Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Ro-Busters: The Preying Mantis...Inside Story

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Preying Mantis...Inside Story

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord Summer Special

DATELINE
Probably 1 June 78

PAGE COUNT
2

REPRINTS
None.

SYNOPSIS
A look inside the Preying Mantis.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Ro-Busters without Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein.

INFORMATION
The Preying Mantis is divided into four sections: the Nose Section, the Command Module, the Engine Sub-Module and the Rear Section.

The Nose Section contains an air intake for the engine, the pilot 'Droid', special anti-plague shells containing Liquasium 50 gas and a Global Dynamics' Mark 4 Turbo-fan engine, which provides 60,000lb thrust, with afterburner. This section also serves as a fighter strike craft.

The Command Module houses Howard Quartz's luxury cabin, Miss Marilyn's office, a control room, fuel tank, operating theatre, corridor, post op ward and a Hume decontamination chamber.

The main engine bank is kept within the Engine Sub-Module, each fan is rated at 60,000lb thrust and is equipped with its own individual nuclear generator. The commander and navigator droid are also assigned to this section.

The Rear Section boasts another pilot droid, robot quarters (which are also used as a briefing room) that holds fifty robots. The overseer robot has private quarters. The Rear section also features the main nuclear powered Scramjet engine, a robot repair room and decontamination chamber. This section serves as a Sea/Space Module.

The Plague Pod is one of several possible pods that the Preying Mantis can carry. It contains a riot/assault ambulance with armaments, two hover ambulances and engine equipment with provides power to the thrusters.


OTHER CHARACTERS
METAL ANGEL
Ro-Busters have never lost a patient under the knife in her operating theatre.

MEK-QUAKE
He can be carried in the Plague Pod.

HOWARD QUARTZ
Howard Quartz's luxury cabin contains a rare Picasso valued at 100,000 credits.

HANDY ANDY
Ro-Busters' fully automatic robot repairer.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
None.

MISTAKES
24 and 25 are labelled the wrong the way round. "Ever since Starlord's first issue readers everywhere have been clamouring for a detailed look inside the Preying Mantis", except the Preying Mantis wasn't in Starlord's first issue.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Unknown
Artist: Unknown
Letters: Unknown

REVIEW
I love a cutaway diagram, but this is a bit dull.