Sunday, 1 June 2014

Ro-Busters: The Terra-Meks!, Part Two - Mek-Mania!

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Terra-Meks!, Part Two - Mek-Mania!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 99

DATELINE
10 Feb 79

PAGE COUNT
8

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1987, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.02, Cyber Crush 05, Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2) 03, Ro-Busters Book 1 and The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
The Terra-Meks get started.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First eight page Ro-Busters.

INFORMATION
There are caves beneath Northpool from the town's smuggling history, they connect with the Presbytery.

The Terra-Meks are owned by Ro-Busters (Demolition) Ltd.


CHARLIE
The destruction of Northpool forces Charlie into action and he challenges the Terra-Meks.

OTHER CHARACTERS
TYRANNO-MEK
Terra-Mek. Works closely with Dumper. They begin demolishing Northpool, starting by ripping the roofs off buildings.

FANTAS-TEK
Terra-Mek. They begin demolishing Northpool, he grinds buildings into rubble.

KING KONKA
Terra-Mek. He has ten forward and five reverse gears. He is required fulfil a work quota. They begin demolishing Northpool, starting by ripping the roofs off buildings.

MEK-QUAKE
Terra-Mek. They begin demolishing Northpool.

EXCAVATOR
Terra-Mek. They begin demolishing Northpool.

DUMPER
Terra-Mek. They begin demolishing Northpool.

ROAD-ROLLER
Terra-Mek. They begin demolishing Northpool, he flattens rubble into hardcore.

TAR-MEK
Terra-Mek. They begin demolishing Northpool, he oozes tar over the hardcore.

FATHER FLANNIGAN
Catholic Priest. He lives in a Presbytery in Northpool and has a housekeeper. He is the leader of the Save Our City action group in Northpool. He attempts to reason with the Terra-Meks, but to no avail.

STEVENSON
The Chief Robot Engineer who built Charlie.

DEATHS
At least two. A couple in a car drive into Fantas-Tek's crushing jaws.

BEST LINES
Road-Roller: "Let the good times roll!"

WORST LINES
Fantas-Tek: "Nogeee!"

What?

CATCHPHRASES
The Terra-Meks say "Big Jobs" five times, "Illogical!" twice, and both "Destroy!" and "Die!" three times each.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
King Konka obviously a homage to King Kong. Road-Roller either references "Let The Good Times Roll" a song recorded by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five in 1946 or "Let The Good Times Roll!", a song recorded by Shirley and Lee in 1956.

MISTAKES
Why no name captions for Excavator, Dumper, Robo-Roller or Tar-Mek?

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Letters: Dave Gibbons

REVIEW
Again the art is beautiful, although poorer for having less Charlie in it.

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