I can scarcely believe what happened earlier tonight, Constant Readers. If you weren’t too busy at Comic-Con yesterday to check your Twitter feed, you know that I was approached by an anonymous source here in San Diego who claims to have been paid by Mason International to design a spandex superhero costume for a petite blonde woman. Naturally, we at the Flashlight assumed this costume was meant for the long-missing Sara Ward, the frontrunner for Mason International’s alleged superhero bodyguard position. Our informant, who shall remain nameless, did not cover his tracks very well, and we traced his IP address to a local San Diego company, Myriad Design. And unfortunately for him, we weren’t the only ones.
Our nameless informant, it seemed, shared our mistrust of Mason International, and was willing to hand off copies of this alleged concept art, but only to me, and only if I came alone. My stalwart companions RoboVamp2000 and RealJackBower were suspect of this arrangement, but something about my informant’s e-mails rang true.
We arranged a meet, and our informant was true to his word. The nervous man approached me in dark sunglasses and a black hoodie, and handed me a sealed envelope filled with the original hard copies of the sketches, as well as copies of his invoices to Mason International. I tried to press him for information, but he promptly took off. If he hadn’t, they probably would have gotten us both.
All of a sudden, a black SUV screeched to a halt in front of our fleeing informant. A half dozen goons (who I can only assume work for Mason International) jumped out of the vehicle and pulled him inside. Then they turned their attentions to me. I did not stick around long enough to get their license plate. Through pure dumb luck, I was able to lose myself in the Comic-Con crowds. Suffice it to say, after that, I got the hell out of San Diego in a hurry.
I suspect that that is the last we’ll see of our ill-fated informant. But we at the Flashlight will make sure that his sacrifice was not in vain. For starters, I thought I’d share with our loyal viewers the most majestic of his impressive sketches (see below). Even more intriguing is the name scrawled in the margin: “Mason Vixen.”