Friday, 14 March 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 22 – Blind Hate!

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 22 – Blind Hate!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 177

DATELINE
13 Sep 80

The final 2000 A.D. and Tornado also featured The Stainless Steel Rat, Tharg The Mighty and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, the last 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 02 and The Judge Child.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd follows a blind ally.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last Judge Dredd to appear in 2000 A.D. and Tornado.

INFORMATION
Drybone is a town on Xanadu. Xanadu Gulch is a geographical feature.

Synthi-Biscuits are synthetic biscuits.

JUDGE DREDD
He becomes a target for several Lawbreakers causing an upswing in business for a local undertaker. He meets Old Joe Blind who offers to lead him to the Angel Gang.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PA ANGEL
He decides that Link and Mean Machine will lay a trap for Dredd, while he, Junior and Krysler flee.

JUNIOR ANGEL
He tortured and blinded Old Joe. Junior judges the people of Drybone and sentences several of them to death by hanging.

OWEN KRYSLER
He predicts that Dredd will judge Junior Angel.

OLD JOE BLIND
A prospector that encountered the Angel Gang in Xanadu Gulch. Junior Angel tortured and blinded him and his horse. Since that day he has been able to track them. He offers to lead Dredd to them.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
At least eight. Dredd kills three taps. Junior Angel sentences at least five people to hang.

BEST LINES
Hershey: "A blind guide? You've got to be joking!"
Dredd: "It's the best offer we've had so far, Hershey!"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "You creeps must think I sailed through space on a Synthi-Biscuit!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The blind man with second sight recalls Tiresias the blind prophet of Thebes from Greek mythology and the Roman Goddess Justice who is used as an allegorical personification and has been largely blindfolded in representations since the 15th Century.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
The artwork is great, particularly the opening page, Junior's hangings and Old Joe Blind's appearance. While Old Joe Blind's newly acquired skill is very convenient, I think the graphic flashback to his torture earns it.

Next Prog: Fallen Angels!