Thursday, 12 June 2014

Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein, Part Five - Genesis Of The Robots!

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

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 107

DATELINE
7 Apr 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 71, Cyber Crush 10, 2000AD Extreme Edition 24, Ro-Busters Book 2 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
X27? reveals all.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
(X27?'s flashback contains a sequence that takes place on Thanksgiving)

Saturn's sixth moon (or Saturn Six) is rich in gold and affected by sulphuric acid storms. It has been declared the Planet of the Robots.

RO-JAWS
He listens to X27?'s story.

HAMMER-STEIN
He listens to X27?'s story.

OTHER CHARACTERS
X27?
A space robot that previously worked for a mining company that operated on Saturn's sixth moon. His human masters starved to death after the discovery that their crates of food supplies had been mislabelled and actually contained 5,000 rubber ducks. Following their deaths, the robots declared Saturn Six the Planet of the Robots and used the gold they found to replace their metal plating.

DEATHS
Ten. At least four robots are destroyed by sulphuric acid storms and cave-ins on Saturn Six, while at least six humans were killed when in a hunger induced hallucination, they removed their visors and suffocated.

BEST LINES
Human #1: "Rubber ducks!"
Human #2: "5,000 of them, to be exact!"

Please do.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Doctor Feeley Good Humm-De-Humms again.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Mike McMahon
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
A slightly odd diversion that slows down the action, undermines the peril and might have worked better as X27?'s memoirs, but the reveal of the rubber ducks is excellent.

Next Prog: The Gold Ships Of Free-Dome!