Atari Force mini-comic #2
"Berserk"/"Unmasked"/"Spoils of War"
|Creators & writers:||Gerry Conway & Roy Thomas|
|Visual concepts & art:||Ross Andru, Dick Giordano, Mike DeCarlo|
Martin Champion, Dr. Lucas Orion, Lydia Perez, and Mohandas Singh meet with the director of ATARI while the female intruder from AF1.01 eavesdrops. ATARI security finally discovers the intruder, issuing an "intruder alert" for a "berzerk situation." (Doesn't that cleverly tie it to the game? 8) The flashing lights and sirens send Singh into a remembrance of his former life as a street urchin in New Delhi with his friend Raja.
A tourist accidentally accused them of picking his pocket and Raja died when he slipped and hit his head on a river bank while fleeing. To try to make up for what he'd done, Prof. Stanley Miles (the tourist) sent Singh to some of the finest schools on three continents to train his very intelligent mind.
Meanwhile, back in the present, the intruder slips into the Scanner One hangar as the meeting participants give chase. After a fight between the intruder and Champion (which he loses), the intruder is revealed to be Li-San O'Rourke, the executive director of ATARI security doing a field test which the security teams have failed miserably. She apologizes for disrupting the meeting, but the director reveals she is to be the fifth member of the Atari Force.
As they enter the craft, O'Rourke recounts her mission during the Five Day War to win back an enemy-occupied oil field. Unfortunately, an enemy soldier managed to set off the explosives they had set, killing O'Rourke's closest friend and destroying the oil field. Since then, she has become a pacifist, which she says is not mutually exclusive from being willing to defend yourself.
The director reveals Scanner One is designed to travel to parallel universes, to seek an unspoiled planet since the Earth has lost a million acres of arable land in the past seven years, probably due to a greenhouse effect from the two death-bombs that were exploded during the war. Then the director fades away, revealed to be a hologram project by Scanner One's Atari 8000 computer as a way of introducing itself. It then tells them to prepare for departure. As the real director watches, Scanner One disappears into the void between dimensions.
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