|Produced for:||Fantomen 15/2011|
|# of pgs:||32|
|Artist:||Felmang, Germano Ferri|
In the civil war of Rodia, government forces are fighting several rebel groups. The largest rebel group, Rodian Liberation Army, control the border to Bengali. RLA forces attack the Chibu village on the Bengali side of the border and round up the inhabitants to work in the Rodian diamond mines.
In the RLA jungle headquarters, a RLA general hold a meeting with Igor Popov, an arms dealer. The production in the diamond mines is necessary for the RLA to pay for weapons and Popov insist on being paid in advance, although he is happy to accept blood diamonds.
The Phantom has fallen asleep on the Skull Throne where he has a vision of Diana, who is believed to have died (The Death of Diana Palmer Walker). When he wakes up he has a visitor, old Bautuzi, who tell him that her village has been attacked by evil men. The Phantom ride off to stop RLA attacks on Bengali villages. At the RLA jungle headquarters, he tells the RLA general to pull out of Bengali and release all Bengali captives. Before leaving, the Phantom tell him that he only warns once. The next time, RLA troops are about to attack a Bengali border village, they are stopped by the Phantom and bandars.
In Morristown, president Singh has a meeting with her cabinet ministers about the border incursions. She decides that it is too early to pick sides in the Rodian civil war and to tell the public that the border forces will be increased while actually doing nothing. She also decides to make a state visit to Rodia.
In his hiding place in Sotuland, Dogai Singh has a meeting with Darkfire Corporation about selling weapons to the RLA. Although the RLA are paying with diamonds from their own mines, Dogai Singh can arrange for President Habare of Sotuland to certify that the diamonds come from Sotuland. In exchange Dogai Singh need Darkfire Corporation to finance a hostile take over of Sing Corporation, whose current chairwoman (his own daughter Sandal Singh) is expected to soon have a fatal accident.
The Phantom secretly sneak into a Rodian labor camp where Bengali captives are forced to work in the diamond mines. After setting fire to a munitions building he set the captives free and they escape in a caravan of army trucks. The RLA ask Popov to help them to stop the caravan with his helicopter and a grenade launcher. In a final showdown, Popov is about the shoot the Phantom when a mysterious sniper on the Bengali side of the border river kill Popov.
Without a supplier of weapons, the RLA is offered a contract with Darkfire Corporation.
- The 21st Phantom
- Dogai Singh
- Sandal Singh
- Ilja Lusjin
- Aaron Chunka, RLA general
- Igor Popov, weapons dealer
- Old Batuzi, Chibu woman
- Foreign Minister Baluba
- Defence Minister Katanga
- President Habare of Sotuland (mentioned)
- Sal, RLA soldier
- "Fateful Meeting" by Claes Reimerthi and Hans Lindahl
- "Encounter With Murder" by Claes Reimerthi and Joan Boix
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "Dangerous Escape", The Phantom #1604 (2011)
- "Farlig flukt", Fantomet 14/2011
- "Farlig flykt", Fantomen 15/2011