Special note to our readers! Phil Urich does not appear in this
issue! That's right, you won't see him here. Perhaps he's still
recovering and getting over the events of the last two issues? Though
don't worry, Phil will return and ponder all this and more next issue!
Plus a big surprise that we've been leading to will arrive in a few
issues! With Alternate Marvel, you never know what to expect, and
that's just how we like it! :-)
In the meanwhile, we hope you'll read this issue and find something
to enjoy. Just because Phil isn't here doesn't mean the other
characters in his world aren't.
Now enjoy, as we learn more about Ninja Girl, Ben Urich and the first
appearance of another character making their debut! Still reading?
Then it's time to carry on and get to the action! :-)
Ninja Girl #30 -- (Green Goblin #30)
By: Resident Robert
[--6:40AM Just Before Sunrise, New York, inside the Midtown Comics
"Is that the best you got dudes? If it is, I'm so not impressed!"
"What's that big guy made of Flag Smasher? I just blasted him with a
"Don't know men, but you three just keep blasting him, and someone
get the girl! She's around here somewhere. I just need a few more
minutes to find it."
As Flag Smasher retreats to another room, the three troopers cover
him with a wide burst of automatic fire, as one of them
shouts, "Let's show these freaks what ULTIMATUM troops are all about
The three men are wearing white military uniforms, black pants, and
white face masks that have a pair of goggles to cover their eyes. As
they keep firing at the big muscular man in front of them, the yellow
beams keep hitting his chest, and rip his already torn blue shirt.
The blasts cause him to grunt and his teeth rattle, "Don't get me
wrong you guys, they sting but it'll take more then blasters to stop
A crowd of gray smoke forms behind the soldiers, and a female ninja
suddenly appears and does a forward kick that hits one of them in the
Landing, she takes her sword from her sheath, and cuts in half a
nearby rifle, "That was only a level one jujitsu kick. What kind of
soldiers are you?"
Before she can get a response she sees a metallic object roll near
Jumping backwards, the aftershock catches the ninja and sends her
flying, throwing off her landing. In midair she's suddenly caught and
in the waiting arms of the big muscular man, who asks, "You okay
"Yeah. I guess these guys are tougher then they look."
"Maybe, but whatever happens, as usual, you can just thank me for
getting us into this mess!"
~ ~ ~ ~
As he watches his men in the next room, the one called Flag Smasher
thinks, "How did those three rookies ever graduate the academy? When
all this is over, I'll be sure to demand higher standards with my
With only the lower half of his face exposed, the rest of his mask is
all black. Like his troops, he's wearing a matching black and white
costume, except he has a two color layered cape, and is carrying a
big metal mace as a weapon. The Flag Smasher grimaces when he sees
one of his troops get hit with a kick.
"It was a mistake taking these rookies. Ah well what better way to
test them then the field. Besides, with recent cutbacks beggars can't
be choosers! At least there making for a good distraction."
[--Four Hours Ago, Almost 2AM--]
A big blue couch with pillows sits undisturbed, when suddenly grains
of dirt start to fall and land on the cushions. Above the couch, a
glass silo starts to move and slightly creek. The moon is full and
starts to shine light inside the room and encompass the couch, when a
A female ninja flips forward and enters, landing on the couches
middle cushion with precision. Garbed in a green uniform, a sword in
it's sheath attached to her back. The only other standout feature of
the costume are yellow symbolic lettering running down her uniforms
right arm and leg.
She's surprised when she hears a voice approaching from the next
room, "Another night of fun in the city Ninja Girl?"
As she rolls off the couch, she flicks out her sword with her left
hand and tries to scan for the voice she heard. In a battle ready
stance, she's about to ask something but is cut off when she
hears, "Calm down NG! I would've waited for your return, but there is
no place to eat around here, so I let myself in with your usual `key
above the door arch' trick. Sorry about the sudden unexpected
surprise, but you know me."
As she puts her sword back into it's sheath, Ninja Girl exclaims, "No
way! I know that voice! It can't be! It just can't be! What are you
Pulling her green mask off, her shiny long black hair falls to the
sides as all the while she screams ecstatically, "William
Running to hug the man who just entered the room, she hears, "Missed
you too Jeannie Li." as he gives her a big hug back.
