Appearing in "The Day the Earth Turned Slower"
- Randall Dowling (flashback only)
- Anna Hark (flashback only)
- U.S. Science City Zero
Synopsis for "The Day the Earth Turned Slower"
The Planetary helicopter touches down at an abandoned military base somewhere in the Southwest, where a lone woman is waiting for them. "Allison," a beautiful, Marilyn-esque blonde radiating a distinct electric blue glow, has a story to tell, interrupted briefly when the group is attacked by three giant ants.
The group moves inside as Jakita single-handedly kills the giant ants. Allison reveals the dark history of the base, called U.S. Science City Zero ("not on any maps...a nowhere town"). "This is where we made the monster movies," she says bitterly, and where she was killed. Built at the height of the red scare, roughly 1950, it was a concentration camp for American dissidents -- people the government could round up without them being missed. Telling the world they were suspected communists, they told the prisoners they could do to them whatever they wanted. And then they did just that. Allison was shot by firing squad and brought back to life. Compared to the rest of City Zero's residents, she got off lightly. Most of the others were turned into horrifying freaks: mindless giants, faceless ghouls, creature hybrids....Unthinkable, ghastly stuff. And behind it all, using atomics ("atomic ray...atomic projection...something like that") to pervert nature and abuse innocents in the name of "scientific exploration," by two individuals. The soulless scientist in charge of the experiments, The Four's Randall Dowling, and the woman coldly overseeing it all, Hark Corporation head Anna Hark.
As the members of Planetary digest this information, Allison concludes her story. The base was abandoned around 1960, and she has been in hiding since then. Now, with her radioactive half-life of 50 years just about up, she's telling all, and begging Planetary to use the information against the people that killed her and the others like her. "I'm so glad I met you," she says, as she crumbles into dust.
- This issue is collected in Planetary Vol. 2: The Fourth Man.
- The issue pays homage to several Cold War era 1950s movies: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Amazing Colossal Man, Them! (Though, the ants portrayed in this issue are much larger than their counterparts in the movie), and The Fly.
- The title is a reference to the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.
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