Sunday, 31 March 2013
Inferno, Part 18
Inferno, Part 18
2000 A.D. Prog 53
25 Feb 78
2000 A.D. celebrated its first birthday with this prog, which also featured Colony Earth, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks, M.A.C.H.1 and Walter The Wobot strips behind another Dan Dare cover by Dave Gibbons.
The Complete Harlem Heroes.
Louis Meyer goes in search of the Syndicate, while the Harlem Hellcats find themselves hanging over a cliff.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Pearly.
There is a Royal Society of Engineers that serves as trade organisation for servo-electro engineers.
A converter cap is a device that can project images from the memory cells of androids.
The Harlem Hellcats are playing a sudden-death knock-out cup match against the Long Island Sharks. The prize for the winner is an Inferno roadliner, with Inferno bikes and a six-day guarantee. The Harlem Hellcats' roadliner's pressure-apron blows and threatens to send them falling into the sea.
The Long Island Sharks' Firebowl is shaped like a giant shark.
The Global Dynamics Corporation make Inferno roadliners.
He assigns Louis Meyer to investigate the Syndicate.
He is still sick-listed.
He rebuilds Pearly to discover whether there is any information contained in her memory cells. He finds a link to A.D. Kalman and goes on assignment in search of him.
He has joined the Harlem Hellcats as a flyer and his jet-pack training isn't going very well, but in the absence of Slim and Louis he will be required to play in the Harlem Hellcats next match.
A. D. KALMAN
He is the qualified servo-electro engineer that constructed Pearly for the Syndicate.
Louis: "See...impressions of Pearly's 'childhood' are already forming!"
Unidentified Harlem Hellcat: "Weeowww! Look at that Firebowl...L-like it's waitin' to swallow us!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Louis Meyer's jacket would suit Two-Face from Batman (1942) and the cliffhanger of the roadliner hanging over the edge of the cliff is very reminiscent of The Italian Job (1969).
Pearly's demise is stated as the result of being crushed by an Inferno bike, which it wasn't.
A six-day guarantee is pretty pathetic, but showing off about a six-day guarantee is astonishing.
Script: Tom Tully
Letters: Tom Frame
Another part of Inferno that is largely empty of Inferno, but this time it's made up of bits and pieces: Louis Meyer's investigation, Marvin's training, setting up the Sharks for the next match, the roadliner competition and the final precipice. It sounds like too much, but the syndicate conspiracy moves along nicely and the literal cliffhanger is a nice note to end on.