Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Strontium Dog: Journey Into Hell!, Part 10

NAME
Strontium Dog: Journey Into Hell!, Part 10

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 113

DATELINE
19 May 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 3.65 or 3.66, Strontium Dog: The Early Cases and Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny and friends arrive just in time for the daily hate in Hate.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Strontium Dog story to reach ten parts.

INFORMATION
The city of Hate has two mayors. One for the day and another for the night. The city takes its name from the daily Hate, a period that starts at noon and ends at midnight. Gargoyles bring five tickets at noon and whoever is in possession of them at midnight gets a free trip back to their own dimension. One individual in Hate had been there seventy years.


JOHNNY ALPHA
He pursues Fly's-Eyes Wagner when he escapes.

WULF STERNHAMMER
He drinks something in Hate that makes him sick.

THE GRONK
It is scared by the effects of the daily hate of the city of Hate.

OTHER CHARACTERS
FLY'S-EYES WAGNER
In Hate, his handcuffs melt away and he flees.

DON DORK
He is worried by the effects of the daily hate of the city of Hate.

MR. SUN
Daytime mayor of Hate. They explain the daily Hate to Johnny, Wulf, the Gronk, Wagner and Dork, before inflating and popping like balloons.

MR. MOON
Night-time mayor of Hate. They explain the daily Hate to Johnny, Wulf, the Gronk, Wagner and Dork, before inflating and popping like balloons.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Wagner: "My handcuffs - they're melting away like molasses! I'm free!"

WORST LINES
Wulf: "Hmmph! Der city seem friendly enough, Johnny!"

It's called Hate, Wulf.

CATCHPHRASES
Wulf says der, Gotts, gut, vaterfall, voorms, Vulf and "Agh! Vulf feel...sick as der cucumber...". The Gronk pluralises birdses, mens and, predictably, heartses.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ezquerra
Letters: Aldrich

REVIEW
Strontium Dog takes another step into the surreal, but does so in an surprisingly well-ordered way. The juxtaposition of balloon-headed day and night mayors with the seemingly very organised golden ticket bunfight is great.

Next Prog: Chaos Kills!