The Hunt for the Unknown Commander

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The Hunt for the Unknown Commander
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Start date: April 27, 2009
End date: August 22, 2009
# of strips: 102 strips
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Paul Ryan
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "Crocco Island West"
Followed by: "The Death of
Diana Palmer Walker
"

"The Hunt for the Unknown Commander" is the 226th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Paul Ryan.

Plot Summary

This was a story with two plots running together. One was the Phantom's arrest of four murderers who were planning a hit in Ivory Lana. Only one of them had a name and we were never quite sure what they were up to. All four villains ended up sore and sorry and on their way to prison in a Jungle Patrol helicopter.

The more dynamic plot concerned Hawa and Kay, the two young women who entered the Jungle Patrol in "The Patrolwomen" a year before. They are now uniformed officers and still obsessed (particularly Hawa) with learning the identity of their Unknown Commander.

We learn that Hawa is now one of the Patrol's helicopter pilots and that Kay is a paramedic and acknowledged as the Patrol's foremost equestrian.

Hawa catches a glimpse of The Phantom, but is constrained by the "Eyes Front!" nature of the flight.

The senior pilot, Officer Weeks, is noticeably disrespectful to Hawa, addressing her as "Recruit." Colonel Worubu displays his poor leadership by abusing his subordinates. It looks like Hawa and Kay are still finding the Jungle Patrol to be a difficult work environment.

A point of interest was the emerging jealousy of Diana, with reference to Captain Savarna and the Patrolwomen. Also, the name of Officer Weeks suggested a relationship with Colonel Weeks, the previous Commanding Officer before Worobu. 2014's Daily Story "Terror's Mutiny" has Officer Weeks recalling events from both "Hunt" and "The Return of Colonel Weeks", confirming him as Colonel Weeks' grandson and as Captain Weeks.



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