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The Eagle Riders head to Dragon Island
The Eagle Riders head to Dragon Island.

X33 Facing the Dragon

[G-II #38: The ELectromagnetic Dragon Monstermech]

Dr. Aikens is searching for any information she can locate on Mallanox. However, there is no biographical or other background data to be found. Dr. Aikens is puzzled by strange premonitions she has about Mallanox. Dr. Keane enters and brushes off her intuitions, instead telling Dr. Aikens about a new problem.

A ship of fishermen disappears off of Dragon Island. An ISO operative was on the ship, investigating similar disappearances. Dr. Keane informs Dr. Aikens that this is the third such agent to disappear, and that the Eagle Riders must investigate. Dr. Aikens wants to accompany them to find out more about Mallanox, but Dr. Keane denies her request. I’m not really surprised. Dr. Aikens thinks she’s some kind of James Bond superwoman, but honestly, she’s not prepared to meet the Vorak in person.

The Eagle Riders go to Dragon Island, and Ollie jokingly reminds Mickey not to forget his suit of armor, if he’s going to fight a dragon. Unfortunately the team discovers that the dragon already has its own armor: it is a two-headed Dragon robot. There are electro-magnetized minerals on the island, and these minerals are creating a natural whirlpool of magnetic force that Mallanox is using to destroy nearby ships. The Dragon sends out a Dual Electromagnetic Ray, capturing the Ultra Eagle.

Everyone is affected by the Ray, but most of all Joe, who falls out of his seat. Wait, didn’t Professor Andro upgrade Joe so this kind of thing wouldn’t bother him anymore? I guess it’s time to go back for more surgery, Joe! Kelly is concerned for Joe’s welfare, but cannot help him until the ship is free of the Ray. Once they have escaped, she rushes to his side.

Joe brushes off his weakness and insists on returning to fight the Dragon again, but Hunter states that they must go back to Gateway City, as Dr. Keane had only sent them on a reconnaissance mission. What? An enemy robot attacks you and all you can do is say, ‘It isn’t my mission to fight you?’ I think that’s taking orders a little too literally, Hunter! Can you think for yourself?

As if to show Hunter how dumb this decision is, the Dragon robot attempts to capture the Ultra Eagle again, but the Eagle Riders manage to escape and go back to Gateway City.

Dr. Keane determines that the Eagle Riders cannot destroy the Vorak base if they have to fight through the Dragon robot, so Joe volunteers to act as a decoy to allow the Ultra Eagle to attack. Kelly is concerned about Joe’s welfare, since the Electromagnetic Ray weakened him so much before. She really does care about Joe! But instead of sending Kelly with Joe, Dr. Keane orders Dr. Aikens to accompany him, so that she can monitor the magnetic levels as they approach Dragon Island and ensure that Joe is safe.

Joe and Dr. Aikens leave in a mini-submarine, and enroute Dr. Aikens tells Joe of how she was on the cruise ship Ambrose, at the time that it was destroyed by the Vorak. She lost her husband Frank and her daughter Nancy in that attack. She would give anything to have them, back, even as ‘half cyborgs’. Joe understands the message, probably because Dr. Aikens is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. Even though Joe is a ‘half cyborg’ he is not expendable. He agrees not to tell the rest of the team about Dr. Aikens’ history. What I don’t get is why she told Joe at all, if she really wanted it to be kept a secret. Even more, why is she keeping it a secret? It doesn’t seem like something she would have to hide.

They arrive at the island, and Joe sneaks ashore and into the Vorak base, leaving Dr. Aikens behind in the submarine. The Vorak attack Joe with Freeze Cold Beams, which fortunately, being something of a machine, Joe is able to withstand. He bursts into the Vorak base, taking out guards and managing to sneak into the Command Center, where Joe hears Mallanox saying that he wants the Booster Chip from the Ultra Eagle so that he can complete his new beam weapon. Joe then understands that the attacks on the fishing ships were all to lure the Ultra Eagle to this spot, so that the Vorak could capture it. Something’s not right here. Why can’t the Vorak build their own Booster Chip? And if they can’t, why would they design a new weapon around a device that is on their greatest enemy’s warship? I’m guessing that Mallanox was in charge of this project, based on the lack of foresight involved.

The Vorak discover that there is an intruder in their base, but it is not Joe; it is Dr. Aikens. Aikens points a gun at some androids, but is easily captured by others and brought before Mallanox on the Dragon robot. This is why Dr. Keane didn’t want her going there to begin with, but unfortunately Dr. Aikens was too stupid to just stay put in the submarine.

Dr. Aikens and Mallanox stare at each other, feeling a connection. Apparently they have met before, because Mallanox thinks about how he has hesitated to eliminate Dr. Aikens on previous occasions, and he doesn’t know why. Um, because you’re stupid? You’re the one who enjoys playing ‘Before I Kill You, Mr. Bond’ and Dr. Aikens seems to think she actually is James Bond. Hey, wait, maybe there’s a connection here after all!

Just as Mallanox is about to correct his mistake of not previously killing Dr. Aikens, Joe appears, pulling off the covering of a green Vorak uniform he had used to disguise himself. Interestingly, he is in full Eagle Mode underneath, and his visor fit perfectly underneath the green mask. Huh?

Joe easily rescues Dr. Aikens, but the electro-magnetic forces of the Dragon robot are weakening him, which eventually allows Mallanox to escape.

Joe takes Dr. Aikens to the power core of the Dragon robot, but it is the Doctor who has to shoot at the core and destroy it, as Joe no longer has the strength. The pair jump off of the robot and into the ocean, allowing the other Eagle Riders to finish it off with a couple of Bird Missiles from the Ultra Eagle.

Joe and Hunter talk with Dr. Aikens after the robot is destroyed. Mallanox has escaped, but so have they. They are getting used to these stalemates with the Vorak. I guess it’s a never-ending struggle to defend the Global Good.

Mickey is frightened by the Dragon
Mickey is frightened by the Dragon.
The two-headed Dragon captures the Ultra Eagle with its Ray
The two-headed Dragon captures the Ultra Eagle with its Ray.
Jun rushes to Joe's side after the Electromagnetic Ray attack
Jun rushes to Joe's side after the Electromagnetic Ray attack.
The team discusses how to attack the Dragon robot
The team discusses how to attack the Dragon robot.
Joe and Dr. Aikens leave the team behind
Joe and Dr. Aikens leave the team behind.
Joe and Dr. Aikens in the submarine
Joe and Dr. Aikens in the submarine.
Joe surprises Vorak androids inside the base
Joe surprises Vorak androids inside the base.
Joe sneaks through the Vorak base
Joe sneaks through the Vorak base.
This goon has no idea what's about to hit him
This goon has no idea what's about to hit him.
Everyone gathers around Hunter as he receives an important message
Everyone gathers around Hunter as he receives an important message.
Joe takes care of more Vorak androids
Joe takes care of more Vorak androids.
Dr. Aikens meets Mallanox face-to-face
Dr. Aikens meets Mallanox face-to-face.
Joe pulls off his Vorak goon disguise
Joe pulls off his Vorak goon disguise.
The Ultra Eagle fights the two-headed Dragon robot
The Ultra Eagle fights the two-headed Dragon robot.
Joe and Dr. Aikens meet up safely with the rest of the team
Joe and Dr. Aikens meet up safely with the rest of the team.

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