Thursday, 26 December 2013

Invasion!: 'Cheddar Gorge'

NAME
Invasion!: 'Cheddar Gorge'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 22

DATELINE
23 July 77

PAGE COUNT
3

REPRINTS
Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
Savage helps improve supplies in Somerset.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Nick Allen Invasion! script. Last Nick Allen Invasion! script.

INFORMATION
Mobile protein synthesisers can turn grass into protein.

BILL SAVAGE
He meets Roger Bacon. When a Volgan patrol kills Bacon's cattle, Savage destroys one of their vehicles with a grenade. He interrogates a surviving Volgan, who divulges that an important train from Birmingham is due to pass by. Savage convinces Bacon to attack it. They successfully steal a mobile protein synthesiser.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ROGER BACON
Resistance organiser for Somerset. He has a herd of cattle that he hides in the Cheddar caves. A Volgan patrol kills the herd. Savage convinces him to attack the train.


DEATHS
The Volgan patrol shoot a whole herd of cattle and Savage kills a Volgan armoured vehicle crew and later the solder he interrogates dies as well.

BEST LINES
Savage: "From what chummy said before he died, we gotta ambush a train from Birmingham!"

This line moves the plot on, tells us what we need to now and subtly relates what happened after the interrogation without the need to provide graphic detail.

WORST LINES
Bacon: "That line carries machinery built by slave - labour, not blasted beef - cattle!"

Why is this guy in charge?

CATCHPHRASES
A dying Volgan patrol scream "Aaieee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Nick Allen
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Jack Potter

In addition to this Invasion! strip, Nick Allen also wrote for M.A.C.H.1.

REVIEW
And now the Volgans are taking food out of British mouths. A nice little strip and the reduction in the page count doesn't make much of a difference. Also a nice pun on Gorge.

Alert Status Red + + + Don't Miss Next Prog