"Yeah this is what I miss."
As William releases his grip, he says, "So this is New York eh? Not
bad, but I wonder if there ready because the Spoiled-Sport has
Letting go, she gives him a sarcastic smile, "How boastful! Don't you
William gives a grin to indicate a no, "Gosh, I've so missed the
group. Where is everybody? Are they here? Is everything all right?"
Closing his eyes, he shakes his head, "Na, it's just me. The others
are still busy with there jobs, etc.. and couldn't make it. You know
them. But there all fine. I just decided to trek up here and see how
you were doing, and all that stuff."
Jeannie smiles, "Speaking of catching up. I've so got to tell you all
that's been going on since I got here."
"Oh yeah, run into any super baddies when you patrol? I want to hear
"Oh yeah! But not all of it today, though I've just got to tell you
about this UGH battle I had with this armored guy recently!" (2)
[--The Daily Bugle, Almost 2AM--]
The lights are still on in one of the offices top floors, a gold name
plate with black lettering reads, `Ben Urich'.
As he's about to sit down in his desk, Ben notices his answering
machine flashing, indicating a new message.
Pressing the PLAY button her hears a robotic voice:
::: You have one new message, and one old message :::
BEEP "Still there I see dear. We'll give a call when you can."
"Doris." He smiles.
BEEP "Hi, it's me. Just wanted to say thanks for the old
wrestling magazines Unc, there Mega cool! They also got some
The machine then stops playing as Ben Urich thinks, "Too bad you
don't work here anymore. Maybe then, this book would be completed."
It's then that Ben hears footsteps enter the door and a voice
ask, "C'mon Urich. What story are you working on now?" A tall and
thin, very pale white skin man with messy hair, a collar shirt with
an open button, crooked tie, and a coffee cup in his hand, proceeds
to enter the room and sit in the guest chair.
Looking above his desk, the older reporter, wearing glasses, straight
hair, pencil over his left ear, and one of the veteran writers of the
Daily Bugle replies, "Not much Ken. Just working late again.
Surprised you're still here mister Ellis."
"Of course Urich! Have to keep up with you right?" In a tone that
belies that he is only partially joking.
" Ben Urich starts, and then breathing out continues, "
you know this isn't a competition. You have nothing to prove to me.
We all work in the Bugle."
"Sure, whatever you say. But I'm still the new guy here and am still
trying to get a front page article for this paper. I've been here
almost a year already, and nada so far."
"Don't worry about that. It'll happen when it happens, you can't
force it Ken. You got to think of the Daily Bugle as something like
an extended family. That's what working here should be like, and we
don't like hurting family here."
As he takes a gulp of coffee on his desk, Ben adds, "Besides you're a
good journalist and that's what matters. If you weren't Jameson would
have sent you packing."
Caught off guard and surprised by the remark, Ken Ellis asks, "You
really think I have what it takes?"
Looking up from his desk Ben Urich says flatly, "Only the ones who
can cut it last a year in the Bugle."
[--Ninja Girl's Apartment--]
"No way! You fought an evil Iron Man!" William Kline laughs, while he
drinks a 7-Up.
There both eating in the kitchen, the small two-seat table has
various plates, sauces and food strewn about, and the aroma of a
fresh broth soup is in the air. Various muffled sounds can be heard
coming from a device in the kitchen's background, but no one's paying
attention to it.
"Oh stop teasing! I wouldn't go that far!" Jeannie responds, as she
passes him some rice.
"But you did say he wore a flying metal suit of armor that had
weapons right?" William takes the plate, and starts to scoop the
white rice, on top of his Lo Mein noodles.
"Then that's close enough to Iron Man in my book!" William grins.
Jeannie just gives a crooked smile, "You never stop do you? But UGH,
well he did get away."
