Friday, 19 April 2013

Inferno, Part 37

NAME
Inferno, Part 37

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 72

DATELINE
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.

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.





SYNOPSIS
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.

INFORMATION
The Harlem Hellcats must defend Giant and the cave that he is tied to from The Wolves Of Death.

GIANT
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.


OTHER CHARACTERS
THE SYNDICATE'S REPRESENTATIVE
The Syndicate uses a hologram of a faceless Inferno match controller to represent itself to the Harlem Hellcats.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Junk: "You mean...we've got to defend the cave...against another team?"

Junk cuts to the chase.

WORST LINES
Moody: "Quit blabbin' ya faceless freak an' roll out the opposition!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

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
Unknown.

MISTAKES
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'.


RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
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)