Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Strontium Dog: 'The Galaxy Killers', Part 9

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'The Galaxy Killers', Part 9

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 94

DATELINE
6 Jan 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 214, Strontium Dog: The Early Cases and Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny destroys a planet.

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

INFORMATION
Rog is destroyed by a nuclear device which causes its nuclear reactors to explode. The war between the Wolrogs and Sandorians is expected to come to a stop with the Rog's factories out of action.

Lasers can be set to blow torch.

JOHNNY ALPHA
He and Wulf attempt to get beyond both the blast radius of the nuclear device and the Wolrog guards. He cuts Wulf loose when he gets his foot stuck and they escape in the Shadow. The Sandorians give Johnny the Shadow and a Sandorian crew to fly it in payment. Johnny declines thinking it to ostentatious for bounty hunting.


WULF STERNHAMMER
He and Johnny attempt attempt to get beyond both the blast radius of the nuclear device and the Wolrog guards, but he gets his foot stuck. Johnny cuts him loose and they escape in the Shadow.

OTHER CHARACTERS
COMMANDER NOOD
He rescues Johnny and Wulf from Rog in the Shadow.

DEATHS
Presumably billions. The nuclear device planted by Johnny and Wulf explodes causing a series of explosions that destroy Rog.

BEST LINES
Wulf: "My foot - is being stuck!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Wulf says der, ja, und, vaste, vay, ve, vind, vit, Volrog, as borrowing Kark's catchphrase, "close as der cucumber".
Wolrogs "Hrrrr!", "Hrrraaaahhhh..!", "Hrrrrrr!", "Hrrrrraaaahhh..!"
Johnny chalk up another "Drokk!"
Gronk says "excitements", "braves"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
This story has been an odd change of pace, probably to show the versatility of the strip, but if anything it has the opposite effect and turns Strontium Dog into just another space opera. Johnny going back for Wulf and turning down the Shadow are nice touches as is a lack of sentimentality about his potential genocide.

Johnny Takes A Break Now - He'll Be Back Soon!