SIX: INTER-GALACTIC: THE ULTIMATE TRIP
by George Roussos
The attacking aliens contact Harveys
ship, but the earthmen cant decipher the language.
It is obvious, though, that the alien leader is making a demand of some
sort. With his love of comic book
adventure going full out, Harvey is sure that the aliens want the princess, and
that they trailed her here by fixing on her capsule.
As the aliens fire on the earth ship again,
Harvey gets in the capsule with the princess and launches them both into space
to draw the attackers away from his shipmates.
Once in space, the princess outruns the
violent beings on her trail using a star drive that takes her and Harvey out of
the galaxy to what the earthman believes is a fort.
Before the princess can land the ship, though, the aliens catch up with
them and shoot the craft down. Using
a gun the princess shoves into his hand, Harvey guns down the attackers and
carries his alien charge into the fort, which actually contains a matter
transfer device. The princess
motions for Harvey to join her as she steps into the device and teleports away. But the enemy has regrouped and destroys the building and is
teleporter with Harvey inside.
The aliens leave with Harveys battered
body in the buildings wreckage, but a monolith appears, transports Harvey
into a dream world where he is the superhero Captain Cosmic.
Sagging into a chair, Harvey/Captain Cosmic
ages rapidly and, through the power of the monolith, is transformed into yet
another New Seed that gazes enigmatically from its radiant pod. There is deep wisdom in its eyesand the forming of vital
decisions. When they are made, it
will be gone
Thus ends the existence of Harvey Norton in
a story that really is a bit childish compared to what the series has offered
before. One gets the feeling that
Kirby was really reaching for this one, perhaps wondering where to take the book
now, how to get someone to the point of resurrection as a New Seed. The next, natural question, though, is What then?
The next issue gave at least a partial answer and returned, albeit
briefly, to the promise of those first few stories.