Location: New York City, United States - Day of Crisis
Issue #1.09: Crisis Averted/ Crisis Event Epilogue
As it turned out Supergirl actually didn’t need to dispose of all the bombs as before she could smash the last obelisks someone had managed to shut them down. It was quite the relief after the initial panic of not being able to hear that humming anymore but while the attack itself was thwarted and thankfully none of the bombs went off, there was a LOT of cleanup to do. There were plenty of hurt and trapped people to rescue, especially around the remains of the Empire State Building.
When Supergirl had first seen the destruction her first thought was that one of the bombs had been inside the building, but a quick look revealed that it was no explosion that had toppled the skyscraper but blunt force. While she helped with the extraction of survivors she found herself listening to reporters and citizens, which revealed the astounding truth that it was the fight between Wonder Woman and Stryfe that brought the impressive tower to the ground.
Wonder Woman was an absolute legend, heck Kara even idolized her quite a bit, so to hear that her hero had helped cause such a massive amount of collateral damage was quite a shock. Kara was certain that Stryfe had been the one to orchestrate the disaster but no matter how much she wanted to defend her, the fact was that through her actions, many innocent civilians had lost their lives in the process of subduing the villain. It was a very grim reminder to Kara just how much damage someone with excessive amounts of strength could cause, if she wasn’t careful, Supergirl could just as easily cause such a similar disaster.
During her recovery efforts Kara found herself ambushed by several reporters, who of course had some very hard questions for her.
“Supergirl, thank you so much for your efforts to save as many lives as possible.”“Of course, it’s really the least I can do.”“Now if you had been the one to fight the Metahuman Supremacy Front leader Stryfe, could you have prevented this tragedy from occurring?”
Supergirl couldn’t help but flinch a little at the question, these reporters certainly didn’t hold back with their questions. Supergirl tried desperately to think of a way to answer without making Wonder Woman look bad but, well her experience with the press was still a bit underdeveloped. Supergirl thought for a second longer before responding as best she could.“So, I can’t say one way or the other as it completely depends on the context of the fight so I don’t know if I could have prevented it. The one thing I can say is that I always try to put people’s lives before whomping the bad guy. That’s why I was out there trying to dispose of all the bombs out there rather than fighting for the most part. Errr…anyway I need to concentrate on rescuing everyone possible, so talk to ya later!”
Not wanted to potentially make anything worst Supergirl flew away to the next area of rubble to continue the search.“I hope you knew what you were doing Wonder Woman.”
Kara whispered to herself as she located another survivor.
Galaxy Communications App
The G. Gordon Godfrey Show
Gordon Godfrey: Oh boy folks were the events of last week ever a doozy! Now everyone who watches my show knows I can get riled up by a lot of things but it when I get absolutely livid, you know there is a good reason for it.
*Background screen shows photos and video shots from the events in Star City and New York City. Mayhem and pandemonium are at the forefront of the screen*
Gordon Godfrey: As everyone knows by now an absolutely terrible terrorist attack by the MSF, or as they like to say the Metahuman Supremacy Front occurred not a week ago taking countless lives in the process. The extreme methods of these barbarians will take months to recover from but surprisingly, the biggest single piece of damage was not done by these madmen but by one of those fighting to stop them. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am of course talking about hero that so many have idolized throughout the years; that person of unparalleled strength and power, Wonder Woman.
*A video shows the collapse of the Empire State Building that occurred because of the battle between Wonder Woman and Stryfe*
G. Gordon Godfrey: You know I remember quite clearly the day the Twin Towers fell but we all know the reason for that, God-fearing Muslim Terrorists, that’s what! But was this the MSF’s fault? No! This was because a super-powered individual thought that knocking around some fellow in a tin can suit was more important than preventing civilian casualties. How many more tragedies do you think can happen if we continue to let these metahumans run around trying to ‘help’ us poor folks who just want to earn an honest living?
*The screen splits in two and a young Hispanic couple appears. The young man looks a little beat up and his holding his wife close.*
G. Gordon Godfrey: Glad you could join us Gutarz Martinez and your lovely wife. I’ve heard that you were at ground zero, so to speak. Please tell us about that dreadful experience.
Gutarz Martinez: It was one of the most terrifying moments of my entire life. You know me and my wife took shelter inside when the chaos started happening but when we starting hearing news that some heroes had started saving the day on our phones’ feeds we thought everything was going to be alright. Suddenly I hear this loud sound and look out to see the Empire State Building being thrashed apart. The only thing I could think about was finding a safer spot so we bolted for it, turned out to be a good idea as the debris from the falling tower smashed the corner we had been hiding in.
