History is written in this
landmark Dredd story. The severed hand of Chief Judge Fargo, the very first
chief judge, is delivered to the Grand Hall of Justice with a ransom note.
body lies in state at the Grand Hall of Justice other Judges are understandably
curious as to how any criminals got hold of it. But, it transpires, the body on
display was never that of the ‘father
of justice’, which was lost a long time ago – until this ransom demand.
Tech-Judges match the DNA to Dredd himself, Fargo’s clone-son, and find out something
more – the tissue appears to have come from a living body…
Dredd and his team must
travel into the Cursed Earth to try and recover the body of the Judge Father.
But this is more than just a journey across a devastated America, this
is a journey into the past and into the history of the Judges and Mega-City One
itself. How did the Judge system come about and how did it take power after the
Great Atom War? We’ve had hints as far back as the Cursed Earth epic when Dredd
found Robert L Booth, the last president of the United
States, sentenced to 100 years in suspended animation by
Judge Solomon for initiating the nuclear wars which devastated the world and
placed – for his safety – in the vaults of Fort Knox.
But we’ve never really had more than glimpses of this past – now that is going
As we venture into 2000AD and Judge Dredd’s 30th anniversary year this epic tale explores the very beginnings of the Dredd myth,
re-uniting his original collaborators from way back in punk era 1977, John
Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. I know we use the phrase ‘unmissable’ perhaps too
much, but this really is the book every single Dredd fan old and new will want
– will need – to have, me included.
John Wagner is,
to many fans, the very heart of 2000 AD.
Involved from the earliest days of the “Galaxy's Greatest Comic”, he co-created
Judge Dredd, as well as Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter and a host of other 2000
AD mainstays, including the critically-acclaimed Button Man; It is impossible
to overstate the importance of Carlos Ezquerra’s contribution to 2000 AD. As co-creator of Judge Dredd, for example, Ezquerra
designed the classic original costume as well as visually conceptualising
Mega-City One… and then he co-created the only character arguably more popular,
Strontium Dog. Ezquerra also
co-created Al’s Baby, Armageddon, Fiends of the Eastern Front and Janus:
Psi Division, as well as the characters Galen DeMarco and Durham Red and a
great career in other comics, notably often collaborating with Garth Ennis.
Rebellion, paperback, 160
pages, published June 2007
What The Author Says:
You can read an interview with John Wagner, writer of this epic and also the co-creator of Judge Dreddd, over on the FPI blog.