With his grin gone, William waves his hand, "Ahh, don't sweat it
Jeannie. In this city, I'm sure someone will catch this crook sooner
or later. Too bad I didn't get a crack at him! Mighta been fun to
tangle with a heavy metal foe for once. It might be like kicking a
"Oh don't you ever stop boasting! " Jeannie giggles, "And do I want
you to stop?"
"I try beautiful. I can only try!"
"Beautiful eh? You're such a flirt!"
"Maybe, but that's what you like about me!"
Jeannie just smiles, "And I wonder why you'd think that?"
As William looks up, he notices another window panel on the kitchen
roof and changes the subject by asking, "Hey, why don't you just
teleport a lot."
Following his gaze, she looks up, "It's not as easy as it looks
William. I have to concentrate, and build it up. It's tough to
explain I guess. Also the distance is pretty limited. It's not like I
can teleport a mile or something like that. Not to mention it's quite
draining to do a lot."
"Still it's a cool power."
"Ha, you wouldn't like it. I think you enjoy being the strong guy and
knocking around things, tossing things, and just causing havoc."
William's face almost turns blushingly red, "Ha, maybe. Though I do
find it fun. Guess we lucked out and got powers we wanted!"
Jeannie looks lost in reflection for a moment, "They are kind of
cool, aren't they."
[--The Daily Bugle--]
"Really? So how's it going?"
"Well good so far. I got the working title approved and it should be
a go. The book, `Hobgoblin: Legacy of Evil' sort of has a ring to it,
and is quite appropriate I might add."
Ken Ellis nods, "Yeah, especially since the Hobgoblin just picked up
on the legacy of the Green Goblin, Norman Osborn."
Ben shows him a newspaper picture of the Hobgoblin and adds, "Yeah, a
book based on everything we know about the Hobgoblin. Ned Leeds,
Jason Macendale, and all the dupes that were around."
"What about that other one, that demon one? What was with that?" Ken
takes a sip of his coffee, looking at the picture.
"The Demogoblin, or at least that's what he somehow got dubbed. Yeah,
I have a chapter on him in the book. Though I must admit, the details
are sketchy to say the least."
Understanding what the comment meant, Ken hands back the picture, "So
once this book is complete, you'll have a good pair of bookends, all
on the various Goblins."
"Not quite." Ben responds, as he pulls back his chair and closes his
eyes for a moment.
[--Ninja Girl's Apartment--]
"So what's that yellow lettering you have on your costume. Some new
addition since you got to New York?"
Jeannie chuckles, "Ahh, costume talk. Yup, it's new. You don't know
the four principles of WUDE do you?"
"No, but you keep trying to convert me!" William jokes with a hearty
"Hey, it'll be good for you! Your way to impulsive."
"Ahh, but that's me all right. So did any New York villains figure
out what your costume says? And just why did you write the WUDE
symbols on it?"
"Nope. I guess no one reads Mandarin. It's mostly a reminder to
myself when I'm on patrol or in battle. Figure it couldn't hurt. Plus
if it serves as a distraction, even a minor one. That's always good."
"Yi, Practice a lot!"
Jeannie grins this time, "That's the wrong meaning."
"Ha, I messed up again? What's it all mean again? Oh be brief this
time!" William says, as his hands comedically press against his
She just smiles, `The four martial arts principles of WUDE, in short
- `Jie' means Don't showoff or use thoughtless moves
- `Gon' Don't neglect practice
- `Dan' Judge a situation with a clear mind
- `Yi' Don't hesitate doing the right thing
Of course you have to remember the names and translations always are
a bit different in meaning and context when there translated to
"At least I try to practice my `Yi'"
Jeannie laughs, "Now if only you worked on the other three as well."
"Perhaps, but at least you got a cool costume and better fashion
sense then me! I just wear my civilian clothes because whatever
costume I made always got damaged and shredded in battle. I so can't
wear cool costumes. It's the price of being the teams power house big
guy I suppose."
"Well you do have your mask. So it must count as a costume? UGH I
should know, I made it for you!" Jeannie snickers, as she pretends
and motions with a hand like she's putting a mask on her head.
"Ha very funny. But I only wear it to cover my identity you know. Got
the idea from some old WWII pictures I saw of Captain America's
original mask. Figured that would do, and had a similar black skull
cap mask made to just cover the basics."
