Fuck me, there are NINE different covers for this comic. Are people still buying multiple copies of these things in the hope of big profits or something? Or from completist obsessions? I didn’t like any of them much, to be honest.
I was quite harsh on Garth Ennis’s writing when I reviewed the previous volume. In this, he seems to be grasping Dredd and his world rather more substantially. It’s worth noting here that I think that this is one of the great comic creations, a memorable central character in a complex world that offers immense possibilities for all kinds of action, adventure, comedy and satire. The series would be kind of unacceptable without that final element, without the sense that the government on show is not being offered as a wholly good thing, but in fact it’s the thrill power that stays with me.
An artistic generation was long past by 15 years into 2000AD’s history, but even when the art wasn’t great Dredd was generally good entertainment: the main trouble is here that most of it is by Garth Ennis, who was pretty dull at this stage of his career.