Sunday, 6 October 2013

Ro-Busters: Farnborough Droid Show, Part 2

NAME
Ro-Busters: Farnborough Droid Show, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord Issue 14

DATELINE
12 Aug 78

This issue also featured Strontium Dog, Mind Wars and Holocaust and a Holocaust cover by an unknown artist.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1988 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein save the day.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
(The year is 2078)

Robo-phobia is a fear of robots. Droid Review is a magazine.

A 797 Trans-Pacific Jumbo can carry 2,500 passengers and has a three-inch plastosteel anti-hijack shield.


RO-JAWS
He and Hammer-Stein are sent to Buccaneer Airways Flight 030 to rescue the passengers. They succeed. Ro-Jaws sands down Hammer-Stein after he takes exception to his new striped paint job.

HAMMER-STEIN
His lasers can cut through three-inch plastosteel. He and Ro-Jaws are sent to Buccaneer Airways Flight 030 to rescue the passengers. They succeed and Hammer-Stein demands a re-spray, Quartz agrees and has him painted with stripes. He features heavily in the press coverage of the rescue. Ro-Jaws sands his new paintjob off.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ROGER THE ROBOT PILOT
His emergency navigator unit has kamikaze circuits for use in the event of a mutiny. It mistake Ro-Jaws ans Hammer-Stein for mutineers and attempts to crash into Southampton.

DEATHS
One. Roger is destroyed by Hammer-Stein's laser.

BEST LINES
Quartz: "Okay, you two, not bad, not bad. Now Hammer-Stein, I want you to be photographed with me by the press. Ro-Jaws is too crude."

WORST LINES
Passenger: "A robot pilot is gonna kill us, so we're gonna kill some robots in return!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Hammer-Stein reads the News Of The World, a newspaper published from 1843 to 2011 which became notorious for 'Chequebook journalism', the naming and shaming of alleged paedophiles, the 'Fake sheikh', police corruption and the phone hacking scandal which ultimately lead to the newspapers demise. It also printed a serialised adaptation of the 1995 Judge Dredd film.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: V Gross
Artist: I. Kennedy
Letters: J. Aldrich

REVIEW
This is nothing special.

Next Week: 'Mek-Quake Silence Ro-Jaws, Boss!'