Jeannie looks away and towards the back of the kitchen when William
continues, "Well at least my `costume' has an advantage over the rest
of our team. I got the most portable costume of them all!"
Instead of a reply, he looks up and sees Jeannie looking away, "Hey,
hello? You still with me, or did I bore yet another woman to sleep?"
Jeannie just uses her hand to wave at him to stop and come closer as
she presses a dial on a nearby device, "Hold on, I'm turning this up.
Thought I heard something interesting."
repeat. I think I see some troops in a comic store in Midtown
robbing the place
---- Really? Maybe you should report it in? -----
. Don't know what to do? I see these troops in white with some
big guns, and flashlights. I think there robbing the place.
---- I'd call it in. -----
. I'll see, but I don't want police tracing the call and
questioning me. I don't want them thinking I was involved
---- Your just paranoid man. Call it in ------
. No way man. You don't know this city. Strange things happen and
the best thing to do is to stay silent and not cause trouble
William speaks first by asking, "What's is that, a radio station?"
"Well it's not a radio per se, it catches CB, and HAM communication
talk. You know like truckers. It sounds like a robbery. I know that
comic store, it's pretty close by!"
"Then what are we waiting for! Let's get out of here and check it
"William wait! Let the police handle it!"
William flexes his big bicep arms and exclaims, "And miss all the
fun, no way! Spoiled-Sport hasn't had action in almost two weeks!"
[--The Daily Bugle--]
"What about the Goblins history is not complete Ben?" Ken Ellis asks,
no longer drinking his coffee, his cup finished.
"This new Green Goblin." Ben Urich replies, with a puzzled expression
on his face.
"Oh him. Yeah, what's his deal? Seems like a low key character from
what I gather."
"He is, isn't it? I'm not sure what his deal is, but he went out of
his way and saved my life from a gang once, when he had no reason to
help me." (3)
"Yeah I read about that. Quite an incident." Ken nods. "That must've
been a scary situation."
"It was. Whoever this new Green Goblin is, it's a mystery. I don't
know what he is, or why he does what he does, but one things for
sure, he isn't like the previous ones."
"Yeah, he even saved Jonah's life a few months ago, when he took on
the Scorpion." (4)
Ben takes another gulp out of his coffee mug, "Yeah, of course Jonah
thinks both were in league with each other and had a disagreement. I
know better. He saved Jonah's tail, just like Spider-Man has done."
"So what, Ben? Do you really think this Goblin is a hero?"
As he finishes the last of his coffee Ben looks at the wall where a
rare picture of the new Green Goblin hangs, "That's what it looks
like to me. Who knows, maybe he'll warrant his own book one day."
"I can guess who'll want to write it if that day ever happens." Ken
adds with a laugh.
6:45AM The Present, New York, inside the Midtown Comics store
Ninja Girl uses her sword to cut another rifle in half, "We've got to
find some cover!"
Her partner in the ripped jeans and T-shirt hoots, "What? And spoil
all this fun?"
"This is no time to joke!"
"All right, I hear you! Get out of here, I'll cover!"
As Spoiled-Sport rips a metal comic book rack out of the wall, he
tosses it at the two armed soldiers in front of him!
"Duck, Rathers!" The heavier soldier looks at the tall thinner one.
"Thanks Brokow! That guy is a heavy hitter. Where's Jennings?"
"He's going after that ninja woman."
In there masks hearing devices the soldiers then hear Flag Smasher
yell at them, "Get those intruders, Rathers, Jennings, Brokow! If you
blow this mission for me, I'll see to it that you never keep your day
"We're trying Flag Smasher. But there good."
As the Flag Smasher watches from the background, as his hands
continue to flip books as he looks at other boxes. Taking a moment to
look back, he sees his three troopers stances and knows their trying
to think of a strategy.
It's then that he continues, and shouts orders, "Rathers! Brokow! You
two go for the big one. One of you get his legs. Jennings, don't let
her get close! Keep out of her reach!"
