2000 AD Annual 1980
1 Sept 79
The Complete Ro-Busters.
Geneva is buried in an avalanche.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First Ro-Busters appearance in a 2000 AD Annual.
Geneva is home to the world bank. The Robo-Hilton provides accommodation for robots.
Ro-Busters has medical and maintenance teams.
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.
He parachutes down to the avalanche site. He helps rescue a group of children
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.
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.
He hypnotises Mek-Quake to calm him down.
None, it seems.
Ro-Jaws (about Howard Quartz): "Heh Heh! He doesn't know which is worse - bein' operated on or losin' his money!"
Ro-Jaws (about Howard Quartz): "I reckon they should change his name to Howard Squashed! Heh! Heh! Heh!"
There are a few mentions of "Humes".
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
After the brain scraping graft to Mek-Quake, is Howard Quartz still Mr Ten-Per-Cent?
Artist: Kev F Sutherland
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.