Friday, 25 July 2014

Black Hawk, Part 11

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 11

FIRST PUBLISHED
Tornado Issue 14

DATELINE
23 June 79

This issue of Tornado features The Angry Planet, The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, Wagner's Walk, Victor Drago, Storm, The Lawless Touch, Captain Klep and Victor Drago's Black Museum Of Villains, with a cover by Barry Mitchell.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Black Hawk heads into Londinium, out of Londinium and back in again.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The British used scythed chariots.

BLACK HAWK
He arrives in Londinium and is ordered by the governor to hold the city. He refuses, helps escort the governor from the city. Upon realising his hawk is not with him, he returns to Londinium and is caught in the governor's palace. He struggles with the rebels until his men come to his aid. They are trapped within the city by the rebel army and its scythed chariots

OTHER CHARACTERS
THE BIRD
The governor order that she be tied to a table in his palace and abandoned. She is freed by a rebel.

THE GOVERNOR OF LONDINIUM
He orders Black Hawk to hold the city, when he refuses the governor orders that his bird be tied down and left behind.

BARABBA
He and Pocus go looting in the chaos of Londinium.

POCUS
He and Barabba go looting in the chaos of Londinium.

DEATHS
At least one. We see a rebel shot with an arrow.

BEST LINES
Black Hawk: "Hold Londinium? With less than a hundred exhausted men against thousands of rebels? No, Governor!"
Governor: "That is an order! I-"
Black Hawk: "I take my orders from the military, not the civil powers! I was told to escort the citizens safely, not make a mad suicide stand to buy time for you to load more valuables!...I don't intend to remain in the city when the rebels come!"

WORST LINES
Roman soldier: "Pah!"

Yep.

CATCHPHRASES
British rebel scream "Aiee!", "Aieee!" and "Aeieeeeeeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The British did apparently use scythed chariots and recalls scenes in films like Ben-Hur (1959).

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G.F. Day
Artist: Azpiri
Letters: Unknown

REVIEW
Black Hawk's toing and froing in and out of London is a little odd. How does Black Hawk know the governor is responsible for his hawk's disappearance? Once again, Black Hawk is saved by his men. He is arguably becoming something of a liability.

Next Week: The Battle!