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Review: Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division December 6, 2014

Posted by sjroby in Book reviews.
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This is yet another review of a book received in exchange for a review through Netgalley. In this case it’s a graphic novel collection of IDW’s take on the British comic character Psi-Judge Anderson, by writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow.

Well, this was interesting. Good art, well written, and making use of captions, not just the minimal dialogue a lot of comics do these days. It feels like a part of a larger story but stands well on its own — a good thing for me, because it’s the first Judge Anderson/Judge Dredd story I’ve read in decades.

It’s a solid story that works well as an introduction to new readers. Just enough backstory, supporting appearance from Dredd, exploration of the world the series is set in. And it works as a piece of the continuing saga for readers who’ve been following it, with story threads that look set to continue in other comics. i don’t know whether it’s rewriting continuity or presenting a faithful take on the characters and their world, because I’ve read too little of it too long ago, but on its own, it’s good.

The Dreddverse is big, stretching back for decades, more than I really want to get into in a big way. But this makes me want to read some more.

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