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Judge Dredd 5 (March 1984)

Judge Dredd #5Mike McMahon does the art for the first three quarters of the issue, with Dredd getting ready to go on a mission through the Cursed Earth. Writer Pat Mills does a decent job setting up the back story, though once it moves on to preparations for the mission, he and McMahon get wrapped up in showing off the goofy hardware Dredd’s going to have. It’s relatively short sequence–the initial double-page spread of a militarized RV–but it stops the story cold.

And Mills is extremely episodic so every few pages, the story feels a little different (this Dredd series being collections from 2000 AD), but most of those differences are good–if not smooth. Mills’s enthusiasm for setting construction helps one ignore his more derivative details.

For the last few pages, Bolland takes over. He gets a goofy Mount Rushmore battle sequence with mutants but it’s visually gorgeous.



Writer, Pat Mills; artists, Mike McMahon and Brian Bolland; colorist, John Burns; letterer, Tom Frame; editor, Nick Landau; publisher, Eagle Comics.

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