest years. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Mar 20, 2013

    Simon Coleby's art ranges from awesome to stiff throughout this issue. There's a gorgeous level of detail on nearly every page that helps to breathe life into the dark and crazy world of Judge Dredd. Dredd himself looks fantastic, but many of the other characters look awkward and posed. Lots of panels look photo referenced to the point that they have a mannequin like quality. It's a bummer, because when this comic looks good it looks really, really good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Mar 23, 2013

    While not a jaw-droppingly amazing issue, it does encourage readers to sink into the world a little deeper. Fans might not find anything of particular consequence here, but if the aim was to slowly hook in new readers to this classic character, then Matt Smith definitely has us firmly in his sights. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Matt Eurice Mar 21, 2013

    This isn’t a book you’re going to be raving about all year, that’s for sure, but it’s solid and it’s entertaining. If you’re a big Dredd fan you should probably ignore my opinion and check out the book on your own, but if you’re anything like me and haven’t spent time with the character I wouldn’t stress about missing this one. I’ll probably check out the next issue out of curiosity with regards to the story, but I probably won’t stay with it long if things don’t improve. Mostly because I’m not sure that this title is really my thing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 22, 2013

    I was expecting awesome action and people getting blown up with really big guns. Instead I got people getting torn to pieces psychically. If you're into that stuff, which usually I am you might be down for this book. I just wasn't feeling it though, it was actually a struggle to finish reading it and I'm not sure I want to go through that again for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 22, 2013

    I was fortunate as an American teenager in the eighties to be able to buy the original newsprint weekly 2000 A.D.s. I'll never forget the cover of the first issue I bought: The Dave Cluck Five. I can't find anything memorable about this book. Very disappointing. Read Full Review

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