SOJ: A Bad Place to Visit But I Wouldn't Want to Die There! 9
- Ultra Man flew directly into Captain Marvel. He was obviously the strongest of the group and Ultra Man was eager to unleash his super strength on any target!
He slugged Captain Marvel and then nodded in approval as the hero returned the blow.
"You can take a punch! That's a good thing since you're about to receiving a lot of them!" he said with a grin.
Captain Marvel said, "You look like an evil Superman in need of some Grecian formula! I hate to hit one of my elders but sinister seniors are an exception to the rule!"
Ultra Man grunted as Captain Marvel connected with a series of rapid punches that doubled him over and then sent him crashing into the ground.
"The gray hair means nothing to a guy who may just be immortal! if you know that wimp Superman then you are probably the kind of do gooder I like to kill!" he said as he erupted out of the ground and flew at his enemy,
As the two grappled above the scene of battle, the others closed in on each other.
Owlman realized that now that he was back home, he had no need for the heroes. He had gleaned enough data on them from the computers in the Hall of Justice that he felt confident that he knew exactly what he needed to do.
He reached in his belt and removed a small pellet which he started to hurl at Warlock but Zoro suddenly appeared beside him and grabbed his arm before he could toss the gas pellet.
"I'm sure you mean well but I think we'll just err on the side of caution by subduing you and your nefarious allies here and now!" he said. The pellet dropped to the ground and remained unbroken as Owlman twisted around and attempted to throw the man in the tuxedo over his shoulder.
Zoro shifted his own weight and held his ground.
"You'll have to do better than that, old fella!" he said as he dodged Owlman's grasping attack.
Mary Marvel frowned as she watched her brother.
"That brute is no Superman! I still remember how dreamy the real Superman was!" she thought with a sigh.
"You look like a simpering child and no worthy foe for Superwoman!" said a black haired woman in a brief dark colored costume and golden high heeled boots.
Mary said, "Superwoman? Somehow I doubt you deserve that name!"
She jumped up to avoid the bigger woman's sudden charge.
Mary kicked out with both legs and sent Superwoman sailing through the air. She flew in pursuit only to gasp in surprise as the furious female spun around to connect with a punch that dropped Mary flat.
She grunted as the bigger woman landed on her back and seized her throat from behind.
"I will snap your pretty neck before you can make another insipid comment!" bellowed Superwoman.
Mary broke free and rammed her head into the renegade Amazon's chin.
"Don't get cocky, sweetheart!" she said.
Meanwhile, Captain Marvel Jr. was abruptly contained within a huge green bell jar. He smiled as he recognized the nature of the trap.
"You must be this crazy Earth's version of Green Lantern!" he said as he saw a young man in black and green hovering above him.
He broke through the energy construct and aimed himself at the other man by raising both arms upward and leading with his lower arms. He bounced off a green force field and frowned in surprise.
"Huh! I figured the yellow bands on my sleeves would go right through your bubble. I guess you don't have the same yellow weakness as the GL I met last time!" he mused.
He spun around and returned with a tree limb and shook his head as it shattered against the bubble!
"You are a mystery, pal! You don't have the wood weakness of the first GL I ever met either!" he said.
Power Ring generated a blinding pulse and drove the boy backward but Jr. merely shut his eyes and charged forward with enough force to break through the field!
He smacked Power Ring across the face and said, "Guess I'll just rely on a good old right cross!"
The shadowy Dr. Chaos materialized near Isis and spoke in his inhuman tone of voice.
"You appear to be a maid of Ancient Egypt or are you in fact the goddess herself?" he said.
Isis smiled coldly and said, "You radiate a palpable evil and it will give me pleasure to defeat you! You fairly reek of dark magic!"
She said, "Obey my plan. Contain this man!"
The earth erupted around the cloaked menace and shaped itself into a solid sphere of hardened dirt.
Before she could move closer to follow up on her spell, Isis vanished!
Dr. Chaos shattered the earthen sphere and scowled beneath his metallic helmet.
"The wench fled! I expect much more from her!" he thought.
Warlock stepped forward to confront him.
"I don't know what happened to Isis but I'll gladly finish what she started where you are concerned! He said.
Dr. Chaos gestured and an arcane glyph materialized over warlock and swelled in size until it threatened to crush him!
"You will not occupy me long!" declared Dr. Chaos.
Deadeye and the Silk Canary remained in the shadows. The Ace Archer was cocky to a fault but was shrewd enough to realize when he should bide his time.
