Story and art by Johji Manabe. Emotionally burned out over the destruction of “The American” squad and his subsequent “adventures”, The American finds himself easy prey for a cultish “youth” organization operating in the desert outside Los Angeles. Who exactly is behind the bunch? Is The American’s recruitment an accident–or part of some larger scheme? And to add an ambiguous twist, is it possible that The American is actually happier with his new life? Part one of a multi-part adventure (this storyline delayed from last issue to give the current “violence” storyline room to expand!).