Saturday, 9 February 2013

Harlem Heroes, Part 10

NAME
Harlem Heroes, Part 10
(according to Wikipedia, this is the second part of a strip also known as The Montezuma Mashers (sic))

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 10

DATELINE
30 Apr 77

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 14), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.

SYNOPSIS
Artie fails to kill Giant and flees the field of play.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time we 'hear' the villain behind Gruber's voice.

INFORMATION
The Harlem Heroes versus Montezuma's Mashers score so far is one air-strike to the visitors. The Harlem Heroes have a medic in their pit.

Kwik-Heal Spray is used for cuts and applies a layer of Nu-Skin to the wound.

GIANT
A piece of shrapnel from Montezuma's Mashers squad leader's exploding jet pack tore through his visor. His first reaction upon seeing a flash of light in the crowd is to fly over and kick it in the face. He follows Artie into the Montezuma's Mashers pit.

HAIRY
He is concerned for Giant after the jet pack explosion.

ZACK HARPER
He heads in an air-strike.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ARTIE GRUBER
He misses Giant with his flamer gun and hits Benny Gray instead. He moves to the north terrace and tries again, but the crowd see his gun and panic ensues. Giant flies in and kicks him in the face. He receives a transmission from somewhere that goes directly into his brain and sounds like a voice in his head.

BENNY GRAY
Montezuma's Mashers squad leader. His jetpack explodes when Gruber shot it and Gray falls into a stand full of spectators. He was rushed to hospital.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Giant (whilst kicking Gruber in the face): "Talkin' of looks, this can only be an improvement!"

WORST LINES
Giant: "Hey! The North Terrace...A flash of fire--And the Zanies scattering like terrified sheep..!"

CATCHPHRASES
Harlem Heroes: "Watch us dive and soar and spin, we're the guys who play to win!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
None.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
There are no credits printed in the strip itself and so the following are taken from Barney.

Script: Tom Tully
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Letters: Dave Gibbons

REVIEW
It's great to see some teamwork as Giant punches a pass to Slim who kicks it to Zack while Hairy blocks the opposition, but it also doesn't require much explanation. Artie looks fantastic and really stands out on the page, but the cliffhanger is anti-climactic after the last one.

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