Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Invasion!: 'The Resistance', Part 5

NAME
Invasion!: 'The Resistance', Part 5

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 5

DATELINE
26 Mar 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 3, The Best Of 2000AD and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
Savage goes on the offensive.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First five page story.

INFORMATION
One of the Volgan checkpoints around London is at Gant's Hill.

Trafalgar Square has been renamed Volgan Square. New Scotland Yard is now the HQ of the Volgan Secret Police.


BILL SAVAGE
He leads the Mad Dogs successful attack on the Gants Hill checkpoint and continues into London. He orders the destruction of Nelson's Column and retreats to a hideout on the Isle Of Dogs.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SILK
Savage convinces him to attach several grenades to his jacket, pull the pins and throw it out of a moving van. The resulting explosion kills five Volgan soldiers pursuing on motorbikes.

MARSHAL VASHKOV
His picture hangs on Nelson's Column.

BLASTER
Member of Savage's Mad Dogs. He worked in demolitions before the Volgan invasion. He rigs some stolen explosive to bring down Nelson's Column onto some approaching Volgan tanks.

DEATHS
The Mad Dogs each kill at least four Volgan soldiers, Savage kills five crew of a Volgan armoured car and Silk's exploding jacket takes out five more.

BEST LINES
Silk: "I reckon Nelson would have been proud of you, Savage - you smashed his column up, but you put it to good use!"

WORST LINES
Savage: "Let me fill you in! This'll really rip your ration book!"


CATCHPHRASES
Dying Volgans scream another "Aieeeeeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Nelson's Column is as the name suggests, a monument to Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), designed by William Railton (1800–77) and built between 1840 and 1843. It cost of £47,000 and as Savage suggests, the Corinthian column is built from Dartmoor granite.

Blaster shares his moniker with another famous demolitions expert, Blaster Bates (1923–2006), who made several audio recordings of colourful stories from his career.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Sarompas
Letters: John Aldrich

In addition to Invasion!, Sarompas worked on James Bond.

REVIEW
This is more like it. Another beautiful splash page opens this part, but here the artwork maintains the level of detail and action throughout.

Story Programmed For Maximum Excitement + + + See Next Prog