Strontium Dog: Two-Faced Terror!, Part 2
Starlord No 13
5 Aug 78
Strontium Dog Book 1 and Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files 01
Johnny and Wulf find Billy Joe.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First time Johnny and Wulf go up against a mutant in Starlord.
Human exploration has reached the edge of the galaxy.
Floaters are flying sleds. Laser Whips are an energy weapon with pressure controls on the handle.
He and Wulf travel to The Big Dusty looking for Billy Joe. They encounter his men on floaters and Johnny destroys one, but another crashes into him. He survives the crash unscathed. Billy Joe arrives and attacks him with his laser whip. Johnny's heart stops, Billy Joe takes his badge and leaves. Johnny has learned to control his heart muscle and stop it at will to feign death.
He and Johnny travel to The Big Dusty looking for Billy Joe. When Johnny's heart stops, Wulf brings him round.
Two-faced mutant, one named Billy and the other named Joe. He is the champion las-whipper in the Spice system for fifteen years. He collects taxes and hangs people who don't pay enough upside down on the outskirts of town. He attacks Johnny Alpha with his laser whip and leaves believing him dead, taking his badge as a souvenir.
One. Johnny kills one of Billy Joe's henchmen.
Billy: "Johnny doesn't live there anymore, Ape. We'll take his badge as a souvenir. The rest you can keep!"
Johnny: "The more I hear of this Billy Joe, the less I like him! I'm looking forward to claiming his reward."
The reward that's already in your pocket, Johnny?
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Johnny thinks Billy Joe's is a "severe mutation", it will come to seem quite minor given what we will see later on.
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: P. Bensberg
The upside down tax evaders and the reveal of Billy Joe's mutation are great, Johnny being able to give the illusion of death seems more than a little convenient.
Next Week: 'Oh! Oh, My Poor Heartsies!'