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Review: ‘Dredd: Underbelly’ One-Shot

For those craving some more from the cinematic world of 2012’s uber-underrated film Dredd, look no further than “Dredd: Underbelly” one-shot. This book feels like it is a perfect short film sequel to the original film starring Karl Urban. This week, 2000AD is reprinting this book to hopefully fan the flames of fandom so we can actually SEE a real sequel in cinemas soon.

WRITTEN BY: Arthur Wyatt
ART BY: Henry Flint
PUBLISHER: 2000AD Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: 9 April 2014

Light in this world seems like a luxury. Light in any form – sunlight, indoors, light of hope itself – is all but absent in the world of Judge Dredd. Only the law and judgment are allowed to move about freely, looking for perps, scum and pushers to bust. Writer Arthur Wyatt has kept the tone of the cinema world intact in this story. A new drug has hit the streets to replace Slo-Mo, the awesome visuals-inducing drug from the film. Dredd, as usual, works alone but begrudgingly takes help from wherever it springs up.

This book feels just as bleak and barren as the world presented on screen. Colorist Chris Blythe keeps in line with Henry Flint’s artwork. The muted colors help establish that this comic book isn’t showing us a bright and shiny future, but a more realistic possibility. The only lit scenes involve a lot of gun fire or the Cursed Earth barren lands outside Mega City One. Flint’s big spreads are a treat to look at in this book.

If you like Judge Dredd in all his incarnations, then I think you’ll enjoy this book. If you liked the 2012 film Dredd, you will really like this. It has all you need. Judge and move on, just like Judge Dredd always does.

Score: 4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady



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