Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Strontium Dog: 'Planet Of The Dead', Part 2

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'Planet Of The Dead', Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord No 9

DATELINE
8 July 80

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and Wulf are accomplices to genocide.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time we really see Johnny and Wulf fail.

INFORMATION
The Jox have a military compound deep underground. There are twenty-six of them, but one of the women is with child. According to the laws of City 4 on Circes, a delegation of twenty-seven senior citizens was required to revoke the computer's power. Thirty years ago, a delegation was assembled, but before it could act the computer gave the command that started the Great Neutron War. Another law states that a formal warning of at least sixty seconds is required before detonating a neutron bomb.

Anti-Grav Chutes will slow an individual's descent using an anti-gravity field.


JOHHNY ALPHA
He and Wulf defeat the Jox, explain their mission and ask to be taken to the rest of the Jox. When Croll reveals himself to contain a neutron bomb, Johnny attempts to defuse it. He fails, Wulf saves them both with a time device.

WULF STERNHAMMER
When he realises Johnny will not be able to defuse the bomb, he saves them both with a time device.

OTHER CHARACTERS
McINTYRE
Thirty years ago it was called Milton the Marvellous and gave the command that started the Great Neutron War in order to prevent a delegation of senior citizens from revoking its power.

CROLL
Within its body is a small neutron bomb. Johnny tries to defuse it, but it explodes destroying the underground Jox base.

DEATHS
Twenty-Six. Croll's neutron bomb explodes killing twenty-six Jox, one of whom is pregnant.

BEST LINES
Croll: "McIntyre cannot risk having enough Jox alive to remove him. That is why I was constructed. You see, within my body is a small neutron bomb! The only problem was how to get me into this base - but now that I'm here...I hereby give you the formal sixty-second warning as required by law. 54 and counting..."

WORST LINES
Johnny: "But surely there has been enough killing. McIntyre only wants you to swear allegiance."

Oh Johnny, you poor naïve fool.

CATCHPHRASES
A Jox screams an "Aieee!" as he is shot, while another only manages "Aiee!" when hit with Wulf's happy stick. The Jox Elder screams "Aieee!" upon seeing the neutron bomb.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Why doesn't Wulf use the Time Device on the neutron bomb?

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ezquerra
Letters: J. Aldrich

REVIEW
Croll's inevitable betrayal comes as no surprise, but the Jox waiting until they number twenty-seven in order to make a legal challenge to McIntyre and the computer's inflexibility leading to history repeating are very nice touches. It's a shame that Part 1's Next Week tagline gives away a little too much.

Next Week: 'I've Got A Lot Of Hate To Get Rid Of!'

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Strontium Dog: 'Planet Of The Dead', Part 1

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'Planet Of The Dead', Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord No 8

DATELINE
1 July 78

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and Wulf take on a job from a computer.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of robots and artificial intelligences in Strontium Dog.

INFORMATION
Circes is a planet. A hundred years ago the city states handed over power to their computers. Thirty years ago the five great city states were destroyed in the Great Neutron War. Radiation levels have almost returned to normal.

The indigenous lifeform are called the Jox. Twenty are believed to have survived the Great Neutron War and maintain a hidden base in the Northern District of City 4.

Infra-Red Torches can be used to pick up heat from footprints. The brighter the footprint, the more recent it is.


JOHNNY ALPHA
He and Wulf travel to City 4 on Circes to meet McIntyre. He tasks them with capturing the surviving Jox and forcing them to swear allegiance to McIntyre, in exchange the computer will allow them any one object of value of their choice from City 4. They head to a Jox base in the city's northern district and are fired upon. They stun two Jox, but are surrounded by many more.

WULF STERNHAMMER
He and Johnny head to City 4 on Circes to meet McIntyre. They head to a Jox base in the city's northern district and are fired upon. They stun two Jox, but are surrounded by many more.

OTHER CHARACTERS
McINTYRE
Computer and legal ruler on City 4 on Circes. Last year he was known as Zxplok the Terrible.

