This is the first voting thread for the second round. The two contestants; @joshmightbe and @batkevin74 were given a picture. Both of them had to write separate stories based on it. Please vote here, or PM me your vote if you wish to remain anonymous. Anyone can vote. Let round 2 begin!
Martian colony 200 years after earth
An old man sits by a fire marveling at the new forest that had sprung up after the terraforming had finished up. There was alarge group of children surrounding him excited to be among the first humans to walk beyond the walls of the complex without a space suit.
The old man sat down on a folding chair he'd brought with him as the kids gathered round and looked to the sky toward the shattered remains of his former home world. The children demanded to hear him tell the story only told in whispers.
He nodded, "Okay, kids settle down and I will tell you of the day when our home world died."
" We had seen Galactus before, we had fended him off and hoped to do the same again but we weren't prepared for the other. At first we mistook it for Galactus' ship but our astrologers noticed it looked different, like a planet of steel and copper. Millions died when its pincers dug in to our world and it began pulling us into its jagged mouth. We thought that was the end but the mighty hands of Galactus gripped the pincers and ripped them from the Earth while he pushed the beast known as Unicron away claiming the meal for himself."
"The world stood still like an ant colony waiting to see which aardvark would devour us. It was then that Unicron revealed his true self. He transformed himself into a massive humanoid machine and squared off with his fellow devourer of worlds. As the two hostile god-like entities prepared for combat the Fantasic four, X-men and Avengers joined forces and helped to evacuate as many as they could onto massive arks that had been commissioned by Tony Stark as a back plan for the time when the heroes of Earth might fail and lose the world to forces beyond our control."
The whole of the planet rocked with the force from Unicron's first shot to Galactus. As Galactus returned a punch it sent out a shock wave that shattered the Himalayan mountains and hurled large portions of Asia into the pacific. The earth erupted into a thousand quakes coupled with the largest tsunamis the world had ever seen as the struggle continued. They fired off great blasts of energy at one another that burned the western hemisphere to ash and destroyed one of the arks taking thousands of people with it."
The old man stopped for a moment to wipe a tear from his eyes, "The mighty Thor used all the power he could muster to protect the remaining arks but paid for it with his own life. Even his hammer exploded into dust as he was caught by a blast. Many of our greatest heroes attempted to end the fight but were destroyed in the crossfire before ever making contact."
As the last ark left the Earth they could be seen grappling each other each trying to force submission from the other until at last Galactus' armor cracked and released a wave of energy that ripped the Earth apart and drove Unicron back. As Unicron attempted to return to the fight he found himself bound by Galactus' machines. He flailed in attempt to escape as Galactus reassembled his armor. As the machines did their work the voice of Galactus was picked up over the comms on the Arks as he told Unicron," "You were the more powerful, but I the more intelligent."
" We watched as the machines did their work and devoured the evil Unicron, feeding Galactus more than any thousand worlds could and for the first time since his creation Galactus' hunger was sated. To this day it is said that the mighty world devourer has ceased feeding, so while our world died countless others were saved. We built this world from those arks and we honor those we lost with this forest. And that children is how we came to our new home."
The Milky Way
Galactus looked upon the giant robot standing near the Earth “What do you think you are doing?”
It slowly turned towards the purple helmeted giant “Who dares speak to Unicron?”
The planet sized robot scanned the eater of worlds “Why are you here?
“Why are you here?” replied Galactus as he used the Power Cosmic to similarly appraise his opponent.
The two giant forces of nature stared at each other intently, each sizing the other up as the Earth turned slowly between them. Galactus reached out to grab hold of the blue planet spinning between them, when Unicron lashed out with a fist catching Galactus square in the mouth, sending hurtling him back towards Mars.
Galactus wiped his mouth. He stood using the red planet like a crutch to get back to his feet “You dare to lay a hand on Galactus?”
“For a moment, I considered sparing your wretched life.” said Unicron “But now, I shall….DISMEMBER YOU!”
The two giants launched at each other. If there were oxygen, the sound would’ve of burst eardrums for millions of miles as they attacked each other.
“You will die!” hummed Unicron, as it discharged a massive blast of pure energy from its eyes. Galactus ducked as the blast smashed into Jupiter and grabbed Unicron by the neck.
“You will pay for touching Galactus!” The Power Cosmic rippled through his mighty purple hand, searing the metal and turning bits to molten slag. Unicron roared and batted the hand away. The two beings of immense power fought like unskilled children; brutal but clumsy. Each was use to simply being given what they wished, rarely if ever having to get physical. Galactus slammed a fist into Unicron’s face as Unicron repaid the blow with a mighty elbow to the gut. Galactus reached back and took hold of the moon and smashed it into Unicron’s eye shattering the satellite into dust.
