STRANGE TALES OF THE AMALGAM KNIGHTS #1

Elmond, California, United States of America

"Meanwhile, youth gang violence continues its rapid increase across the nation. Police are baffled by the ferocity of the current escalation of violence which began three months ago. Analysts say - " *click*

Tandy reached across the beach towel and turned off the radio. She curled her knees up to her chest, rested her chin on her knees and looked at Hank, who was laying out next to her. "What are we going to do?"

Hank sighed. "I wish I knew. I don't know what we else we can do here in Elmond - we've been killing ourselves these past several weeks. And it's happening all across the country. I think even the Judgement League is stymied. Where are all these weapons coming from? What's spurring the violence on?"

She nodded glumly. "Well, this weekend seems to be a hiatus in the violence for some reason. So right now, I'm going to enjoy the sun." She stretched out, slipping her sunglasses down over her eyes.

He nodded. "That's an excellent idea. I think I'm going to scuba for a bit. I can't just sit here." He grabbed his mask and headed out to the beach.

He dived into the warm water, letting it envelop him. His body wasn't damaged by his activities as Hawk, but he could still feel the emotional strain. They both needed this time off to recoup.

He swam deeper, exploring the tidal reef, wondering at the colors. The water was cloudy this time of year, so long-distance visibility wasn't at its best. It was a surprise when he came across the massive, blood-red colored, saurian head. It turned to notice him, enormous teeth bared ...

He bolted upwards, swimming desperately, hoping to prompt the change. "Hawk!" he cried out as he broke the surface. Tandy leapt up, murmuring her own alter-ego's name as she underwent a similar transformation.

She ran towards the shoreline. "Hawk, what happened?"

He shook his head, "Criminey, you'll think I'm losing my mind. I swear a saw a dinosaur down there."

Her question was broken off as she saw the woman wearing diving gear exit the surf. She plod over to them, removing her diving mask. She had Hollywood actress features and long blonde hair. "It's Hawk and Dagger, isn't it? My name's Judy Walton. I'm sorry my ... ah ... raft may have startled you. It has an unusual design."

Hawk narrowed his eyes. "So you know who we are? What do you want?"

She said, "I suspect I'm investigating the same thing you have been. I actually found an arms cache hidden off Elmond coast, that's what brought me to town. I was dealing with it when - " her sentence was broken off by an explosion coming from the water. She turned around calmly, as Hawk & Dagger went into a battle formation. She smiled at them, "They have been dealt with."

Dagger scowled at her. "Don't play games with us. If you have information about what's been going on in Elmond and the rest of the country, we want it."

The woman nodded, "That's fair. I hadn't wanted to involve outsiders, but I guess you have a right to know. The source of these arms is a criminal cadre headed by someone known only as the 'Fat Man.' He's headquartered in Istanbul, which is where I'm going next."