Friday, 6 June 2014

Judge Dredd: The Fink, Part Three

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Fink, Part Three

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 195

DATELINE
17 Jan 81

This prog also featured Dash Decent, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon, Strontium Dog and, for the first time, more than one Judge Dredd. It had a Return To Armageddon cover by Ian Gibson and a Torquemada Star Pin-Up by Kevin O'Neill.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 13, Judge Dredd Epics: Judge Dredd And The Angel Gang, The Complete Judge Dredd 18
Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 3, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 20, Judge Dredd 16, The Best Of Judge Dredd and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
The Fink reflects on his past.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time Dredd has missed out on part of a multi-part story in the middle.

INFORMATION
Biometric surgery augments the body with technological devices.

JUDGE DREDD
None.

OTHER CHARACTERS
THE FINK
At the age of seven he went to live in a hole. Following Mean Machine's surgery, he left home unannounced. He moved around poisoning as he went and the radiation physically warped him. Whilst digging a hole, he encountered the rat that would become his only friend. He became aware of the death of his family, when he discovered a newspaper cutting concerning the controversial end to Judge Dredd's search for the Judge Child. He heads to Mega-City One for revenge. He takes a paralysed Judge Hershey back to his base under a demolition site and then after darkness falls he relocates her.


JUDGE HERSHEY
Still paralysed, the Fink takes a her back to his base under a demolition site until night when he moves her.

PA ANGEL
He raises his sons to cultivate an individual style of killing. He takes his boys to Texas City on a raid.

MA ANGEL
She died in childbirth during Junior's delivery. Her epitaph reads "Ma Angel Gone To Hell".

MEAN ANGEL
Pa Angel worried he wasn't mean enough and has biometric surgery to fit the his mechanical arm and the dial that controls his behaviour. Doctor Fassbinder is his first victim.

LINK ANGEL
He spent much of his childhood chained to a post by his nose.

DR. C. FASSBINDER
Doctor kidnapped by the Angel Gang and forced to perform surgery on Mean Angel.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
At least eight Ma Angel dies in childbirth, but then we only have Pa's word for that. At least four die in the Texas City raid. Mean Machine headbutts Doctor Fassbinder. Fink poisons at least two passersby at the Water Hoal.

BEST LINES
Junior: "Pa! Pa! Fink's gone!...He's taken his hole with him!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Fassbinder shares his name with Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945–1982), German film director responsible for the films Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970), Beware Of A Holy Whore (1971) and TV series Eight Hours Are Not a Day (1972–1973).

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Mike McMahon
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
This is excellent. By the end of this surprisingly Dreddless part, Fink has well and truly earned his place in Judge Dredd and his deterioration is brilliantly depicted.

Next Prog: The Body Factory!