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Fanfiction – “Herald of Darkseid” chapter 12 (of 19)

While Superman reunites with his cousin Kara Zor-El, Captain Marvel and her SHIELD team return to the moon’s surface to look for clues about their blonde mystery guest.

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“Open the pod bay doors, Hal,” Captain Marvel said as she pushed what the ragged shuttle toward the SHIELD space station.

Bay doors slid open, revealing a shuttle landing area. There were two other shuttles in place. Marvel lowered her wreck of a shuttle onto to the deck in front of them. The bay doors slid shut behind her.

Vents opened, forcing oxygen into the environment. It took only a few seconds to pressurize the bay.

Moments later, Deputy Director Maria Hill and her team emerged from the shuttle. They had removed their space gear and now wore the standard dark blue SHIELD field uniforms with the company insignia on the right breast.

Hill approached Marvel.

“Good work, captain,” she began. She marched over to a computer terminal. Hill punched in some codes. The terminal’s monitor came to life, presenting an image of SHIELD Director General Nick Fury.

“Sitrep, director,” Fury said, wasting no time on formalities.

“Secured at Space Station Scott, General,” Hill replied. “What’s the status of our blonde-haired intruder?”

“She’s in good hands,” Fury replied.

“Superman hands?” Captain Marvel asked.

“Anybody else you know wears an ‘S’ like that?” Fury asked back.

“Do we know where they are now?” Marvel asked.

Fury’s usual stoic expression cracked a bit, showing his frustration. “Problem with these independent heroes is we can never get a fix on them. But if we can’t trust a guy as mom and apple pie as Superman, hell, this world is worse off than I thought.”

“And you think it’s already lost,” Marvel said. “So what if Superman can’t bring this girl around? I mean, she did kill a couple of your agents to boot.”

Fury hesitated. “Much as I’d like some get back for what she did,” he began, “she may prove too powerful an asset to lock up. If Superman can bring her around.”

Director Hill added, “We still need to know where that girl came from.”

“Agreed,” Fury said.

The interior door to the shuttle bay opened. A six-foot woman with green hair and equally green sunglasses wearing a SHIELD uniform marched into the bay, joining Marvel and Hill.

“Welcome ladies,” the green-haired woman began. “I’m Commander Abagail Brand, head of SHIELD’s space division.”

Captain Marvel leaned into Hill and whispered, “We have a space division?”

Hill answered in a normal voice. “Of course, we do, captain.” She extended a hand to Brand, who took Hill’s hand and shook it warmly. Hill continued.

“Brand came to us during the Skrull war. She’s a Kree, an alien species which are at war with the Skrulls.”

“I was a Skrull prisoner of war, but as soon as SHIELD gave me a chance,” Brand added, “I fought back.”

“And now you command their space division?” Marvel asked.

“I’ve been to space outside this galaxy,” Brand said. “Nobody else in SHIELD has.”

“And I liked the fact she was ready to kick ass so quickly,” Fury said.

The captain threw up her hands. “Why doesn’t anyone tell me these things?”

Brand extended her hand to Marvel. “The General does love his secrets,” she said.

Marvel and Brand shook hands.

“Yes, I do,” Fury said from the terminal. When he had the three SHIELD agents’ attention, he said, “Brand; give Hill a science team and get them on a shuttle back to the moon.”

“Good,” Marvel said. She stretched her arms. “Give me some time to recoup.”

“No chance, captain,” Fury said. “You’re going down there too.” Off Marvel’s surprised look, Fury added, “Don’t know what Ms. Kara Zor-El might have left on the moon.”


A half-hour later, Hill and Marvel were on the surface of the moon where they’d first seen Kara Zor-El. Marvel looked down with disdain at the gray moon dust on her red boots.

She looked at the other SHIELD agents with her. They were in full SHIELD space suits, which looked resistant to moon dust stains.

Marvel wore a simple respirator communicator. She could go for spurts in the vacuum of space, but even she would like to stop holding her breath for minutes on end.

The cold didn’t bother her.

Hill’s science team was hard at work with their technical do-dads. Marvel felt pretty useless. She walked over to Hill, who watched the team at work.

“Do I really need to be here for this?” she asked her superior officer.

“Got anywhere else you need to be?” Hill replied.

Marvel started to sulk when one of the other agents approached the women.

“Think we’ve found something,” the agent began. He motioned to some data on his titanium-enforced tablet. “Plenty of strange energy signatures here.”

Marvel looked at the tablet. “That tablet more Skrull tech?”

Hill nodded but addressed the scientist. “Anything you recognize?”

The scientist shook his head. “However, there’s a large concentration of the energy signature just on the other side of that ridge.”

Hill looked to Captain Marvel.

“On it,” Marvel said.

She knelt to press off the ground, but the SHIELD scientist held up a hand to stop her. When she looked at him, he handed her the tablet.

“I’ve synched it to zero in on the probable energy source,” he explained.

Marvel took the tablet, then pressed into the air. She looked at the tablet. The scientist had turned the data signature into a targeting radar on a fighter jet.

Marvel smiled as memories of bombing runs over Syria and Iraq came back to her.

Following the radar, she flew across the moon’s surface to the ridge the scientist had pointed out. Hill’s voice called over her communicator.

“Getting close,” Marvel replied.

She eventually got to a spot dead center of the energy readings. There was nothing there. Then Marvel got an idea. Kara was pretty strong, and she’d had plenty of time up there on the moon before SHIELD got wind of her.

Following that line of thought, Captain Marvel let the tablet float in space next to her. She needed both her hands to pound against the moon’s surface at the epicenter of the energy signature’s source.

A few more hits and Marvel struck something. She looked down and saw a piece of metal buried in the ground.

“So, Maria,” Marvel began. “Either your boys can do this delicate, or I can just get it done.”

To be continued…

While writing this fanfiction, I used Green Ronin’s Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition RPG, to leave some things to chance. Check it out!

Like this fanfiction? Check out Mark’s original “Shadowdance” saga books!

Author’s Note:

The characters Maria Hill, Captain Marvel/ Carol Danvers, SHIELD, Abigail Brand and Nick Fury are Copyright Marvel Comics

The characters Superman/ Clark Kent/ Kal-El, Supergirl/ Kara Zor-El, Darkseid, Maggie Sawyer, Solomon Grundy and Parademons are Copyright DC Comics

I don’t own any of the characters as this is fanfiction, done for fun and as a creative exercise

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