I sure wish they would hurry! That
storm is really getting rough outside Stranger!" spoke Plas
as a flash of lightning lit up his face, as well as the darkened
have only been gone from HERE for a few hours Plastic Man. Though the passage of time may indeed be different in the other
dimension where your friends are!" responded the Stranger.
indeed time has been passing a little different for our band of
Freedom Fighters. On this
other world, hours have seemed like days and it has been several
hours there since Wotan captured Phantom Lady.
Regaining consciousness, Sandra Knight could hear the voice
of Roy Lincoln AKA the Human Bomb.
Sandy, are you… alright?" asked the Human Bomb.
"C’mon kid, wake up!"
her head, Phantom Lady could tell that she had been placed on the
same platform as her friends, her hands, neck and legs bound by
thick metallic bands. Looking to her right she could see Roy, Rod,
Happy and Tom, looking like they had been through the proverbial
grinder, beaten and tortured and left shackled up here, to await
death. Her vision still blurry she responded, "I’m
OK Roy, I’m OK as far as I can tell."
you may not have wanted to wake up, when you see what’s going on
in that giant hallway below! Looks
like Wotan has gathered up every soldier in this kingdom and they
are armed to the teeth for something!"
at Roy, Sandra Knight’s concerns turned to here comrades, "Are
the others…OK Roy?"
we’re all fine," spoke Black Condor as he turned to his left,
"just a little worse for the wear!"
exclaimed the Ray with a half grin on his face as he winced in pain. "I think we are all OK PL! Only our pride hurt more than our bodies.
just fine here guys! I have
been watching this buildup for hours now and this bunch isn’t just
going out on a jaunt in the park.
They are preparing for some kind of invasion?!" replied
whispered Phantom Lady as loudly as she could.
"According to Wotan’s Grand Vizier, they are planning
on using that huge, otherworldly machine at the end of the catwalk
to transport this army onto Earth and then Wotan plans on leading
them into a full scale war. A war that Wotan has trained this army to win
at all costs. He wants to
rule the world and plans on using his combined knowledge of science
and sorcery to help him accomplish this."
could he really take over the entire Earth with that army?"
replied the Human Bomb with a puzzled look on his face.
"Seems like the odds are against, old green gills on
this one! Maybe he’s finally cracked?"
her head, Phantom Lady responded, "Normally I would agree with
you Roy, but those weapons he has armed them with are some type
of high-energy weapons. Electrical or even Plasma powered."
electrical, I can assure you of that gang!" the Ray said as
he tried to peer through his swollen left eye.
maybe not electrical then Hap, but certainly powerful and some of
them are enormous and look like they’re mounted on "flying
platforms" of some kind?" replied Phantom Lady.
to his left towards Roy and Sandy, Rod Reilly spoke, "Not only
mounted, but several that appear to be built in the form of rocket
and mortar launchers as well! And
from what I can see, there appears to be several hundred soldiers
gathered up in that hall."
bit of that Firebrand and more, I’d count more like in the several
thousands." Black Condor spoke focusing his keen eyes on the
gathered crowd below, "a very nice group indeed, my friends!
How many more does he have outside on the palace grounds?"
knows, who knows?" answered Sandy.
"All I know is that Darrell was never captured and is
out there somewhere, doing God knows what?"
how did the little squirt manage to elude them? No doubt the shrimp is having delusions of grandeur and has concocted
some kinda scheme to rescue us!
What kinda "goat rope" has he gotten into?!"
replied Roy Lincoln shaking his head in disbelief.
You are closer than you think Human
Bomb, closer than you think! - Ye Writer
As the dawn
started to break over the palace grounds, a small band of rebels
had gathered on the outlying sandy hills and were watching very
anxiously the legions as they marched into the far northern side
of the Palace. Strapped onto the back of the rebel leader
Zarek, Doll Man watched and waited for his opportunity to start
a pair of binoculars into the hands of Zarek, Darrell Dane looked
down over the young mans hairy head and said, "Well, according
to your father’s map, the troops are going into an entrance that
leads into a great hall in the depths of the palace.
There is another small entranceway on the eastern side that
leads up a stairway, to a section of the palace overlooking that
hall. I sure would like
to see what they are up to. This
leads us towards the dungeon area as it is, so…"
this is it then?" responded Zarek.
"This is the time that we have trained for!"
it surely is." answered Doll Man.