CRYNGE
Robot. He interprets McIntyre's instructions.

CROLL
Robot assigned to aid Johnny and Wulf in their mission.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Crynge: "As legal ruler of City 4, my master can choose any name he likes. This year he is McIntyre - Last year he was Zxplok the Terrible. Next year he will be something else."

WORST LINES
Shot Jox #1: "Aaah!"
Shot Jox #2: "Aaagh!"

It's an important distinction.

CATCHPHRASES
McIntyre says "Rot you!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ezquerra
Letters: T. Frame

REVIEW
The set up here is great and manages to be eerie, despite the inclusion of a cute robot and his comedy relationship with his master. In fact their dialogue is the highlight of this part.

Next Week: 'The Last Of A Whole Race - And I Helped Destroy Them!'

Monday, 21 April 2014

Judge Dredd: Angel Gang & Justice One Mobile, Part 2

NAME
Judge Dredd: Angel Gang & Justice One Mobile, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 180

DATELINE
4 Oct 80

PAGE COUNT
1

REPRINTS
None.

SYNOPSIS
And now they're facing the opposite way.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
None.

JUDGE DREDD
None.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PA, JUNIOR, LINK, MEAN MACHINE ANGEL
None.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Unknown.
Artist: Unknown.
Letters: Unknown.

REVIEW
Stick this back-to-back with Part 1 for the full effect.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Judge Dredd: Angel Gang & Justice One Mobile, Part 1

NAME
Judge Dredd: Angel Gang & Justice One Mobile, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 179

DATELINE
27 Sept 80

PAGE COUNT
1

REPRINTS
None

SYNOPSIS
Judge Dredd, Angel Gang and Justice One on the dangle.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First make-it-yourself free gift?

INFORMATION
None.


JUDGE DREDD
None.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PA, JUNIOR, LINK, MEAN MACHINE ANGEL
None.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
None.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Unknown
Artist: Unknown
Letters: Unknown

REVIEW
Should you want to hang Judge Dredd, the Angel Gang and Justice One over an infant now you can.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Strontium Dog: 'No Cure For Kansyr', Part 2

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'No Cure For Kansyr', Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlordd No 7

DATELINE
24 June 78

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1985, The Best Of 2000AD Special Edition 2000, Strontium Dog Book 1 and Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and catches up to Kansyr.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Kansyr is the first person to really use futuristic devices against Johnny and Wulf.

INFORMATION
Metastis is an asteroid. The locals are referred to as Metastens. The native species on the planet Laz are called Lazians. Examples of other alien fauna include the Preying Zorg and the Fundian Slime Drippler.

JOHNNY ALPHA
He sees Wulf as a Preying Zorg and realises that Kansyr is using the Halugin to project the hallucination. He convinces Wulf to look at his reflection and as the mirror image has not been altered the hallucination fades. Kansyr sets alight to the bar and Johnny uses a time bomb so he and Wulf can escape the blaze. Kansyr tries to distract him with multiple copies of himself and shoots Johnny repeatedly. Johnny kneels, puts his gun to his temple and harmlessly shoots through his own head and set to explode inside Kansyr's chest, killing him. He cures Wulf with a medipac.

WULF STERNHAMMER
He sees Johnny as a Fundian Slime Drippler. Johnny uses a time bomb to them out of a burning bar. Kansyr shoots Wulf wounding him. After Johnny deals with him, he cures Wulf with a medipac.


OTHER CHARACTERS
KANSYR
He uses the Halugin to turn Johnny and Wulf against each other and sets light to the bar with a heat ray. He attempts to distract Johnny in a showdown and succeeds in shooting him multiple times.

SNIFFER MARTINEZ
Johnny Alpha describes him as his best friend.

DEATHS
One. Johnny kills Kansyr with his blaster.

BEST LINES
Johnny (whilst shooting Kansyr through his own head): "Heads I win, Kansyr!"

WORST LINES
Johnny: "But at least I've found a cure for Kansyr. The only cure..."

