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Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
Plus Spidey and The Dark Knight Rises

25 July 2011  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

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That's right, it's time to release the brand new Empire cover (out this Thursday, July 28), and needless to say, this month's issue is an absolute cracker. For starters there's Karl Urban as Judge Dredd glowering menacingly into your magazine-buying eyes, flanked on either side by Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man and Christian Bale's Batman for The Dark Knight Rises.

Not a bad little team, we think you'll agree... Inside the actual issue itself you'll be happy to discover 12 ever-so-very exclusive exclusives, including John Carter, Man Of Steel, The Avengers and Men In Black 3. Yep, we've really got the lot this time after all, this is the Heroes Of 2012 issue we're talking about.

Then there's an amazing collection of unseen Jaws photography for you Spielberg afficionados to feast your eyes on, as well as everything you need to know about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Not forgetting Olly Moss' Ollywood and all the other brilliant regulars you (hopefully) know and (ideally) love.

Trust us, it'll make that train journey / uber-long bath / bus trip to Bangor / space shuttle expidition just fly by in a flurry of high quality journalism and pictures of Karl Urban kicking doors in. You know, just the way you like it.

Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
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Excited? Head over to the magazine channel for an in-depth preview of just what's going on inside Empire's latest issue, just to whet your appetite even more.

This month's Empire is on newsstands Thursday, July 28, but if you've already subscribed you should have your copies now, or within the next couple of days or so. Lovely.


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RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
In terms of the shoulder pads it looks like they're going for the look of the early comics. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ruf9JBv9V4U/SsDrv5_n6nI/AAAAA AAACxA/H7SrMynpEho/s400/dreddishere.jpg More

Posted by Spaldron at 17:25 on 28 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
If you check on the official 2000AD forum (0adonline.com/foruml see that most fans are very happy with the overall look of the helmet and uniform. More

Posted by Harry Exton at 17:13 on 28 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
L: dreddhead123 What is wrong with that? You're are the one that is wrong. It will work. It's pig ignorance to dismiss that look and say it's silly. Shot well and it will look good. I can't believe fans of Dredd are so dismissive of that look. f I can fan the flames a bit, I think a fairly direct translation of the uniform could be done and I personally would have preferred it. As it is, its just okay. Also agree about the chin. Needs a bit of prosthesis to beef it up.S More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 05:19 on 28 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Not even Dredd on the Cover!
WORST. EMPIRE COVER. EVER! There, I said it. More

Posted by sagarcha at 14:05 on 27 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I'm a graphic designer
The inside pics look way better with proper lighting, what's going on with this cover it's terrible! More

Posted by rich at 21:26 on 26 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I'm a graphic designer
Dredd looks cool and i love the new look...but that  cover photoshop job is awful,lazy and looks tacky. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 20:58 on 26 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: ftyrter
Glad I'm a subscriber. This is the first cover of Empire I'd actually be embarrassed to buy. I'd have to cover it up with copy of Razzle or something when I went to the till. Seriously, was it take your kid to work day in the graphics department? More

Posted by BudBaxter at 13:22 on 26 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Great Cover!
L: JIm R I think simply having Dredd on the cover has taken everyone by surprise and the huge 'blockbuster' one character only usual stance being replaced with a smaller budget feature has got people's knickers in a twist. is version a chance guys, okay the costume is ropey as f*ck but the other aspects of it may be spot on. t certainly won't be hollywood 'glamour' like the '95 version was. ] #0000cc]Absolutely. Much as I've pretty much given up on 'superhero movies', this c More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 06:25 on 26 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Great Cover!
I think simply having Dredd on the cover has taken everyone by surprise and the huge 'blockbuster' one character only usual stance being replaced with a smaller budget feature has got people's knickers in a twist. Give this version a chance guys, okay the costume is ropey as f*ck but the other aspects of it may be spot on. It certainly won't be hollywood 'glamour' like the '95 version was. More

Posted by JIm R at 23:54 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Great Cover!
These cover shots never look particularly good though. Too much lighting and too staged, and whats going on with his face? I think this will look on film though, very much a throwback to the original artwork as has been noted. Actually my only real problem is the gun, which looks a bit cheap and plastic like More

Posted by Drew_231 at 22:59 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Great Cover!
The images inside are quality. Slightly off topic but I've got to say, I'm not convinced about the bike design I've seen, the handle bars seem too low and close to the riders body making him sit too upright, I think they should move them up so the rider is leaning forward more over where the gas tank usually is. Any thoughts ? More

Posted by Dirk Miggler at 22:35 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
I posted this once before, but since I'm a nice guy, i'll do it again.... Clearly, this Dredd is being based off the early drawings of him: More

