Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #1

7 Overall Score
Art: 7/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 7/10

Another story with a beloved character.

How much has to change before it's just a new character with the same name?

Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #1
Written by Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas
Art by Dan McDaid
IDW Publishing
2017

I’ll never understand the need to continue a successful IP at all costs. So, this is Judge Dredd, but in a completely new world, with a completely new look, completely new enemies, and a completely new atmosphere. Or, in other words, not much Judge Dredd at all. At what point is it okay to just change the name and write something completely new?

Maybe I wouldn’t be so harsh on this series if I felt it stood well on it’s but, but I just don’t see any reason why it would hold a reader’s attention without that big name displayed across the cover. The art is uninspired. The story is unexciting. The characters are as wooden and flat as can be. Heck, even the violence is kind of boring. I don’t see why anyone but a hardcore Dredd fan would be interested, and even then, only because of the name…

I really hate reviewing bad comics. It took a lot of time and talent to make this book, someone did their best on it, and I don’t want to rain all over that parade. I hope there’s someone who will disagree with me, and hope they enjoy this book more than anything else they read this month. But I couldn’t recommend taking the risk, but it’s a lot more likely you’ll waste your money, read it once, and forget all about it. Maybe when Dredd wakes up in another thousand years, things’ll be interesting again.

 

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