“Ahhh!” roared the gigantic robot who staggered backwards. Galactus charged in, and tackled them both into the sun. “AHHHHH!” roared Unicron as the near six thousand degree Kelvin star burnt into his back. Unicron grabbed Galactus by the large wings on his helmet and flipped him, pushing his face into the badly damaged ball of energy.
Galactus screamed as the Sun burnt into his cheek as he struggled to break free as Unicron forced it further into the Sun. Channelling the Power Cosmic, Galactus pulled the Mercury towards him and smashed it across the back of Unicron’s head like a blackjack, forcing him to let go.
“That is the last time you lay a hand on me!” seethed Galactus as he plucked Venus from its orbit and cocked it like a baseball ready to fire.
“You will not take the Allspark!” screamed Unicron as he jumped forward and smashed a fist into Galactus’ chest, the blow rocketing him across the solar system.
Galactus slowed his skid and stood “What?”
Unicron approached cautiously “You are not here for the Allspark?”
“I am here to consume the earth”
The pair looked at each other and then around at the destruction they’d caused in the now badly lit corner of space.
“So you…” Galactus gritted his teeth.
Unicron scratched his head “I thought that…”
“I’m really sorry!” said Galactus.
“Oh no, totally my fault” replied Unicron “I just assume EVERYONE’S after the Allspark”
“I thought you were a giant robot built by Reed Richards to scare me away” laughed Galactus “How stupid do I feel?”
“I tried to burn your face off” apologized Unicron “Can I get you a cold planet for that?”
“I’m fine, fine. How’s your back?”
Unicron laughed “I’m a robot, I don’t have feelings!”
The pair burst into peals of laughter. After several moments of laughter they regained their composure.
“So why are you here?” asked Unicron “If you’re not after the Allspark?”
“I was going to eat the Earth”
“It gives me sustenance. That’s kind of what I do”
“You eat planets?”
“More like consume them?” Galactus patted his stomach gently.
“I see…” Unicron tried to process that in his mega-terra-exbibyte “brain”.
“So, what is the Allspark that you’re looking for?” asked Galactus “Maybe I can help?”
“It’s a universe cluster capable of creating plan…ets” Unicron looked at Galactus as the giant explorer from Taa’s eyes lit up “I KNEW YOU WERE AFTER THE ALLSPARK!”
“WHERE IS IT?” demanded Galactus, his hands bursting with Power Cosmic energy “GIVE ME THIS ALLSPARK!”
“NOBODY TELLS UNICRON WHAT TO DO?” came the screeched reply and again they traded blows. Up and down the solar system. Using whatever they could get their hands on; asteroids, planets, old Russian space stations, Unicron even tried to choke Galactus with the ring of Saturn! Eventually after several hours of evenly pitched bashing, hitting and swearing; the very tired pair stopped, each unable to swing another blow nor trade another insult.
Unicron and Galactus looked up to see a tiny man wielding a massive emerald megaphone hovering in front of them, looking none too happy.
“WHAT THE HELL DO YOU TWO THINK YOU’RE DOING?” roared Hal Jordan.
Galactus and Unicron exchanged nervous glances.
“He started it!”
“Oh you lying robot!”
“I will kill you for this!”
“ENOUGH!” yelled Hal through the megaphone before separating the two of them with an energy construct of burly bouncers, holding them apart “YOU TWO HAVE WRECKED MY SECTOR OF SPACE! LOOK AT IT!”
Galactus and Unicron looked at their feet, everywhere but where Hal was pointing.
“YOU TWO ARE GOING TO FIX THIS”
“Who’s going to make us?” sassed Galactus “You?”
“Yeah!” chimed in Unicron “You and what…army”
The sky lit up with thousands of green lights as the Green Lantern Corps showed up, backed by the Yellow, Red, Blue and Violet Corps.
“THAT ARMY!” answered Hal “NOW GET TO IT!”
After three hours and much complaining, Unicron and Galactus put the solar system back together, just the way they had found it.
“NOW, SAY SORRY AND SHAKE HANDS” stated Hal.
The pair eyed each other before the lamest, quickest, weak force hand shake in the history of handshakes occurred matched only by the quietest apology this or any other universe has ever heard.
Hal looked at them “NOW GET THE HELL OUT OF MY UNIVERSE!”