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Despite reading hundreds of comics a month, there are still a few characters in the funny book industry that I'm not all that familiar with.  Judge Dredd is one of them.  Sure, I know the basic concept and I've seen the most recent movie (we don't talk about the Stallone one), but I don't know much about what goes on in Mega-City One.  Fortunately, I've just found the perfect jumping on point, thanks to 2000 AD.  The publisher has announced that Judge Dredd: America will be released in North America for the first time on August 11th.  

From what I understand, Judge Dredd: America serves as a great introduction to the character.  It requires no previous knowledge of the series.  There are no crossovers and no tie-in issues.  It's just good old-fashioned storytelling from writer John Wagner and artist Colin MacNeil.  Here's the write up on the book from 2000 AD.

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Mega-City One’s Judges enforce the rigid rule of law, acting as judge, jury, and executioner – but how do the citizens really feel about a system in which they are powerless? America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city... bar the odd unpleasant encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny has become a successful singer and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation with the Judges in its sights.

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I'll definitely be checking this one out, if for nothing else than to give me an example of what to expect from Judge Dredd.  What about you?

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James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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