This is a seminal point in the history of Mega City’s most famous (and maniacal) lawman, Judge Dredd.
John Wagner is best known as co-creator of Judge Dredd. He also worked on Strontium Dog and A History of Violence (Paradox/DC.)
Alan Grant is also well known for his work with Judge Dredd. He also worked on Batman, Strontium Dog, Scavengers, RoboCop, Legion ’89, and more.
Dillon’s work includes Judge Dredd/2000AD, Punisher, Thunderbolts, Preacher, Skreemer, Animal Man, Hellblazer, and so much more. He passed away last year, and proceeds from this comic will be donated to the Hero Initiative in his name.
According to its website, “the Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit more than 50 creators and their families with over $950,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.” This is a charity that is definitely worthy of our support, so be sure to check out their website!
The story starts out in a pretty straightforward fashion. Dredd discovers a werewolf-based threat to Mega City and follows it to the undercity. At this point, it becomes interesting. Dredd in the undercity is always interesting, and this story is no exception.
This is one of the few times that Judge Dredd goes without a helmet for an extended period. It is also an amazing exercise by a brilliant artist. Although this is clearly a Judge Dredd tale, Dillon’s artwork is incredibly reminiscent of a classic EC Horror Comic.
Much of this comic is in glorious black and white. This is also reminiscent of horror comics, albeit more the Warren era then the Golden Age horror of EC. The switches from black and white to color are clearly designed to help move the story forward, but they serve a secondary purpose. They allow the reader to examine and appreciate Dillon’s line work and his great control.
Likewise, this comic serves multiple purposes. It is a tribute to a great artist and a fundraiser for a very worthy cause. It is an exhibition of some wonderful artwork. It is a great collection for classic Dredd fans. It also sets up an upcoming IDW Deviations one-shot, which poses the question: what if Dredd had remained a werewolf?
There are so many reasons why you should buy this comic, so head out to your local comic shop and give it a read!
Written by: John Wagner & Alan Grant
Illustrated by: Steve Dillon