by Libbylawrence and Starsky Hutch 76
Captain Comet sat with Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern and continued to speak with them.
“So, I was called before three military leaders named Logan, Castle, and Cable, who said they had problems with my team. They applauded our success but insisted that we be willing to compromise our ethics. They didn’t like the name I’ve been using, the Rehab Squad, and wanted to go back to using Flag’s old team-name — the Suicide Squad.”
Superman frowned. “What did you say?”
“I said rehabilitation was my goal for these former felons, along with public service,” explained Captain Comet. “They asked if I was willing to have casualties or sacrifice a team member during a mission if logic dictated it or mere governmental policy.”
“Well that’s just cold and unfeeling,” said Green Lantern.
“As distasteful as it was, I understand the point they wanted to make,” said Batman. “They wanted to know that you’ll bend your ethics for more extreme and covert missions.”
“I refused,” said Captain Comet. “Then they asked about why I had so many female members. I said I could work with who I chose, surely, if it worked. Finally, they questioned the publicity the team — especially Valor — received, and I said it was good for the public to see people make positive changes in their lives. Valor is now a heroine.”
“I’ve forgiven Lesla-Lar for her past, so why can’t others?” declared Superman.
“Exactly,” said Comet. “So I resigned, as did Dolphin. Valor, as well as Golden Glider and Cheetah, have each earned pardons. Actually, Valor had no record, anyway. I don’t know what Blossom will do. She’s no longer herself. Rick Flag has decided to remain, along with Karin Grace, or Goldstar, as she’s calling herself now.”
“The JLA would love to have you or Valor,” said Superman.
“Thanks, but I still want to help the others reform. That’s why I asked you three here. In your opinion, can I form a new, independent team, and would it work?”
“I’m sure it would,” said Green Lantern. “You could even take the name from my absent mentors and be the New Guardians.”
“I like it. Where could we meet? Who would fund us?” asked Comet.
“I can arrange funding through the Wayne Foundation,” said Batman. “You won’t have to answer to any government that way.”
“Great!” said Captain Comet. “Thank you both.”
Superman spoke up as well. “And I can give you a headquarters! Before I made my current Fortress of Solitude, I had a smaller one which I based first in space and then beneath the Earth. Well, I gave it up for the one in the Arctic, but it still exists, and with teleportation devices installed like our JLA one, no location will be too distant. My pal Jimmy owns a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean called Vumania. It is totally deserted, and he would be thrilled to see your headquarters there with my old Fortress as its base.”
“Thank you,” said a happy Captain Comet. “The New Guardians live.”
Captain Comet woke up with a start. His dream had been very realistic, and he wondered if he was now developing precognitive powers on top of his other mental gifts.
“What a dream,” he muttered. “I wish things really could happen like that, but I know something like that could never happen. You don’t need an advanced brain like mine to know it.”
Indeed, the team had a hard road to travel, especially Valor. And it was too soon to expect their efforts to reform to be met with anything but skepticism from the public or even the super-hero community.
He went over to his desk and reviewed Rick Flag’s new choices for the Squad — the Eradicator, Neutron, and Captain Cold — and started to wonder what he’d gotten himself into.