Monday, 1 April 2013

Inferno, Part 19

NAME
Inferno, Part 19

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 54

DATELINE
4 Mar 78

This prog features the latest in Dave Gibbons line of Dan Dare covers and Colony Earth, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks, M.A.C.H.1 and Walter The Wobot strips.

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.




SYNOPSIS
The Harlem Hellcats fall, sink and rise again, but must play with antiquated equipment.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First apppearance of the Long Island Sharks.

INFORMATION
Hover-liners are fitted with ejector-cabins,

The newest Inferno bikes are powered by energy infusion.

The Harlem Hellcats hover-liner falls into the sea and sinks. The team escape in the ejector cabin, but lose their jet-packs and bikes. They are forced to play using equipment from the Long Island Sharks' museum.

The Long Island Sharks' flyer wear shark costumes.

GIANT
He knows a bit about hover-liners.

MOODY BLOO
He is strong enough to close the cabin door even with the weight of the flood water behind it.

REGAL EEGLE
His first name is Hale. He has bought himself a new Inferno-bike. He didn't travel with the rest of the team.


OTHER CHARACTERS
'JAWS' JESSEL
The Squad-leader of the Long Island Sharks. He has very sharp teeth. He allows the Harlem Hellcat access to his team's museum when they lose their equipment.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Moody Bloo: "We almost got turned into fish-bait, Tinselhead...dat's what happened."

Dat is indeed what happened.

WORST LINES
Unidentified and alarmist Harlem Hellcat: "If that is the opposition...we should have cancelled this game when we had the chance!"

Why?

CATCHPHRASES
"Holy Inferno!" is an odd use of the name of the sport.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Well Jaws (1975) would be an obvious one. I also can't read or hear the words "We're doomed!" and not think of Dad's Army (1968).

MISTAKES
The eject button in the hover-liner looks more like it says 'elect'.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
The sinking sequence of the first two pages nicely sets up a new problem for the Harlem Hellcats and echoes the eccentricities of the Long Island Sharks, but the reveal of the flying shark is nothing special.