--> "What's your point?"
--> [[CatchPhrase "Comes right after the Jack"]]

''The Simping Detective'' is a SpinOff from ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', set in the seedy [[WretchedHive Angeltown]], the most dangerous and crime-ridden sector in [[MegaCity Mega-City-One]]. Its main character, Jack Point, is a [[DeepCoverAgent wally squad judge]] posing as a private investigator. Jack is a [[SmokingIsCool chain smoking]], [[AnythingThatMoves womanising]], [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] with a penchant for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dressing as a clown]].

Jack soon finds himself with enemies on both sides of the law in the form of a mob boss known only as The Boss, who runs Angeltown and his own boss, [[CorruptCop Sector Chief Daveez]], who runs his own little operations for profit. Furthermore, there is another organisation that is attempting to make changes in Angeltown, making contact with Jack via the mysterious Miss Anne Thrope.

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!!Tropes specific to ''The Simping Detective''

* AbortedArc: ''TheSimpingDetective'' started off as a strip called ''Mega City Noir'' with Jack's being only one of many stories that were meant to cross over in the style of ''SinCity''. While Muggro Keevish's story was published, this was dropped in favour of Jack [[BreakoutCharacter getting his own series]].
* ActionGirl: As befitting their status as ex-judges, Galen Demarco and Miss Anne Thrope fit this trope.
* AntiHero: Take a wild guess.
* BadassLongcoat
* BadGuyBar: The High Dive is where all the Boss's {{Mook}}s come to play. Jack spends plenty of time there, partly to observe their behaviour, partly to get [[TheAlcoholic completely smashed]].
* BaitAndSwitchComparison: Used in the opening line of the first story and has become part of the blurb at the start of the ''Megazine''.
--> "I've got two friends in this world: One's long, hard and makes your ears ring after every shot. The other's my gun."
* BigDamnHeroes: Jack, of all people, does this for [[spoiler: Dredd]] during ''Trifecta''.
* BrainUploading: A former lover of Jack's uses a disposable [[RogueTrooper biochip]] to temporarily implant her personality into Jack to help her commit suicide (the [[IncrediblyLamePun point]] being that she trusted Jack to dispose of her body without getting caught). However, the chip doesn't completely degrade as it's supposed to and Jack is left with some mental trauma, which it takes brain surgery to excise.
* BreakoutCharacter: Jack was originally part of an ensemble strip in the style of ''SinCity'' called ''Mega City Noir''. It was felt that Jack was too strong a character to be wasted as a OneShotCharacter. Another ''Mega City Noir'' story was published, centred around one of the Boss' {{Mook}}s and explained that Muggro Keevish survived the Raptaur attack in ''Crystal Blue'' (he is seen fleeing the warehouse), but it wasn't all that well received and the concept was dropped. ''TheSimpingDetective'', on the other hand, has become one of the most beloved strips ever to come out of the [[FanNickname House Of Tharg]].
* TheCameo: Dredd shows up on a couple of occasions as a supporting character.
* ChurchOfHappyology: The Church of Simpology.
* CigarChomper: Jack has a preference for "carrots", which he smokes at every available opportunity.
* CombatPragmatist: Jack. Every clown toy he keeps on him is a concealed weapon of some kind.
* ContinuityNod: Several from the Dreddverse. A number of cases that Dredd has solved come up.
* ContinuitySnarl: Another ''JudgeDredd'' SpinOff, ''Marauder'', had [[RabidCop Judge Kruger]] taking up the position of Sector Chief in Sector 13, effectively leaving Jack's conflict with [[DirtyCop Daveez]] unresolved. In ''Jokers To The Right'', when Daveez calls Jack [[spoiler: after kidnapping Demarco]], Jack specifically states that Daveez is still Sector Chief. Either he was temporarily reassigned/demoted or ''Marauder'' is [[CanonDiscontinuity no longer canon]].
