Saturday, 6 September 2014

Judge Dredd: 'Lawmaster On The Loose'

NAME
Judge Dredd: 'Lawmaster On The Loose'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 202

DATELINE
7 Mar 81

Prog 202 also featured The Mean Arena, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon, Strontium Dog, a one-off called Last Thought, part three of Tharg's Futureworlds Poster and a Strontium Dog cover by Carlos Ezquerra.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000 AD 46, Judge Dredd Classics 64, The Complete Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd 27 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
A rogue Lawmaster takes the law into its own hands.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One's Julian Bream Boulevard has a munce shop. Julian Bream Square is nearby. The Fred Quimby Block station is a stop of the Trans-Meg Monorail.

A Mega-City Judge's Lawmaster has a Synitron GK13 Audio Computer, Notron 4000cc Engine, Cyclops Phylon TX laser cannon, 12mm armour plating, bulletproof Firelock all-weather tyres. A rogue lawmaster carries an automatic priority one rating.

Named Judges: Judge Gorman (deceased); Judge Jones.

JUDGE DREDD
When Lawmaster LK114/7 is out of control, he attends the scene. Dredd follows the rogue Lawmaster onto the Trans-Meg Monorail and destroys a train and track, and causes the loss of dozens of lives in order the stop the Lawmaster.

OTHER CHARACTERS
JUGE GORMAN
He is shot by Munce raiders on Julian Bream Boulevard, His Lawmaster begins malfunctioning and kills at least four people, including Gorman.

ARRESTS
None. Although the Lawmaster attempts to dispnce its own warped sense of justice.

DEATHS
Hundreds. Between them Lawmaster LK114/7 and Dredd manage to kill hundreds of people.

BEST LINES
Citizen (haging form Dredd's ankle after surviving the monorail explosion caused by the Judge): "What would we do without you Judges to protect us?"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
We hear a "Stomm!" and an "Aieeeeeee!", while Dredd chalks up another "Stop in the name of the law!", "Drokk!" and "I am the law!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Julian Bream is a British classical guitarist and lute player.
Fred Quimby (1886–1965) was an American cartoon producer, best known for his work on Tom And Jerry cartoons and winner of eight Academy Awards.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
This is fantastic. Ron Smith's artwork is solid and somehow lends a stark realism to a bizarre series of events. The ending has a brilliant irony and a refreshing sense of humour to it.

Be Here Next Prog...That's An Order, Citizen!