Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 20

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 20

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 175

DATELINE
30 Aug 80

This prog also contained The Stainless Steel Rat, The V.C.'s and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, part 2 of the Galactic Olympics micro-guide and a cover by Dave Gibbons.

PAGE COUNT
6 and a 1/2

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd In The Judge Child Quest 4, The Complete Judge Dredd 16, Judge Dredd Epics: The Complete Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child 3, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 04 and The Judge Child.

SYNOPSIS
A miniaturised Dredd fights back.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time Dredd is returned to normal size.

INFORMATION
Bryo is an inhabited rock in space.

Orbal Carnivores are a species that could possibly be house trained.

Justice 1's robots cannot land the ship without the authority of a Judge. A Judge's Lawmaster can still function when miniaturised.

JUDGE DREDD
He escapes from Quintz's suitcase using a fishing reel to lower himself and a miniaturised Lawmaster to the ground. He attacks and miniaturises Quintz, returning himself to normal size.

OTHER CHARACTERS
RINUS LIMPOPOP QUINTZ
His destination is Bryo, but the robots refuse to land the ship without a Judge's authorisation. A miniaturised Dredd attacks Quintz and destroys a warp bubble in his hand which miniaturises Quintz and leaves him unconscious.

JUDGE HERSHEY
Dredd returns her to her normal size.

JUDGE LARTER
Dredd returns him to his normal size.

ARRESTS
None, but Quintz is incarcerated and Dredd implies he will deal with him when they get back to Earth.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Judge: "Almost out of line!"
Dredd: "Save your breath! I'm there!"

WORST LINES
From Dredd's Log: "Black globes had spilled onto the floor among the silver. They had to be the reverse space warps"

Did they?

CATCHPHRASES
Quintz exclaims "Zorks!" and "Coddlestocks!", Hershey calls Dredd "Old Stony Face" again, while a tiny Dredd says "Drok!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Character too small for their environment are seen in Gulliver's Travels (1726), the Doctor Who story Planet Of Giants (1964), the Land Of The Giants TV series (1968-1970) and the animated Star Trek episode The Terratin Incident (1973).

MISTAKES
Nanja is spelt Ninja on the Dragon's box.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
With the search for the Judge Child once again long forgotten, this strips descends to the silliest depths the strip has plumbed for a very long time. Krump! is possibly the oddest sound effect in Judge Dredd yet, but then what noise should returning to normal size make?

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