|“||Fool, Pa Angel! You dared to think you can use me and survive! Now it will be my pleasure to help you to your fate! DIE! HA, HA, HA, HA!||„|
|~ The Judge Child killing Pa Angel|
|“||I AM THE MUTANT! I AM THE DOOM THAT WAS FORETOLD! I AM THE NIGHTMARE THAT IS TO BE! YOUR DESTRUCTION IS MY DESTINY! CITY OF THE DAMNED, LET CHAOS REIGN!||„|
|~ The Mutant|
Owen Krysler, also known as "The Judge Child" and "The Mutant" was a major villain in the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd. He was the main antagonist in the storylines 'The Judge Child', '', 'Destiny's Angels' and 'City of the Damned.' He also appeared in Dredd's mind in 'In the year 2120'.
Krysler was a young child in his early teens, although he was a mutant he looked nearly normal past his pitch black eyes and eagle shaped marking on his forehead.
Later as the mutant his skin grew bulbous and yellow, he had an elongated body with multiple arms, he had no eyes and the back of his head reached out.
The Judge Child: He was at first generally apathetic and emotionless, not even showing much emotion after his parents were hanged by Slavers which is most likely because of his psychic powers which allow him to see the future so he knows what's about to happen. Later on, he became more sinister and his sadistic side starts to show, with him telling Prosser of his death by Jigsaw Disease while laughing and having an evil grin. He also likes to insult people by calling them names and insulting their intelligence. After Dredd abandons him on Xanadu, he started to have an undying hatred of Dredd and goes to any lengths to kill him, including reviving one of his former kidnappers, Mean Machine Angel and has no problem with sacrificing innocent people and causing destruction to get his revenge.
The Mutant: As The Mutant, he is much, much worse. He's shown to delight causing chaos and destruction in Mega-City One and making the citizens suffer by decaying everything, having monsters swarm all over the city and turning the Judges into vampires (he also killed all of the Psi-Judges by frying their heads). He's shown to like nothing better than to torture Dredd psychologically and physically while acting polite and mockingly complimenting him.
- The zombie Dredd made a reappearance twelve years later when it reanimated and ran amok in "Darkside" by John Smith and Paul Marshall (#1017–1028).
- Readers would not learn for thirteen years whether Dredd's plan worked or not, until "In the Year 2120" by John Wagner and Jason Brashill. This single-episode story was 24 pages long and took up an entire issue of 2000 AD (#1077), only the second time this happened in the history of the comic.
In other media
A brief visual reference to the Judge Child is made in the 2012 film Dredd. During a shootout outside a movie theater, a poster on the wall advertises a film called Krysler's Mark, featuring a young boy as the central character.