The Uncanny Fantastic Four
Chapter 37: Sweet Christmas- Part 2
The Uncanny R-Man
Disclaimer- All familiar characters belong to Marvel Comics.
The streets of Manhattan-
The Fantasticar sped through the streets of Manhattan. The Mole Man was up to his old tricks, and one of his monsters was on the rampage. Luke Cage held on as if his life depended on it. Sure, his skin was unbreakable and he would more than likely survive a fall from the Fantasticar, but he didn't want to put that to a test.
'Uh Reed, no offence or anything, but did you ever think of fitting this thing with seatbelts?' Luke asked.
'Don't worry, Luke.' Reed told his teammate. 'You are quite safe in the Fantasticar.'
'Instead of seatbelts, we've got an energy field keeping us in our seats.' Johnny chipped in. 'It's pretty safe, but it sucks when we get a crappy in-flight movie.'
'I can see one of the Mole Man's monsters.' Sue said as she squinted into the distance. 'It's just standing there.'
'Brace for impact, everybody.' Reed advised the team. 'It may be preparing to attack.'
The Fantasticar hovered around the monster's head, yet the creature still failed to make its move.
'What are you doing on the Surface World, Mole Man?' Reed asked the squat ugly man standing upon the monster's shoulders. 'You promised to live in peace.'
'I require your assistance, Reed Richards.' The Mole Man stated.
'What, you couldn't just come and ask for us, Moley?' Johnny snorted in derision. 'What's the matter, you lose your address book?'
'I have no time for jokes, Jonathan Storm.' The Mole Man responded. 'My kingdom is under attack.'
'Well, seeing that we're all here, we might as well help him.' Sue shrugged. 'Lead the way.'
Deep underneath the ground-
The Mole Man led the Fantastic Four deep underneath the ground to the remains of his underground city.
'Jeez, this place was never exactly a beauty spot, but it's sure let itself go since we last came here.' Johnny said as he looked about at his surroundings. 'What the heck happened here?'
'This was the work of Tyrannus.' The Mole Man stated. 'He attacked my kingdom without provocation and almost destroyed everything.'
'Where is everybody?' Luke Cage asked. 'Shouldn't those little yellow guys be running around?'
'Those Moloids that were not killed in the initial attack were taken away by Tyrannus's soldiers to become slaves.' Mole Man explained. 'I was left for dead, but I managed to escape. We must attack him in kind! Tyrannus must pay for the destruction of my kingdom!'
A burst of magical flame narrowly missed Mole Man and obliterated a stalactite behind him.
'It's an ambush!' Johnny realised. 'You led us into a trap, Moley! FLAME ON!' the Human Torch's body burst into flames as he took to the air.
'It was not my wish to lure you into a trap!' Mole Man responded as he returned fire at their hidden attackers with his energy staff. 'It Tyrannus and his men! They are here to finish the job!'
'Then let's show him not to mess with the Fantastic Four!' Luke said as he picked up a boulder and tossed it at their attackers. Reed and Sue followed suit and fought back against the hidden attackers.
The hidden attackers halted their assault at the barked command.
'You should not have come back.' Tyrannus, the immortal Roman conqueror said. 'This kingdom is mine, what remains of it.'
'You had no right to attack the Mole Man's kingdom, Tyrannus.' Sue told the villainous Roman. 'Give him back his kingdom, and we can stop the fighting.'
'Even if I was inclined to return the Mole Man's kingdom, I would not do so at your command, woman.' Tyrannus sneered. 'Now, run along and return to your cooking and birthing like a good obedient woman.'
The other members of the Fantastic Four looked at each other nervously. Tyrannus was obviously unfamiliar with Susan Richards. She was more than just any little lady. She was arguably the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four. Even Doctor Doom himself was wary against angering the Invisible Woman.
Tyrannus went for his sword, but found his arms bound by invisible bonds. 'What trickery is this?' The immortal Roman spluttered in disbelief.
'Do you want to belittle women now, Tyrannus?' Sue asked as she hefted the villain into the air. 'Are you going to apologise and return the Mole Man's kingdom back to him?'
'Soldiers! Destroy them!' Tyrannus commanded.
'Yeah, I dare you.' Johnny grinned. 'You think you can fight us without your boss getting splattered? Come on, give us your best shot.'
The Roman soldiers looked at each other uncertainly. They could not risk attacking their enemies and getting their leader killed in the process.
'Cowards!' Tyrannus bellowed. 'You shall all be flogged for this!'
'The battle is over, Tyrannus.' Reed told the defeated villain. 'You have lost and your army is retreating. You will be taken back to the Surface World to meet your punishment.'
'Fools! You have no idea who you are trifling with!' Tyrannus hollered. 'I will destroy you all!'
The immortal Roman's threats were cut short as Luke Cage slammed his fist onto the top of his head.
'Man, that loser was driving me nuts. He never shuts up!'
'I am in your debt, Susan Richards.' The Mole Man said. 'There must be some way I can repay you.'
'There is something you could do.' Susan said. 'Now that you have your kingdom and your subjects back, you can help to rebuild the damage you have done to the city above.'
'Very well.' The Mole Man nodded. 'Even I know better than to argue with the mighty Susan Storm.'
'Wow, keep this up, Sue, and you'll give Squirrel Girl a run in the bad-ass stakes.' Johnny snickered.
'Oh, it was nothing.' Sue smiled modestly. 'Now come on, we have a welcome celebration to continue. Let's go home.'
Next: Girlie Night Out
Sue and the girls head out for a girlie night out. Nothing could possibly go wrong… could it?