Monday, 24 March 2014

Strontium Dog: 'Papa Por-Ka', Part 2

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'Papa Por-Ka', Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord No. 4

DATELINE
3 June 78

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Strontium Dog Book 1, 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1986 and Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and Wulf are given an ultimatum.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First 'close-up' of a Search-Destroy agent's badge.

INFORMATION
Few Search-Destroy agents live long enough to die of old age.

A Gronk's salivary acids are strong enough to eat through any metal.

A Time Trap is a device that can be used to repeat a chosen period of time as infinitum. Any individuals subject to this repetition will continue undergoing the same actions until they starve to death. A beam polariser can be used to nullify projected energy weapons.


JOHNNY ALPHA
Papa Por-Ka offers to let him join his band of pirates or die. The Gronk frees them from their detention cell. They break into the locker to free their weapons, but are discovered and take refuge inside. Johnny uses a time trap to escape. He has a new set of Electronux.

WULF STERNHAMMER
Papa Por-Ka offers to let him join his band of pirates or die. The Gronk frees them from their detention cell. They break into the locker to free their weapons, but are discovered and take refuge inside.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PAPA POR-KA
He offers to let Johnny and Wulf join his band of pirates or die.

THE GRONK
He eats the bars off the detention cell to free Johnny and Wulf.

DEATHS
At least seven. Por-Ka's pirates throw seven passengers out of the Sondheim's airlocks. Johnny leaves three pirates in a repeating time loop.

BEST LINES
Johnny: "They'll go on repeating the same sequence until they starve to death!"

That's dark.

WORST LINES
Wulf: "A hundrd times Wulf die...before he serve you!"

I'll assume that's a "No" then.

CATCHPHRASES
Wulf as "alvays"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ezquerra
Letters:

REVIEW
Another great instalment. The airlock death toll and time trap's impending deaths are impressive, while it's good to see the Gronk involved. The cliffhanger is a little odd though.

Next Week: 'You Let That Pirate Trash Go, Alpha - And Now He's Gonna Kill Us All!'