The Defenders are lost on another planet, completely at the mercy of the Remorans and their Coyote-Versus-described space nazi army! But worse, how are they going to make it home? And what happened to Titus? Can they rescue him? Or maybe they should more afraid for themselves. But first...
Schulmanator: There is no trusting the Unlucky Dude. Chads are apparently hard to trust.
slickbg56: Yeah, things are not looking good at all...
Tonraq: I know. Poor Titus. And Chad's not just unlucky, he's careless!
Kim Sunwoo: Those nannites really amped up his armor, but there's a price to pay for it, apparently. And that image, wow, I'm totally stealing it and using it in this entry. I may have to include some more of my special edits, though...
Mymyjp: Thank you very much! There are a whole love more space nazis and we even get to meet a space SS guy next! And thanks to Kim Sunwoo, my special effects this issue have taken a BIG step forward!
And now, TBD #118!!
Fearless, Eikyou, and Versus were in shackles at a table in front of a Remoran interrogator in what appeared to be a park a few blocks away from where Eikyou had been blasted unconscious by Zama. The ground still rumbled periodically from the battle between the Remoran forces (which now included Titus) and Zama at what they had been informed was a military installation of some sort. Fearless stared at the interrogator imperiously, waiting for him to tell them their fate.
Remoran Interrogator: Earthers in our home... Inconceivable. You were to be kept to your pathetic planet on the other side of the galaxy, and yet here we have you.
Coyote Versus: We're not the only ones you have. Where's my family?
Remoran Interrogator: You are in no position to ask any questions. How did you get here?
Fearless: We walked through a door.
Remoran Interrogator: Yes, a door. It must have been a very special door.
There was no answer from Fearless, who kept his steely gaze locked on the interrogator, nor from Versus who smirked at him. Eikyou was slumped over between them, apparently not yet recovered from her fight.
Remoran Interrogator: What is your purpose in our home?
Fearless: To find another Earther and take him back to Earth before he could start an incident.
Remoran Interrogator: An incident? You see, we are far past an incident now.
Fearless: Zama is not our problem. You can deal with him however you want. We want our other Earther, our teammates, and we want to go home. You'll never hear from us again.
Remoran Interrogator: You are in no position to be making demands of us.
Fearless: You are in no position to keep us tied up here. Let us go get our other Earthers and we'll leave peacefully. Otherwise, you're going to be suffering a lot more than you are now.
Eikyou: Fearless, there are seven soldiers around us, and all I sense from them is fear. If Versus can get out of his shackles, I believe they will run.
Fearless: I'd like a little more certainty than 'believe.'
Eikyou: Watch our questioner turn suddenly unsure of himself. These people remind me of the Takers, they seem especially susceptible to my powers.
Coyote Versus: Hey you guys, why do your voices sound so staticky in my head? Aren't you right there? Shouldn't they be clearer?
Eikyou: I am not a natural telepath, and using my powers like this is difficult. I can do nothing about the static without Sensational Girl's help. I am sorry.
Fearless: I wouldn't worry about it. The Remorans are the ones who should be worried. Any time you're ready, Versus, go ahead and bust us out of here.
Coyote Versus: This might be a stupid thing to suggest, but couldn't we get ourselves transported to jail? Then we could break out my family, too.
Fearless: Risky... I'd rather not put us at continuous risk like this. We still have a chance at rescuing Cosmette and the other Earther-
Fearless: Yes, Chad, and returning relatively unscathed.
Coyote Versus: But what about Titus?
At that point Versus and Fearless exchanged glances, alerting the interrogator that something was awry. He stopped his sickly smiling and snapped orders off to the guards around them.
Remoran Interrogator: Separate them. Send them to different installations, keep the female from waking.
Coyote Versus: Fine.
Versus sighed, then flexed his muscles and tore free from the restraints as the first guard reached him.
Remoran Interrogator: They're free! Subdue them! Use any means necessary!
But Eikyou had been using her powers, and pandemonium erupted. The guards screamed in horror as Versus disarmed one of them and stole his weapon. He aimed it at the interrogator and blasted him unconscious.
Coyote Versus: Aw, man, stun rounds only??
Coyote Versus then set about smashing Fearless and Eikyou's restraints, and then they were running.
