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Friday, January 29, 2010

Prog 1024 07/01/97

In Darkside, Judge Dredd is sent to Luna 1 with Psi Jusge Hassid. Hassid has a 72% accuracy rate and foresees experiencing a significant psi-flash there in Dredd’s Presence. At the same time, the zombie version of Dredd, the one that followed him back through time at the end of City of the Damned saga (remember that?), is also loose on the Moon having been smuggled there by a dodgy antiques dealer.

Of the third generation of writers, we’re used to seeing Garth Ennis and Mark Millar scripting Judge Dredd, John Smith however, not so much. Smith is focusing more on the action and story momentum for Darkside than he does usually although there’s still a bit of slicing, dicing and butchery going on. He pretty much gets the tone of Dredd right although the non-threatening and very likable Hassid speaks in a voice that reads a little clichéd at times. Paul Marshal’s art is terrific. Perfect visual and story clarity, his work is free of all extraneous detail, every line utterly considered.

Really, Darkside couldn’t go wrong where, when boiled down, the main character is brawling with a wrong version of himself. Also, the different location adds an extra frisson. In fact, here’s an equation I’ve devised for all of wannabe Judge Dredd writers to file away for future reference; wrong version of main character (zombie) + change in environment (Moon) = Zarjaz.

ASIDE: Here’s an interesting piece that draws comparisons between a classic John Smith and Paul Marshal thrill, Firekind, and James Cameron’s new movie, Avatar. I can’t really comment as I haven’t seen the film but what I’ve read about the plot does seem familiar now that they mention it.

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  • Shot me bolt on this one a little already but yeah I really enjoyed Darkside.

    By Blogger Colin, at 11:13 am  

  • loved this story

    believe it or not this story was originally supposed to be in judge dredd megazine before the troubles in the late 90s caused the meg to reprint huge chunks of necropolis

    By Blogger David page, at 4:44 pm  

  • I didn't like to say, Colin :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:26 pm  

  • I didn't know, David. I talk a little about that Megazine stuff in today's entry.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 8:27 pm  

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