Monday, 3 February 2014

Invasion!: 'The Prince', Part 8

NAME
Invasion!: 'The Prince', Part 8

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 44

DATELINE
24 Dec 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
Savage, Silk, Nessie and Prince John attempt to run away from the circus.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The first Invasion! story to reach eight parts.

INFORMATION
None.

BILL SAVAGE
As he attempts to escape with Silk, Nessie and Prince John, the circus owner raises the alarm and Volgan troops swarm into the circus. Savage tries to lead them away while the others hide. When he is caught in the big top. Nessie, Silk and the prince come to the rescue. They escape in Nessie's truck.


OTHER CHARACTERS
SILK
He hides with Nessie and Prince John as Savage draws the Volgans off, then comes to his rescue and shoots the circus owner dead before he can kill Savage. They escape in Nessie's truck.

BIG NESSIE McNAIRN
She hides with Silk and Prince John as Savage draws the Volgans off, then comes to his rescue and drives a trailer truck through the big top. They escape in her truck.

PRINCE JOHN
He hides with Nessie and Prince John as Savage draws the Volgans off. They escape in Nessie's truck.

DEATHS
Five. Savage kills one Volgan soldier. Silk kills a Volgan and the circus owner. Nessie runs over at least two Volgans.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Savage: "That's what you Volgs get for loitering' with-in tent! Okay, Nessie drive!"

CATCHPHRASES
"Aiee" is presumably a time saver.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Savage sings 'The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze' a song first published in 1867, with music by Gaston Lyle and lyrics by George Leybourne (1842-1884), lyrics based on the success of trapeze artist Jules LĂ©otard (1838-1870)

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Mike Dorey
Letters: Unknown

REVIEW
Another nice instalment and once again it's Nessie that saves the day. Silk gets to save Savage's life and the prince does absolutely nothing. The circus puns don't do anyone any favours. This isn't the end of an eight part story at all, it's the end of a three part story begun in Part 6 and the confirmation of the new dynamic for the strip.

Next Prog: Nessie 'N' Bill - Bonnie 'N' Clyde Of 1999!