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IDW's various Dredd books

Postby AngusH » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:41 pm

Anyone reading? I read some 2000AD in the early 90s and have always liked the character, but I don't recall specific storylines, just recognise the odd character and villain when I see them. Overall, I'm really enjoying IDW's take on Dredd, and especially appreciate the 'Dredd History' lessons in the back of each issue.

Swierczynski's (I hope there will be a time when I do not have to google the spelling of his surname) book took some time to grow on me, but the long-term planning he's put in to the story are really starting to pay off, and the most recent arc was great. I'm not a huge fan of Daniel's style re: the art - it's more the tone than the quality, as he's a fine artist, but I think I would prefer a grittier style. I've really liked some of the backup stories too, both the art as well as the way they have tied into the main plot.

Year One was a quality mini, and the first two issues of Mega City Two have been excellent. I will have to get the Mars Attacks cross over mini in trade, as I missed them the first time around.

I'm less familiar with Rogue Trooper but I'm interested enough to pick up #1 based on the quality of Dredd.

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Re: IDW's various Dredd books

Postby Amoebas » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:47 pm

AngusH wrote:Anyone reading? I read some 2000AD in the early 90s and have always liked the character, but I don't recall specific storylines, just recognise the odd character and villain when I see them. Overall, I'm really enjoying IDW's take on Dredd, and especially appreciate the 'Dredd History' lessons in the back of each issue.

Swierczynski's (I hope there will be a time when I do not have to google the spelling of his surname) book took some time to grow on me, but the long-term planning he's put in to the story are really starting to pay off, and the most recent arc was great. I'm not a huge fan of Daniel's style re: the art - it's more the tone than the quality, as he's a fine artist, but I think I would prefer a grittier style. I've really liked some of the backup stories too, both the art as well as the way they have tied into the main plot.

Year One was a quality mini, and the first two issues of Mega City Two have been excellent. I will have to get the Mars Attacks cross over mini in trade, as I missed them the first time around.

I'm less familiar with Rogue Trooper but I'm interested enough to pick up #1 based on the quality of Dredd.

I love Dredd but Swiercz wasn't thrilling me with his first couple arcs so I dropped it.

"Long-term plan"? Maybe I'll go back and retry it.

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Re: IDW's various Dredd books

Postby achilles » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:37 pm

I'm reading them, and generally like them. It's hard to get 2000AD here in the states in some LCS, so it's a good way to get a general intro to the character, which I support.

And of course even in 2000AD, the Dredd stories haven't always been top-notch.
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Re: IDW's various Dredd books

Postby AngusH » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:18 pm

Amoebas wrote:"Long-term plan"? Maybe I'll go back and retry it.


Yeah, each arc has its conclusion, but events trickle down and shape later arcs. I mean, it seems fundamental, but IDW and Swierczynski could've gone with the simple approach of just writting small arcs detailing the main Dredd villains and places without the effort of plotting out a long-term story linking the various arcs. That's what I expected this would be, sort of a "Best of Dredd" type book, and while it is exactly that for the most part, I appreciate the level of detail Swierczynski has put into it.

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Re: IDW's various Dredd books

Postby AngusH » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:24 pm

achilles wrote:I'm reading them, and generally like them. It's hard to get 2000AD here in the states in some LCS, so it's a good way to get a general intro to the character, which I support.

And of course even in 2000AD, the Dredd stories haven't always been top-notch.


Yeah, I don't think it's actually possible to physically buy 2000AD anywhere here in Australia (that I've seen), but in the early 90s I could pick it up each week from my local newsagency. I was reading it digitally for awhile last year, but for these type of anthology books I prefer to physically have the last couple of issues in my hands so I can flip back and forth between the current and previous months storylines.

I keep meaning to grab the Collected Case files TPBs, but not really sure on where to start, as I expect the super early Dredd doesn't bare a lot of similiarity to how the character ended up.

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