Turning towards two of his soldiers, Doll Man exclaimed,
"Sergeant, take your squad and get those plasma mortars set
up in position. I want you
to make a lot of noise and do as much damage as you can on the far
side of that assembly area. That
ought to keep them off of us for awhile. Give us a few minutes to get into position at the palace and then
start with your bombardment. Only
when you have established an arc of fire, can you proceed into the
palace. Leave the minimum it takes to operate the mortars
and then get your butt into the fray."
replied the soldier as he waved his squad on and away towards the
western side of the palace grounds.
and pointing at the other Sergeant, Doll Man spoke. "Sergeant, take your squad and get those explosive charges
set up on the roadway in front of the main gate.
When they go off, hopefully the guards at the front gate
will exit to investigate and will leave the gate unattended for
a few moments. This should give you all enough time to secure
the gate and cause as much destruction and commotion as you can
our way, Sir!" responded the Sergeant as his squad moved off
to the south.
to look at his younger brother Dessa, who was shaking in his shoes. Holding out his right hand he spoke, "Little
Brother, do your best and stay as close to me as you can!"
worry about me!" he exclaimed.
"I’ll be just fine and in the end, I’ll beat you to
that devil!" The two brothers then embraced only for a second,
but a lifetime of feelings and emotions poured forth.
only thing you’ll beat me to is his lifeless body!" responded
we get a move on gentlemen?" exclaimed Doll Man. "We are losing darkness here!"
right, Sir!" replied Zarek.
The band of rebels then headed off, scurrying across
sandy hills and through dried up shrubs, moving towards the small
doorway that Doll Man had spoke of.
Only moments before dawn and the rebels were, thus far,
unmolested by Wotan’s guards or troops, and this worried Darrell
Dane. As the group edged
ever closer to the palace, he thought, "This is far, far
to easy! Something is
definitely up here. Where
are all the soldiers?"
Where indeed Darrell Dane, where indeed?
As our captured
band of Freedom Fighters came to their senses and struggled to get
free, the diabolical duo of Wotan and his Grand Vizier, Mersufon
made their grand appearance!
my troops, welcome my friends!" spoke the evil potentate. "Your Caliph is about to lead you on a
grand crusade to a land of evil and injustice!
Once we have established a foot hold on this world, we will
roll like a huge, powerful wave over it!
We will then rule a rich and fruitful world, with riches
enough for all of you and your families!
Today, shall be a day, spoken of by you and your descendants
for ages to come!"
screamed the Human Bomb.
thoughts exactly, Bomb!" cried Firebrand.
friends, they will find that they have bitten off more than they
can bear to chew, when they get to Earth!" exclaimed Black
his gnarled fingers on his amulet, Wotan continued on, "You
see my loyal subjects? This
is the insolence that those that inhabit that "little"
world have for your Caliph and also, for you!
There are others there, that wield great powers, but they
are nothing when compared to your military might!" Beating his hand on the catwalk’s railing,
he cried, " I have given you all that you need for ultimate
victory, for ultimate control!
rambled on, his troops began to work themselves into a fevered pitch. The gathered legions began to chant in unison
in a low, whooping growl. Anxious
anticipation by the gathered army awed our band of prisoners.
"Holy Smokes! They really are more than willing to follow this lunatic into World
War III, aren’t they?" spoke the Ray.
aren’t kidding Ray! Does
that green-skinned goof remind you of anyone?" asked Phantom
our dear old Uncle "Adolph" at Nuremberg!" replied
GOOF!" screamed Mersufon at Phantom Lady.
"Just you wait until the Master rules that world of
yours entire! Then, who will be the goof?"
here, dirtball, just wait until I get my mitts on that smug little
puss of yours!" yelled the Human Bomb, as he lunged towards
the minion of Wotan.
little timid snake that he was, Mersufon jumped back and cowered
at the feet of Wotan, as he further stoked the fires of invasion. "Yes, my legions, prepare yourselves to be transported to a
lush, green world just ripe for conquest!
TAKE YOUR PLACES!"
On command, the massive military gathered below fell
into formation on the "pads" of the floor of the great
Doll Man’s small band of "freedom fighters" had moved
into position without incident and was ready to start the assault
on the palace of Wotan.
are we ready?" asked Zarek, glancing over his shoulder.
"Let’s wait until we hear a few explosions first!
I think that will give us a little bit of a distraction,
and put surprise on our side" replied Doll Man as his thoughts
drifted off again to a person that he missed desperately. "Martha, my dear, I hope that this will
soon be over!" he thought to himself.
