Fourth in the comic-book-y Prince Zarkon series (most recently The Volcano Ogre, 1976). Here, Zarkon--the Man from the Future, whose ""eyes could hypnotize a man at a glance""--leads his team of super-crimefighters, the Omega Men, in battle against the evil, inscrutable Ching and his even eviller, gloating, mad-scientist boss Lucifer. Lucifer, it seems, is triggering earthquakes beneath the city, thus causing bank buildings to collapse--not that Lucifer (swathed in bandages following a previous, near-fatal clash with Zarkon) is crass enough to steal any money; he merely wants Zarkon to change sides and help him rule the world. And when the incorruptible Zarkon finally brings his foe to bay, he remains generous: ""You have little to fear from the justice of the courts, after ail--two buildings were destroyed, but few lives were lost. The destruction of property is a serious offense. . . ."" Bubble-gum prose, canned dialogue: for Zarkon zombies only.