Starjammers #9: Revelations.
- Starjammers #9: Revelations.
Corsair - Christopher Summers, Raza, Ch'od, Hepzibah, Cr+eee, Carol
Danvers - Binary, X-Treme - Adam-X, Lockheed, Sikorsy, Keeyah - Kree
pilot, and Lilandra! A band of rebels form a team known as the
Starjammers - the pirates of space. Bound together by fate, they find
within one another, something that completes each of them - making
them perhaps the strangest family of all - welcome to the Starjammers!
"So you mean to tell me that Adam is in part my son?" Corsair turned
"If he is indeed the genetic son of D'Ken," Lilandra sat down,
stunned by the news she had just heard. "That would mean he would be
the rightful heir to the Shi'ar Throne." She looked out the window
and saw Adam testing his strength and agility against both Ch'od and
Raza. She thought of the many years of unrest after D'Ken's demise,
the political people she had dealt with, and the battle against her
own demented sister, Deathbird.
Corsair sat down next to Lilandra, the shock settling within him as
well. Hepzibah sat behind Corsair and gently massaged his shoulders,
while purring close to him. "That means that " Corsair shook his
head. "That's why he looked familiar. He looks like Katherine. He has
her blond hair, the way Alex did." (1)
"It is confirmed," Sikorsy replied. "Genetic make up found both in
Lilandra, tracing back to D'Ken is found within Adam's genetic make
up, as well as genetic make up DNA information provided by Corsair,
shows it to be Katherine's DNA as well. Adam seems to have
been `made' by D'Ken to be the perfect heir to the throne. Gifted
with a perfect physique, with all his senses increased beyond
measure, as well as what appears to be a side effect of mutant
powers, allowing him to ignite exposed blood cells."
"He'd be the right age," Corsair noted, gesturing towards Adam. "He's
a little younger than both Scott and Alex, which all seems to fall
"But if that's the case," Lilandra turned to Corsair, "why did D'Ken
never reveal him?"
"From information gathered," Sikorsy replied, "it would seem that
Adam exhibited his mutant powers at a young age. His control over his
powers, without ever being trained by anyone, indicates that he has
used them for a long time. It is entirely likely that D'Ken may have
been unable to control Adam. Or that Adam ran away from D'Ken and
escaped. An interesting note, he does have the energy residue of what
is known as `Mojoverse.' It appears he may have spent some time
there. From the data I have received from Charles Xavier's mainframe,
Mojoverse is the homeworld of Mojo, who in essence runs a dimension
as if it were an endless television show. Mojo also has at his side,
one six armed female by the name of Spiral who is capiable of magic,
which may be why Adam has no memory of his past."
"This changes everything," Lilandra finally said after a long moment
lost in thought. "We must bring him before the Shi'ar so they know
their rightful ruler."
"Whoa," Corsair stood up and eased Lilandra. "Calm down, Lil. What if
he doesn't want to lead the Shi'ar? He's young."
"Your world had younger kings," Lilandra pointed out.
"Well, that's true," Corsair shrugged, "but before we go marching off
to try and convince the Shi'ar to stop listening to your crazy sister
and follow Adam, let's first break the news to him and then see if
he even wants to lead the Shi'ar."
"Corsair, I would hate to interrupt, but it would seem that two ships
have just been spotted on sonar," Sikorsy replied. "Keeyah has been
trying to reach you, but your communication badge is in Hepzibah's
"One is Shi'ar Apocalypse Class Flagship," Sikorsy continued. "The
other, Keeyah says is a Quinjet apparently from Earth?"
"A Quinjet?" Corsair turned, "Sikorsy, tell Keeyah to put it on the
Within seconds, an image fizzled in front of Corsair, showing a
Quinjet being captured by the Shi'ar Apocalypse Class
Flagship. "That's the Avengers," Corsair pointed out, "or one of the
many branches of them."
"What does Deathbird want with them?"
"I am not sure," Corsair pressed the intercom button. "Ch'od, Raza,
Adam, get ready. Deathbird's in this sector and she just grabbed some
Avengers. Something big is happening, and we're going to be a part of
"Keeyah, get ready to drop the cloaking device when we get within
teleporting distance of the Shi'ar ship."
"Of course, Corsair," Keeyah's voice cackled over the main intercom.
The air shimmered in front of the demolished doorway, and slowly a
number of figures appeared. Deathbird recognized the energy signature
almost immediately and growled. "The Starjammers!"
