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E.G.G Q&A: Episode 24
This Q&A Session contains full spoilers for E.G.G Episode 24: And a Side of Rice. If you have not read it, please click here to do so now!
When the time rolls around for E.G.G's yearly inspection, Josh personally requests the Wolfpack to do the job. Sharpshooter Justin Milan, tactician Tristan Trevino, and black ops, super spy, specialist Kyle Rice. Josh, who teamed up with them (accidentally) on a mission years ago, is super excited to be reunited with 'his team', but the guys don't even remember him. After a very awkward tour of the base, they end up in the Hall of E.G.G, where Rice and his team pull a double cross. E.G.G pursued and took down the Wolfpack, but when no one was looking, Agent Rice escaped.
“They’re here!” He shouted, rushing off and knocking Allyson to the ground. He rushed up to the elevator and brushed his shirt down. Eileen, Acacia and Harry gathered behind him. Then the elevator opened. Out came three guys in decorated S.H.I.E.L.D uniforms, with customized Wolfpack logos on their shoulders. Josh bounced up and down with excitement.
“That’s them guys!” He exclaimed. “The Wolfpack!” He pointed to the guy on the left. “That’s Justin Milan, quickest sharpshooter in the west! He once took down ten moving targets in under 3 seconds!”
“That’s pretty cool.” Eileen said.
“I know! The one on the right is Tristan Trevino. He’s the smartest tactician survivalist you’ll ever meet! I heard that he survived in the forest for a whole month with nothing but a plastic spoon!”
“I’m sure that’s a rumor…” Acacia said.
“And then him, in the middle, ooh boy, that’s Kyle Rice!”
“What’s he do?” Eileen asked.
“Everything! If I had a nickel for every ounce of awesomeness he has in one bone of his body, I’d be richer than Osborn over here!”
“Doubtful, but whatever.” Harry said.
“He does it all! Guns, sword fighting, hand to hand, espionage, stealth ops, black ops, you name it he’s done it!”
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So every organization has an A-Team, and the Wolfpack is S.H.I.E.L.D's. Together, Agents Rice, Trevino, and Milan make up the best of the best S.H.I.E.L.D has to offer! Howling Commandos aside of course, but they're more WWII heroes than S.H.I.E.L.D agents. Josh is not easy to impress, as seen by his standoff attitude with guys like Tony Stark and Harry Osborn. But Josh loves real heroes, and more so, to be one. So when he thinks that he's part of S.H.I.E.L.D's best and brightest, surely some embarrassing situations ensue.
The Wendigo Op
“Hey, Agent Rice!” Josh interrupted. “I’ve been practicing my moves! Wanna see!” He punched at Rice, who caught his punch, twisted his arm behind his back, and slammed Josh against the wall. Josh laughed. “Haven’t lost your touch! Man, reminds me of when we fought Wendigo! I kicked him, remember?”
“Then he threw you off a cliff.” Rice said, letting him go.
“Well, yeah, I know, but I kicked him first! If it wasn’t for that kick, you guys might not have beat him!”
“Yeah, I saw the whole fight from the bottom of the cliff. It was so cool! I also saw the transport get you guys. I mean, I’m not saying you had to come down and get me, but, you know, it was five hours freezing in the snow before I got picked up…”
“Oh, that’s right! You fell of the cliff.” Trevino said. “No wonder I thought you died. Had us all asking: when’d ya go!” The guys laughed and fist bumped. Josh laughed and held up his fist. They all looked at him, and he slowly lowered his fist.
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You all know Wendigo. Big, white, furry, ferocious. And yeah, I alluded to Maverick and Omega Red too. Weapon X! That'd be a cool mission to read about, huh? Who knows, maybe one day...
The Double Cross!
“And this is the Hall of E.G.G!” She said. “Where we keep everything we develop.”
“Excellent.” Rice said. He, Milan, Trevino pulled masks over their mouths. Josh looked back.
“Hey, what are you…” He began. Then Milan pulled the pin on a smoke canister. Josh’s eyes widened. “Down!” He shouted, but in vain. Milan threw it. Josh, Eileen and Acacia choked in the smoke, then fell to the ground.
“Grab what you can and let’s get out.” Rice said. Trevino and Milan raided the Hall of E.G.G, grabbing prototypes, weapons, all they could carry. Then they rushed out.
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Now shouldn't we all have seen this coming? No? Well, don't feel bad if you didn't, I mean, they are S.H.I.E.L.D's best! But seriously, how messed up is this? First they pretty much ignore Josh, then it turns out they're bad guys! And making their escape in a S.H.I.E.L.D flying car! But turning on E.G.G for money? Not the Wolfpack! There has to more to it! Right? Right!
He got away...
The three were approached by Commander Maria Hill.
“Nice job catching the Wolfpack.” She said to Josh. “We had no idea they’d gone rouge, but you can take comfort in the fact that they’ll be locked up for good.”
“Thank you Commander Hill.” Josh said.
“And you,” she said, pointing to Lightstream. “You need to register with S.H.I.E.L.D as an untrained hero…”
“Will you look at the time!” Lightstream said quickly, taking off. Josh sighed.
“She’s so dreamy, isn’t she?”
“Commander!” An agent shouted. Hill turned around.
“What is it?” She demanded.
“Agent Rice, he escaped!”
“What!” She, Josh and Acacia rushed over to the transport to see Milan and Trevino sitting bitterly, still cuffed, and two downed S.H.I.E.L.D agents. Hill slammed the transport with her fist. “Sweep the area!” She said.
“He’s gone Commander.” Josh said. “But don’t worry, if he shows his stupid face again, we’ll take care of him.”
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Rice got away to fight another day. Well, that's never good. Who knows when he'll resurface. And what he's capable of... And how about Maria Hill! All you non-Marvel fans better get to know her her, because she's kind of important.
See you tomorrow!
Remember after you read Episode 25, post comments and any questions you have so that I can answer them in the Q&A next Thursday, February 12!
Josh, Eileen and Acacia may be gone, but the Syndicate don't take a day off! It's time for a new group of heroes to shine! This adventure is like no other E.G.G ever read before! So read on, and discover the heroes of tomorrow, um, tomorrow! February 6!