Phantom Kid in the World of American Comics - Chapter 138
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“Why would you like Phantom Kid?”
Barbara asked strangely.
“I thought you should only pay attention to the weird supernatural events.”
“Phantom Kid is a huge mystery. He fears no authority and has no desire for money.”
“Whether it is a policeman, an agent, or a superhero that he confronts, they are always getting played by him.”
“At will, free to do as he pleases, and has no greed for stolen treasures.”
Skye looked at Phantom Kid on the poster with a wide smile on her face.
“Isn’t such a person worthy of my admiration?”
“Of course, the most important thing is… that Phantom Kid is really charming!”
Barbara laughed, the last sentence is the main point.
Skye is no different from Darcy, after all.
On the other hand, Mathison heard that the person Skye admired most was himself, and suddenly felt an inexplicable sense of achievement.
Barbara, Pamela, Darcy, Skye… these important female characters in Marvel or DC are all interested in him.
Additionally to them, other beautiful passerby ladies that admire him are countless.
He really is an idol!
Wait, they began talking again.
The headset retransmitted Skye and Barbara’s conversation.
“Barbara, it’s time for us to see what your test is.”
Inside the carriage, Skye turned on the computer and typed a few commands quickly, and the monitor’s interface instantly changed.
Then a video started playing.
It’s a pity that Mathison couldn’t watch it.
In Barbara’s sight, this extremely short video fueled her with shock.
It only showed a woman wearing a black leather jacket on top, a pair of jeans underneath, with a scarf tied around her neck.
She seemed to be about to cross the road, but then, suddenly a medium truck came out and rammed her.
The driver of the truck was probably drunk because the light was green on the sidewalk but red on the roadway.
The woman was surrounded by many other people, which meant that once the truck would hit her, several others would be killed as well.
However, she was obviously different from this group of people.
Because she unexpectedly took the initiative to hurdle the truck with her fists, aiming directly at its front side.
It was easy to notice that this woman had considerable strength because the front face of the truck dented in an instant. And for a moment, Barbara was worried that the driver might have been crushed to death.
And that was the reason behind Barbara’s shock.
The powerful woman used her strength again, tore off the shell of the truck’s front face, and then dragged the drunk driver out.
Immediately, she walked away, and the videotape ended here.
Of course, her face was covered with a scarf during the whole process, and even though a part of it fell down when she was facing the camera, only a very blurry facial texture was revealed.
“Can human power really reach such a point?”
Barbara couldn’t help exclaiming.
“She is not a normal human. She has superpowers. She should be called a superhuman.”
Skye was very calm.
“There are countless superhumans in the world, and this one just now is not actually considered very capable.”
“You have just been exposed to these things, and it would be normal if you can’t believe them yet. Later on, you will understand that these are just commonplace things.”
“At the same time, this is also something that S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing its best to keep off the public’s eyesight.”
At this point, Skye’s eyes were filled with disgust.
“What? Did you just say… a shield?”
Barbara did not know the existence of S.H.I.E.L.D. at this time.
“It’s not a shield, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. That’s just an abbreviation. Their full name is Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.”
Barbara was even more confused. She knew what these words separately meant, but she couldn’t grasp them together.
“Are you sure you didn’t just make up this Homeland Something Defense Something Security Agency of the United States?”
“How is that possible!”
“S.H.I.E.L.D. is a secret organization that has existed for many years and directly responds to the Security Council.”
“They are a real behemoth, found in every corner of the world.”
“S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps looking for humans with superpowers, and then conducts an act called risk assessment on them.”
“What risk assessment?”
Barbara felt as if she had opened the door to a new world today. A secret side of the world that she had never thought of before was now thrown at her.
“The risk assessment means that as long as S.H.I.E.L.D. Bureau believes that you are likely to endanger society, they will arrest you and detain you in the secret base of S.H.I.E.L.D. for research.”
“There is no basis for the risk assessment. It is possible that you will be considered a psychopath because you sneezed.”
“This is simply unreasonable!”
After listening to Skye’s description, Barbara also instinctively felt disgust towards this organization.
But she didn’t fully believe in Skye’s side of the story. After all, with Gordon’s influence, Barbara still believed deep down in her heart that official institutions would not be so dark.
Mathison naturally heard Skye’s narrative, and he knew that what Skye said was on point.
This kind of risk assessment is estimated to be changed in accordance with the ability of the superpower holder.
If the opponent’s ability is poor and its harm is negligible, even if this person is a psychopath, S.H.I.E.L.D. will only give them a warning and ignore them.
Now, if the opponent’s ability is very powerful, but is not harmful, what would they do?
Do you still need to ask?
Well, such a good ability exists and is not used by egghead’s organization would be such a waste, wouldn’t it?
And so, since the superhuman is not very harmful, it won’t take much effort for S.H.I.E.L.D. to catch him.
It is more difficult to deal with those with strong ability and high harmfulness. S.H.I.E.L.D. seriously restricts those dangerous people.
They monitor the less harmful, catch the most harmful if they can, and kill those whom they can’t catch.
“I have watched the video, now you should tell me what the test is?”
Barbara didn’t want to hear Skye speak ill of S.H.I.E.L.D., so she spoke straightforwardly.
Upon seeing this, Skye stopped the badmouthing and told Barbara her objective.
“Your test is very simple.”
“Because our Rising Tide organization is essentially a hacker organization. Of course, hacking skills are the most emphasized part.”
Skye pointed to the strong woman in the video.
“First, you need to find out the person’s true identity, including her address and her real name.”
Barbara nodded, this test is not difficult for her. So, it depends on the second one.
“Second, after finding out who this person is, we want her to confirm to us whether she had been evaluated by S.H.I.E.L.D.!”
Skye said surprisingly.
“Did you not listen to what I just said?”
Skye frowned and asked.
“If S.H.I.E.L.D. has not conducted a risk assessment on her, then we must rescue her.”
“Otherwise, she will be persecuted by S.H.I.E.L.D. This is the last thing we want to see.”
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