Monday, 17 February 2014

Judge Dredd: The Blood Of Satanus!, Part 1

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Blood Of Satanus!, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 152

DATELINE
16 Feb 80

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 1, The Complete Judge Dredd 14, Judge Dredd Definitive Ed. Bad Science, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 3, Judge Dredd 17 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03.

SYNOPSIS
Ratfinkle turns his neighbour into a human Tyrannosaur.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of a half man, half Tyrannosaur creature.

INFORMATION
Drinking Dinosaur plasma can alter your DNA.

Synthi-Plonk is synthetic wine.

JUDGE DREDD
He lays siege to a building during a hostage situation and dismisses Lynsey Peters' request for help. He arrests the hostage taker and regrets not assisting Lynsey Peters.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CYRIL J. RATFINKLE
He steals the Satanus plasma sample and takes it home. He drills a hole in his floor and pours it down a line into a wineglass below.

REX PETERS
He is married to Lynsey. Whilst they are celebrating their first wedding anniversary, Ratfinkle spikes his drink with Satanus' plasma. The next day he has black scales on his stomach. A few days later Ratfinkle meets him and gives him the Satanus' plasma sample under the guise of being medicine. Twelve days later, the black scales cover his legs and abdomen. He has also developed a taste for raw meat and eats Mrs Potts' pet alien. He builds a nest in his home and turns into a creature part man, part Tyrannosaur.

LYNSEY PETERS
She is married to Rex. Concerned for her husband she contacts Judge Dredd.

ARRESTS
One. Dredd arrests the hostage taker.

DEATHS
One. Rex eats Mrs Potts' pet alien.

BEST LINES
Ratfinkle: "Ah, it's a new virus. The doctors can't do anything. As a matter of fact, I'm working on the remedy now."
Rex: "Really? I always thought you did the photocopying."

WORST LINES
Dredd: "Suck my kid glove, punk!"

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd thinks a "Drokk it!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Ron Smith's art and inventive page layouts help this rather silly premise for a story whip along quickly.

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