~ ~ ~ ~
Ninja Girl tries to get in close, but her kick misses as her opponent
Jennings opens a pouch on his belt and throws a flare on the floor at
Ninja girl closes her eyes, but a moment too late. She's seeing
sparkles, then feels a kick hit her in the ribs.
Jennings tries to hit her with the butt of his gun, but before he can
connect, Ninja Girl rolls to the side and does a long arc sweep kick
blindly, knocking Jennings to the floor.
As she gets up, Ninja Girl smirks, "Flash grenade eh? Well, two can
play this game!"
From her belt she throws a pair of mini-ninja stars that explode as
they hit the floor near Jennings!
A black smoke cloud forms, and before Jennings can shout, "What's
going on?" He receives a kick to the guts, a chop to the head, and a
follow through kick in the chest, sending him sprawling backwards out
of the smoke cloud and unconscious.
"Didn't have to see you. With some proper training, you'd be able to
be aware and hear the movements of you opponents." As she rubs a hand
to her face, to clear her eyes she picks up her sword, "Got to stop
However, when she sees Spoiled-Sport she is about to change
direction, only to hear him shout back "Forget about me NG! I got
these bums! Just stop that guy! I'll catch up."
With that, Ninja Girl turns away and rushes forward, only to see the
mace wielding Flag Smasher charging toward her, "So you want to fight
me girl? Well, how about I bring the fight to you instead! You're not
dealing with rookie ULTIMATUM soldiers this time!"
The mace comes smashing down and hits the sword of Ninja Girl, which
she held sideways and in a defensive position to block the blow.
Flag Smasher is stunned for a second and amazed, "Impossible! No
sword could survive that blow without breaking or bending."
Using the distraction, Ninja Girl kicks him in the ribs as she flips
backwards saying, "Well it's no ordinary sword if that makes you feel
any better. It's a hand crafted one of a kind."
As he grunts, Flag Smasher gets up wielding his mace as he
shouts, "No matter girl! It'll take more then a sword and some fancy
kicks to stop me!"
~ ~ ~ ~
"Brokow hold his leg, I'll go for the neck!"
"Rathers, it's not that easy!"
As Brokow kicks Spoiled-Sport in the shins, Spoiled-Sport grimaces
and then shouts,
"MORE! MORE! HURT ME MORE!"
Wide-eyed, Brokow starts to weaken his grip as Rathers punches
Spoiled-Sport in the face!
"I REMEMBER THAT PUNCH!"
"What are you talking about man? Do I know you?" A sweating Rathers
looks at the masked Spoiled-Sports face.
"HURT ME MORE! MAKE ME FEEL ALIVE AGAIN!"
"Brokow who is this guy?"
"No idea Rathers! Do you know him? I want to get out of here!"
Spoiled-Sport stops shouting, "I was just playing with you dudes! But
fun times over, now to catch up with Ninja Girl!"
With quick reflexes, that betray his big size, Spoiled-Sport elbows
Rathers in the face, and flips him to the floor. Then he picks the
leg that Brokow is holding and stomps it on the ground, shaking him
As Rathers gets up to try and retreat, Spoiled-Sport hits him with a
charging shoulder hit!
Brokow is still dazed, but manages to throw a flash grenade at
As he starts to rub his eyes with one hand, he tosses a small nearby
comic book box in Brokow's direction. "Man you've got to chill or be
chilled! I'll get to you in a minute! And make no doubt dude, for
that you'll pay!"
"ULTIMATUM troops are more resourceful then you think stranger.
Besides when America falls, we will be the ones laughing last
Spoiled-Sport grimaces, " `American scum' you say? Well how about I
just call you an Un-American coward!"
As Brokow hits Spoiled-Sport in the ribs with a metal sign, he
yells, "Once I get home, I'll be sure to write a report about you."
As he hits him again in the ribs, Brokow laughs, "I can see the
His speech is abruptly cut short when a big hand grabs his swinging
arm, and another hand grabs him by the chest. As he drops his sign,
the next thing Brokow sees is a fist heading his way!
