Friday, November 16, 2012
The President of the United States - The Man Behind the Man - J.D. Coughlan
SET-UP: In a parallel universe, where Lex Luthor's presidency resulted in his dictator-like takeover of America, Lois Lane, freedom fighter, is captured and taken to Luthor.
Panel 1: Lois, hands shackled behind her back, is being put on her knees by Metallo and Parasite. She is angry, looking up at an off-panel Luthor.
LOIS: You've destroyed everything this country stood for, Luthor.
Panel 2: Luthor now in view, nonchalant, gesturing to Parasite and Metallo to stand back. There are a few bodyguards and officials in the background too. Lois continues her rant.
LOIS: Your old pals get cushy jobs while our former heroes are killed, unjustly imprisoned, or hunted like criminals.
Panel 3: Parasite and Metallo are now standing far back (out of panel if necessary) and Luthor is approaching Lois.
LOIS: Gotham is a wasteland, Keystone City is a crime empire, Star City is a police state...
Panel 4: Luthor bending down to eye-level with Lois, putting a hand on her shoulder. He is smug.
LUTHOR: Lois, Lois, Lois...
Panel 5: Same as Panel 4, even Luthor's smug expression.
LUTHOR: (small) Help me.
Panel 6: Same as before, but now Luthor is giving Lois a serious "You heard me right" expression.
LUTHOR: You know I've always had this country's best interests at heart.
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