|Spectre Issue #25: The End is Always Ever True...|
|Spectre's Character Sheet||
#25 (Double Issue)
nearly being beaten to a pulp during his last few battles, Spectre now
aimlessly wanders through Orionís ship, searching for his friends.
Stumbling upon a six-man patrol squad, they give Spectre the
option to surrender and take him to Orion.
Spectre surrenders so that he may try to regain his strength and
the guards lead him into Orionís giant throne room after secretly
drugging him with a power nullifying solution.
Orionís throne room was straight out of an H.R. Geiger
painting, with a two staircases leading to a large throne area, candles,
symbols of mysticism, and a large alter with Lightstar lying upon it.
Orion explained that Lightstar was the combination of an old
enemy of his who could merge with a living being to amplify his own
power, and a common earthling. Unfortunately
for him, the Lightstar alien could not separate from the earthling due
to the fact that his body had been destroyed during his crash on earth,
and if he were to leave the earthling, he would die.
So the Lightstar entity waits in the humanís psyche,
hibernating and biding his time. Orion
continues to explain that he will merge with the alien to gain his
power. This will kill the
alien and have an unknown effect on the human.
He then tells Spectre he needs to ďborrowĒ a little of his
psychic essence and proceeds to drain some from Spectre.
Orionís creates a psychic blade to perform the ďsurgeryĒ
and swiftly inserts it into Lightstarís skull.
Spectre rushes the throne, heads up the stairs and does an
acrobatic leaping kick to Orionís face.
Orion tells Spectre that he has only succeeded in harming his
friend and uses his newly acquired light powers to blast Spectre into
in a cell, uncertain of how much time has passed, Spectre slowly rises
to his feet. The guard
notices this and informs Spectre that there is nothing that Spectre can
do as the cell nullifies his powers. He continued to tell Spectre that the operation was a success
as Orion now has full control of Lightstarís powers. The guard also mentions that Strobe (as he calls her) is now
Orionís bride and that Spectre will meet the same fate as Lightstar.
As the guard continues to taunt Spectre a teleportation disc
(exactly like the ones from Limbo) appears behind him and the
techno-organic Brick emerges from within it.
Spectre calls out to Brick and the guard turns around, only to be
absorbed by Brickís techno-organic virus and drained of life.
Brick then destroys the bars to the cell and heads towards
Spectre as if to make him his next meal.
Spectre senses an evil about him and dashes around the
slow-moving Brick, escaping the cell and heading back to Orion to finish
this business once and for all. Spectre
lures Brick after him and rushes past any guards he sees.
These guards are then absorbed by Brick, slowing him down and
making less work for Spectre. Spectre finally zooms ahead and into Orionís throne room,
where the altar and ceremonial decorations have been removed and his
bride, Strobe, sits next to him in a matching outfit.
Spectre tries to start a battle against Orion, but Orion order
Strobe to kill Spectre for him. Strobe
begins to power up an enormous light blast, but does not unleash it.
Instead, torn by Orionís incredible control and her love for
Spectre, Strobe turns her light blast on herself, turning herself into
light and being completely atomized, only her clothes remaining.
Spectre begins to battle Orion with a renewed vengeance and the
whole ship begins to rock with their fury.
During the battle, which is slowly turning in Orionís favor,
Brick wanders into the battlefield and attacks both men.
Spectre pushes Orion into Brick, who begins to absorb Orion.
However, Orion in turn begins to absorb Brick as he does, the two
ebb and sway around, against, and inside each other. A glowing red black mist begins to swirl around Brick, and
demonic whispers urge him to hurry so that he may have his vengeance
upon Spectre. Orion also
begins to glow with an energy, as he uses his own powers and
Lightstarís power along with his knowledge of the power cosmic to
fight off Brick. Spectre flees the battle, knowing nothing but evil can emerge
triumphant from that encounter and heads back to the dungeon area where
he had earlier passed the engine rooms.
Spectre used his telekinesis to wreak havoc on the engine room,
attacking it viciously while tearing open a hole in the side of the ship
in which to escape. Spectre
escaped all too quickly as he soon realized that he was being sucked
into the vacuum of space. Creating
a telekinetic force field around himself to capture what little air he
could, Spectre began to slowly descend into the earthís atmosphere.
Carefully controlling his speed as not to destroy his force
field, Spectre began to run out of air.
Spectre collapsed as he began to speed through the atmosphere,
the friction destroying his force field.
His costume absorbed most of the remaining damage caused by what
little re-entry he had left, but the physical punishment he had suffered
during his battles and re-entry, combined with his lack of air and the
thin air of his height, also including that a good friend was
transformed into a horrific creature and his girlfriend had died, took
itís toll. As Spectre fell looking into space, not having the will to
fight, he saw the beautifully destructive light of Orionís ship
exploding in a grand manner. Tired,
beaten, and done, Spectre wearily closed his eyes as he continued his
freefall. Suddenly, Spectre
felt himself being caught by someone or something, wearily laid his head
against its chest, and without opening his eyes once, fell asleep.