Veteran writer Victor Milan pens one of the best DL of the original old school Laurence James variety in a long while. (I think with even better and more variable action scenes!)
Hanging Judge really took me back to the early books in the series, when the companions had disagreements and were not just action automatons. This book had it all! From dramatic flair to some of the best all around action sequences and new muties that have ever been created.
No cartoonish muties, but creepy and ultra cool ones that were thrilling and felt like they really belonged here. The main characters are not facsimiles of themselves, but are spot-on acting like their old selves, both dramatically and killing everything that dares to do them harm. (Not like what the Outlanders Cerberus crew do now, saving their arch nemesis as soon as they get hurt, instead of chilling them on the spot as they should.) No, Ryan and company chill their bad guys before they can chill them - just like it ought to be.
Another thing I truly loved about this one was that everybody had their time to shine. They were all pretty balanced, and Jak was utilized more here, getting the reader to see a little deeper inside him, instead of being used the same way all the time. Tracker, Killer, etc... He does those things, but so much more!
Hanging Judge also had some of the more colorful bad guys in a while.
I'd call this one a definite DL classic. Never bored, and harkened to the days of old.