Thursday, 29 May 2014

Ro-Busters: Ro-Jaws' Memoirs, Part Five - Happy Ever After (Sort Of)

NAME
Ro-Busters: Ro-Jaws' Memoirs, Part Five - Happy Ever After (Sort Of)

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 97

DATELINE
27 Jan 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 83 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Ro-Jaws and Annabel are parted and reunited.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Annabel.

INFORMATION
(The flashback section of this strip presumably begins in September 2067 and culminates on Christmas Day of the same year, while the last sequence takes place in the Ro-Busters present day circa 2078)

The Book of Robots is written by humans for the improvement of robots. Verse Six reads: "Humans are the masters now and for ever..."

RO-JAWS
When Annabel goes away to boarding school, Ro-Jaws is sent to work for a Mr Murphy as a builder's labourer. After three years apart, he and Ginger meet again. Ro-Jaws later sees Ginger's foot on the back of a Robo-knackers' lorry and collapses. When Annabel returns she seeks him out and buys him back. Ro-Jaws spends Christmas with Annabel and her family.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ANNABEL
She goes away to boarding school. When she returns home at Christmas, she is told Ro-Jaws has run away.

MR MURPHY
Ro-Jaws is sold to him as a builder's labourer.

GINGER
He and Ro-Jaws are reunited for the first time in three years. Ro-Jaws later sees his foot on the Robo-knackers' lorry.

DEATHS
Maybe Ginger, although it's possible he merely lost a foot.

BEST LINES
Ro-Jaws: "What-haay! These left-overs is really tasty! Merry Crimble everyone!"

WORST LINES
Ro-Jaws (singing): "Even sewer rats like me have fun on Christmas day. I sing my song (no Humes around?) Us robots rule OK? Brill, eh?"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Ro-Jaws references Hard Times (1854) by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). 'Love Came Down At Christmas' is a Christmas carol with lyrics by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) written at some point before 1886.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Mike Dorey
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
The snowy artwork is nice, but this is largely disappointing after a tumultuous set-up. Overall, this feels rushed.

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