Sunday, 7 April 2013

Inferno, Part 25

NAME
Inferno, Part 25

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 60

DATELINE
17 Apr 78

This prog also featured Colony Earth, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks, M.A.C.H.1 and Walter The Wobot strips and a M.A.C.H.1 cover by Brian Bolland.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.




SYNOPSIS
After surviving another attempt on their lives, the Harlem Hellcats decide not to withdraw from the Inferno league.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Artie Gruber in Inferno.

INFORMATION
Judge HQ may has alarmed links to garbage robots.

Zanies try to live in peaceful isolation.

The Boston Bullets play in pointed 'bullet' shaped helmets.

The Harlem Hellcats play the Boston Bullets in a knockout cup-match, score unknown, but the Hellcats get at least one cave-in (3 points).

GIANT
He gives the rest of the team the option to withdraw from the Inferno league rather than risk the syndicate's wrath. They all elect to play on.

SLIM
He is fit to play again.

LOUIS MAYER
He can fly the chopper.

REGAL EEGLE
He overheats the energy-infusion cell on his bike and steerit into the path of Gee-Nine, the garbage robot, jumped clear and let it crash and explode, stopping the robot in its tracks and saving Giant, Louis and Moody Bloo.

MARVIN BLOO
He scores a cave-in against the Boston Bullets.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MR. CHUBB & MR. TORSO
They were responsible for the the garbage robot wielding assassin. They plan to revive Artie Gruber to kill giant.

ARTIE GRUBER
His body is in the Institute of Cryogenics' Hall of Future Life.


DEATHS
None, but Gee-Nine is destroyed.

BEST LINES
Regal Eegle: "So now we're in the cler. Perhaps one of you will thank me for saving your lives!"

WORST LINES
Moody Bloo: "Musta been like eatin' a bomb!"
Giant: "Yes, now let's take a look at the guy who started all this...Cold turkey! That chunk of masonry crushed his chest!"
Moody Bloo: "Ya mean...he won't be able to tell us anything, Giant?"
Giant: "You've got to be joking, Moody!"

Just how stupid is Moody?

CATCHPHRASES
Moody Bloo chalks up another "Holy Inferno!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Artie Gruber was last seen in the flesh in Harlem Heroes, Part 22 (and later as a hallucination in Part 24).

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Tom Tully
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
The Gee-Nine sequence had gone on long enough, but Regal Eegle's presumption of gratitude is great. It's interesting that the Inferno game shown here is limited to single page and we aren't expected to follow the action as closely as usual. It acts as a backdrop for the discussions of Messrs Chubb and Torso. The reveal of Artie Gruber is a very welcome sight indeed.

Next Prog: Back From The Dead?