Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #1 (IDW)


Rating: 3.5/5 – Just as crazy as it sounds.

IDW has the rights to a variety of comic properties.  They have G.I.Joe, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, among others.  And occasionally they like to get a few of those properties together and have an event.  Earlier this year, Mars Attacks was the focus of that crossover.  Well now in September, Mars has attacked Mega City One and its law enforcement, the Judges.

Judge Dredd has always been a very interesting comic.  Not for the stories per se.  While those have always been very good, the big catch with Dredd has been the supporting cast.  We start this series with more of the same.  The mob bosses of the 4 corners of Mega City One gather and are taken by surprise by a former castaway and his enforcer, one of the Mars soldiers.

Of course through certain events, Judge Dredd is on the scene.  And as per any comic crossover, he meets our alien.  However, remember that in the future, we have quite a few different types of characters.  So Dredd immediately concludes that the alien is just a mutant with sophisticated weapons.

Going into these series, I never expect a lot because not much ever comes out of them.  However, as a new fan of Dredd and always enjoying Mars Attacks enough, I have to admit that this was fun. As an issue one, there’s good setup and an interesting enough story to have me buy issue two.  Also, not to forget, the art was very well done.  John McCrea is known for his work on Mars Attacks and has worked on Judge Dredd in the past.  His style speaks well to both franchises and he combines them well.

Again, there never is much to expect from these crossovers and I hope this one stays fun to the end.  So far, it is looking much better than some of the past series’ and that’s a good sign.

Reviewed by: Chris Stark – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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