Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday Comics: Storm: Labyrinth of Death

My exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm, continues with his adventures in the world of Pandarve. Earlier installments can be found here.

Storm: The Labyrinth of Death (1983) 
(Dutch: Het Doolhof van de Dood) (part 3)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

The striped-haired spy has no time for Ember's questions. She leaves quickly so she won't be found out--and runs smack into a suspicious guard. Ember rushes out to help her. In the scuffle, the guard is killed. The spy isn't happy for the help as now they've got a body to dispose of. But it means they have to act now.

They raid the jails, overpowering the guards, and find Nomad. Storm has been taken away to the Theocrat's laboratory. The rebels are mistrustful of Nomad. When he threatens violence if they try to stop him from coming along, they reiterate they're willing to die for the cause. Ember points out that they should probably be more willing to live for it, as well.

Meanwhile, the Theocrat is explaining the cosmology of Pandarve. It seems the system has a white hole at its center instead of a sun. The matter emitted by it is what creates the atmosphere throughout the system. Marduk also reveals that the planet Pandarve itself is alive. He boasts of being her spokesmen to the people of the world--but he wants to be more than a servant.

Storm is the key. He is imbued with energy due to his travel through time. If properly harnessed, the Theocrat believes he can use it to control the universe. He's got his biological computers working on this:

He demands Storm stand in the center of a crystal antennae to catch the radiation coming off and analyzing it:



Anthony said...

I'm wondering what Nomad says in the English version when he meets Ember for the first time. As the Dutch joke wouldn't work in English. Ember's Dutch name is "Roodhaar" (which literally means "Redhair"), so in the Dutch version Nomad says: "Your name is Redhair, but your hair is black!", as Ember is still wearing the black wig.

Trey said...

I don't have it right in front of me, but plays as if he sort of recognizes her (presumably from Storm's description) and he says something like "You must be Ember. I thought you had red hair!" It is a bit odd he would know her jsut from Storm's description.

Anthony said...

No, it's not that he knows her just from Storm's description. When they come to Nomad's cell, one rebel asks whether Nomad is the "Anomaly", and Ember's reaction to Nomad is: "You're not Storm." So Nomad concludes that a woman who knows the Anomaly's real name has to be Storm's friend Ember.

Trey said...

Well, he would not have just known her from Storm's description but he comments on her red hair, so Storm must have described her more than just to say "I'm looking for my lady friend, Ember."

Anthony said...

Yes, that's something "lost in translation".