For the rest of the month of October we will be theming our Big Fights as “Big Frights” [drumroll], So in the run up to Halloween, our match ups will feature suitably festive characters. For this third match up we will be pitting Batman’s fear obsessed enemy Scarecrow against Judge Dredd’s similarly styled villain, Judge Fear.
To decide each fight’s winner we will simply count your votes and announce it before the following week’s fight, Since many continuities can exist from each character — we will give you a definitive list of each fighters attributes drawn from multiple story lines.
In this week’s fight: Standing in the DC corner, hailing from Gotham City is: Dr. Jonathan “Scarecrow” Crane.
As a prominent psychiatrist in Gotham City, Crane’s growing obsession with conducting experiments on inmates at Arkham led to him assuming the mantel of the Scarecrow once his crimes were discovered.
As Scarecrow, Crane has faced Batman and his allies numerous times, either strategically attacking enemies based on what their fears are or via Crane’s proprietary psychotropic chemicals namely fear toxin, which has been at the center of much of the Scarecrow’s’ plot’s revolve around his use of fear toxin, which as the name suggests causes beings to be incapacitated by their fears.
The effects of this chemical have been shown to attack some superhumans, at times Crane’s obsession with fear has been played differently, originally as a gimmick where as more recent depictions have shown Crane to be virtually immune to fear himself, where as in the past he was shown to be afraid of bats..
Facts: Fear toxin was previously shown as affecting Judge Death, a resident of Deadworld and fellow Dark Judge.
Physical attributes: Human.
Skills / Equipment: Before turning to villainy Dr. Crane was of course a skilled psychologist and chemist which he has since use to strategize against and to cause fear in opponents. Scarecrow’s primary weapon is his fear toxin which can be dispersed or injected into opponents via multiple devices, in the past Scarecrow has carried a scythe and even briefer a Sinestro Corps’ ring (based on his ability to instill fear).
Weaknesses: Fear toxin can be overcome mental or physical conditioning.
Power Level: 3/10 – Crane isn’t physically gifted (or rather empowered) though has acquired some hand to hand combat skills, but rather uses toxins, psychology and strategic skill against opponents in most cases.
In the 2000AD corner, Hailing from Deadworld , we have… Judge Fear.
Judge Fear was one or four Judge’s from a parallel dimension of Judge Dredd’s universe, in which the four violent cadets studied to be Judges alongside each other at the “Law School” as one of these four Judge’s who became the manifestations of their obsessions through supernatural methods hence Judge Fear was born. Along with the Judge’s Death, Mortis and Fire oversaw the end of life on their home world before dimension jumping to the Universe of Judge Dredd and Mega-Ciity One.
On the loose in a new dimension fulled with the living or as the Dark Judge’s would deem them the guilty, the Dark Judge’s would slaughter on a mass scale, eventually being contained by the Judge’s of Mega City One, though the Dark Judge’s periods of incarceration tend to brief.
In the eyes of the Dark Judge’s the ultimate cause of crime is living, the sentence of which must be death.
Facts: Judge Fear was once silly enough to gaze into the fist of Dredd… Ouch!
Physical attributes: Ethereal being.
Powers/Skills/Equipment: As a Dark Judge the outfit worn by Fear is comprised of bear traps and padlocks to trap the living, His powers typically allow him some level of Intangibility, manifestation of fears, possession of dead and a “gaze of fear”,
Weaknesses: As a Dark Judge, Judge Fear is is particularly weakened or even fully contained by telepathy/psychic attacks.
Power Level: 7/10 – This character, that does not live, therefore cannot be killed conventionally. This means they can’t truly be defeated only imprisoned or displaced in some way.
Lets get it on, **DING, DING**.
In the last BIG Fight we pitted Star War’s hero and rougish space pirate against Marvel’s very own Star-Lord aka Peter Quill, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was close but with 55% of the vote, Han Solo wins.
The writer of this piece was: Gary Kane aka (GK)
GK tweets from @Kanoclassic