Unforgivable.

CATCHPHRASES
Johnny says "My Dok!" again.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ezquerra
Letters: Tony Jacob

REVIEW
The opening face off between Johnny and Wulf whilst perceiving each other as alien creatures is great and the artwork is wonderful. The actual showdown with Kansyr doesn't match this however and the last line is atrocious.

Next Week: 'Approach Me On Your Knees, Johnny Alpha!'

Friday, 18 April 2014

Strontium Dog: 'No Cure For Kansyr', Part 1

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'No Cure For Kansyr', Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord No 6

DATELINE
17 June 78

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1985, The Best Of 2000AD Special Edition 2000, Strontium Dog Book 1 and Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and Wulf go in search of Kansyr.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First sign that Johnny Alpha has a higher profile than the average Strontium Dog. First black and white Strontium Dog strip and the first to omit the Strontium 90 explanation.

INFORMATION
Metastis is a planet in the Pol system

Laz is a planet with a cold western region.

Named Search And Destroy Agents: Sniffer Martinez.

JOHNNY ALPHA
Seven Earth years ago, Johnny used to work with Sniffer Martinez. Johnny and Wulf are on Metastis looking for Kansyr. Johnny questions the bartender about Kansyr, uses his eyes' alpha rays to determine that he is lying and sends him to Kansyr with a message. He hallucinates Wulf as a six-limbed insectoid creature.


WULF STERNHAMMER
He and Johnny are on Metastis looking for Kansyr. He hallucinates Johnny as something he feels he must kill.

OTHER CHARACTERS
KANSYR
A native of the cold western region of Laz, a Wes-Laz punk. Seven years ago, he stole the Halugin, a mind weapon from a research lab. Johnny Alpha and Sniffer Martinez were sent after him. He shot and killed Martinez, Alpha shot Kansyr's gun hand. The authorities on Laz let him off with a fine.

SNIFFER MARTINEZ
Strontium Dog. Seven years ago, he and Johnny worked together. They were hired to retrieve the stolen Halugin from Kansyr, who used the machine to project a mirage which fooled Martinez. Kansyr shot and killed him.

DEATHS
A couple. During the barfight Johnny and Wulf fire their blasters pretty indiscriminately, but a not waist deep in bodies later. We see the death of Sniffer Martinez at the hands of Kansyr seven years ago.

BEST LINES
Wulf: "Every vum of dem on der reward tapes, Johnny. But small fish. No sign of der vun ve come for."

WORST LINES
Bar Patron: "Run - while we still have a chance!"

CATCHPHRASES
A Metastis bar patron screams "Aieee!" when shot. A hallucinating Johnny says "My Dok!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Johnny and Wulf arrive in the Pol system, which was mentioned as a planet in Papa Por-Ka, but it could easily be both.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
As Kansyr sounds more than a little like Cancer, then Metastis refers to Metastasis, the spread of the disease from one organ to another.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ezquerra
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This story sees the strip take a not awkward sideways step into the realm of the Western. The obvious highlight is that Johnny's interrogation turns the bartender's hair prematurely white. I'm uncomfortable with the use of names like Kansyr and Metastis, I fail to see what it achieves.

Next Week: 'I Won't Give You The Pleasure Of Killing Me!'

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Judge Dredd Badge

NAME
Judge Dredd Badge

FIRST PUBLISHED
Free with 2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 178

DATELINE
20 Sept 80

PAGE COUNT
None.

REPRINTS
None.

SYNOPSIS
A badge featuring Judge Dredd.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First badge given away with 2000 A.D.

INFORMATION
None.

JUDGE DREDD

OTHER CHARACTERS
None.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Ironically, for a badge featuring Judge Dredd, but his badge is the wrong colour.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Artist: Unknown

REVIEW
It's a nice badge. Oddly, for a badge featuring Judge Dredd the logo is a variation that omits "featuring Judge Dredd" and Dredd's own badge is odder (see MISTAKES)