"Dessa, don’t you forget to stay close to me at
all times!" ordered Zarek.
"Yes, big Brother!" Dessa shook his head.
Back in the big hall, preparations were being
made for the invasion of the Earth.
As he turned
toward the captured heroes, Wotan snickered and spoke, "Now,
you shall see me become, not only the master of this planet, but
the master of two worlds! "Start
the interdimensional transporter and man it’s controls, Mersufon!"
he turned and exclaimed.
at the control panel, to the immediate right of our captured heroes,
Mersufon began to activate the gigantic, infernal machine. The huge gears began to turn and small, blue electrical arcs flew
about the apparatus and the great hall itself.
The smell of ozone, the feel of static electricity, the swirling
breeze, and the cracking and popping of huge amounts of energy began
to permeate the lower depths of the palace.
can’t see a darn thing for the wind and electrical flashes!"
"You? You should try to see through this visor!"
exclaimed the Human Bomb.
happening?" spoke Phantom Lady.
can’t tell either! Darn
this "shiner"! yelled the Ray.
and using his much sharper vision, the Black Condor gazed upon the
gathered army below and to his amazement, he saw that they had became
engulfed in a virtual energy maelstrom.
"The stormtroopers are all paralyzed in the coalescing
energies below. I guess
it’s part of the build up that this mechanical abomination needs
to rip open a hole in reality, leading to Earth!" screamed
the Condor to his teammates.
outside the palace the rebel attack was just about to begin! BOOM! The first of many explosions started and the
surrounding area, around the palace began to tumble and slide, into
utter chaos and confusion. BOOM!
BOOM! More and more kept coming and coming! Plasma mortars and explosive charges rocked
the front gate and the western walls of this once regal and splendid
palace. Its beauty and magnificence violated and distorted
by the madness of war! BOOM!
is it friends! For our liberty
and freedom we must not waver from this intimidating task!"
close and don’t give up! Don’t
be afraid to use those weapons!
It’s either them or us and I don’t intend it to be US! Let’s go freedom fighters, over the top!" yelled Darrell Dane.
does that mean, Sir?" asked Dessa.
exclaimed Doll Man as he and Zarek moved towards the small hidden
door on the eastern wall.
the small doorway a lone soldier was startled by what he saw attacking
his position. Out of the
darkness, Doll Man’s squad attacked with lethal precision as the
guard was struck a multitude of times by several different weapons.
He was dead before his body hit the ground! Strangely enough, the doorway wasn’t sealed or locked and our small
band of rebels entered apprehensively and quickly started climbing
the old stairway, into the lair of utter evil!
several hundred feet, the rebel band came to a doorway sealing the
secret passage off from the main hallways and chambers of the palace. This time our merry band wasn’t so lucky.
it’s locked!" exclaimed Doll Man.
"Quick Dessa, do you think you can pick this type of
Sir, I can’t pick that one! But
who needs to when you have a KEY!" Dessa grinned at Darrell
Dane and his brother Zarek, as he pulled a ring of keys out of his
small leather belt pouch. Moving to the front of the group, he inserted
the key and opened the door.
did you…?" inquired Doll Man.
the dead guard’s body, someone had to check it for essentials,"
Dessa spoke and shrugged his shoulders cutting Doll Man off before
he could finish.
out of their dark hole into the torch lit, marbled hallways of the
palace, Zarek could see that the hall ran in both directions. He looked up and asked, "Which way?"
from the left, came the sound of a tempest.
Swirling winds, the crackle of energy and the clanging of
a great machine echoed down the hall.
This only added to the noise, the deafening explosions coming
from outside and the havoc from the guards, as they ran amok to
get into some kind of defensive position.
way!" yelled Doll Man.
move people!" screamed Zarek as he and his squad dashed out
into the open hallway and towards the sound of chaos.
As the small
band emerged from the darkened passage, they came under fire from
the opposite end of the hallway, where several of Wotan’s soldiers
had taken up positions in an attempt to repel the surprise attack. A volley of plasma fire rained down on them, with one shot striking
their rear gunner in the back. ZWAP! The rebel
fell hard onto his knees and then onto his chest, as he fell dead
on the cool marble floor. The
stench of burnt flesh seemed to fill the air.
As they turned the corner, the squad caught a glimpse of
the smoldering body of their comrade lying on the floor behind them.
