TANK GIRL ALL STARS #4
Writer: Alan Martin
Artist: Brett Parson, Phil Bond, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Greg Staples, Jim Mahfood
Cover A: Brett Parson
Cover B: Greg Staples
Cover C: Mick McMahon
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: October 3, 2018
Tank Girl’s 30th anniversary birthday celebrations come to an unruly (and possibly literal) climax!
Looking to get into Judge Dredd? I say start at the beginning. Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01 including 2000 AD Progs 2-60 should be your next read. The lack of color may cause others to pass, but fear not for artist Carlos Ezquerra, Mike McMahon and Brian Bolland are able to provide a stunning amount of detail.
In short as Judge Dredd proclaims he is the law. After reading this you will see there is so much more. A depth of moral struggle to be tough yet fair is entwined with a satirical view of society cast in a post-apocalyptic city where Judges replace the executive branch of government to maintain peace and order. Violent crime and over population in a sprawling city where citizens work only a few hours a week if at all calls for tough measures and harsh punishments. Half way through the book you will find my favorite cell in all of comics. As Dredd cruises along his internal commentary explains the lowest form of crime. Getting kids hooked on old comics.
This collection includes several stories that resolve in a few pages starting out and evolves into the multipart epics that are cornerstones of the Dredd universe. Brace yourself for war with robots. Then hang in there with Walter, Dredd’s faithful robot servant. He ends up being a pivotal character whose bravery and comic relief will grow on you after a few pages. The same however cannot be said for Maria the cleaning lady. Highlights include Call Me Kenneth, the rookie trial of Judge Giant, the return of Rico and the 22nd Century Futsie. Ah, the futsie. A criminal driven mad by an inability to cope with the speed of space age life. Excused for his crimes due to his condition receives treatment instead of jail time seems out of place where even petty crimes will land you in an ISO-cube.
Story: John Wagner Art: Carlos Ezquerra, Mike McMahon and Brian Bolland
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Reviewer purchased his copy to stay compliant with Mega-City penal code A34-G78. Ignorance to the law is no exception.
Following the success of their ongoing series of new Judge Dredd comics, IDW is bringing 2000 AD’s classic stories back as they’ve never been seen before… in color! Beginning with a special Free Comic Book Day issue on May 4, Judge Dredd Classics will bring the stories that started it all to a new audience and a new age.
The Free Comic Book Day issue will offer the fan-favorite “Judge Death” stories written by John Wagner, illustrated by Brian Bolland, and given vivid new life by colorist Charlie Kirchoff. And then in July, the monthly Judge Dredd Classics series, also featuring new colors by Kirchoff on every issue, will begin with the seminal “Block Mania”/”Apocalypse War” storyline scripted by John Wagner and Alan Grant, and illustrated by Mike McMahon, Ron Smith, Steve Dillon, Brian Bolland and Carlos Ezquerra. As an added bonus, artist Jim Fern will be providing all-new covers for every issue when the series makes its monthly debut this summer. The Free Comic Book Day special will feature a newly colored cover by the inimitable Brian Bolland.
In addition to these classic tales from Mega City One being shown in a new light to longtime fans of Dredd, Judge Dredd Classics will also provide a perfect jumping on point for readers that have always wanted to get a peek under the helmet, but weren’t sure where to begin.
The post-apocalyptic world created over thousands of pages of 2000 A.D. is one of the richest in comics history, and IDW couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing that to new generations of fans.
As always, fans are encouraged to make their own decisions, but this summer it should be advised that not buying Judge Dredd Classics could result in life in the Iso-Cubes!
Com.x is excited to announce the April, 2012 digital release of The Last American written by John Wagner (Judge Dredd, A History of Violence) and Alan Grant (Judge Dredd, 2000AD) with art by Mike McMahon (Judge Dredd, ABC Warriors, Slaine).
This collected edition will be available on three major digital platforms, and priced at $4.99 for 128-pages. If you missed Com.x’s collected edition 8-years ago, or the original Epic 4-issue in 1990, this is perhaps the best opportunity to read a book Innovative and groundbreaking on its initial release, its message and tone still completely relevant in today’s political and social climate.
HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #8
Written by D.G. Chichester, Dwayne McDuffie and Ron Wolfe
Drawn by Mike McMahon and Derek Yaniger
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: John Van Fleet
Diamond Code: DEC110917
It’s Hell on Earth! D.G. Chichester and Dwayne McDuffie come together once again with art by Mike McMahon in the next Devil’s Brigade chapter, “Commitment,” followed by Ron Wolfe and Derek Yaniger’s “Command Performance.” Explore the depths of Clive Barker’s twisted creations in these terrifying tales!