Monday, 4 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 21

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 21

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 128

DATELINE
1 Sep 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk saves the Director's life and receives a pain-inducing tork-band as payment.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Blackhawk's tork-band. First Black Hawk letters by Pete Knight.

INFORMATION
The Entertainers use metal tork headbands to maintain discipline. Removal of the tork causes the wearer great pain.

BLACKHAWK
He fights and beats the creature, but refuses to take its life. When the creature attacks the Director, Blackhawk kills it. He is rewarded with a tork-band and a demonstration of the pain it can cause. He passes out.

OTHER CHARACTERS
THE DIRECTOR
When the creature attacks him, Blackhawk kills it.

DEATHS
One. Blackhawk stabs the creature to death with his sword.

BEST LINES
Blackhawk: "Skill? There is no skill in butchery! I am a warrior - not a weak-hearted murderer!"

WORST LINES
Blackhawk: "Much as I would like you dead, Director...I cannot stand by while a dumb animal slaughters an intelligent being!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
Belardinelli's art continues to impress. Blackhawk has a chance to let the Director die, but his ethics don't allow him to "stand by while a dumb animal slaughters an intelligent being!" Is that an uncharacteristic move that we will all come to regret.

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