Dreadnoughts: Breaking Ground
by Michael Carroll, John Higgins, Sally Jane Hurst
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Pub Date 10 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
Rebellion, 2000 AD
The year is 2035 and American society is crumbling, the police force become judge and jury, dispensing justice on the streets. Police brutality in response to public protests sparks even greater restrictions on what American citizens are free to do. This is the horror story of a descent into fascism and the beginnings of the world of Judge Dredd.
"[Dreadnoughts] turns out to be particularly timely in 2020, concerning the creation of the all-powerful Justice Department and raising issues surrounding overreach of police powers, corrupt law enforcement and what it means to actually live in a police state. All this in what genuinely is a successful, exciting action series, which is no mean feat" - The Hollywood Reporter
"Hailed as one of the comics of 2020. I cannot recommend it enough." - Comics the Gathering
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Average rating from 15 members
An excellent look at the early years of the Judges. America is descending into anarchy, and in a reactionary move the Judges have been established. Still adjusting to this new reality of law enforcement, we get to see a particularly.... *dedicated* Judge conduct a missing child investigation. Carroll gives readers a great, short insight into the tensions of this near-future: chillingly plausible, given the past 10 or so years.
The artwork is great, and perfectly suited to the story. The second story included in the book isn't as good, but still an interesting Judge Dredd tale.
I have always been a fan of the Judge Dredd comics, being both a fan of cyberpunk as well as British satire. However, the premise sometimes cries out for a more serious take on the subject. The best Judge Dredd stories are not the ones that deal with Judge Death or the weird almost comical cariactures but handle the fundamental premise of the series seriously: what happens when the law an authoritarianism becomes an end to itself. My favorite of the Dredd stories is the AMERICA arc and all of its horrors as well as the flashbacks to the destruction of American democracy. This one treats its premise as seriously as possible with the transformation of American policing and prisons to the horrors of Dredd's world. The art is beautiful and the story is dark as well as sad. This isn't a "fun" comic but it's not meant to be.
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