Ro-Busters: The Fall And Rise Of Ro-Jaws And Hammer-Stein!, Part 1
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 103
10 Mar 79
The Best Of 2000AD 71, Cyber Crush 08, Ro-Busters Book 2, 2000AD Extreme Edition 24 and The Complete Ro-Busters.
Ginger is reunited with Ro-Jaws, while Quartz plots the end of Ro-Busters.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Robettes are immature robots. Goldilocks And The Three Robots is a retelling of a fairy tale with robots.
Ro-Busters haven't been called to a disaster in months.
He hid Hammer-Stein's old head for a week. Ro-Jaws reads to the Robettes. He is reunited with Ginger.
Ro-Jaws hid his old head for a week. Hammer-Stein reluctantly pays Mek-Quake twenty credits to leave Ginger alone.
He was sent to the robo knacker's yard and reconstructed from pieces of other robots. He has been sent to Ro-Busters and is reunited with Ro-Jaws again.
He extorts money, comics or life from new arrivals at Ro-Busters. He is saving up for a twenty mega-ton atomic howitzer and collects Sergeant Rock comics.
With Ro-Busters' profits down, he plans to destroy the Preying Mantis whilst it is full of robots and claim on the insurance.
She is horrified by Quartz' plan.
Marilyn: "The mass murder of robots...robocide! That-that's horrible!"
Quartz: "Yes. Now I must make a list of the robots I want destroyed...No prizes for guessing which two robots will be top of my list!"
Hammer-Stein: "Hmmm! You'll find him over there - telling a story to the robettes!"
Are they a Motown musical combo?
Ro-Jaws calls Ginger a "daft nerk" whilst complimenting him.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Quartz hopes for a plague in Mega-City One or a pile-up in the Trans-Atlantic Tunnel. Ro-Busters reputation has suffered since Northpool's near demolition.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Mek-Quake collects Sergeant Rock comics. Sgt. Rock first appeared in G.I. Combat #68 (1959) as The Rock, gaining a his rank a little later and his own comic in 1977. Quartz references the 1974 disaster movie, The Towering Inferno.
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Kevin O'Neill
Letters: Peter Knight
The return of Ro-Jaws, Hammer-Stein, Ginger and Miss Marilyn does a great job of convincing the reader that this will be business as usual after three stories that bucked the trend, but Quartz' plot upsets the applecart brilliantly.
Next Prog: Robocide!