A cheerful song from a group that was unfortunately taken from us way too soon.
Issue One: “And So It Begins…” Part One of Two. It is a quiet December night here in the city that never sleeps, New York City if you did not know that by now and that is a good thing for Peter Parker, known to the world as the Amazing Spider-Man! Though you would think that he would think of something better to wear in this coldly, wintery time that does not involve a red and blue spandex suit with a spider design!
Nonetheless, our hero does not have the sheer honor of taking nights off since he has dedicated himself to saving lives, defeating supervillains that come after him all the time and stuff of that nature since you know the death of his beloved Uncle Ben that momentous and horrid night three years ago in which, he learned that with great power there must also come great responsibility.
He is swinging through the night as if he was an airborne ballerina on his way back to his humble apartment complex so that he may finally call it a night and maybe pay his rent on time!
‘Boy, these streets are quieter than Reed Richards’ study nights!’
‘Though I can’t blame it, there’s been no sign of anything since that day a couple days ago.’
‘Well, I guess I should on home and call MJ to tell her sorry for the missed date…, Face it, Parker, your luck with women is sorrier than Paste-Pot Pete.’
Amidst his swinging across the frozen streets of NYC, Peter wonders about this recent calmness of the city and how it sorts of frightens him so.
However, atop of one of the many building in NYC, there stood a two mysterious figures, one decked out with a Japanese school girl outfit with purple leggings warming her whitish yet wonderful legs and purple hair and the other is garbed in brown trenchcoat and is looking at a device that looks like that of a iPhone.
“Is that the man that Haruhi Suzumiya is interested in?” She asks the young man.
“Yep, that’s him, the so-called “Amazing Spider-Man.” He responds with a nonchalant attitude amidst a powerful yawn.
“How should we approach him?”
The young man wonders about that before responding with “I got it!” before telling the young lady that she should craft a sign telling him to pull over in which she does.
“What the heck?” Peter says before swinging over and landing on the snow-covered roof.
“Ok, what’s this all about; I’m missing Pretty Little Liars for this!”
The young man clears his throat while the young woman stands there in a certain motionlessness that makes our hero feel a bit petrified of her.
“Hello, Peter Parker, My name is Kyon and the girl standing next to me is Yuki Nagato and we have come here to propose an offer to you.” Kyon said before handing Peter a red colored brooch with a stylized ‘E’ on it.
“Well, I would ask how do you know my name and what is this offer?”
“It’s easy; we have come here to tell you and several other heroes that you are in consideration for a group called the Excellence, a team filled with only elite players and stuff like that.”
“Really, you guys want me to join your team?”
“Boy, this is heavy…”
“Well, could you come up with an answer quickly; I’m freezing my ass off here!”
“Okay, okay I just got this offer a second ago and I should tell you that my history with teams isn’t that good like that time I was invited to join the Avengers, they wanted me to take down the Hulk by myself! The Hulk!”
“Good grief…” Kyon sighed while shaking his head.
Yuki continues to look as if she was a statue on Empire State University.
“Look, I’m cold and you’re cold as well, just press that E whenever you want to talk to us about this.”
“Um… okay sounds good to me.” Peter said while nodding in agreement.
“Well, then see ya soon.” Kyon said while disappearing with Yuki in tole as if they were Starfleet members beaming themselves up to the Enterprise.
“Hm, that was strange though I can’t say that this was the weirdest thing I’ve witness in my life.” Peter said before swinging away.
“Well, better get home before Ditkovitch asks me to pay the rent on time, ha that’ll be the day!”
Elsewhere, inside the deepest hollows of Gotham City…
There is a man dressed as a bat sitting in a rock-covered chair, obsessively scanning an enormous computer screen filled with images of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Avengers and the X-Men amidst his struggles or attempts in uncovering something…big.
“This doesn’t add up, I don’t remember a single thing past three days ago and yet I see glimpses of a young girl…” He whispers with a fanatically manner before slamming his fist down on the desk.
“Master Wayne, may I interest you in some green tea?” an old English butler asks the man dressed as a bat.
Mr. Wayne turns around from his work area and walks over to the butler.
“Yes, that would be nice Alfred.”
Alfred hands Mr. Wayne the tea that he has prepared for his master who then takes small sips of the green tea before heading back to the desk.
“Is there something wrong, sir?”