"Sexy Bird, if we wait here, ole Ultra and his buds may finish these creeps off. If they fail, well, we can pick up the pieces and start our own team with Quick and Rubberneck and Microbe!" he said with a broad grin.
Silk Canary fluffed her black wig and said, "I do like the way you think but these super cops make me think of my old man and what happened to him. I don't want any pig to live!"
Deadeye caressed her and said, "I know Legs, I know!"
He knew Dana's crooked dad had been shot by a patrol cop and the ex-exotic dancer had a near mania where policemen were concerned. She wanted to kill every single cop she encountered even the super heroes who performed the duties of lawmen!
He held her close and tried to soothe her angry spirit.
Suddenly, Mary Marvel fell as Superwoman mentally commanded the Lasso of Proteus to snake itself around the World's Mightiest Girl and shape itself into a hood that covered her head and left her blind and deaf!
Mary thought, "Don't need to see to do this!"
She spun around at super human speed until she had formed a whirlwind that drew Superwoman off the ground and into range of Mary's spinning fists.
The impact stunned the Amazon and as she lost concentration, the Lasso of Proteus lost its form and fell limply around Mary's shoulders. Mary shook free and dusted herself off.
"What a horrible woman! She makes Georgia Sivana seem like that pop princess Timpani!" she thought.
Warlock allowed the magical glyph to loom over him while he calmly raised the golden staff he normally carried.
The glyph cracked and then crumbled into tiny pieces which were swept away by a sudden breeze.
He walked toward Dr. Chaos who chuckled and raised his gloved hands.
"You are powerful! In fact you might be more of a challenge than the cowardly goddess!" he said.
Warlock shattered the mystical shield conjured by the shadowy wizard.
He stepped closer and said, "You possess no true magic! You are no scholar of the mystical lore. You merely wear an artifact that contains the spirit of such a mage! So, I merely have to separate you from the helmet like so!"
He raised his staff and a golden bolt of energy blazed forth to knock the helm from off of the cloaked villain's head.
Dr. Chaos shuddered as he stared at the world for the first time in years without the dominant force of the mystical spirit within the helmet.
"What have I done?" he cried.
Warlock said, "You are free from the curse. I banish the helmet to limbo and I grant you the release of amnesia! You will no longer recall your life as Dr. Chaos! I return you to your former life and I challenge you to be worthy of this second chance!"
Chaos flickered from view as the cursed helmet vanished!
"It is done!" declared Warlock.
"I'm glad I was about to show mercy to him. For all of his evil deeds he was in truth as much of a victim as a villain!" he thought.
Nearby, Zoro had deftly matched every move Owlman had made. They were almost equally matched.
Owlman smiled coldly as he reached out with his mental powers and slowed his foe's reaction time ever so slightly.
He connected with a stinging punch that drove Zoro backward but failed to stun him.
Zoro dropped down and as Owlman drew closer, he sprang back up and chopped his foe in the throat.
Owlman collapsed at his feet as Zoro caught his breath.
"My own studies in the Far East allowed me to resist your mental voodoo! I suspect you were simply not used to facing anyone who could withstand it!" he said.
Captain Marvel Jr. was equally successful as the inexperienced Ken Raynor cried out in shock as his ring stopped working and the boy in blue knocked him cold.
"I figured a little will power would enable me to take control of your ring. I knew it worked on will power even though it lacked the weaknesses of the other rings I'd seen!" he said.
He shook his head and said, "Whew! I'm glad that worked. There's something dangerous about the magic in that ring. It felt like it was trying to take over my mind when I focused my will on shutting off its power! It makes me wonder if that poor guy knows what he's doing to himself each time he uses that ring! It's almost vampiric in nature!"
As Captain Marvel and Ultra Man continued to battle it out, each realized that the other was not tiring.
Cap. thought, "Holy Moley! This guy is almost as tough as Superman! He sure fights dirty though! Maybe I can use that to my own advantage!"
He approached his enemy and spread wide his own arms.
"We are pretty equally matched. Why don't we stop and talk this out. Something from your world attacked us. We didn't come here to start a fight!"
Ultra Man wiped beads of sweat off his face and nodded.
"Sure! I'm a reasonable guy!" he said.
Suddenly, he attacked Captain Marvel who caught his leg as he blocked a low kick by Ultra Man and spun him around and around before releasing him with a thunderous crash!
"I figured a guy like you might try to pull a sneaky move like that kick!" he said.
