Countdown #45, December 25, 1971
(Technodelic suggests it may be Richard O'Neill)
Art: Jon Davis
Somehow the aliens have uncovered and
destroyed four recent SHADO projects and Straker is determined
to make them pay.
Read the story summary at Technodelic
NOTES FROM THE UFO CHRONOLGOY
It's implied in this story that SHADO knows the location of
the aliens' planet, suggesting it takes place after the
events of "Close Up".
This is a 6-page, self-contained story in
Countdown #45, December 25, 1971.
This story introduces the prototype of a new SHADO assault
plane called the X1. Unfortunately, it is immediately
by a UFO
during it first test flight.
On page 1 of the story, Straker remarks that this is the
fourth project the aliens have destroyed this year.
Page 2 of the story introduces a fairly cool-looking SHADO
The aliens go without helmets on pages 2 and 3, yet when
they take on Straker later, they are wearing helmets again.
If they have found a means of breathing Earth's atmosphere
without significant damage, why bother to put the helmets on
Page 4 of the story reveals that the aliens have their own
version of amnesia induction (like the amnesia drug used by
SHADO), which they inflict on Straker and Freeman before
setting them free.
What were the aliens holding over Owen to make him betray SHADO?
It's never revealed.
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