Some aliens, the Tzin, want to conquer Earth but are afraid of the power of the human spirit. They decide to give humanity a test – the Tzin will select four random people who have “the potential to be major contributors to mankind” and try to corrupt them. If all four resist, then the invasion will be called off.
On Earth, a kid named Keith types a letter to Captain America asking advice about his baseball player friend, Mitch, a super talented pitcher who hasn’t been himself lately. Most alarming is that Keith once saw Mitch talk to and receive “something” from a strange man in a hat.
At a street corner, we see Mitch have a meeting with Mr. Hat. “You wanted to be just like everybody else, right? Well, everybody does this stuff. Trust me.” Mr. Hat hands Mitch a handful of drugs, then disappears into the night.
The Baseball Game
The next day at a baseball game, we see Mitch in action…and he’s high. He throws a ball straight at a batter’s face, knocking him down. Fortunately, Captain America is on the scene, and he gets Mitch to admit to his drug use: “It’s my fault,” he says, “I should’ve done something sooner. I didn’t know who to go to.”
Mitch’s parents and coach blame themselves for what happened, but Captain America tells them that what’s important right now is telling Mitch that they’re behind him and ready to help – but where is Mitch, anyway?
Mitch is out in the street, where he finds Mr. Hat and punches him right in the face. Hat’s face, which turns out to be a mask, comes off, but we are unable to see what’s underneath. Is he a Tzin in disguise?
Frightened, Mitch runs away and encounters the injured batter’s vindictive friends, but Captain America shows up just in time to chase them away. He then tells Mitch that drugs are bad and that feeling unhappy is normal. Mitch leaves, and Captain America finds a broken piece of Mr. Hat’s face on the ground…
Well, for an anti-drug story, this was as contrived as one would expect, but it does serve its purpose. The thing that bugs me the most is the alien storyline. Not only is it convoluted, but it adds needless complication to a simple story. In fact, their presence may actually give the target, child audience the wrong idea about drug dealers – that they’re all aliens in disguise.
The fact that the aliens don’t show up after the intro makes for a weak ending. The story is continued in another comic, where the aliens play a larger role; however, it would have been better if all the alien stuff was moved there (if they had to be used at all) instead of dragging the story of this issue down.