Black Hawk, Part 21
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 128
1 Sep 79
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.
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.
The Entertainers use metal tork headbands to maintain discipline. Removal of the tork causes the wearer great pain.
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.
When the creature attacks him, Blackhawk kills it.
One. Blackhawk stabs the creature to death with his sword.
Blackhawk: "Skill? There is no skill in butchery! I am a warrior - not a weak-hearted murderer!"
Blackhawk: "Much as I would like you dead, Director...I cannot stand by while a dumb animal slaughters an intelligent being!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Letters: Pete Knight
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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