Monday, 12 May 2014

Judge Dredd: Mega-Way Madness!

NAME
Judge Dredd: Mega-Way Madness!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 189

DATELINE
6 Dec 80

This prog also featured Dash Decent, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon, Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales and Strontium Dog and a Judge Dredd cover by Ron Smith.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 59, The Complete Judge Dredd 18, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 5, Judge Dredd 26 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd intervenes when a robotic car goes on a demolition spree.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One has a Pan-City Highway, four miles above ground level. Lower Level 59 is condemned although access is available via a tunnel.

Mobile-Service Stations, nicknamed Big Mo, are equipped with a helicopter pad, a car sales showroom, toilets, a car wash, a restaurant, and has emergency mechanics and can provide highway users with a complete engine change. They carry hundreds of tonnes of high-explosive fuel.

JUDGE DREDD
He is on traffic surveillance duty on the Pan-City Highway and witnesses the Mobile-Service Station crash. Dredd goads Roadrash II to attempt to demolish him and forces it to fall to Lower Level 59 and crash.

OTHER CHARACTERS
TAM
Programmer of demolition car, Roadrash II, which during a roadtest chooses to crash. Tam parachutes out and descends to Level 59. He is crushed by Roadrash II and the Big Mo.

ROADRASH II
A demolition car programmed by Tam, which during a roadtest elects to crash into a Mobile-Service Station's control section and takes over. Dredd goads Roadrash II into following him into the tunnel for Lower Level 59. Roadrash II and the Big Mo falls and crashes.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
At least six. George and his wife are crushed by a car which Roadrash II drops on them. The three emergency mechanics are squashed by a low overhang. Roadrash II and the Big Mo fall onto Tam crushing him.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Tam: "Time I banged out!"

What?

CATCHPHRASES
A driver that hates Mega-Way food says "Drokk!", Tam exclaims "Grud!" five times, George or his wife screams an "Aaiieeeeeeeeeeee" when Roadrash II crushes them with a car.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
This is throwaway, but Tam's repeated refrain of "Grud!" and eventual WHOOMP! are great.

Next Prog: Loonies' Moon!