Since Foster is abducted and taken by the aliens to their
homeworld in this story, it would indicate that it takes
place some time after the television episodes since SHADO
did not know what that world was like in any of those
On page 1 of the story, the incoming UFO is depicted flying
an odd, zigzag course through space. This is similar to the
actions of the UFO at the beginning of "E.S.P.", though the
story proceeds quite differently from there.
Panel 7 of pages 2-3 seems to show blue sky and clouds
outside of the cockpit of Foster's Interceptor, yet they are
chasing the UFO through space, not atmosphere, as all other
panels clearly show.
In this story, we see a new type of alien craft, never seen
before. The new ship also has a tractor beam and is large
enough to have its own landing bay with room for several
standard UFOs and Foster's Interceptor.
After being captured by the alien craft, Foster finds
himself wearing one of the alien spacesuits, complete with a
liquid-breathing environment to protect him from the
acceleration of the craft. Oddly, the fluid he breathes is
not green like that of the aliens; it must be a different
formulation for his human body. (Recall that Foster was
earlier subjected to the fluid-immersion suit in his dream
The aliens who have captured Foster are able to speak
English to him, unlike the aliens seen in previous stories.
This story reveals that the aliens not only wear the
pressure suits for space travel, they also place themselves
in suspended animation for the majority of the journey
between their planet and Earth, which takes "many Earth
days". Here, Foster is also forced into suspension within a
pressure suit for the trip to the aliens' homeworld,
described as being on the edge of the galaxy. There is no
indication that Foster and the other humans who escape from
there at the end of the story know where the planet was at
though, so could not report it to SHADO upon their return.
This story reveals that nearly every one of the aliens is a
physician or space scientist, the two occupations that are
their species' only hope for survival. The planet is said to
be made up of hospital cities. Notice the city here appears
to be the same one seen in the
"Shock-Wave" (though a
normal-looking blue sky is seen here
instead of the odd background seen
"Shock-Wave") and the
story following this one,
Arriving on the alien world, Foster's two abductors warn him
not to remove his helmet, for he would not be able to
breathe in their atmosphere. Before long, he is shot with a
drug that does allow him to survive without a helmet for a
time. In the past, when the aliens have landed on Earth,
they are able to breathe for a short time without a helmet
before succumbing to something in the atmosphere that
fiercely accelerates the aging process of their bodies,
causing their death.
The only alien named in the story is called Robart.
All of the aliens seen on their homeworld are green, even
though it's been shown that the green tint of their faces
when seen on Earth is from staining by the green fluid of
the pressure suits. On the homeworld, you'd think that most
of them had not recently undergone space travel where they'd have
picked up the coloration. Even Robart has a green face
(except in two panels, where he's first seen, in which he
has Caucasian-like skin coloring).
On panel 14 of pages 12-13 of the story, the female Moonbase
operative appears to have a brown wig on instead of the
traditional purple. Also on pages 12-13, Straker is depicted
with yellowish-blond hair instead of platinum.
How are Foster, Dinkler, and Shaffer able to pilot the UFOs
they use to escape from the alien world? Thus far, SHADO has
not been able to capture one intact for study! And even if
Foster somehow knew how to do it, how would he have time to
instruct the two doctors in their own UFOs? Possibly, the UFOs stolen by Foster and the others were
preprogrammed to head to Earth, since it seems unlikely
there were any English instructions of how do it or even how
to get to Earth from their distant location.
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