Marvel Mayhem: Thunderbolts #22

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Marvel Mayhem: Thunderbolts #22 – Home Invasion (Part 3)

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This issue sees the winner of the Too Many Masters Competition choice of Thunderbolt appear. Once again a big congratulations to @cbishop and his knowledge of Z-List Villains. :-)

Last Issue the Thunderbolts Returned home to find the masters of Evil waiting for them. After a short skirmish the Thunderbolts were defeated and locked away in their own prison while the Masters searched for the second Kree Data Crystal

Titanium Man roughly threw Orka’s bleeding body into one of the cells deep in the boughs of the Living Fortress. Almost instantly the cell door regrew and the room filled up with spores, clouding the view of the prisoner as he was rendered unconscious.

“Put the next one here.” Gladiatrix purred as the Nautilus carried Strikeback’s unconscious body over his shoulder.

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“Wait!!” Titanium Man bellowed. “This one is part machine, we must remove the cybernetic core or her mind will still be active.”

“And we do that how?” Nautilus asked. “Are you some kind of cyber expert now?”

“It should be fairly simple.” Titanium Man answered as Nautilus put Strikeback down. Bending over the massive Russian villain ripped the entire chest-plate off the Thunderbolt’s skin and exposing her heart. With a panicked gasp Strikeback began to convulse and scream in pain as her body began to haemorrhage thick blue oil mixed in with a thin layer of blood that begun to pool on the floor.

“She’s entering cardiac arrest! The cells are stasis locked hurry!” Gladiatrix yelled as the Nautilus threw her into the nearest cell.

“That was close I’d hate to know what Moonstone would do to us if she died.” Nautilus gasped as Titanium Man collapsed to the floor with a bang. “What the…”

“He’s powered down.” Gladiatrix stated as Nautilus removed the helmet. “There’s…there’s no one inside?”

“Sod this; you got guard duty I’m getting out of here. It’s bad enough we released Bullseye and the Confessor but this…” Nautilus yammered, “this isn't my kind of thing!” He finished before heading to the main shaft up.

“Coward!” Gladiatrix spat as an intangible form slipped away from the Titanium Man armour clutching the cybernetic core and followed the Nautilus up towards the surface of the Living Fortress.

**

“Man Shocker you are a genius.” Jackhammer grunted as the team of five villains walked into the ‘Taproot’ nightclub. “How did you convince Moonstone and Zaran to let us search here?”

“Me I thought you did?” Shocker asked. “Never mind, we do a quick sweep and then its open season on the liquor. Bushmaster watch the door, warn us if somebody is coming and keep an eye on the patrons.” He added gesturing to the bar staff and regulars who had been cocooned by the Abomination Simuloid when it took over the fortress. “Come on guys let’s see if that trinket is hidden in here somewhere.” He added sarcastically before heading behind the bar and began to finger the cash.

“Who wait a sec shock jockey?!” Orb Weaver buzzed as he lashed out with a whip made of silk. “That isn't for you; Moonstone promised the Army of Insects the rights to all the cash in this place.”

“Uh guys.” Bushmaster hissed.

“Not now!!” Shocker snapped as he brushed past a cocooned waitress, a single silver tear drop leaking down her face. “What did you say Spider Freak because I am more then ready to squash you!”

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“Guys seriously.”

“Shut up.” Orbweaver growled as he flexed his arms menacingly. “You want to anger Moonstone or the big guy?” He asked as strands of darkness crept across the room and in between the arguing villains. “Uh did somebody invite the Night Flier? Bushmaster talk to us who’s doing this?”

“No.” A powerful voice radiated out of the darkness as Bushmaster’s elongated form went skidding past the three of them and slammed into the bar.

“You know what keep the money.” Shocker squeaked as he dived behind the bar. Jackhammer snorted and lashed out blindly as the mystery assailant ducked under his blow and struck him in the chest with enough force to cause him to double over.

“The freak is using the darkness!” Buzz-Saw yelled, “I can't see anything.” He stammered as he fired a wave of saw edged discs at a shadowy figure that darted across the room. “Hell’s bells I think I got him!!” He whooped as another dark figure came up behind him and wrapped his arm around the villain’s neck.

“Guess again.” The attacker told him before ripping his weaponized hand off and pushing him head first into a table. “You can surrender now or…” Before he could finish Orb Weaver had drawn his pistols and opened fire, bullets streaking into a hastily made shield of darkness as the spider-like villain closed the gap and wrapped a line of silk around the attacker neck.

“Too bad I was raised in the dark.” Orb Weaver coughed as he pulled the line harder. “Your night tricks hold no fear for me.” He added as something shone silver in the darkness and flew towards him, the projectile slashing through the silk line and two fingers causing Orb Weaver to loosen up just enough. Seconds later he was face first on the floor unconscious as the darkness retreated to reveal a man in a black cloak facing a woman covered in living silver staring at each other.

