Sunday, 17 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 34

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 34

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 142

DATELINE
8 Dec 79

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk and Battak meet the Great Beast.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
None.

BLACKHAWK
He and Battak are transported to the lair of the great beast. They attack the great beast.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA & ZOG
Ursa having found Zog, they search for Blackhawk.

BATTAK
He and Blackhawk are transported to the lair of the great beast. They attack the great beast.

THE D'JINN
Blackhawk attacks him to test whether his magic link works both ways.

THE GREAT BEAST
Dark lord of Silversun. Blackhawk's attack on the D'Jinn injures him. Blackhawk and Battak attack him and he retaliates with a smoke that saps their strength.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Blackhawk says "What in the name of Sebek-?" and Zog shouts his name.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
There is a flashback to Blackhawk's duel with the Smiling Chukwalla.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
It really feels as though the strip is treading water here.

Next Prog: Enter The Triclone!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 33

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 33

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 141

DATELINE
1 Dec 79

PAGE COUNT
4 and a 1/2.

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk and friends

FIRSTS & LASTS
First part to centre on a character other than Black Hawk.

INFORMATION
Battak's species mature in a hive.

BLACKHAWK
He worries for his lost soul. Battak pushes him off a cliff, but Blackhawk grabs the insect's foot.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BATTAK
In the hive where he matured, they called him Battak the Merciless. Aboard the stadium, the called him Battak the killer. His death-dive only failed him once and he has vowed that it will never fail him again. He fights and eats a scavenger that attacks them. When Zog is kidnapped, Battak suggests abandoning him to his fate, but the others overrule him. While Ursa is rescuing Zog, Battak pushes Blackhawk off a cliff, but the human grabs the insect's foot.

ZOG
The scavengers kidnap him. Ursa finds him in a cave.

URSA
He finds Zog in a cave.

DEATHS
Two. Blackhawk and Battak kill one scavenger each.

BEST LINES
Zog: "Zog!"
Battak: "Zog yourself, dwarf!"

WORST LINES
Blackhawk: "They have had enough! They turn tail - They flee!"

CATCHPHRASES
Zog says his name four times and thinks it once, Ursa says "Hokey-Dokey!" and "Yaar!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Peter Knight

REVIEW
It's nice to see things from Battak's perspective for a change, but somewhat sad that it is something of a necessity, since we are slowly losing our leading man.

Next Prog: In The Lair Of The Beast!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 32

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 32

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 140

DATELINE
25 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk, Ursa, Zog and Battak find themselves on the other side of a black hole.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First use of the "Warrior In Search Of His Soul!" tagline.

INFORMATION
Silversun is a world within the event horizon of a black hole where the normal physical laws do not apply.

BLACKHAWK
His eyes glow since the soul sucker's attack. They arrive on Silversun. The D'jinn's master offers him his soul.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
The D'jinn's master offers him a life of fighting, singing and drinking.

ZOG
The D'jinn's master offers him nothing.

BATTAK
He pilots the ship through a black hole and lands it on Silversun. The D'jinn's master offers him a release for the foul hatred which fills his mind.

THE D'JINN
Eternal slave of the Great One or Great Beast. He can change his size at will.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
D'Jinn: "Welcome to my aaarrgyyah!"
Zog: "Zog! Zog! Zog!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Zog says his name five times, Battak says "By the hive of my ancestors!" again, Ursa says "Yaar!" twice and "Hokey-dokey!" once, while Blackhawk swears "Sebek's Blood!" and "By the Nile!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Battak says "we stand on soli ground", instead of solid ground.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
Blackhawk gains his freedom, but loses his soul. And so the strip takes on yet another dynamic and one that should jar far more than it does.

Next Prog: Fly High...Die High!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 31

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 31

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 139

DATELINE
17 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Ursa and Zog rescue Blackhawk and Battak.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last use of the "Once A Roman Centurion - Now Gladiator In A Savage Alien Arena!" tagline, last appearance of Stadium and the Director.

INFORMATION
A Freezee an energy weapon that substantially lowers the temperature of its target.

BLACKHAWK
Ursa rescues him from the soul sucker.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
He releases Zog and thaws him out after he is frozen with a freezee. He rescues Blackhawk from the soul sucker and forces Battak to pilot their escape craft.

ZOG
He is frozen by a pirates Freezee and thawed by Ursa.

THE DIRECTOR
Zog kills him.

BATTA
He can fly a scout craft. Ursa wakes him up to pilot their escape craft. They are dragged into a black hole

DEATHS
Dozens. Ursa and Zog kill swathes of pirates. Zog kills the Director.

BEST LINES
Zog: "Zog! Zog! Zog!"
Director: "No, Zog! It is me - your directaaargh!"
Ursa: "Ho well, everybody get chop-chop in the end!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Ursa says "Hokey-Dokey" once, "Chop-chop" twice and sings his usual verse twice. Zog says his name eight times.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
Another great shot in the arm for the strip. Zog versus the pirates is great, but Zog versus the Director is brilliant. It's already obvious that the friendship between Ursa and Zog is going to be a great asset.

