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DREDD MA MA by lionsgatemovies


Writer: Matt Smith
Art: Henry Flint

This is the tale of Peach Tree Block's crime kingpin Ma-Ma, and how she reached that exulted position. It turns out the ex-prostitute only very recently arrived there, having taken charge of her dismal existence and survived a bloody reckoning with her ertswhile pimp Lester Grimes.

It was Grimes who gave Ma-Ma her striking facial scar; we also learn that that maternal-sounding moniker is short for Madelaine Madrigal. There's some stuff about the creation of the Slo-Mo drug too: an "LSD derivative", the effects of which are "like seeing God through the cracks of creation".

Art-wise, we're very much in the world of the film: that Lawmaster bike has slimmer tyres than we're used to. Language-wise too, the tone is a bit more Clint than 2000AD. Still, if you wondered how Lena Headey's character got where she was, here is your answer.

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1 what about southland tales
what about the graphic novels produced for Southland Tales? they were actually integral to the story line of the movie and made a whole lot more sense of it. And they were all written by Richard Kelly, surely they deserve a mention for die hard Richard Kelly fans and also people who slated the film. More

Posted by hi charlie on Tuesday July 9, 2013, 19:35

2 Missing
No mention of the 2000AD Shaun of the Dead prequel (brilliant) or the various Watchmen prequels (dreadful)? More

Posted by evergrowingbrain on Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:49

3 So...
are they worth reading or not?!?! More

Posted by partybee on Monday July 8, 2013, 13:13

4 Pacific Rim prequel comic
was pretty poor. It also struck me as possibly far more spoilery than it should have been - it didn't seem to introduce a world but summarise huge chunks of plot. More

Posted by elab49 on Friday July 5, 2013, 16:07

5 Inception
There was a short comic released after Inception, which gives a little bit of background beind the Cobolt Job More

Posted by richallin on Friday July 5, 2013, 14:16

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