Sunday, August 12, 2012
Sci-D'Arm Countdown #20
Hey all folks, posting this a little bit later in the morning. There is a ME 3 event going on this weekend, and I wanted to make sure I was doing my bit! Also, I'm lazy. Anyway, today's installment sees us returning to the heady world of cheesy pulp movies for a collossal piece used to slay creatures of evil.
I actually saw Hellboy II before Hellboy, and never read the comic, which certainly makes me some sort of Philistine, but nevertheless, I always dug the Samaritan. Big breaktop revolvers tickle my love of Victorian, Age of Adventure, steam driven fun. And the Samaritan is the biggest of them all. It's a four shot top fed revolver of about 20mm caliber, with bullets made from iron taken from Irish church bells. I have no idea why it's important that the bells are Irish, but there you have it.
In all honesty, the Samaritan is implausibly huge, as the inherent weakness of a top break would be insufficient to the task of withstanding the pressure of such powerful rounds. But then again, we are talking about a series which also features elves, demons, space squid, Nazi zombies, and Rasputin. I guess I don't need to dig for implausible.