~ ~ ~ ~
"Ha ha, I don't know who you are, but you're no match for me!" Flag
Smasher says as he swings his mace again, but Ninja Girl blocks the
In silent response Ninja Girl, reaches into her sash and throws
little ninja stars that explode upon impact causing a smoke cloud.
Ninja Girl flips away from the Flag Smasher's swiping mace hit.
However, before she can get up, Flag Smasher hits the floor and hits
her with a sliding upwards kick!
"I've studied a martial art or two myself!"
Flag Smasher with his arms and hands extended drops his mace and
with a spin kick hit's it in midair!
As the mace is sent hurtling towards Ninja Girl, it's blocked as the
back of a large body covers Ninja Girl at the last second!
"ARRGGHHH" Spoiled-Sport yells as he falls to his knees.
"William!" Ninja Girl wheezes, as she catches her breath.
"Ouch, ouch! That hurt! Oh yeah! I'll be fine, but Yeow that smarts!
Forget about me, get him NG!"
With a cloud of gray smoke covering both of them, she's gone!
As he tries to look at the smoke cloud in front of him Flag Smasher
thinks, "How does she generate all that smoke?"
The next thing he feels is a kick hitting him in the back of his head
and sending him sprawling on the floor!
"I'm not playing games now!"
He scrambles up to see a silent Ninja Girl's piecing eyes staring at
him, her sword in her left hand, twirling as her right hand is flat
Flag Smasher is silent, only thinking, "Why did I get rid of my
mace?" He reaches into his cape, but in the next moment a charging
Ninja Girl with a sword swipe sends a big gash in his cape. A moment
later there is two, three and then four gashes!
Disarmed, Flag Smasher tries to reach for his belt, but feels the
blunt end of the sword smack his wrist!
"ARGH!" Flag Smasher grimaces, but only for a moment because the next
thing he sees is an extended palm hit him in the face!
Reeling backwards, Flag Smasher falls to one knee and reaches into
his belt, presses a button and the remains of his cape fly off, as he
barrel rolls away and towards the approaching Spoiled-Sport!
Spoiled-Sport picks his leg up to try and stomp him, but misses!
Flag Smasher rolls, gets his mace, and stands up, all in one motion!
"Not that again!" Spoiled-Sport groans.
As Flag Smasher swings his mace, Spoiled-Sport blocks it by throwing
a big box of comic books at him.
The mace smashes the box in half and on the floor fall `Silver Age'
Spoiled-Sport looks down at the books, "Guess I should've picked
another box." As he sees copies of various Nineteen Sixties Batman
books scattered on the floor, "Don't like that company anyway."
Flag Smasher reaches into his belt and throws a smoke canister on the
Ninja Girl whose standing away from the cloud can't see anything, but
then hears, "Ninja Girl look out!"
With a swipe of her sword, Ninja Girl slices in two a metal pole rack
that was headed her way.
The Flag Smasher swings his mace at Spoiled-Sport and hits him in the
With a noticeable yelp, Spoiled-Sport falls to his knees again and
huffs, "I knew I wouldn't like this situation."
"Well if it makes you feel better, I like how this is going!"
As Flag Smasher picks up his mace and holds it back, he swings in a
big arc to hit Spoiled-Sport with a direct shot to the head, but
suddenly the top of his metal mace ball goes spinning away!
His balance thrown off because he's only holding a metal stick now,
Flag Smasher stumbles forward, and only then notices the sharp blade
of Ninja Girl near him.
As he tries to regain his balance, the next thing he hears and sees
is Spoiled-Sport shout, "GOAL!"
Then suddenly a huge fist is headed Flag Smasher's way!
[--Epilogue 1: The Daily Bugle, the Present--]
Rushing into Ben Urich's office, Ken Ellis suddenly knocks, as he
shouts "C'mon let's go! Some late breaking news!"
"What's going on?" Ben asks, as he finishes typing another piece of
"Just heard over the wire trouble in Midtown. Something about soldier
type guys spotted robbing a store. Could be interesting. Want to
hitch a ride?"
"Sure thing." Ben Urich says, as he grabs his keys and sighs, "An all-
nighter at the Bugle. I'm sure Doris won't be pleased."