Before them stood yet another door, this one also locked
yelled Zarek, "open this door for us, quickly!"
wasn’t to be found! It seemed
that in it’s haste to get through the hallway, the squad had left
one of it’s member behind or was it possible that the fear of a
young man had frozen him in his tracks?
Either way, in the secret passage only a few yards back stood
Zarek’s baby brother, unable to move as the Caliph’s guard rushed
towards him and the party.
screamed Zarek, confused on whether to stay put or to dash back
to retrieve his youngest sibling.
never make it Zarek, never! He’s
got to make his own mind up and quickly now before we are overwhelmed,"
Doll Man spoke.
I can’t just let him die!" stuttered Zarek holding back his
emotions as best he could.
Dessa, snap out of it kid! Come
on!" screamed Darrell Dane toward the young boy cowering in
the dark opening. "You’ve still got time!"
on little brother! Come
on!" cried Zarek looking back.
moment something in Dessa’s brain snapped.
"I’ve got to get out of here!"
he mumbled to himself. Taking a few steps back, the youngest of Esak’s
sons lunged forward, fully extended, and dove for his life. He struck the slick marbled floor, hard on
his chest and slid towards the others.
A hail of weapons fire fell down upon him, but this young
man was indeed blessed or was it lucky, for he slid down the hallway
and managed to scoot around the corner to the waiting arms of his
companions entirely unscathed.
screamed Darrell Dane, "now get that door open!"
S-s-sir!" Dessa stuttered, as he fumbled to get the key into
the lock, on the door.
from the back spoke up and said, "Sir, the guards have stopped
coming towards us and turned back down the opposite way!"
our forces must have attacked the main door of the palace by now! Now that is what we want to see!" replied
managed to unlock the door, Doll Man sprang from the back of Zarek
and approached the door. He,
Zarek and the rest of the squad could hear the terrible sounds of
the turmoil coming from inside.
He approached with caution and gently cracked the door.
What he saw, when he looked inside, was indeed shocking to
behold. Directly in front of him, caught up in the maelstrom, he glimpsed
the backs of his dearest friends, being held in restraints and unable
to escape. Friends that he was just glad to see alive!
Further down the catwalk, he could see the profile of the
evil villain Wotan and further past that, the lackey Mersufon manning
the controls to a massive machine. Below, in a mammoth military formation were
the weapons and soldiers of a colossal army.
wonder our opposition has been scarce, if non-existent!" he
thought to himself. "I
have to get the rest of the team out of those metal restraints and
back into this fight and it has to be done quickly!"
back to the squad, he gave them a brief description of what awaited
them inside. Doll Man told Zarek, "You all stay here and give
me a little time to try and free my friends.
When they are free, then this fight gets really interesting!"
careful Sir!" exclaimed Zarek.
"We’ll give you a few minutes!"
all I intend to spend!" responded Doll Man as he slowly entered
the great hall.
he slid against the cold stone wall towards the back of the dais
holding the Freedom Fighters. Using
one arm to keep the wind-tossed debris out of his face, Darrell
Dane sprung upon the platform and then, up onto the back of his
comrade the Human Bomb! He moved up behind the Bomb’s head and whispered
loudly, "I’m going to get you out of here Roy!"
Hannah, what kept you so long?" exclaimed Roy Lincoln, pleased
to see his old friend again. "Cut
will, I will, just hold your horses, you big galoot!" replied
Doll Man as he jumped back down to the top of the platform.
ready gang, the cavalry has arrived!
Time for old green jeans to get a little payback!" the
Human Bomb told his trussed up teammates.
Darrell Dane located the rear panel on the dais and uncoupled it.
Glimpsing inside this device, he followed controls, and wires
in an attempt to discern which was the main power circuit.
Time was ticking!
looks like it to me, but this is one "screwed up" device! It really shouldn’t even be running by my estimates,"
he thought to himself.
up Darrell, this tempest is getting worse!" cried the Human
Bomb to Doll Man.
soon the dimensional path will be ripped open and my minions will
march on the Earth, destroying all that oppose us!
Soon Mersufon!?" boasted Wotan as he tapped his fiendish
fingers upon his amulet.
master, very, very soon!" replied Mersufon, as he kept working
the controls to the interdimensional transporter.
Freedom Fighters, Darrell Dane had become slightly confused trying
to figure out a device, that was neither science nor magic, but
a combination of both. "Time
to do something Darrell," he spoke to himself, "Eenie,
Meenie, Mynie, Moe!" With that, Doll Man pulled the one wire, the one that had made sense
at that time to pull, the one that seemed to be the main power source
to the restraints. Fortunately,
it was the correct ONE!
