by T Campbell
Doctor Hoot has been the Zoo Crew’s main bad guy for a while now, but all of his failed schemes have been too short-sighted. What if there was a way to exploit the modern obsession with smartphones, social media, and selfies? As Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew find themselves blindsided by another attack from a team of super-villains, could they be missing Hoot’s true goal? How can even the greatest heroes of Earth-C overcome a foe who has found a way to make mind-control go viral? Guest starring a villain from the world of Monsters, Inc.! And introducing Whirlybird — is she villain or hero?
by T Campbell Return to chapter list “It beggars the imagination,” murmured Rex Imperium, the next day. “The world saved, not by a hero, not by a ruler, but by one of the pettiest and least successful ‘villains’ in Hoot’s venal entourage.” Rex had retreated to his lair in T’Bet, where the monks who served . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list “We’re licked,” said Abra, or, more accurately, Abra’s spirit. Her spirit was on the astral plane, while her body went limp in Rubberduck’s grip. There was no point to further fighting; she didn’t know where Doctor Hoot was in the building, and already she almost wanted to surrender . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list “–celebrity of the moment!” came Rova Barkitt’s voice from Rex Imperium’s armor. Alley-Kat-Abra sat with him and listened, while Pig-Iron noshed on the broken glass at the side of the building, and the others trained to work in concert. Teamwork didn’t come so naturally to them. Rodney Rabbit . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list “Today, the enemy of your enemy is your friend,” pronounced Rex Imperium. “And we have a common enemy… friends.” “Hoot,” summarized Captain Carrot, sizing these potential “friends” up. “In the White House. He’s been getting an image out on TV and major websites, and seeing it makes everyone . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list President Barack O’Llama drummed his hoof on the desk. “And you’re sure the effect is universal? Just about anyone who sees this image becomes… shall we say… enlightened to the notion that Doctor Hoot knows what’s best for the United Species and the world?” “Indeed, sir,” said the . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list “Fighting me, that’s gonna be a problem for you,” said Chester Cheese, shutting his eyes tight; they were useless against this opponent, anyway. “Alley-Kat-Abra’s been teaching me night-fighting moves. If you don’t know what those are, I’ll explain, using visual aids and tactile stimulation.” “Nice bluff,” came Randall . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list “Talk to me, folks. Sergey Bruin is really against the idea of this. He won’t even look at the concepts for it. I want to know if I’m being crazy.” Hairy Sage, the marmoset co-founder of Whoogle and now its CEO, was standing in front of a short . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list Please don’t take this the wrong way, Earth-C, thought Captain Carrot as the Starhopper‘s engines went silent, and it settled into geosynchronous orbit. You’re great, really. I just need a little space. Times like this, it was good for his overall mental health that he could make himself . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list The Starhopper tore out of the Z-Building like a runaway rocket. Which it was. So that made sense. The force-field had dropped about ten seconds earlier, to everyone’s surprise — everyone’s, that was, but Rex Imperium’s. The Irish setter knew a thing or two about asymmetrical warfare, and . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list Captain Carrot blinked his sore eyes. Everything in his body hurt. But others had it worse, and a hero was basically just someone who thought of others a little bit more than others thought of others. The team had looked better. Alley-Kat-Abra had re-materialized all seven of them . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list In the back row of the Pant-Pantages Theater, Emoticat’s T-shirt also stretched into a smile. A wave of confident euphoria swept across the room, giving the super-villains the confidence they needed to attack the legendary Zoo Crew, and encouraging the Crew members to think they had a chance. . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list Twenty-one seconds after the thunderclaps started, the last wall of the trailer finally blew off, and Pig-Iron and Rubberduck came face to face with Zeu. But not the same Zeu. What Rubberduck saw was a swan whose skin gleamed like opal and alabaster in his three-piece suit, an . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list “ROOOVAAA-AAA-AAA-AAA!” the communicator bellowed. Rova Barkitt was in her full Yankee Poodle costume and riding one of her stripe-slides down Follywood Boulevard. A high-visibility patrol was good for public safety and for her personal brand. She almost lost her balance because of the Captain’s volume, but she took . . .Earth-C on .
by T Campbell Return to chapter list The heroes soon to be known as the Pan-Plastic Four stared at each other, unable to believe the incredible changes racking their animal bodies. Seed Switcher was stretching his wings and neck every which way, like some kind of malleable mallard, and he would soon become known as . . .Earth-C on .