Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Judge Dredd: The Mega-Rackets, Crime File: 3 - The Umpty Baggers, Part 2

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Mega-Rackets, Crime File: 3 - The Umpty Baggers, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 214

DATELINE
30 May 81

This prog also featured Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return to Armageddon and Strontium Dog, a Pin-Up of Robo-Hunter, a Tharg's Future Shocks cover by Brendon McCarthy.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 32, The Complete Judge Dredd 20, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 4, Judge Dredd Mega City Vice Book 2 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd ends the Jongs themselves, but not their Umpty empire.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Evidence taken from addicts in withdrawal is not admissible. Umpty Squad wear a different uniform to street Judges. Named Judges: Brent

JUDGE DREDD
He leads a raid on a suspected Umpty factory and finds it recently abandoned. Dredd suspects a tip-off and blames Judge Cheyney. He lures Cheyney to the factory and knocks him out. When the Jongs arrive, there is a gunfight and Dredd kills them all.

OTHER CHARACTERS
JUDGE BRENT
Umpty squad.

JUDGE CHEYNEY
Dredd lures him to the Umpty factory at Malcolm Allison Block and knocks him out. When the Jongs arrive Dredd suspicions are proved correct and Cheyney is due to be sent to the penal colony on Titan.

ARRESTS
Three. Two elderly Umpty addicts are lead away and Judge Cheyney is due to be sent to the penal colony on Titan.

DEATHS
Four. Dredd shoots the entire Jong gang dead.

BEST LINES
Dredd (to Cheyney): "C'mon, Creep! You've got an appointment with the penal colony on Titan."

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
None.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Art: Emberton
Letters: T. Frame

REVIEW
This is a slight ending which deals with the threads left dangling by the first part in quite a perfunctory way. Dredd has no evidence about Cheyney's complicity, but rather than investigating he knocks him unconscious and hopes the evidence will be forthcoming. Ron Smith's characters designs for the Jongs are dispensed with and it's not clear who is meant to be who. The ending, however, is great and shows that although Dredd may win the battle, the war is another matter altogether.

The End