Posted by boys_dont_cry at 22:13 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
@oli_huts: Original costumes only work for some comic book movies. Ala Spiderman, Fantastic Four, if they're not too over the top. How exactly would a grey and black, lycra-clad batman fit into Nolan's gritty real-world batman? Or a yellow and black striped Wolverine, with ear wings, look in X-Men? Or the original Optimus Prime!? More

Posted by GFoley83 at 21:46 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
I got the subscribers issue today (the cover is freakin epic FYI, much better than this cover that looks like something a GCSE media studies student might make) and if you actually look inside it, there are some pics of Judge Dredd and he looks BADASS. Ok, so I've never read any of the comics or whatever, but just don't mock it at the first hurdle. I mean, you look at the Batman Begins batsuit. It looks NOTHING like the original costume, but that film still made like, a gazillion bucks and is r More

Posted by oli_huts at 21:38 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
I love the internet. When this film comes out I'm booking a week off work. More

Posted by superdan at 21:19 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
L: dreddhead123 Why are people defending this watered down look when there's this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAz5aGsMSdw Okay. Here it is again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAz5aGsMSdw So what are people saying? It's not possible to do a proper uniform. Well it is. You just saw it. eriously I have no idea if your taking the piss or not, but nobody is saying it can't be done, the problem you have is that what you are showing us has quite clearly, been done b More

Posted by Dirk Miggler at 20:56 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
And honestly - looking at the longer film trailer for that fan film...wheres the humour? Dredd is suppose to be funny! More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 20:52 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
Cause we have a thread dedicated to the Eastenders character called Minty, and would love to highlight these videos if he is indeed named after everyone's favoruite East End rouge.  More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 20:51 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
Screw this debate. I'm out of here. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 20:49 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
Is he actully called Judge Minty? More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 20:48 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
No, it does look incredibly silly.  More

Posted by Deviation at 20:48 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
What is wrong with that? You're are the one that is wrong. It will work. It's pig ignorance to dismiss that look and say it's silly. Shot well and it will look good. I can't believe fans of Dredd are so dismissive of that look. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 20:47 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
L: dreddhead123 t translation of that uniform would look stupid in a film. It would get laughed off the screens. his isn't funny: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAz5aGsMSdwhat would work in a film. I think your point doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Looks a perfectly fine version of the uniform and not silly. k. You totally win. I would LOVE to see this on the big screen. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 20:46 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
L: dreddhead123 t translation of that uniform would look stupid in a film. It would get laughed off the screens. his isn't funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAz5aGsMSdw That would work in a film. I think your point doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Looks a perfectly fine version of the uniform and not silly. ive over. More

Posted by Dirk Miggler at 20:46 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
Why are people defending this watered down look when there's this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAz5aGsMSdw Okay. Here it is again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAz5aGsMSdw So what are people saying? It's not possible to do a proper uniform. Well it is. You just saw it. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 20:45 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
L: Rgirvan44 A direct translation of that uniform would look stupid in a film. It would get laughed off the screens.  lso the 1995 Dredd film stayed faithful to that look and what happened ?, why would the film makers want to replicate something that was a complete failure, on nearly every level, then to be certainly accused of being unoriginal. The iconic imagery of the look of the character has been kept with the helmet and In the context of the direction they are taking with th More

Posted by Dirk Miggler at 20:43 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Empire's Judge Dredd Cover Unveiled
t translation of that uniform would look stupid in a film. It would get laughed off the screens. his isn't funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAz5aGsMSdw That would work in a film. I think your point doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Looks a perfectly fine version of the uniform and not silly. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 20:42 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
I think Dredd looks decent however Bats and Spidey are badly photoshopped in, looks like a last minute rush job. My bet is they planned a purely Dredd based cover, then the accountants came on board at the last minute and said "this won't sell without Batman" or something to that effect. Hence the recycled image from TDK and a crap Spidey pic pasted onto the sides. More

Posted by Spaldron at 20:28 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
A direct translation of that uniform would look stupid in a film. It would get laughed off the screens.  More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 20:19 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: awful
Close up of the uniform: http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5356/empiredredd01.jpg And compared to the original comic version: http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/6034/dreddvsdredduni form1.jpg Talk about butchering the look. t even look the same character, well, apart from the helmet. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 20:12 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

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L: bubbagump9 the normal cover is well better than the suscribers cover i got! damn ly? I was quite impressed when I picked up my copy that arrived through my door this afternoon, then I saw the ordinary cover and breathed a big sigh of relief! Far prefer the subs cover- plus it seems to make the helmet look a little more in proportion with Urban's bonce, although that could just be me... More

Posted by drawmyfoot at 19:39 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

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Where's his eagle, you say? Man, where you been?!!!!!! We discussed that months back. He has no eagle. Well no proper sized eagle pad nor other shoulder pad. It's been reduced. Yes, it makes him look wimpy but that's change for you. Most of the time change sucks! More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 18:48 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

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