Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Ro-Busters: 'Avalanche!'

NAME
Ro-Busters: 'Avalanche!'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Annual 1980

DATELINE
1 Sept 79

PAGE COUNT
10

REPRINTS
The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Geneva is buried in an avalanche.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Ro-Busters appearance in a 2000 AD Annual.

INFORMATION
Geneva is home to the world bank. The Robo-Hilton provides accommodation for robots.

Ro-Busters has medical and maintenance teams.

HAMMER-STEIN
He parachutes down to the avalanche site, but his landing sends his armaments circuits haywire and his weapons fire with one shell lodging in Mek-Quake. He rescues a little girl on her own and later a group of children.

RO-JAWS
He parachutes down to the avalanche site. He helps rescue a group of children

OTHER CHARACTERS
HOWARD QUARTZ
He keeps his money in the World Bank. When Mek-Quake's brain is damaged the Ro-Busters maintenance team suggest taking a scraping of Quartz' brain and grafting it into the robot. He does not get paid by the Mayor of Geneva.

MEK-QUAKE
One of Hammer-Stein's shells lodges in Mek-Quake. He pushes back the fallen rocks, but is ultimately buried. Hammer-Stein and Ro-Jaws attempt to use explosives to blow the rocks and expect Mek-Quake to be destroyed. Instead the shell detonates and Mek-Quake is freed and his positronic brain is damaged. The Ro-busters' maintenance team suggest using a scraping of Quartz' brain to fix Mek-Quake. It works and Mek-Quake rescues Quartz' money and eats it before aggressively attempting to cuddle him.

DOCTOR OPTICS
He hypnotises Mek-Quake to calm him down.


DEATHS
None, it seems.

BEST LINES
Ro-Jaws (about Howard Quartz): "Heh Heh! He doesn't know which is worse - bein' operated on or losin' his money!"

WORST LINES
Ro-Jaws (about Howard Quartz): "I reckon they should change his name to Howard Squashed! Heh! Heh! Heh!"

CATCHPHRASES
There are a few mentions of "Humes".

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
After the brain scraping graft to Mek-Quake, is Howard Quartz still Mr Ten-Per-Cent?

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Unknown
Artist: Kev F Sutherland
Letters: Unknown

REVIEW
This strip features some good characters moments for Ro-Jaws, Mek-Quake and Howard Quartz and some heroism for Hammer-Stein, but the visuals fail to get the avalanche itself across and the story itself feels pretty throwaway.

The End.