Phantom Kid in the World of American Comics - Chapter 61
”Director, a suspected superpowered presence has been spotted in Gotham.”
There is a complex in New York that looks like a trident, called the Trigon Wing Building. It is the headquarters of the Homeland Strategic Defense Attack and Logistics Protection Agency, or also known as the legendary S.H.I.E.L.D.
On this day, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s deputy director Maria Hill walked into the director’s office with a document.
Pushing the door open, one could see across the desk a black egghead wearing a black shiny windbreaker.
And an air conditioner that was turned up loudly …
”Tell me the details, Hill.”
Nick Fury turned around and sat down at his desk, revealing his eyepatch, unsmiling.
Hill put the document on the table and started explaining in a serious tone.
”Recently, a thief who calls himself Phantom Kid had been operating in Gotham, specializing in stealing using brilliant magic tricks and disguises. The gems he steals are either returned to their original owners or donated.”
”A thief? We don’t need to take care of this kind of trivial matter. Let’s just talk about more important matters. Our time is valuable to be wasted.”
Agent Hill nodded and placed her hand on the surface of the desk, and a circle lit up with Hill’s palm as its center.
The lights in the director’s office automatically dimmed a bit.
Then a thin light green light shot down from the ceiling, sweeping from the top of the information.
Then, a holographic screen appeared in front of the two of them.
The screen played the video of the other day, it was Phantom Kid and Batman fighting!
In fact, the scene of the battle between Mathison and Batman was not captured. After all, the TV station’s helicopter was far from the watchtower, as a result, the angle of view was very poor. Only a few pictures are considered a bit clearer.
However, these pictures, coupled with the remarks of many witnesses at the time, are enough for S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s supercomputer to simulate the scene. In terms of intelligence, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s supercomputer is indeed not as good as Jarvis, but also not too far behind.
Under Hill’s fast-forward, the screen happened to stay at the moment when Phantom Kid summoned a wall of fire and then disappeared in the flash of red lights.
”Director, the current consensus between the CIA and the FBI is that the sudden appearance of the wall of fire is some kind of unknown chemical reaction, and the red light can be achieved by flashbulbs … but I don’t think it’s that simple.”
Hill was talking about Phantom Kid, but Fury’s gaze remained on Batman’s body.
”Bruce, he actually still goes out …”
If we were to find a person with the most secrets on Earth, it would be Nick Fury. There are few things in the world that he does not know. And obviously, the matter of Batman being Bruce Wayne is not one of them.
Likewise, he knows very well the events of eight years ago. Although that storm only affected Gotham, the madness and terror of that person(The Joker) caused even Fury, who is known as the king of agents, to have palpitations.
He once thought that the loss of Rachel would condemn Bruce depressed for life, but never did he expect that today Batman will show himself back.
”If he is willing to join the Avengers program …”
”Director, I think that the last ability displayed by Phantom Kid is likely to be his superpower.”
Agent Hill did not know what was going through her director’s head and continued to voice his judgment.
”We should do a risk assessment on it, just …”
At that, Fury instantly returned to his senses. He used a brain-strengthening potion, so he heard everything Hill said just now, including the action against Phantom Kid.
”Well, let Coulson get in touch with this ‘Phantom Kid.’”
Fury said rather naturally and smoothly.
”Uh … Director. Coulson was sent by you to New Mexico just a short time ago.”
Hill reminded him.
”… Then let Ward go.”
Fury only took a split of a second to name the next candidate
”Agent Ward has just come back from a mission, but he indeed is a good candidate. Only that… director, we do not know the real identity of Phantom Kid yet.”
Agent Hill was a little ashamed, this was the first time she hadn’t been able to find out someone behind their mask.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has the world’s most advanced and comprehensive surveillance system and database. They can control any monitor on Earth at any time, including satellites, theoretically, no one’s whereabouts can be hidden from S.H.I.E.L.D.
However, when Hill tried to find out the true identity of Kid through Gotham’s surveillance system and satellites.
Not because the surveillance did not capture Phantom Kid.
On the contrary, it was that too much was captured.
From Kid’s first offense, his track of action can be traced from being Sheriff Aaron in disguise to later being stopped by Catwoman.
But then, Kid’s series of operations looked silly and absurd to Hill.
He sometimes appeared in the surveillance camera on purpose, and then changed from a civilian to another, many times, and then suddenly rushed into the blind spot of the surveillance camera. Even so, with the agent’s experience, Hill can also speculate on Kid’s movements.
However, Kid like to get into the pile of people at such times to change again. At the same time, at the same place, she would actually suspect more than a hundred people of being Kid.
Eventually, she would inexplicably lose the suspect.
All of the faces of Phantom Kid exposed in front of the cameras were gathered by Hill. And after comparing them one by one, she found that these people actually exist in the world and that all of them were Gotham residents.
A few are still world-famous stars.
In short, none of them is his original face.
After listening to Hill’s instructions, Fury’s face was gloomy, only people who knew him so well could tell that his face changed.
He immediately understood the real threat of Phantom Kid.
This unscientific disguise technology of Phantom Kid, if applied to the spy invasion, will cause great damage to whatever country Kid lands a hand on.
No country could stop this man’s infiltration, and even the president of a country would never be suspected when Kid disguises as him.
In comparison, the suspected magic superpower seems rather insignificant.
And so, to maintain world peace, Fury naturally can not let such people roam outside free and clear; Phantom Kid must be mastered under the control of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
At the very least, they should find a way to counterattack his disguise ability.
”Hill! From now on, classify Phantom Kid as a S.H.I.E.L.D. level 7 file, and monitor his next action at all times!”
”Any news from Coulson’s side?”
After a while, Fury suddenly asked.
”He said that the hammer that fell from the sky seemed to have some kind of unknown magnetic field, and it had so much mass that no matter what method was used, the hammer wouldn’t move.”
Agent Hill replied.
”By the way, he also mentioned that a man broke into the test camp last night and tried to pull up the hammer but failed. The man also claimed to be … Thor, the god of thunder.”
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