* CoolPet: Cliq [[spoiler: and later Larf, Cliq's offspring]]. Jack went through some difficulty to get a Raptaur as a pet, as in an early story, he was faced against a pack of them. It was only when he found the remnants of one (Raptaurs leave offspring behind when they die) that he was able to put one to good use.
* [[CorruptCop Corrupt Judge]]: Daveez and possibly several others. One perp refers to Jack as the only straight Judge in Angeltown, which still isn't saying much (Read: HeWhoFightsMonsters, below). Jack tries to use this to his advantage when caught in a bust by offering a bribe, only to discover that he's been busted by JudgeDredd.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* DeadpanSnarker: Jack again.
* DeadPartner: Jack had a partner named Cheyne when he was still in uniform. Together, they killed the Boss' brother in some NoodleIncident. When Cheyne is killed, Jack is transferred to the Wally Squad with the cover story that he was kicked off the force for killing the Boss's brother without sufficient evidence. When the hit squad comes for him, it forms the basis of the strip's introduction in the form of a sting operation to catch Cheyne's killers.
* DisposableSexWorker: Point uncovers leads in the production of [[FantasticDrug Cyrstal Blue]] while investigating the disappearances of [[FutureSlang "slabwalkers"]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Meekly Roth [[spoiler: aka ex-Judge Freedi Dree]] is so depressed that she feels she has to end it. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she's unable to do it herself and copies her personality into Jack's body and gets him to do the deed.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Zig-zagged, Taking [=RedStimm=] while on a massive down from Crystal Blue causes a balance in effects on the drug user, making it useful should one be poisoned by a Raptaur. On the other hand, Crystal Blue, as Jack discovers, can undo Bachmann's brainwashing effects.
* DynamicEntry: Jack pulls this off when rescuing Innocence Barumba by smashing in a skylight and again during ''Trifecta'' by blowing open the wall of [[spoiler: The Grand Hall.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Boss.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: [=DeMarco's=] {{Sidekick}}--Mr. Perkins--is an intelligent gorilla in a [[SharpDressedMan three piece suit]] and [[NiceHat a bowler hat]].
** Muggro Keevish kept a couple around to interrogate Jack. [[spoiler: Until the Raptaurs killed them all]].
* ExecutiveMeddling: An example of it being for the better. ''TheSimpingDetective'' was originally a story in a ''SinCity'' style strip, known as ''Mega City Noir'', which was to focus on various characters around Angeltown. While a second story centred on one of The Boss' {{Mook}}s was published, ''Megazine'' editor Alan Barnes felt that Jack Point was too good a character to simply be used in a one shot strip and the rest is history.
* FairCop: Kovacs, the SJS Judge assigned to assess Point and determine the extent of his indiscretions.
* FantasticDrug: Crystal Blue, a hallucinogenic downer [[spoiler: made from Raptaur venom]] that is so powerful that users must take another drug, [=RedStimm=], to shake off its effects. ''Very'' Illegal.
** Though, it also has a use in overcoming [[spoiler: Bachmann's brainwashing effects.]]
* FedoraOfAsskicking
* {{Fetish}}: Jack really has a thing for female Judges. He spends quite a bit of time [[MaleGaze ogling]] the female SJS Judge sent to assess him and has slept with at least one other Judge.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: How Jack gets into the Boss's "Hate Party".
** Subverted in the case of Galen Demarco. She dresses as Travis dressing as her.
* TheFutureIsNoir
* GenderScoff: When Jack is finally betrayed by a female client, he bemoans, "Womenócan't live with 'em, can't get 'em lobotomized."
