Ro-Busters: The Terra-Meks, Part Four - The Big Lie!
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 101
24 Feb 79
2000AD Annual 1987, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.02, Cyber Crush 07, Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2) 05, Ro-Busters Book 1 and The Complete Ro-Busters.
Charlie saves the day, but is rewarded with an attack from the navy and a song from the town.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Charlie.
HMS Nemesis is a Royal Navy Destroyer.
Northpool Evening Echo and Northpool Sun are newspapers.
Following their involvement in Charlie's destruction, Ro-Busters' share price falls to one credit.
He is equipped with storm-proof plating. After he has finished with the Terra-Meks, he spots a ship out at sea and goes to help. It is the Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Nemesis, they attack him and he sinks to the seabed. Some weeks later, Charlie rises from the sea and clambers toward Northpool. The people of Northpool offer encouragement.
The price of shares in Ro-Busters falls to one credit each.
He escapes Charlie with Tar-Mek, but they are destroyed two days later by a squadron of jets.
He escapes Charlie with Excavator, but they are destroyed two days later by a squadron of jets.
He knows ships and can diagnose problems (or the lack thereof) by sight.
Two. Excavator and Tar-Mek are bombed by aircraft.
Mek-Quake says "Big Jobs"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
There have been three ships called HMS Nemesis. One launched in 1780, another in 1826 and a third, an Acorn-class destroyer, launched in 1910. Northpool's residents sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' to encourage Charlie, a song from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, it has become synonymous with Liverpool Football Club since the early 1960s.
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Letters: Dave Gibbons
This still features some beautiful artwork and it's nice to see Charlie's return, but the stilted dialogue causes the story to suffer somewhat.