Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Judge Dredd: Father Earth, Part 2

NAME
Judge Dredd: Father Earth, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Starlord Prog 123

DATELINE
28 July 79

This prog also featured ABC Warriors, Disaster 1990, Dan Dare and Project Overkill and a Dan Dare cover by Dave Gibbons.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Death: Judge Death, Judge Death: Classic Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd Annual 1989, Judge Dredd 4 and Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 03.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd arrests Doomsday Dogs, confronts Father and attempts to prevent an election.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Barney.

INFORMATION
Votes are cast not in voting booths, but by citizens pressing the voting buttons on their video panels. In Election '01 the resulting power surge set off a bomb in the Power Tower causing lava to rain down on and crevasses to open up in Mega-City One.

City Hall's computer is called Barney. It is used to count the votes cast in an election.

Named Judges: Judge Pym, Judge Rix,

JUDGE DREDD
He shoots Doomday Dog at Power Tower, confronts Father Earth outside the city limits, attends the election at City Hall and realises that the associated power surge is going to cause an explosion, but fails to prevent the voting.

OTHER CHARACTERS
FATHER EARTH
His ten thousand strong crusade has reached the south wall of Mega-City One.

BARNEY
City Hall's computer. It is used to count the votes cast in an election.

ARRESTS
At least three. At least three Doomsday Dogs are arrested

DEATHS
Possibly hundreds. Dredd shoots a Doomsday Dog in the back and he might not recover and we see several citizens falling into crevasses opened up by the Power Tower explosion.

BEST LINES
Dredd: "Shoot first, make arrests later!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
A deafened Doomsday Dog shouts an "Aieee!", while a falling citizen spells her's "Aieeee!", Dredd says "My Dok"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Bolland's art continues to impress, the script is great and Dredd's involvement in the three supposedly unrelated plot strands is very well haldled as is his moment of realisation regarding the power surge.

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