In Harlem Heroes Cyborg Death Trap
, the team are hired by a corrupt corporation of drug dealers for some baffling reason who must know, if they had bothered to do any research at all, that they would scupper their plans to hook the world on Cerebrex
, a made up drug. The team, as is often the case in a Michael Fleisher
written story, roll from one catastrophe to another until Tharg
has a quiet word and says, “I think it’s time this story ended now, don’t you?” And it does, with the Heroes bathing the satellite with all the Cerebrex on with microwaves, thus stimulating the nannites in the drug and making everything explode. Duh, this was all foreshadowed in an earlier episode, you idiots, we’re told in a ‘thargnote’.
The art for the entire twelve part run has been pretty good. Kev Hopgood
has what are I presume are his pencils painted over by Siku
, the result being both colourful and, mainly, good comics. And as for the story by Michael Fleisher? Well, I appreciate being able to follow it which, after a lot of the other stuff I’ve read recently, is a big plus, and although the characters spurt some shockingly cheesy lines of dialogue from time to time, I find myself softening to some of them.
Cyborg Death Trap also sees the return of Artie Gruber
, the grotesque bad guy from the very first Harlem Heroes stories by Pat Mills
and Dave Gibbons
. Like Michael Fleisher, just when you think this guy is done for, he returns from an apparent death, more cross than ever before. I don’t know if Gruber ever makes an appearance again but, according to the 2000 AD Database
, this is definitely the last time we see Fleisher here. In a way, I’m glad we parted company on a good note although I still remain surprised he got as much work as he did.
Labels: Dave Gibbons, Harlem Heroes, Kev Hopgood, Michael Fleisher, Pat Mills, Siku, Tharg