Monday, 11 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 28

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 28

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 136

DATELINE
27 Oct 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk and Laddo fight a Maloid. Blackhawk survives.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Malo is a planet in the Persol system. Its dominant species is the Maloid, they have an avian head, three arms with pincers and spines, four legs, a shell on their backs and make a terrible stench. They are self-regenerating

BLACKHAWK
He and Ursa save Laddo from a Snikka tree. Blackhawk signs his name with an X. He fights and kills the Maloid champion, but the creature's limb regenerate and fight independently. Blackhawk fights on, but is overcome. Laddo attempts to assist him, but is attacked himself. Blackhawk tries to help Laddo, but the Director activates his Tork-band to prevent him.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
He and Blackhawk save Laddo from a Snikka tree.

LADDO
He draws a picture of Blackhawk and asks him to autograph it. Blackhawk is his hero and he refers to him as Lord Blackhawk. Blackhawk and Ursa save him from a Snikka tree.

DEATHS
At least one. Laddo is killed by the Maloid. The Maloid is "controlled", but it's not clear if it's killed.

BEST LINES
Maloid supporter: "Khordle Claisa! Khordle!"
Laddo: "Shut up your swearing, you!"

WORST LINES
Laddo: "Aaarg! I die - But I die a warrior!"

CATCHPHRASES
Blackhawk swears "By Sebek's Demons!", Laddo screams an "Aiiee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Blackhawk thinks back over his battles with Battik, Zog, the Smiling Chukwalla and the Goool.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Jack Potter

REVIEW
An interesting piece. As soon as he is introduced, it is obvious that Laddo is not long for this world, but the effect he has on Blackhawk is great and ends this part on a great note as Blackhawk throws off his chains. Belardinelli's Maloid is another fantastic design.

Next Prog: "Ursa Need Sacrifice!"