Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges

By  John Wagner

About the Book 

They came from Deadworld – twisted, ungodly versions of Judges with enough power to destroy the world! Led by the cadaverous super-fiend Judge Death, Judges Fear, Fire & Mortis share a chilling ethos – as only the living can break the law, all life is a crime!
The fearsome foursome are intent on bringing their brand of justice to Mega-City One. Only Judge Dredd and Psi-Division’s finest telepath Cassandra Anderson can stop them from committing a Mega-City massacre!

Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges is a graphic novel

What John Wagner thinks about World Book Night

"Over the years no medium has so consistently provided me with as much understanding, enlightenment and all round enjoyment as books.  They're a window on the world and the human condition, at their best an inspiration.  That's why I'm delighted to be asked to help promote World Book Night."    

What we thinkJohn Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

“A truly classic graphic novel. Judge Dredd is one of the greatest comic book heroes and this adventure sees him encounter his arch-nemesis Judge Death. A brilliant story, brilliantly illustrated, brilliantly told.”

More books by John Wagner

There are many in the series but the next one is The Cursed Earth Saga. 

Also by John Wagner: Banzai Battalion, Brit-Cit Babes, Chopper, Judge Death, M.A.C.H. 1, Mean Machine, Tales of Mega-City One, One-Off, Robo-Hunter, Shako, I Was a Teenage Tax Consultant , The Taxidermist

Author biographies

John Wagner
John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the “Galaxy's Greatest Comic”, he co-created Judge Dredd, as well as Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter and a host of other 2000 AD mainstays, including the critically-acclaimed Button Man.

Incredibly prolific throughout his career, and writing under a diversity of pen names — often in concert with Alan Grant, with whom he devised and developed 2000 AD's sister comic, the Judge Dredd Megazine — Wagner has worked extensively beyond the Thargian universe, originating and editing a number of British periodicals as well as writing many American standards, including Batman, The Punisher, Lobo and Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett. His Paradox Press graphic novel A History of Violence is currently under option by New Line Cinema.

Alan Grant
Creator: Ace Trucking Co., Apocalypse Soon, Armageddon, Bad City Blue, Chopper, B.L.A.I.R. 1, Durham Red, Judge Anderson, Juliet November, Mazeworld, Middenface McNulty, PJ Maybe
Writer: Bad Company, Batman/Judge Dredd, Blackhawk, Daily Star Dredd, Heavy Metal Dredd, The Helltrekkers, Judge Dredd, Mean Machine, Mean Team, Mega-City One, One-Offs, Robo-Hunter, Strontium Dog, Tales of Mega-City One, Tales of The Doghouse, Tharg’s Future Shocks, Tharg the Mighty, Time Twisters

With over 300 2000 AD stories to his name – not to mention over 250 Daily Star Judge Dredd strips – Alan Grant’s prolific creative record speaks for itself. Outside the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, Grant is well-known to Batman fans following a lengthy run on various incarnations of the title. More recently he has adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novels Kidnapped and Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Graphic Novel format with artist Cam Kennedy. His television work includes scripts for the BBC series Ace Lightning and the Carnival of Doom and he is currently writing a feature length animation for a German company.

Brian Bolland
Co-Creator: Judge Anderson, The Dark Judges, The Kleggs,
Artist: Dan Dare, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Walter the Wobot

Perhaps the most popular 2000 AD artist of all time, Brian Bolland’s clean-line style and meticulous attention to detail ensure that his artwork on strips including Dan Dare, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd and Walter the Wobot looks as fresh today as it did when first published. Co-creator of both Judge Anderson and The Kleggs, Bolland’s highly detailed style unfortunately precluded him from doing many sequential strips — although he found the time to pencil both CAMELOT 3000 and BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE for DC Comics.

Instead, Bolland moved to working almost exclusively on covers, and his designs and art have illustrated some of the finest comics of modern times, including ANIMAL MAN, THE INVISIBLES, and of course 2000 AD!

Brett Ewins
Artist: Rogue Trooper, Anderson: Psi Division, Judge Dredd, Bad Company

Brett Ewins is well known for his work in 2000 AD spanning over 3 decades. His first excursion with Judge Dredd was in 1977, in the now classic tale The Day the Law Died. From this work came more work on Judge Dredd comics, notably The DNA Men. He then continued to work on such 2000 AD titles as Rogue Trooper, ABC Warriors, Bad Company and Judge Anderson. Ewins is also known for work he has done in the American comics industry, including Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, Strange Days, Johnny Nemo and Skreemer. He was also the editor and publisher for Deadline magazine. Since then he now spends his time painting and has enjoyed several exhibitions of his work.

Cliff Robinson
Creator: Mother Earth
Artist: Future Shocks, Judge Anderson, Judge Dredd, Pulp Sci-Fi, Vector 13, Venus Bluegenes

Cliff Robinson is one of 2000 AD’s longest-serving artists, having made his debut with a Future Shock way back in Prog 362! Since then, he has co-created Mother Earth, and illustrated numerous Judge Dredd strips, as well as Future Shocks, Judge Anderson, Pulp Sci-Fi, Vector 13 and Venus Bluegenes.

Robin Smith
Creator: Bad City Blue
Artist: Captain Klep, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Mean Machine, One-Offs, Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog, Tharg the Mighty, Time Twisters

Aside from his own co-created Bad City Blue, Robin Smith has illustrated Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Mean Machine, One-Offs, Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog, Tharg the Mighty and Time Twisters. He is also the illustrator of Paradox Press’ Green Candles, and is co-creator of The Bogie Man with John Wagner and Alan Grant.

On World Book Night

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Alexander McCall Smith

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