Blue

Blue
Real name
Blue
Alignment
Affiliation
The Cavemen (his old gang)
Universe
Base of operations
Bader City

Characteristics
Gender
Hair
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Education
Brainwashing
Origin
Origin
Programmed by scientists
Place of birth
Bader City
Place of death
A black hole
First appearance
Death

History

Blue is the protagonist of the 2000 AD strip Bad City Blue. He worked as a 'Button Man' or law enforcement official for Bader City, a futuristic conurbation under a protective dome on an asteroid. Blue, a former criminal who had been 'reprogrammed' by government scientists, was unshaven, scarred and heavily armed, with a furrowed brow and hair that looked like it hadn't been combed for a month — your typical 'tough guy' anti-hero (who also happened to collect watches). He had a fondness for Jack Daniels and gourmet cheese.

As the story opened, Blue discovered that all the 'Class A' citizens had left the dome, and that the news being broadcast was solely repeats. He also started getting bad headaches, a sign that his programming was beginning to fail. Blue went to the library and found out that the Class A citizens had left the Class Bs to "share Bad City's doom," and that he and the other Button Men were being directed only by robots.

Some Button Men turned up to eliminate Blue, but he escaped from them down the inter-dome tubes into 'Jung-Dome', which contained a tropical forest. Kindly strangers removed the 'button' from his head, causing him to revert to a primitive, animalistic state — that of the gang member he had been before the city brainwashed him.

An elderly scientist explained that on its present course the city was destined to be "sucked into the vortex of a black hole." The only way to save it was to travel through the slums to the city's engine chambers and fire all the boosters at once, allowing the city to break free. Blue, in his pidgin English, volunteered for the job. The scientist then explained that he was Supreme Engineer Bader, who had designed the city but had come to hate it and see death as a blessing. When Blue asked him why he wanted to save the city, he said, "I don't know."

Blue made it to the engine chambers and fired the boosters, but they didn't have enough power in them to change the city's course. Blue resolved to be "Big Chief-Boss... Top scummer" of the city in whatever time it had left.

Powers and abilities

Abilities

Armed combat.

Strength level

Peak human male.

Weaknesses

Low intelligence.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Lots of watches.

Transportation

A floating disk thing.

Weapons

Several guns and blades.

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