Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Invasion!: 'Volgess', Part 1

NAME
Invasion!: 'Volgess'. Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 32

DATELINE
1 Oct 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 3 and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
A new Volgan Colonel takes over command in the Highlands and to everyone's surprise, it's a woman.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Colonel Rosa Volgaska.

INFORMATION
Volgan Mountain Poison paralyses instantly.

BILL SAVAGE
He plans to kill the new Volgan Colonel. He and Silk head to the Volgan Barracks, but see a cleaning woman and decide to warn her to steer clear of the Colonel's Quarters. They encounter her again and she stabs Savage with Volgan Mountain Poison which paralyses him.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PETER SILK
He sets up his sniper rifle on a hillside overlooking the barracks. He is captured with Savage by Volgaska.

COLONEL ROSA VOLGASKA
The new Volgan commanding officer in the Highlands area. She tortures a number of prisoners, disguises herself as a cleaning woman and enters the barracks. Believing her to be British, Savage tries to warm her not to clean the Colonel's Quarters. Later she disguises herself as an old woman collecting heather and confronts Savage and Silk as they prepare to kill the new Colonel in 'his' room with a sniper rifle. She stabs Savage with Volgan Mountain Poison and has her troops surround them both.

DEATHS
One. Silk kills a Volgan guard.

BEST LINES
Volgan guard: "Our most defiant prisoners, Colonel - we have tried to break them but they haven't even screamed..."
Volgaska: "They will soon! My torturing will be heard all over Scotland..."

WORST LINES
Silk: "That room at the top of the barracks is the new Colonel's quarters, but with them guards everywhere ye'll get no closer..."

I thought Silk was meant to be posh.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Savage and Silk have remained in Scotland following 'Dirty Volgs'.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Rosa Volgaska bears a similarity to her namesake Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, published as a novel in 1957 and released as a film in 1963.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Mike Dorey
Letters: Bill Nuttall

REVIEW
This is an improvement. Volgaska's unveiling is initially well-handled and hers is a great character, but the revelation that she is a woman is beyond pointless. And why is Volgaska disguised as a cleaning woman?

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