Friday, 13 June 2014

Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein, Part 6 - The Gold Ships Of Free-Dome!

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein, Part 6 - The Gold Ships Of Free-Dome!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 108

DATELINE
14 Apr 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
X27? continues his tale.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
On the sixth moon of Saturn, the robots built a gold dome. When the supply ship arrived, the robots killed the human crew and sent back reports that the planet was unsuitable for human life. Meanwhile they set up escape lines to ferry robots from Earth in secret

RO-JAWS
He listens to X27?'s story. It's his idea that Casey pretend to be a human.

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

OTHER CHARACTERS
X27?
He continues to tell his story. He was sent to Earth on a secret mission to organise an escape line with a code X27, exchanging his gold suit for an ordinary metal one. He was chased by the Robot Investigation Police and fled into oncoming traffic on the motorway, losing his leg and his memory. He was sold to Ro-Busters by the motorist who hit him and believing X27? to be his name. After telling his story he died and the other robots buried him.

CASEY
He listens to X27?'s story. He masquerades as a human to escort the other robots.

DEATHS
At least three humans are killed in X27?'s flashback.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Hammer-Stein: "May he rust in peace!"

CATCHPHRASES
Doctor Feeley Good Humm-de-humms another three times.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
X27?'s rallying cry of "Robots...our planet needs you!" echoes the slogan on a recruitment poster from September 1914 featuring Lord Kitchener with the caption "Your Country Needs YOU".

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
This feels slow to begin with and rushed later on. X27?'s flashback isn't as much fun this time around and his death is perfunctory. Costuming Casey is great, but the ending is a bit empty.

Next Prog: The Secret Of X27