Invasion!: 'The Prince', Part 1
2000 A.D. Prog 37
5 Nov 77
Extreme Edition 3 and Invasion!
Savage finds himself babysitting a high profile son and heir.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Prince John.
British Naval submarines deliver arms to the Resistance.
Volgan Patrol Jets are equipped with black box voice recorders.
He and Silk supervise a delivery of arms from a Royal Navy Submarine. It transpires that Prince John is aboard. The Volgans attack and sink the submarine, but not before they are destroyed themselves. Savage and Silk swim to safety and rescue the prince.
Son of King Charles III and heir to the British throne. He smuggles himself aboard a submarine bound for Britain. When the submarine is attacked he swims to safety and is rescued by Savage and Silk. Savage nicknames him Sunbeam.
At least six. We see four British submarine crew, two Volgan pilots and three Resistance men perish in the fight over Prince John.
Savage: "Name's Savage, your 'ighness, an' you may be a prince, but I'm a king!...King Bill the Volg killer! An' first chance I get I'm packing you safely off to Canada!"
Volgan naval officer: "What?! None of those bodies is the prince - He must be ashore in hiding! Rush up Special Divisions at once - now is our chance to get our hands on the British heir!"
How are you certain he's still alive? Also "Rush up" sounds awkwardly British.
"Vlasta!" is back, but this time it's joined by "Strovnak".
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Tomas Frame
This is an interesting start. Prince John seems like a deeply annoying character in the making, but an interesting predicament to saddle Savage with nonetheless. The Volgan pilot who recognises the heir to the throne even in the heat of battle seems more than a little unlikely. As does the naval officer who is absolutely certain Prince John made it ashore. How do you hide a member of the British royal family on a submarine full of British sailors?
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