is a 26-part Judge Dredd
epic by John Wagner
and Carlos Ezquerra
, published in 1990 in 2000 AD
progs 674–699. The story was the subject of extensive foreshadowing in the comic, beginning with The Dead Man
(progs 650–662), followed by "Tale of the Dead Man"
(progs 662–668), and finally three stories collectively known as "Countdown to Necropolis" (progs 669–673). It pulled together various story threads going back four years (see also Democracy )
. "Necropolis" was also followed by a number of epilogues and other follow-up stories, and had repercussions within the Judge Dredd
strip which lasted for years.
Unusually, Judge Dredd himself does not appear in 13 of the 26 episodes of "Necropolis", or in any of the 5 episodes of "Countdown to Necropolis."
Set in the year 2112, the story concerns the tragedy that befalls Mega-City One
following the resignation of Judge Dredd in "Tale of the Dead Man." The Justice Department considered Dredd a symbol of justice, and that knowledge of his resignation could adversely affect public order. To that end, Kraken
, a clone-brother of Judge Dredd rescued from the fanatical Judda
sect, was ordered to assume Judge Dredd's identity. He soon fell under the psychic influence of the Sisters of Death
, and kidnapped Psi-Judge Kit Agee
, whose psychic powers were used to form a bridge between Deadworld and Mega-City One. Realising... Read More