Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 22

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 22

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 130

DATELINE
15 Sept 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk and Ursa must not help each to survive Battak's assault course.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Ursa.

INFORMATION
(This strip is set "two thousand years ago", which if taken literally would mean 21 BC)

BLACKHAWK
He awakes surrounded by members of various species. He meets Ursa and Battak. He undertakes Battak's assault course and helps Ursa survive. He is not the first human to have been kidnapped by the entertainers.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
He is friendly to Blackhawk and punished for it by Battak. Blackhawk helps him survive Battak's assault course..

BATTAK
Squad leader. He punishes Ursa for being friendly toward Blackhawk and orders the gladiators to the assault course. He later threatens both Blackhawk and Ursa for helping each other to survive the assault course.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Blackhawk: "Blood of the jackal!"

WORST LINES
Battak: "You, Bear! You spoke to the new human. You were being friendly. You know it is not allowed to be friendly!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Ursa means Bear in the Latin.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
Despite being quite predictable this part successfully introduces Blackhawk's new sidekick and reinforces the new format of the strip.

.. Claws Unsheathed .. Death Approaches .. Do Not Miss Next Prog!