Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 26 – Judgement On Fire Mountain!

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 26 – Judgement On Fire Mountain!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 181

DATELINE
11 Oct 80

This prog also featured Dash Decent, Meltdown Man, Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tale, Strontium Dog and Tharg The Mighty and a Strontium Dog cover by Carlos Ezquerra.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd In The Judge Child Quest 5, The Complete Judge Dredd 17, 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 catches up with the Judge Child and decides he doesn't want anything to do with him.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time that a story has lasted to twenty-six parts.

INFORMATION
None.

JUDGE DREDD
He sentences Pa Angel to death, but Owen Krysler kills him first. Dredd decides that Krysler is not fit to be Chief Judge and elects to abandon him to the Grunwalder rather than take him back to Mega-City One.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ELMER ANGEL
He tries to kill Dredd to avenge his son's death. Dredd sentences him to death, but Krysler kills him first.

JUNIOR ANGEL
He once wore slippers to kick a man to death, so it wouldn't hurt to much.

OWEN KRYSLER
He can generate a force field that can withstand bullets. He cracks the rocks supporting Pa Angel with his mind and lets him fall to his death in the lava. Dredd abandons Krysler to the Grunwalder deeming him unfit to be Chief Judge and guilty of murder.


THE GRUNWALDER
Dredd lets him keep Krysler.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
One. Krysler kills Pa Angel. We see Dredd kill Junior again and he shoots two robots as well.

BEST LINES
Hershey (upon hearing that Dredd has left Krysler behind): "You what?"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "I want that boy!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Oddly, Pa Angel says "Pore" instead of "Poor" for no discernible reason.

RETROSPECT
Pa and Junior Angel return to Judge Dredd in Awakening Of Angels and their own strip, The Angel Gang, while Owen Krysler comes back in Destiny's Angels and City Of The Damned.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Well, that was anti-climactic. The opening is impressive, but simply a repeat of last week's cliffhanger. Krysler turning on Pa Angel is great, but a long time coming. Dredd's decision that Krysler isn't fit to be the Chief Judge is fantastic, but his abandonment isn't. Dredd judges and sentences Junior and Pa Angel, but has no recourse for Krysler. Also the set up with the Grunwalder all goes for nothing here.


The End.

Next Prog: On The Streets Again!