Sunday, 8 June 2014

Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein!, Part 1

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein!, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 103

DATELINE
10 Mar 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 71, Cyber Crush 08, Ro-Busters Book 2, 2000AD Extreme Edition 24 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Ginger is reunited with Ro-Jaws, while Quartz plots the end of Ro-Busters.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Robettes are immature robots. Goldilocks And The Three Robots is a retelling of a fairy tale with robots.

Ro-Busters haven't been called to a disaster in months.

RO-JAWS
He hid Hammer-Stein's old head for a week. Ro-Jaws reads to the Robettes. He is reunited with Ginger.

HAMMER-STEIN
Ro-Jaws hid his old head for a week. Hammer-Stein reluctantly pays Mek-Quake twenty credits to leave Ginger alone.

OTHER CHARACTERS
GINGER
He was sent to the robo knacker's yard and reconstructed from pieces of other robots. He has been sent to Ro-Busters and is reunited with Ro-Jaws again.

MEK-QUAKE
He extorts money, comics or life from new arrivals at Ro-Busters. He is saving up for a twenty mega-ton atomic howitzer and collects Sergeant Rock comics.


HOWARD QUARTZ
With Ro-Busters' profits down, he plans to destroy the Preying Mantis whilst it is full of robots and claim on the insurance.

MISS MARILN
She is horrified by Quartz' plan.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Marilyn: "The mass murder of robots...robocide! That-that's horrible!"
Quartz: "Yes. Now I must make a list of the robots I want destroyed...No prizes for guessing which two robots will be top of my list!"

WORST LINES
Hammer-Stein: "Hmmm! You'll find him over there - telling a story to the robettes!"

Are they a Motown musical combo?

CATCHPHRASES
Ro-Jaws calls Ginger a "daft nerk" whilst complimenting him.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Quartz hopes for a plague in Mega-City One or a pile-up in the Trans-Atlantic Tunnel. Ro-Busters reputation has suffered since Northpool's near demolition.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Mek-Quake collects Sergeant Rock comics. Sgt. Rock first appeared in G.I. Combat #68 (1959) as The Rock, gaining a his rank a little later and his own comic in 1977. Quartz references the 1974 disaster movie, The Towering Inferno.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Kevin O'Neill
Letters: Peter Knight

REVIEW
The return of Ro-Jaws, Hammer-Stein, Ginger and Miss Marilyn does a great job of convincing the reader that this will be business as usual after three stories that bucked the trend, but Quartz' plot upsets the applecart brilliantly.

Next Prog: Robocide!