Saturday, 19 July 2014

Black Hawk, Part 5

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 5

FIRST PUBLISHED
Tornado Issue 8

DATELINE
12 May 79

This issue of Tornado, also contained The Angry Planet, The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, The Search, Storm, Tornado's True Tales, Victor Drago and Tornado's Gallery of Heroes, all behind a Big E Cover.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Black Hawk's men survive the fire and return to Rome.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First five page Black Hawk strip, first time Barabba is named and the end of Black Hawk's first mission.

INFORMATION
None.

BLACK HAWK
Inspired by the bird's capture of a mole, he orders his men to dig down and wait for the fire to subside. They escape with only minor burns. They depart for Rome carrying the deceased Legion's standard. The Germanic tribe's chief attacks him and Black Hawk impales him on the standard. Weeks later, they arrive in Rome.

OTHER CHARACTERS
THE BIRD
She extinguishes her wings and catches a mole. This inspires Black Hawk to order his men to dig themselves in to escape the fire.

BARABBA
One of Black Hawk's auxiliaries. He plans to arrange Black Hawk's death.

CRASSUS
He presumes Black Hawk and his men are dead. When Black Hawk returns to Rome, he takes the standard to Crassus and encourages his men to eat and drink the centurion's supplies.

DEATHS
Two. The bird kills a mole and Black Hawk stabs the German Chief with the deceased Roman Legion's standard.

BEST LINES
Black Hawk: "What the..? Sands of the desert! The hawk has recovered! She has attacked some prey...A mole!"
Barabba: "It desires some food. That is all!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Barabba screams an "Aiee!" as the Bird knocks him into a bath of water.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Valhalla is the location of the afterlife in Norse mythology.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
After a something and nothing cliffhanger resolution and a brief fight with a German Chief, Black Hawk's first mission comes to an end. Barabba procrastinates about killing Black Hawk and adds no drama to the story at all.

Next Week: The Heights Of Hazda!