As Ben puts his coat on, and they start to head towards the elevator,
Ben can't help but ask, "Ken, why'd you tell me?"
As they get to the elevator and the doors close, Ken replies, "Maybe
I want to try how this non-competition, family thing goes."
[--Epilogue 2: Inside the Midtown Comics store--]
Spoiled-Sport wraps another metal pole comic book rack around the
unconscious ULTIMATUM soldiers.
"William, why we're you shouting Metal Gear Solid videogame lines at
"Aww, c'mon Jeannie. You know it's one of my favorite games. Besides
I liked the scared looks on there faces, because they thought I was
freaking out! Besides it was fun!"
Ninja Girl hands Spoiled-Sport another metal comic rack, "Fun? Bet
those blasters earlier weren't. You know with some training, you
could have dodged most of those."
"Maybe, but this stores crowded with things and hard to maneuver for
someone like me. Besides, thanks to our buddy and his checklists, I
remembered the group files on this bunch and knew there standard
issue weapons couldn't hurt me much."
Ninja Girl nods in agreement, "Our team info guy is good. Never
thought we'd run into a group like this."
"You shoulda seen the look on that Brokow dude's face right before I
As he wraps another pipe around Flag Smasher's torso, he notices that
Flag Smasher has regained some consciousness.
Ninja Girl takes her sword out of her sheath, while Spoiled-Sport
makes a fist, "I have just one question dude: What we're you looking
for in a store like this?"
The barely conscious Flag Smasher starts to talk, "Priceless `Golden
Age' comic books we're recently shipped here, and I needed them for
my personal collection. Doesn't matter though, I'll find some
diplomatic way to get out of all this."
"Maybe dude, but I'm no diplomat! Oh and, `I'm gone'!"
As he sees a fist headed his way the Flag Smasher things, "Maybe I
should've only sent the troops on this mission."
"Let's get outta here NG, the cops are sure to arrive soon."
"Too late, the authorities are here I think!"
They hear cops shouting downstairs, and for the first time today,
Spoiled-Sports lips nervously quiver, "How can we get out of here?"
"Only one way, now be calm, trust me, and don't move."
As the troops start to run up the stairs, Ninja Girl puts her sword
back in it's sheath, wraps her arms around Spoiled-Sports, grabs his
shoulders, closes her eyes and a gray smoke cloud starts to form.
When the officers in the lead arrive moments later, all they see are
the remnants of smoke particles dissipating.
[--Moments later, and two blocks away in an alley--]
The last remnants of gray smoke dissipate and Ninja Girl removes her
mask wheezing, "
that was a close one."
Spoiled-Sport starts to sit and remove his mask, "
Oh man, that
was bizarre. I feel a bit tingly."
As she starts to sit, "Take a seat. It'll pass in a few minutes. It's
just a distortion, since you're not used to `porting'."
As Spoiled-Sport begins to sit, he removes his black skullcap mask,
and with sweat rolling off his forehead, "I didn't know you could
Jeannie closes her eyes, breathing deeply, "I know. It's something I
recently discovered and have been learning since I was here. I only
used it a few times before on insects, animals and once on a guy who
was in trouble in a bank robbery. It's so energy draining though, and
I'm completely exhausted. I think we'll both have to walk home from
William gives a chuckle as his back leans against the alley
wall, "You'd better remove most of your conspicuous looking garb then
and look less like a ninja. I'm sure in the dumpster over there we'll
find a bag or two to cover your sword and equipment."
Jeannie gives a smile, "Very funny. I remember that costume remark
For a moment William doesn't understand and gives a wink when he gets
the joke, before changing the subject and asking, "I forgot to ask
earlier, but how're classes?"
She noticeably cheers up at the mention of class, "E.S.U. is great!
The months have just flown by, since I got here."
William is silent for a noticeable moment before asking, "Does this
mean, you plan to stay here next semester?"
"I'll see how it goes."
Looking away, and towards the trash dumpster a few yards away from
them, William asks, "So you might stay here next semester eh?"
"I don't know." It's then that Jeannie notices the awkward
silence, "What's going on William?"
