Sunday, 21 April 2013

Inferno, Part 39

NAME
Inferno, Part 39

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 74

DATELINE
22 July 78

This prog bore a Judge Dredd cover by Mike McMahon and featured Ant Wars, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks and M.A.C.H.0 strips as well as a Star Pin-Up featuring Artie Gruber.

PAGE COUNT
3

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.



SYNOPSIS
The Harlem Hellcats try to keep Giant alive.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The first (and last) three page Inferno strip. The last appearances of Teejay, Junk and Marvin.

INFORMATION
A Ref-Blip is a robot operated by an Inferno match controller.

GIANT
He watches as Teejay, Junk and Marvin are all killed.

OTHER CHARACTERS
TEEJAY
He destroys one the Wolves Of Death with his flick-pick. He is killed in a collision with another.

MOODY BLOO
He smashes the droid that killed Teejay. The Syndicate's representative considers this a foul and burns his left arm to supposedly reduce his capability by fifteen per cent.

JUNK
He was the second member of the Harlem Hellcats to be killed in the Death-Bowl.

MARVIN
He died third in the Death-Bowl.

DEATHS
Three. Teejay is killed crashing into a Wolf of Death. Junk and Marvin both die between panels in unexplained ways. Three of the Wolves of Death are destroyed as well.

BEST LINES
Moody: "Us Hellcats never say die!"

Well...

WORST LINES
Giant: "Admit it, Junk - You can't win! For cripes sake, get out of here! I...I'm done for, anyway..!...One of their bikers has broken through!"

If Giant is so worried about the others then they would be better off if he died and maybe he shouldn't draw so much attention to the biker.

CATCHPHRASES
Zack says "By Shastrak" in the final panel. I have no idea what that means.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
After weeks of building towards cliffhangers that risk life and limb, here we are with a three part strip that kills off three Harlem Hellcats and two of them between panels. It's nice that even in this chaos Moody Bloo is punished for a foul, but the strip dwells on his burnt arm more than any of the deaths. It looks like Inferno is going to be a rush to the finish.

Next Prog: The Hellcats No More!