Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Strontium Dog: Two-Faced Terror!, Part 4

NAME
Strontium Dog: Two-Faced Terror!, Part 4

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord No 15

DATELINE
19 Aug 78

PAGE COUNT
6

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

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and Billy Joe fight to the death.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time that a Strontium Dog story has reached three parts (and therefore the first three part story).

INFORMATION
The straight lash pole vault is a laser whip manoeuvre, which as the name suggests involves straightening a laser whip and using it to jump.


JOHNNY ALPHA
He is injured by Billy Joe during their fight to the death. Johnny follows Billy Joe as he flees the fight and watches as he is killed and eaten by Jubal's Smiling Chukwalla.

WULF STERNHAMMER
He prevents Billy Joe's men from attacking Johnny.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BILLY JOE
He is injured by Johnny during their fight to the death. When his men intervene he sneaks away. When he realises Johnny is following him, he releases Jubal's alien livestock. He is eaten by Jubal's Smiling Chukwalla.

JUBAL
He joins in when a fight breaks with Billy Joe's men, until he realises his alien animals are loose and he rounds them up.

THE GRONK
He decides to leave Jubal's Alien Extravaganza and join Johnny and Wulf. He believes he is braver than his brother was.

DEATHS
One. The Smiling Chukwalla kills Billy Joe.

BEST LINES
Billy Joe (as he is caught by the Smiling Chukwalla): "I'm helplss! D-Don't do it, Stronty!"
Johnny: "When did you show any mercy, Billy Joe? You terrorised a whole territory with your laser lash-" (Continues in WORST LINES)

WORST LINES
Johnny: "Well, the last lash is on you!"

CATCHPHRASES
The Gronk pluralises bets, doctorings and wants.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Billy Joe gets his comeuppance and Johnny Alpha stands by and watches him die. This moment possibly more than anything that preceded it gives us an idea of Johnny's sense of justice. The final scene gives us the new dynamic for the strip as the Gronk joins the team.

Johnny And Wulf Will Be Back In Two Weeks Timee, Troopers!