Rise of a New Universe: The Time of Justice (IC)
"Please excuse this interruption of your daily television programming. This is an important news update!! I'm Ron Mahogany with Channel 6 news, the number one ranking news station in all of Central City. As you may all recall, many years ago in around the early 60's, extraordinary people began to emerge from all over the world. Some of these individuals are famously known for their triumphant deeds, such as Fantastica, Captain Russia, and even the duo of Atomic Adam and Electric Eve, while others live in infamy such as the feared Doctor Destructor, Volatile and even the dangerous Red Fever, who was most famously known for his massacre of dozens of European men and women via chemical warfare. But now, dear viewers, is where we talk about the most famous of them all: Mr. Awesome."
"Thank you, Ron. I'm Veronica Cornerstep. Today, we've received word that world renowned Supehero, Mr. Awesome, known for his famous deeds of daring do and heroics that have saved Central City more then enough times... Has been murdered. Just moments ago, the Channel 6 news station received a shocking video.. We must warn our viewers though, the following images are disturbing."
The video suddenly opened on a dark warehouse with a shaky camera. Tied up and sitting on the floor, drenched in blood, was . Suddenly, a voice came onto the video.
"Now then... Tell the audience your name.."
The man drenched in blood, his mask removed, looked up at the camera with defeat in his eyes. He let out a sigh and lowered his head, before muttering
The sick and disturbing voice from off screen spoke once more.
"Riiiight... You're Mr. Awesome... And what's your real name?"
"J-John... John Elwood.."
"Tell us, John Elwood... Why are you here?"
The man continued to keep his head down, bloody tears now seemingly falling from his face. Suddenly, the camera shook violently and the off screen voice yelled
"LOOK AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU, FILTH!! WHY. ARE. YOU. HERE!?!"
The superhero raised his head once again and looked directly into the camera as he spoke.
"Because I stand for the good of the world... Because I spend my every last waking minute to defend the people of Central City from criminal psychopaths like you..."
"Ahhh... That's certainly true... You see, good people of Central City.. This is what happens when you put your hope into one man. One man with a pointless purpose... You can't defend these people. No matter what you do, they'll still continue to fight and slaughter each other. What makes you better then them, eh? You throw on a cape and everybody loves you, but how long will that last?"
"Billy... Stop this, please. You've made your point... Now let me g-"
"NO!! I'M NOT BILLY!!! THAT BOY DIED LONG AGO!! YOU COULD HAVE SAVED HIM, BUT YOU DIDN'T!! NOW, THOUGH... I WILL HAVE PEACE!!"
Suddenly, the screen dropped to the floor and a dark green creature lunged at Mr. Awesome, before it proceeded to tear him to shreds. The camera was dropped so all you saw was the wall, but the shadows were obvious and blood was splattered all over the room. The screams of the superhero echoed on screen before they were suddenly silenced with a loud popping sound. All was still before the camera was picked up and the viewers saw the figure. The flashing lights made it hard to see properly, but it was easily recognizable that the culprit was none other then . In his long and jagged green hands made from alien gunk, was the severed head of Mr. Awesome, blood still dripping from its neck. The expression on his face was one of pure terror, but Cackle merely smiled.
"You see... This is what relying on heroes does for you all... The body is in Warehouse 27 on the West Side Docks... But his head is mine. Let this be a lesson to future hero's.. Hang up your capes, or else you'll inspire more maniacs... Well, like me.." it said with a grim tone before it let out its frightening cackle that was world famous. The recording screen screen cracked as it laughed before the video ended with a still image of Cackle's laughing face.
"There's been word that the body has been recovered at the Docks and is currently being transported to City Hall.. A funeral ceremony will be held at 8:30pm tonight. This is a time when we at Channel 6 News reflect on our decisions as newscasters and what we bring to our audiences... You may see heroes and vigilantes in our news, but we as humans make the worst assumption that is possible: all they are is heroes and vigilantes. But what we forget, dear viewers, is that these people... These extraordinary people who strive to protect us every day so we can live peacefully, have lives of their own that need to be lived... That is why I will personally ask, heroes, that you attend the memorial tonight... Even if you did not know Mr. Awesome, it is a chance to pay your respects to who we consider is one of the best heroes in all of Central City, but also to show that even heroes mourn the death of loved ones... I'm Ron Mahogany, and that's all for this emergency broadcast. We now return to your regularly scheduled programming. You stay classy, Central City."