At that moment as the Squadron of Justice stood over the fallen Crime Syndicate, a bolt of blazing energy struck them all .including the skulking duo of Silk Canary and Deadeye!
They all collapsed and in moments energy teleported them away from Earth 3 to a strange planet in which the atmosphere was dominated by yellow clouds of swirling dust.
The bald observer smiled calmly as he stepped away from his monitor to approach the teleportation platform on which the assembled heroes and villains rested.
"The Squadron of Justice subdued the Syndicate and weakened themselves enough for my machine to finish them off. We are that much closer to our goal! Soon, Qward will have colonies on not one but two parallel Earths!"
- It is meant to replace Syndicated as the Marvels first encounter with the CS. I do hope to use Mighty Adam. I had no plans for a bad Billy though. I figured to use the evil Shazam though since I figured he ended up at the dawn of time on E-3 when his disembodied form left E-S and he brought a date with him... you might say.
--- In ShazamEarthSliveson@yahoogroups.com, The Time Trust <the_time_trust_2000@...> wrote:
> Fascinating. This chapter had some good moments, like Captain Marvel's goading the thick-headed Ultraman into using his power more effectively. Will we see a story featuring Mighty Adam on Earth-3? And if there is a good Mighty Adam there, is there an evil Billy Batson? We've already seen a good version of Dr. Sivana called Dr. Atlanta on Earth-3. I'm curious about your plans there.
> BTW, is this story meant to replace the unfinished "Syndicated" story? If so, let me know, and I'll remove it from the unfinished stories folder at the writers group.
> Doc Quantum of The Time Trust
> Read stories of your favorite DC Comics characters at the Five Earths Project!
> > From: libbyblawrence <lawrenceliberty@...>
> >To: ShazamEarthSliveson@yahoogroups.com
> >Sent: Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:35:04 AM
> >Subject: [Shazam Earth S Lives on] SOJ: A Bad Place to Visit But I Wouldn't Want to Die There! 13
> >Deadeye said, "Who is this Flintstone wannabe?"
> >Mary Marvel said, " He is the last of an ancient race that ruled Earth before mankind came along and eliminated his brutal people!"
> >King Kull said, "Eliminated? How mildly your frail human lips put it. Your kind murdered my people and I have waited eons to pay you back! If I get to smash two Earths at once then all the better for me!"
> >Kimon dropped to the ground as Jr. released him.
> >"Shut down the machine! You must know how to do it!"said the young hero.
> >Kimon said, "No! He has altered it beyond our imagining! You must stop him! The proud Qwardian race must survive!"
> >King Kull snarled, "You may be worse than the earthlings! You preach hate but you cry like a mewling infant when you face your own mortality!"
> >Warlock and Isis stepped forward with a reluctant Power Ring.
> >"Aim our combined might at the machines!" said Warlock.
> >Magical energies and whispered spells enveloped the huge machineâ¦ and did nothing!
> >"Ho Ha Ho!" roared King Kull.
> >"You might be more powerful than me but you aren't as cunning! I have built the World Smasher will one unique feature! No one may shut it down but me and I will die before doing so!" he said.
> >Owlman scowled as he concentrated.
> >"Blast it! My mental powers can't control him. He is too alienâ¦ too inhuman!" he realized.
> >Warlock said, "I can't destroy it nor can I force Kull to do so! The lamp of the gods can not control one full of such raw hate!"
> >Isis said, "He resists my magic as well. His hatred and will power make him almost unstoppable as far as any kind of mental persuasion is concerned!"
> >Mary and Jr. flew at the Beastman. Both of them knew from past battles that while he was mighty in terms of raw muscle, he also could be knocked out with a punch from someone with their kind of strength.
> >He swung at them with a large hammer he had retrieved from the shadows but the duo dodged easily with the speed of Mercury and connected with twin blows that dropped him to the his knees!
> >"You may defeat me but I shall still win! The machine can't be stopped by anyone but me!" he said.
> >Meanwhile, Captain Marvel had never stopped struggling against the machine. He strained with muscles that surpassed those of any other being in the Earth S cosmos!
> >"I can't stop now! If I say the magic word, I'll change to Billy and I might die but I can't guarantee that that would shut down the machine! I think our sapped powers started it up and it may not even need us to finish its deadly process! I won't give up! Too many good folks are depending on me! People like Jr. and Mary and Mr. Tawny and Cissy and all our other friends! People we saved from one crime or disaster or even from wars or super villains are out there counting on us to keep them safe! I won't let their faith be in vain! "he vowed as he fought against the energy with all his considerable might and wit!
