Thursday, 13 March 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 21

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 21

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 176

DATELINE
6 Sept 80

This prog also featured two Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales, The Stainless Steel Rat and Tharg The Mighty, the third part of the Galactic Olympics Micro-guide and a Tharg The Mighty cover by Carlos Ezquerra.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd In The Judge Child Quest 5, The Complete Judge Dredd 16, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child 3, Judge Dredd Epics: The Complete Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04 and The Judge Child.

SYNOPSIS
On Xanadu did Pa Angel a presidential suite decree, while Dredd searches for the Judge Child once again.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First use of Link Angel's name. Apparently this is the first section co-wrote by Alan Grant.

INFORMATION
(This part is set 83 days after Part 7)

Xanadu is a volcanic planet on the far edge of the Johannsen Cluster. It was declared an open planet in 2078 and is now home to fugitives from all over the galaxy. Xanada has its own currency.

JUDGE DREDD
Owen Krysler appears to him in a vision.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PA ANGEL
The Angel Gang crash land on Xanadu. Pa moves into the Presidential Suite in a hotel on Xanadu and evicts the previous occupant.

JUNIOR ANGEL
He kills the sheriff of a town on Xanadu.

MEAN MACHINE ANGEL
The dial on his forehead has been labelled 1 Surly, 2 Mean, 3 Vicious, 4 Brutal. On Xanadu, he headbutts the stage coach on 3.

LINK ANGEL
He throws the Presidential Suite's hotel guest out through the window.

OWEN KRYSLER
He attempts to warn the Angel Gang of their impending deaths, but is threatened with violence. He appears to Dredd in a vision. He claims he can see several potential futures, but not his own.


ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
One. Junior Angel kills the sheriff.

BEST LINES
Krysler: "The final act has begun. Let it be played out...To the end..."

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Xanadu shares its name with a location in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan or A Vision In A Dream. A Fragment (1797), the home of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941), a 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John and 'The Legend Of Xanadu', a 1968 UK number one single by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
The art is great, the comedy and the action go hand in hand and, at last, The Judge Child feels as though the story is getting back underway.

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