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Lex stares out the window at the Metropolis skyline, running the battle with the Amazo units again through his mind. In another lifetime, he would have felt immensely satisfied with the results, but he's at a different place right now, and his current plans don't involve antagonizing the Kryptonians unless it's necessary.

With the defeat of the Amazos, his armor had reverted to its true form ... damaged, but salvageable. Clearly, its mastery over Firestorm's powers isn't total. Indeed, while their power levels were commensurate with the original heroes, its ability to utilize those abilities was sub par.

"But that design," he thinks to himself. "They've changed. This is no longer solely Ivo's work."

His muscles tense as he thinks. The news of Supergirl's injury spread quickly, and Superman and the Justice League retreated to deal with the situation, leaving him to pick up the pieces. Never mind that it was effectively his work that defeated two of them. No, that would be giving the "supervillain" too much credit. Bah.

But he hadn't meant for Supergirl to be injured. That Storm Door was designed for him to remain safe in the satellite while the Kryptonian squashed himself against it. Lex can't help but realize that if he had been in Supergirl's place, he'd be dead. So was there a design flaw? Stormwatch technology was hard to come by, but he had managed to duplicate it entirely. Was Superman that much more powerful than John Cumberland was? He'd accounted for that. That leaves the Amazo itself. Somehow, it's new arrangement had interfered with the field, with both being destroyed. It wasn't a matter strictly of power. It was some X factor about the android itself. Something he didn't know.

He thinks about Supergirl, and is almost saddened at the thought.

"I didn't mean to hurt her," he says aloud, barely audible. No matter, though. He knows they'll come for him soon. If only to bluster and threaten.

Date: 2016-12-28 09:49 pm (UTC)
metropolismarvel: (Frown)
From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
Its just like old times. Soft music, mood lighting, a bright red "S" outside your window.

Superman's waiting, arms crossed.

He is not actually walking THROUGH the window which may be a good sign.

Date: 2016-12-30 11:47 pm (UTC)
metropolismarvel: (Frown)
From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
Arms crossed, curt frown, set jawline. He's not punching you through the building which is probably a plus.

"Alive." Superman says, clearly holding back emotion as he hovers in. It may occur to you that he could have been listening for a while before making his presence known. "Blue Beetle stabilized her quickly, fortunately."

The Kryptonian doesn't bother touching the ground, hovering a few inches above it. "It occurs to me." After a long moment, "If you'd used that thing for its original purpose, you'd be dead."

Date: 2016-12-31 02:34 pm (UTC)
metropolismarvel: (Above)
From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
"I'd still like a word about where you got that technology. Isn't your style. Not enough green hexagons." Superman mutters, holding his chin in between his thumb and pointer finger as he thinks.

"Reality has changed, Luthor. This isn't the first time, you just...weren't along for the ride for once." There's a flash of something in the alien's eyes before Superman returns to cold professionalism. "The League is still charting the full effects of the latest incident. I got some readings, but the machine was doing something to resist my deepest scans. Maybe messing around with Atom tech."

"Had magic, too, which was new. Usually had to fake that. The 'we' bothers me."

Date: 2017-01-02 10:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
Clark takes the water; he scans it out of habit but figures if Luthor's going to backslide it's going to involve a much larger stage than a conversation in his office.

Probably a big city sized battleship shaped like his face.So Superman listens, frowning a bit at the similarities. Its like someone's deconstructing his life; not entirely out of Superman's experience with alternate earths, but always a bit unpleasant.

The 'lets REALLY fix the planet' motivation reminds him of the coldly cynical Manchester Black and his thuggish Elite. They thought they should rule instead of protect too.

"And you say this happened here? Not on an alternate earth that merged with the timeline?" Superman asks, after a long moment.

Date: 2017-01-05 09:47 pm (UTC)
metropolismarvel: (Frown)
From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
Clark crosses his arms, remembering his own ominous words with Mister Oz, who claimed that he was a native of this dimension after all.

And more positively, his encounter with the Swamp Thing, which led him to accept that like it or not, he WAS the Superman of this world. As much as he'd like to bring back the dead...

"The details can be important in situations like this, Lex. It could be a hint of an invasion-maybe Ultraman's crew's finally learned subtly." Superman theorizes, taking a long look at the book. Stormwatch, weren't those the people who messed with J'onn's head? "Either way, it sounds like a path worth investigating if we want to get to the bottom of this. At the very least, the Amazo robots'll be interested in an 'alternate justice league' to crib more powers off of."

Date: 2017-01-09 10:19 pm (UTC)
metropolismarvel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
Enough that the good Supermen of the multiverse were starting a little project to handle such incidents, but even if Superman's decided Lex wasn't involved, he's not trusting a Luthor with the terrible secret of the Superman Squad.

After all, one of the harrowing things he learned in his extraplanar adventures was that as many forms as Superman took, Lex Luthor always remained horrifically...consistent. Luthor is always Luthor.

"The League's looking. I'm going to get back on the trail myself, soon, though I do want to know more about this...Stormwatch group that thinks they know me so well. Cumberland, I guess."

Date: 2017-01-11 10:35 pm (UTC)
metropolismarvel: (Bulletproof)
From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
"Actually." Superman says, raising an eyebrow, "I was going to ask if you wanted to help with that. I figure you have some skin in the game, since the secret anti-Superman satellite you went to so much trouble to...acquire was a bust."

"Shanghai seems like a place to start, if you're interested."

Date: 2017-01-17 01:30 pm (UTC)
metropolismarvel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] metropolismarvel
"Not kill." Superman says, and that's true, at least not on purpose; he's imagined a few scenarios where Luthor's death is his fault, to be sure. They usually involve evil Superman-hating planets and portable black holes gone out of control. "Rough up a little, sure."

He chuckles a bit. Ugh, China, hopefully the Great Ten won't be on their asses. Still, common ground is a start. Superman offers a hand, to seal the deal.


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