Nocturne Issues #5-6:                               Showdown in Central Park!!
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Issue Synopsis:

Issue #5:

As the two heroes fly through the night sky, Nocturne brings up Lightstar's comment about him needing a sidekick.  Nocturne makes it very clear that he is no one’s sidekick, let alone a sidekick to some glory-drunk sell-out.  Lightstar challenges Nocturne to create a plan to nail all the bad guys, since he’s such a big hero.  Both Nocturne and Lightstar bring up various ideas and suggestions, but get nowhere due to the fact they keep knocking each other’s plans out of the water.  The only two things they can agree on is that since the meeting between Mr. Smith and Midnight was interrupted, more than likely they would try to reschedule their meeting and they would have an easier time trying to locate Mr. Smith than they would Midnight and his crew.  Lightstar lands atop a nearby rooftop and suggests that they bring in a few more heroes to give them a hand with this.  Nocturne is both uncertain of who they might bring in as well as if they really need the help in the first place.  Lightstar then suggests they simply hide in the building and wait for Mr. Smith to return.  Nocturne shoots down the idea, saying it’s too predictable, and questions Lightstar’s actual field experience.  He makes the comment that Lightstar was such a big celebrity and then suddenly he disappeared from the public eye.  Lightstar explains that he lost his powers and was pretty much resigned to play the fallen hero, flailing in his own self-pity.  His sponsors, however, had already invested too much money into him to let him travel down that path.  Lightstar is uncertain of how they did it, but they managed to give him his powers back, although there were a few slight changes.  While Lightstar tells his story, Nocturne only half listens as he tries to develop a plan.  Once Lightstar has finished his story, Nocturne suggests that they spend the night staking out the building.  Lightstar, tired of not being able to agree on this topic, says they should just blast their way in and beat up the bad guys.  Nocturne reminds him that they are not the police, and an intrusion like that would likely end up with breaking and entering charges filed against them.  Lightstar reluctantly agrees to Nocturne’s plan and tells him that Nocturne can have Midnight, he’ll take on everyone else.

The pair spend all night on an adjacent building, waiting for Mr. Smith to return. With morning approaching, they spot Mr. Smith and his bodyguard exiting a limo from the front of the building.  As the two heroes head over to the Smith Trading building, Nocturne wraps them both in darkness.  Lightstar dislikes the darkness and tells Nocturne that he hates having to be sneaky.  Nocturne hushes him as they approach the large window that was shattered last night and try to listen in on the voices inside.  Mr. Smith is speaking to his bodyguard, whom he refers to as Conduit, and tells him they need to arrange another meeting with Midnight.  Mr. Smith tells Conduit to contact Midnight and have him meet them at 7:00 p.m. tonight by the large fountain in Central Park.  Nocturne and Lightstar listen as long as they can, but as the sunrise continues to grow on the horizon, so does their chances of getting caught.  The two quickly head off, hugging the shadows of dawn, and find a safe spot away from Smith Trading to plan their actions.  The two agree to meet in the park fifteen minutes before the meeting as well as trying to bring in any other heroes they can on this caper.  Nocturne remembers that Lightstar used to have a sidekick named Starlight and asks him to bring her.  Lightstar replies that he hasn’t made contact with her since he’s regained his powers, but he’ll try to find her.  With their teamwork finally beginning to show through, the two heroes part ways.

On his way home, Nocturne decides to stop by the Heroes for Hire office to look into getting some help for this evening.  Nocturne walks into the building, still in costume and speaks with the secretary.  After turning him down for a job with Heroes for Hire, Nocturne tells her to have Luke Cage meet him tonight in the park.  The secretary takes the message and says she will convey it to Cage, but she can’t make any guarantees.  As Nocturne is about to leave, Iron Fist walks into the reception area.  Iron Fist talks to Nocturne about the meeting later that evening and asks a few questions to get a better idea as to exactly what will be going down.  Satisfied with Nocturne’s answers, Iron Fist assures him the he and Luke Cage will help him.  Nocturne thanks Iron Fist and heads off to get some sleep and prepare for the battle.

