Strontium Dog: 'Planet Of The Dead', Part 1
Starlord No 8
1 July 78
Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.
Johnny and Wulf take on a job from a computer.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of robots and artificial intelligences in Strontium Dog.
Circes is a planet. A hundred years ago the city states handed over power to their computers. Thirty years ago the five great city states were destroyed in the Great Neutron War. Radiation levels have almost returned to normal.
The indigenous lifeform are called the Jox. Twenty are believed to have survived the Great Neutron War and maintain a hidden base in the Northern District of City 4.
Infra-Red Torches can be used to pick up heat from footprints. The brighter the footprint, the more recent it is.
He and Wulf travel to City 4 on Circes to meet McIntyre. He tasks them with capturing the surviving Jox and forcing them to swear allegiance to McIntyre, in exchange the computer will allow them any one object of value of their choice from City 4. They head to a Jox base in the city's northern district and are fired upon. They stun two Jox, but are surrounded by many more.
He and Johnny head to City 4 on Circes to meet McIntyre. They head to a Jox base in the city's northern district and are fired upon. They stun two Jox, but are surrounded by many more.
Computer and legal ruler on City 4 on Circes. Last year he was known as Zxplok the Terrible.
Robot. He interprets McIntyre's instructions.
Robot assigned to aid Johnny and Wulf in their mission.
Crynge: "As legal ruler of City 4, my master can choose any name he likes. This year he is McIntyre - Last year he was Zxplok the Terrible. Next year he will be something else."
Shot Jox #1: "Aaah!"
Shot Jox #2: "Aaagh!"
It's an important distinction.
McIntyre says "Rot you!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: T.B. Grover
Letters: T. Frame
The set up here is great and manages to be eerie, despite the inclusion of a cute robot and his comedy relationship with his master. In fact their dialogue is the highlight of this part.
Next Week: 'The Last Of A Whole Race - And I Helped Destroy Them!'