Monday, 18 March 2013

Inferno, Part 5

NAME
Inferno, Part 5

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 40

DATELINE
26 Nov 77

This prog bore a Supercover by Kevin O'Neill and contained Invasion, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks and M.A.C.H.1 strips.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.

SYNOPSIS
Giant confronts Vance.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Charlie Vance.

INFORMATION
An Inferno team reduced to only three players must concede the game.

The Washington Wolves Firebowl has a Buggy park, a copter-park and an emergency tunnel which allows access to and from the team-pits, nicknamed the Drain.

Tracer guns fire bullets at a very high temperature.

Amydol is a drug that unbalances an individual taking it, causing hallucinations and violent sickness.

GIANT
His middle initial is C. The $5,000 in his locker is discovered and he is accused of receiving a payoff for helping Vance to destroy the Washington Wolves.

SLIM
The $5,000 in his locker is discovered and he is accused of receiving a payoff for helping Vance to destroy the Washington Wolves.

ZACK
The $5,000 in his locker is discovered and he is accused of receiving a payoff for helping Vance to destroy the Washington Wolves.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CHARLIE VANCE
When Giants confronts him about the drugged salt-gum he flees and threatens him with a tracer gun. He reaches his heli-car only to be killed in an explosion. Later it is revealed that a bomb had been planted.

DEATHS
One. Charlie Vance is killed in a bomb explosion aboard his heli-car. It's not clear if the crash between two Washington Wolves bikers on the first page is fatal or not.

BEST LINES
Giant (whilst flying over the burning wreck of Charlie Vance's heli-car): "Seems it ain't only salt-gum that gets sabotaged around here!"

WORST LINES
Giant (regarding salt-gum): "In that case, Charlie, you won't object if we pass it over to the lab boys...for analysis!"
Charlie Vance (whilst holding Slim at gunpoint): "I'll analyse your brains, first!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
The armour worn by the Chief and his men could be seen as a sort of forebear of that worn by Judge Dredd.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Tom Tully
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Bill Nuttall

REVIEW
This is more like it. The pieces set in motion in Part 4 give Part 5 the opportunity for an exciting chase sequence, little or no actual Inferno play and this cliffhanger delivers on its predecessor.