Sunday, 24 March 2013

Inferno, Part 11

NAME
Inferno, Part 11

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 46

DATELINE
7 Jan 78

The first Prog of 1978 had a Dan Dare cover by Dave Gibbons, featured Invasion, Bonjo From Beyond The Stars, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks and M.A.C.H.1 strips and came with a Supernova Card Game to cut-out-and-keep.

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.


SYNOPSIS
The Harlem Hellcats face a meteor shower and then find themselves up against a new adversary.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First four page Inferno strip.

INFORMATION
Holograms can pass-through solid objects and be solid themselves.

Boron-bullets have highly penetrative properties.

Androids can be programmed to home in on body-heat.

GIANT
He is more interested in following Cullen than in the meteors.

ZACK
He has a moment of intuition that the meteors are no longer safe. He is not wrong.

JUNK
He is hit in the back of the neck by a hologramatic meteor.

MOODY BLOO
He is hit on the top of the head by a hologramatic meteor, catches another and hurls it into the wall, destroying the power source and freeing the Harlem Hellcats.

OTHER CHARACTERS
NAT CULLEN
He trapped the Harlem Hellcats in the meteor shower, solidified the meteors, closed the Crystal Maze to public and set a group of heat-sensitive androids on them.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Moody Bloo: "Say what ya like, fellers, but this is good trainin' for Inferno."
Junk: "You always did have a lousy sense of humour, Moody."

WORST LINES
Slim: "Ricochet off the wall - It's caught Junk..."

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
There is an X-Wing from Star Wars (1977) in the last panel, which may well be connected to the competition mentioned on the cover of the prog.

MISTAKES
The 'hologramatic' meteor shower has gained an extra dimension since the last part.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Tom Tully
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
This is a runaround, but an engaging one. The use of Inferno skills in other contexts doesn't seem forced. I think if anything the reduction to four pages has helped focus the strip around one set piece rather than attempting more.

Next Prog: And One Must Die!