After resting and warming up in his apartment, Nocturne heads to the park to meet Lightstar and the others.  When Nocturne arrives, Lightstar isn’t there yet, but Luke Cage is.  Cage asks Nocturne what’s going on and what’s the plan.  Nocturne talks a little strategy with Cage as Lightstar shows up.  Nocturne notices that Lightstar arrives alone and Luke Cage instantly recognizes him.  Apparently, Cage doesn’t like Lightstar or the way he plays up to the media.  Nocturne acts as the peacekeeper and helps everyone stay focused.  Lightstar turns to Cage and tells him that if he plays it cool, Cage will be able to get some free advertising from all this via the 10 o’clock news.  Cage reluctantly agrees and hangs back a little as Nocturne surrounds the three in darkness.  As the heroes keep a watchful eye out for Midnight and his crew, Nocturne notices Mr. Smith and Conduit walk near the designated fountain.  Scanning the park, he also notices a large black man in a black leather trench coat a little distance away heading over towards the fountain.  Nocturne quickly identifies the large black man as Midnight and continues to watch as he approaches Mr. Smith and Conduit.  While waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike, Nocturne notices a woman running across the clearing towards Midnight.  Realizing that this woman is most likely Scanner, Nocturne uses his powers to knock her out and swiftly cover her in darkness.  Conduit notices Scanner fall out of the corner of his eye and nudges Mr. Smith slightly, concerned that something might be going on.

Not wanting their surprise to be ruined, Lightstar generates a blinding flash to throw the villains off guard.  Nocturne, taking advantage of their surprise attack, grabs Midnight with a Shadowline.  Midnight grabs the Shadowline and pulls back on it until it breaks.  Lightstar blasts Conduit as Cage tackles Mr. Smith.  Iron Fist jumps into the fray from nowhere and assists Cage with Mr. Smith.  Nocturne attempts to wrap Midnight up once again, but Midnight manages to destroy these Shadowlines as easily as the last.  Conduit gives Lightstar his energy blast back, hurtling him into the sky while it seems the Heroes for Hire have their hands more than full with the mysterious Mr. Smith.  A sphere of darkness appears to the left of the battlefield and Cell emerges from inside it.  Apparently Midnight had summoned him.  Nocturne turns his attention to Cell and begins to attack him.  While Nocturne is distracted, Midnight creates his Darkforce armor around him - readying himself for the battle to come...

 

Issue #6:  

Midnight, having summoned his armor around him, surveys the battlefield and motions to Mr. Smith.  Meanwhile, Lightstar recovers from Conduit's blast and changes directions in the air, power diving straight into him.  Mr. Smith leads Cage and Iron Fist out of the park and onto the street as he begins to battle his way to safety.  Cell, armed with strange wristbands, fires a vicious energy blast into Nocturne, thrusting him backwards and into a tree.  Flipping in mid-air, Nocturne bounces off the tree and flies at Cell with his Shadowstaves, taking him out.  Before Nocturne can even survey the battlefield, Midnight attacks him with Darkforce.  Noticing the blast out of the corner of his eye, Nocturne uses a Shadowline to swing out of the way and back over to Cell.  Nocturne quickly removes the wristbands and headband from Cell’s unconscious body and puts them on while dodging yet another of Midnight’s Darkforce attacks.  Elsewhere, Lightstar finds himself being overpowered by Conduit’s assault and he’s taken out of the game.  Iron Fist and Cage begin returning to the park, having lost track of Mr. Smith.  While all this is happening, another sphere of darkness appears, this time spawning Freeze-Frame.

Nocturne blasts Freeze-Frame before he even has a chance to grasp the situation, all while dodging Midnight’s attacks.  The Heroes for Hire take advantage of Midnight’s focus on Nocturne and begin to attack him.  Conduit leaves the fallen Lightstar to join the more pressing battle at hand.  While Nocturne is exchanging blows with Freeze-Frame, Midnight easily knocks Iron Fist out, leaving Cage to defend himself against both Midnight and Conduit.  After knocking Freeze-Frame into tomorrow, Nocturne uses his Shadow Control to blind Conduit.  Midnight takes out Cage, but due to his blindness, Conduit was not able to avoid being hit by Midnight's attack as well.  Both victims lay unconscious on the ground.

Using the powerful energy blast from the wristbands, Nocturne regains the element of surprise as he blasts Midnight.  The blast knocks Midnight back and destroys the aim of his next attack, which fires wildly off-target.  Regaining his composure, Midnight begins to taunt Nocturne, reminding him that his powers can’t stand against Midnight’s Darkforce.  Nocturne charges Midnight and with one well-aimed hit with his Shadowstaves, knocks Midnight down and out.

Slumping to the ground, physically and mentally exerted; Nocturne notices that Midnight’s three little lackeys have all disappeared.  He forces himself to get up and wearily wakes Lightstar, telling him to hand Midnight and Conduit over to the authorities.  Lightstar eagerly accepts, needing all the credibility he can get.  Nocturne leaves, thinking of nothing but home and where Mr. Smith weaseled off to...