Saturday, 29 December 2012

Sweet Justice: Selected Short Stories From The 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Annuals

Written By Peter Milligan, Alan Grant, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Alan Grant, Neil Gaiman, Mark Millar and Ian Rimmer

Genre
Science Fiction, Action

Synopsis

Featuring stories by New York Times best sellers Neil Gaiman and Dan Abnett, along with hit comics authors Mark Millar, Peter Milligan, Alan Grant and more, this amazing collection brings together nine thrilling and unusual short prose stories from the 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Annuals and Specials.

Never seen outside of those pages until now, this ebook presents these hard-to-find tales in one collection.

Features Judge Anderson, Judge Hershey, Judge Dredd and a roster of Mega-City One's unconventional characters.

Review

Normally short story collections are incredibly hit and miss.  Sometimes you will be very lucky and get some absolutely fantastic stories that really fire your imagination but there are always a couple of stories here and there that ruin the flow of the collection.

However that's not the case here at all.  There are some fantastic stories featuring the roster of varied characters from the pages of the 'Judge Dredd' and '2000 AD' annuals.  They really chosen the stories well and the book itself flows in a superb, easily read way.

None of the stories are really linked to one another, other than having a couple of characters appearing more than once, but that doesn't matter.  It's best to look at the stories as a snapshot of what is happening in their world at the time.

It is true however that because of the incredibly strong writing on some of the stories that there are a couple that aren't as good but that doesn't mean that they aren't enjoyable.  If you like the world created in the 2000 AD comic books then you will love this collection.  The only complaint I have about this set is the fact that Judge Dredd, easily their most famous character, is barely in the book at all save for a couple of little moments here and there.  That said however, it gives some of the other Judges such as Hershey and Anderson a chance to shine and be in the spotlight and for that reason it works.

The best stories in this set are easily 'Judge Anderson: The Scream' by Peter Milligan, 'Judge Hershey: Sweet Justice' by Neil Gaiman and 'Judge Anderson: Exorcise Duty' by Dan Abnett so if you do buy this set, which you can do at next to nothing, then you are in a real treat with just those stories alone.  Add in the others and you have a very well written and interesting collection of short stories.

If you are a fan of Mega City One characters from the 'Judge Dredd' and '2000 AD' comics and annuals then you are in for a real treat with this story.  Even if you're not a big fan of those, you'll still find stories that range from being a satirical look at how justice is dispensed and exciting stories full of action.

Story 4/5
Characters 4.5/5
Recommended 4.5/5
Overall 13/15

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