Thursday, 3 October 2013

Ro-Busters: The Ritz Space Hotel, Part 6

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Ritz Space Hotel, Part 6

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord Issue 12

DATELINE
29 July 78

This issue of Starlord also contained Strontium Dog, Timequake and Mind Wars strips, with a cover by Brian Lewis which featured a character montage and promoted body-shock.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
The robot revolt reaches its height.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Ro-Busters story that has lasted to six parts and the first six parter.

INFORMATION
Robots see with thermographic vision.


RO-JAWS
His big end knocks and his pistons need regrinding. He is not dead.

HAMMER-STEIN
He believes he has killed Ro-Jaws.

OTHER CHARACTERS
½ TOUGH
He helped build the Ritz Space hotel as part of a robo-construction gang. He helps save the chairman of British Ley-Mek and takes the opportunity to humiliate him.

SWING-ALONGA-MAX AND THE SILVER LADY
Humans who were very successful musical artiste in the 2050's and masqueraded as robots to start a robot rebellion and turn public opinion against them to aid their careers. They are killed by Quake-A-Mass as they attempt to flee the hotel.

DEATHS
At least three. We see a murder from the robot's POV with thermographic vision and the humans pretending to be Swing-Alonga-Max and the Silver Lady are killed by Quake-A-Mass.

BEST LINES
Gerry: "As a special reward, we'll get you both repaired and allow you four hours off from your normal duties. Well done! Keep up the good work. Now...back to the cargo hold with you."

WORST LINES
Robot industrialist: "G-get back, you bad robots!"

CATCHPHRASES
Quake-A-Mass does big jobs again.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Pino
Letters: John Aldrich

REVIEW
This story gets off to a great start with a murder presented in heat vision and Hammer-Stein's remorse, but it quickly becomes a runaround with a rushed conclusion.

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