Monday, 16 December 2013

Invasion!: 'Breakout'

NAME
Invasion!: 'Breakout'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 18

DATELINE
25 June 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 8 and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
Savage's hideout is discovered.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Savage's hideout.

INFORMATION
When New Scotland Yard became Volgan Security HQ, the Flying Squad were given the option the remain. Most declined.

BILL SAVAGE
He leads a raid on a Volgan supply lorry and sends the food inside to feed British civilians. He survives Sload's attack on the Mad Dogs' hideout and escapes with Silk.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SLOAD
Ex-Detective in the British Flying Squad. He now works for the Volgans. He finds Savage's hideout.

ROGAN
Ex-Mechanic for the British Flying Squad. He left rather than work for the Volgans. He warns Savage about Sload and successfully tunes up an engine in less than four minutes to aid the Mad Dogs' escape.

SILK
He survives Sload's attack on the Mad Dogs' hideout and escapes with Savage.

DEATHS
Dozens. At least three Volgan soldiers are killed in Savage's initial supply raid. Some of two Volgan tank crews are killed by bazooka fire, a falling lorry or being run over by a stolen Volgan car. Rogan crashes into Sload's cannon and the resulting explosion kills them both. Half of the Mad Dogs are killed.

BEST LINES
Sload: "Okay, Uncle - you gonna tell me where Savage's factory is...or do my boys here give you limp in the other leg?"

WORST LINES
Silk: "Another slick job done, Savage -right under the Volgan's noses!"
Savage: "Yeah - but we gotta play it careful, Silk - the Volgs'll be using their hooters to sniff us out!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
This is enjoyable and ups the ante somewhat. Savage on the run is a far more realistic concept for this strip. Rogan's sacrifice is essentially exactly the same as Fingers Frampton's sacrifice last week, which robs it of the significance it might have had.

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