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Old 09-11-2012, 03:30 PM   #71
Andy C.
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Experimental Spacecraft Rescued by Man with Superhuman Powers, Eyewitnesses Claim
By Lois Lane

Photo by J. Olsen

This morning, the eyes of the world were on Doctor Reed Richards and his companions, expecting the launch of the revolutionary spacecraft Excelsior to change the way mankind explores space. Watching on television or streaming online, we all believed we were going to see an extraordinary event.

None of us, however, believed we would see three extraordinary events in a row.

In the middle of the ship's historic launch, an unexpected failure occurred within the core of its radical new antimatter drive, resulting in an internal explosion. While the exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation, scientific consultant and STAR Labs Director Dr. Emil Hamilton says, "the Excelsior's antimatter core works by colliding electrons and positrons together, resulting in massive energy output due to the opposite-charged particles annihilating each other. Without Dr. Richards' shielding, the core began an annihilation reaction all at once, which, if it had struck the Earth, would have destroyed everything within a radius of at least 100 miles."

Had the Excelsior crashed, it would have wiped out nearly the entire Eastern Seaboard, killing millions of innocent people. It would have been the single largest loss of life this planet has seen since the meteor impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Fortunately for everyone, the crash was averted by the third and most unlikely event of the day: the intervention of an unidentified superhuman, adorned in a bright blue and red costume.

According to satellite footage, amateur videos, and eyewitness reports, this mysterious rescuer flew through the air towards the crashing Excelsior at speeds exceeding Mach 1, removed the antimatter core, and propelled it into deep orbit (apparently simply by throwing it like an over-sized baseball) where it exploded harmlessly in empty space. The caped man then rescued the ship itself by catching it and slowing its descent--bear in mind, a vessel that weighs in excess of 2100 metric tons-- by all appearances, with his bare hands.

Upon setting the Excelsior down safely in the middle of Centennial Park and verifying that Dr. Richards and crew were unharmed, this 'Superman' met a crowd of onlookers and reporters with little more than a wink and a smile before flying away.

The incident aboard the Excelsior raises many questions, especially considering the controversy surrounding the ship's creation. Dr. Reed Richards, a vocal critic of Lexcorp CEO Lex Luthor, announced the ship's development within days of Luthor's announcement of a similar craft, and then completed the design and construction of the ship over a month before the competing Lexcorp ship's projected completion. Many people on Richards' team had actually defected from Lexcorp as well. It could be that the internal explosion was merely the result of rushed production, striving to beat a competitor on a deadline. As mentioned, however, the exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Even when these questions are answered, more questions still remain regarding the 'Superman' who saved them. Who is he? Where did he come from? What does he want? How can he do what any respectable physicist would consider completely impossible?

Many of us are too young to remember the days of Captain America and the Invaders during World War II, a band of costumed adventurers with extraordinary abilities who helped topple Hitler's regime. More recent metahuman activities, however, can be seen with the outbreak of mutant-related violence, most notably the attack on a Naval base in San Diego.

Could this new superhuman rescuer be a mutant, like the ones involved in the battle in San Diego? Is he somehow connected to the bygone heroes in the Invaders or the Justice Society of America? Is he something different entirely?

Until the 'Superman' is willing to address these questions for the public, there is simply too much about him that we do not know in order to properly judge his character or his motives.

What we do know, however, is that if it weren't for him, millions of us, myself included, would not be here to ask these questions.

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