Issue 9 of M.A.S.K. UK fortnightly comic dated 14th-27th of February, 1987.
Sure enough, we cut to Miles Mayhem flying to Archangel Naval Base in pursuit of the precious Cargo. As he comes under fire from the full might of the Russian Navy, the Dinosaur Eggs have already been loaded onto a Freight Train and on the move. His minions Dagger and Rax attack the Train...
Matt Trakker in Thunderhawk and Miles Mayhem in Switchblade are locked in a deadly dogfight as the conclusion of "Amazon Mystery" starts. As Sly Rax is about to fire the Disintegrator at the City of London, Matt Drops a Magnetic Bomb and blows it up saving the day yet again!
Brad Turner is out for a test drive on Condor but unknown to him, plans are afoot for an "Attack on Boulder Hill".
Buddie has done an overhaul on Condor and as Brad takes her out he feels this is a bit of a mundane task. To liven up his test drive, he uses his Hocus Pocus Mask to project images of a racetrack to allow him to drive against some well known Bikers in a Grand Prix.
All of a sudden, an alarm sounds as a Fuel Tanker is on collision course with Brad! As he swerves to avoid it, he drives over a cliff - luckily his Motorcycle can convert into a helicopter! As he comes into land, he is ambushed by Sly Rax and knocked unconscious.
The tanker rolls up to Boulder Hill and as Buddie Hawks advises the driver he hasn't ordered a delivery of fuel, the driver turns out to be none other than Cliff Dagger - he subdues Buddie with his Torch Mask and starts pumping 500 gallons of Nitro-Glycerine into Boulder Hill's Tanks.
As Mayhem lands in Swtichblade, Matt and his team head out to confront him. Mayhem uses a detonator to blow up the Nitro-Glycerine and Boulder Hill with it - only to find that although stricken, Brad Turner has managed to use his Hocus Pocus Mask to create a Holographic Replica of Boulder Hill.
After last issues 4 page wraparound cover/centre page spread, we are back to normal service with a centre page Vehicle Spread.
UK M.A.S.K. fans had a brief encounter with Dr Julio Lopez and Firefly in the M.A.S.K. Annual at Christmas time see my review here.
On this page we have the name Campion as being the Artist. The Wiki Page has more information on the artist who created this great image.
In part five of "Kamikaze", Matt Trakker and Bruce Sato are in the Hidetadi's arena fighting for their lives - and the lives of their team mates. A long battle ensues and Bruce sustains a serious injury to his leg, preventing him from continuing in the fight.
Using his Spectrum Mask, Matt discovers a weak point in his advisory - an artificial nerve centre at the base of his neck.
Not only have V.E.N.O.M. attempted a coup on the front cover, they have managed to take over the letters page and MASK Art page.
In MASK Art, we have a collection of drawings - one in particular by Kirk Wilshaw of Birches Head of a vehicle called Vampire. It wouldn't be until the next issue I would find the link between this vehicle and the mystery man on the cover.
In the Conclusion of Double Trouble, Miles Mayhem is using the disguised Buddie Hawks for protection. As Mayhem orders Dagger to get their hostage into Switchblade, Brad Turner uses his Hocus Pocus Mask to create numerous images of Miles Mayhem to hide Buddie from harm.
V.E.N.O.M. escape - but at least Buddie is unharmed.
This is one of the best issues to date. A lot of it is down to the tremendous cover but I think the main reason I enjoyed it so much was the introduction of some new characters - although not used in any of the stories it was great to see. Left me looking forward to the next issue!
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