Thursday, 17 July 2014

Black Hawk, Part 3

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 3

FIRST PUBLISHED
Tornado Issue 6

DATELINE
28 Apr 79

This issue of Tornado featured The Angry Planet, The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, Wagner's Walk, Victor Drago, Storm, Captain Klep and Tornado's Gallery of Heroes with a Storm cover by Ian Kennedy.

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Black Hawk recruits the rest of his men, trains them and leads them out a mission.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First (and probably last) time that the bird is referred to as Scythe-Wing.

INFORMATION
(This strip takes place over the course of three months)

The Valley of the Untouchables is a quarry near Rome where many of the city's outcasts live.

The lands around the Rhine are forests filled with Germanic tribes.

BLACK HAWK
He has successfully recruit fifty men. He recruits more from the Valley of the Untouchables. He returns to Rome to requisition uniforms and weapons for his troops. He spends three months training his men. When word reaches Crassus that two legions have disappeared near the Rhine, he recommends to his general sending Black Hawk's auxiliaries. The general agrees and Black Hawk leads his men toward the Rhine..

OTHER CHARACTERS
SCYTHE-WING
Another name that Black Hawk uses for the Huntress.

CRASSUS
He witnesses Black Hawk requisitioning uniforms and weapons for his men. Three months later he rides out to inspect the troops. When word reaches Crassus that two legions have disappeared near the Rhine, he recommends to his general sending Black Hawk's auxiliaries.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Black Hawk: "Lesson one - a fighting man who loses his temper pretty soon loses his life - and you didn't hold the sword right, soldier."

WORST LINES
Black Hawk: "I said try to kill me, you scum-eared spawn of dust! Are you deaf?"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Mars was the Roman god of war.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
This part sees Black Hawk recruit another fifty men with ease, train them over the course of three months between panels and get an assignment just at the end of that training period. It all flies by pretty quickly and feels a little too straight-forward.

Next Week: Forest Of Death!