…or “Sin City” as the strip is actually titled (presumably they changed the title on the cover to avoid confusion with the film Sin City).

(WARNING – Review contains significant spoilers.)

Whenever I read a Dredd trade that I’ve never read before I usually have a fair idea of what the story will be about, but with Satan’s Island I hadn’t a clue. Its was with some enthusiasm then that I said down to read this mini-epic. Sin City tells the story of the largest mobile man made structure ever created…the eponymus Sin City. On Sin City anything goes, there are no laws and whilst on board people are able to do pretty much everything. As you can imagine when Sin City arrives next to the Big Meg, Dredd is less than impressed and reluctantly agrees to lead a detatchment of Judges to keep an eye on it.

But the Judges are really there for a different reason, for onboard Sin City is a known terrorist, aiming to bring death and destruction to Mega City One. A nice plot twist occurs around half way through, when after capturing the terrorist Dredd discovers that the man behind the plot is actually none other than Sov Judge Orlok. I must admit to not being familiar with Orlok myself, so perhaps the reveal of his involvement didn’t suprise me as much as it should have done. However once Orlok became involved I felt the pace of Sin City really picked up and the story benefited as a result.

What I really liked about this trade is the inclusion of three more stips after Sin City. These three strips (two one parters, and a two parter) show the aftermath and fall out of the events aboard Sin City. Most significantly the final strip, The Trial Of Orlok, is the last appearance of the Sov Judge, as he is executed by lethal injection at the storys conclusion. Again I’m sure this would be more significant to a reader who was more familiar with the character of Orlok (who I believe had been around since before the Apocalypse War). But still its nice that they included these strips here to give a sense of the repercussions Sin City had.

The art is of a high standard throughout, although if I was being picky I would have to say that the colouring on Sin City was a little bit too muted for my taste. The best art and colouring in the trade is reserved for The Trial Of Orlok, with the legendary Cam Kennedy picking up the pencils to give the story his distinctive style (I always recognise Kennedy’s artwork by the characters chins).

Sure Satan’s Island isn’t a mega epic on the scale of say Necropolis, but its a very enjoyable read none the less, and is an essential purchase as it brings to an end the story of one of Mega City One’s most memorable villians.

7/10

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