Saturday, 16 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 33

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 33

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 141

DATELINE
1 Dec 79

PAGE COUNT
4 and a 1/2.

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Blackhawk and friends

FIRSTS & LASTS
First part to centre on a character other than Black Hawk.

INFORMATION
Battak's species mature in a hive.

BLACKHAWK
He worries for his lost soul. Battak pushes him off a cliff, but Blackhawk grabs the insect's foot.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BATTAK
In the hive where he matured, they called him Battak the Merciless. Aboard the stadium, the called him Battak the killer. His death-dive only failed him once and he has vowed that it will never fail him again. He fights and eats a scavenger that attacks them. When Zog is kidnapped, Battak suggests abandoning him to his fate, but the others overrule him. While Ursa is rescuing Zog, Battak pushes Blackhawk off a cliff, but the human grabs the insect's foot.

ZOG
The scavengers kidnap him. Ursa finds him in a cave.

URSA
He finds Zog in a cave.

DEATHS
Two. Blackhawk and Battak kill one scavenger each.

BEST LINES
Zog: "Zog!"
Battak: "Zog yourself, dwarf!"

WORST LINES
Blackhawk: "They have had enough! They turn tail - They flee!"

CATCHPHRASES
Zog says his name four times and thinks it once, Ursa says "Hokey-Dokey!" and "Yaar!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
It's nice to see things from Battak's perspective for a change, but somewhat sad that it is something of a necessity, since we are slowly losing our leading man.

Next Prog: In The Lair Of The Beast!