Monday, 6 January 2014

Judge Dredd: Death Of A Judge

NAME
Judge Dredd: Death Of A Judge

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 137

DATELINE
3 Nov 79

This prog also featured ABC Warriors, Disaster 1990, Blackhawk and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith strips, as well as a Blackhawk cover by Massimo Belardinelli and a Blackhawk Star Pin-Up by Colin Wyatt

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 2, Judge Dredd Classics 75, The Complete Judge Dredd 13, Judge Dredd Definitive Ed. Hall Of Justice, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 26, Judge Dredd 4 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03.

SYNOPSIS
The death of a Judge has two very different effects on her colleagues.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Judge in love story.

INFORMATION
Some citizens of Mega-City One turn to crime out of boredom. The Hellfire Club is an organisation

Speedwalks are a form of pavement. Robodocs answer emergency calls. Roadhogs are a street vehicle that can be customised.

Joyhopping is a crime that involves driving recklessly.

Judge's Lawmasters are equipped with a button on the handlebar that transmits a signal on every Justice Department frequency that means that the Judge in question is in trouble. A Judge may drive the wrong way down a one way street. Judges are not permitted to fall in love. Named Judges: Judge Bryce (deceased), Judge Harkness (deceased).

JUDGE DREDD
He arrives on the scene of Judge Harkness' murder and chases after Judge Bryce when he goes in search of her killer.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ZIT
Member of the Hellfire Club along with Nick and Boom. He kills Judge Harkness. When Judge Bryce catches up to him and sentences him to death, Dredd steps in a kills Bryce to prevent him carrying out the sentence.

JUDGE HARKNESS
Judge Bryce's partner. She is killed by Zit, a member of the Hellfire Club, when she pulls them over.

JUDGE BRYCE
Judge Harkness' partner. He is on the scene as she dies. He goes in search of her murderer for revenge.


ARRESTS
Presumably three. I would imagine Dredd arrests Zit, Nick and Boom.

DEATHS
Two. Judge Harkness is shot dead by Zit, while Bryce is shot dead by Dredd.

BEST LINES
Bryce: "Hellfire Club! Well I'm going to give you a taste of what hellfire is really like! I'm sending you on a one-way trip to hell!"

WORST LINES
Bryce: "Hellfire Club? I'll give you hellfire!"

This was evidently the rehearsal.

CATCHPHRASES
Bryce says "Drokk it" and "Aaaieee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The Hellfire Club (also known as the Order of the Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe) was a network of 18th century high society clubs that delighted in mocking religion and courting blasphemy.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This strip speaks more to what it means to be a Judge than any of its predecessors. Fantastic.

The End