Corsair rubbed the rubies in his red gloves and suddenly his pistols
manifested. Quickly twirling them and taking aim at Deathbird, he
shook his head, "Whatever you're planning Deathbird, stop it now."
A twisted smile danced on Deathbird's lips, "Ah, dear Corsair. You
and your Starjammers are too late. I got what I came for. The Elders
were so worried about my daughter that they never considered that I
may be the one who will reshape the Shi'ar Destiny! I must leave you
now, but let this serve as a warning as to what will happen to those
who will get in my way!"
Deathbird pulled the trigger and the Reconfiguator shot a massive
stream of M'Kraan energy striking the fallen West Coast Avengers
members at the base of the stairs, incinerating them instantly. In
wide eyed terror, the Starjammers watched as some of Earth's
Mightiest Heroes were suddenly no more!
"Murderer!" Corsair shouted and began opening fire.
In seconds, the chamber had turned into a place of chaos.
It almost seemed, that despite the odds the Starjammers would have
the advantage until Deathbird called for the Imperial Guard. Within
seconds the room was stormed by members of the Imperial Guard,
including: Starbolt, Scintilla, Flashfire, Impulse, Oracle, Mentor,
Gladiator, Neutron, Smasher, Titan, Electron, Astra, Nightside,
Hobgoblin, Magique, Manta, Warstar, Earthquake, Hussar, N'rill'iree,
Webwing, Blackthron, Zenith, Black Light, White Noise, Onslaught,
Solar Wind, Moondancer, Voyager, Glom, Hardball, Fang IV, Commando,
Looking at them surrounded, Adam leaned back to back to
Corsair, "This is your call."
Corsair looked at Adam-X, "Do you think we could win this?"
Adam-X chuckled, "We don't have a prayer, Corsair, but you have to
admit this would be a lot of fun to try."
"Hold!" Lilandra voice cried out. "Would you dare attack your king?"
"What are you talking about?" Gladiator paused.
"Adam," Deathbird hissed.
"She knows!" Lilandra pointed at Deathbird. "She knows that Adam is
the son of D'Ken!"
Both Gladiator and Adam paused, "What?"
"It's true," Corsair said, looking at Adam. "You are the genetic son
of D'Ken and my wife, Katherine Summers."
Adam paused. He somehow knew it was true. He had felt the connection
to Phillip Summers long ago. Everything seemed right. He was the son
of D'Ken and Katherine Summers and rightful heir to the throne.
"She lies!" Deathbird cried. She looked at the gun, waiting for it to
recharge itself. "Away with her!"
"Gladiator," Lilandra pleaded, "you have known me all my life. You
know I am many things but a liar is not one of them."
Gladiator paused, "I must serve the Throne."
"The Throne has a false queen on it," Corsair growled. "You know
Gladiator paused. "Imperial Guard! Defend Lilandra and the
Starjammers! Our duty is the King of the Shi'ar!"
"Our loyalty," Black Light shouted as he blasted at the Starjammers.
"Is to our mother!" White Noise finished, as she blasted at the
Starjammers that scattered.
Scintilla shrunk down and struck Lockheed in the nose, obviously
declaring her allegiance to Deathbird. Lockheed reared up and took to
the air his beady eyes looking for Scintilla, knowing he would get
Ch'od grabbed Flashfire, who in turn blinded him. "Hands off lizard,"
A huge arc released from Impulse's eyes striking down Ch'od. Starbolt
took to the air, "Impulse, don't do this! We should be united in
Oracle ran to Ch'od's side, using her telepathy to allow him to see
through her eyes. "Do not try to reason with them, Starbolt. They are
driven by the greed that Deathbird promises!"
Mentor stood off to the side, "If Deathbird has the M'Kraan gun, the
chances of the Starjammers gaining victory would be 11.23%, and that
would be with the help of all the Imperial Guard. Without the
Imperial Guard, their chance of victory drops to 7.7% if half the
Imperial Guard aids them. Without the Imperial Guard at all, their
chances drop to 4.19% - it would be most beneficial to side with
Deathbird in this case."
Neutron struck Gladiator with incredible force, sending him
crashing against the opposing wall. "Follow Lilandra then,
Gladiator," he shouted, "and finally let me be rid of your righteous
mouth! I am tired of being overshadowed by you and your claims of
self-righteousness! Now let them see the true strength of Neutron!"
Smasher flew and struck Neutron, sending him flying as
well. "You would dare strike Gladiator and go against Lilandra and
the king, Neutron?"
