Thursday, 10 October 2013

Ro-Busters: Massacre On The Moon, Part 3

NAME
Ro-Busters: Massacre On The Moon, Part 3

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord Issue 17

DATELINE
2 Sept 78

This issue bore a John Higgins cover and featured Strontium Dog, Mind Wars, Holocaust and a one-off called The Snatch.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Quartz gets injured, while Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein get lost.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First alien life in Ro-Busters

INFORMATION
Beezts are an alien lifeform with one eye, formidable horns and the ability to project a mental fore-field that can deflect the blast from a firearm.

Communications can be relayed by 3-D hologram image.

The United Planetary Authority, or U.P.A., is the 21st Century equivalent of the United Nations.

The Moon's Cordillera Mountains contain a vast deposit of Viradium.


RO-JAWS
He leads the children in a search for anything that shouldn't be on board. They discover a bug and elect to abandon the bus.

HAMMER-STEIN
He used to do forced marching in the army. Due to a sabotaged gyro-compass, he has driven hundreds of miles in the wrong direction. They abandon the bus and he carries Emma-Jane. He walks a crater full of dust and begins to sink.

OTHER CHARACTERS
HOWARD QUARTZ
He is injured in a ricochet off a Beezt force-field.

K. G. O'GONSELL
The richest man on the Moon. He has a bodyguard of Beezt wrestlers.

MR. GOLTZ
He supervised the massacre.

ALVIN AND EMMA-JANE
Their parents have been abducted by O'Gonsell Holdings.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Goltz: "Just one snag--two of the 'droids managed to escape..."
O'Gonsell: "Wha-aat? You blithering blockhead, Goltz! They'll blow the gaff!"

WORST LINES
Emma-Jane: "Waaah! I want my mommy! Uu-aaww!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
The next week caption only has one single quote mark.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
One of Goltz's men is called Tully, presumably after Tom Tully, the writer of the likes of Harlem Heroes, Inferno, Dan Dare, The Mean Arena and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith.

CREDITS
Script: Jack Adrian
Artist: Pino
Letters: Paul Bensberg

REVIEW
This is a nice pair of set pieces and it's good to see Quartz under threat for a change.

Next Week: Flat On The Ground, Kids!'