Monday, 21 July 2014

Black Hawk, Part 7

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 7

FIRST PUBLISHED
Tornado Issue 10

DATELINE
26 May 79

This issue contains The Angry Planet, The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, Wagner's Walk, Storm, Tornado's True Tales and Victor Drago strips, and a Wagner's Walk cover by Ian Kennedy.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Black Hawk breaks the siege of Hazda.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last Black Hawk set in Judea.

INFORMATION
The siege of Hazda comes to an end.

BLACK HAWK
He orders one of his company to steal a Roman ballista, which he uses to catapult himself onto the plateau of Hazda only to find the Judean rebels were close to defeat. He convinces the Roman general that the rebels all killed themselves rather than fight and smuggles the remaining Judean survivors off the plateau among his own men and allows them to disappear. Under the orders of the general he leads his men back to Rome.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BARABBA
He breaks rank in an attempt to inform the Roman general of Black Hawk's deceit, but Black Hawk's bird knocks him off the mountainside. He faints, but Black Hawk catches him and he lives.

DEATHS
It's not clear, but presumably none.

BEST LINES
General: "So, the scum chose death rather than face the vengeance of Rome, eh?"

WORST LINES
Black Hawk: "I'm unhurt and intend to stay that way a little longer!"

CATCHPHRASES
Barabba screams "Aieeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
A ballista is a missile weapon that launched a large projectile at a distant target.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Despite his assertions, it's pretty obvious what Black Hawk is going to use the ballista for and it's a shame the thief didn't get a moment in the spotlight after the set up in last week's cliffhanger. It's good to see the strip define Black Hawk's morality as he risk life and limb to allow women, children and surrendered combatant alike to go free.

Next Week: Britain!