Review: Judge Dredd #19
“The American Way of Death, part 3″—The Hall of Justice has fallen. Sector 1 has been overrun by Judge Death and his cronies. The Chief Justice and Council of Five contemplate a desperate course of action that would have been unthinkable just a few days ago—yet now seems like the only sane choice in a world gone mad. But who’s this walking through the ruins, clutching his Lawgiver and sentencing Death to you-know-what? Listen up, creeps—it’s never over until Dredd says it’s over!
The American Way of Death rolls on this week with the release of Judge Dredd #19. Dredd’s battle against all 13 Dark Judges is written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Nelson Daniel. Shawn Lee rounds out the cast with lettering. Judge Dredd is finally back in Mega-City one, but will finding out there are even more Dark Judges make him wish he’d stayed on Titan?
Judge Dredd had a close call on Titan, but he was able to find his way back to Mega-City One in one piece. The city has gone to pot and the Dark Judges are running roughshod over everyone. The Chief Justice and the Council of Five seem to be going down without much of a fight, and Dredd won’t stand for that. With nothing but his Lawgiver and the turncoat Harvies to lend him a hand, Dredd ends up having to do the unthinkable to try and save his city. Will Dredd’s desire to save Mega-City One make him cross a line he never thought he would even get close to? How can Dredd and the other Justices even hope to end the reign of terror of all 13 Dark Judges?
Swierczynski writes a solid issue. Dredd is back in Mega-City one and he’s learning what’s happening as he goes along. Dredd’s fast on his feet, so he gets to work fast. Dredd always works best when he’s behind the eight ball, and American Way of Death has him behind the eight ball in ways we haven’t really seen before. We also get a good explanation about why there are more Dark Judges this time around and how their specific specialties are being used for the original Dark Judges’ goals. Daniel’s art really plays up the epic scale, action, and intensity of the story. You can tell the creative team is having a lot of fun with all the new Dark Judges, and it shows. You’re left wanting a lot more of the Dark Judges, but you get just enough to realize how creepy and deadly they really are.
Bottom Line: The American Way of Death shows no signs of letting up. With only one installment left, Dredd and company are in for the biggest fight of their lives. 4/5
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