Monday, 20 January 2014

Judge Dredd: The Black Plague, Part IV

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Black Plague, Part IV

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 143

DATELINE
15 Dec 79

This prog also contained Blackhawk, Captain Klep, The Stainless Steel Rat, The V.C.'s and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith strips, a cover featuring The Stainless Steel Rat by Carlos Ezquerra and the last part of The Starlord Guide To The Galaxy.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
2000AD Monthly 2, The Complete Judge Dredd 13, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 24, Judge Dredd Annual 1987 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03.

SYNOPSIS
The spiders get into Mega-City One.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First use of roman numerals to indicate number of parts.

INFORMATION
In Mega-City One, over a million people live west of the Mega-Circular. A mass evacuation would take at least twenty minutes. The entire sector is destroyed to contain the spiders. The spider swarm is immune to insecticide.

Robochefs and robot waiters work in some restaurants.

Named Judges: Judge Oliver (deceased).

JUDGE DREDD
He orders the mass evacuation and destruction of an entire sector.

OTHER CHARACTERS
HENRY FORD
He witnesses Dredd cure for the plague.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
At least eight. Judge Oliver, at least two insecticide sprayers, four more citizens and a rat are killed by the spiders.

BEST LINES
Robot: "Tell the robochef to hold all orders. The customers are off!"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "If they can dig holes in solid concrete, I'll eat my Judge boots!"

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd says "Drokk!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Too many plot holes and not enough Henry Ford here. Why is Dredd so certain bombing the sector will be completely effective when the wall cannons weren't? All in all, a disappointing end.

The End.