A loud clang
on the upper level of the great hall and Wotan turned to see that
his living nightmare had come true.
His greatest fear had materialized and was standing not more
than a few feet away from him…and they weren’t pleased!
"NO," he cried
aloud, "this can’t be happening!
Not when I am so close!"
it’s happenin’ alright, it’s happenin’!" exclaimed the Human
Bomb, standing as the point man in a "V" shaped formation
of Freedom Fighters with Black Condor hovering above.
should have killed you when I had the chance!" screamed Wotan
as he gestured towards the team, and unleashed an invisible hand
that struck Firebrand, and pinned him against the back wall.
cried Firebrand as he struck the cold stone.
guards, to me!" Wotan cried out.
upper stairway came a small squad of the Caliph’s elite guard, screaming
as they charged toward our heroes.
you will die!" exclaimed Wotan pointing at the Freedom Fighters.
like a bolt of lightning, our heroes leapt into action. With the Human Bomb in the lead, they moved
down the catwalk toward the villains.
As he charged fully into the evil Caliph, the Human Bomb
grabbed Wotan with his left hand and then struck the vile foe with
a right cross to the jaw! POW! As his head
jerked round, he spied the likes of Doll Man running past him.
cried Wotan looking at our mighty mite.
you getting forgetful in your old age Wotan, or just stupid! You know that wherever the Freedom Fighters
go, so goes Doll Man!" exclaimed Darrell Dane as he dashed
past, towards Mersufon and the control panel.
the furor, suddenly came a cry of intense pain! As the Ray and Phantom Lady turned to look up, they were shocked
to see a dagger embedded in the right shoulder of their friend,
he screamed in intense agony as the blade sunk deep into his shoulder. Through the pain, Black Condor found it hard
to keep his concentration and remain in the air, but he dug down
deep and somehow managed to draw the strength he needed to stay
an evil grin running across his despicable face, was Mersufon. He smiled at the misery that he had just unleashed
upon the Black Condor with his dirk.
Brushing past him, four guards ran two by two, swiftly with
their rifles drawn to finish off the team. Dodging their moving
legs, Doll Man lunged up and struck Mersufon flat on the chin with
an uppercut that would have stunned even the best prizefighter.
the malformed miscreant at the feet of our tiny titan, "You forget that I retain
my natural strength, even when I am shrunk down, dirtball!"
to the control panel, Darrell Dane was overwhelmed by the task of
shutting down the evil apparatus.
"I could do this, but it’s going to take some time.
I need some help!" he thought to himself.
"Phantom Lady, I need your expertise here!" he
Doll Man!" she replied, as she scooted past the entangled Human
Bomb and Wotan. Charging
head long into the oncoming guard, Sandra Knight flexed her leg
muscles and vaulted, over the four men, landing on her feet behind
them, next to the awaiting Doll Man.
the guards moaned as they looked up at the acrobatic flip of Phantom
must be down for the count Tom!" spoke the Ray, ready to take
on all four of the guards. "How
about the old "dive bomb" attack, you up for it?"
replied wincing in pain, "Me as the plane and you as the bomb,
up into the air and grasping the left hand of the Black Condor,
the Ray steeled himself for impact, as the Condor circled high to
the very roof of the great hall and then streaked back toward the
guards as quickly as he could. His speed building, building and building until…
Away!" cried the Condor releasing the hand of his close friend.
exclaimed the Ray, as he fell towards his targets.
BAM!!! Happy Terrill spun himself sideways, and struck
the first two guards across the chest and sent them reeling! Looking up from the catwalk that he came to
rest upon, he could see one guard had struck the stone wall behind
and the other, unfortunately for him, had went over the railing,
falling to the floor below.
their weapons, the last two guards drew down on the Ray and prepared
to fire, just when the other "freedom fighters", Doll
Man’s rebels, stormed onto the walkway. ZWAP!
ZWAP! Two snapshots fired and struck the remaining
two guards in the chest, putting them down for the count!
must hurry, more guards are coming from behind us!" cried Dessa
aloud to the team.
"You see, my foes, your time is running out!
