Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Judge Dredd: The Alien Way!

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Alien Way!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 204

DATELINE
21 Mar 81

This Prog also featured Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog strips, some more of Tharg's Futureworlds and a Judge Dredd cover by Mike McMahon.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 6, The Complete Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 6, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 25 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS

FIRSTS & LASTS

INFORMATION
Native of the planet Uq are dwarfs with feathered pelts. A Ququroo is an animal that bucks. On Uq, it is illegal to expose your feet in a public place, victims are punished to encourage them never to be victims again and dangerous criminals are executed on the spot. Uq has relations with Mega-City One and there is a Uqqan ambassador. They are currently negotiating a trade deal with Mega-City One.

Mega-City One's roads have at least 1204 intersections. Easy Street and Fourth are roads in Mega-City One that intersect.

In Mega-City One, Wounding With Intent To Kill carries a sentence of five years. The Justice Department has an alien pound used for incarcerating aliens.

The Red Light Gang rob people at traffic signals.

JUDGE DREDD
He is paired with Qu, who rides along with him while Dredd investigates the Red Light Gang.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CHIEF JUDGE GRIFFIN
He pairs Ququuu with Dredd and later regrets it.

QUQUQU QUQ QUQUUU
A writer from the planet Uq. His name means 'hatched in the Qutuq by the oily waters of the street of a thousands quqs', Dredd calls him Shorty. He is paired with Dredd for a piece he wants to write about Mega-City law.

ARRESTS
Dredd arrests Qu for wounding with intent to kill and sentences him to five years in the alien pound.

DEATHS
One. A member of the Red Light Gang is killed whilst trying to escape.

BEST LINES
Ququuu (written): "Grimly I clung to the Judge's speeding machine as we roared in pursuit of the vicious Red Light Gang. Blood from the thug's crushed face spattered my pelt like crimson raindrops, suddenly I knew there was law in Mega-City One...of a kind."

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
A motorist screams an "Aieeeee!" as he is pushed out of his car. Dredd says "Stomm!" and "I am the law!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Emberton
Letters: Thomas

REVIEW
The story is slight, but satisfying, with excerpts from Ququuu's article a welcome highlight and a surprising ending.

Next Prog: Alone In A Crowd!