1. Two trick-or-treaters walk down a street in Anytown, USA holding hands. One is dressed as Martian Manhunter, the other is Darkseid.
Caption: People say they want to be different.
Caption: They say they celebrate difference.
Caption: But it’s a lie.
2. A car speeds down the street coming from behind these two fun-loving characters.
Caption: Anything outside the norm is an aberration.
3. A young redneck leans out the window, his rat-tail flapping in the wind, a brick in his hand.
Caption: That’s how nature works.
4. The redneck has thrown the brick and we see it colliding with the back of “Martian Manhunter’s” head.
Caption: While people want you to believe that difference is what makes us individuals.
5. “Martian Manhunter” is on the ground, blood pooling out, “Darkseid” is reacting in horror.
6. “Darkseid” has removed his mask, it's still in his hands. He weeps openly.
Caption: Difference is actually what makes us a target.
Yep, I've gone for something very different here. I understand that but you have to understand it is still allowed in the thoughtballoons Rules, as set out at the thoughtballoons Summit of 2010, and also realise that this script still plays well into how I think of Martian Manhunter. People of the DCU and readers of our own existence don't flock to MM as they do to Superman purely because of a visual difference. Superman is hunky and buff and mullet-strong. MM has a bulging head like a cantaloupe left on high in the microwave too long. It's easier to idolise and want to be Superman because we are already so close to him. We're never going to be MM so why bother imagining...? It's sad because I think MM has the possibility to yield so many better stories, which was proved by the outpouring of scripts this week that all impressed me.
If only I'd been able to live up to them. Ha. Oh, and Jeff Lemire totally needs to draw this page.