Cosmic Treasure Hunt: The Director's Cut #1
Written by Mark
Rosendorf and Alex Soto,
Edited by Alex Soto
Cosmic Treasure Hunt
The Director's Cut
Disclaimer: The following characters
belong to Marvel Comics and DC comics. No profit is being solicited for this
Author’s comments: The following
story is what the authors sort of expected from the Marvel vs DC crossover that
took place a couple of years ago. A lot of characters have changed since then.
This story is intended as entertainment reading of some of our favorite
characters. Please enjoy.
Though I am no longer in contact with the original co-author of this piece, I humbly hope that were he to read my Director’s Cut changes and additions, that he might be proud at the improvement over a piece that we both agreed to and loved creating.
--Alex Soto (Mystic)
<Part I -
The sky glowed with a purple haze as the distant suns began
setting. Amidst the desolated planet, in an uncharted region of space, a lone
creature walked, seemingly craving the isolation. A faint glow emerged from the
haze, glowing brighter at every passing second. The small comet-like light
streaked across the sky with a reddish-orange glow as it entered the thin
atmosphere of the barren planet. As if it was preordained, the light rattled
into the ground with a slight impact at the feet of a stranger. Dust arose from
the ground as the falling object buried itself through the soft, untouched soil.
A purple colored nebula filled the sky as the darkness engulfed the planet.
Moments passed as the shadowed creature stared at the piece
below. A soft wind slowly blew off the dust in the small hole about six inches
wide. The light gravity caused the dust to begin to settle as the small
particles floated softly to the ground. A small, oval gem glowing an eerie red,
The five moons indigenous to the planet began to appear on the
horizon, brightening the sky with their rays of light. The shadows vanished as
Judus Traveler emerged from his thoughts and stepped forward. A smile crept on
his face as he picked up the gem.
"This will work
well indeed," were the words he uttered as the rapidly moving moons reach
their apogee. A brilliant flash engulfed the humanoid as the planet reveled in
its own illumination. The flash faded. And with it, the only life essence ever to visit the planet
A flicker in a
distant world initiates an incontinence of events.
Judus Traveler stood atop a large cliff. As his sandal covered
feet rustled through the grass, his eyes stared upon a sunrise forming over the
forest of trees beneath him. He held up his right fist approximately four inches
from his face and looked upon the Infinity Gem that rested inside.
"What you prepare to do, Judus,"
Scrier's voice came from behind as he approached his leader, "would drain
much of your energies and could bring you trouble that even you would not be
able to overcome in the near future."
"You sound as if you don't want me to go
through with this," Traveler responded, his eyes never leaving the sunrise.
"You are my advisor, Scrier, whose opinion I value deeply. But you are just
an advisor and my mind is made up."
"But, Judus, the risks..."
"I realize the risks of my actions," Traveler answered, "but is it not always my destiny to take such bold risks and overcome them? After all, am I not Judus Traveler?"
of silence proceeded as both men watched the sunrise. Scrier broke the silence,
"What do you hope to gain from this?"
Traveler's eyes turned towards the pale face of
his advisor, "Understanding. Revelations on a confusing subject, the way
man thinks. What will motivate some while distracting others?
What will lead one to overcome others with the same or similar gifts?
There is much to be learned by these heroes, Scrier."
"There are some on your list that most would
not call 'hero', Judus," Scrier interjected.
"I have been called both hero, villain,
neither and both on many different occasions Scrier. I will not classify that
title on any of the combatants, not for something this important. In truth, each
of them has or is a hero in his own way."
"Then at least follow my advice and contact
Chaos and Order. Their approval of your contest could negate many repercussions
in the future and you may get away with this."
"Get Chaos and Order to sponsor me?"
Traveler laughed. "And how would you suggest I convince them to do
"Can anyone but you find the appropriate
words for such a task?" Scrier responded answering the question with a
"No Scrier," Traveler held his arms out
as he looked up and glowed a yellow aura. "I am Judus Traveler, a man who
has walked the universe for many a time. I have seen more, experienced more and
survived more than most have. If anyone could do it, it is I."
Scrier watched as his leader glided off the cliff
towards the glow of the sun.
The following takes place before New Gods #12 - M&M]
Thirty seconds before war. One
thousand parademons prepared for a boom tube to open and take them to New
Genesis where their jobs were simply to cause chaos and destroy. Above, Darkseid
and his twenty best parademons stood readily to enter a second boom tube.
