Saturday, 15 February 2014

Invasion!: 'Escape From Liverpool', Part 5

NAME
Invasion!: 'Escape From Liverpool', Part 5

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 51

DATELINE
11 Feb 78

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 3 & Invasion!

SYNOPSIS

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last Invasion! in 2000 A.D., last appearance of Nessie, Rosa and Prince John.

INFORMATION
As a result of Volgans killing American servicemen, the USA mobilises to free occupied Britain.


BILL SAVAGE
He fights Georgi and fires him off the US Freighter with a distress rocket launcher. He returns to the 'Britannia' to take the fight to the Volgans. After killing the Volgan crew of 'Britannia', he steers the ship into the St. Lawrence Estuary. He plans to return with the Americans to free Britain. He can pilot a hover-yacht.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PRINCE JOHN
Rosa shoots at him, but Nessie saves him. The prince helps Savage load ammunition to kill Volgan sailors.

BIG NESSIE McNAIRN
After Rosa shoots at Prince John, she wraps her chains around the Colonel and jumps overboard. Presumably they both drown.

COLONEL ROSA VOLGASKA
She shoots at Prince John and riles Nessie who wraps her chains around Rosa and jumps overboard. Presumably they both drown.

SERGEANT GEORGI
He beats Savage thoroughly. Savage fires him off the ship with a distress rocket launcher killing him. Rosa has his body hauled out of the water assuming it to be Savage's.

DEATHS
Eight. Savage kills Georgi and another five Volgans. Presumably both Nessie and Rosa drown.

BEST LINES
Nessie: "Take a last breath, dearie!"

WORST LINES
Prince John: "Can't make it to you, Savage - She's got me cold!"

She's what?

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
The Volgan mock-up of Britannia is referred to as if it is the real thing.

RETROSPECT
Bill Savage would return in Disaster 1990, Armoured Gideon and Savage, but since they were prequel, sci-fi best of and reimagining respectively, Invasion! never quite got the sequel it deserved.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: J. Clough
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Invasion! comes to an end, not with the invasion coming to an end, but instead with the promise that it will. The distress rocket firing Georgi into the air was wonderful in long shot and Nessie and Rosa had to go down together, but ultimately this feels barely adequate as an ending and it's disappointing that we didn't see Savage's return to Blighty.