Saturday, September 17, 2011

Aztek – Means, Motive, and Opportunity – MK Stangeland Jr.

(5 Panels)

AZTEK has just discovered that LEX LUTHOR is the primary means of funding behind the Q Society, isn’t too happy about it, and decides to go visit LEX himself.

PANEL 1: LEX LUTHOR is standing near a waiting Limo, and he looks particularly annoyed. UNO, AZTEK’s alter-ego, is currently standing between LEX and his limo. LEX’s aids, including the chauffeur and a bodyguard, stand nearby with their weapons drawn but not pointed at UNO, as LEX is waving for them to stand down.

LEX: Can we make this quick please, Uno? I’m a very busy man.

UNO: You know who I am?

LEX: Of course I do. But if you’re here, you already know that, don’t you?

PANEL 2: UNO stands face to face with LEX LUTHOR. LEX is completely calm and has his arms crossed in front of him.

LEX: So what’s so urgent that you had to come all the way down here without your magnificent costume or even so much as the courtesy to call ahead?

PANEL 3: UNO is pointing at LEX. LEX looks down at UNO’s finger rather than looking back at UNO, as his body language says he’s heavily disappointed in what he interprets to be UNO’s ‘childish’ behavior.

UNO: I want to know what your motivation is.

LEX: For what?

UNO: For funding the Q Society and making me who I am.

PANEL 4: LEX gently moves UNO’s finger to the side. He uses his free hand to lightly ‘dust off’ the portion of his suit that UNO was pointing at.

LEX (1): My “motivation”, as you put it, is to save the world.

LEX (2): In case you weren’t aware, we are on the same team.

PANEL 5: LEX begins to circle around UNO as he tried to get to his LIMO.

UNO: Forgive me if I don’t believe you.

LEX (1): That’s your problem, Uno.

LEX (2): Question my methods if you like, but please don’t insult me by questioning my motives.



  1. Hmm, I really like this. It makes sense for Lex - to me, at least. Deep down, he does want to do good - if only that Superman would stay out of his way and let it happen.

    An interesting take on the character and a very static page that works well for the measured dialogue.

  2. Good character work with some nice snappy dialogue. A bit more down to earth than some of the other efforts and better for it.

  3. I like the fact that you have gone with a dialogue/character piece, MK. Lex certainly rings true. I'm unsure if Uno does, as I have never read him before.


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