Judge Dredd: Pre-Emptive Revenge
by Jonathan Clements
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story very much begins in medias res - Judge Dredd and Johnny Alpha have just saved the world from a zombie menace, and exactly what that zombie menace was and how Dredd and Alpha came to team up is left for the listener to deduce. I did find myself wondering if this audio references continuity that I'm expected to be aware of from a previous audio or from the comic, although ultimately, I was able to piece together quite enough to enjoy the story.
And it's a very enjoyable story. The highlight is really the interplay between Dredd and Alpha: these guys are not natural allies, and sparks fly between them quite entertainingly. The story also features an interesting twist on time travel - the way Alpha gets back to his own time is to give Dredd a message with his precise location, which Dredd will deliver to someone who will eventually give it to Alpha's employers in the future, who will use their time travel tech to scoop him up and bring him back. So when Alpha writes the message, and doesn't disappear, there are two options - either Dredd will betray him, or Dredd will never make it back alive to deliver the message.
There are some flaws - I guess that the Cold War-esque portrayal of the Chinese as fanatical Communist drones with crappy technology is part of the 2000 AD universe, but it feels dated now. (In fact, I'm made a bit uneasy in general by the way the Dredd audios portray Asian cultures, but there are a lot of things in the Dredd audios that make me uneasy.) View all my reviews >>