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Comic Book Review – Judge Dredd: Dark Justice

Andrew Newton reviews Judge Dredd: Dark Justice

Having previously been destroyed by nuclear fire and dragged to hell by the vengeful spirits of those he had murdered, alien superfiend Judge Death has managed to return to the world. United with his ‘brothers’ – Judges Fear, Fire and Mortis – the quartet of terror have invaded The Mayflower – a starship populated by four thousand of Mega-City One’s richest citizens. Psi-Division’s Cassandra Anderson discovers that Death has returned and now she and Judge Dredd must travel into deep space in an attempt to stop the Dark Judges once and for all.

There are very few comic books better than one containing Dredd but it is rarer than hen’s teeth to find one better than a comic book containing Dredd going up against the Dark Judges. The latest graphic novel from Rebellion containing this evil gang is Dark Justice written by
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In the first of three different concluding instalments this week, John Wagner’s latest Judge Dredd strip – ‘Breaking Bud’ – comes to an end. Unlike his last run, with the occasionally brilliant, but ultimately hammy ‘Dark Justice’, ‘Breaking Bud’ has its dithering narrative topped off with an awkwardly placed deus-ex-machina. The conclusion has the forced loose end tying of an early film noir’s end final scenes.

Tharg’s 3riller ‘Commercial Break’ story fares no better with a similarly dud ending – a rushed final battle sequence between our three heroes and the alien invaders. The plots coveted ‘brixels’ play an important part in the conclusion, with their psychically controlled nature used to create various weapons and defences…but, other than that, it all feels inconsequential. The whole thing seemed over in seconds, an odd pace considering how considered the first two parts were.
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John Wagner and Greg StaplesJudge Dredd story ‘Dark Justice’ finally concludes this week with Dredd and Anderson finally escaping Judge Death and Co. in space. The strip started off with slow-building promise, but cheapened the story by using tongue-in-cheek humour and an unsatisfying final battle. If it wasn’t for Staples’ art, this would be one of the more forgettable Dark Judges stories. Thankfully, his painterly photorealism is stunning. Just look at the wrinkles of Dredd’s terse lip on page two.

If that lip was in Savage, it’d be augmented with bio-robotics. After last week’s scintillating instalment, where Bill let a Hammerstein robot murder the leader of Britain’s main post-war political party (it was Ok though, because he was kind of a douche), our hero’s long-lost brother Jack is revealed as the mastermind behind the Grinder attacks.
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Borag Thungg, Earthlets! This issue reaches halfway points for Dark Justice, The Order and Savage, and sees the penultimate episodes of Ulysses Sweet and Orlock. But first…

Judges Dredd and Anderson are now trapped aboard the Mayflower in the depths of space, their only escape blown to smithereens and pursued by four of their greatest foes: Death, Fire, Fear and Mortis. This insalment is marvelously tense, our heroes sneaking around the deserted space station trying to find the Dark Judges. But what really stands out is Greg Staples’ art. He effortlessly makes a jump on the fourth page from his usual, fantasty-esque paintings to a photo-realistic portrait of Dredd. You can’t help but get stuck on it, transfixed by the Ol’Stoney Face’s prominent chin and detailed teeth. It’s like, for a moment, he’s real.

Ulysses Sweet, on the other hand,
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Borag Thungg, Earthlets! There are exploding heads, possessed heads and robot heads in this week’s issue. But first…

John Wagner’s Judge Dredd storyline ‘Dark Justice’ is now in full, gruesome flow. The Dark Judges have been awakened aboard the Mayflower (a spaceship colony shepherding Mega City One’s rich and famous to a better planet) and are proceeding to wreak havoc, deck by deck. In anyone else’s hands, Judge Death and his comrades would be a tedious collection of second-tier, one-dimensional villains. They have no backstory, nor any human conflict within their rotted hearts. They are simply out to kill. But then what is Dredd if not an uncomprimising force for justice? They say the best antagonists encapture the flaws of the hero. Wagner subverts one of Dredd’s greatest assets – unshakeable determination – into the ruthlessness of the Dark Judges.

Subversion is
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Borag New Year, Earthlets! Does that work? My Tharg isn’t what it used to be.

John Wagner’s second episode of Judge Dredd strip ‘Dark Justice’ kicks off 2015, cheery as always. The majority of this episode takes place aboard the enormous, utopian spaceship that has taken Mega City One’s richest to live in intergalactic paradise. Initially narrated by the ship captain’s log, we slowly learn one of the Dark Judges is aboard. Dredd has similar troubles back on the terresterial plane: the rest of them are plotting Earth’s downfall. Greg Staples’ art is magnificent, particularly the scenes set in space. The station sailing past Saturn’s rings is stunning, recalling Douglas Trumbull’s excellent Silent Running and the front covers of 70s science fiction novels.

