With the release of this third issue, I think Dredd might just be hitting its stride. Eschewing the robot story of the first two issues, we are thrown straight into a very interesting story regarding human clones of wealthy people being held to ransom. Some hard questions are asked. Would you pay a ransom for someone who is your wife/husband/sibling, with even the same memories, when the original is stood next to you? Could you watch them be tortured and killed even though you won’t actually lose anything?
This issue is full of action, explosions and some clever ideas. Plus more of Dredd being a badass. Everything I need then really!
The art continues to be strong, though with all the Judges looking so similar with their helmets on I’m pleased they always make Dredd’s face so grouchy; or else I’d never know who I was looking at. The city wide views are detailed and give a good sense of scope whist the action is exciting and doesn’t muck about.
The back up story is the strongest yet, and ties directly into the main. Langdon Foss lines are sharp and Ronda Pattison’s colours strong. It all comes together to tell a solid little tale that gives us slightly more information to take into the next issue. I do wonder however, if the pages given over to these backups might be better spent on bulking out the main story.
For those interested in the history of the character and his creation, the final page of the comic contains a piece written by Douglas Wolk. He goes into detail regarding the early issues of 2000AD and how there were many people involved. Not just creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. An interesting read and nice addition.