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Jack Point

Jack point
Real name
Jack Point
Aliases
Judge Point; operative #854
Alignment
Relatives
Galen DeMarco (partner)
Universe
Base of operations

Characteristics
Gender
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Judge
Education
Academy of Law
Origin
Place of birth
First appearance
Last appearance

2000 AD prog 1812

History

Jack Point is the protagonist of the Judge Dredd Megazine strip The Simping Detective. He claims to be a former member of the Judges of Mega-City One dismissed for use of excessive force, who has since become a private detective in the city's Angeltown district. In fact, he is still a serving Judge who is deep undercover with the so-called Wally Squad, a major part of his cover being the fact that he appears to be a 'Simp', a follower of the Church of Simpology, who embrace the absurdity of life in the City by dressing and behaving in an outrageous and ridiculous manner.

Jack habitually dresses as a clown. Self-centred, unreliable and possibly a little unhinged, Jack has adopted a persona reminiscent of mid 20th century American gumshoes and plays a continual internal monologue to himself. He delights in breaking the rules of conduct laid down for Judges, frequently drinking intoxicating liquor (he has a fondness for Jack Daniels) and conducting a romantic and sexual relationship with former Judge and fellow P.I. Galen DeMarco. He also keeps a silicate alien predator known as a Raptaur, named Larf (as in "Point and Larf"), as a pet. His first Raptaur was the late Cliq, but it was killed by the mysterious Miss Anne Thropé.

After the events of Chaos Day, Jack Point was drawn somewhat unwillingly into Judge Smiley's plan to uncover a plot by Judge Carolyn Bachmann and her sleeping partner Enormo Overdrive to conquer the City and ultimately replace it (see Trifecta). Rendered partially amnesiac and brainwashed into believing he had gone rogue, Point was almost arrested by Judge Dredd for treason and tried to flee the planet with the assistance of Archmime Turner of the Church of Simpology. He was betrayed by Turner and regained his memory in time to save Dredd from certain death with the aid of DeMarco and a gang of deputized Simps.

Judge Dredd has an intense dislike of the flippant and self-willed Point, seeing him as the incarnation of everything that is wrong with the city in general and Justice Department in particular. This isn't surprising, as Point drinks like a fish, has a sex drive almost as big as his ego and delights in teasing and manipulating Dredd whenever he gets a chance. (It is possible that Dredd, who has a seldom-used but stubborn paternal instinct, also disapproves of his association with DeMarco.) However, deep within Point's corroded soul lurks a genuine loyalty to, and desire to protect, Mega-City One.

Powers and abilities

Powers

Ability to break the fourth wall. At one point he even comments on the intelligent plotting of the story he is in, Trifecta (see quotes).

Abilities

Quick-witted and cunning with a razor-sharp survival instinct; can play the blues; can cheat a lie detector.

Strength level

Human male who gets regular exercise.

Weaknesses

Respiratory system damaged by smoking cigars; frequent hangovers.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

A subscription to the magazine Gross Alien Teats (incorporating Tentacle Girl); thermal underwear.

Weapons

Razor-edged bowtie; acid-squirting buttonhole; thirty-inch shoes with concealed toxin blades; sub-lingual laser gun; exploding nose; stumm-gas whoopee cushions.

Notes

The names of the three villains in the unannounced Judge Dredd/The Simping Detective/Low Life crossover TrifectaCarolyn Bachmann, Archmime Turner and Enormo Overdrive — are a deliberate joke based on the rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

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