The Journey Home

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The Journey Home
Start date: September 18th, 2023
End date: January 13th, 2024
# of strips: 102 (17 weeks)
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Mike Manley, Bret Blevins &
Jeff Weigel
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "Dungeons Undone"
Followed by: "The Chain"

"The Journey Home" is the 264th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Mike Manley, Bret Blevins (uncredited), and Jeff Weigel.

Plot synopsis

A strange, bearded figure approaches the waterfall, believing that the Bandar are watching him. As he enters the Skull Cave, we see that it is Kit. Sitting on the Skull Throne is Old man Mozz. Kit wants to know why the waterfall is unguarded, but Mozz wants to know just when Kit knew he would leave the mountain city and monastery. Kit tells him, then Mozz just walks away, leaving Kit to wonder why the Bandar village appears abandoned.

Meanwhile, the Bandar begin to leave their camp near the Rhodian border. Diana awakens with The 21st Phantom and then Captain Savarna greets her like a long-lost sister. Diana, who has read Mozz's predictive tale, is suspicious.

Elsewhere, President Lamanda Luaga greets the refugees from Gravelines Prison. At Gravelines, a car approaches with Admiral Leopold Braga and Corporal Smith. Braga sees the aftermath of the battle, finds the imprisoned guards but does not free them, He proceeds to his scheduled meeting with Savarna, where he was to have offered her a pardon in exchange for her assassinating Luaga.

The Phantom and Diana introduce Savarna to the waterfall and the Skull Cave it conceals, and find Kit. They quickly separate Kit and Savarna, apparently to prevent his mentioning Jampa in her presence. Kit assures his dad that he wasn't followed from the mountain city to the Skull Cave, but that he intends to return there. Dad warns Kit not to mention anythig about the mountain city to Savarna. After discussing what Mozz asked Kit, however, he retracts that warning.

Savarna showers and dons a skimpy Bandar outfit, bedazzling young Kit. She settles into life in the Deep Woods. One morning, weeks later, a Bandar watchman awakens the Phantom to tell him that Kit and Savarna are at the waterfall, leaving. Kit comes back shortly, alone. Later, Kit and Heloise are texting each other; Heloise wants to introduce him to Kadia, but Kit is still infatuated with Savarna. Savarna shows up in the Indian mountain city, with a pistol, stalking Jampa.


Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Admiral Leopold Braga, Rhodian Navy
  • Corporal Smith, Rhodian Navy




Related stories

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This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "ঘরে ফেরা" (romanized as "Ghare fera"), Anandabazar Patrika October 31, 2023 – February 27, 2024

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