HA! HA! Soon I will place your heads on poles and post
them at the lead of my legions as they march upon your Earth!"
ruler began to squirm and attempted to flee from the Human Bomb,
but Roy Lincoln had grabbed him by his prized amulet and was hanging
on for dear life. He wasn’t
you low-life, piece of trash," spoke Roy Lincoln, as he delivered
a roundhouse right hand to the temple of the evil wizard, "you
are finished! Tell me…where’s Uncle Sam?"
back his right hand, Wotan began to mutter, only to himself at first
and then out loud. He gestured
with his hand as if he held something, held something in his long,
spindly fingers and long, green, pointy fingernails.
The incantation became louder and louder until finally, the
hand of the wretched fiend, began to smolder and smoke and radiate
heat. "I’ll never tell
you anything, dog. The time
has come for you to DIE! With
that the evil emperor rammed his sharp fingernails into the chest
of the Human Bomb, digging deep within!
cried Roy Lincoln in severe pain.
HA, HA!" laughed Wotan with an evil sneer on his face, as he
reared back his head in delight.
now rushed down the stairs into the fray and towards both sets of
our Freedom Fighters! Doll
Man and Phantom Lady struggled to discover the secrets of Wotan’s
evil machine, the Ray and Black Condor joined in with Zarek and
his people fighting off Wotan’s guard, and the Human Bomb grappled
with the wicked Caliph himself. Even with this, the interdimensional transporter
was building up, to rip a hole in the very fabric of reality, and
allow the legions of soldiers to flood over our Earth!
the controls of the transporter, Sandra Knight screamed, "Darrell!
This thing’s not only powered by conventional energy sources, but
by draining "life force" from the natural surroundings
and also from us. We don’t want to shut it down!
We want to accelerate it and cause to overload!"
ZWAP! ZWAP! Dodging
incoming weapons fire, Doll Man exclaimed, "Ah Ha! A mechanical vampire. We’ll overload it and cause it to shut down!
Great thinking Sandy!"
if I can adjust the energy input ratio, ever so slightly…"
spoke Phantom Lady.
Roy’s in trouble and I have to go, do you have it?" said Doll
Man concerned for both his partners.
go, I’ve got it!" replied Sandra Knight, hard at work.
down to the catwalk, and bounding over the incapacitated body of
Mersufon, Doll Man jumped up onto the shoulder of the diabolical
Caliph and ran down his right arm, desperately trying to pry his
searing claw out of his friend, the Human Bomb’s chest.
you little peon, no!" he yelled.
"I will burn his living heart out!"
help it!" grunted Darrell Dane using every last bit of his
strength in an attempt to free his friend.
As the tempest
around the battle began to increase, Roy Lincoln could see a strange
glow had engulfed he and his antagonist and his left hand began
to pulsate and throb. Not
the effects of his "bomb" power, but something else, something
he couldn’t quite put his finger on, but yet strangely familiar.
The strange sensation then traveled up his left arm and over
his entire body, filling Roy Lincoln with more strength and stamina,
more might and muscle, more vim and vigor than he had felt in years
past. Not only power, but
inspiration and drive, and the Human Bomb responded in kind!
WHAM! A right hand fell down upon the head of Wotan that would have snapped
the neck of a weaker opponent.
POW! Another one
fell to his forehead and Doll Man could feel Wotan’s grip on Roy
Lincoln’s chest weaken.
Bomb, hit ‘em again!" cried the mighty mite as he started to
pull back the hand of the villain.
look!" cried out the Black Condor in complete and utter shock.
"It’s Sam, it’s Sam!"
Sh…!" exclaimed the Ray as he looked at the three individuals
locked in combat in the center of the walkway.
Encircling them was a giant apparition, dressed
in red, white and blue. Even
though the figure was very translucent, and somewhat faded there
was no doubt that this ghostly figure was none other than the Spirit
of Liberty, Uncle Sam! The
image pulsated and emitted a bright white light, and with every
blow thrown by Roy there was an equal blow thrown by the image.
It seemed that spectral image was strengthening the Human
Bomb, giving him more inspiration and somehow fighting with him
against this malevolent scourge.
it’s Sam! He’s all around
us!" yelled Doll Man.
and it’s time we took him home Darrell!" stated the Human Bomb
as he and his phantom partner threw a right uppercut that sent the
fiendish dictator reeling back, falling at the feet of Phantom Lady
at the control panel. As suddenly as he had appeared, Uncle Sam was
gone, and all that were left standing were Doll Man, and next to
him the Human Bomb, holding onto Wotan’s prized amulet, still pulsing
wonder the lowlife loved this thing so much!" spoke the Human
the attacking guards are dropping their weapons!" yelled Dessa.
it would seem that they have lost the will to fight!" screamed
Zarek. "It looks like they have all been released
from some kind of spell! It
would seem that our fight is over!
