Friday, 19 April 2013
Inferno, Part 37
Inferno, Part 37
2000 A.D. Prog 72
8 July 78
This prog also featured Ant Wars, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd and M.A.C.H.0 strips, and a Judge Dredd cover by Mike McMahon.
The Complete Harlem Heroes.
The Harlem Hellcats head to the Death-Bowl to rescue Giant and discover that they have to play Inferno for his life.
FIRSTS & LASTS
The first sight of the faceless representative of the Syndicate.
The Harlem Hellcats must defend Giant and the cave that he is tied to from The Wolves Of Death.
There is a statue of him by an open grave in the Death-Bowl. He has been spread-eagled across the cave and tied to explosives. A single touch and his body will act as the detonator.
THE SYNDICATE'S REPRESENTATIVE
The Syndicate uses a hologram of a faceless Inferno match controller to represent itself to the Harlem Hellcats.
Junk: "You mean...we've got to defend the cave...against another team?"
Junk cuts to the chase.
Moody: "Quit blabbin' ya faceless freak an' roll out the opposition!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
There's a Tharg note to remind us that the Washington Wolves were massacred in Progs 39 and 40, or Inferno Parts 4 and 5.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The years on Giant's potential grave are 2150-2178, but they cannot reflect the actual year of his birth or the time when the strip is set. Inferno must take place between Aeroball's 2050 heyday mentioned in the first part of Harlem Heroes and Giant's 2099 appearance in Judge Dredd: 'The Academy Of Law'.
Script: Tom Tully
Letters: Peter Knight
This is a very odd, but very exciting development. This part successfully uses the imagery of Inferno to create something far more sinister and the sight of Giant lashed to the cave is very stark indeed.
Next Prog: The Last Battle! (again)