GRAPHIC NOVEL
Judge Dredd
The Complete America

Author: John Wagner
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 615 9
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America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a quiet, trouble-free life in a dangerous city - bar the odd encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer... and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation - with the Judges in its sights!...

The Complete America is more a warped love story than it is a Judge Dredd book. In fact, Mega-City One's chief lawman only appears in a handful of panels throughout this story. Of course, there is a freaky twist - this is sent in a future where individuals spend money to make themselves more ugly; where sugar is an illegal substance; and where after death the body of humans are recycled.

Colin MacNeil's artwork sets just the right tone - part beautiful painting, part macabre twisted interpretations of grotesque physical forms - to John Wagner's part love story, part twisted perversion, part futuristic socio-political message.

There is also a Democracy Now introduction that charts the voice of freedom, or lack of, that is afforded Mega-City One's residents.

For those that like their sci-fi served with a slice of political ambiguity, this will hit the spot. Intelligent, thought provoking and moving drama all wrapped up neatly in the comic art form. Wonderful.

Steve Mikando

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