Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Strontium Dog: 'The Brain', Part 2

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'The Brain', Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord No 22

DATELINE
7 Oct 78

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny sees through the Brain's deception.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last Strontium Dog to appear in Starlord

INFORMATION
(This strip doesn't take place at Christmas)

A billion Byknls is enough wealth to buy several small planets.

Gas bombs are bomb which employ gas.


JOHNNY ALPHA
He struggles to see through lead, but he manages to see inside the ultimate weapon. Realising it is simply a firework display, he goads the Brain's man into setting it off. He, Wulf and the Gronk go in search of the Brain.

WULF STERNHAMMER
He, Johnny and the Gronk go in search of the Brain.

THE GRONK
He, Johnny and Wulf go in search of the Brain.

OTHER CHARACTERS
THE BRAIN
Johnny sees through the ultimate weapon and sets it off. His ambition is to train his troupe of Waterworts to perform a Oklahoma! in costume. He can kill with a thought. When Cornelius is killed he takes revenge on his human gang, killing all three of them. He does not resist arrest by Johnny, Wulf and the Gronk. He asks Johnny to ensure Cornelius receives a good burial.

CORNELIUS
He is killed by shards of glass sent airborne by the Brain's human gang's gas bomb. The Brain asks Johnny to give Cornelius a good burial.

DEATHS
Four. Cornelius is killed by the gas bomb and the Brain kills the three of them in revenge with his mental powers.

BEST LINES
Brain: "You've killed my best tenor!"

Where else would someone shout that as they commit multiple murder with telekinesis.

WORST LINES
Johnny: "Yeah, like they say - the show must go on."

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CATCHPHRASES
Johnny says "Drokkit!" (see CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS below), the Gronk "hears s-singings" and "bugses", while Wulf says der, haf, ve, veapon, verr, vill, vos, vot,

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
"Drokkit!" is almost the expletive of choice in Judge Dredd.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
One of the Dictators of Larg regards the Brain creature as being "s-smarter that a hundred Einsteins"

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Holding a planet to ransom over a joke and the Merry Xmas reveal are fantastic moments. It's the end of an era and yet it's not played as such.

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