"Hardest of the Hard" Part 2
Buckaroo Banzai: Hardest of the Hard #2 (Moonstone)
Story: Mac Rauch
Pencils: Shawn Van Briesen
Inks: Mark Stegbauer
J. Anthony Kosar (A), Malcolm
Team Banzai strikes Dr. Longfeller’s
Picking up from last issue, Reno is tossed
into a holding pen of about a half-dozen humanimals to fight to
the death. But Buckaroo, Tommy, and Pecos storm the room to save
their comrade before he can be eaten by a human insect. Our
heroes kill all the humanimals except one cat-woman who
betrays Dr. Longfeller
helps them, during which, Longfeller is revealed to be merely an
Six months later, Lady G. seems to be human
again, thanks to Buckaroo. And at the Institute's rehabilitation
colony of Redemption, Arizona, the other cat-woman is on
her way to recovering as well.
This issue refers to the partially animal-transformed humans
Notice that during the strike, Buckaroo is carrying what
appear to be his two six-shooters, as described in the
novelization of Across the 8th
Dimension. But on page 8, we see that they appear
to have been augmented to be able to shoot either bullets or
some type of electric discharge at the flick of a switch!
The guns carried by Perfect Tommy and Pecos also seem to
have this capability.
On page 7, Perfect Tommy says, "Phasers on insane, to the
max." This is a reference to the phaser weapons used by the
Starfleet personnel of the
often the leader of a Starfleet away team will instruct
their team, "Phasers on stun."
On page 13, Pecos and Tommy seem to be quoting a line from
some other source, but I have not been able to find another
example of this quote in the real world. It is: "We are one
warrior, who uses all weapons."
Also on page 13, Tommy says, "Remember the Alamo!" This is a
reference to the Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6,
1836) during the Texas Revolution against Mexico, in which
the Texan defenders of the Alamo Mission fought a hopeless
battle against the Mexican Army for 13 days. Although the battle
was lost, Texans remembered the bravery of the defenders and
used "Remember the Alamo" as a rallying cry from that time
On page 13, panel 3, Tommy yells, "Bastardo!" This is
Spanish for "Bastard!"
On page 15, panel 3, Dr. Longfeller erroneously refers to
his bodyguard as Lady G.
Notice on page 26, in the town of Redemption where the
Banzai Institute attempts to rehabilitate "the hardest of
the hard", and where Dr. Longfeller's bodyguard has been
remanded, she no longer has cat whiskers and her skin seems
to be fur-free, suggesting that she is now undergoing the
same re-humanization process that appears to have worked on
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