Sunday, 29 December 2013

Invasion!: 'Tyne Tunnel'

NAME
Invasion!: 'Tyne Tunnel'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 23

DATELINE
30 July 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 8 and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
Savage helps a Volgan prisoner escape, before becoming a Volgan's prisoner and escaping.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Volgir pistols are discreet firearms that can be silenced. The Volgans have homing devices.

BILL SAVAGE
He and a group of ex-miners trap a prison convoy in the Tyne Tunnel and free Geordie Price. He and Price flee from a Volgan patrol in a coal lorry. Savage realises he is not with Price, but a Volgan agent instead. The Volgan disarms him and orders Savage to dig his own grave. Savage attacks him with the spade and runs. He takes cover in a coal dump bucket, kills the Volgans following him and jumps into the water below as soon as he out of range.


OTHER CHARACTERS
GEORDIE PRICE
A miner. He lost two fingers in a mining accident. He was replaced by a Volgan agent with too many fingers.

'GEORDIE PRICE'
A Volgan agent impersonating Geordie Price. Savage and the miners free the Volgan agent from a prison convoy. Savage discovers he has too many fingers and the agent orders him to dig his own grave. Savage kills him with the spade.

DEATHS
Seven. The miners kill three Volgan guards. One of the miners is shot by the Volgan agent. Savage kills the agent with a spade and then shoots two more Volgans.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Savage: "'Ere - Geordie lost two fingers in a mining accident years ago! The only bloke who knew him died back in the tunnel..."

Play it cool, Bill.

CATCHPHRASES
"Aieee!" and "Aieeeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
The year of the massive Volgan invasion of Britain is given as 1994.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Mike Dorey
Letters: John Aldrich

REVIEW
Once again this has all the usual elements of an Invasion! strip: Savage assisting another star of the Resistance, escaping the Volgans in a lorry and some pun-friendly graphic violence. Crucially however, one of those elements is not all it appears to be and the Volgan agent purporting to be Geordie Price is the saving grace of this strip.

Alert Status Red + + + Crisis Point Exceeded + + + Alert Status