Master," Desaad, standing next to Darkseid pleaded, "Let the
parademons rampage on New Genesis just a little longer than you are planning.
Let them start fires, destroy buildings and..."
Darkseid yelled as he threatened to backhand his flinching lackey. "My
parademons' attack on the people of New Genesis is not for your twisted views of
amusement of pain and suffering. It is to serve
as a distraction long enough for Highfather to send his greatest warriors to
defend his people, thereby leaving the Garden of Tranquillity vulnerable for us,
on this platform, to invade and conquer!"
"But Master," Desaad begged as he looked up and
realized that his master was no longer standing beside him. An alarmed visage
contorted Desaad's face as well as the many parademons who had just seen their
master disappear right in front of their eyes with no noticeable explanation.
[Note: This takes place before R.E.B.E.L.S. #16 - M&M]
"Well, we need the supplies if we’re going to continue
our war with L.E.G.I.O.N.," Dox explained to Phase as he piloted the ship
from the captain's chair. His tentacles firmly attached to his forehead pores
allowed him control of the ship. "And this planet is the most convenient
place to get them."
"But, right here at L.E.G.I.O.N.'s home base Dox???
Have you lost your mind?" Phase yelled at him as she paced about
"It's certainly the last place they would be looking for
us," Dox rationalized, calmly and in control.
"Besides, we'll just have Borb teleport in along with Strata right
into the weapons' room. Assuming it's still in the same place as when I ran the
place, we’ll gather what we need and teleport out before anyone knows that we
"Before what Dox? Dox???"
Having not yet locked the ship in geosynchronous orbit, Phase turned from
the screen only to realize that the captain's chair was now empty. "Oh my god!!" Phase yelled as she rushed toward the
seat in order to pilot the ship.
Meanwhile, down on the planet, in L.E.G.I.O.N.'s home base,
2nd in command, Darkstar rushed into the main control room, pushing a guard
aside and initiating a priority-1 alert.
"This must be
those R.E.B.E.L.'s doing. I don't know how but it must be," she muttered
under her breath.
One guard mustered up
the courage to ask, "What happened, Ma'am?"
Lyrl Dox, has disappeared right in front of my eyes."
lab; the last time I was here I was seeking advice. A supreme being needing
advice..." The irony of his thoughts almost caused a smile to appear on
Adam Warlock's face. "Of course that
was...two incarnations ago."
He strode across the
stairs descending toward the basement, carefully not allowing his staff to hit
each step. The stairs lead to an opening and Warlock contemplated a huge
underground scientific palace Thanos had apparently built for himself. His
experienced eye told him the lab must have been several miles long at least.
"Who would have
thought a simple little farm could conceal so much?" he finally said out
"Ahhh. But is it not usually the seemingly smaller things
which are of greater value?" replied Thanos. Realizing Warlock already knew
of his presence, he stepped away from the shadows behind the staircase,
observing the golden warrior. His long red cape hid his strength and physique
while his staff stealthily hid his agility and speed.
Thanos, a dangerous and cunning nihilist, was equally observed
by his old ally Adam Warlock. He was the mighty Titan known throughout the
universe for destruction and evil. His might and strength were second to none.
His presence commanded fear from even the most powerful of creatures, yet
Warlock was in a different class.
"Why have you
summoned me?" Warlock asked, his face betraying no perceivable facial
"I have found
something I thought might interest you." Thanos walked over to a control
panel with enough instrumentation to dazzle even the most indifferent. "I
trust you recall this receding energy pattern?" A thin large monitor rose
form the surface of the control panel as he took off a scanner from his belt and
connected it to the instrumentation jacks on the side of the monitor.
A quick glance from
Warlock indicated he did as he nodded to the Titan.
"It was recently recorded by my inter-spatial
scanner," Thanos replied somberly.
"That would mean
they were used in unison recently," Warlock's curiosity peaked.
"Not only that, but observe the energy dissipation
Warlock stepped in closer, now more confident of the Titan and
his intentions. "The Infinity gems seem to have a mathematical irrational
element. What has happened?"
"I have a couple of theories," he replied as he
placed his scanner back on his belt. "None are good."
Continued in Cosmic Treasure Hunt #2
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