Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Flesh, Book One, Part 11

NAME
Flesh, Book One, Part 11

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 11

DATELINE
07 May 77

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1989, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.06, Scavengers 15 and Flesh: The Dino Files.

SYNOPSIS
The Trans-Time Base is surrounded by Pteranodons from above, Hairy Tyrannosaurs from the North, Spinosaurs from the South, Terrible Hands and Terrible Claws from the East, Old One Eye's Tyrannosaurs from the West and huge spiders from below.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First letters on Flesh by Peter Knight.

INFORMATION
(This strip takes place over the course of two days)

The Trans-Time Base has watchtowers from which to blast Pteranodons and is a drive away from at least seven ranches. All of which is surrounded by an invisible laser fence. Styracosaur Rodeo is a popular pastime.

Beneath the base there are spiders, grown huge on blood from the Flesh.

EARL REAGAN
He tries to convince the Flesh Controller that the Trans-Time Base isn't ready for the approaching dinosaurs.

JOE BRONTOWSKI
He believes that Flesh Controller is correct.

OLD ONE EYE
She leads her Tyrannosaurs to the Trans-Time Base from the West.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CLAW CARVER
He agrees with the Flesh Controller and accuses Reagan of being scared.

FLESH CONTROLLER
He believes the Trans-Time Base is impregnable.

DEATHS
One. We see a Pteranodon shot down by a ranger who claims to have hit nine more today.

BEST LINES
Flesh Controller (of dinosaurs): "Let them starve. They don't frighten me...Look how they leap forward-eager to tear me to shreds!"

WORST LINES
Reagan: "There's a dinosaur war a-coming, Controller! And you've only got a skeleton staff to deal with it...! Unless you get more men, soon that's all we'll be...Skeletons!"
Flesh Controller: "Nonsense, Reagan. How can the dinosaurs break into my base? I'm too clever for them. My brain is huge...But a dinosaur's brain is the size of a kitten's."


CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Spinosaurus, named for its distinctive spiny vertebrae, might be the largest of all known carnivorous dinosaurs. It lived in what is now North Africa in the Cretaceous period between 112 and 97 million years ago.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Kelvin Gosnell
Artist: Ramon Sola
Letters: Peter Knight

REVIEW
A change of pace as the dinosaur siege begins slowly and the base is comprehensively surrounded. Sola's artwork accompanying the dinosaur troop movements is wonderful. The Flesh Controller's dialogue swings from the ridiculous to the sublime.

It Was Nearly Midnight On The Second Day Of The Siege And Nothing Had Happened...Yet!