“No-yes actually there is, I feel that something has changed here, these people on the screen I haven’t heard of them until now and yet sometimes, I feel as if I know them from somewhere in the past…” Alfred ponders on this theory of Mr. Wayne aka The Dark Knight himself, Batman!
Cue the 66’ show’s transitional passage!
“Do you think that someone has altered our thoughts?”
“Possibly, but I’m not so sure about it yet…”
“I see… anywho, sir Master Drake has requested a new room, and he says that horrible creep won’t allow him a moment of peace.”
“Hmm… tell Tim that he can sleep in my room for the time being and tell Damian that if I hear about complain about him, he’s grounded for a month.”
“Very well, sir happy hunting.” Alfred said before walking out of the cavern.
“Yes…” Bruce said before stumbling upon a picture of a 16-year-old Japanese teen named Haruhi Suzumiya.
However, in the distant backing of the cave, there rests an ‘E’ brooch the same as Spider-Man from before! ZOMG!
The next day…
Inside a normal NYC cab, there sits a brown-colored moose and a gray-colored flying squirrel with a sky blue colored pilot hat on riding along hoping that they have reached their destination soon, because I said so. Their names’ are Rocky and Bullwinkle known to the world as a plucky detective duo of some sort I guess.
“Is this Broadway, driver?” the moose asks.
“Does it look like Broadway, motherf***ktha!”
“You’ze been asking me that for hours now!”
“Oh, sorry about that…”
“It’s okay, Bullwinkle, but I think that you will get off right about here.”
The driver promptly halts the cab and tells the two to get out but not before paying the $85.00 fee.
“$85.00?” Bullwinkle yells out in surprise.
“Yeah, I don’t make this rules you elk!”
“Hey, I’m not an elk; I’m a moose, thank you very much!”
“Whatever we’ll pay it, sir thanks for the ride.”
The squirrel hands the cab driver the cash before he blasts off with a reckless abandon for human life awaiting, wait…
“Well, here we are, Bullwinkle, New York City.”
“Wait, haven’t we been here before?” Bullwinkle asks.
“Have we?” Rocky answers back.
“I don’t even remember anymore…”
“Oh, well let’s just move on with the mission.”
“So can I finally realize my long awaited dream to become a Broadway actor?”
“No, it’s because of this ‘E’.” Rocky replies before showing Bullwinkle the same E brooch that was given to Spider-Man only a day ago.
“Anywho, we need to find out why it has led us here and why did this thing choose us.”
“Right on, Rocko let’s go!” Bullwinkle said before marching off before bumping into the walking populace of the city.
“AHA! A giant moose!”
“Dear god, help us from this horror!”
Rocky turns his head in a distorted fashion until he just facepalms at the idiots that surround him presently.
“Come on, people haven’t ever seen a moose and squirrel before?” Rocky asks them all.
Everything is silent for a second, until everyone nods in agreement and moves on with their day.
“Well, that didn’t take that long…” Rocky said before walking over to meet up with Bullwinkle.
“So, what should do now?” Bullwinkle asked of Rocky who then started to think about this before a lightbulb appeared before his head.
“I got it! We’ll just use the brooch to lead us to where we need to go.”
“Sounds great, let’s go!” Bullwinkle exclaimed before running into a stop sign.
However, up above the gloomy, snowy clouds of NYC, there is a group of about eight gray covered monsters jumping around on the rooftop except for two that is.
One is a very old woman whom is also bald ala Charles Xavier and is wearing a suit that is eerily similar to that of Charles Xavier’s, which only means one thing, they share the same tailor! Nonetheless, she is beyond the years that all people should wear suits, just sayin’.
Whereas the other is actually the same as the other gray figures except he is instead rocking a black and red outfit instead of the gray.
“I take it everything has gone according to the plan, Ms. Nova?” The black and red figure asks.
“Yes, it has now all this is where all of the fun begins, my friend.”
“Soon, we shall see the next host of the Phoenix Force once our other actors arrive as well.”
This old as dirt woman is the revolting Cassandra Nova, sister of Charles Xavier whom was almost killed in embryo by said brother because he sensed something evil within her.
“Now, go on do your part, Maximus.” Ms. Nova replied with a growly dictation.
“Will do.” Maximus said before performing a swan dive off the building with his warriors by his side.
