Thursday, 12 December 2013

Judge Dredd: Father Earth, Part 3

NAME
Judge Dredd: Father Earth, Part 3

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Starlord Prog 124

DATELINE
4 Aug 79

This prog also featured ABC Warriors, Disaster 1990, Dan Dare and Project Overkill strips and a cover by Carlos Ezquerra.

PAGE COUNT
6

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

SYNOPSIS
The Holocaust Squad get the Power Tower disaster under control.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The Holocaust Squad are a disaster control team that attends suicide missions. In the intense heat of a volcano a fire-suit will only last three minutes.

JUDGE DREDD
He races to the scene of the Power Tower disaster and oversees the Holocaust Squad.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MITCH
Last surviving member of the Holocaust Squad that attends the Power Tower disaster. He and his team jump into the lava and he successfully shuts off the main valve.

FATHER EARTH
His army attacks the south wall.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
Maybe thousands. We see Dorothy fall to her death and another woman is crush between two halves of a crevasse. The Holocaust Squad members Charlie, Mitch, Andy, Vance all burn up in the volcano.

BEST LINES
Dredd (as he is saved from a wave of lava): "What took you so long?"
Hover Wagon Judge: "You want we should get a ticket for speeding?"

WORST LINES
Citizen: "The lava - aaagh!"

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd says "By Grud"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
The change of artwork jars and Father Earth barely appears, but the Holocaust Squad are great and the deaths of Dorothy and the woman trapped in the closing crevasse are wonderful.

Next Prog: Cry Of The Blood Plant!