Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 5 - Brother Death.

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 5 - Brother Death.

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 160

DATELINE
12 Apr 80

This prog also featured Blackhawk, Fiends Of The Eastern Front, Robo-Hunter and The V.C.'s and a Judge Dredd cover by Mike McMahon.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd In The Judge Child Quest 1, The Complete Judge Dredd 15, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child 1,
Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd Epics: The Complete Judge Child Quest, The Best Of Judge Dredd and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd follows Bunsen to Texas City, to Mutieworld and then to the Jaws Of Doom High Dive. The Angel Gang also want the Judge Child.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First visit to Texas City and the first appearance of Mean Machine and the Angel Gang.

INFORMATION
(This strip probably takes place twenty days after Part 4)

Texas City is on the shores of Lake Louisiana. It's less than half the size of Mega-City One. The Statue of Tex looms over the city and the Everest Oil Tower is two miles high and has a permanent snow cap. Texas City Judges have been attempting clear mutants from the city to a new home across Lake Louisiana. Named Texas City Judges: Judge Orrie.

Mutieworld is a danger park in Texas City boasting attractions like The Thing, the Jaws Of Doom High Dive and Brother Death. The mutants at Mutieworld have permits and are not subject to the clearances.

Earth Currency is not accepted in space.


JUDGE DREDD
He heads to Texas City in search of Brother Bunsen and Owen Krysler. He discovers Bunsen at Mutieworld and chases him through the park to the Jaws Of Doom High Dive.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PA ANGEL
He and his gang broke out of jail yesterday and plan to leave Earth. They head to Mutieworld and attempt to kidnap Brother Bunsen and Owen Krysler. Bunsen escapes and the Angel Gang follow him to the Jaws Of Doom High Dive and see Dredd go in after him. Pa convinces the the keeper of the Thing to get it out of the pit and send it into the high dive after Bunsen and Dredd.


JUNIOR
Pa Angel's son and member of the Angel Gang. He wants to kill Bunsen.

MEAN MACHINE
Member of the Angel Gang. He has a dial on his forehead that goes from 1 to 4 that affects his demeanour. He can adjust it himself. By his own admission, when the dial on 1 he isn't very pleasant, while on 2 he is mean. His right arm is cybernetic.

BROTHER BUNSEN
As Brother Death he is Mutieworld's newest attraction, he uses Krysler to predict the date, time and cause of death for each of his visitors. He knows Pa Angel, who threatens to kidnaps Bunsen and Krysler. Bunsen escapes, but sees Dredd who chases him through the park to the Jaws Of Doom High Dive.

WESLEY
He visits Mutieworld and Brother Death predicts that he will die by strangulation thirty-seven minutes after his consultation. He is later knocked into the Thing's pit and strangled.

OWEN KRYSLER
Brother Bunsen cages him up and uses him to predict the future for so he can make money from Mutieworld's patrons. He knows the Angel Gang will visit Bunsen.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
Two. Bobby Joe and Wesley are killed by the Thing.

BEST LINES
Wesley's friend: "Wesley, what's wrong? What did he say?"
Wesley: "I...I've got thirty-seven minutes! I-I'm going to be strangled!"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "You! Monk!"

He has a name Dredd.

CATCHPHRASES
Mean Machine gives us the first of many description of how his dial works.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Mike McMahon
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
The new location provides an interesting change of scenery and Texas City is an great backdrop. Mean Machine makes an immediate impact, but the highlight here is Wesley's death. McMahon's art is wonderful.

Next Prog; Dredd Shakes Hands With The Thing!