Pat Mills goes back two decades further with his always-excellent, 5os-echoing Savage. The strip’s war-critical
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Borag bumper-editioning Thung, Earthlets! It’s the last 2000Ad issue of 2014, and the Mighty Tharg has blessed us all with a 100-page spectacular.

Judge Dredd bookends the special with separate stories at the front (more on which later) and back (more on which now). Michael Carroll’s closer, ‘The Ghost of Christmas Present’, follows the story of corrupt businessman’s bodyguard and Hitman-cosplayer Titus Axle. After seeing the ghosts of people he’s murdered, he has a change of heart from the killing game. More of a Mega City tale than a Dredd one, but with that aforementioned opener still to come, you can’t get too grinchy.

You know what other story is more Mega City than Dredd? Rob Williams and D’Israeli’s Low Life. Their tale of undercover judge Dirty Frank is one of 2000Ad’s most beloved strips, this time round
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Only three strips this week, as Greysuit and Stickleback conclude their respective stories. The former has double its usual page count (10) this week for the end of Book Three. John Blake exposes Prince’s mercenary team to the world on YouTube, a means that sits rather awkwardly amongst Greysuit’s 90s charm. The strip is cynical throughout – as mercs shoot pregnant mothers or initiate other soldiers – but Pat Mills save his most ferocious satire for the occasional flashbacks to Blake and Prince’s private school days. Mills’ distate for the upper-class froths in every frame.

A bit more attitude like that wouldn’t go amiss in Stickleback, a strip also getting the double-feature length treatment this week. Everything is just so…casual. Even when England is being taken over by other-dimensional entities there remains time for cordial chats.

Which is a harsh criticism.
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Beware the Batman: Dark Justice is now available for pre-order

Like Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series before it, Beware the Batman mysteriously disappeared from Cartoon Networks’ schedule, with no official statements given about the show’s future. “Officially,” the series is still running, but chances are good that the remaining 13 episodes of the first season will be its last.

After months of waiting, those episodes are now available for pre-order on Blu-ray and DVD. Titled Beware the Batman: Season 1 Part 2 – Dark Justice, the single-disc set contains the final 13 episodes of the first season and arrives on September 30th.

Those who don’t want to wait that long to see the new episodes can catch them live on Toonami, though their 3 a.m. timeslot may end up being the final nail in this show’s coffin.

You can head on over to Amazon to pre-order Beware the Batman: Season 1 Part 2 – Dark Justice here, and read the official press release below.
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Carrie-Anne Moss To Star in Lifetime Pilot

Exclusive: The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss has been tapped as the lead in Lifetime's untitled Michael Sardo pilot. The project, from writer-executive producer Michael Sardo and Universal Cable Prods., centers on Ann Brown (Moss), New York's premiere celebrity psychologist. With her life and marriage in shambles, she leaves town to join her sister, the Dean at a teaching hospital, to become the chief of staff of the hospital's psych ward. There, she rediscovers her love for helping people while reconnecting with her sister, despite their volatile history. Gerard Bocaccio is executive producing the pilot with Sardo, while Timothy Busfield is set to direct. Moss, repped by Wme and manager Elizabeth Hodgson, is the latest feature actress to headline a cable pilot. Moss started off on TV, with roles on such series as Dark Justice, Models Inc. and F/X: The Series, before her big breakthrough in the 1999 feature The Matrix,
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Television Actor Peter Haskell Dies

Peter Haskell was a leading television actor from the early 1960s. He starred in numerous tele-films including the sci-fi and horror titles The Eyes of Charles Band (1972), The Phantom of Hollywood (1974), The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer (1974), The Suicide Club (1974), Mandrake (1979), Disney’s Shadow of Fear (1979), and Stunt Seven (1979). He was also featured as Mr. Sullivan, Good Guys Toys CEO, in the Chucky horror films Child’s Play 2 (1990) and Child’s Play 3 (1991)

Haskell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 15, 1934, the son of geophysicist Norman Haskell. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard, and spent two years in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was soon performing on stage in Boston, Canada, and New York. Haskell began his long career on television in 1964, and was featured as Peter Jellicoe in the “Wolf 359″ episode of The Outer Limits later in the year. He was also seen in episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,
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