Thursday, May 1, 2008

Mmmm this might not work

You know, I started doing the recaps in this really cool prose format.. but... looking at them now... The recaps for SupermanTLSOK issues 1 and 2 were nearly a page each, and they are some of the shortest Superman episodes ever... At this pace, the recap for Imperium 9 or Batman 27 would be five pages long. That's a bit silly. Not to mention the fact that I've still got to do 100 plus more of these.... Let's try something else...

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Issue 2 – Ally

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
Issue 2 – Ally

Later, the same day Metallo broke out from Stryker’s Island, the prison had a break in. Mercy Graves killed a guard, easily crushing his gun with a mysterious display of super strength. She then went to Metallo’s cell and made a deal with the robot. She would break him out if he would listen to a proposition from her employer. He, naturally, agreed.

Meanwhile, Lois and Clark’s date night was interrupted by an overheard news report of Metallo’s second break out of the day. Lois assured Clark that she would be waiting for him when he returned.

Superman arrived at the scene of the break out and was greeted with cold annoyance by the SCU’s leader, Lieutenant Lupe Leocadio. Lupe apologized for her abrupt response, saying she was only frazzled because of having to handle two break outs in a single day. She explained that the video footage only showed the camera panning away from Metallo’s cell before going dead, and that several guards were wounded, and one killed in a precise and professional way. “That’s not Metallo…” Superman pondered, “Metallo might kill if he had to, but he wouldn’t stop to break a neck… Especially ‘professionally’. I personally doubt he even knows what that word means.

“Someone else was here.. someone who broke him out.” Superman went about the area, scanning with x-ray vision for more clues. He didn’t have to look long.

In a hidden facility, Mercy presented Metallo to Luthor. The Billionare had a proposition for Metallo: Luthor had come into possession of Superman’s Kryptonian Battlesuit, which he would be willing to give to Metallo to use as his body in exchange for a favor. Metallo was interested, “Alright, Lexy-baby… I’m all ears.”

Clark called Lois to say he was still out looking for Metallo, with little luck. He told her that he had found one clue: the footprint of Mercy Graves hidden in debris. Before they could discuss what Mercy could possibly want with Metallo, the door to Lois and Clark’s apartment buzzed. Lois answered to reveal a surprise visit from Lana Lang, Clark’s childhood friend.

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton. Issue 1 - Enemy

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
Issue 1 – Enemy

Our story began with a normal day at the Daily Planet. Suddenly, Perry White interrupted the flirtations of reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane with news that Metallo had broken out of Stryker’s Island Penitentiary and was rampaging through Hobbs Bay. Clark excused himself, and Perry ordered Lois to take photographer Jimmy Olsen along to help cover the story.

After nearly getting caught sneaking into a broom closet by Ron White, Clark made the change into his Superman uniform and flew to Hobbs Bay. By the time he arrived, Cat Grant with WGBS was already covering the carnage, and the Metropolis Police Department’s Special Crimes Unit was already rescuing onlookers.

Superman confronted Metallo, demanding him surrender and finish things the easy way. Metallo answered by knocking Superman across the pier and into an oil tanker. “Enough,” Superman said, pulling himself from the wreckage, “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: do NOT endanger innocent people, EVER!” The Man of Steel tore into the Metallic Menace and made short work of pulling off parts of the body Metallo had absorbed to be his own, leaving only his head intact.

Metallo, as it turned out, did not have a plan of attack beyond drawing Superman into a fight, and Superman was able to turn his head over to the SCU to be returned to prison. Olsen and Lane arrived on the scene in time enough to get a statement and a few pictures (and get in a little continued flirting between Lois and Superman). “Jeez, for once I’m with Metal-Head. Why don’t those two just get a room?” Cat muttered to herself before realizing, “Oh, crap, are we on? Ahem… Emergency crews are on the scene, cleaning up after what appears on all accounts to be an act of random violence by the mechanical monster, Metallo.”

From his office, Lex Luthor listened to the news broadcast with disgust. He told his assistant, Mercy Graves, that he was tired of “two-bit meta human freaks” with no style or sense of planning. Instead, Luthor had a plan to use Metallo to finally prove to Metropolis that Superman was a fraud. “This time… I’ll break him…”

Movin' very slowly...

Yesterday I read through Superman 45 one last time to approve some changes Jeffrey was making to jive with events in Supergirl and Muzak.

In Radio format, we have a really unique situation in that if two shows release on the same day, we have the official stance that you listen to Superman first and Supergirl second. In the instance of what I worked on with Supes 45 and SG 17, some characters were appearing in both shows, but the events of the two episodes were exactly linear. It was 10 am at the same time in both shows, and 10 pm at the same time in both shows. But if something great happens to a character at 10 am, then something terrible happens at 10, it makes sense... but if something great happens to a character at 10 am in Supergirl, you're hearing it after you've heard the terrible thing that happened at 10 pm in Superman.

Were this a comic, I could just put a little editors note saying "This takes place before blahdidyblah in Superman 45" but since it's radio, I cant exactly do that. That's why I'm here, to read these things and say "Wait, This will be confusing to listeners, we need to set up something in Superman that says 'there was a conversation between these people that you havent heard yet because it happens in another episode' so that way, when you listen to Supergirl you can go "Ohh so that's what that character was referencing".

It's little things that nerds notice. That's why I'm here. For the nerds.

Then, this morning, I read through Supergirl 18 for Blinkie, which only had one little thing that needed tweeking to jive with the Superman show, but was otherwise good. I am really, REALLY enjoying Dragonblink's scripts. Like, I can't describe it.