> >"It's too bad! It's just too bad!" he said loudly as he looked at Ultra Man.
> >"What's too bad? That we're going to die?" snarled the villain.
> >"No. It's too bad that Superman is not here! If he was here, he could help me. He's a real hero and he could break free and help me but you're not really to blame. I mean, you can't help it if you're not as strong as he is!" said Captain Marvel!
> >"After all, how could a copycat like you measure up to the real Man of Steel!" he said.
> >Ultra Man's eyes narrowed and he screamed with either fury or pain but he began to fight back!
> >"I'll show you! I'll show you all that I'm better than Superman!" he shouted.
> >Captain Marvel smiled as his plan worked!
> >"I figured I could goad him into fighting even harder! Together we can break free!" he thought.
> >For what seemed like hours the two titans struggled but in minutes, they managed to break free!
> >Captain Marvel reached out to catch Ultra Man but the villain shoved him back and said, "I did it! I'm better than you or Superman!"
> >They landed before their respective allies and Captain Marvel heard the fallen King Kull say "You may defeat me but I shall still win! The machine can't be stopped by anyone but me!"
> >As Mary and Jr. rushed forward to congratulate their partner, Captain Marvel said, "I have an idea but I'll need all of your help. The dimensional portals that are swallowing our two worlds are connected in some extra-dimensional manner. Kull's machine is designed to make them materialized on top of one another! We have can't allow that!"
> >Ultra Man said, "What do expect us to do? Push the two Earths out of the portals?"
> >Captain Marvel said, "Exactly! I'm glad you're on board with the plan!"
> >Ultra Man shrugged and then glanced over at Owlman.
> >"This punk may be even more of an idealist than Superman!"
> >Owlman said, "And yet he is right! You can do it, chum! You can stop Earth 3 from entering that portal!"
> >Ultra Man nodded and said, "Why not? You only die once!"
> >He flew off with Power Ring and Superwoman following. The three Marvels flew off in the other direction along with Warlock! Before Isis could join them Zoro took hold of her hand and whispered in her ear.
> >Soon the monitors showed two similar scenes! Ultra Man and Superwoman struggled with a green energy construct created by Power Ring for the express purpose of channeling their super muscle power into reversing the extra-dimensional tug of the portals near Earth 3! The Marvel Family used their own muscles to do the same thing for Earth S via a magically constructed creation of Warlock's lamp of the gods. Amazingly, both teams gradually managed to slow the movement of the worlds!
> >"Some effect of the machine must do something to keep gravity and atmosphere intact on each planet. I guess King Kull literally wanted to smash them together. He is too brutal to try a more subtle tactic!" mused Warlock as he shielded himself from outer space and watched the Marvels work with his magical creation!
> >"The mystical hold I placed on Earth S looks like ordinary chains to the mortal eye. I suppose that is fitting since the Marvels are literally fighting with all their power to free our planet!" he mused.
> >Power Ring had made no such distinction. He had merely created tethers by which Earth 3 could be towed away from the portal. While his ring had made this possible in much the same way as warlock's magic had done, Ken Raynor didn't question how and what the voice in the ring whispered to his soul.
> >Back on the yellow world where the machines rested, Zoro turned to Isis and said, "I held you back when the others flew off for a good reason. I have a plan!"
> >Isis listened as Zoro talked. "Something Kull said gave me an idea. Based on what little we've seen of how Earth 3 works, I think it may be possible to save both planets."
> >As the suave Man of Mystery finished outlining his idea, Isis smiled broadly and said, "You may be right! I will try to locate him now!"
> >She spoke a series of arcane words and then vanished from view!
> >"Hey if that leggy Cleopatra look a like is splitting then I want out too!" said Deadeye.
> >Owlman said, "Shut up, Queen. I picked up on enough of her thoughts to realize she might be out best hope! Do not interfere with your self-serving cowardice!"
> >As Silk Canary caressed her lover, he silently vowed once more to kill Owlman if they survived this crisis!
> >Meanwhile, Isis found herself walking almost daintily through what appeared to be a massive hourglass!
> >As sands rushed over her lithe form, she emerged in the distant past of Earth 3 where she found evidence of primitive life forms and a strange obelisk!
> >"This reminds me of the pyramid I unearthed in the present but now at the dawn of human existence on Earth 3, I've found the home of the one being that might shut off Kull's infernal device!" she said.
