Review – Judge Dredd #26 (IDW Publishing)

JudgeDredd-26-cvrPublisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Duane Swiercynski
Artists: Steve Scott and Mark Torres
Release Date: 24 December, 2014

After last month’s comic spent more time with Judge Fred (get well soon buddy!) than Judge Dredd, I’m totally ready to see how our titular character gets himself out of a city-wide (and it is one wiiiiidddeeee city) manhunt.

Mark Torres’ guest art is pleasing, and chunky in a way that feels very Judge Dredd. I look forward to seeing more than two pages drawn in this style in future Dredd comics. For this issue though, Steve Scott’s art is colourful, full of action and makes Dredd feel like he has wandered out of a Sergio Leone film; all rugged and beaten to shit.

From the outset this issue aims to have more darkly humourous lines than have been present as of late, mostly from Judge Verrity, and situations such as Dredd having to be an ‘ordinary’ citizen while incognito are fun to see. This scene also brings some Robert Downey Jnr as Sherlock slow-mo, call-out-your-combos, fighting. We also see smaller storylines move along slightly, but not by any great leaps, with Anderson’s current lodgings in Dredd’s mind beginning to take its toll, and interesting sci-fi crinkles added to the story of Dubbie, the man who looks like the new Chief Justice.

Judge Dredd #26 continues a winning streak for IDW’s reboot series, which has benefitted immensely from shifting its focus from the Dark Judges to telling an original, satirical and relevant story, which could only happen in the world of Mega City One.

Rating: 4/5.

ASavThe Writer of this piece was: Andrew Stevens
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