Sunday, 7 September 2014

Strontium Dog: Assault on Trigol 3!

NAME
Strontium Dog: Assault on Trigol 3!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1979

DATELINE
1 June 79

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny, Wulf and the Gronk attempt to arrest Harry the Horse on Trigol 3.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Strontium Dog strip in a 2000 AD special.

INFORMATION
Trigol 3 is a mining planet in the Darma system. It is famous for its orbiting statue of a prospector.

Nickel City is a settlement on Trigol 3. Deke Wilson is the marshal. It has a bank, hotel and stores. There has been an ore strike nearby. A Galaxy Judge visits Nickel City from time to time. It has recently been renamed Lawless and then re-renamed Alphaville.

A reacto-flyer is a mode of transport.

Electronux carry twenty thousand volts.

JOHNNY ALPHA
He has been to Trigol 3 and Nickel City before, and he knows Deke Wilson. He vaporises Jem's hover horse. He agrees to help Deke. When Harry the Horse takes Billy Wilson prisoner and attempts to exchange him for his own son, Johnny agrees, sets his blaster to low power and fires harmlessly through Billy and into Harry killing him.

OTHER CHARACTERS
WULF STERNHAMMER
He helps Johnny and Deke. Wulf uses a time bomb to send three of Harry the Horse's men two days into the future, leaving them to die in the freezing cold of space.

THE GRONK
It heals Deke Wilson's wound.

DEKE WILSON
Marshall of Nickel City. His son Billy disappeared six weeks ago. He is injured in an altercation with Jem, the Gronk heals his wound.

BILLY WILSON
Deke Wilson's son. He joined Harry the Horse's gang, but soon realised his mistake. He was forced to stay and six weeks later was used in a prisoner exchange for Harry's son.

HARRY THE HORSE
He is wanted for planetcide. He currently lives on Trigol 3. He has a son that Deke Wilson arrested. Harry sends his men to free his son, but Johnny and Wulf force them to retreat. Harry has Deke's son Billy captive and attempts a prisoner exchange. Johnny kills Harry.

DEATHS
Four. Johnny kills Harry the Horse with his blaster. Wulf kills three of his men with a time bomb.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Johnny Alpha: "Statues everybody! Unless you want the same!"

What?

CATCHPHRASES
Wulf says Der, Got, gut, ja, mitt, vanted, vild, vos, vot, vould, Vulf, vun and zey. The Gronk pluralises "my poor heartses" and "rightses".

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Ian Rogan
Artist: Rob Moran
Letters: Aldrich

REVIEW
This is disappointing throughout. The artwork doesn't always sell the ideas, the beginning is muddled, the ending is rushed.

The End