Next Prog: Silversun...the world beyond!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 30

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 30

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 138

DATELINE
10 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
The space pirates attack Stadium.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
A Soul Sucker is a creature with at least eight tentacles that eats from live food.

BLACKHAWK
He fights the space pirates, but to no avail. The Director orders that he and Ursa release Zog. Blackhawk is captured and given to the Soul Sucker.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
He fights the space pirates, but to no avail. The Director orders that he and Blackhawk release Zog. Blackhawk hold off the enemy as Ursa attempts free Zog.

CAPTAIN PSYKO
Space pirate captain subordinate to the soul sucker. His temperament varies wildly. He may have tortured a Gronk. He leads the attack on Stadium.

ZOG
The Director orders that Blackhawk and Ursa release him to fight the space pirates.

DEATHS
It's not explicit, but it appears the gladiators are all killed with the exception of Blackhawk, Ursa and Zog.

BEST LINES
Psyko: "I'm bleeding! This really is too much!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Black Hawk says "Sebek's Blood!", "Demon's Blood!". Ursa says "Chop-chop" twice

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Captain Psyko has apparently tortured a Gronk. The Gronk appeared in Strontium Dog. Plasteen is a substance that will appear in Judge Dredd, notably in The Great Plasteen Disaster.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This is far more interesting. Blackhawk and the Director on the same side. Zog to the rescue.

Next Prog: The End Is Night!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 29

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 29

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 137

DATELINE
3 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk and Ursa make an escape attempt.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Sector XL-5 is the territory used by a group of space pirates.

BLACKHAWK
He and Ursa attempt to escape to a scout craft. They destroy six drones and an automated door. They get as far as a scout craft which neither of them can fly. The Director plans to tie them to the hull.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
He prays for a sign from his God to see if he should attempt to escape, Blackhawk provides it. They get as far as a scout craft which neither of them can fly. The Director plans to tie them to the hull.

THE DIRECTOR
He watches Blackhawk and Ursa's escape attempt and catches them in the scout craft. He goes to the aid of a cargo craft under attack by space pirates, but it is an ambush.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Blackhawk: "Come then - make the craft fly"
Ursa: "Ursa not know how! Blackhawk fly it, hokey-dokey?"
Blackhawk: "Are you crazy, Bear? How could I know how to make it fly? I thought you-"
Ursa: "No. Ursa see Sky-Bot one time. But never been in one!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Blackhawk says "If the entertainers catch us, Sebek alone knows what they'll do!", and later "Jackal's Blood!", "By the sacred jackal!" and "By the dark gods". Ursa sings again: "My axe he chop with crunching thud he has been spilling plenty blood!" and "We fight and then we fight some more my friend he chop-chop talking door!", he also screams an "Aiee!".

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
The Director mentions the Oracle computer from Part 26.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Sector XL-5 shares its designation with Fireball XL5, a Supermarionation TV series that was first broadcast between 1962 and 1963.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Jack Potter

REVIEW
This part is full of great moments. Of all the fantastical things Blackhawk has seen it is a talking door which surprises him most. Blackhawk and Ursa both assuming that the other can fly a "sky-boat" and the Director being out ambushed by the space pirates. The opening sequence of Blackhawk tricking Ursa into escaping with him could do with being a bit clearer, but overall Blackhawk and Ursa as The Odd Couple is a rich seam.

Next Prog: Meet Captain Psyko And His Bully-Boys!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 28

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 28

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 136

DATELINE
27 Oct 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk and Laddo fight a Maloid. Blackhawk survives.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Malo is a planet in the Persol system. Its dominant species is the Maloid, they have an avian head, three arms with pincers and spines, four legs, a shell on their backs and make a terrible stench. They are self-regenerating

BLACKHAWK
He and Ursa save Laddo from a Snikka tree. Blackhawk signs his name with an X. He fights and kills the Maloid champion, but the creature's limb regenerate and fight independently. Blackhawk fights on, but is overcome. Laddo attempts to assist him, but is attacked himself. Blackhawk tries to help Laddo, but the Director activates his Tork-band to prevent him.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
He and Blackhawk save Laddo from a Snikka tree.

LADDO
He draws a picture of Blackhawk and asks him to autograph it. Blackhawk is his hero and he refers to him as Lord Blackhawk. Blackhawk and Ursa save him from a Snikka tree.

DEATHS
At least one. Laddo is killed by the Maloid. The Maloid is "controlled", but it's not clear if it's killed.

BEST LINES
Maloid supporter: "Khordle Claisa! Khordle!"
Laddo: "Shut up your swearing, you!"

WORST LINES
Laddo: "Aaarg! I die - But I die a warrior!"

CATCHPHRASES
Blackhawk swears "By Sebek's Demons!", Laddo screams an "Aiiee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Blackhawk thinks back over his battles with Battik, Zog, the Smiling Chukwalla and the Goool.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Jack Potter

REVIEW
An interesting piece. As soon as he is introduced, it is obvious that Laddo is not long for this world, but the effect he has on Blackhawk is great and ends this part on a great note as Blackhawk throws off his chains. Belardinelli's Maloid is another fantastic design.

Next Prog: "Ursa Need Sacrifice!"