Nova flashed a small smile before disappearing into the cooling air before her.
Meanwhile down below the secret meeting, Rocky and Bullwinkle are calmly walking into the traffic that is New York traffic, which is, surprising because then they would be dead by now because you know, New York…
As such, the two continue on with their quest until they come across a certain 22-year-old college student who goes by the name of Peter Parker whom is happening to have the same E as they do…
“Hey, sir have you ever seen this thing before?” Rocky asks the fellow student who is frankly shocked at this occurrence just now.
“Umm… no I have not seen this thing but if you want to go in private to talk about it, then let’s go do that instead.” Peter said signaling to the two that they should go in private to talk about it.
Rocky and Bullwinkle flash the thumbs up symbol and the three go off into a place where they could speak in private.
“So, Kyon what’s this all about sending a moose and squirrel after me, huh?” Peter said with a displeasuring sound within his voice.
“Whose’s Kyon, Rocky?” Bullwinkle asks his good friend.
“I have no clue.”
“Wait, you guys don’t know Kyon or Yuki?”
“We haven’t heard those names yet, sir.” Rocky replied.
“Oh… well this just got a bit awkward then.”
“So, that must mean that the same guy that gave you that ‘E’ must have something to do with us as well.” Rocky said as he snapped his fingers as if he has solved the case.
“All I can say is that the past few days have been really weird to me more so than usual.” Peter answered back.
“I guess that you guys have been selected to be a part of the team as well, right?”
“There’s a team?” Bullwinkle asks in confusion.
“Yeah, apparently there’s this girl named Haruhi Suzumiya that wants me to become a part of this super team filled with heroes and stuff like that.”
“Though you guys don’t look like you have superpowers…”
“Well, I’ll say that Bullwinkle has the strength of a bear!” Rocky exclaimed.
“I can fly.”
“Oh, nevermind then, I was wrong.”
However, before the conversation could continue on…
“AHAHAHAAHAHA! BURN IT TO THE GROUND, MY MINIONS!”
“Someone help us!”
Peter looked at Rocky and Bullwinkle and started to change into his Spider-Man costume.
“Ok, guys if you don’t mind if I go save the day, we’ll continue this talk later on.” Spidey said before swinging off to go save the day!
“You know, Rocky I am glad we’ve come to New York.” Bullwinkle said.
“Right, well we’ve gotta go help too, Bullwinkle.”
“Are you sure? I think he might have anything under control…”
“Come on, Bullwinkle you heard him we were given this for a reason and I believe that this is the reason why.” Rocky responded in a stirring fashion.
Bullwinkle wonders about this before placing Rocky on his shoulders and bursting off into a sprint.
“Alright, ol’ buddy let’s go save the day too!”
Elsewhere… above the world itself…
There is a huge satellite thingy that is floating above the world watching us at all times, as if they were the police of this little shindig.
Nonetheless, it is actually the Justice League Watchtower where heroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and several others reside at where they sit, mingle, and talk about stuff like justice and how together they can be justice!
Nonetheless, The Man of Steel himself walks into the main lobby where he is then greeted by the Martian Manhunter or J’onn J’onzz, Hal Jordan and lastly, Blue Beetle aka Ted Kord.
“Welcome back, Superman though I’m afraid that there is some troubles transpiring in New York.” J’onn said.
“What’s happening?” Superman asks his longtime friend.
“It seems that there is a random attack and the villain is someone that our database does not recognize.”
“I see, I’m on it.” Superman replied before dashing off before getting stopped by Hal.
“Sure you don’t need any backup?” Hal asked of him.
“Hmm get a hold of Bruce and Diana and tell them to meet in New York whenever they can.” He said before blasting off.
“Well, you heard the man get in contact with Batman and Wonder Woman.” Hal said before gliding away.
“Right.” Ted said before running into the lab of the Watchtower and patched in a connection with both Wonder Woman and Batman.
“Kord to Batman, Wonder Woman…”
“Wonder Woman here.”
“Apparently, Superman wants to team up with you and Batman for a little chat with someone wrecking NYC.”
“I’ll be there soon get a hold of Bruce when you can.” Diana said as she fired up the jets on the Invisible Plane. (Yes, she has an Invisible Plane, you got a problem with that, jack?)
“Right.” Ted replied before attempting to contact Batman again.
