Ro-Busters: The Terra-Meks!, Part One - The Eve Of Destruction!
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 98
3 Feb 79
2000AD Annual 1987, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.02, Cyber Crush 04, Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2) 03, Ro-Busters Book 1 and The Complete Ro-Busters.
Can Charlie prevent the destruction of Northpool?
FIRSTS & LASTS
First Ro-Busters to feature neither Ro-Jaws nor Hammer-Stein
Northpool is a port on the western side of Britain. A bullet train tunnel and a slip road for the Trans-Atlantic Tunnel runs under the town. The Twentieth century sky-blocks have been condemned and are to be demolished and are to be replaced by a huge aero-space port with the residents relocated to underground flats.
Trees are kept in tree museums. Terra-Meks are demolition robots. The popularity of 'Mammoth' Jets has lead to fewer huge ships crossing the ocean.
Enormous robot and ship's pilot, he tows ships in distress off the coast of Northpool into the harbour. He has been in operation for fifteen years, has become Northpool's most famous landmark and has a chair on the dockside, but he is needed less due to the prevalence of 'Mammoth' Jets.
His Terra-Meks are due to demolish Northpool's sky-blocks.
Leader of Northpool Council. He is in favour of demolishing Northpool's sky-blocks and building an aero-space port in their place, while relocating the residents to underground d flats.
She is relocated from a sky-block to an underground flat at 999 Cosy-Down Burrows.
Priest. He tries to convince Charlie to stop the Terra-Meks from destroying Northpool.
Quartz: "How do the people of Northpool feel about my Terra-Meks destroying their homes?"
Murdoch: "Well, some of them are being rather difficult! They don't understand...this is the only way Northpool can survive! All these slum sky-blocks -- built in the Twentieth Century -- will be pulled down by your robots, Quartz! And the council will re-house everybody in nice new homes......underground!"
Granny Fraser: "B-But there's no windows...I won't be able to see the trees!"
Of course there are no windows, of course you can't see the trees. Where did you think underground was?
This part ends on a cry of "Big Jobs!" from an anonymous Terra-Mek.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
The ship Charlie saves has come from Mega-City One.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Letters: Dave Gibbons
This is fantastic! Gibbons' art automatically lifts the story, but the social satire of the piece is excellent too. It's surprising not to see Ro-Jaws or Hammer-Stein, but to be honest you don't miss them.
Next Prog: Mek-Mania!