Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Invasion!: 'The Prince', Part 2

NAME
Invasion!: 'The Prince', Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 38

DATELINE
12 Nov 77

PAGE COUNT
4 and a 1/2

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 3 and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
A traitor reveals the location of the prince.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The spider-troops are Volgan commandos who operate suspended from helicopters.

BILL SAVAGE
He introduces Prince John as the son of a friend of his. He kills Gypsy Jake to prevent him harming the prince.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PRINCE JOHN
When Gypsy Jake asks for a royal pardon, he complies.

GYPSY JAKE
He wants the gold ring that Prince John wears and recognises the royal crest upon it. He gives the information to the Volgans and accompanies the Spider-troops to the Resistance HQ. He is injured in the subsequent crash and asks Prince John for a royal pardon and Savage kills Jake before he can stab the prince with his hidden knife.

DEATHS
Eight. At least one Resistance fighter is shot by the Volgan spider-squad, five spider-squad members killed by flying axes and their pilot and another Volgan are killed in the crash. Savage shoots Gypsy Jake dead.

BEST LINES
Savage: "Braw bricht night, eh Jake? Can 'ol Bill help yer with summat?"

WORST LINES
Ex-Oilworker: "No green stamps, Volgs! Just red death!"

CATCHPHRASES
An "Aieee!" is heard from the helicopter and a dying Gypsy Jake says "Aieeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Braw bricht night is a Scottish phrase meaning beautiful, bright that is probably from 'Hoots Mon' a song written by Harry Robinson and performed by Lord Rockingham's XI, it was a number-one hit single for three weeks in 1958. Green stamps are a reference to Green Shield Stamps, a UK sales promotion using trading stamps, between 1958 and 1991.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Mike Dorey
Letters: Tony Jacob

REVIEW
The aerial altercation is impressive and it's good to see a bit of Prince John's character here, but Gypsy Jake's knowledge of royal symbols seems a bit lucky. An improvement on Part 1.

Sequence Ends Continuance Follows