Astra passed through Smasher, sending him spiraling to the
ground. "He would," Astra laughed, "just as I would."
"Forgive me Astra for this attack," Titan said as he punched
her in the back, knocking the wind from her, "otherwise, you would
"You can't punch what you can't see, Titan," Nightside
laughed as she plunged the surrounding area in darkness.
"A shame you wear a metal piece around your collar," Electron
shouted in the darkness and released an electrical bolt upwards,
which like lightning attracted itself to her metal necklace.
Nightside screamed as the bolt coursed through her body and rendered
"Thank you," Titan said, standing.
"I am a specialist at illusions," Magique replied, "and you
won't fool me Hobgoblin."
Manta released a blinding flash into Hobgoblin's eyes, as he
screamed and reverted from Titan's form, to his own true form.
The ground suddenly responded in an unpredictable way as it
lunged forward and backward, sending Manta falling to the ground.
Warstar engaged with Ch'od, two massive green forms locked in
combat, one made of flesh, the other made of steel. Ch'od saw B'nee
beginning to dislodge himself from C'cil, but could do nothing about
it. Suddenly, Cr+eee leapt from Ch'od's shoulders and attacked the
wiring in B'nee's arm. "Good!" Ch'od smiled, "it is good to see you
having fun Cr+eee!"
Hussar laughed, "Without you Corsair, the others will fall
"What are you doing?" Corsair turned to Hussar. "Don't do it!
But too late, Hussar's charge flew through the whip and into
Corsair's body. Unfortunately, it was Earthquake who crumbled to the
floor, his motor functions completely paralyzed.
"What?" Hussar looked down in surprise.
"An illusion," Magique replied with a smile.
Hussar snapped her whip at Magique but found it to be caught
by Adam-X's arm. "I don't think so," he smiled at the red humanoid.
"If not now, then you first," Hussar laughed.
"We shall see about that," Adam-X's eyes focused on Hussar's
small cut. "Let's see which of us burns."
With those words Hussar tilted her head up and let out a
vicious scream as the bloodcells within her body ignited. She
collapsed to the ground, unconscious.
"Thank you, my liege," Magique bowed.
"No need to thank me," Adam-X smiled. "Just help us win this
N'rill'iree struck Adam-X, sending him flying across the room
and slamming against the opposing wall. The large bat like humanoid
that towered over eight feet tall now stood over Magique, when
without warning N'rill'iree had his eyes claws by Hepzibah. "Move you
should," the feline sighed, as she leapt out of N'rill'iree's blind
punch, "before hurt you are."
Magique quickly moved to Adam's side. "My liege, are you all
"Just had the wind knocked out of me," Adam said, sitting up.
Magique was taken aback over how quickly he recovered from a blow
that may have left even Gladiator unconscious. Adam looked at
N'rill'iree as he fought blindly. "Hep scratched him? Good." With a
snarling lip he smiled, "Burn!"
N'rill'iree screamed, but did not fall.
Adam blinked. "He's a tough one."
Fang IV pounced on Khaos, as the two tangled, Fang IV gained
the advantage. As he stood over Khaos about to claw his throat out,
he was suddenly tackled. "No!" Fang IV rolled with the tackle and
looked up. "Deathcry. You side with the Starjammers? You go against
your own mother's will? She would be ashamed of you."
"I am ashamed of my mother," Deathcry growled.
Not too far, as Raza fought with Blackthorn, Webwing snuck up
behind him, encasing him within his mouth. Raza would not be held
long as he drove his blade through Webwing's mouth, leaving the
creature screaming in pain.
Zenith snuck up behind Carol and touched her. "I shall absorb
whatever powers are within you and -!" Suddenly Zenith let out a
scream, violently shaking as if being electricuted. "So much power
untapped I can't bare the pain " And suddenly Zenith collapsed
to the ground. Carol looked at him, astonished. What power?
Onslaught (2) dodged Raza's blade, foot sweeping Raza off his
own feet. Raza looked at Onslaught. "A skilled martial artist," he
mused. "Good." Raza put his sword away. "I need a work out." He
smiled. "I hope you can keep up." Raza then flipped onto his feet,
grabbed Onslaught's head and brought it in towards his chest, while
bringing his knee full force into the rib cage of Onslaught.
