Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Harlem Heroes, Part 7

NAME
Harlem Heroes, Part 7
(according to Wikipedia, this is the second part of a strip also known as The Siberian Wolves)

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 7

DATELINE
09 Apr 77

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Robo-Hunter 4, Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 14), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.

SYNOPSIS
The game with Siberian Wolves continues and both teams struggle with technology.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First strip to break the fourth wall: "You are looking at the Siberian Wolves..." etc.

INFORMATION
The Siberian Wolves play hard and need the large amount of substitutes due to a large amount of injuries.

Harlem Heroes vs Siberian Wolves score so far: 1 airstrike each.


GIANT
His jetpack malfuctions and he can't descend or turn.

SLIM
He heads the aeroball like a football and gets an airstrike, after assistance from Zack.

KING
He punches the aeroball like a handball. King is concerned for the welfare of the injured Siberian Wolves players.

ZACK
He is described as "the babe of the Heroes", Zack dribbles the aeroball along the runway like its a basketball and then kicks like a football.


LOUIS MAYER
His words about the crash come back to Giant as he falls.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BORISES
Three are injured: one electrocuted by the scoretank (zzzapped!), while two crash into each other attempting to go after Zack.


DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Commentator: "They've taken Borises Two, Four, Six and Seven...but Boris One is nearly through!"

Actually despite the racism it does illustrate how little we need to know the opposing team as individuals.

WORST LINES
Giant: "What a zonk! We've equalised."

CATCHPHRASES
Boris Five gives us another "Za rodinu!", but goes on to explain that it means "For Mother Russia!"

Also another rhyme from the fans: "The wolves are fast, and full of guts,but do their thinkin' with their butts!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Giant remembers Louis' words incorrectly, but to be fair he does have more important things to think about.

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
More nice visuals showing the lengths the Siberian Wolves will go to, but very little here for the characters. The cliffhanger should be fantastic, but the flashback really undermines it.

The Heroes' Fans, They Scream And Shout,
And You Will Too, When Our Next Prog's Post's Out!