Thursday, 23 October 2014

Judge Dredd: The Mega-Rackets, Crime File: 2 - The Perp Runners, Part 2

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Mega-Rackets, Crime File: 2 - The Perp Runners, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 212

DATELINE
16 May 81

This prog also featured Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog, a pin up of Max Normal, a Strontium Dog cover by Carlos Ezquerra and a came with a free Buck Rogers sticker album.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 31, The Complete Judge Dredd 20, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 3, Judge Dredd Mega City Vice Book 2 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd outwits the perp runners.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
'Chumping Up' is the luring to Earth members of alien races with promises of prosperity and luxury, while 'Chump Dumping' is to throw those individuals out of an airlock en route.

Members of alien species cannot enter Mega-City One without entry permits.


JUDGE DREDD
He escapes his shackles, breaking a bone in his hand in the process. Dredd warns the alien 'chumps' and they panic. In the resulting chaos he jettisons the ship's oxygen tanks and the perp runners elect to allow the Justice Department to catch them rather than suffocate. Upon his return to Mega-City One, Dredd has his face returned to normal and confronts Kolorado.

OTHER CHARACTERS
KOLORADO
Justice Department still have no evidence linking him to the perp running, but the last batch of perps are on their way back to Earth with scores to settle.

HULGO
Member of an alien hoping enslave humans in Mega-City One. He is disappointed.

ARRESTS
The perp runners are arrested and presumably so are the perps trafficked to Driadus K.

DEATHS
At least sixteen. At least fourteen members of a dolphin-like alien race are chump dumped and suffocate in the vacuum of space, two human perp runners later go the same way.

BEST LINES
Member of Hulgo's Alien race: "The hume's gone nuddly! Run for your lives!"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "Flake off, Creep!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Ron Smith's aliens are a beauty to behold and the lengths Dredd is willing to go to are impressive.

Next Prog: The Umpty Baggers!