Judge Dredd: Year One #4 Review


Writer: Matt Smith Artist: Simon Coleby Colorist: Leonard O’Grady Letterer: Gilbert Lazcano Cover: Greg Staples Variant Cover: Dave Sim

LOVED this issue! First off, you’re immediately treated to a younger version of Dredd and his old academy partner, Rico. This is a good nod for fans of the original Judge Dredd movie, starring Sylvester Stallone in the leading role and Armand Assante as Rico. The Atomic War has been started by the then President, Robert L. Booth. Millions will perish but Dredd and Rico need to fight their way to the Hall Of Justice.

judge-dredd-year-one-04-cover-staplesFast forward to the present time, and we’re back to taking care of the juvenile psychic problem that Mega-City One now faces. The overall tone of this arc was set in the first issue and has remained true to the original piece.

There is something that is trying to make its way into Mega–City One from another dimension and the newly appointed Judge Dredd is ready to take it on. He’s brash, cocky and a pain in the butt to work with. But, at the end of the day, he’s ready for the fight and he knows that he’ll do everything in his power to end the injustice.

Matt Smith has done a wonderful job building the character up from the first issue of this series. The ending of this issue has pushed us more to the Dredd that we all know and love and you can tell that Matt Smith has the character down.

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Dredd’s mannerisms and quick-decision making are definitely brought to light and are gradually being built upon in each issue. He’s now had his first brush with an other worldly phenomenon and is open to the possibility of PSI-Division actually serving a purpose. I had a great time reading this issue! I loved all four pieces together as well (yeah, I reread them).

The art has been consistently great and Simon Coleby has done an amazing job by keeping the grittiness of this title in perspective. The talent coming from the team of Simon Coleby and Leonard O’Grady can be seen in each panel. The colors have really helped shape the whole feel of this world just as much as the art. And, speaking of art, Gilbert Lazcano has done a masterful job in lettering. The tone of this book and its future has definitely been set in BOLD.

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