Episode 34 of The Trigan Empire
The Fiendish Experiment
aka The Man who could turn himself to Water
The Hydro Man (The Collection)
De gestolen formule (Dutch title)
The Stolen Formula (Dutch title, translated)
Written by Mike Butterworth
Illustrated by Don Lawrence
It is reprinted in Volume 9 of The Trigan Empire—The Collection (the Don Lawrence Collection).
It is reprinted in Volume 3 of The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire (Rebellion).
Typical stories from this period prominently feature the Emperor Trigo, his nephew Janno, and the great scientist Peric. This is a typical story. From the rest of the regular cast of characters, the Emperor’s brother Brag, and Janno’s close friend and Air Fleet comrade Keren, make brief appearances. Keren’s father Imbala, the King of Daveli, makes a rare appearance in this episode.
Vella, the villain and central character of the story, is a pilot in the Air Fleet.
Vella’s accomplice is Zerros, a crooked scientist and escaped convict.
The unnamed individual pictured is the leader of the most powerful criminal organisation in the Trigan Empire. Slakka is his personal assistant.
Plot summary (Dutch)
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