|Date||Legion of Super-Heroes/ Aliens #3:||View||Read the...|
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|T||Violence and barf.||Xenomorphs on Bismoll!|
"Anyway," Kem continued, "the massacre was just from... well, everything else about them. They claw, and bite, and stab with their tails. They were mowing through the population pretty good when they realized implantation wasn't going to work. We marshaled our forces, grabbed some weapons, and fought back at last. It finally took just about every able-bodied Bismollian and a grid search of the entire planet to wipe those things out. The queen had gone mobile, and made nests in several spots. It took a long time to get them all." Tenzil went silent as he remembered the horrors of that long conflict, until Supergirl put a comforting hand on his back. He smiled at her briefly, then looked back to the containment chamber.
"So, what do we do about him?" asked Brainiac 5, pointing at the containment chamber.
"I don't know," said Tenzil, walking up the chambers window, emboldened by Supergirl's presence. Speaking into his ring, he said, "I've never heard of a sentient Xenomorph. How is this possible?"
"...And he was this big. I asked Herman what happened, and he said, 'I swallowed five watermelons'..."
"What the sprok?" asked Phantom Girl.
"It's...it's a camp song...from the twenty-first century," Supergirl said with confusion.
"Camp song?" asked Brainy.
"It's for kids, Brainy. It's a nonsense song to entertain kids," said Kara.
"Hey!" shouted Tenzil. "What the grife are you?"
"...And he was... Oh, what?" asked the creature, but its mouth didn't move. "Oh, yes! The creature you see before you is just as wild and menacing as all the rest, but I have control of it."
All four Legionnaires now stood at the window, staring incredulously.
"Down here," said the voice, and their attention was drawn to the bottom of the window as the creature's flight ring tapped on the glass. "That's it, look closer. He's not moving while I've got him."
They all four leaned in very close, and just as their noses were about to touch the glass, the voice yelled, "BOO!" and Tenzil recoiled in horror. "Bwah-hahahahaa! I couldn't resist! I'm so sorry! Hey, will this thing hold him if I let go?" the voice asked.
"Without doubt," stated Brainy.
Supergirl leaned in and said, "I see it. It's...a worm."
"Not just a worm!" it said. "You can call me Earworm!"
Kara started "You look like--"
The worm's eyes got big, and it said, "Ah! I see you know my ancestor! Yes! I'm a descendant of Mister Mind!"
"Mister...? Brainy? Can we get him out of there?" asked Kara.
Brainiac 5 motioned to the chamber with one hand, and said, "Tinya? Do you mind?"
Phantom Girl phased her hand into the chamber, and gently lifted Earworm and the flight ring in the palm of her hand. She then phased them out of the chamber, and the Xenomorph immediately started squealing, and clawing at the chamber's inertron glass. Phantom Girl handed Earworm to Supergirl, since she seemed to know what they were dealing with.
"How did you wind up in one of these things?" asked Supergirl.
"Oh, I was trying to take over the queen, and couldn't quite do it. I had to escape to that guy," said Earworm, nudging his head towards the chamber. "I was trying to take command of the entire army, but when it didn't work, I figured maybe I could just use him to make a new army out of you guys." The inchworm-like creature's body almost seemed to shrug.
"You... you were going to use us to make an army of those things? On purpose?" Supergirl asked in shock.
"Well, yes," Earworm said simply. "Still intend to. Think I'll start with you," he said to Supergirl, and just like that, Kara went rigid, now under Earworm's control.
"Oh my god!" shouted Tinya. "He's got--"
Fzzzzt! came the sound of an energy blast, followed by Ssss, as Earworm sizzled into vapor. Supergirl shook herself out of her mind controlled stupor, and everyone looked to the doorway of the lab.
"Someone order a flash-visioned worm?" asked Ultra Boy.
"Jo!" shouted Tinya as she ran across the room and flung her arms around his neck.
"Ew, babe, your breath," said Ultra Boy.
"You're supposed to be in quarantine!" shouted Tenzil. Ultra Boy gave him a hard look, and Kem said, "I mean...um...if you don't mind...why are you out of quarantine?"
"Infectious Lass cleared me," answered Ultra Boy, "and I came to see if I could help with anything."
Tenzil sighed with deep relief. "Uh...thanks," he said simply.
"Why 'Earworm' for a name?" asked Brainy.
"It's slang, Brainy. Twenty-first Century slang," answered Kara. "It means a song that gets stuck in your head, you know? One you can't stop singing?"
Brainy thought for a moment, and said, "No, I don't know."
Supergirl patted his chest lightly, and smiled. "I'll explain it to you later. He must have time traveled with me somehow. I'm really sorry, guys." Looking to the containment chamber, she asked, "What do we do with him?"
Jo simply ripped the inertron door off the chamber, caught the creature as it leapt out, and ripped it in half, spraying green blood everywhere. He had switched from strength to invulnerability, and was protected, just as Supergirl was protected by her invulnerability, and Brainy by his force field. Phantom Girl phased and let it pass through her, but Tenzil got splashed by a good amount of it. He wiped his face with his hand, licked it off of a finger, and walked over to the table with the frozen pieces on it. "I'm...um...just gonna..." he threw a thumb over his shoulder towards the door.
Tinya ran towards the opposite wall and phased through. Blarghhhh!
The others looked at Tenzil who shrugged and smiled weakly. "What? they're good."
|Please let me know what you think, and thanks! -cb||Originally Presented In: CCC #69.|