Ro-Busters: Death On The Orient Express!, Part Two
2000 A.D. Prog 87
21 Oct 78
Ro-Busters Book 1, The Best Of 2000AD 17, Cyber Crush 01, Halo Jones 09, Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2) 02, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.01, 2000AD Yearbook 1994 and The Complete Ro-Busters.
Ro-Jaws deliberates over which human will die and has the decision made for him.
FIRSTS & LASTS
The First Law of Robotics is that robots are programmed to only tell the truth. The Second Law is that a robot must protect its owners.
He presides over a trial to decides who will die so that the other nine may live. When Harold kills Mike Morgan it spares Ro-Jaws the decision.
He convinces Harold to look after Tim Morgan.
LORD PETER WYNDIE
According to hid robot, he is in debt, gambles and wastes money.
His bodywork is by R.R. Royce, his voice by Bong And Olafsen, his electronics by Hetochi. Lord Peter Wyndie's robot, bought on hire purchase. He testifies against his master.
Not his real name, in actual fact he is Max the Cat Burglar.
He wears clothing to cover up damage to his chassis caused by his master, Mike Morgan. He kills Mike Morgan, in the defence of Tim.
Stepfather to Tim. He has committed acts of cruelty against Harold. When Tim testifies against he threatens his stepson. Harold defends the boy and kills Mike.
Stepson to Mike. He testifies against his stepfather.
One. Harold kills Mike Morgan.
Harold (disrobing to show damage): "I refuse to say anything on the grounds that it will incriminate Big Master"
Survivors: "We're saved!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
James' various manufacturers R.R. Royce, Bong And Olafsen and Hetochi obviously allude to Rolls Royce, Bang & Olufsen and Hitachi. The three law of robotics were introduced by Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story Runaround (although see MISTAKES below).
Ro-Jaws states that the First Law of Robotics is that robots are programmed to only tell the truth and Mike Morgan says that the Second Law is that a robot must protect its owners, but those aren't the First and Second Laws at all (see the MISTAKES section of Judge Dredd: 'Robot Wars', Part 1)
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Letters: Dave Gibbons
The child abuse is very shocking, the happily ever after ending is odd and both of the main characters are sidelined in favour of those giving testimony during Ro-Jaws' trial. Despite this Death On The Orient Express! is great.
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