|Nocturne Issue #1: Baptism by... Mud?|
|Nocturne's Character Sheet||
on patrol, Nocturne runs into Daredevil scoping out a pack of drug
dealers. Daredevil is still
working on the same case that he left Nocturne and Spectre for the night
before (see Spectre #28). Daredevil
inquires about Firefox, and verifies that Nocturne is not about
"Lethal Justice". The
two of them briefly exchange words and Nocturne heads out to finish up
Daredevil has left the area, an alarm sounds off in the distance.
Nocturne decides to investigate and sees a large mud-monster emerging
from the bank, carry bags of money with him.
Nocturne decides to simply follow this creature, to see where his
trail will lead. Only a
couple of blocks away from the bank, three police cars block the mud
creature’s path. Nocturne continues to watch, but after two policemen are
crushed by a thrown car and another two die while inside their cop car
as it is thrown into a building, Nocturne decides that he must act. As the mud golem is chasing down the remaining two police
officers, Nocturne uses one of his Shadowlines to pull them to the
safety of a rooftop. Then
Nocturne advises them to shoot at the creature while he sneaks behind
it. Nocturne lands a devastating blow with his Shadowstaves, but
the mud golem is far from finished.
The two begin to exchange blows until suddenly the mud creature
pulls Nocturne’s head and upper torso into its body, effectively
drowning him in mud. Narrowly
escaping its clutches as consciousness is about to leave him, Nocturne
uses a Shadowline to remove a nearby manhole cover.
Next, Nocturne himself attempts the daring feat of trying to lift
the monster and knock it into the manhole.
The feat does not work exactly as Nocturne expected, but the
rushing water from the sewer below seems to cause excruciating pain to
the mud creature who is halfway in the sewer.
The mud-monster changes into the form of a man, but still cries
out that he cannot swim and is deathly afraid of water.
Nocturne turns him over to the authorities and tries to finish
an explosion in the distance and heading toward it to investigate,
Nocturne arrives at the burning junior high school to find Daredevil
crawling across the pavement of the playground.
Daredevil, beaten and bloodied, had his mask torn open, revealing
his identity as attorney Matt Murdock to Nocturne.
Nocturne decides to get Daredevil out of the area, and wraps him
within a healing Shadow-womb. Nocturne
then flees the area in hopes that he’s not too late to save Daredevil,
and that he can find who caused all of this mess.