Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 6

Celebrating a Happy 37th Birthday to 2000AD:

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 6

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 161

DATELINE
19 Apr 80

This prog also contained Blackhawk, Fiends Of The Eastern Front, Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales, Robo-Hunter and The V.C.'s with a Judge Dredd cover by Brian Bolland.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd In The Judge Child Quest 2, 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 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd takes on the Thing and wins, does the high dive and loses the Judge Child.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Texas City can track space craft leaving Earth at least to the edge of the solar system. Texicare is a healthcare provider. Other Mutieworld attractions include Git The Mutie, Topple The Dopple and Free-Fall Combat.

JUDGE DREDD
Within the Jaws Of Death High Dive, he drops his Lawgiver in the pursuit of Bunsen. Dredd is caught by the Thing. He pushes off a girder and causes the Thing to fall and let go of him. He grabs another girder, climbs down and break the Thing's arm before climbing back up after Bunsen. They fight and Dredd immobilises Bunsen. He questions Bunsen who points out that the Angel Gang are kidnapping Owen Krysler. Dredd dives down and attempts to get after the Angel Gang, but his way is blocked by the mutants being marched out of the city. He refuses the prizes for beating the Thing and the death dive.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BROTHER BUNSEN
He makes it to the top of the Jaws Of Death High Dive and fires upon Dredd when he too arrives at the summit. Dredd kicks him over a tooth and he is left hanging by his clothing.

THE THING
No one knows whether it is a mutant or a monster. It catches Dredd inside the Jaws Of Death High Dive. He knocks it off a girder and it falls, stunned. Dredd breaks its arm and is offered the prize. He declines.

THE ANGEL GANG
The kidnap Owen Krysler and take him out of the solar system in a hijacked space craft.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Dredd: "Only one thing will stop this monster...a touch of the broken arms!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd says "Drokk!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Another smaller story draws to a close and Dredd is no nearer his goal (quite the opposite in fact). After Part 5's set up it's odd that the Angel Gang barely feature here and their escape is detailed in a caption, while the Thing provides the peril here. The Thing is an excellent design and McMahon does it proud as well as the detail he puts into the struggle inside the belly of Jaws Of Death High Dive and again both in its mouth and at its feet.

Next Prog: The Ghost Of Echo Bravo!