Friday, 6 December 2013

Invasion!: 'The Doomsdale Scenario', Part 2

NAME
Invasion!: 'The Doomsdale Scenario', Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 14

DATELINE
28 May 77

PAGE COUNT
4 and a 1/2

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 3 and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
The S.A.S. drop is intercepted by the Volgans.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Porcupines are Volgan helicopters with rapid fire mini-guns. The Volgans are using Doomsdale Nuclear Research Station in Cumbria to develop a neutron bomb.

The S.A.S. Commandos use Para-Kites. The Superhercules is an aeroplane used by the Canadians.

BILL SAVAGE
Before the invasion, he used to drive nuclear waste to Doomsdale Nuclear Research Station.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BRIGADIER BENTLEY-PEARSON
He comes to witness the S.A.S. drop, but encounters a tramp who claims to have been in the army. Despite Savage's protections he lets him go and the tramp alerts the Volgans.

PETER SILK
He plans to dress up in Volgan uniforms and attack the Doomsdale Nuclear Research Station. Savage dismisses his plan.

DEATHS
At least seven. Four S.A.S. paratroopers killed by Volgan Porcupines, two Volgan Porcupine crew killed by a dying S.A.S. paratrooper and two more Volgans and one tramp shot dead by Savage.

BEST LINES
Silk: "Good work, Savage! You've given us the chance to hit the base after all - give me a hand to get the uniforms of the dead Volgans!"

WORST LINES
Volgan Porcupine Pilot: "British terrorists! We are landing among them and our mini-guns are empty! Get your pistol!"

Savage (continued from BEST LINES above): "I know what you're thinking, Silk, and it ain't gonna work! There's only one way to do that base...Bill Savage style!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
On the face of it the events of this strip set the Resistance's plan back to the square one, but that presumes that they are aware of the entire plans of the S.A.S. commandos, which of course they aren't. The original plan is obviously more complicated than aerial bombardment, so there must be more to it than boom and yet "Bill Savage style" doesn't sound subtle.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Jack Potter

REVIEW
This is pretty awful. Bill Savage is on the sidelines and the S.A.S. and Porcupine crew have time to make epic speeches as they die and/or crash. The tramp is an obvious device and the plot isn't advanced at all, plus "Bill Savage style" sounds pretty dreadful.

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