In the first panel of the story, two previously unseen types
of futuristic Earth vehicles are seen: a hover fuel tanker
and a tank.
This story reveals that a newly-built international space
base is located on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall. Cornwall
is a county located on the southwest peninsula of England.
Colonel Foster is erroneously referred to as Major in this
In panel 10 of page 1 of the story, the SHADO transport
carrying Freeman and the other men appears to fly over
Stonehenge. This would make some sense, as Stonehenge
lies along the path from Harlington, where SHADO HQ is
located, to Cornwall.
On page 2 of the story, the security escort for the tanker
reports they've been attacked on the Coast Road. This is an
actual road in Berrow, Somerset, UK, on the way to Cornwall.
The officer also refers to it as the Riddisford road; I've
been unable to confirm this as an alternate or related name
to the Coast Road.
How did the UFO get the tanker through the fence of the
abandoned chemical plant? In the last panel of page 2, the
UFO appears to be blasting a hole in the fence for the
tanker. But, on page 3, when SHADO forces arrive, the fence
is completely intact and they wonder how the tanker got
inside. Do the aliens have some kind of technology that
renders solid objects immaterial long enough for another
object to pass through?
Straker's theory about why the aliens are so anxious to get
their hands on the 12X chemical, just because it happens to
be green like the fluid used in the alien spacesuits, is
rather flimsy...though he seemingly turns out to be right.
Page 4 reveals that all SHADO Mobiles now carry a bogus
alien spacesuit in case one of the occupants needs to
masquerade as an alien on a mission. This decision may have
been reached after the success of past masquerades with
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