Thursday, 7 November 2013

Ro-Busters: Hammer-Stein's War Memoirs, Part 4 - Just Routine!

NAME
Ro-Busters: Hammer-Stein's War Memoirs, Part 4 - Just Routine!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 91

DATELINE
18 Nov 78

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1988, Cyber Crush 03, Extreme Edition 24, Ro-Busters Book 1 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Hammer-Stein's platoon save some civilians from Volgan troops.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First mention of Mega-City One in Ro-Busters.

INFORMATION
The Volgan forces include elite Vulture Sky Troopers with jet-packs, and Golems, lightweight recoilless guns which can fire 'Poltergeist' rockets.

US War Droids are programmed to never surrender.

HAMMER-STEIN
He doesn't want to end up in Ro-Busters after the war. He has two extra attachable arms for heavy duty work.

OTHER CHARACTERS
'BABY FACE' BRANNIGAN
He used to be a bricklayer. After the war he wants to help build Mega-City One.

SERGEANT 'COUNTRY' JOE FARMER
He is from Illinois. He has used a robo-crop-hopper.

'BOMBER' HARRISON
He borrows a Volgan jet-pack and saves Farmer, Brannigan and Hammer-Stein from a Golem.

DEATHS
Presumably more than one, but we only see Harrison's grenade kill the Golem gunner.

BEST LINES
Farmer: "You ever use them extra pair of arms, Hammer-Stein?"
Hammer-Stein: "They're only meant for special occasions -- Heavy duty work, sir!"

WORST LINES
Hammer-Stein: "C-H-A-R-G-E!"

CATCHPHRASES
"Aieee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Brannigan wants to help build Mega-City One, the city of Judge Dredd.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Pan Am was an airline, short for Pan American World Airways, that flew from 1927 until 1991. Harrison thinks they still in operation, but then he is potentially barking mad.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Letters: Dave Gibbons

REVIEW
This is nice, but this story would seem to be repeating itself now.

Next Prog: Robot V.C.!