The ABC Warriors: 'Mongrol', Part 1
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 121
14 July 79
A.B.C. Warriors Book 1, A.B.C. Warriors Mek-nificent Seven and A.B.C. Warriors The Meknificent Seven.
Hammer-Stein reads up on Mongrol.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Mongrol and Lara.
Zarnhem is a Volgan settlement. During the war it was subject to an airborne assault by robo-paratroopers.
Military Police, abbreviated to MP, have been nicknamed 'bogies by robots, and drive flying vehicles accordingly dubbed 'Bogey Buggies'.
Robo-Paratroopers' heads have special armour plating to protect them.
The Volg Secret Police use electro-raks to torture robots.
He has been provided with a file on Mongrol and ordered to recruit him. He is determined to recruit Mongrol alone.
He listens to Hammer-Stein reading Mongrol's file.
He drives Hammer-stein and Happy Shrapnel toward Mongrol's location.
A Robo-Paratrooper. He participated in the airborne assault on Zarnhem. His plane was destroyed and he fell to Earth. His parachutes failed to open and his body was destroyed by the fall. His head remained functional and he lay in agony for a week. Lara rebuilds him using robot remains, but his electric motor won't start. Unable to move he is discovered by the Volg Secret Police and tortured on the electro-rak. The rak starts his motor and he kills the Volg police. When he discovers that they killed Lara, he buries her and set on a course of action: to kil Volgs and avenge her. The allies were afraid of Mongrol and tried to kill him.
He escapes, but is captured by Military Police. Mongrol destroys the police vehicle and allows the MPs to flee.
Her mother and father were shot by the Volgans for resisting. During the Volgan War she was a Battle-Comber. She and her aunt discover Mongrol's head following the airborne assault on Zarnhem and her aunt hopes to sell it to the Volgans. She rebuilds him from robot remains.
Six. The Volg Secret Police are all presumably killed by Mongrol, after they themselves killed Lara and her aunt.
Happy Shrapnel: "Now lt's get this- Bzzz! - right, Sarge... Our new human officer wants you to form a special squad of ABC Warriors for a highly dangerous mission..."
Hammer-Stein: "That's right..."
Ally (off): "Kill the metal freak! It's too dangerous to live!
Happy Shrapnel says "Bzzz!" and "Bzzzz!", while Mongrol says "Mongrol smush!" twice.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
A drogue parachute is designed to be deployed from a rapidly moving object in order to slow its descent, to provide control and stability, or as a pilot parachute to deploy a larger parachute. It was invented by Gleb Kotelnikov in Russia (1872-1944) in 1912.
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Mike McMahon
Letters: Peter Knight
The art is mostly stunning, particularly Lara in death, but the story feels somewhat rushed.
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