"(Borrowed) Venom": The Kobra Cult, under the leadership of The Ghost, organize the mass kidnapping of Babylon, Jeff Goslin, Martin Allard and various other people tied to the Atom Project. The Ghost personally frees Kobra's leader from Belle Reve and requesting him to take credit for his action
Captain Atom (Volume 2) #40 is an issue of the series Captain Atom (Volume 2) with a cover date of April, 1990.
Synopsis for "(Borrowed) Venom"
The Kobra Cult, under the leadership of The Ghost, organize the mass kidnapping of Babylon, Jeff Goslin, Martin Allard and various other people tied to the Atom Project. The Ghost personally frees Kobra's leader from Belle Reve and requesting him to take credit for his actions as misdirection for the Atom Project in return for regaining control of Kobra, as The Ghost plans on destroying his enemies from within by turning their most trusted friends against them.
Project Atom falls in for The Ghost's bait, as General Eiling believes that the Kobra Cult are retaliating for imprisoning their leader. Eiling is also notified in learning the location of Kobra's lair from Sarge Steel and is given the authority from the President to shut down Kobra without "friendly neighborhood heroics" while trying to save the hostages.
Meanwhile at Kobra's lair, the cult leader has organic doppelgangers made to resemble the hostages and prepare to have them executed via flamethrowers in order to deceive Captain Atom and his allies into believing his friends and acquaintances are dead. Just as Kobra and The Ghost anticipated, Captain Atom, Major Force and Doctor Spectro attacks the lair. The cult is neutralized and Kobra is apparently incinerated by Captain Atom. Afterwards, Randy debrief with Eiling and Captain Atom that they have saved almost all the hostages and according to the survivors that Babylon and Allard were killed along with an unidentified old man whose bodies are burned beyond recognition. Furthermore all recording devices including from Major Force's implants are unable to record the battle to confirm their deaths as Kobra had jamming equipment blocking all transmissions.
Appearing in "(Borrowed) Venom"
- Heinrich Megala
- Jeff Goslin
- Sally Stone
- Captain Atom Project