Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com geek out about the possibility of a new Judge Dredd series being on one of the streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, etc).
Judge Dredd is a fictional character created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra. Judge Dredd first appeared in the second issue of 2000 AD (1977), a weekly science-fiction anthology. He is that magazine’s longest-running character.
Joseph Dredd is a law enforcement officer in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One in North America. He is a “street judge” empowered to summarily arrest, convict, sentence, and execute criminals.
Senior Judge Joseph Dredd and his brother Rico Dredd were cloned from the DNA of Chief Judge Fargo, the first chief judge, in 2066. Their growth was artificially accelerated to an apparent physiological age of 5. They had all the appropriate knowledge for their age electronically implanted in their brains during gestation. The name ‘Dredd’ was chosen by the genetic scientist who created them, Morton Judd, to “instill fear in the population”.
As cadets during Atomic Wars of 2070, they were temporarily made full Judges to restore order to the panic-stricken streets. They were chosen to take part in assaulting the White House when the Justice Department deposed President Booth. They were fast-tracked through the Academy of Law. Joseph graduated second in the class of 2079, while Rico came first. Later that year Joseph was forced to arrest Rico for murder and corruption. Twenty years later when Rico sought revenge after serving a 20 year sentence, Joe was forced to shoot him in self-defense.
Joe Dredd excelled as a judge, rapidly gaining promotion to the rank of senior judge. Offered the opportunity to become chief judge in 2101, Dredd declined. He preferred to serve on the streets enforcing the law. On several occasions he saved his city from conquest or destruction by powerful enemies. In 2114 he saved the entire world during the Fourth World War.
Although Dredd holds his duty above every other priority, this devotion is not blind. On two occasions (in 2099 and 2112) Dredd resigned from the force on points of principle. He returned to the force both times. In 2113, Dredd insisted that the Justice Department gamble its very existence on a referendum to prove its legitimacy. In 2116 he risked 20 years imprisonment with hard labor when he challenged the policy of a chief judge. In 2129 he threatened to resign to persuade another chief judge to change the city’s harsh anti-mutant apartheid laws.
After fifty years of active service Dredd’s career may be drawing to a close. In 2130, he was diagnosed with cancer of the duodenum, though it was benign. In 2132 Dredd was appointed to the Council of Five, Mega-City One’s highest governing body. He served on the Council of Five for two years.
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