Meanwhile back in the Batcave…
Bruce Wayne continues his obsessive search for the girl called Haruhi Suzumiya and comes up with something that may have turned the tide in his favor!
“What is so special about this girl?” Bruce said before walking away from his search and stalks over to see that same ‘E’ brooch from earlier.
Bruce picks it up, admiring its’ pure shininess before receiving the call from Ted.
“Batman here.” Bruce said sternly.
“Batman, the big guy has requested your presence in New York, he feels something big is going on!” Ted shouted into the Bluetooth operated headset.
“I’m on the way.” Bruce replied before cutting the connection and heading to his latest gadget he owes because he is rich as f***, the Batplane or shall we call it, “The Bat!”
Batman boards the Bat and fires himself off into the Gotham City skies filled with pollution and no thanks to Bruce Wayne since he is actively assisting with it as well.
Anywho back to the action…
Meanwhile, back in NYC…
The gray warriors have almost destroyed this section of the street that is until five single web-lines attach onto their backs and slam them all into the ground below them.
“Geez, I know the economy’s bad but lordy you don’t see me wrecking everything in sight.” Spidey quipped before jumping off the car he was standing on ready to do battle with the warriors.
“Oh, great just what we needed, Spider-Man!” a displeased man screamed out before getting his mouth webbed shut.
“Hey, cut it out buddy I’m trying to save you here.”
“You can send any “I Hate Your Guts fan mail” to my email address which is, Spideyrulez08@gmail.com.”
“Well, well what do we have here?” Said a mysterious voice.
“Oh I don’t know, a guy wearing a spider-suit that’s gonna wreck yo’ face though I think you’ve done that to yourself already quite nicely.”
Maximus gives off a small laugh while clapping sarcastically at Spidey’s joke.
“I see we have a comedian in front of us.”
“Well, I don’t know about a comedian but in all seriousness, I am going to stop you, whomever you are.”
“Yeah, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.”
“Is that so?”
“I hope you can back those words up!” Spidey said before lunging at Maximus who could not avoid the spider-packed fist to the face sending him flying into a row of cars near him.
Spidey landed on his toes before seeing the gray warriors attack him.
“Putties, attack him!” Maximus ordered as they sprang into action.
“Putties? Seriously, that’s their names? Man, I don’t know what’s more embarrassing you get decked by my punch or their ugly outfits.”
The putties tried to gang up on Spidey who avoided them using only his speed and reflexes before delivering an uppercut to one and a swift kick to the face sending them away and down for the count.
“Now, whose’s next?”
Maximus gritted his teeth at that statement.
Somewhere else around this area, Rocky and Bullwinkle have guided the helpless away from the battle thus fulfilling Rocky’s desire to assist Spider-Man in saving the day.
“People head this way for safety!” Rocky shouted.
“What he said!” Bullwinkle replied while fluttering his arms swiftly.
Suddenly, they looked above to see Spidey hit the ground hard with Maximus right behind him.
“Oh, boy that hurt…” Spidey said before springing right back up and seeing Rocky and Bullwinkle standing there.
“Wait, why are you guys still here?”
“We’ve wanted to help you in any way possible.”
“I see, well could you help me with this chump right here?”
Maximus strutted himself over to Spidey who then fired a punch at Maximus’s chest hitting hard before kicking him right in the face thus finishing his combo.
Maximus flew back a few before charging right at Spidey who just barely avoided the head-on collision whereas Bullwinkle and Rocky jumped over to the side also escaping the blow as well.
“Umm… what should we do now?” Bullwinkle asked Rocky who just placed his hand over his chin thinking of a plot that could save their skins!
“Whew, that was close.” Spidey said who is standing on a light post.
“Apparently, it is not close enough!” Maximus yelled before cupping his hands and sending them into Spidey’s chest.
“Me and my big mouth!” Spidey yelled while flying off into the distance and landing near some rubble.
Maximus jumped over to where he has sensed Spider-Man’s landing spot and was surprised to see his eyesight blinded by webs!
“Take that and that and that!”
Spidey then lunged onto Maximus’s back and started to pummel his head until Maximus ripped the webbing off of his precious eyes.
Spidey tried to escape but Maximus grabbed his leg and slammed him into the ground multiple times.
“You should know that you aren’t dealing with the average villain here, my friend.”
