Judge Dredd
Wanted: Dredd or Alive

Starring: Toby Longworth, Claire Buckfield & Teresa Gallagher
Big Finish
RRP £9.99
ISBN 1 903654 80 7
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Mega-City One's chief lawman has been effected by a new disease known as Mad Judge Disease and goes on a rampage through the city. While the rest of the Judges are intent on tracking Dredd down and bringing him to justice, a mysterious group of underground criminals, known as The Friends, want him to join their cause.

Wanted: Dredd or Alive is the first Big Finish audio to feature characters from the pages of 2000AD. Set in 2124 the gritty action is well interspersed with comical segments which are delivered in the style of a radio link show.

Fans of the original comic series will feel right at home straight away and there are brief appearances by Dredd's chief nark, Max Normal, and Judge Hershey.

The story is thick and fast, but by its conclusion you may feel a little cheated. I felt as though I'd just been delivered that all too familiar punchline... "and it was all a dream" style of get out ending. While the ending itself is not exactly original, getting there is extremely eventful.

There are bound to be comparisons made between this and the Judge Dredd audio productions created by Dirk Maggs in 1995. In truth, I found Big Finish's interpretation a lot easier to swallow. Sure, Maggs' series has more effects and better production values, but I found the Big Finnish story more engaging.

If this is the shape of things to come, then I am really looking forward to seeing how this very promising series develops.

Darren Rea

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