"Judge Dredd Mega City Two City of Courts #1-3" Alright, I’ve been putting this off for a while now because I wanted to savor it a little. As everyone who reads on here knows, Ulises Farinas is my favorite artist working in comics and I’ve been wanting to do it justice. But finally I just thought, what the fuck, justice should be swift (ZING Dredd pun), les just dew it.
Douglas Wolk is mostly known to me as the dude who knows EVERYTHING about Judge Dredd in the history essays he writes for each issue of Swierczynski and Daniel’s current run on IDW. How can he know alla that shit from 30 years ago? Then one day it dawned on me, I’m the Wolk of Punisher (minus the talented and/or published writer/creator part). I too, have crammed my brain with useless, inconsequential, yet somehow fascinating trivia and a comic book that has been considered pulp crap for almost half a decade. This is my kinda guy.
So what happens when you team up the writer who can throw in every minor detail from 40 years of comics continuity with the artist who’s known for sketching in every minor detail he can fit on a page? Fucking brain overload, that’s what. I can’t read these damn books. I get through two pages, then spend 5 minutes playing “where’s waldo?” with the 20 some odd pop culture references per page, and another 5 looking up Dredd history on google to try to figure out “What the fuck is Stom again?”. Seriously, I have to read each issue 3 times by the time I finish it the first time. And I still have no idea what’s going on.
Which seems to be kind of the whole point. Its a non-linear linear comic book. Basically, this book WANTS you to get distracted in the details and come back to the plot when you get good and ready. Its a mind-trip, there is literally nothing like it in print. I freakin’ love it. These have been riding my nightstand for weeks, I pick them up whenever I’m ready to fall asleep to search out some more details (and look for that street name Ulises promised to throw in for me, he’s not off the hook) and try to figure out why Judge Dredd has the deepest continuity in comics yet never hit like Batman.
Anyway, Highly Recommended, Double RAW. Gets it.