Judge Dredd #7
Publisher: IDW (c) 2016
Writers: Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Ryan Hill
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Standard Cover Art: Ulises Farinas
Standard Cover Colors: Ryan Hill
Subscription Cover: Josh Adams
In Joseph Dredd’s time, he is a Street Judge for Mega City One. Street Judges are the the juries and executioners of all the citizens of Mega City One who break the law. Among these Judges, Judge Joseph Dredd is the best and the most feared. He is the law.
The standard cover art for Judge Dredd #7 by Ulises Farinas was an apparent homage to 80s artistic expression. At least that’s what it looked like to me. Most of the defining work on the cover seems to be the coloring by Ryan Hill. Without whom the cover would have consisted of a bunch of indistinct LED lights. But I’m not sure what, if anything, the cover had to do with the story within. However, the subscription cover by Josh Adams was right on point. Nice colors, nice inks and the art was applicable to the story.
The art of Judge Dredd #7 by Dan McDaid was decent enough for the story. But I found it to be somewhat distracting and moderately inconsistent. It was both highly detailed and sparingly detailed at the same time. This was particularly true in the faces of the characters. This is not to say that it was bad. It was not. I just found Dan McDaid’s art to be a little distracting from the story. The colorist, Ryan Hill, was good, and in many ways made the images in the panels. Judge Dredd #7 had nice coloring dimensions and shading. Ryan Hill’s coloring choices for Judge Dredd #7 were bold but not screaming at you.
The story by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas was good. It had a nice flow and good characters. Judge Dredd #7 had a very nostalgic Twilight Zone or Outer Limits kind of feel to it. Very surreal and creepy atmosphere and story. You can almost hear Rod Sirling narrate the tale. In another time. In another place. In an alternate-reality. Judge Dredd and his companions, Lolo and Quill find themselves in Mega City One. But this one is different. In this Mega City One, war and violence have destroyed the city. Only small pocket-communities still survive.
In their journey across this waswasteland, Judge Dredd and his companions come across a small community. Neither Lolo, Quill or Judge Dredd have eaten in days. And while they’re getting a creepy vibe from this community, called the Refuge, they agree to stay. Acclimating to this Refuge is not going to be easy though. Everyone is under strict guidlines and sensorship concerning both word and deed. Even the slightest, subliminal aggression is not tolerated. These laws are enforced through small spherical droids. Needless to say, Judge Dredd does not fit in here. Neither do his highly aggressive companions, Lolo and Quill.
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