Onslaught looked at Raza, astonished by his speed, then fell over,
Solar Wind blasted at the ground, scattering the Starjammers
that were in tangles of fighting. Corsair, paused, ran around a I-
beam, then came up behind Solar Wind who was soaring through the
air. "Keeyah tells me that he gets his powers mechanically," he
smiled, "then that means he can be damaged." He coughed, and then
shouted, "Hey Solar!"
Solar Wind turned, to be struck by Corsair's dual wielding
pistols. Each blast hit his shoulder piece, where the main mechanics
were located. Solar Wind, without the benefit of his armor, came
Delphos approached Corsair, "Our chances are slim. Fang IV,
Commando, Hardball Glom and Moondancer with her partner Voyager, are
still at large and fighting. Our best bet would be to escape while we
can. The odds are against us."
Corsair looked at Deathbird who gave them one last look, then
escaped through a door that sealed. However, Corsair caught sight of
Admiral Jak'ox and Lady K'smet'vis, Deathbird's two highest officers.
They had remained behind to ensure that the Imperial Guard that
served Deathbird finished what they were told to do.
Corsair's eyes went to Raza, who also saw Lady K'smet'vis.
Raza drew his sword, and as if running for his life, charged Lady
K'smet'vis. Admiral Jak'ox stepped in front of her and drew his
blade. "Somehow I knew you'd come up here, Raza," he smiled.
"Shut up," Raza whispered and brought his blade up and down
again, so fast, it hardly seemed he moved. However, Admiral Jak'ox's
head fell from the shoulders of his body, cut clean off.
"Lady K'smet'vis," Raza growled. "I have dreamed of this
night. The night to face you again, and gain my revenge."
Lady K'smet'vis drew her blade. "Long ago, I refused to let
you die an honorable death. Instead, I had your limbs replaced by
bionics, so that you would serve me. I underestimated your will as
you broke free."
"I will not be a slave to anyone," Raza lifted his blade, "or
"I will not let you live this time," Lady K'smet'vis
replied, "and I will not underestimate you."
Their blades met and a beautiful spark emerged as the two
blades kissed in their first meeting. Their blades swung downward,
with her free arm, Lady K'smet'vis drew a dagger from her boot, while
Raza calculated each move, and drew his dagger, parrying it in the
air. "You will not walk away from this," Raza growled. "They will
carry your body away."
Lady K'smet'vis lunged forward with her blade, a mistake in
Raza's eyes, as he batted at the side of the hilt, knocking the blade
from her sweaty palms. "Thrust and disarm," Raza smiled as he placed
the sword to her neck. He brought the blade back to do to her as he
had done to Admiral Jak'ox
But the blade never made contact.
He suddenly found himself on the Starjammer. He turned to
Corsair, "How dare you! She was mine, Corsair! She was mine!"
Corsair backed away from Raza, "I had no choice. Look, the
Avengers have already died trying to stop Deathbird. You may have
been doing well, the rest of us were being clobbered by the Imperial
Guard that decided to follow Deathbird." He paused. "Earth may not
even know what's coming. The Universe doesn't even know. I found out
from Delphos that Deathbird has managed to get a number of fragments
from the M'Kraan Crystal. She means to use it not just for the Shi'ar
world, Raza, but the entire universe. She's going to shape it to her
Raza threw down his blade and stormed out of the room.
Corsair glanced around the room. At least they finally gained
some allies in this matter. There was himself, along with Raza,
Ch'od, Cr+eee, Lockheed, X-Treme, Hepzibah, Carol, Khaos, Deathcry,
Starbolt, Oracle, Gladiator, Smasher, Titan, Electron, Magique,
Manta, and Delphos. Deathbird still had the advantage in numbers,
even more Imperial Guardsmen than what the Starjammers had.
Corsair only knew one thing.
Raza would eventually get his revenge. He promised himself
that. He knew deep inside what it was like to burn with vengeance,
the way Corsair had burned for it to kill D'Ken at his own hands
after witnessing the death of his wife. He turned to Adam-X who was
being aided by Magique. But at least, even here in space, he told
himself, he had something that would always remind him of Katherine.
He had a son.
He stared out the port window and saw Deathbird's ship
getting away. "Follow her," Corsair whispered. "And for the Avengers,
we will end Deathbird's reign once and for all. The only way we can."
Corsair raised his fist, and in honor of the Avengers
shouted, "Starjammers Assemble!"
1. Corsair made note that he thought he recognized Adam in
2. Not to be confused with the Onslaught of Professor Xavier/Magneto.
This is the first Onslaught who serves with the Imperial Guard.