Sunday, March 2, 2014
Lex Luthor - Powerless - J.D. Coughlan
Lex and Superman have both been transported to a deserted alien planet. Superman's powers do not work on this world. The two grudgingly work together. Several days have passed...
Panel 1: Wide panel. Superman and Lex sit around a campfire, tiny figures in the vast, barren landscape.
SUPERMAN: Dammit, Luthor, look around you!
SUPERMAN: There's no audience here. No one for you to pander to. No one to use or manipulate. No one to sweet talk or lie to.
Panel 2: Close on Lex. He stares casually into the fire, aloof, as if not even listening.
SUPERMAN (O.P.): So why don't you just come out and admit it?
Panel 3: Close on Superman. He is angrier than we've ever seen him, at the end of his reason after the past few days, close to losing it altogether.
SUPERMAN: Because here I am, no powers, vulnerable as anyone else, and you haven't tried to kill me once! And we both know why!
Panel 4: Two-shot of both men, either side of the fire. Superman leans forward, Luthor remains nonchalant.
SUPERMAN: You need me.
SUPERMAN: Without me -- without a perceived "enemy" to defeat -- you have no inspiration.
Panel 5: Close on Luthor. He changes expression to mild annoyance.
LUTHOR: (small) The arrogance...
LUTHOR: It is not enough to kill you.
Panel 6: Closer on Superman. He is in shock at Luthor's hubris, even now. He is almost depressed by it.
LUTHOR (O.P.): You must be defeated, in every sense of the word. Your followers disillusioned, your allies broken, your enemies jubilant, your every "good deed" undone and laid bare as the deceptions they were, and your true nature exposed...
Panel 7: Very close on Luthor. There is now much anger in his face, almost like Superman's before. But a tiny, tiny hint of sadness too.
LUTHOR: Only then will you know what it is to be powerless, not as you are now...
LUTHOR: ...but as I am every day.
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