Psi-Judge Judy Janus is a character from the 2000 AD strip Judge Dredd who has also starred in her own strip, entitled Janus: Psi-Division. She first appeared in Judge Dredd on her nineteenth birthday in 2115 AD, helping Dredd deal with Mega-City One's latest crisis because Psi-Judge Anderson was on Mars. The day after her birthday she saved Dredd's life by locating him with her psi-powers when he was critically ill and about to be killed by some Cursed Earth mutants.
Janus popped up again at Christmas in 2116 AD, when she detected psychic activity in Fargo Square. (It turned out to be the Norse god Odin, but Dredd handled it.)
In 2117 AD Janus underwent an oneiric initiation ceremony and learned "the truth we in Psi-Division keep secret." The readers weren't told what it was, but Janus remarked that if the other Judges knew about it "they'd put us all in the cubes and throw away the key." (She didn't say whether she meant the psych-cubes, for mentally ill citizens, or the regular cubes, for criminals.)
By 2118 AD Janus was a confident and self-assured Psi-Judge, fully capable of dealing with minor annoyances such as malevolent poltergeists in the cadets' canteen. When her best friend was killed by a dead psi-cadet, Ashley, who had been in their year at the Academy of Law, Janus went on a journey to the afterlife to neutralise the threat. With the help of her dead friends, Bryce, Kilmer and Stryker, Janus annihilated Ashley and guided all the lost souls trapped in limbo to the light where they could find peace.
Powers and abilities
PowersPsychic powers which include: precognition; tracking people's psi-profiles.
Strength levelPeak human female.
Annoyingly ditzy demeanour and speech patterns; hampered by cloyingly sentimental and illogical storylines; reacts to the death of her friends with as much shock and distress as if she'd accidentally dropped her munce-burger.
EquipmentAccessory pouch containing three heatseeker shells; helmet containing internal visor display (including infra-red) and respirator; uniform made from plasti-steel reinforced material; toy whale which she sleeps with; single dangly earring (first appearance); Tibetan healing balls; pair of eagle earrings (later appearances); Ganesha figurine.
Lawgiver handgun which can fire six types of shell: heatseeker, rubber ricochet, incendiary, armour-piercing, high explosive and standard execution. Also daystick and bootknife.
- The stories in Janus: Psi-Division were 'Will O' the Wisp' (in the 2000 AD Winter Special), 'House of Sighs', 'A New Star' and 'Faustus'.
- Judy Janus has also starred in a Virgin Books novel (Wetworks) and a Big Finish audio drama (The Killing Zone).
- Janus is the Roman god of gateways, boundaries and suchlike.
- Judge Janus is bald because she shaves her head.
- Janus' eyes change colour depending on which artist is depicting her. Carlos Ezquerra created her with grey eyes, but later artists show her with blue or brown eyes.
- Appearances of Janus: Psi-Division
- Character Gallery: Janus: Psi-Division
- Images that feature Janus: Psi-Division
- Fan-Art Gallery: Janus: Psi-Division
- Janus: Psi-Division quotations
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