Monday, 22 April 2013
Inferno, Part 40
Inferno, Part 40
2000 A.D. Prog 75
29 July 78
This prog also featured Ant Wars, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd and M.A.C.H.0 strips, a Judge Dredd cover by Brian Lewis and the first part of the Cursed Earth Board Game.
The Complete Harlem Heroes.
The Harlem Hellcats play their final game.
FIRSTS & LASTS
The last appearance of Slim, Zack, Louis, Moody Bloo, Cindy and Inferno itself. For obvious reasons this is the last work by Tom Tully, Massimo Belardinelli and Peter Knight on the strip.
With the exception of Giant and Cindy Lamont, the Harlem Hellcats are dead.
He is forced to watch as Slim, Zack, Louis and Moody die. He is later freed by the police. A week later he attends a joint funeral for the Harlem Hellcats.
He is killed in a crash that sandwiched him between two of the bikers of the Wolves Of Death. He is buried alongside the other Harlem Hellcats a week later.
He dies as a result of injuries sustained when he is bitten by a Wolf flyer. He is buried alongside the other Harlem Hellcats a week later.
He manages to intercept the radio-signal being sent to the Wolves of Death and reverse it. Louis sets the droids to attack each other. He is shot dead by the faceless representative of the Syndicate. He is buried alongside the other Harlem Hellcats a week later.
He is shot dead by the Syndicate's representative. He is buried alongside the other Harlem Hellcats a week later.
She has been released from hospital. Cindy attends a joint funeral for the Harlem Hellcats a week after they were killed.
Four. Slim dies in a bike crash, Zack on the fangs of a Wolf flyer, while Louis and Moody Bloo are both shot by the Syndicate's representative.
Moody: "Not gonna conk out...just yet...gonna free ya, before...I..."
Giant: "...He's dead...No...Not after all this...It can't end this way!"
Syndicate's Representative: "I'm afraid it can...and it will..."
Moody's last words are followed by an acknowledgement of how the reader must be feeling.
Louis: "Well, well! My little experiment worked, Giant!"
We don't have enough time to waste on lines like this.
Zack calls Louis "Gristle-head", which conjures up rather an unfortunate image.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
There is a Tharg note to point out that Cindy was hospitalised in Prog 67, or Part 32.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Louis Mayer (nee Meyer nee Mayer) has returned to the Meyer spelling of his surname.
Inferno may not return, but we do find out whatever happened to John 'Giant' Clay in Whatever Happened To...John 'Giant' Clay? in Meg 216.
Here's a link to David Bishop writing about the controversy Inferno caused.
Script: Tom Tully
Letters: Peter Knight
Crikey. As with the penultimate part, the 'off-screen' deaths for Slim and Zack are unsettling and give a rushed feeling. Tharg's odd cameo is a surprise. Inferno often repeated the storyline of its parent strip, but where the Harlem Heroes ultimately win, albeit at a very high cost, instead the Harlem Hellcats lose. It subverts your expectations to let the bad guy win and end on a sombre note. It's this sense of loss that the last page hopes to achieve, but it's all undermined by the hurriedness of its three predecessors. I didn't warm to Inferno as a sport, but if the strip had had more of the flavour of these last few parts I think it would have been an absolute classic.