Strontium Dog: 'Papa Por-Ka', Part 3
Starlord No. 5
10 June 78
Strontium Dog Book 1, 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1986 and Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01
Johnny and Wulf defeat the pirates.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First time that a Strontium Dog story has reached three parts (and therefore the first three part story).
Gronks believe that a bit of them lives after death if someone dear to them wears their skin.
A beam polariser draws the fire of projected energy weapons. Electronux are knuckledusters that carry 20,000 volts. Nuclear devices can be small enough to fit in your pocket.
He uses a beam polariser to draw the fire of the pirates. After Wulf has destroyed it, Johnny uses his blaster and calculates the distance and shoots harmlessly through the hostage and into Papa Por-Ka's shoulder. After the release of the captain, he plants a mini-nuke in Papa's pocket.
When Papa Por-Ka takes the ship's captain hostage, Wulf destroys the beam polariser so that Johnny can use his blaster.
Wulf and Johnny discover the Gronk dying in his box. He asks Wulf to skin him and wear the skin as a jerkin. Wulf dos as he ask and the Gronk's body is ejected into space in its box.
He takes the ship's captain hostage. Johnny shoots him in the shoulder, plants a mini-nuke in his pocket and releases him to his shuttle. When Papa threatens to return to take revenge on the Strontium Dogs, Johnny activates the small nuke and destroys Papa's ship
Two. Johnny kills Papa Por-Ka with a small nuke. The Gronk dies of too much excitement.
Papa Por-Ka (with a knife to the Captain's throat): "You finish wid de rough stuff, or de captain be gettin' some air-conditionin', savvy?"
Papa Por-Ka: "What am...dis?"
The Gronk says "Heartsies" instead of "Heartses".
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: T.B. Grover
Letters: Jack Potter
A nice neat ending which allows Johnny another very dark moment as he pre-empts Por-Ka's treachery. The Gronk's death is surprising and his request brilliantly bizarre.
Next Week: 'Go For Your Blasters!'