Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Judge Dredd: Origins

Here's how this works: I finish reading a comic collection, and I tell you about it, and I try not to go on too long.

Well, it turns out that the big tomb of Judge Fargo, unbeknownst to everybody but the most senior judges, is empty. Fargo was the original chief judge, the fellow who was put in charge of Justice Department back when there was still a United States, back before Robert Booth, the country's final president - the one who led the country into nuclear war - was first elected. And when a severed hand shows up, a DNA match proving it came not only from Fargo but from living tissue, with a ransom note attached, Judge Dredd leads a team into the badlands to find out what is going on out there...

It's an excellent story, but I fear it might be lost on new readers. Highly recommended for people familiar with Dredd; other readers may want to dig into a few of those Case Files first before giving it a go.

(Originally posted November 20, 2007 at hipsterdad's LJ.)

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