Now it’s time for me to find my wife, Adira!"
the battle with Wotan and his minions was now over, the interdimensional
transporter had worked itself into a frenzy and was quickly approaching
an overload level. Sparks
were flying out of the control panel, as Sandra Knight worked feverishly
to keep it running in order to burn it out!
Around the great hall, the mayhem continued to grow in intensity
and the gathered group knew that they had to get out of there in
towards her friends, Phantom Lady screamed, "We’ve got to get
out of here, God knows how big this mini-hurricane is going to grow
before something in this thing blows!"
send the squad down below to help those soldiers evacuate. I don’t believe they are a threat to us, any
longer," yelled Doll Man.
squad maybe, but as for me, I leave to search the halls above for
my wife!" he replied.
of rebels moved below and started to evacuate the dazed soldiers
from great hall. Suddenly,
with an intense flash of light and a clap of thunder, a portal in
reality opened on the catwalk above, startling the Freedom Fighters.
A voice echoed above the din of the chaos saying, "The
time is now Freedom Fighters, your mission is complete!"
It was the voice of the mysterious Phantom Stranger!
through the dimensional portal appeared a familiar red, black and
yellow figure. "Mom,
Dad, I’m home!" he cried out as he stretched his malleable
body into the area.
cried the Ray.
to see you made it!" exclaimed the Human Bomb.
Man stretched his waist, neck and arms, long and thin and extended
through the dimensional portal, opened by the Phantom Stranger.
Anchored with his lower half back in Independence Hall he yelled,
"Well, better late than never they say!"
Freedom Fighters, Hurry!" shouted the Phantom Stranger. "I can only hold the portal open for a
few more moments!"
you heard the man, gang! Anyone
need an "over-elongated hand?" exclaimed Plas.
by his injuries, the Black Condor landed on the platform in front
of the portal. Draping Black
Condor’s arm over his shoulder, Happy Terrill spoke, "Sure
Plas, grab up Rod while I help out Tom."
problemo, Ray!" replied Plas, lassoing Firebrand in his right
go Sandy!" cried the Human Bomb, still grasping the amulet
tight in his grip.
all go ahead!" she responded to Roy Lincoln.
"I’ll stay just a few more moments and man the controls!"
the Human Bomb started to reply.
buts Roy! I promise I’ll
be right behind you!" she screamed over the noise.
enough for me then," spoke Doll Man heading towards the Phantom
Stranger’s portal. Stopping
to talk to Dessa, he spoke again, "Take good care of that brother
and father of yours Dessa! Soon you’ll find a real leader for your people!"
you for what you, and your friends did for us, Sir," he said
brushing a tear away from his cheek.
"Father will be a great leader.
He is, after all, the son of the previous Caliph."
screamed Doll Man in shock.
at Darrell Dane, the young man went further.
"You are shocked to learn this my friend?"
I am!" answered Doll Man.
else do you think he knew all the details of the palace? He will finally know some peace at last, and
when he passes away, Zarek will be there to take over. Thank you all again!" spoke Dessa, waving
towards the tiny titan, as he and the rest of the rebels fled the
welcome!" replied Doll Man as he leapt through the opened portal,
back to the familiar surroundings of Independence Hall.
Behind him came the Ray, Black Condor, Human Bomb and Plastic
Man with the still unconscious Firebrand in tow.
As the catwalk
cleared Sandra Knight knew that she had done, all that she could,
to accelerate the machine to a critical level.
The turmoil inside the great hall had reached its zenith
and she was going to have a rough enough time reaching the Phantom
Stranger’s portal. Stepping over the limp body of Wotan, huddled
at the base of the control panel, she inched her way, through the
flash and fury, towards home. As
she leapt into the portal and tried to return to Earth, she felt
icy hands grasp her legs from behind.
She tumbled through the portal, half in Independence Hall
and half still on the catwalk in the other dimension.
Screaming for help, she could hear the voice of Mersufon
talking from behind.
will not escape me my love!" he screamed towards her. "You and your friends have destroyed everything, the master
and I have worked so hard for, but I’ll have my revenge upon you. You will stay with me and become my slave!"
the edges of the Phantom Strangers dimensional doorway, she cried
out, "Help me," towards her dear friends.
