Review: Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two #1 Director’s Cut


Mega-City Two has been drawing praise from comic critics and longtime fans alike. Now, in celebration of this acclaimed miniseries, we are proud to release a special Director’s Cut of the first issue, which includes all of the covers along with the comic’s script, plus annotations and sketches, giving a rare insight into the inner workings of a comic book from initial thought to publication. Join series writer Douglas Wolk and artist Ulises Farinas as we reprise their story of Dredd’s first visit to the West Coast!

dreddThis week the first issue of the recently wrapped Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two series gets the director’s cut from IDW. The story was written by Douglas Wolk with art from Ulises Farinas. Ryan Hill tackled colors with Tom B. Long pitching in with lettering. I’ve raved about this series as it was coming out, but how does it fair with the added bonuses?

I reviewed the first issue when it originally hit, and applauded it for its weird, wild, and wonderful story with some highly detailed art. There’s no use retreading that ground, it’s just as great now as it was back in January. You can read the original review here if you need the story rundown and analysis on the story, art, and colors. What we’re concerned with this time is the material that makes this a director’s cut.

For an extra dollar you get a 50-odd page comic that is packed with annotations about each page and the full script for the debut issue. Wolk offers a great commentary about his story idea, what went into it to make it different, and how he kept it in line with everything that has come before it. It’s a brilliant insight into the series and how much work and love went into the project. There are a few of Farinas’ sketches, though there could always be more. While this offering is very much in line with director’s cut comics, a page or two of Farinas’ highly-detailed art, at least the more elaborate pages, would have really set this one over the top.

Bottom Line: The director’s cut for Mega-City Two is definitely worth checking out if you loved the event or let it pass you by the first time. It offers something hardcore fans will love and it’s well worth the extra dollar to see the annotations and original script if you’re jumping into this story for the first time.

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