Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein, Part 10

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein, Part 10

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 112

DATELINE
12 May 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 71, Cyber Crush 12, 2000AD Extreme Edition 24, Ro-Busters Book 2 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
The robots escape in the travel tube system.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time a Ro-Busters story has reached ten parts.

INFORMATION
The travel tube system is an underground network for vehicles using linear magnetic motors. It is much faster than conventional road systems. At its centre is Carousel a huge interchange.

RO-JAWS
When Hammer-Stein is hit, Ro-Jaws starts a fight among the other robots to draw the P.D. Troopers fire.

HAMMER-STEIN
He and Gottlieb fight back. He is hit with an armour-piercing incendiary round which opens up an old stomach wound. He takes the P.D. Troopers' Captain hostage.

OTHER CHARACTERS
GOTTLIEB
He and Hammer-Stein fight back

GINGER
He escapes on the Satan Dart with Gottlieb, Ro-Jaws, Hammer-Stein, Little Mo and their human hostage.

DEATHS
At least seven. Seven corpses are seen floating among explosions during the Satan Dart police chase.

BEST LINES
Ginger: "I-I think I've flooded my engine!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
A dying PD Trooper scream an "Aieeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Graffiti mentions Robby. Robby the Robot is a fictional robot who first appeared in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. Carousel shares its name with the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895 – August 23, 1960) written in 1945. Someone sings 'We'll take the high road' paraphrasing the lyrics of 'The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond', first published in 1841.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
Complicated travel systems will play a big part in the first Comic Rock, which will introduce Nemesis The Warlock, and Ro-Busters sequel, A.B.C. Warriors.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
This part features a barroom brawl and a police chase, although it hardly does it justice to define it as such. The former features theatrical costumes and a fight-within-a-fight, while the latter is brilliantly bonkers.

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