Sunday, 27 April 2014

Strontium Dog: Two-Faced Terror!, Part 2

NAME
Strontium Dog: Two-Faced Terror!, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord No 13

DATELINE
5 Aug 78

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Strontium Dog Book 1 and Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files 01

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and Wulf find Billy Joe.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time Johnny and Wulf go up against a mutant in Starlord.

INFORMATION
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.


JOHNNY ALPHA
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.

WULF STERNHAMMER
He and Johnny travel to The Big Dusty looking for Billy Joe. When Johnny's heart stops, Wulf brings him round.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BILLY JOE
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.

DEATHS
One. Johnny kills one of Billy Joe's henchmen.

BEST LINES
Billy: "Johnny doesn't live there anymore, Ape. We'll take his badge as a souvenir. The rest you can keep!"

WORST LINES
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?

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
Johnny thinks Billy Joe's is a "severe mutation", it will come to seem quite minor given what we will see later on.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: P. Bensberg

REVIEW
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!'