Monday, 31 March 2014

Judge Dredd: 'Bank Raid'

NAME
Judge Dredd: 'Bank Raid'
(When included in Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01 it was called The First Dredd)

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Annual 1981

DATELINE
1 Sept 80

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 4 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd foils a bank raid.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Technically, this is full of firsts.

INFORMATION
New Manhattan has a Street Level 95.

Jay-walking is a crime and the sentence is four hundred days in a special prison, Jug 1. Bribing a Judge is an offence.

Mega-City Law Control informs Judges of crimes-in-progress. Judges ride Lawmaster 5000 Bi-Mobiles. Number three on a Judge's gun fires rubber titanium ricochet shells, nicknamed 'dodgems', while number six fires heat-seeking shells.


JUDGE DREDD
He is called to a bank robbery in progress. Dredd terminates three surrendering robbers and an overenthusiastic onlooker turned jay-walker.

OTHER CHARACTERS
None.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
Ten. The bank robbers kill six people during their robbery, Dredd terminates the three of them and then a fourth jay-walker/briber.

BEST LINES
Future Jay-walker: "Yeah! You give it to 'em Judge!"
Dredd: "I would remind you, citizen - I take no pleasure in terminating law breakers."

WORST LINES
Bank rober: "Look out - It's Judge Dredd! Smoke him!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Dirty Harry (1971), Death Race 2000 (1975) and 'Judge Dread' by Prince Buster (1967).

MISTAKES
Dredd "termintates" the bank robbers.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
There are no credits printed in the strip itself and so the following are taken from Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01.

Script: Pat Mills and John Wagner
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra

REVIEW
The artwork is great and one citizen's brief trip from innocent bystander to jay-walker to attempted briber to corpse is well realised. The judge, jury and executioner aspect of the character is quite shocking and it's easy to understand why it was initially played down.