Judge Dredd: 'The Psycos', Part 1
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 216
13 June 81
This featured one of the all time great Judge Dredd covers by Brian Bolland, a Rogue Trooper preview and Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog strips.
The Best of 2000AD 28, The Complete Judge Dredd 21, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 5, Judge Dredd Mega City Vice Book 1 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05.
Dredd investigates a death caused a Psyker.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First part of 'The Mega-Rackets' not labelled as such. Last part of 'The Mega-Rackets' not labelled as such.
Synthetti is synthetic spaghetti. Crepetto is a dish.
A hover taxi is taxi that hovers. Whizz bars are a automobile component.
Individuals with Psi powers, or Psykers, have been used by criminal gangs to ensure loyalty among members, to predict potential failure and to broadcast directly into the minds of individuals to convince them to pay protection money. A Psyker can confuse the senses of its target. The Justice Department's Psi Division can detect psionic interference in a corpse.
Third Eye Insurance is an insurance company that employs Psykers to force individuals to take out policies.
He is called to scene of Aldo Pollo's death. Under Section 59(d) of the criminal code he undertakes crime blitz search of Rex Squeers' home. Dredd later has him followed by spy-in-the sky cameras and strip-searched when he arrives at work.
Wealthy restaurateur without insurance. He owns Aldo's Sintheria on the 698th floor of a high rise building. He hallucinates a synthetti monster and steps on an equally illusory hover taxi and falls to his death. He was subject to psionic interference that burnt out half his pineal cells.
Member of a criminal gang that was loyal to Low-Side Larry instead.
Fingers really works for him.
Third Eye Insurance's top Psyker and Psi Division's top suspect for Aldo Pollo's murder. Dredd undertakes crime blitz search of Rex Squeers' home. Later Dredd has him followed by spy-in-the sky cameras and strip-searched when he arrives at work.
One. Aldo Pollo fell to his death.
Gangster: "Put it this way, Bud - if you don't buy one of our policies, you're gonna have an accident for sure!"
Squeers says "Rot you"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Squeers shares his surname with a character from Nicholas Nickleby (1838).
Sintheria was presumably meant to be spelled Syntheria.
Script: John Wagner/Alan Grant
Artist: Barry Mitchell
Sadly, Barry Mitchell's Synthetti monsters in the strip fail to live up to Brian Bolland's amazing cover and that is the general tone of this strip. It doesn't quite live up to the other 'Mega Rackets' that we've seen so far. The script gives us an interesting character in Aldo Pollo, but he doesn't survive past the second page. Rex Squeers, however, seems fairly unremarkable despite his abilities and isn't shown in close-up until the final frame at which point his desire to exact revenge on Dredd falls pretty flat.