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WAGNER, JOHN  & GRANT, ALAN – JUDGE ANDERRSON – THE POSSESSED in DEATH’S DARK DIMENSION 2002 Titan Books. 2000 AD   

 

The second Judge Anderson story in this collection disappoints after the tremendous Four Dark Judges story that accompanies it, but it still has much to admire. In this one, a Cthulhu like demon called Gargarax possesses a young boy. The boy’s father is part of a cult dedicated to summoning the entity and they have succeeded. Anderson investigates with the aid of a group of psychic exorcists, but Gargarax kills them, and flees with Anderson in pursuit, as the other Judges round up the cult members. Anderson chases Gargarax into the Mega City One sub-city, which is full of mutants and monsters of its own. Various reprobates there try to rape the sexy cop but she easily escapes them, and chases Gargarax through a dimensional portal into another world full of demons. Here, a stronger cult plans to sacrifice the boy, now separated from the demon, in order to use his blood to guide them into Mega City One and destroy the Earth. Anderson is wounded by arrows on the way to rescue the boy but heals herself with some magic powders that she just happens to be carrying. She kills Gargarax, but he warns her as he dies that she is too late to save the boy. Realizing t the truth of this, Anderson kills the boy herself in one of the comic’s most shocking moments. Pursued by the demonic cult members she throws herself to certain death through a window, but an eagle like bird saves her, until it is itself attacked by flying men with bat wings. Anderson falls and breaks her leg. She struggles back to the portal she came into the demon world through but it is locked. From the other side, the judges force cultists t o reopen it so Anderson can get through safely, resealing it against the hordes giving chase as she gets safely inside. They then sentenced cultists to thirty years detention each. . There are great moments, such as the spectacularly drawn castle of demonic faces and gargoyle skulls, and that great shock moment of the utilitarian killing of a child to save the World.  http://www.2000adonline.com/

 

Arthur Chappell

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