Montenez continued his conversation with Dr. Zodiac, “The Greek Gods really began unravelling after the construction of various European empires. They lost the ability to control civilization as they had done in earlier times and of course the Greeks falling under Ottoman rule didn’t help their state of mind. Remember the Berlin Conference of 1870 where African fiefdoms were divvied up by European powers without regard to natural or tribal boundaries. Humanity in Europe was simply a gathering of greedy children grabbing all they could lay their hands on. Then there was hope with the Russian Revolution that man had finally seen the errors of their ways. Then that revolutionary spirit was broken with internal powerplays, the assassination of Trotsky, brutal collectivization and the slavery of the proletarian masses. Of course that brutal power crazed Stalin liquidated not only millions of people but the hope for a true revolution and slavery for the conquests of the USSR.
The night the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima was a dark time for the Greek Gods. It was about at that time the Greek Gods started thinking above leaving Earth. I tried to persuade them of their mission to aid humanity but they had no spirit left for that. Then the Korean and Vietnamese War were about the last straws. Then here on Samos the tourist explosion was the last straw. Arrogant, drunken and stupid tourists. A far as the Greek Gods were concerned it was as if humanity was engaging in one last fit of decadence before it self destructed. So off they fled to Zlano, a quiet and peaceful dimension. It became their retirement home.”
Dr. Zodiac responded, “You remained at the drawbridge while we climbed into the ivory tower of nostalgic philosophy. This has caused me to depart from the Zlano dimension. I raised you like my own son. It pained me to leave you behind. I see their inherent selfishness with their rejection of the mutant Bertie Foonbean. Even the Friday night poetry readings and visits from aliens became boring. So I find myself here hoping I can help you in some way. But being upfront with you I am also on Earth because of a serial killer called The Zodiac Killer in California and Nevada. His deeds tarnish my name! I must defend my name. He carves astrology signs on his victims and leaves clues in code. There are rumours, even in Zlano, that I am this killer.
And as for Bertie Foonbean we have found an expert in mutantism called Squid, being a mutant himself, also specializes in the treatment of mutants if treatment is really an appropriate word to use. Squid has a reputation of helping humanity as you have probably heard of his work in Columbia and Nicaragua. You two should really mee. So far our messengers have failed to locate him although I am told they are hot on his trail. He sounds like an interesting chap.”