Thursday, 3 April 2014

Judge Dredd: Compulsory Purchase!

NAME
Judge Dredd: Compulsory Purchase!

FIRST PUBLISHED
Judge Dredd Annual 1981

DATELINE
1 Sept 80

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Colour Series: The Streets Of Mega-City, Judge Dredd Megazine 247 and Judge Dredd: The Restricted Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd must get hold of Norman's heart for the good of Mega-City One.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One has a transplant clinic, near Sector 47's Hiways Bridge. Victor Mature Building is in Mega-City One's City West.

Artificial hearts are made of plasteen, but individuals with a plasteen allergy still require a donor.

Synthi-Flakes is a breakfast cereal. The adverts on a Synthi-Flakes box change every sixty seconds.

Orders for Compulsory Purchase entitle the bearer to procure property on behalf of Mega-City One from an individual. Compensation is paid. The Security Of The City Act allows Judges to take extraordinary action in an emergency.


JUDGE DREDD
He serves Norman Williams with a Compulsory Purchase Order and then retrieves him when he goes AWOL.

OTHER CHARACTERS
GUY SCHULTZ
Mega-City One leading defence expert. He had an artificial heart implanted, but his body rejected it. He is allergic to plasteen. His blood and tissue groups are rare. His only option is a donor heart, but the only match is still alive. He receives Norman Williams' heart and is back on his feet in a matter of days.

NORMAN K. WILLIAMS
Unemployed, married. He lives in Apartment 197/32b of the Victor Mature Building in Mega-City One's City West. His heart is the only match for Guy Schultz. He awakes from sedation, breaks into the organ banks and steals a heart believing it to be his own. He climbs the Hiways Bridge and falls into oncoming traffic. He undergoes surgery to have his heart removed and a replacement implanted. He is revived and given a job as Dr. Coutts assistant. He is dubbed the Artificial Man and likes to stay close to the organ banks, still believing one of the hearts is his.

MRS WILLIAMS
Norman's wife. She agrees to the operation on her husband's behalf.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None. Technically no one dies, although Norman looks pretty close.

BEST LINES
Mrs Williams: "I'll handle this, Norman! This is outrageous, Judge Dredd! I absolutely refuse to let you cut out my husband's heart - for a credit under fifty thousand!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd says "Drokk!" and a citizen says "Stomm!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
This is excellent. McMahon's artwork is lovely and the colours are vibrant, if a little bizarre in places. The second page (above) encompasses almost everything there is to love about Judge Dredd: the approach to an highly emotive problem that is starkly pragmatic and very silly in equal measure.

The End.