Diana's New Job
|Diana's New Job|
|Produced for:||Fantomen 26/1994|
|# of pgs:||32|
|Original colorist:||Times Graphics Singapore|
In "Murder in the Eyes" Dr. Henry asked Diana to monitor the first democratic presidential election in the Caribbean island of St Lucifer. After landing at Port Lucifer she is welcomed by Sam Freeday, a UN co-monitor, who has arranged accomodation in bungalows near the beach. The main contenders in the election is a former cabinet minister Dr. Hexe and the leader of the opposition, Leon Wortha.
When Wortha holds a campaign rally, it is attacked by a giant bat made of rope and black canvas, carrying the message "Baron Samedi watches you! A vote for Wortha, a vote for death!". Diana quickly follows two suspicious men to an undertakers. In a storage room she finds paraphernalia for voodoo ceremonies and campaign material for Dr. Hexe. When Diana is choked by a man wielding a knife, a tall mysterious man saves her before disappearing.
The next night, somebody put two live bats into her bungalow. When the bats attack her, the tall stranger appears and shoos them out of the windows. The next morning she writes her first report to Dr. Henry but the staff in the hotel lobby destroy the letter.
Diana has a meeting with Dr. Hexe who claim to be a strong supporter of democracy and that the supporters of voodoo are quite harmless. After leaving she overhears Dr Hexe having a meeting with the chief of police, order him to create an atmosphere of fear in the voters. After leaving, Dr Hexe ask the chief of police to arrange for Diana Walker to have an accident.
The next night Diana and Sam attend a meeting in the voodoo temple, Diana in disguise. After splitting up, Sam is caught and the cult leader hypnotize him to wait for an important command. Returning to her bungalow, Diana find a bloody voodoo doll. The next morning Diana and Sam drive to a campaign meeting for Leon Wortha. On the winding mountain road, Sam is hypnotized to kill them both by driving off the road. But the mystery man is sitting in the back seat and Diana can take the wheel before they are all killed. The mystery man is the Phantom who has secretly been monitoring Diana.
They return to Port Lucifer and decide to attend an important voodoo ceremony the same night, held at a cemetary. The audience is in a frenzy when a man wearing a top hat and a skull face, Baron Samedi, appears, urging the voodoo cultists to vote for Dr. Hexe. After a brief fight, the Phantom can reveal that Dr. Hexe himself is behind the mask.
A few days later, Leon Wortha wins the presidential election with a landslide.
- Miami Airport
- St Lucifer
- Port Lucifer
This story has been published in the following publications:
- "Diana's New Job", The Phantom #1462 (2008)
- "Dianan uusi työ", Mustanaamio 26/1994
- "Farlig oppdrag", Fantomet 6/1995