(I have called this story 'Diversion', to differentiate it from other equally Untitled Invasion! strips in other 2000 A.D. Annuals)
2000 AD Annual 1979
1st September, 1978
Savage provides a diversion that help the Brigadier's commando raid to succeed.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Since the invasion, Bristol is considered impregnable to land attack. The Volgans have converted Bristol's aircraft factories to produce short-range nerve-gas rockets for anti-resistance operations. The river has been unused for shipping since the 1970's when Avonmouth replaced Bristol as a port.
The Volgan air force use Drobny Jump Jets. Scuntripp is a Volgan word, but not a compliment.
He goes along on the Brigadier's commando raid and steals a fuel container lorry. He destroys it on the Clifton Suspension Bridge providing a diversion that helped ensure the success of Brigadier Bentley-Pearson's commando raid.
He goes along on the Brigadier's commando raid and helps Savage steal a fuel container lorry.
He plans to send a commando raid to destroy the nerve-gas rocket factories.
One. Savage kills a Volgan with his own bayonet. Presumably others die in the blaze.
Volgan: "Staga! Kill the British Scuntripp!"
Savage: "Silk? Thought I said get the heck back to the sub? Ever try listenin' to what I say?"
Silk: "I imagine th Brig feels like you, whenhe's trying to obey orders, Savage!"
"Staga!" appears twice, while the words "Scuntripp" and "Neechar" are of interesting construction.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) and opened in 1864. It spans the Avon Gorge and River Avon linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset.
It's a shame that writer and artist are Unknown as the story and artwork are much better than many Invasion! strips that appeared in the prog. Aside from a bizarre panel of a truck driver waggling his finger at a Volgan guard, the artwork has an intriguing style that combines a sketchy quality with architectural precision. The writing has a humility and realism that is often lacking in the main strip. Savage doesn't save the day here vat all, instead he improves the odds so that fewer people will be killed. A more adult take on Invasion! years before Savage.