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Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died (Titan)

First Published: December, 2002
Price: £19.99 Earth money
Cover: Judge Cal by Brian Bolland
ISBN: 1840234806 (Hardback)

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Judge Dredd

Crime and Punishment 1 episode (Prog 86) 6 pages
Script: John Wagner, Artist: Brian Bolland
Featuring: Judge Cal
Start of Judge Caligula storyline. First appearance of Deputy Chief Judge Cal (soon to be Chief Judge)
Timeline data: 2101
Reprinted
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Complete Judge Caligula
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics Judge Caligula 1
Rebellion: Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 02
The Complete Judge Dredd 8
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died
Eagle: Judge Dredd 9, Colour: John Burns
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died

Judge Dredd Outlaw 1 episode (Prog 87) 6 pages
Script: John Wagner, Artist: Brian Bolland/Dave Gibbons
Featuring: Judge Cal
Reprinted
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Complete Judge Caligula
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics Judge Caligula 1
Rebellion: Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 02
The Complete Judge Dredd 8
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died
Eagle: Judge Dredd 9, Colour: John Burns
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died

Bring Me the Head of Judge Dredd 1 episode (Prog 88) 6 pages
Script: John Wagner, Artist: Brendan McCarthy (pencils), Brett Ewins (inks), Letters: Tom Frame
Featuring: Judge Cal, Max Normal
Reprinted
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Complete Judge Caligula
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics Judge Caligula 1
Rebellion: Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 02
The Complete Judge Dredd 8
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died
Eagle: Judge Dredd 9, Colour: John Burns
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died

The Day the Law Died 20 episodes (Progs 89 to 108) 111 pages
Script: John Wagner, Artist: Mike McMahon (1-3, 8-9, 12), Brett Ewins (4, pencils 5, 17), Brendan McCarthy (inks 5, 17), Brian Bolland (pencils 6-7), Garry Leach (inks 6-7), Brian Bolland (10, 13-14), Garry Leach (15), Ron Smith (16, 18-20), Letters: Tom Frame (1-2, 6-20), Tom Knight (3), Jack Potter (4)
Featuring: Judge Cal, The Kleggs, Judge Goodman (murdered in ep. 1), Judge Griffin
First appearances of Judge-Tutor Pepper (later Deputy Chief Judge) ep. 4, Fergee ep. 12.
Timeline data: 2101
Reprinted
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Complete Judge Caligula
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics Judge Caligula 1 (1-7)
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics Judge Caligula 2 (8-20)
Rebellion: Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 02
The Complete Judge Dredd 10 (14-20)
The Complete Judge Dredd 8 (1-2)
The Complete Judge Dredd 9 (3-13)
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died
Eagle: Judge Dredd 10 (3-7?), Colour: John Burns
Eagle: Judge Dredd 11 (8-12?), Colour: John Burns
Eagle: Judge Dredd 12 (13-17?), Colour: John Burns
Eagle: Judge Dredd 13 (18-20?), Colour: John Burns
Eagle: Judge Dredd 9 (1-2?), Colour: John Burns
Titan: Judge Dredd Epics The Day the Law Died

REVIEW BY W. R. LOGAN

Whether you prefer to call this story 'The Day The Law Died' or the more frequently used all encompassing 'Judge Cal', there's no doubt that after Pat Mills had taken control of Dredd for the Cursed Earth saga that ran in 2000AD immediately prior to this story, John Wagner comes straight back and once again makes the character and setting of Mega-City One his own.

I don't have to say how much I like the hardback editions if you want to see me in full flow on that subject have a look at the review for Sl√°ine the King. As usual the black & white artwork is reproduced wonderfully and these classic stories are presented at there best in these hardback collections.

Back from the Cursed Earth, sentenced to 20 years on Titan for a crime he didn't commit, Dredd's character is ruined, Mega-City One is Taken over by a mad man and the story of how these two opposing driven men, one by the law and the other by madness, fight for control of the city. The Day The Law Died is one of those epics that doesn't rely on a huge war or big body counts for its appeal, it's a truly classic Dredd tale where the characters drive the story.

The roster of artists may be this classics only downfall but when those artists include Brian Bolland, Brendan McCarthy, Brett Ewins, Ron Smith and the art of Mike McMahon at the height of his artistic powers you can forgive the differing styles because each produces some truly memorable work.

After the Cursed Earth & The Day The Law Died had completed consecutive runs between Prog 61 & 108, Dredd would be 2000AD's most popular character. A mantle he has kept, and although other stories may come close from time to time, its one that he guards with 6 bullets and a day stick. The Day The Law Died is one of the early classics that ensured Dredd achieved top spot and should be a story that all Dredd fans have read.



La Placa Rifa,
W. R. Logan.