Phantom Kid in the World of American Comics - Chapter 52
”By the way, you went straight to see Phantom Kid, thinking he was me, so did you finally see his real face?”
Instead of pursuing the matter of the stone pavilion, Mathison asked her something else to change the subject.
”How could I…”
Barbara laughed bitterly.
”I thought that we could understand Phantom Kid’s disguise well, assuming that he could only disguise himself as one person at a time, or put two masks on at most.”
”Because once one wears too many masks, the shape of their face changes and this may even cause them hypoxia.”
”For example, in the Adam’s Star incident, he disguised himself as Officer Blake and Officer Cash, and in the Cat’s Eye Emerald incident, he disguised himself as me.”
”No matter who he pretended to be, it never exceeded common sense.”
”But just now he made the switch from Daisy to my father in an instant in front of me, with an unbelievably natural change in face shape that didn’t look like he’d put on a mask in advance at all.”
”I wonder if he could actually shape-shift!”
Mathison smiled secretly. This craft was Kid’s unique skill. Except that he couldn’t change his body shape drastically, he could almost shift into thousands of people.
”It seems that Phantom Kid is really powerful. So, what did he tell you when you questioned him?”
At that, Barbara remembered that conversation from earlier and blushed… how could she tell him that!
”Nah… he didn’t say anything special.”
A smirk flashed across Mathison’s eyes, how could he not know what Barbara had said.
”So, are you going to see Kid’s second show?”
”I’d be curious to know what else he wants to do now that the Tamil Ruby necklace is in hand.”
Upon seeing more and more people making their way to the watchtower, Mathison asked Barbara with interest.
”Then of course I’m … I can’t go for now.”
Barbara, who was about to say yes in one fell swoop, suddenly stopped and thought again of the scene earlier when she had confronted Phantom Kid and couldn’t help but change her mind.
”It’s not like we’re going to be of any help anyway. We’re just going to watch the action, rather than that, I’d just trust my dad and the others to catch Phantom Kid sooner or later, I don’t want to see that thief laughing at me again!”
Barbara turned her head and grunted.
”But… weren’t you always uninterested in Phantom Kid before, why are you suddenly so taken with him?”
Mathison chuckled and said, “I’m only interested because you’ve been talking about Kid every day recently.”
”What did you just say?”, Barbara froze, wondering if she had just heard him wrong.
”What, did I say something wrong?”
”You clearly did!”
”Stop it, Commissioner Gordon should be here soon with a team as well. So, you wait here for him, I’ll go first.”
Mathison said helplessly. He did not wait for Barbara’s reaction before running off with the pedestrians towards the observation tower.
”This guy is still the same as always, he doesn’t take care of people’s feelings at all.”
Looking at Mathison’s back, Barbara thought irritably, like a fool.
”Who could ever have a crush on him?”
Blending in with the crowd, Mathison hurried along while opening his system panel on the other side.
Originally, he thought that when the Tamil Ruby arrived, the designated mission should be considered completed.
But in fact, it was only halfway done. The cause given by the system was that: not all the threats are yet removed and that only once he returns to the stronghold that the mission would be completed.
However, there was one advantage of the designated mission over the one Kid personally chooses.
The reward is divided into two parts:
One is the value of the mission target itself, which can be collected immediately after obtaining the target, which is equivalent to an additional reward. The other is the final reward given by the system.
The extra reward for this designated mission is, naturally, the magic contained in the Tamil Ruby.
The jewel had been worn by the Queen for decades and had been swamped by an entire country’s aura, giving the ruby many magical effects.
Even when the magic of the gem is taken away, these effects will not disappear.
For example, it gives the wearer a long and healthy life, which is one of the reasons why the Queen has been able to live for so long and remain so energetic.
The system had started extracting the magic power from the gem the moment Mathison put his hand on it. And now that quite a bit of time had passed, Mathison saw that the extraction was complete.
After all, the system has always been deadly dull. Naturally, there would be no beep or prompt after the extraction is complete, and it is impossible for Mathison to always watch the system panel.
”C-rank magic power is extractable.”
Sure enough, a pop-up window appeared after opening the panel, showing that magic could be transferred to his body.
Without any hesitation, Mathison directly clicked on “Extract Magic Power” and immediately felt his magic power increasing!
In a matter of seconds, it had been multiplied by dozens of times.
At least now, his magic power level was no longer below that of Akako Koizumi.
It was just that his knowledge of magic was a little less.
At this point, Mathison was finally able to use most of the red magic.
After a while, Johnny rushed down to the watchtower and met up with the team of GCPD officers he had initially brought with him, but could never find any signs of Phantom Kid.
Tucker and the others said as well that they hadn’t seen Phantom Kid coming this way.
It wasn’t long before something even more confusing happened to him: no less than a thousand people gathered in the area one after another.
And more and more were coming over.
”What’s going on, sir?”
Tucker asked Johnny, at a loss for words.
”This might be…”
Johny had no idea why these Gotham folk were running to this place, and it was midnight now? What kind of person would visit a park at midnight?
On top of that, it wasn’t that long ago that they had been covered with tear gas, yet they still had the audacity to hang around. Shouldn’t normal people have already gone home?
It’s no wonder, after all, Johnny and Tucker, who were from thr UK, didn’t fully understand the daily life of Gotham residents.
What’s that, is it something scary?
We only know Scarecrow’s fear gas and someone’s (who no one dares to say his name) laughing gas …
Well, although these guys have been in Arkham Asylum for years, as a Gotham resident, it would be a shame to be irritated by such a scene.
”Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your willingness to come here!”
Suddenly, the spotlights on the observation tower lit on at the same time, instantly making the area around the tower as bright as day.
A white figure appeared at the top of the tower, his cloak was fluttering in the wind and his elegant and arrogant stance was clearly visible. The lights in the background added a sense of noblesse to this figure and mystery to his identity.
This man needs not to be introduced… that’s Phantom Kid!
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