> >A tall, handsome being emerged from the mystical structure and smiled warmly at Isis! He was powerful yet clearly benign and his sensitive eyes radiated intelligence.
> >"You are Earth 3's version of King Kull but you are good where he is evil!" she declared.
> >He said, "I do not know of this Kull but I do try to protect and serve the young race that has sprung up on this dark world! I am King Conn."
> >Isis said, "If you truly seek to protect this planet as I sense you do, you will come with me now through the ages to where an evil counterpart of yours seeks to destroy all creation!"
> >King Conn said, "My race was known as the Immortals but in truth all of them died and I alone remain to act as a mentor to mankind! I will do anything to protect this world!"
> >Moments later, as the other heroes managed to force their Earths back out of the warping portals, King Conn and Isis materialized before the infernal machine!
> >Silk Canary gasped, "Hey, he's a good looking version of that caveman!"
> >Owlman nodded at Zoro in approval..
> >"You were right to think that our Earth might indeed have once had a good version of the Beastman. You are a worthy foe!" he said.
> >Zoro said nothing. He thought, "It's too bad this Owlman can't defy the nature of this warped universe and become a hero. I think he has what it takes to succeed!"
> >King Kull staggered to his feet as he gazed in abject horror at his worst nightmare made real: a human loving member of his lost race!
> >"You may be of my race but you sicken me with your clearly good intentions!" he cried.
> >King Conn said, "I recognize the design of this device. It does come from a science not unlike that that belonged to my fallen people. I may stop it and return all to normal but it will take a sacrifice!"
> >Isis said, "Tell us what you need!"
> >King Conn smiled briefly and walked directly into the midst of the crackling energy field that filled the space between the two sides of the machines. Gripping each side with both palms, he pulled open certain hidden panels and was engulfed in raw energy!
> >"Osirus shield him!" cried Isis.
> >King Kull cursed as his machine groaned to a final stop and then he smiled broadly as King Conn's dying form fell to the ground.
> >"Good! That dolt gave his life. That is some comfort!" he sniggered!
> >Indeed, as Isis bent over the fallen Immortal King Conn looked up at her and said, "You enabled me to save Earth. This was indeed a good death!"
> >Isis realized he was beyond the help of even Warlock's magic and she held his hand and looked down at him with a tender expression.
> >King Conn said, "Do not grieve for me. I go to join my lost race. While being plucked from the dawn of time prevented me from influencing the history of Earth for good I may yet play one final role in attempting to guard it. I use my final power to revive the restore a champion who will embody my cause after I am no more!"
> >He closed his eyes and died as Isis wept softly.
> >"He has restored both worlds to their rightful places! He also destroyed the machine. It may not be used again!"
> >Captain Marvel said, "Then, all we have to do now is take the Crime Syndicate to jail!"
> >Power Ring obeyed the ring's silent whispers and generated a brilliant burst of energy that transported each group back to their native planet!
> >"How'd you do that?" demanded Deadeye as he and his fellow felons found themselves back in the park on Earth 3.
> >Power Ring said, "The ring told me to tap into the remnants of the machine's energies. It got us home and sent the others back to their Earth. Best of all, there's not enough energy to let them cross over to here again! Don't you see? Things can get back to normal again!"
> >As Owlman and Deadeye glared at one another, it was Ultra Man who broke the silence.
> >"Are you crazy? Forget about Captain Marvel and his pals. It's the Qwardians I want! They tried to kill us. They dared use me like some battery. I don't care if you are with me or not, I declare war on those bald creeps! I'm going to destroy Qward or die trying!"
> >Back on Earth S, the Squadron of Justice stood on their native soil and accepted the fact that they could not return to Earth 3 to bring the villains to justice.
> >Captain Marvel said, "You know I like to think that just like Isis found a good version of King Kull, there may be other heroic types there to stop the villains as well!"
> >Isis nodded and she suddenly recalled the pyramid that she had unearthed and Conn's final words about reviving a champion for that darkened Earth!
> >She smiled gently and said, "May it be so!"
> >Back in the deserts of Earth 3, a majestic figure in white and gold opened his eyes and sat up within the pyramid. He looked around and his gaze fell upon an engraving that decorated one interior wall.
> >"The Mighty Adam shall live once more in a distant era when his powers are needed!"
> >He read the carving and smiled.
> >"So be it! " he said as his words unknowingly echoed those of Isis'!
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