Aside from Rob Schneider, the Dark Judges are probably Judge Dredd's most notable foes --- and they're definitely some of the most terrifying characters in comics. So terrifying, in fact, that they have inspired an actual nightmare for 2000 AD artist Dave Kendall, and since he's not one to let an opportunity for inspiration slip by, that dream has led to a new series exploring the origin of John Wagner and Brian Bolland's most horrifying creations.
Set after their all-encompassing genocide of the dimension that would become Deadworld --- once the judges determined that all crime was committed by the living, but before they discovered their ability to travel to Dredd's Mega-City One to try their hand at exterminating another world --- Dreams of Deadworld explores each of the four Dark Judges in turn in stories drawn by Kendall and written by Kek-W.
Mega City One has been through an awful lot over the past few years. Not only is there the usual crime that comes with being a fascist future state, but the city's also had to deal with stuff like the Chaos Plague, space lasers, all sorts of other problems. It's got so bad, in fact, that the city's 40,000 wealthiest citizens have got together to buy a spaceship and just get the heck out of Earth before something else happens.
That's where John Wagner and Greg Staples' Judge Dredd: Dark Justice picks up, with the launch of the Mayflower into deep space. Oh, and also the Dark Judges, the genocidal, immortal, inter-dimensional entities who see life itself as a crime, and punish it with mass murder are also coming back. So, you know, I'll let you guess how well that's gonna work out for 'em.
Whether there's ever going to be an official sequel to 2012's Dredd is up in the air, but in the meantime, producer Adi Shankar is doing his best to keep the franchise going with a series of "bootleg" short films. The latest of the bunch is an animated miniseries called Superfiend, and it looks bananas.
Sorry, 'Dredd' fans. We all know how much you've been rooting for 'Dredd 2' to get the green light, but that's one project we'll only believe will happen when we see it. But, hey, how about a 'Dredd' online miniseries to hold you over for the time being?
Since its launch in 2012, IDW's Judge Dredd series has served as a great introduction to the character for new readers, while also expanding on the story of Mega-City One's most notable protector in a way longtime readers can enjoy. That can be a difficult balance to maintain, but creators Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel have been up to the task so far, with new stories in the universe of what writer Swierczynski recently described to ComicsAlliance as "the ultimate police procedural."
And the creative team isn't done yet. Far from it, in fact. The upcoming story may be their most ambitious yet, as the two are set to reintroduce the Dark Judges into their series. Further, in addition to Judge Death, Mortis, Fire and Fear, the duo are introducing new Dark Judges in next month's Judge Dredd #17.
One such character is the as-yet-unrevealed Judge Burroughs. IDW has provided ComicsAlliance with a first look at the new Dredd antagonist, which you can check out below.
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