" Burn Kryptonian " , Starro responded to Powergirls charge by swiftly firing several energy blasts, though it was clear Starro was not yet in full control as Captain Atom's limbs were repeatedly jerking at the last moment.
The concentration to use Its hosts energies and maintain control was proving awkward, and try as it might, Starro could not force the body to create the Kryptonite energies it had been counting on. It instead readied itself for hand to hand.
Kara's first blow sent Starro across the city, to her horror just missing a building, she cursed herself for not thinking about where she was fighting, she had to find somewhere open, or hold It in place for her to render It unconscious.
She noted that under Starro's control Nathaniel was much slower to react, which gave her a considerable advantage. She moved in once more at speed, this time grasping him tightly with her legs around his waist, and proceeded to rain blow after blow on Starro.
The maneuver caught Starro of guard, though It could not fault her initial reasoning. Between each blow It gurgled;
" You're....counting...on his durability...surpassing mine... and preventing.... both my escape... and any...possibility of damage... to this city... clever...girl... "
Kara tried to drown out It's voice.
" But are you... willing to risk... killing this body.. to stop me ? "
Kara faltered for a moment, enough for Starro to force It's host body to begin fighting back. Captain Atom's fist knocked her away and down into the outskirts of the city.
As she lay in the dust it was clear to her that this wasn't working, she couldn't just brawl this threat away, she needed to remember Starro's weaknesses.
Powergirl finds herself facing the King of Tears entity once more, and as she sets about freeing herself she is really just getting a bit fed up.
The 'King of Tears' was an apparently soulless extra dimensional creature that had popped up to threaten the Justice Society and Powergirls own Allstars team on separate occasions, it tends to have no particular single form, though tentacles seem common.
This is the finished version of 'Powergirl Restrained' that i did a few months back and the third picture i've done to feature Kara vs some tentacled critter.
Kara's blow was more restrained than expected but the blow still hit with enough force to shatter Starro into icy powder. Nathaniel was carried by the force of the blow a comparatively short distance before he lay unconscious in the ground, the controlling tentacle that linked his body to Starro had fallen away from his mouth.
No doubt some of her fellows would have qualms about taking the life of Starro, but she weighed It's existence as she would any hostile animal threatening a loved one. In any case, she wasn't certain this was even the original Starro, a nagging feeling lurked that this was another of his blasted duplicates.
Concerned for Nathaniel's well being, Kara was quick to move to his side, his injuries from their combat looked minor but he seemed worryingly quiet. She knew better than to think that he might be seriously injured, she had seen him survive worse time and again. Though he might be in a bit of pain when he came round. She moved to lift him, and beamed when his eyes opened.
" I take it from the fact i can talk again that you beat him? " Nathaniels voice sounded tired, worn out from his mental fight against Starro's control, and his physical fight with Powergirl. " I told him he'd lose, you know, i'm damned tired of being used like some puppet "
" Shh, lets go Home before Atlee brings the whole Justice League to help " Kara replied, gently lifting Nathaniel into the air.
" I doubt i could live this down " he felt embarrassed at being carried in this way, but his limbs felt damned heavy.
" What ? the big male hero being saved by little old me after he had played tonsil hockey with an alien squid ? " Kara inquired playfully.
The conversation was broken by the joyous call of " KARA! " as Atlee and surprisingly Maxima, approached.
Nathaniel managed to force his palm to his face, and yet he had to admit a little embarrassment was probably worth the price of being freed from Starro. Especially before he had done any real harm.
She was far more powerful than any woman he had encountered before. As a result the fight had been hard and drawn out but fortunately his servant was also above average and the eventual victory was all the more sweet. Now as his follower with the strange tentacles brought him in close Jack couldn't wait for his edge to cut into her, it had been too long since his last...