Looking away from her, and bowing his head with closed eyes and in a
low tone, "Jeannie I
I'm ashamed to admit this, because I know
this might sound selfish but
I know being here, and getting an education here in this
prestigious collage here is so important and all that. But
It's then William sees that Jeannie has moved and scuttled over near
the real reason why I visited was because
I missed you
Jeannie puts her hand to his lips, "I know
Letting go and closing her eyes for a second, both are silent, when
she speaks, "Truth to tell. When our little group formed. I never
thought I'd get along with you. In fact, I thought I'd get along with
you least of all. Funny you've become my best friend on the team. We,
just so different."
"Really? I didn't know that." A surprised William looks at her.
"Yeah. You know me, all disciplined. Or at least trying to be." She
adds with a smile.
He completes her sentence. "Let me guess: So brash, react first and
think later, compulsive type. Not to mention boastful blabbing guy
who can't stop joking."
Jeannie gives a laugh, "Well I was going to say spontaneous and full
of life. But that will do."
As there silent for a moment, and mutually smile, he gives a
chuckle, "All right, let's get our act together and get out of here,
before all this talk makes me go mushy."
Jeannie jokes, "But first I got to look more civilian, and you just
know I'm not going into that dumpster to look for things."
William throws his arms up in the air, as he goes towards the
dumpster, "Ahh typical women! But dealing with trash is a guy's job."
"We are so going to look like homeless people as we start to walk out
of here." Ninja Girl says as she starts to remove her ninja arm
"Well if it makes any difference, my torn costume sure won't help the
As Jeannie starts to remove various parts of her costume and clothes
that look ninja costume like, William removes some bags from the
dumpster, "Did I tell you?"
"What?" Jeannie asks, as she starts to put her sword and some costume
pieces in a bag.
"When I was walking by Times Square yesterday, someone thought I was
"That WWF Wrestler I was telling you about. Sent you an email with
his pic a while ago!"
Laughing she says, "Oh him! Well, yeah I could see that. You are
similarly built. Though
you are cuter, and I prefer your jet black hair, more then blondie
Brock! What can I say?"
"I'm sure he wouldn't like to hear that."
As she starts to remove her ninja garb leg coverings, "Too bad for
him. UGH! You know what was annoying, that Flag Smasher guy kept
calling me a girl back there."
William looks at the various tears in his shirt, "If it'll make you
feel any better, I don't think he knew your name, and was just using
it as a general comment."
"Yeah, I know. But still it was a bit annoying." She adds with a
I hope you're not still miffed I gave you that `Ninja Girl'
As she puts the remains of her ninja costume in the bag, she gives a
giggle, "Ha verrrryy funny! Mister `I don't like to lose', Spoiled-
William looks at her, and in a boastful comedic tone, "Hey, I know I
may lose, and I accept that when it happens. But no one said I ever
said I had to like it. Did you catch my new tag line back there?"
"What new tag line?"
"Back there, right before I whopped Flag Smasher I said, `I'm Gone'.
That's my new exiting tag line!"
Expressing amusement, Jeannie says, "Man, your such.. such a
This time William laughs and looks at her sarcastically, "Ha, I'm a
"Aww, just something I made up, you WordKing you! That's what I'm
going to call you when you make up more weird names and slogans."
"Spoiled-Sport: the WordKing! I could go for that." William laughs
before asking, "Are we ready?"
"Yes." Jeannie says with a nod, and as they proceed to walk out of
the alley, and towards the first rays of the approaching sunrise.
(1) ULTIMATUM Terrorist group that means "Underground Liberated
Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind"
(2) See Alternate Marvel's Green Goblin #27
(3) See the published Marvel Comic Green Goblin #1
(4) See Alternate Marvel's Green Goblin #19
Next issue: Phil Urich is back, and has dinner with his family.
Ponders recent events such as Margaret's confession to him. While
Merry has a talk with Mary Jane.
Ninja Girl / Jeannie Li, Spoiled-Sport / William Kline, and troopers
Brokow, Jennings, and Rathers copyright 2001-2002 R.F.P. Majestic