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Justice Guard

Caption: In unhappier times (the cover shot for The Justice Guard’s first major piece in The Daily Notice)
Left To Right: Dynamo, Fix, Gold Hawk, Queen Eagle, The Watchman, Blackstar, Mr Mass, Star-Girl

Exclusive excerpt from “The Miracle Men: The Superheroes Of Metro City” by Walker Leighton (Daily Notice Super-humans Correspondent)

Chapter 7- Justice Guard

Like many people, when I first heard that The Watchman was putting together a superhero team to operate in the Metro City area, I thought ‘Why?’. Metro City already has The Protectors, and with public interest in lower league heroes waining at this point, many dismissed it as a publicity stunt to try and get the press interested in them again. To the contrary, the battle with Negadroid’s cyborg army proved the doubters very wrong indeed, The Justice Guard works. So when I was invited to catalogue their adventures and the behind the scenes action in the team for the Daily Notice, I leapt at the chance.
When I first met the team, I grew to like them immediately. Dynamo is just like you expect him to be if you have ever seen him in action, quick witted, sharp and very funny to be around, the joker of the group. The Watchman, who can come across as surly and uncommunicative in the media, I found to be an essentially warm character, if not as talkative as the others, a man of mystery type they would have said in the old days. Gold Hawk, currently the only ‘out’ male superhero as far as I am aware, is very calm and measured in his words and actions, courteous and considerate, in contrast to his brash, boisterous sister, Queen Eagle, who had a tendency to trying to make herself centre of attention. Not that she didn’t have her good points. She was very friendly and the most willing to go out of her way to help you, even dropping me off at home when my car was stolen once (hopefully that will be the last time I fly without a plane, I don’t know how they do it). Mr Mass is very intelligent and a good conversationalist, whilst Blackstar was highly charming and very eloquent, with a habit of quoting Shakespeare and numerous political theorists in conversation. Star-Girl, the youngest of the group being barely into her twenties, is much more shy than her former publicist (and father) would have liked you to believe, but she is very polite and pleasant, and stunningly beautiful, even under the mask.
However, this leads me inevitably to the black-sheep, the rotten fruit of the bunch, a ‘hero’ by the name of Fix. A hulking brute of a man, he was a ‘superhero’ in the old fashioned sense of the word, a costumed adventurer with super strength who got his kicks from going out a pummelling thugs. I don’t quite know how he ended up in this company, but one suspects he was not invited. This could be plainly seen from his team-mates reactions to his every action, all of which seemed to cause offence, and my numerous interviews with the man, who seemed most eager to talk to me, though I wish he hadn’t. Racist, sexist and homophobic, the man was more like your stereotypical villain than the chisel jawed paragon of virtue that is a superhero. Across the year I followed the team, Fix all but pushed Blackstar (whom he described as a ‘n****r’ and a ‘black S.O.B’) out of the team and could frequently be heard referring to Gold Hawk as a ‘f*g’.
There would be huge in-team fights during this time, more often than not with Fix at the centre. Mr Mass would shrink away from such confrontations (often literally), whilst Dynamo would try to act as peacekeeper, often with little success. Gold Hawk would try his hardest not to react, no matter how hard Fix would try to antagonise him. But Watchman. Fix knew all of his buttons and pushed all of them frequently. Many times I would enter the lounge at their HQ the next day to discover Mr Mass and Dynamo fixing broken furniture at a molecular level.
The only person Fix didn’t ever try to fight with, apart from me thank god, was Queen Eagle. Personally, I think he was secretly scared of her, and who wouldn’t be. She was a formidable fighter and equal to Fix in both physical strength and the ability to dish out verbal abuse.
Fix was eventually forcibly ejected from the team by The Watchman about eight months into my time with them, after he was caught making some less than savoury advances upon Star-Girl, a girl at least fifteen years his junior. After that he disappeared. It transpired that not one of his ex-team-mates had ever known his civilian identity, something probably for the best.
After Fix’s departure, the team became more cheerful again, reinstating Blackstar and finally bringing to justice The Watchman’s arch-nemisis, NightStalker. However, nearing the end of my tenure, the horizon darkened again.

Next: Tragedy Strikes- The countdown to armageddon (Only in tomorrows Daily Notice).