Blackjak was rescued, it would seem, by the none other than Dark Destroyer, caught in a tractor beam moments before he would have been incinerated. Though he never met the Destroyer himself, he did get one hell of a harsh welcome from the rest of the crew, and then spent months as their prisoner, slowly recovering. The closest thing he had to a friend in that time was the strange, simple creature who brought him his food. But Blackjak would ultimately betray that friend in order to steal the keys to his shackles and escape. After that, he spotted Dart just before she returned to Scanner One, and so he followed her in a scout ship of his own, only catching up now. This is the story he tells her, anyway, and though it's not impossible, there are some massive logical gaps that even Dart can't help but notice.
Little else takes place this issue, because Blackjak's return and Tempest's escapades both require multiple scenes. There is a small section focusing on the Dark Destroyer himself as he mines anti-matter from another reality. According to him, it's for a bomb strong enough to kill a whole universe, but the fictional science of that isn't explained here. As with Orion's story, this scene's role is to demonstrate just how enormously evil the Destroyer can be, and it does that well in a short amount of time. It's all about economy of panels this issue, including a the introduction of a new thread that takes less than a page, about Taz falling ill. We see him get stomach ache and turn down help, and that's as far as that story goes for now. Conway keeps things brief and direct, so he can visit Blackjack and Orion's pasts both without slowing down the progression of his main narrative, either.