The foetid, unwholesome entity now known as Judge Mortis was once human, a Judge on the parallel world known as 'Deadworld'. He had himself transformed by black magic into his current undead form in order to become one of Judge Death's Dark Judges, alongside Judge Fire and Judge Fear. During the fall of Deadworld Mortis took over his country's environmental control, using it to introduce dead fluids into the food and water supplies, and to create deadly weather events.
Since crossing the dimensional barrier to the universe inhabited by Judge Dredd, the Dark Judges have clashed repeatedly with both Dredd and Psi-Judge Anderson — most notably during the Necropolis incident. Judge Fear was eventually apprehended by Justice Department. The remaining three Dark Judges were last seen wreaking havoc on one of Mega-City One's colony worlds in the series Dominion.
In the Dreams of Deadworld series by Kek-W and Dave Kendall, Judge Mortis' hobbies were shown to be gardening and wine-making. (You don't want to see his garden, and you seriously don't want to drink his wine.) His most prized possession is a gold pocket watch bearing the inscription 'With love forever J'.
Powers and abilities
PowersJudge Mortis is a disembodied spirit who gains corporeal form by possessing the bodies of others using chemicals called 'dead fluids', a process which kills the host body.
AbilitiesJudge Mortis's touch causes rapid decay, his victims literally disintegrating almost instantly. It can also corrode inanimate material.
Strength levelProbably superhuman.
Judge Mortis can be temporarily incapacitated by a hi-ex bullet (as demonstrated by then-cadet Giant in 2000 AD prog 689).
Dimension jump device.
'Mortis' is Latin for 'death'.
- Judge Mortis' appearance is based on a sheep's skull Brian Bolland found while walking in the Lake District.
- Judge Mortis featured in a one-page humour strip written by Matt Smith and drawn by Jock in the 2000 AD 40th Anniversary Special. He was shown attending a party with some other Judge Dredd supporting characters which was abruptly terminated when Dredd showed up.
- Appearances of Judge Mortis
- Character Gallery: Judge Mortis
- Images that feature Judge Mortis
- Fan-Art Gallery: Judge Mortis
- Judge Mortis quotations
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