Prog 149 to 151 – Judge Death

CF03Story: Judge Death
Appears: 2000AD Prog 149-151
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Brian Bolland
Dated: 26 January 1980 9 February 1980

Here is the birth of one of Dredd’s most iconic foes, the virtually unbeatable Judge Death. And who better to do it than Brian Bolland. Death’s look is superb. A terrifying, twisted mockery of the Judge’s uniform that tells you everything you need to know as soon as you see him. His method of killing people, in that he just makes them die, is elegant and terrifying. Unfortunately, whilst it might be time pressure or may be an artistic choice many of the panel backgrounds are black meaning we are missing out on much of Boland’s famous detail and line work.

Along with Death we also get Judge Anderson. Finally, a relatable female character. One who seems to be the polar opposite of Dredd. There is a classic buddy movie in the works. Both she and Death will grow exponentially from these humble beginnings.

We get Psi Division, we get Tech Judges, and we get the Hall of Heroes. It seems like Mega-city One takes a vast leap forward in just three issues.

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