“Really, you sound like any other villain I know, perhaps you and Doc Ock can discuss witty new dialogue with each other in prison…” Spidey replied before getting tossed into a building setting up a big hole in the wall.
Maximus walked into the hole amidst the escaping populace and looking for his prey who is currently shaking his head trying to get himself together before Maximus arrives again.
“Where did that little spider go… Oh wait, there he is!” Maximus screamed out in pure pleasure.
‘Come on, Parker get up and fight can’t go down this early!’ Spidey whispered to himself before getting stomped on by Maximus several times.
“Hopefully, I didn’t break your bones with that, trust me, I am hoping that you could give me some more entertainment before I do kill you…”
“Is… that so, chump?” Spidey said rather weakly.
“Though I suppose that the real entertainment won’t arrive for a while now, oh well.”
“Oh well what?”
“You’ll have to die.”
“So, I guess the coffee is out of the question?”
“I afraid it is…”
Maximus prepared to impale Spider-Man with just his hand that was until he was rammed into by an angry bull, an angry Bullwinkle that is!
“Let that spider go.” Bullwinkle said who had Rocky by his side ready for combat?
“Oh, god couldn’t you call the Brooklyn Avengers?” Spidey said before slowly getting back up into a standing position.
“Sorry, you could say we’ve ran out of time.” Rocky said.
“Oh okay then, what’s the plan?”
Suddenly, the three were then surrounded by the remaining Putties and Maximus who cracked his neck before simply walking up to the putties.
“At ease, my warriors allow me.”
Maximus’s body started to crackle as if he was going Super Saiyan ZOMG!
“Umm, this can’t be good.” Spidey said before getting into a three-point stance with his arms pointing at the powering up Maximus.
Bullwinkle looked at Maximus before looking at his compatriots and yelled out “For Asgard!” amidst his dashing charge at their enemy.
“Bullwinkle, no!” Rocky screamed out as he then witnessed his best friend basically get electrocuted and tossed to the side before Maximus laughed at them.
Spidey tried to fire webbing at him but it vanished almost immediately and in turn he and Rocky found themselves in the same position that Bullwinkle is in at.
Maximus then blasted the three out of the building and into the cold, damaged road.
“Now, I suppose is the time to kill them…” Maximus said while walking up to Bullwinkle who out for the count.
“Starting with him…” he said before lifting Bullwinkle up by the throat and preparing to shoot him right in the heart, which would surely execute him instantly!
Rocky begun to crawl towards Bullwinkle and Maximus hoping that he could save his good friend from dying.
“Bullwinkle…” he said while struggling to crawl without it hurting him so.
“Well, this was fun but I suppose the true entertainment isn’t arriving today… Oh well, I’ll take murdering someone over fighting more opponents any day.” Maximus said.
To Be Continued…
Is this is the end for Bullwinkle? Will Rocky have to find a new sidekick? If so, will it Daffy Duck? Inspector Gadget? Or on the other hand, will it be The Nostalgic Critic? In addition, will Spidey ever get that coffee with Maximus? More of these questions and more will be included in the next issue of Cool Tales!
“You tried to get in my way when I was saving her life! And why, Peter?”
Peter Parker sat slumped on the ground, tears running down his face. God, it hurt. Everything hurt. It would be so easy. Just to leave, to give Otto what he wanted, to not hurt anymore. To join the man who raised him, all the people in his head- memories- to leave. And never look back.
“I- I didn’t trust you to-“
Filming and screening
I picture the scene
Filming and dreaming
Dreaming of me
Well it is currently 1:42 am here in Cali & I am ready for my classes next week as soon as I get this scheduling down pat. Nevertheless, at about 10:00am, it seems that most of everyone should be moving in. This excites me because I will or probably will have a roommate which means I will have someone who I can talk to & share ideas with because I really want to do with folks!!!
Nevertheless, I am currently beyond motivated to do what I need to accomplish here at Reedley before I can even sniff LA though I was there last Friday due to a mess I believe I posted on my Twitter account days ago. Nonetheless, I have chosen this path & I intend to complete rather soon than later. I WILL be in Los Angeles within the next few months or maybe a year at the most if I can find a way to see if credits that I have achieved at JCC can transfer through…
Well, my friends it is getting late & I am tired talk to you later on today since it is a very exciting day for us all here at the dorms of Reedley College.