A brown tabby cat sits in a cage watching t.v. His name is TS-17-3. He's been experimented on for weeks by the flamboyant, pink lab suit wearing, evil scientist known as Dr. Flamingo. Sitting in his cage, he feels hopeless. The television is his only solace from this painful life. Since the experiments began, he had begun to understand what they are saying on t.v.
The cats least favorite commercial comes on. Moonlight cigarettes, 'the healthiest cigarette on the planet'. Their spokesman came on, a handsome, blue eyed, black skinned, super hero known as Arora Moon. He wore a teal blue hood and cape which draped over his sandy brown costume and he carried a scimitar. "Smoke Moonlight cigarettes. They're the healthiest cigarettes on the planet." announces Arora Moon. "Trust me. My super power is good advice." He finishes with a smile.
Five years later, Moonlight cigarettes were found to be twenty five percent more cancerous than all the other cigarette brands and were banned from most countries, though they thrived among dictator nations and the super villain community.
A Coda Loca commercial began playing, when an explosion took out the wall, dropping the t.v. set to the ground. Dr. Flamingo ran to the cages yelling "The Indomitables are here. That damn Dr. Quantum found me out."
Dr. Flamingo hit the button marked 'Release All' and every cage door swung open. His experiments ran out of their cages as Dr. Flamingo grabbed his pink tommy gun and ran towards the commotion. TS-17-3 cautiously walked out of his cage. He saw the dangerous experiments running wild, including Dr. Flamingo's cunning henchmen, the Boa Brothers.
The Indomitable Few stormed the building. Dr. Quantum led the charge, flying in his jet pack and shooting Flamingoids with his Quantum ray gun, causing them to disintegrate. The mutant flamingo men shot back with rifles, their bullets deflecting off his force field.
San Francisco Samurai followed, slashing the Flamingoids weapons with his katana and knocking them out. After him came the twelve foot tall Ro-Babylon, shooting the mutants with his blue, destructo eye rays. Next came Red Cap, slinging capper bombs at the Flamingoids. Then the young, beautiful Hourglass, using her time powers to slow down bullets aimed at her team mates. Finally, Dr. Quantum's closest ally and second in command, Arora Moon. He used his purple hilted Chaos Scimitar to slash at any remaining Flamingoids, driving them insane and causing them to shoot their remaining team mates.
S.F. Samurai began to object to his team mates use of force. Arora Moon turned to him and said "It's them or us, Samurai. Dr. Flamingo made these mutants into nasty killers. Trust me, they're better off dead."
"That is not true." replied S.F. Samurai. "All life is sacred."
"He's right." said Hourglass. "You can't just kill them."
"Samurai. Hourglass. I need you two to track down the Boa Brothers. They're getting away." ordered Dr. Quantum, sending his two youngest team mates off on a wild chase.
Dr. Flamingo entered the fray, followed by many of his experiments. Beasts and man-beasts, many of them simply fled the building, such as the Boa Brothers, though a few stayed to fight and die.
"Surrender Flamingo." ordered Dr. Quantum. "We're shutting you down, along with the rest of the League of Crime."
"You think you can beat Old Evil Eye?" replied Dr. Flamingo. "He is the devil himself."
Dr. Flamingo started shooting at Dr. Quantum with his tommy gun, the bullets bouncing harmlessly off Quantum's forcefield. Then Flamingo shot up a flare, blinding Dr. Quantum and the rest of the Indomitable Few. Using this opportunity, Flamingo makes his escape.
He runs through a dark, narrow corridor towards the escape door. A cat jumps in front of him, tripping him. Dr. Flamingo looks at the cat, TS-17-3. "Stupid cat." he says.
"Smoke Moonlight cigarettes." TS-17-3 says. "Trust me. My super power is.."
The cat runs off as he hears a noise. Dr. Flamingo looks behind him and see's a dozen of his experiments walking towards him.
"What are you doing here? Go fight the Indomitables." he says to the experiments, as he notices that they all have strange, purple slashes on them. Then he see's Arora Moon walking behind them with his Chaos Scimitar drawn.
"They don't take orders from you anymore." Arora Moon says."Now, they listen to my advice."
"I know you." said Dr. Flamingo. "I know who you are."
Arora Moon smiles. "Of course you do. Everyone knows me. Smoke Moonlight cigarettes. They're the healthiest.."
"No." Dr. Flamingo interrupted. "Your name's Aaron Moro. You work for Old Evil Eye."
Arora Moon, aka Aaron Moro, replies. "Yes, well, the old devil is not happy with you. Time to die." He raises his Chaos Scimitar over his head and slashes it down, to the ground. The mutant experiments jump on Dr. Flamingo and tear him apart.
TS-17-3 watches all this from the darkness, then sneaks away.
Dr. Quantum, Arora Moon, Ro-Babylon and Red Cap destroy all remaining experiments in the building. Which is why Dr. Quantum had sent San Francisco Samurai and Hourglass away, knowing the two youngest members of the team would object to the brutal slaughter of these mutants. Using his quantum scanner, Dr. Quantum is able to spot all remaining life forms in the building. Only one left. He corners the last experiment, TS-17-3, pointing his quantum ray gun at the cat.
"Please don't hurt me." said the scared cat.
Dr. Quantum hesitates, then says "He gave you the ability to talk. Probably improved your intelligence too. Well, I'm sorry, I just can't risk letting his experiments live."
"Hang on a second." said Arora Moon, as he walked over to Dr. Quantum and whispered in his ear. "You know, that cat would be a perfect subject for your Quantum Being experiment. That way you can communicate with it after your done."
Dr. Quantum thought for a moment, then holstered his ray gun. "Good advice, as always, Aaron." he said to his best friend, then looking at TS-17-3 he added. "Looks like you're coming with me. You can thank Arora Moon for that. He just saved your life."
Eight year old Stacy Quantum jumps out of bed, runs downstairs and sneaks into her fathers lab. Her dad, Dr. Quantum, is passed out at his desk, as he is most nights. Stacy sneaks around checking out all his cool experiments.
She see's at a table a bottle labeled 'Quantum Milk'. She grabs the bottle and starts to uncap it.
"You shouldn't do that." says a voice from behind her. She puts the bottle down, turns around and see's a brown, tabby cat sitting in a cage.
"You just talked to me." she said, as she ran over to the cage and unlocked it. Opening the cage door she said "My name's Stacy.What's your's?"
"I'm called TS-17-3." replied the cat.
"That's not a name." Stacy said as she picked him up. "I'll give you a name, tubby cat. You're... Tubby! That's your name."
Stacy hugged Tubby. After all the experiments, pain and isolation he endured, for the first time in his life he felt loved.
to be continued..
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