Right, like Beef Knuckleback wasn’t going to die in his first chronological appearance. Dying is kind of his thing – he’s good at it.

Not totally obvious in grayscale comics – Beef’s “natural” skin tone is gray, and newly regenerated skin is pink. His unnatural coloration is a side effect of genetic engineering. He is a prototype, and a marked inability to blend in is one of the many quirks in the mid 1990s ETL black-ops “cocktail.”

Beef’s taciturnity and big derpy smile may or may not be side effects. The dude volunteered for cutting edge prototype genetic augmentation – he’s either an idiot or a sociopath. Whatever his intelligence and disposition, he’s not much of an orator.

Also, it’s nice to finally have a solid sense of scale for the U-238 – I’ve mentioned previously that it’s roughly equivalent to an {AC|C|EC|HC|KC}-130, and it’s definitely the size of one! The cargo bay can easily fit the Beefmobile, though the trucks are well above the cargo hold’s Max Headroom. The far background of panel one really drives home the size – West and Tantek on either side of the ramp with a truck between them and the vehicle has a good couple of feet to spare on either side.

They’ve got their orders, they’ve made their objections, and they’ve been given a Beef. Next up – the Templar implement the WGP!

Cast

  • Tantek Cestric

    A former United States Army Ranger, Tantek has been with Thule Garrison since the Waking God Protocols field trials of the mid 1990s. He works well with Raven Lockheart, typically functioning as muscle though...

  • Beef Knuckleback

    A black ops field agent who – for reasons unknown – masquerades as a deputy from the fictional Antrim Police Department. Beef is slightly death-prone, and has been killed by Greg and Ornix. Beef...

  • Ivan Kursk (Greymalkin)

    A former Soviet military officer, Greymalkin disappeared in southeast Asia in the spring of 1968. He surfaced in late 1969 as an adviser and fixer for Michael West, succeeding West as head of Thule...

  • Raven Lockheart

    A South Jersey punk with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Templar-forged Master’s degree for field work, Raven posed as a high school guidance councillor during the early stages of the Waking God...

  • Kendra Pell

    Lieutenant Kendra Pell is a member of Kolg Saerai Lodge assigned to the Templar Space Mobility Command. SMC is equivalent to the USN Military Sealift Command or the USAF Air Mobility Command, making Kendra...

  • John West

    The first extraterrestrial human to be born on Terra. Home-schooled by Templar, he left the organization in 1997 citing management issues and took the Daedalus with him. John is an incredibly talented Navigator, having...

Glossary Articles

  • Templar Heavy Truck

    At some point during the 30 years between his Soviet military service and the events of Dead City Radio, Greymalkin acquired a number of Russian-built heavy trucks. The question of whether these vehicles are...

  • U-238 (Loki)

    The Barghosa Aerospace Utility Aerospacecraft Model 238 (U-238 or “Loki”) is an airframe that sucks well at everything. While inferior to purpose-built attack, transport, electronic warfare and even cargo vehicles, the fact that the...

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