The Next Judge Dredd Comic Sounds Mad Max As Hell

After a few months away, Judge Dredd is back in action at IDW, but in his newest mission, it's been quite a while since we last saw him. And if you thought Dredd's usual life was messed up, then it's about to get downright apocalyptic (well, even more than it always is) in Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth — and we have the first details about the series.

Written by Ulises Fariñas and Erick Freitas, with art by Dan McDaid and Ryan Hill, The Blessed Earth picks up 10 years after the events of the second volume of the series, Mega-City Zero, and time has only served to make Dredd more hard-edged than ever in his quest to bring law to a lawless land. "It's much easier to write Judge Dredd when you feel like your country is falling apart," Fariñas told us in a statement provided over email. "It's really easy to write about failing institutions and people left to their own devices, when the people who should protect them are just trying to legitimise their power. We hear 'to serve and protect,' and it sounds more and more like a sick joke. We are turning Dredd literally inside out, ripping out what's inside him and seeing what makes him keep moving forward. The system only works when people believe in it, and in The Blessed Earth, I AM THE LAW are not words anyone believes in."

His fellow co-writer, Erick Freitas, put the team's plans for The Blessed Earth much more bluntly — telling us, "We want to make mother fuckers cry."

Cover art by Ulises Fariñas.

Here's the brief first synopsis for the series:

Judge Dredd: Blessed Earth #1 — SPOTLIGHT

Ulises Fariñas & Erick Freitas (w) • Dan McDaid (a) • Ulises Fariñas (c)

It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. The mystery of The Blessed Earth begins to unfold here!

FC • 32 pages • .99

Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #1 will hit store shelves in April.


    Wow, I thought that art was from Mœbius for a second there. Beautiful stuff. I'm not much of a comic book reader but love the art that comes from it and will certainly look out for this!

      Same! It looks really nice. I'm tempted to look into this and anything the artist may have done artbook wise :D

      EDIT: The colourist is Ryan Hill and I think the Mœbius vibe is really stemming from the way he's colouring it :)

      Last edited 25/01/17 9:18 am

    Might be an interesting place to pick up Dredd again, I've been reading Dredd comics for geez.... 28 years (ive literally read everything from his first appearance onwards) and stopped around 2012/13 they started taking him in a terrible direction, questioning his own methods and the system and generally being a sook.
    Would be nice to see a hard as Nails Dredd again.

    Additionally... how Cool is that beard!

    Last edited 25/01/17 8:38 am

    I had 6 years worth of progs, monthlies and dreddzines... and sold them when I was 22 because I was broke. Actually the biggest regret of my life.

      I know them feels, i had every issue from 1977-1999 stolen from my house, was very upsetting.

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