G. Gordon Godfrey: Thank God for that. I’m so glad you managed to make it out alive, so many others were not so lucky.
Gutarz Martinez: I still can’t believe that Wonder Woman almost killed us; I used to think she was a force for good but now I see she is more interested in her own brand of justice.
G. Gordon Godfrey: Indeed. Thank you so much for sharing your story, as you can see there is much for the world to think about. After seeing what transpired that day, we the people must ask the question, what can we do to prevent such a tragedy from occurring once again? While some metahumans are responsible citizens others are decidedly not and even gun-owners aren’t safe from such powerful foes. Remember when having a piece by your side gave you a sense of security and peace? Well that little pea-shooter isn’t going to help at all if you’re at the mercy of someone with powers!
*A video plays of Stryfe’s last moments with the press.*
G. Gordon Godfrey: Now look at this crazed man, despite his obvious lunacy what he says makes a lot of sense does it not? Can we really trust that Wonder Woman was not part of the Metahuman Supremacy Front like she claims? Until our government takes this metahuman menace seriously these types of tragedies will just continue without end! What historic landmark will be obliterated by the fury of a metahuman gone rogue? These beings must be held accountable for their actions and we the people, should have a say in where they can and cannot operate!
Location: Metrapolis, Lex Corp - Week after Crisis
Lex Luthor's Office
At this point Lex Luthor had enough of Gordon’s drama and shut off the screen. While he did not particularly enjoy the dribble that came out of Galaxy Communications he had made it a habit to keep up on the latest topics. There was something about Galaxy Communications’ unabashed style of reporting and commentary that kept people’s attention. It could be overblown at times and outrageous, but that fact that it was not the traditional
media made it watched and consumed by millions of viewers daily.
Society had once again reached that point where they distrusted the legacy media and general distrust of the government was at an all time high. It was the usual pattern that happened as in the course of any civilization. The people were right to question what they watched but it also made it even easier to manipulate people, humans tended to want to believe in something
and often that something would just be whatever was the opposite of what they hated at the time.
Galaxy Communications had tapped quite readily into that source and despite not having a regular station now dominated the internet and streaming services. Cable news and TV stations were almost a thing of the past of this point, but it was Galaxy Communications currently that had really jumped on the new trends. G. Gordon Godfrey was the prize star of the company at the moment and really sold his product with this somewhat outrageous personality, a lot of people watched the calmer
voices later but Gordon often was the first of the crew viewers listened to.
“I don’t know how you can stand listening to that man.” Mercy complained to Lex after he shut off the stream. Lex Luthor couldn’t help but smirk just a bit at Mercy's gripe.“Say what you like about the man, but G. Gordon Godfrey is a man of the people and can often be an echo of what normal citizens are thinking at the time. Of course he’s been wrong on many occasions but it’s less about his actual facts as it is tapping into his mindset. It is quite clear that this incident will be hyped up enough to be the straw to break some government backs.”
Lex Luthor looked at a report about the goings on in Washington and smiled, it was just as he suspected. Movement was being made and soon there would be a Department of Metahuman Affairs in the United States government to join the various ABC departments. Of course Lex Luthor had been counting on such an outcome, the creation of such a department would severely limit the influence of metahumans in the community which in turn would make it easier for Lex Luthor’s plans to go on unimpeded.
Of course it would take time, put Lex Luthor knew how to play 4-D chess when others were stuck thinking in terms of checkers. In the meantime, he would still have to be cautious of those whose powers would not easily be curbed by a few politicians such as Supergirl.“By the way Mercy, what has Stagg Enterprises been up to these days?”
In reality Lex was already up to speed on the issue but there was the off chance some new bit of information could prove useful.
“From the engineers working on reverse engineering the samples we procured from the Metahuman Supremacy Front, they have determined that a rather advanced intelligence was behind the creation of the mind control drones. This was confirmed by our mole in A.R.G.U.S. who reported that Simon Stagg was in fact working with an alien life form.”
Lex Luthor scoffed, “Of course someone like Stagg would botch up working with an alien species. Well this will be a good opportunity to take over some of Stagg Enterprises’ holdings, shouldn’t take more than an hour or so. In the meantime Mercy, please set up an appointment with some senators, they will of course need my guidance if they want their D.M.A. to succeed.”
“Of course Mr. Luthor.” The future of Metropolis and humanity would be bright indeed, as long as Lex Luthor was there to help guide it.