Wednesday, 11 June 2014

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

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

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 106

DATELINE
31 Mar 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 71, Cyber Crush 09, 2000AD Extreme Edition 24, Ro-Busters Book 2 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
The robots split into two groups, one are destroyed and the other smear themselves with excrement.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
A Molek Grenade can destroy a Mark III War Droid. A Mek-Detector can track a robot from a sample of its oil.

RO-JAWS
He refuses to surrender to the PD Troopers. Realising that they are being tracked by the scent of their oil, he suggests that the robots smear themselves with pig manure.

HAMMER-STEIN
He refuses to surrender to the PD Troopers. He smears himself with pig manure to obscure the scent of his oil.

OTHER CHARACTERS
GINGER
He loses his blanket and the PD Troopers use the oil stains on it to track the robots. He smears himself with pig manure to obscure the scent of his oil.

X27?
He is attacked by the PD Troopers. He smears himself with pig manure to obscure the scent of his oil. The robots find themselves on the road where he had his accident and his memories return. He believes he is dying.

DEATHS
At least ten. The robots that surrender to the PD Troopers are destroyed. Hammer-Stein takes revenge on two troopers and Doctor Feeley Good operates on a third.

BEST LINES
Hammer-Stein: "We've given them the slip. But now we have to survive in a world where Humans hate us...with no identity papers...no hide out...no oil..."
Ginger: "And no blanket."

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Doctor Feeley Good chalks up another four "Humm-de-humms!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: P. Mills
Artist: M. McMahon
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
Robots on the run. This would have been a great dynamic for the strip to follow. Its nice to see the actions of Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein reflect what we saw in each of their memoirs. Ginger's blanket, the pig manure and deathbed return of X27?'s memories are all excellent.

Next Prog: Genesis Of The Robots!