"Mersufon has got my legs, Roy!"
replied Roy Lincoln, diving and grabbing her by the arms.
cried the Ray, as he sat Black Condor down on the floor.
stretching his neck and arm back through the dimensional portal;
Plastic Man could see the evil henchman, hanging onto the legs of
Sandra Knight. As the wind and ferocity of the squall within
buffeted and banged his thinly stretched body, Eel O’Brien acted
swiftly. Winding back his
left arm like a cowboy spinning his lariat, he bellowed, "I
spy with my little eye, something that’s ugh-lee and begins with
Sandra Knight screamed back to Plas.
mumbled Mersufon, looking up at Plas.
replied Plas, bringing down his hand like the end of a whip upon
the chin of Mersufon.
CRACK! The blow connected and sent Mersufon flying
back towards the control panel.
he screamed, as he landed upon the panel and fell into unconsciousness.
allow me to give you a hand PL!" suggested Plas to Phantom
Lady as he coiled his left arm around her waist.
Man lifted Phantom Lady through the portal a loud explosion echoed
from the other side of the portal.
BOOM! The end of
the abominous machine had come, with its creator and his lackey
nestled around it, like a mother and her two children.
Another danger to Earth, another menace had been stopped
and the Freedom Fighters stood on familiar grounds, inside Independence
Hall in Philadelphia PA. Rising to their feet, the Freedom Fighters
quickly began to tend to their wounded and assess their situation
when spoke the mysterious man in front of them.
have completed your task, Freedom Fighters!
You have returned the Spirit of Liberty, Uncle Sam to your
world! Perhaps, it’s not too late for this country
or the world, for all need, what Uncle Sam brings!"
towards the group, Happy Terrill and Darrell Dane spoke.
don’t think that Tom’s injuries are too severe!" said Doll
Rod’s waking up too!" responded the Ray.
would also appear that our powers are returning, I can feel my whole
body tingling!" Roy Lincoln said as he congratulated Phantom
Lady on her splendid work.
her blacklight projectors, Phantom Lady could see that they were
fully charged again.
"Whew! Thank goodness. I never knew how much I really would miss ‘em until now," spoke
the Ray, illuminating the hall with a very bright light generated
from his right hand.
As on cue
the storm outside the hallowed halls broke apart and the dazzling
light of an evening sun fell about our heroes.
thank goodness that’s over gang!" the Human Bomb said staring
at the gathered group. "Now
we can all get back to normal!"
Roy Lincoln?" asked the Phantom Stranger.
"Do you think so? Perhaps
the world is ready for the return of the Freedom Fighters? Perhaps the world needs the Freedom Fighters
now, more than ever? Perhaps
the time is right?"
responded the Human Bomb as the assembled heroes stared back at
the shadowy figure known as the Phantom Stranger.
and Freedom Fighter fans, this brings me to the end of the mini-series.
It has really been a labor of love for me to do it!
As I have stated before, I really love these old Golden Age
characters and hope that this shows in the mini-series.
My main goal was to give these heroes some exposure and to
try and make them a viable team again.
I feel like, I have accomplished this.
I hope that you all have enjoyed this series as much as I
have, putting it together. I would like to take this time and opportunity to give my gratitude
to those that aided me in the telling of this tale:
Chief of Faux DC, Clay "Miry" Arceneaux
Editor of Faux DC, Ralph Angelo
fellow FDC writer (of the Legion of Super-Heroes) and sometimes
co-plotter, "Svelte" Sammy Lindon.
writer T.J. Burns (of Green Lantern and Hawkman fame!)
writer Eric Northcutt (look for his new Primal Forces series coming
writer Jess Nevins (of Brave and the Bold fame) and guru of the
writer Doc (of Adventure Comics fame!)
other writers and contributors to the Faux DC Universe that have
assisted me (they are too numerous to name!)
fellow member of the JSAAA (Justice Society of America Appreciation
Association), provider of pertinent Quality Comics information and
all around good chum.
fellow member of the JSAAA, and encyclopedia of comic book knowledge.
members of the JSAAA that gave me a hand and their opinions on the
story as it progressed.
also goes out to Michael Norwitz AKA Mikel Midnight, the virtual
encyclopedia of Golden Age history.
To all of
the above and many more readers and fans, I owe my deepest thanks!
that you ask?"
there be anymore?"
is left up to you the fans and to the "powers that be"
here at FDC. The further adventures of the Freedom Fighters
are something that could be close to becoming reality and I would
love to helm this group in an ongoing.
I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see for now. In the words of everyone’s favorite Uncle;
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