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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 03 (Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files + The Restricted Files+ The Daily Dredds #3)

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This volume features many of Dredd's most exciting cases including the first appearance of Judge Death and Psi Judge Anderson and the return of Satanus.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by REBELLION/2000AD (first published June 9th 1979)
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Garth Owen
Still a big batch of classic Dredd, this collection suffers in comparison to the concentrated thrill power of the previous edition.

Lacking an epic tale, where the second edition had two of the greats, this collection feels bitty and a little disjointed. Having said that, the inventive future city stories are still in evidence and lots of interesting and important background is developed.

The stand out tale is the introduction of Judge Death (and Judge Anderson) as the cross dimensional wraith com
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Jordan Anderson
Having become a more recent fan of Judge Dredd and the whole 2000 A.D. British comic craze, these bumper volumes are great.

Unfortunately, this 3rd volume lacks a lot of the stronger storylines and arcs that came before and that follow. They're published chronologically, and that's cool, for the most part, but when the entire batch of progs from 61-115 aren't very good, the entire volume suffers.

The problem is that most of the strips are one-off, or short arcs. The "Black Plague" and "Father Ear
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Thalestral
Judge Dredd rescues a guinea pig = best comic ever.
Tyler
I feel like this is the first JD book that really feels rooted in it's own world. You understand the history, the landscape, the characters, etc. enough that the stories just seem to gel. And when some of the best characters are introduced (Judge Death, Judge Anderson), you are genuinely excited by the badass dialogue and character design because of your understanding of the world.
AJW
Hard to be objective about Judge Dredd as I grew up reading and re-reading these stories. Some of the panels I remember copying onto my art book. Unlike Case Files #2 with its long epics, this volume contains varied short stories, setting up themes that will reappear in JD throughout the coming decades.

The main one is the introduction of Judge Death. But there are the various mutie invasion threats from Cursed Earth. The Sov threat that foreshadows the Apolcalypse War. The fads that become dang
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Jeff
As always, the adventures of Judge Dredd are good fun, even if the stories are often pedestrian and the artwork not much better. What makes the difference are the contributions of artists Brian Bolland and (especially) Mike McMahon. Both of these creators have gone on to many other things in the field of comics and graphic novels, but Judge Dredd is where they fist made their names, and their brilliant pen work still shines all these years later. This volume also includes the Judge Death story s ...more
George Hamilton-jones
This lacks an epic story arc but introduces important characters like Otto Sump and Judges Death and Anderson. Quality throughout is high.
Kristen
Oh, Walter the Wobot... why didn't you get to be in the 'Dredd' movie? :(
John Paul Feehily
A massive improvement in this volume. The art is mostly by Bolland and Smith this time, the best from previous volumes and their skills are improving all the time. No overly long epics here but the stories are all quite good. Of course it also features the first appearance of Judge Death, quite a darker departure from the norm and a pretty cool character/nemesis to boot. Oh, and very little of Walter which is always a bonus. Stupid Wobot!
Andrew
This is the third and for me final instalment of the series (they currently go all the way up in to the teens) and end off at the end of the 70s. I will return to Mega-city 1 in the future - I want to read the 90s editions when I was re-introduced to the comics while studying at university. If you even want to look at the evolution of comics and graphic novels - never under estimate the contribution of Judge Dredd
Ted Wolf
More great Judge Dredd action, a humorous mix of heroism and fascism.

We get introduced to Mega-City 1's city block system, mutants attack led by Father Earth, learn about Mo-Pads, meet Judge Death and Psi-Division's Judge Anderson and finally Satanus's DNA leads to some problems for Judge Dredd and the citizens of Mega-City 1.
Gavin
Bit of a mixed bag. Early stories lack sophistication and the humour isn't quite as sharp and satirical as previous outings. The collection is saved by Judge Death's and Psi Judge Anderson's first appearances. That story is nice and dark and tragic.

arjuna
Great fun, but not exactly the best of the best. I'll have to agree with Jeff on this one - worth it for Judge Death; the rest is icing of various quality.
Ash Barker


Great campy issues in this compilation from such industry names as Garth Ennis ad Dan Abnett. Another great collection for Dredd fans looking to pick up the back Catalogue.
Jacob
This is a good collection. I think that the short stories in this are excellent and, weird as judge death is, he is an awesome character.
Patrick
Better than volume 2. Beginning to see more and more elements of the Judge Dredd that I had come to appreciate in the mid to late 80s.
Jessie B.
While some of the stories are a bit silly, there is also plenty of satire.
James Andrews
Another great Dredd collection, lots of excellent stories in this one.
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John Wagner is a comics writer who was born in Pennsylvania in 1949 and moved to Scotland as a boy. Alongside Pat Mills, Wagner was responsible for revitalising British boys' comics in the 1970s, and has continued to be a leading light in British comics ever since. He is best known for his work on 2000 AD, for which he created Judge Dredd. He is noted for his taut, violent thrillers and his black ...more
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