Saturday, 1 March 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 9

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 9

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 164

DATELINE
10 May 80

This prog also contained M.A.C.H.0, Robo-Hunter, The V.C.'s and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith strips, a Judge Dredd cover by Ron Smith and the third of the wonders of the galaxy.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd In The Judge Child Quest 2, The Complete Judge Dredd 15, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child 1, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd Epics: The Complete Judge Child Quest and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd is

FIRSTS & LASTS
First use of biochips in 2000 A.D. ahead of Rogue Trooper.

INFORMATION
(The section of this strip starting with Dredd's Log takes place eleven days after Part 7, with the President's abduction a week earlier)

Biochipping is the process by which an individual's personality could be programmed at the moment of death onto a biochip, which could then be inserted into a new body.


Lesser Lingo is the only inhabited planet in the Epsilon system. It was colonised by humans in 2055 ands has an estimated human population of 250,000. Lesser Lingo's human government is headed by President Carlyle and Vice-President Kolbec. There is a native race known only as 'The Aliens', they do menial work for the humans and live either in the Alien Quarter or Wild Alien Country around the major human settlements. Alien police constables have their wings amputated. Named Judges: Police Chief Nye (Lesser Lingo). Biochipping is legal on Lesser Lingo where the biochips are placed in hired bodies for a rental period up to a maximum of ten hours per day. It is a means for the rich to stave off death.

Biochipping is illegal in Mega-City One. There are no regulations against a Judge having a moustache.

Oracle Spice can give important knowledge to those who take it.

JUDGE DREDD
He checks police records on Lesser Lingo for any sign of the Angel Gang. Vice-President Kolbec asks him to rescue the President's biochip with No. 49.

OTHER CHARACTERS
JUDGE HERSHEY
She visits Lesser Lingo with Dredd.

JUDGE LOPEZ
He is resisting shaving off his moustache. He gives Dredd and Hershey's Lawmasters an overhaul.

POLICE CHIEF NYE
Police Chief on Lesser Lingo. He has rented his body to a Mrs Murdston for 78.50 an hour.

PRESIDENT CARLYLE
President of Lesser Lingo. He is dead and his personality stored on a biochip contained in Rockin' Rocky Rock's body. He is kidnapped by native aliens. Rock's body was recovered without the President's biochip.

VICE-PRESIDENT KOLBEC
The Vice-President of Lesser Lingo. He is dead and his personality stored on a biochip contained in Ivor Goulgonov's body.

NO. 49
Alien police constable who volunteers to help Dredd rescue the President's biochip.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
From Dredd's Log: "Lopez proving difficult re moustache"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Hershey calls Dredd "Old Stoney-Face" again.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Hertz Rent-A-Body and Avis Body Hire both name contemporary car hire firms. Police constable No. 49 is a reference to an Eagle character, PC 49.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Ron Smith's art is great and the aliens are a wonderful character design, but this falls a little flat.