“Arke I presume.” The man stated. “Strikeback told me about you, I am Shroud the dark force specialist.”

“Arke?” The woman asked. “I’m just the waitress here, my name is Jenny not…wait what is this?”

“Jenny if you have bonded with the Arke symbiote that means it’s former host is in danger.” Shroud stated as Orb Weaver groaned slightly before being given a swift kick. “I need to know where they are now. Before the Masters of Evil realise that four of their members are now incapacitated.”

“I wish I knew but I don’t!” Arke answered as Shocker stood up from behind the bar and recoiled as two sets of eyes bored into him.

“Uh you guys want a drink.” Shocker gulped as Shroud advanced on him. “No wait I know where the Thunderbolts are and how to get to them.” He yammered, “Please I’m just in it for the money I’m not a murderer.”

“Good, take us to the Thunderbolts and I’ll remember to mention that when they sentence you.” Shroud ordered, darkness spreading out from this shadow. “Don't keep me waiting.”

“Yes boss.” Shocker gulped, “Just don't do any of that demon stuff to me please. The Hood and those monster kind of guys freak me out. Last I heard the bolts were being taken to one of the Fortress’s hydrological plants, five floors up and then two corridors along. The rest is controlled by a computerised lock but I can deal with that.”

“Lead on.” Shroud ordered him. “Jenny stick close to me, the symbiote will protect you but these guys are professional killers. They are not to be fought by amateurs.”

“Sure I won’t do anything that can be interpreted as brave.” Jenny whispered. “I hate this city; as soon as the borders open I'm moving to Miami.”

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Joystick groaned with ecstasy as the Night Flier slammed her against the bed and kissed her passionately on the lips before moving down her neck and onto her breasts. With a scream she pushed back and bit him on the neck before shrugging off her costume and springing onto the bed, poised ready to pounce like a tiger. “Come on baby.” She panted. “Let’s see how predatory we are.”

“You got it.” Night Flier answered casually eyeing the Thunderbolts badge attached to Joystick’s belt. “Are you a bad Thunderbolt?”

“So bad!”

“Then you need some punishing.” Night Flier hissed as he leapt onto the bed and tackled Joystick, pinning her down before landing another passionate kiss on her breasts.

“I need some punishing.” Joystick purred, “You know what I like.” She added as she rolled over. Smiling under his mask the Night Flier reared back and removed a knife from his belt. With a roar of anger he stabbed the blade threw his ‘lovers’ neck before throwing her off the bed. Coughing and spluttering Joystick reached for one of her truncheons before seeing long dark hands reach out of the Night Flier’s chest and snap her neck.

“There you’ve been punished.” A voice for the Night Flier’s chest stated dryly as a head emerged, round red eyes scanning the room. “All Thunderbolts must die.” Smuggler stated as he shucked the Night Flier’s body and stretched. “You're lucky.” He added turning to the Night Flier’s unconscious body. “You're life isn't tied to my brothers.” He added before merging into the shadows and disappearing into the darkness.

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“Come in dam you.” Chemistro sighed as he, Moonstone and Zaran searched one of the laboratories that ringed the Living Fortress’s main spire. “Moonstone we've lost contact with some of the members in the lower levels. At least eight of them aren't responding to my hails.”

“Could the Thunderbolt’s have escaped?” Moonstone asked. “Titanium Man come in, I need an update on the status of the prisoners.

“This is Gladiatrix, Titanium Man was never here, he’s armour is empty.” Gladiatrix responded. “Thunderbolts are all still locked up though.”

“I’m calling it in.” Zaran grunted. “Control we have missing personnel can you locate them?” He asked. “Abomination Simuloid are you there?”

“Anything?” Moonstone asked.

“No we may have lost our connection to the Green. If that’s the case it may be wiser to bug out, burn the place and search the ashes for the crystal.” Zaran suggested.

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“Keep trying.” Moonstone ordered.

“Control come in.” Zaran sighed. “Oh for the love of god pick up you walking pot plant!” He bellowed. “Still nothing! Firefly are you there?”

“Yeah boss I’m circling the west orchard. No sign of what we're looking for.” Firefly answered as he streaked past the laboratory window.

“Go to control; find out what the hell is going on!” Zaran ordered. “If our foothold is compromised go to Scorched Earth Protocol.”

“Now you’re talking my lingo.” Firefly replied as he darted down towards the heart of the Living Fortress. “It’s time to burn the place to the ground.”

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The Shroud does indeed kick butt. Yay! :)

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@cbishop: Good, glad you approve of his part in this.

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Impurest is the Grim Reaper of Marvel Mayhem (At least the Night Flier was spared)
Impurest is the Grim Reaper of Marvel Mayhem (At least the Night Flier was spared)


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Awesome chapter!!! I wonder what's going to become of the Thunderbolts at this point...

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