Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Ro-Busters: Hammer-Stein's War Memoirs, Part 3 - Wheels Of Terror!

NAME
Ro-Busters: Hammer-Stein's War Memoirs, Part 3 - Wheels Of Terror!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 90

DATELINE
11 Nov 78

PAGE COUNT
6

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

SYNOPSIS
Hammer-Stein describes the attack on the Volganaya.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Ro-Busters not to feature Ro-Jaws and first to be set entirely in flashback.

INFORMATION
The Volganaya is a Behemoth class tank fortress deployed by Volgan forces. The Volgans use chemical bombs which can causes madness when inhaled.

HAMMER-STEIN
He has three belly-buttons, and if they flash then he has a mechanical fault.

He successfully gets news of the Volgan advance through the US Forces. He is assigned to a squadron and is under the command of Sergeant Joe Farmer. Hammer-Stein, Harrison and Brannigan are sent to attack the Volganaya. Hammer-Stein throws himself in front of Brannigan to protect him and a Volgan bayonet cuts some of his oil lines. They commandeer a Volgan fuel tanker and Hammer-Stein drove it at the Volganaya, jumping out moments before it crashed into the tank. The resulting inferno badly damaged the Volganaya.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SERGEANT 'COUNTRY' JOE FARMER
Hammer-Stein's superior officer.

'BOMBER' HARRISON
The gas from a Volgan chemical warfare bomber attack has sent him mad and he now believes himself to be an aeroplane.

'BABY FACE' BRANNIGAN
The youngest member of the outfit.

DEATHS
Three. We see Hammer-Stein's trio kill three Volgans.

BEST LINES
Volgan Kommander: "Forward! Any Volgan who takes prisoners - feeds them from his own rations!"

WORST LINES
Volgan Soldier: "Amerikaner pig! Good Volgan steel for you!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Kevin O'Neill
Letters: Peter Knight

REVIEW
This is fantastic. The panels of the Volganaya's debut and the Inferno are great. Who needs Ro-Jaws?

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