Ro-Busters: Ro-Jaws' Memoirs, Part Five - Happy Ever After (Sort Of)
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 97
27 Jan 79
The Best Of 2000AD 83 and The Complete Ro-Busters.
Ro-Jaws and Annabel are parted and reunited.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Annabel.
(The flashback section of this strip presumably begins in September 2067 and culminates on Christmas Day of the same year, while the last sequence takes place in the Ro-Busters present day circa 2078)
The Book of Robots is written by humans for the improvement of robots. Verse Six reads: "Humans are the masters now and for ever..."
When Annabel goes away to boarding school, Ro-Jaws is sent to work for a Mr Murphy as a builder's labourer. After three years apart, he and Ginger meet again. Ro-Jaws later sees Ginger's foot on the back of a Robo-knackers' lorry and collapses. When Annabel returns she seeks him out and buys him back. Ro-Jaws spends Christmas with Annabel and her family.
She goes away to boarding school. When she returns home at Christmas, she is told Ro-Jaws has run away.
Ro-Jaws is sold to him as a builder's labourer.
He and Ro-Jaws are reunited for the first time in three years. Ro-Jaws later sees his foot on the Robo-knackers' lorry.
Maybe Ginger, although it's possible he merely lost a foot.
Ro-Jaws: "What-haay! These left-overs is really tasty! Merry Crimble everyone!"
Ro-Jaws (singing): "Even sewer rats like me have fun on Christmas day. I sing my song (no Humes around?) Us robots rule OK? Brill, eh?"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Ro-Jaws references Hard Times (1854) by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). 'Love Came Down At Christmas' is a Christmas carol with lyrics by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) written at some point before 1886.
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Mike Dorey
Letters: Pete Knight
The snowy artwork is nice, but this is largely disappointing after a tumultuous set-up. Overall, this feels rushed.
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