** Another time, he notes, "Women: Maybe there's one out there who isn't evil."
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Jack sees the world this way, justifiably so, considering that practically every other judge in Angeltown is [[DirtyCop dirty]] and Jack frequently uses his contacts amongst less savoury types to get information (who are sometimes better people than his own superiors). He notes this during ''Trifecta'', stating that JudgeDredd sees everything as BlackAndWhiteMorality, which is fine in itself, but not in Jack's line of work.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Galen [=DeMarco=], dressed in nothing more than a thong and heels, is somehow able to keep a gun concealed on her person. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Point.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Wally Squad Judges are allowed more freedoms than other Judges to help them blend in among the civilian populations. Some Wallies, however, occasionally take those freedoms too far and get declared of having "gone native" (or, in other words, become as dangerous to everyone as the criminals they've gone undercover to stop). If Jack isn't already too far gone off the edge, he's damn well close to it. Which is pretty [[{{Irony}} ironic]], considering that Sector 13 is riddled with corruption to begin with.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Jack is into Galen Demarco big time.
* HotScientist: Tek Judge Glaive, who Jack seems to have a flirtatious working relationship with. Jack has better tolerance for Tek division than he does for street judges, describing teks as having "half as many bugs up their ass, twice as many braincells and just as many curves".
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Every single clown toy Jack owns has been rigged as a weapon of some sort, eg. exploding nose, acid-spraying flower, whoopie cushion landmine and so on.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Jack says this a lot, usually after he's just gotten out of some life threatening situation.
* InternalAffairs: The SJS, who are part of the Dreddverse. Jack describes them as "[[WhoWatchesTheWatchmen The judges who judge the judges]], the brakes on fascism or [[FutureSlang a bunch of drokking drokkheaded evil drokks]].
* InterSpeciesRomance: Most of the Boss's goons are into aliens. Bob, the bartender down at the High Dive, uses this to start eliminating underbosses by injecting alien prostitutes with Jazzalite, a substance which [[DeathBySex violently explodes upon contact with semen]].
* InstrumentOfMurder: When Jack is faced with Raptaurs and the sonic cannon he's been using has been destroyed, he uses an electric guitar to take out the last one.
* IronicNickname: Angeltown is the local name for Sector 13, which to Jack is the same as calling a fat guy "Little John" or a firearm "unnecessary."
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Muggro Keevish attempts this on Point with his sentient monkey mooks. Point notes that if you're using hired muscle to try to get a guy to talk, then you should at least give him a chance to speak.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Point is described by WordOfGod as "a shifty little sod, but his heart's in the right place [[TheAlcoholic (right next to his hipflask)]]." He does come across as cowardly at times, but he is loyal to his city and will try to do the right thing when it comes down to it.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Jack's partner, [[DeadPartner Cheyne]] was [[OffWithHisHead beheaded]] by one. When Jack is attacked by ninjas working for The Boss, he manages to take them out, only for the woman who lured him into the trap to [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cut his revolver in two]] with a katana. Luckily for Jack, he has backup. Black Ops judges also seem to carry them.
* LargeAndInCharge: The Boss. The only time we see him, he is disguised as a massive bouncer at his own Hate Party. Even then, he's still TheFaceless.
* TheLastDJ: Yes, he's a [[TheAlcoholic whiskey-swilling]] [[CigarChomper Cigar Chomping]] [[ReallyGetsAround horndog]] [[CombatPragmatist who tries to avoid a fair fight]] wherever possible, but when it comes down to it, he's the one honest judge in Angeltown and will solve the case as best he can and is loyal to the Big Meg, which surprises even himself.
* LovableCoward: Jack, despite being a judge and fairly {{Badass}} [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass in his own right]] is always very concerned with getting out of a situation intact. However, even though he plans on running offworld during ''Jokers To The Right'', he still has loyalty to the city and decides to stay.
* MsFanservice: Galen [=DeMarco=] and Miss Anne Thrope.
* TheMurderAfter: "No Body, No How" begins with Jack Point discovering a dead body in his bed with no recollection of how it got there.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In Jack Point's words, Colm O'leary's nickname "Shite" is "either the natural reaction to coming face-to-face with him or a character description."
* {{Pirate}}: For [[RuleOfFunny some bizarre reason]], there is a hobo pirate (complete with cutlass) living in a park in Angeltown.
* PocketProtector: During one firefight, Jack is hit. Demarco asks him if it's bad. Jack pulls out his hipflask, which now has a hole in it and is leaking whiskey, to which he says [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "It's worse!"]]
