Monday, 18 November 2013

Invasion!: 'Wembley'

NAME
Invasion!: 'Wembley'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 6

DATELINE
2 Apr 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1983, Extreme Edition 8 and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
After a televised execution at Wembley Stadium, Savage goes on the offensive.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First use of Silk's first name, Peter.

INFORMATION
Wembley Stadium has been renamed Victory Stadium.

Some retail establishments are designated for Volgans only.

BILL SAVAGE
He loots a Volgan only shop in London's West End for clothes, disguises himself and his men and is rounded up to be executed. They are taken to Wembley where they attack the Volgans.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CREEPTON
He makes an address to the nation following a televised execution and threatens more deaths if the Resistance strike again.

PETER SILK
His first name is Peter.

DEATHS
Seventeen. Six dissenters are killed by a Volgan firing squad. Savage shoots four window shopping Volgans dead in the West End. Mad Dog kill a four man firing squad and at least three more guards.


BEST LINES
Savage (to camera): "This is just a little advert for the Resistance. You've seen us play one of the qualifying matches, the big match is gonna come soon...so you know what we're gonna sing, don't you folks?" (a chorus of 'You'll Never Walk Alone')

WORST LINES
Savage: "You're the dummies, Volgs!"

CATCHPHRASES
Another dying Volgan gives us another "Aieee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Wembley Stadium was opened in 1923 as the British Empire Exhibition Stadium and is well known as the venue of 77 FA Cup finals, five European Cup finals, the 1948 Summer Olympics, the 1966 World Cup Final, the final of Euro 96, Queen's Magic Tour and the 1985 Live Aid concert. 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is a show tune from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (1945) and is traditionally sung at Liverpool Football Club matches among others.

MISTAKES
None.


RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Ian Kennedy
Letters: Bill Nuttall

REVIEW
Savage ensures that the Volgan invasion doesn't get in the way of an English institution: football violence. This strip is pretty bizarre and that's before it ends on a song. It's pretty convenient that the Mad Dogs can get themselves taken hostage at will and that no unsuspecting civilians are drawn in as well.

Alert Status Red + + + Crisis Point Averted + + + Alert Status