Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Judge Dredd: Blood Of Satanus, Part 2

NAME
Judge Dredd: Blood Of Satanus, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 153

DATELINE
23 Feb 80

This prog also featured Blackhawk, Fiends Of The Eastern Front, Captain Klep, Robo-Hunter and The V.C.'s, a Judge Dredd cover by Ron Smith and part 2 of Judge Dredd's Hall Of Heroes.

PAGE COUNT
5

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
Dredd investigates the deaths caused by Homo Tyrannosaur.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Homo Tyrannosaur is hybrid between human and Tyrannosaurus Rex. The physiological change can fluctuate back and forth between the species.

10Up is a drink.


JUDGE DREDD
He investigates the deaths of Lynsey Peters and Cyril J. Ratfinkle. Ratfinkle's notes lead him to Rex Peters and his office late at night where he encounters the creature attempting to hang itself, but it breaks free and tries to strangle Dredd with its tail.

OTHER CHARACTERS
REX PETERS
His transformation is complete. Ratfinkle dubs him Homo Tyrannosaurus. Rex Peters kills and eats his wife Lynsey and his neighbour Cyril J. Ratfinkle. He reverts to human form and heads to his office to commit suicide. Mid-hanging, he turns back into homo tyrannosaur, escapes the noose and attempts to choke Dredd.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
Two. Rex Peters eats his wife Lynsey and neighbour Cyril J. Ratfinkle.

BEST LINES
Ratfinkle's boss: "We're going to miss him. Ratfinkle was an excellent photocopier...really crisp clear copies!"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "Another citizen dead - and all because of stupidity!"

We must learn from this.

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd says "Drokk!" and "Stomm!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
That Homo Tyrannosaur's physiological change was the result of a serum and that he can return to human form, recalls the Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), first published in 1886. 10Up is presumably three better than 7Up.

MISTAKES
Lynsey Peters calls Dredd in part 1 leaving he real name, but the Justice Department is unable to find her and blaming her for her own death because "she could have left us her address!". Not a good day for the Judges.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
This part relies of Dredd's feelings of guilt which are awkward and overplayed. Ratfinkle's death is great, but unfortunately Lynsey's is not. Thankfully, the artwork however is still brilliantly moody.

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