Fearless: Versus, I'm beginning to think that leaving your family here with these people would be a bad idea! Do you know where they're located?
Coyote Versus: I have... some ideas. We might be able to find out at that place, though!
Eikyou: Cosmette is coming to, finally.
Fearless: Tell her to stay put. I'll give the order for her to join us.
Cosmette: Gotcha, Fearless. Wow, with this fuzz in our conversation, it makes me feel almost nostalgic! And also, I really miss Sensational Girl...
Fearless: We'll get back and see her again. Just wait for my order.
Cosmette: Yes, sir!
Eikyou: Oh, no!
The military installation was in the middle of being reduced to rubble. Titus, with the backup of the Remoran military, was holding his own against Zama, but the city around them was suffering for it. There was no sign of Chad.
Coyote Versus: You think we can sneak past this ridiculousness and get inside the building?
Fearless glanced at Eikyou.
Eikyou: The Remorans are focused completely on Zama. Zama has his hands full with Titus. Titus... It is as though he is not there.
Fearless: We should be able to make it. Stay put, we'll be right there.
The battle overhead was explosive. Waves after wave of energy blasted against the ground, flattening the grass and kicking up dust. Zama and Titus blocked each others' attacks with ease, and the Remoran soldiers were at a loss with how to deal with the powers being used overhead. No one noticed Fearless, Eikyou, and Coyote Versus sneak through the fog of war to the building to meet Cosmette. She waved at them from the top her impact tunnel. The ground shuddered, and they looked over to see Zama, dissatisfaction plain on his face, rise from the ground to collide with Titus in midair. Neither could quite get a solid edge on the other.
Cosmette: Titus got real strong...
They watched him grapple with Zama as they careened through the air and eventually away from the military installation.
Coyote Versus: Yeah, and it don't seem like he's one of us anymore... Come on, we gotta get into this place.
Fearless: Do you know how?
Versus stopped in his tracks and frowned.
Coyote Versus: Uh... no.
Versus sighed. Again.
Coyote Versus: This mission is not anything like I imagined it'd be.
Fearless: What do you mean?
Coyote Versus: Well, it's hard enough to come here to the Remoran homeworld, right? And once here, it's even harder to blend in, so I thought it would be pretty easy to find that dolt who wandered over here, probably in prison mostly likely with my parents. We'd bust them out and get our asses back through the door and that would be the end of it. It couldn't have been that easy though, huh?
Fearless: None of us could have known Zama was here.
Coyote Versus: Except that guy, what did you say his name was?
Coyote Versus: Yeah, if he knew about getting powers in Mt. Plains twice somehow, then maybe he knew that like, Zama was going to be here no looking for this thing.
Eikyou: It is still strange that he knows what he knows in the first place. I would like some answers about him before this is over.
Fearless: Maybe we'll be getting them soon.
Fearless pointed at Chad sneaking through the rubble.
Cosmette: Did he see us yet?
Eikyou: It does not appear so. He is very focused on getting into this building. He seems to think that there is something special about it.
Coyote Versus: Look, the only time I was ever even in the same solar system as this planet was when my dad kicked me out of our ship so I could avoid being captured.
He was visibly distraught, fidgeting with his gloves and shifting his weight from leg to leg.
Coyote Versus: I only know a little bit about it, and whatever this place is is not something I managed to learn.
The Defenders exchanged uneasy glances.
Fearless: Charge. A sneaky charge, through the rubble under cover. We take no risks, but we get need to get in there and find out what's so special about this place.
Cosmette: Let's go!
Cosmette flew ahead, streaking across the street amidst the smoldering vehicles and holes blasted into the ground by the forces at battle overhead. Looking ahead, they watched Chad complete his lucky sprint across the field beneath Zama and Titus for the slowly collapsing UFO-looking building. He disappeared inside.
Eikyou: I'm... wait, stop. I'm hearing things happening underground. Everyone's being evacuated, they're getting ready to use- I'm sorry, run, get to that building.
They snapped into motion, ignoring the commotion they caused. Zama tried taking a shot at them, shouting some unintelligible threat, but Titus' tenacious attacks caused him to be off target. They were within a few dozen yards of the building when the entire complex hummed to life and began to shift over them. A series of cannons emerged from various points on the complex above them, and took aim at Zama and at them. They were still running, even as the entire world exploded into heat and light and pain...