The A.B.C. Warriors: Retreat From Volgow
2000 A.D. & Starlord Prog 120
7 July 79
A.B.C. Warriors Book 1, A.B.C. Warriors: Mek-nificent Seven & A.B.C. Warriors: The Meknificent Seven.
Hammer-Stein must defend Chateau Volgski against the Volgans.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First contact between Hammer-Stein and his new superior. First mention of Mongrol.
Chateau Volgski is two miles north of Volgow. The Old Guard are Volgan robots that were deemed too brutal and switched off by their own generals. They have since been reactivated. The Volgans use Kossack Hell-Bikes.
His Hammer-arm is being serviced. He is forced to defend Chateau Volgski without the benefit of tanks and without his Hammer arm. He fights Old Horney. He is appointed by his new human superior officer to lead a new team. His next task is to tame Mongrol.
He is in the bath when the Old Guard attack Chateau Volgski. He is still armed.
He dresses up in drag.
The first Volgan war robot. He is programmed to enjoy killing. It leads the attack of Chateau Volgski. He fights Hammer-Stein, who ultimately kills him.
Human officer that cancels the tanks defending Chateau Volgski. He is impressed by Hammer-Stein and appoints him to lead a team and tame Mongrol.
Three. Joe Pineapples kills a Volgan robot that interrupts his bath. Old Horney kills one of Hammer-Stein's robots. Hammer-Stein stabs Old Horney with a sword.
Old Horney: "I was putting ABC Warriors to the zabre while you were still in wrapping paper, child!"
Hammer-Stein: "He's knocked the sword out of my hand!"
Happy Shrapnel Bzzz's three times.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Happy Shrapnel sings 'Happy Feet' by Cab Calloway.
Script: P. Mills
Artist: Brendan McCarthy
Letters: Pete Knight
This strip ups the ante and the violence. We learn nothing about the motives of Hammer-Stein's new superior officer, but his actions paint a picture. So far the team has three members, but only one of them has any real personality. It doesn't seem that there is any room for further members.
Imagine A Robot Ten Times More Horrifying Than Old Horney And You're Getting Close To Mongrol! Meet him Next Prog!