Judge Dredd: Year One #2

Writer: Matthew J. Smith Artist: Simon Coleby Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: April 24, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

"The Long Hard Road," part 2. When juves across sector start manifesting psychic abilities, Dredd must team up for the first time with Psi-Division to combat the spreading chaos. But just what is causing the psi-outbreaks as it crosses the dimensions-and what does it have in store for Mega-City One?

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Apr 24, 2013

    Overall, with amazing writing and fantastic art, this issue is a big win and easily the best IDW Dredd comic. The storyprogressesnicelyand we learn more about Dredd himself, his mindset and a little of his past. On top of that we even see whathappenedthe worldthanksto nuclear weaponry. Year One is nowofficiallythe comic every Dredd fan, new or old, should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Apr 24, 2013

    This is the best Judge Dredd story I've read in some time. You get all the stuff you'd expect in a Year One story, but you also get an amazing action-packed Judge Dredd story. Smith has truly outdone himself with this one. I take back my doubts about this one from last month. 5/5 Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Apr 25, 2013

    If you've been looking for a way to get into Dredd, then this story is a perfect jumping-on point. As a lifelong 2000 AD reader, this reviewer can assure you that this is very much the real deal. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Apr 29, 2013

    A mix of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and modern action thriller sprinkled generously a with heaping amount of gore, Judge Dredd has appealed to readers for at least two generations and with IDW's recent contribution, just may continue for another two. The writer behind YEAR ONE, Matt Smith, joins serious ranks previously occupied by the likes of Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison, and Mark Millar. His eye for detail is greatly appreciated, he's added an interesting precursor to the mythos of the hard-headed flatfoot. Artist Simon Coleby does a beautiful job of bringing the place to life, keeping the tones subdued to reflect the decaying city while not skimping on blood and guts when the need arises. This is one series that needs to be picked up alongside reprints of some of the original Dredd stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 24, 2013

    Overall, JUDGE DREDD: YEAR ONE #2 is an incredibly cool book that ends up being a big game changer and more than just an "early years" book. I'm for sure on board now for the rest of the series. The writing is very solid and the art is fantastic here. On the downside, I wasn't too keen on Dredd's decision on the final pages of this issue. It seemed out of character and brash. And, just like I said last time, the title of this book doesn't reflect its contents. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Apr 24, 2013

    Simon Coleby's art also shows improvement from the first issue. The characters don't look as stiff and staged. The gritty, run-down look of the world is fantastic. Coleby can draw the hell out of Judges and he does that page after page here. The only time things feel slightly off is when he draws kids. The younger crowd just doesn't look right; their anatomy is just a little off. Heads are too big, arms too short. It's a minor offense though, especially when you consider how good the overall look of Judge Dredd: Year One is. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Apr 28, 2013

    An interesting introduction to the character, but probably not essential reading for long time fans. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Apr 25, 2013

    The final panel, oh the final panel, so great. If Smith can create a more interesting story in the issues to come, then this comic may indeed be worth your time. But, as it stands, nothing differentiates Smiths Year One from any other Dredd story out there. In fact, there are far better, more interesting Dredd stories out there. Heres hoping issue three will be better. Read Full Review

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