Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 21

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 21

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 139

DATELINE
17 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage takes on the Legion's trio of leaders.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The last Disaster 1990! is also the last appearance of the Squire, his sons, Razor, Martin, Sinclair and Smith.

INFORMATION
The great flood of 1990 was eventually frozen in a blizzard.

By 1993, Britain was back to normal.

BILL SAVAGE
He gets another shotgun. Savage and Archer lead an attack of Buckingham Palace. He discovers the attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He shoots a wine barrel above the fuse dousing it. He helps to bury the Squire before dawn.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SQUIRE
He and Savage lead an attack of Buckingham Palace. When it snow, he convinces Savage to halt the attack and round up the leader of the Greater London Legion tomorrow. He throws himself in the path of the knife Razor throws at Savage. He dies with his sons around him. He is buried before dawn.

RAZOR
He kills two men for their food. He, Martin and Sinclair attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He throws his knife at Savage, but hits Archer instead. He freezes to death in frozen floodwater.

MARTIN
He has styled himself as The Great Martin. He, Razor and Sinclair attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He freezes to death in frozen floodwater.

DR. SINCLAIR
He, Martin and Razor attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He freezes to death in frozen floodwater.

DR. SMITH
He apparently had no idea about Sinclair's membership of the Greater London Legion.

DEATHS
Two. Razor slits the throats of two men and steals their food.

BEST LINES
Savage: "Ice, eh? Doctor Smith...What's this going to mean for Britain?"
Smith: "Well, it's extremely interesting! The North Pole must be reclaiming its lost ice and I estimate that in a few years -"
Someone else: "Savage - look!"

WORST LINES
Archer: "Good shooting, Savage. Sure you were never a farmer?"
Savage: "No, Squire. I made my livin' drivin' and there's just one thing drivin' me now - my hatred for the Legion's leaders!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Savage will return in Invasion! (and Armoured Gideon and Savage).

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Finlay-Day.

RETROSPECT
There are no signs of any of the flooding by Invasion! in 1999.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finlay-Day
Artist: Mike White
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Disaster 1990! comes to a better than expected if welcome end. Why was it a prequel? Why did it feel the need to repeat so many beats from Invasion!?, how did Britain rebuild? All these questions and more go unanswered. The final part deals with the Legion's trio of leaders well, features some unnecessary showboating from Savage and heroism from another character who pays the ultimate price before being forgotten. It's business as usual.

The End.