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The Simping Detective
"What's your point?"

The Simping Detective is a Spin-Off from Judge Dredd, set in the seedy Angeltown, the most dangerous and crime-ridden sector in Mega-City-One. Its main character, Jack Point, is a wally squad judge posing as a private investigator. Jack is a chain smoking, womanising, alcoholic with a penchant for 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, 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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  • Aborted Arc: The Simping Detective 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 Sin City. While Muggro Keevish's story was published, this was dropped in favour of Jack getting his own series.
  • Action Girl: As befitting their status as ex-judges, Galen Demarco and Miss Anne Thrope fit this trope.
  • Anti-Hero: Take a wild guess.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The High Dive is where all the Boss's Mooks come to play. Jack spends plenty of time there, partly to observe their behaviour, partly to get completely smashed.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison: 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."
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jack, of all people, does this for Dredd during Trifecta.
  • Brain Uploading: A former lover of Jack's uses a disposable biochip to temporarily implant her personality into Jack to help her commit suicide (the 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.
  • Breakout Character: Jack was originally part of an ensemble strip in the style of Sin City called Mega City Noir. It was felt that Jack was too strong a character to be wasted as a One-Shot Character. Another Mega City Noir story was published, centred around one of the Boss' Mooks 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. The Simping Detective, on the other hand, has become one of the most beloved strips ever to come out of the House Of Tharg.
  • The Cameo: Dredd shows up on a couple of occasions as a supporting character.
  • Church of Happyology: The Church of Simpology.
  • Cigar Chomper: Jack has a preference for "carrots", which he smokes at every available opportunity.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Jack. Every clown toy he keeps on him is a concealed weapon of some kind.
  • Continuity Nod: Several from the Dreddverse. A number of cases that Dredd has solved come up.
  • Continuity Snarl: Another Judge Dredd Spin-Off, Marauder, had Judge Kruger taking up the position of Sector Chief in Sector 13, effectively leaving Jack's conflict with Daveez unresolved. In Jokers To The Right, when Daveez calls Jack after kidnapping Demarco, Jack specifically states that Daveez is still Sector Chief. Either he was temporarily reassigned/demoted or Marauder is no longer canon.
  • Cool Pet: Cliq 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.
  • 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: He Who Fights Monsters, 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 Judge Dredd.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jack again.
  • Dead Partner: Jack had a partner named Cheyne when he was still in uniform. Together, they killed the Boss' brother in some Noodle Incident. 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.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Point uncovers leads in the production of Cyrstal Blue while investigating the disappearances of "slabwalkers".
  • Driven to Suicide: Meekly Roth aka ex-Judge Freedi Dree is so depressed that she feels she has to end it. Unfortunately, she's unable to do it herself and copies her personality into Jack's body and gets him to do the deed.
  • Drugs Are Bad: 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.
  • Dynamic Entry: Jack pulls this off when rescuing Innocence Barumba by smashing in a skylight and again during Trifecta by blowing open the wall of The Grand Hall.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Boss.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: DeMarco's Sidekick—Mr. Perkins—is an intelligent gorilla in a three piece suit and a bowler hat.
    • Muggro Keevish kept a couple around to interrogate Jack. Until the Raptaurs killed them all.
  • Executive Meddling: An example of it being for the better. The Simping Detective was originally a story in a Sin City 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' Mooks 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.
  • Fair Cop: Kovacs, the SJS Judge assigned to assess Point and determine the extent of his indiscretions.
  • Fantastic Drug: Crystal Blue, a hallucinogenic downer 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 Bachmann's brainwashing effects.
  • Fedora of Asskicking
  • Fetish: Jack really has a thing for female Judges. He spends quite a bit of time ogling the female SJS Judge sent to assess him and has slept with at least one other Judge.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: How Jack gets into the Boss's "Hate Party".
    • Subverted in the case of Galen Demarco. She dresses as Travis dressing as her.
  • The Future Is Noir
  • Gender Scoff: 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."
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Jack sees the world this way, justifiably so, considering that practically every other judge in Angeltown is 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 Judge Dredd sees everything as Black and White Morality, 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. Lampshaded by Point.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: 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 ironic, considering that Sector 13 is riddled with corruption to begin with.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Jack is into Galen Demarco big time.
  • Hot Scientist: 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".
  • Improbable Weapon User: 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.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Jack says this a lot, usually after he's just gotten out of some life threatening situation.
  • Internal Affairs: The SJS, who are part of the Dreddverse. Jack describes them as "The judges who judge the judges, the brakes on fascism or a bunch of drokking drokkheaded evil drokks.
  • Inter Species Romance: 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 violently explodes upon contact with semen.
  • Instrument of Murder: 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.
  • Ironic Nickname: 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."
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Point is described by Word of God as "a shifty little sod, but his heart's in the right place (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.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Jack's partner, Cheyne was 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 cut his revolver in two with a katana. Luckily for Jack, he has backup. Black Ops judges also seem to carry them.
  • Large and in Charge: 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 The Faceless.
  • The Last DJ: Yes, he's a whiskey-swilling Cigar Chomping horndog 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.
  • Lovable Coward: Jack, despite being a judge and fairly Badass 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Galen DeMarco and Miss Anne Thrope.
  • The Murder After: "No Body, No How" begins with Jack Point discovering a dead body in his bed with no recollection of how it got there.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: 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 some bizarre reason, there is a hobo pirate (complete with cutlass) living in a park in Angeltown.
  • Pocket Protector: 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 "It's worse!"
  • Private Eye Monologue
  • Punny Name: 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".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity / Obfuscating Insanity: Pretty much the main reason Jack dresses like a cross between Phillip Marlowe and 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.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: In a world where Lawgiver pistols, laser rifles and stub guns are available, Jack opts for a good old fashioned Colt revolver.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: 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 Driven to Suicide. Their minds are so fragile that Lars DeGlok and Maria Takko are able to break them easily and turn them into mindless mooks to rob banks while dressed as simps.
  • Shout-Out: Many. The title references The Singing Detective and Jack is named after a character in The Yeomen of the Guard.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Jack and Galen Demarco.
  • Slipping a Mickey: 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.
  • So Is X: 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.
  • Splash Of Colour: The strip is in 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.
  • Spy Catsuit: 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.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Take a guess what sector Angeltown is located in.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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 shoot him with an uncoded Lawgiver. Either Daveez was temporarily demoted/Kicked Upstairs/transferred/suspended or Si Spurrier has made Marauder Canon Discontinuity.
  • Wild Card: 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.
  • Wretched Hive: 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.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl / Would Hit a Girl: 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, right before kicking her in the face.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: 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 puts a bullet in Daveez's head instead.
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