Graphic Novel Review – Judge Dredd: Origins by John Wagner (2013)

Judge Dredd: Origins
by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, & Kev Walker
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: 2000 AD

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If you’re not a fan of JUDGE DREDD, you really should be. But don’t let the 1995 Sylvester Stallone disaster-of-a-movie with the same title dissuade you from doing so; that film is NOT worthy of the Dredd name and does not follow much of the actual Dredd canon (um, hello…he never removes his helmet!). Instead, focus on the comics and graphic novels; this is where Dredd was born and this is where you will truly learn who he is. The graphic novel JUDGE DREDD: ORIGINS is a perfect place to start.

If you are not familiar with JUDGE DREDD: ORIGINS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of 2000 AD:

The birth of Judge Dredd’s world is revealed. How America became a wasteland with two enormous Mega-Cities on each seaboard. How Judge Dredd himself came to be, and his first taste of dealing justice on the streets. Secrets will be revealed. The future will be forged. Justice will be served.

An unusual delivery is made the the Grand Hall of Justice, a package that will force Judge Dredd to lead a mission into the Cursed Earth and into the darkest recesses of the history of the Judges and Mega-City One…

Now in this much-anticipated Dredd epic, history is written by Dredd co-creators John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog) with a special introductory tale featuring the art of Kev Walker.

This is a must-have for Dredd fans! Whether you are new to his world or a life-long fan, this graphic novel will most likely teach you something you didn’t already know about Dredd and the tough world he inhabits.


JUDGE DREDD: ORIGINS is written well, with a complex storyline and intriguing plot-work. I can honestly say that I learned a lot while reading this one. And the artwork is excellent as well. Each cell portrays a gritty but realistic portrait of Dredd’s world in high detail.


JUDGE DREDD: ORIGINS is an absolute win for me. If you’re a comic/graphic novel collector like I am, then you’re going to want to jump on this one for sure. It’s available now, so be sure and snatch it up.


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