"Look! I'm just saying! If I WANTED to kill everyone in this room I could!" Someone wearing a mask said as he pointed his gun at Ma.
"Look..." Richard Rider muttered as he sat down at a nearby chair. "Just shut up."
Both the armed thugs glanced at each other awkwardly for a moment.
"Hey man why don't you sh-"
"No." Rich muttered with a smile. "What the hell kind of man robs a diner anyway?"
"Hey! Do you have any idea who we are?! We're part of the Hood's gang! We-"
"Are about to have a bad day." Rich muttered as he unzipped his bag and pulled a gold helmet out of it.
"Hell?" Rich asked. "I've been to hell. Just like what you're about to go through..."
"Who are you man?"
"Me?" Rich asked as he put on the helmet.
"I'm Nova." Rich said as he fired two blasts of energy into the two thug's chests. "Look me up."
Everyone in the diner gasped as the two men fell backwards into the tables. Pa looked up as he finished mopping the dirty dishes in the background.
"I could've taken em." Pa muttered as he started to rinse the dishcloth out.
"Does this mean I get a discount?" Rich asked as he pulled his helmet off.
"Discount?" Ma asked. "For what? Knocking several of my tables over?"
"We're receiving reports now of devastation in Times Square. It appears that some kind of... monster attacked several members of what appears to be the New Warriors..."
"New Warriors?" Nova muttered as he listened to the TV. "Oh goddamn it Dwayne..."
"HEY!" Night Thrasher yelled as he stood surrounded by the unconscious bodies of his teammates. "You wanna deal with someone?! Then try dealing with me!"
Technovore growled as it looked down at the pathetic little man standing below it. It's scans showed nothing about him in the slightest. No powers. No cybernetics in his body. Nothing.
"I... have no idea how to beat you..." Night Thrasher muttered as he pulled his staffs out.
Technovore launched it's head backwards as it fired a repulsor blast from it's body. Night Thrasher leaped out of the way and ducked behind a car.
"Crap... where's Iron Man when you need him?"
Night Thrasher glanced upwards as he felt the car lurch forward. Technovore glanced up at him.
"Thank god for Starktech..." Night Thrasher muttered as he pulled a grenade out of his belt and chucked it upwards.
Technovore exploded as Night Thrasher ran like hell away.
"Dwayne." A voice said coldly. "What are you doing?"
"NOVA?!" Night Thrasher yelled as he turned around. "What are you do-"
"No." Nova said as he interrupted Night Thrasher. "What are YOU doing?!"
"I... I'm trying to..."
"To what? Be a hero?"
"Don't you remember what happened last time?"
Night Thrasher opened his mouth to speak only to be interrupted by Technovore rising up from the ground.
"Excuse me..." Nova muttered as he flew right into Technovore landing a powerful punch right into it's chest.
"Dwayne..." Justice muttered as he stood up carrying an unconscious Firestar. "What just happened?"
"I think... we got our butts kicked..."