Monday, 25 March 2013

Inferno, Part 12

NAME
Inferno, Part 12

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 47

DATELINE
14 Jan 78

This prog featured another Dan Dare cover by Dave Gibbons, Invasion, Bonjo From Beyond The Stars, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks and The Visible Man strips, as well as more six Supernova Card Game to cut out.

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.


SYNOPSIS
The Harlem Hellcats take on Cullen's androids.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The last appearance of Cullen.

INFORMATION
Androids are susceptable to electrocution.

GIANT
He and the other Harlrm Hellcats fight off Cullen's androids and escape the Crystal Maze unscathed.

OTHER CHARACTERS
NAT CULLEN
He is killed in the Crystal Maze fire.

MR. CHUBB & MR. TORSO
They observe the Harlem Hellcats escape from the Crystal Maze fire and resolve to have Giant killed.

DEATHS
One. Cullen burns to death and Moody Bloo sees it on a TV screen.

BEST LINES
Cowboy android: "Next stop...Boot Hill, ya ornery, wet-eared polecats!"

Boot Hill was a common name for the burial grounds of gunfighters who "died with their boots on" in the Wild West.

WORST LINES
Moody Bloo: "How dat for an Inferno body-check, you Hellcats?"

Have a gold star.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The cowboy androids recall Westworld (1973).

MISTAKES
Giant looks to be about to pick up the power-lead by the business end.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
The opening splash page is impressive, but the ensuing fight less so. The trapped Cullen seems surprisingly sympathetic as he burns to death and it's a nice touch that the Harlem Hellcats have lost their only link to the Syndicate and their investigation could well be at an end, while the last panel implies that the Syndicate itself will unwittingly provide their next clue.

Next Prog: Introducing The Hell Kittens!