- From: Rebellion Developments (previously IPC Media)
Judge Dredd is likely more popular from his movies than from his time in the comic book world, yet this is where he started. If there is one character that screams the word “antihero,” it is most certainly this man. Dredd is a law enforcement and judicial official that lives and operates in the distant future within a city known as Mega-City One. The city surely fits its name, as it covers most of the eastern coastline of the United States. Known as a “street judge,” Dredd’s job is to find those who have done wrong and arrest them. Yet he is also given the freedom to not only convict, but also sentence people. More than that, if he believes a person has done something horrible or irredeemable, he can also execute the criminals as he sees fit.
Of course, this presents a huge set of problems that makes Mega-City One come across as a police state, run by authoritarian leadership. Since the Justice Department has so much power, they act as the government itself. Thus, Judges are ruling class citizens. This is also now a common system in the years following 2070. He is one of the best comic book antiheroes, but the system that gives him such power is seen as a top issue for readers. This is why Dredd has been written to not always trust other Judges from other territories, nor those inside his own. He’s also not always willing to back the Justice Department, giving him some separation from the terrible world around him.