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."
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.