And so the bus ride ends at page 30 – we’re finally at Popkin High School folks! Home of the nefarious Professor Milton Binder!
I think it’s time for a quick game of catchup on everything that’s gotten us to here.
So if you’ve been reading from start, you know that Eben07 and Ninja Dan are “espionage janitors” for the Intelligence Cleaner Agency – who while are commited to their charge of wiping the blood from the cloak & dagger often get into trouble in the process.
Such was the case in Operation: Clean the Cleaners, where Ninja Dan while cleaning up tranquilized henchmen for the “sneaky hobo” secret agent he’s cleaning for is sidetracked by a sniper who continually doses a custom-camoflage-happy Eben07 with tranquilizers as well. Before too long the abort code is given as nasty ghouls appear along with fellow janitor, Jane Sterling, as the group escapes from ghoulish peril, Eben07 is again dosed with dart by a shadowy figure in a helicopter.
The next saga begins years later as Eben07 and the I.C.A. staffers watch a documentary on the I.C.A. by filmmaker Ben Kurns. While the documentary is indeed informative about the shadowy path through history the I.C.A. has taken under it’s founder and strangely old founder, Abel – Eben07 discovers that a precious relic that the ICA was founded under has been stolen! And apparently he knows who did it!
This bring us back to the cave where Ninja Dan has sheltered Eben07 and apparently has gone against orders and is trying to save his “sneaky hobo” secret agent. Ninja Dan and Eben07 butt heads before they are in turn rescued by Jane Sterling again. The group are whisked away from certain doom, making a daring cliffside jump in a motorcycle with a sidecar. However, just at it appears safe, Eben07 is flung from safety as Ninja Dan swerves to avoid a zombie deer. Ninja Dan presses onward leaving Eben07 to fend for himself as he hallucinates a test of wills and perhaps an encounter with an ICA icon.
The story continues withan ICA declassification about the adventure vacation I.C.A. founder Abel took in the 30′s to repair damage done to a temple in a remote South American jungle by a fortune and glory seeking archaeologist. While waxing philosophic on the merits of being an espionage janitor, Abel reflects on his recent encounter with the founder and curator of the Smithsonian Institute which ends with a brutal hook from Abel over a disagreement of what to do with a sacred and holy artifact the same treasure hunting archaeologist liberated from Nazi forces for the US government.
Operation Goofinger brought Eben07 and Ninja Dan to Fort Knox to clean up after a nasty electrical accident involving a Korean henchman. After liberating him from the vault, Eben07 and Ninja Dan are led into a trap by agents of the Smithsonian Historical Intelligence Troupe, a paramiliatary arm of the Smithsonian Institute whose mission is to recover artifacts for display before the ICA hides them from history. A skirmish ensues.
Still later, Operation For the Love of Russia brings Eben07 and Ninja Dan to Eastern Europe aboard the Orient express. Eben07 is put under a deep and unending sleep, while Ninja Dan is left to deal with a ghostly assassin, meddling gypsies, an anoxeric vampiress, and El-Chupachinchilla, all while Eben07 safely dreams of being something he’s not.
Operation: Mongoose returns the comics attention to the story of Abel, as he is recruited by the CIA to kill Fidel Castro. Being an espionage janitor since 1776 gives Abel the know-how to be sneaky and infiltrate Castro’s web, but his nature is to clean and not to kill. Abel is left struggling to find a way to kill Castro, failing over 637 times before attempt 638 returns Abel to the spotlight of conspiracy and a shadowy organization that has been watching him for many decades.
And with that – we were setup to begin the declassification of Operation: 3 Ring Bound — which after covering over 100 pages of Eben07 comics in one concise page, I surely think 3-Ring Bound is some of our best work and worth the 30 page read from start!