-- ASTRO CITY; The Hood County National Guard Armory has been robbed sometime last evening. Details are few, but according to passers-by on Gottfredson Bridge, the Mask known as The Silver Bullet was involved in a high speed chase with a flatbed tractor trailer carrying multiple crates that may have come from the armory. Eye Witness sightings go on to contend that the hero chased the truck along the edge of the city on Westside Highway until he was hurled into the air by some unknown force that propelled him due West well past Wildenburg Center.
In possibly related news, drivers on the Crosstown Expressway sited massive Mask activity in Dedication Park where members of The Honor Guard were seen, including The Samaritan. There has been no comments from the supergroup.
Turok hadn't been seen in days. Last Injun Joe had heard, he had descended into
the sewers to hunt and kill what was reported as Velociraptors nesting in the damp filth of this underworld. Perhaps Turok had bitten off more than he could chew ... Injun Joe did not know, but he would too descend into the dark undercity to find his friend.
Noble One was the project enacted by SHIELD War Director Henry Peter Gyrich to contain the escape of prisoners and experimental subjects from the Project PEGASUS disaster. At its core, Noble One was a miracle of Super Science, a battlesuit capable of withstanding attacks from multiple Supers and a vast improvement over project Mandroid. Its mandate was clear; its battle-computer was uploaded with numerous subjects that had escaped, and as far as SHIELD was concerned, these subject would be dealt with under dead or alive terms.
Noble One's tracking system had lead it to the murky depths of Astro City's sewers, and before long, his quarry had been detected; MacDonalad Gargan - also known as the sinister Scorpion.
Injun Joe found tracking his friend difficult in the dampness of the sewer, but he persevered, knowing his ancestral awareness would not fail him; and before long, his quarry had been detected, flailing limply in the hands of a monstrous foe. In the dim lighting he could see Turok, having had horrible wet things done to him, his bow busted and floating in the filth. Injun Joe drew back his enchanted bow and prepared to deliver a massive blow to the monster that had done grievous harm to his friend.
The Scorpion struck first with an energy sting from his prehensile tail, obliterating Noble One's combat rifle. Injun Joe's force arrow struck Gargan in the back of his head and he stumbled forward, dropping his prey into the foetid waters. The loss of his rifle was inconsequential to Noble One as he advanced toward the costumed villain and delivered a system shocking blow from his armored fists sending the Scorpion reeling through the sewer tunnels.
Injun Joe rushed to Turok, who was unconscious from his encounter with Gargan. Utilizing his medicine bag, he summoned healing spirits to ease the pain of his friend and bring him back to the world of the living.
Noble One did not let up on the Scorpion, and with a flurry of massive blows, he'd embedded Gargan into the concrete walls of the sewer tunnel.
Gargan smiled, blood trickling from his lips. With monumental effort, his coiled tail sprung him from the wall, launching him directly into Noble One. Now it was Noble One's turn to reel in the fog of being stunned. Scorpion turned to Injun Joe and Turok and lashed out with his deadly tail, but only found concrete bricks of the adjacent wall.
Joe launched another force arrow while Turok, whether in an act of sheer bravery of desperate stupidity, drew his knife and launched himself at Gargan with a primal shout.
Unseen by the combatants, but clearly drawn to the ruckuss before him, the Blue Knight strode into the battle with eerie calm. There was no hint of fear in his hollow eyes, only cold purpose. He simply shot the Scorpion in the back of his head; the gunshot rang in the voluminous halls of the sewer. Joe stared at, not the death's head within the helmet, but at the three bullet holes in the chest of the armored policeman. There was a dark presence about the Knight... a sense of cold vigilantism ... judge and executioner in one. The Blue Knight turned and simply left as Noble One came back to his sense.
Noble One's Battle-computer brought up his next quarry ... a powerful super villaness known as Gypsy Moth ... he would take no chances against her psychoactive telekinesis. He'd first call in to SHIELD and replace his rifle and then the hunt would begin anew ...
Joe and the wounded Turok would make their way out of the sewers and head for Joe's flat to recover ...
This is Burt Kusiek of KBAC reporting to you live from Binderberk Plaza in the heart of Astro City Central, where nearly at the stroke of midnight on this foggy Sunday evening erupted in what can only be described as super-powered chaos. As our KBAC eye-in-the-sky dirigible detected moments ago, what started as a bizarre chase headed southbound out of Shadow Hills and involved two super-powered beings, a military half-track, and a large black dog, erupted into a full fledged war zone near the currently renovated Archway Bridge.
Silver Justice was also on the scene, having nearly collided with the half-track headed southbound along Museum Row, where right here in the Plaza the chase culminated into ground zero for super-powered strangeness.
A pitched battle between Silver Justice and several unknown Supers against what this reporter can only describe as a werewolf ensued on the streets of Central City. Furthermore, by the Archway Bridge several other Para-humans appeared and began sowing dire intent to the park goers in the area. From the heavy fog laughter echoed amongst the gunfire and I'm nearly certain the notorious Shadow joined the fray, quickly and single-handedly dispatching the wolf creature with dual his dual .45 calibre handguns.
The Silver Shroud wasted no time and made sweet music with his Tommy Gun, putting the murderous Scarecrow to sleep with its deadly lullaby. The brother's Grimm appeared to suffer technical difficulties with their stylized battlesuits and were abruptly apprehended by the Mossberg wielding Silver Sable. Captain Zap, a relative newcomer on the Super Hero Scene, made a debut appearance by soaring in from the cloudy skies and neutralizing Gypsy Moth before she could kill another civilian in cold blood.
Just as the scene seemed to settle from the mayhem, another mystery man mysteriously appeared on the Archway Bridge, and with a real sense of foreboding, unleashed dark power as the like this reporter has never seen. The dead rose from the earth, clawing at the fog enlaced air, as if to pull themselves up from hell itself.
The driver of the half-track, a brawny sort who's military grade vest was emblazoned with a grinning skull, mounted himself in the canopy of his vehicle and opened up hell itself upon the rising dead with a mounted Browning Machine Gun. As bullets pierced the fog and walking dead alike, civilians were funnelled under the bridge by Captain Zap and Silver Sable - who blasted the zombified skeleton as they went.
Soon it was all over and the heroes dispersed, but not before a mysterious murderer arrived in the gloom and shot Gypsy Moth dead. So stunning was this act, the armored vigilante simply walked away, disappearing into the fog from whence he came.
When I tried to get an interview with Silver Justice, they simply waved me on offering no comment; however Captain Zap had a few words to offer regarding the battlesuited murderer that got away, stating the he would bring the assassin to justice.
This has been Burt Kusiek of KBAC, returning you to your regularly scheduled broadcast.
A mysterious set of murders have been committed here in Astro City that defy attempts to be cleanly solve. All of the victims have been women. All of the victims have been mutilated in the most gruesomely dramatic ways possible, but no murder weapon has been found.
There have been no footprints or fingerprints recovered and no foreign forensic data found. Nothing appears to have been stolen from the crime scenes and there are no witnesses.
Astro City Police have enlisted Silver Justice to the task of solving the mystery killings with some success. Silver Shroud has received a phone call, supposedly from the killer, identifying himself as Phantamos. The suspect then further went on to challenge the Shadowy Sleuth with a cryptic piece of Louis Carroll poetry. No other leads have been disclosed at this time.