Monday, 25 November 2013

Judge Dredd: Vienna

NAME
Judge Dredd: Vienna

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Starlord Prog 116

DATELINE
9 Jun 79

This prog also featured Dan Dare, Tharg's Future Shocks, Rick Random and Strontium Dog strips, Ro-Busters Star Pin-Up and a Strontium Dog cover by Carlos Ezquerra

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd's Crime Files 6, The Complete Judge Dredd 11, The Best Of Judge Dredd and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd's niece is kidnapped by a perp seeking revenge.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Vienna.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One has at least 892 Districts. Sigma Street is in District 892 and contains at least 19230 addresses.

JUDGE DREDD
He has a niece called Vienna.

OTHER CHARACTERS
VIENNA
Rico Dredd's daughter and Joe Dredd's niece, although she thinks of Joe as her father. She is kidnapped by Harry Carmen. Dredd successfully rescues her, but is forced to admit to her that he killed Rico.


HARRY CARMEN
Dredd arrested him for computer theft and sentenced him to six years. He was recently released and decided to take his revenge of Dredd. He kidnaps Vienna, holds her hostage and attaches her to a guillotine which moves as fast as her heartbeat. Dredd stuns and arrests him.

MRS PASTERNAK
She looks after Vienna.

ARRESTS
One. Dredd arrests Harry Carmen and sentences him to life.

DEATHS
One. We see Rico's death again in flashback

BEST LINES
Mrs Pasternak: "Well this has been a fine howdedo! I hope it's shown you your duty, sir. Vienna will be seeing more of you now, eh?"
Dredd: "No, Mrs Pasternak. I intend to see even less of my niece. You must help her to stop loving me!"

WORST LINES
Harry: "I knew the laser wouldn't get you, Dreddy. Now we can proceed with the entertainment!"

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd thanks Dokk that Vienna is unharmed.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Flashbacks to The Return Of Rico.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Mrs Pasternak shares her surname with Russian language poet and novelist Boris Pasternak (1890–1960) who wrote Doctor Zhivago (1957). Vienna sings 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' is a lullaby with lyrics from a poem called The Star (1806) by Jane Taylor (1783–1824), sung to the French melody 'Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman' (1761) and later arranged by Mozart (1756-1791).

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Ian Gibson
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
The art is great and the ending s wonderful (see BEST LINES above), but all in all this falls a little flat.

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