* PrivateEyeMonologue
* PunnyName: Miss Anne Thrope. Jack even lampshades it at one point by stating that he just got pun behind the name.
** Jack named his Raptaurs Cliq and Larf, as in "Point and Cliq" and "Point and Larf".
* ObfuscatingStupidity / ObfuscatingInsanity: Pretty much the main reason Jack dresses like a cross between Phillip Marlowe and [[TheSimpsons Krusty The Klown]].
* {{Oireland}}: Colm "Shite" O'Leary's dialogue is all written phonetically and filled with stock Oirish phrases. Reading it aloud will produce the most sterotypical Oirish accent going (ie. that non-existent one that Hollywood believes is real). Justified, as in universe, Ireland is a theme park depicting Irish sterotypes.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: In a world where Lawgiver pistols, [[FrickinLaserBeams laser rifles]] and [[{{BFG}} stub guns]] are available, Jack opts for a good old fashioned Colt revolver.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Oswald Takko and his men from ''Dorks Of War'' are Space Corps veterans who turn to simping to prevent them from going futsie or being DrivenToSuicide. Their minds are so fragile that Lars [=DeGlok=] [[spoiler: and Maria Takko]] are able to break them easily and turn them into mindless mooks to rob banks while [[RefugeInAudacity dressed as simps]].
* ShoutOut: Many. The title references ''TheSingingDetective'' and Jack is named after a character in ''YeomenOfTheGuard''.
* SlapSlapKiss: Jack and Galen Demarco.
* SlippingAMickey: Jack pulls this on Daveez by spiking his brandy with Crystal Blue. After Daveez has burned down the drug factory that creates it and its antidote, [=RedStimm=].
* SoIsX: When Jack Point lights up a cigar in Sector Chief Daveez's office and makes it clear that he knows Daveez played a significant role in a criminal case he was investigating and covered it up. Daveez responds by grabbing Point by his jacket lapels and threatening him to drop the case, the exchange ends,
-->'''Daveez:''' ...And smoking's still illegal, creep.\\
'''Jack:''' ''(points to the martini glass on his desk)'' Yeah. Heh, so's alcohol.
* SplashOfColour: The strip is in [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]] in keeping with the Noir style, but certain important objects (such as, for example, the Crystal Blue drug) are given colour to highlight their importance.
* SpyCatsuit: Worn by Miss Anne Thrope.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Galen Demarco's thong, which only just about barely covers her private parts and nipples. Justified in that she's undercover at a strip joint.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Take a guess what sector Angeltown is located in.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Out of story example. Another Dredd spinoff, Marauder, depicts another judge having replaced Daveez as sector chief in Sector 13. That story also depicts the sector's judges as notoriously corrupt.
** Daveez turned up in ''Jokers To The Right'' only for Jack to [[spoiler: shoot him with an uncoded Lawgiver.]] Either Daveez was temporarily demoted/KickedUpstairs/transferred/suspended or Si Spurrier has made ''Marauder'' CanonDiscontinuity.
* WildCard: Jack is considered this within even the Wally Squad. Even he is surprised when he stays behind to help save the city instead of running offworld.
* WretchedHive: Angeltown is considered to be a shithole even by Mega City One standards. Jack notes that it's been deregulated in some ways (the legality of gambling, or at least the enforcement of such). Doesn't help that most of the judges are on the take.
* WouldntHitAGirl / WouldHitAGirl: Jack, when he discovers an ex-Psi judge is manipulating animals to attack him, states in a monologue panel that there is no justification for hitting a woman, [[HypocriticalHumor right before kicking her in the face]].
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: When Jack rescues Demarco from Daveez, he tells Demarco that he's going to bring Daveez in and sentence him by the book. When Demarco leaves, knowing how much of a slippery bastard Daveez is, Jack decides to save himself the bother and [[BoomHeadshot puts a bullet in Daveez's head instead]].