Marvel Mayhem: The 5th Column #1 - From the Ashes
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"This is Holly Tsuruta reporting for Golden Star Media Incorperated from the Aciete de Serpiente Oil Field where only a few minutes ago oil workers and security staff came under attack by an unknown force." The Asian woman dressed in a grey businesses suit stated as the camera shifted from her face to look down out of the helicopter to the field of derricks and the armoured figures attaching explosive charges to the wells. "Wait we're picking up some audio from the site. Oh my god this appears to be an honest to goodness threat not just to American security but to that of the world. We will broadcast as long as we can but implore SHIELD, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four even the New Warriors to arrive as soon as possible."
"Urm Holly." The cameraman grunted, "You may want to turn around." He added. Turning Holly's eyes went wide as a matte black flying V loaded with five colourfully dressed characters streaked out of the clouds heading for the men on the ground.
"Wait we appear to have Heroes on the ground, ones I don't recognise." Holly gasped. "We will endeavour to keep you informed on every development as it unfolds. For now all we can do is wait and hope these brave individuals can prevent the looming catastrophe."
The troops on the ground clad in red and amber armour opened fire on the incoming aircraft as the occupants leapt clear seconds beore the 'V-Wing' detonated, molten debris showering the desert sand. One of the costumed clad heroes landed on his feet and drew a rapier before straining out his star spangled cape. "Gentlemen I would advise you to stand down. My name is Citizen V and that 'V' stands for victory."
" Ha who do you think your kidding." One of the troopers grunted as he cocked his assault rifle. "Who do you think your kidding. Do you really think you can stop us all with a sword?"
"No but that's why I brought my teammates in the 5th Column to the party." Citizen V announced as his teammates formed up behind him. The red armoured troops surprised by the appearance of more heroes stalled for just a second, but that was all the time their enemies needed as Citizen V lashed out at the first soldier before he could react.
"Get them." The troopers yelled as they charged in.
"Outback deal with the snipers on the derricks." Citizen V yelled as shots rung out from the nearest oil well. The man clad in an armoured jumpsuit emblazoned with a Union Jack nodded before throwing a pair of boomerangs up at the attackers, the projectiles knocking them off their perch.
"This is easy." Outback crowed as he darted out of the path of an incoming RPG. "Hey Telemetry you think you can do something about those rockets?" He called as a woman with rainbow coloured wings flew overhead. With a sigh she created a gleaming rainbow force-field around the soldiers weapons rendering them useless.
" Citizen V, Vantage watch out." She yelled as a man dressed in red and gold leapt off the nearest derrick, his hands clutched round a burning long-sword to land between Citizen V and a woman armed with a staff and dressed in a full black body suit.
"And who do you think you are?" Vantage asked in a German accented voice.
"I am the Phoenix and I plan to build a new world from the ashes of the world." The villain stated. "With the burning of this oil field the American military machine will be crippled allowing others the freedom to do what they please. And as the world spirals into chaos my new order will rise." He yelled as he parried a sword blow from Citizen V before meeting Vantage's blow and ducking under her staff to land a punch to her face.
" You will pay for that." Vantage hissed as she elbowed him away. "Blizzard we need to freeze the bombs."
"I'm busy at the moment." The young woman dressed in a blue leotard spat as she froze a group of troopers weapons solid.
"Just do it." Vantage yelled as she barley parried a blow from Phoenix.
" Whatever." Blizzard moaned as she skidded over to the nearest derrick whilst Outback and Telemetry kept the remaining troopers from surrounding Citizen V and Vantage.
"Citizen V do you need any assistance?" Telemetry called as she fired solid light arrows into the closest soldiers, the luminescent bolts causing them to collapse to the floor.
"Just keep Phoenix's soldiers off our back." Citizen V responded as he ducked under a burning sword sweep before being kicked in the chest by Phoenix, the villain spinning around in a blazing spiral to block a lunge from Vantage, the fire running down his blade increasing in heat. With a roar Phoenix ignited his entire body with a burning aura so hot that it knocked both Citizen V and Vantage away.
"Now is the time for the fires of war to ignite." Phoenix yelled before throwing his sword at the derrick covered with explosives. As the blade flew towards the oil well a glowing orb of energy surrounded it as Telemetry chased after the sword. "Blizzard incoming." She screamed as her teammates closed in on Phoenix. Standing by the iced over derrick Blizzard reached out and focused on the orb of energy, ice flowing from her fingers towards the flying weapon. With a clink the blade hit the derrick and shattered into chunks of rapidly melting ice that swirled around the oil wells base.
"Your bid for world domination is over." Citizen V told Phoenix as the burning aura faded.
"It's just beginning, this world is..Urk." Pheonix screamed before being struck by a boomerang from behind.
"Figured we could end this before we got another big speech." Outback snorted as the news chopper descended.
"It's not over." Citizen V announced as Holly and her cameraman jumped out of the helicopter and sprinted over." Here comes the media."
"This is Holly Tsuruta for Golden Star Media, these heroes have just stopped a madman from kick-starting a new world war. Tell me who are you and how did you feel in the battle?" Holly asked.
"We are the 5th Colmun." Citizen V announced, "We are a team dedicated to the defence of justice and equality. We have nothing to hide, my name is Mike Tanner and I am Citizen V." The man stated before removing his mask to reveal dark skin and calm brown eyes. "We all are former special forces but decided to form a group desperate from the government. 5th Column sound off."
"Lies Sanders AKA Vantage." Vantage yelled pulling off her mask to reveal an angular piercing green eyes and cropped red hair.
"Digger Owens AKA Outback." Outback added as he removed his helmet to show frosted blonde hair and blue eyes set in a boyish face.
"Colette Silvers AKA Blizzard." Blizzard spat as she shook her pure white hair and scowled at the cameraman.
"Marina Zane AKA Telemetry." Telemetry finished before sending rainbow slithers of energy down her arms.
"Let this be known." Citizen V boomed, "We will protect this planet from the war torn streets of Seattle to the crime ridden alleys of New York. From the towers of Taipei to the shanties of Sao Paulo. We will be where men like Phoenix strike to protect this world from the darkest aspects of humanity. Now we must bid you adieu Ms. Tsuruta, we must make sure this man is locked away where he can't harm anyone else." Citizen V announced as Telemetry cuffed Phoenix and dragged him to a second V-Wing descending from the clouds. Mounting the aircraft the heroes sailed away into the clouds heading west into the setting sun.
Citizen V sat in a chair nailed to the concrete floor and watched the number of 'hits' related to the 5th Column and smiled before turning to the only other person in the room. "So have you had enough nostalgia for today?" He asked the man in red and gold.
"I have, this mask holds a place in my heart but I prefer to use my true mask." Phoenix stated removing the red ballistic mask he wore to reveal a scarred and burnt face before sliding a purple hood over his head. "Your team has been accepted by the public, now I need you to make sure that you can maintain it."
"Don't worry Baron you'll get what you paid for." Citizen V replied. "Besides now that we're Earth's Newest Heroes this deception will grant us the keys to the kingdom and no one will realise until it's too late."
Next Issue the 5th Column find themselves in the shanty towns of South Africa facing their first real threat, a group of thugs known as the Overvallen. But who is the force behind the Overvallen's attack and why are they abducting the inhabitants of the slum. Find out in Marvel Mayhem: 5th Column #2