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""Slugfest"": Nathaniel reluctantly transmits his report on his surveillance of the JLI to General Eiling. He then gets a call from his son Randy, who is calling (after being insisted by his sister) to tell his father that he is being transferred from


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Doctor Spectro

Captain Atom (Volume 2) #15 is an issue of the series Captain Atom (Volume 2) with a cover date of May, 1988.

Appearing in "Slugfest"

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  • Tracy Farrell (First appearance)
  • Chet (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Slugfest"

Nathaniel reluctantly transmits his report on his surveillance of the JLI to General Eiling. He then gets a call from his son Randy, who is calling (after being insisted by his sister) to tell his father that he is being transferred from Project Majestic. The relationship between father and son is still rocky, especially over Nathaniel's decision to leave the Air Force. Also, Nathaniel still has trouble finding a job no thanks to Eiling tarnishing his service record.

Meanwhile, Tom Emery has been commuted and is forced to work for Eiling; in which he has been supplying his hologram technology to Eiling's people and were used for the UFO deception that introduced Major Force. Eiling decides to extend Emery's employment given that his hologram was almost uncovered by Randy, whom Eiling had him deliberately reassigned. Furthermore, with Major Force's bad publicity, Eiling wants to have Emery resume his Doctor Spectro identity and participate in a staged fight with Major Force in order for the latter to be redeemed in the eyes of the public. Emery very reluctantly agrees to Eiling's plan under the threat of death via Major Force.

Two days later, Emery and Major Force begin their mock battle, which is caught on television, as arranged by Eiling. Nathaniel caught notice of this deception and intervenes to prevent the battle from escalating. Emery then chooses to flee, heading outside of the city. Captain Atom and Major Force chase after him until Emery's flyer loses its stabilizer and causes him to land in a forest. But since they are out in the wilderness and no one is watching, Major Force chooses this opportunity to attack Captain Atom. Emery wholeheartedly joins in Major Force's new plan and blinds Nathaniel. Major Force proceeds to brutally beat up Nathaniel. After Major Force finally finishes his beating which renders Nathaniel unconscious, he then leaves with Emery from the scene while they plan on explaining Doctor Spectro's "capture" to the police.



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