This two-issue mini-series was originally solicited as the
first two issues of an ongoing Buckaroo Banzai
comic book. While no official announcement has been made by
publisher Moonstone as far as I can find, it seems the
ongoing series idea was canceled or put on hold and the
first two issues turned into this mini-series instead.
The title "Tears of a Clone" is a play on the title of the
1967 song by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, "The Tears of a
Page 1 depicts Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers
performing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This is a real
world venue located on the Las Vegas strip.
The Cavaliers are participating in a world telethon for
donations in the fight against juvenile herpes. As far as I
can tell, there is no official disease known as juvenile
herpes; of course, it is possible for juveniles to become
infected with the Herpes simplex virus through intimate
contact with an infected person, just as with adults.
New Jersey comments that the telethon has gone over the $150
million mark. This is many times more than any real world
telethon has ever made for any cause. Of course, those
telethons didn't have Buckaroo and the Cavaliers providing
Page 3 implies that Buckaroo has cured herpes several times,
but the World Crime League always invents a new variant that
is immune to previous cures. Reno implies that the WCL makes
billions of dollars from pharmaceuticals to treat the
symptoms of herpes without curing it. Even in the real
world, many conspiracy-minded researchers into the health
industry believe that pharmaceutical companies are more
interested in making profit off of treating the symptoms of
diseases than in curing them.
On page 6, a group of homeless people is singing. The lyrics
are from "Home on the Range", the state song of Kansas, with
lyrics originally published as a poem called "My Western
Home" in 1873 by Dr. Brewster M. Higley (1823–1911).
Also on page 6, Lady Gillette comments on the skid row part
of town, saying, "Urban space: the final frontier." The
phrase is a play on the famous opening line of the
Star Trek intro,
"Space: the final frontier..."
Buckaroo and the Cavaliers are led to the Foxx Hole, a strip
club, presumably in the Las Vegas area. This appears to be a
On page 10, Buckaroo is offered cups of human fat by the
owner of the Foxx Hole. Buckaroo remarks that it's
considered a delicacy in some quarters. I've been unable to
confirm this, though it was considered a potent medicinal
for centuries, even into the early 20th Century.
On page 15, Perfect Tommy responds to Pecos' objection to
his taking the wheel of the bus, "Tango sierra, Pecos."
"Tango" and "sierra" are the "T" and "S" terms in the NATO
phonetic alphabet. In this case, the "TS" is likely meant by
Tommy as shorthand for "tough shit".
On page 16, one of Buckaroo's people comments on a WCL group
called White Christian Legions who tried to blow up the
Alamo six months ago and blame it on militant Mexicans. The
Alamo is the U.S. historic site of the Battle of the Alamo
(1836), part of 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.
On page 16, panel 3, a sheet of alleged Lectroid writing is
Although described earlier as Old Canyon Road, on page 17,
panel 6, we see that the Deathhead armored brigade has
stopped the Cavaliers' bus on Highway 95. This is likely
U.S. Route 95, which runs largely north-south from the
Canadian border to the Mexican, and includes the length of
In Across the 8th Dimension,
a Lectroid felled Rawhide by spitting a starfish-like growth
at him that poisoned him. This issue and next reveal that
the Lectroids are also able to shoot multiples of these
organic barbs from their chests.
Nix is decapitated on page 20, but his head keeps talking,
even on into
"Tears of a Clone" Part 2,
indicating that Lectroids are capable of surviving such a
As the bus careens down the hillside on the last page of the
story, notice that the horseback rider symbols seen
previously on the front BB banner are missing.
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