Superman is something more. Something special. He is a champion!
We face the Doomsday Machine!
But the Gods are ever near! ---A part of men's lives!! Giant reflections of the good and evil that men generate within themselves!
Destiny shall end it! It is written that the father of Apokolips shall meet his banished son in the red light of the fire-pits!--- And there they shall decide this war! And so it shall be! I can deny it no longer!--- To others or to myself! I am Darkseid's son!! ---Armed and ready with the heritage bequeathed me!--- The ultimate ferocity! When I clash with Darkseid--- The war will end!
Trapped-- Trapped on a world where humans swarm! Here I must stand and give battle! Were the forces of Apokolips to array themselves across the face of the infinite, I could warm to the fight! However, fight I shall! --Though this face be of gentle New Genesis-- It's not the true face of Orion! Mother Box, who is part of my armament-- She knows the true Orion! It was Mother Box, in her mercy, who wrought, with atom-weaving skill, a mask of peace-- To stem the pain of one who must live forever a riddle! But I can force Mother Box to re-shift atoms-- Undo the mask-- And lay bare the truth! Can this be the face of one of New Genesis? And yet, it is! Is this paradox the furnace which fires the heart of Orion the Fierce? For who of New Genesis can wield the Astro-Force with my power! And now, in the garments of Earth, I play another masquerade! Thus it is ever with Orion!
We fought when young, Kalibak! We fight fully grown! And we shall fight till death takes one of us!! There's something we share that's always driven us to each other! ---What it is, I cannot say!! But we shall seek each other out until it's done! Let it be now, then!! Let it be now!!
Shouting? Shouting? Of course, I'm shouting! Let my roars be heard across the wide spaces!! In the cracks and crevices that cover Darkseid!! Come out! Show yourself! Send me no lesser beasts like Kalibak!! Hear me, Darkseid! In the end it shall be you and I-! Power against power! Your death ---Or mine!!!
Darkseid was a monster. The God of Anti-Life. But he was greater than all of you put together. He filled a whole planet with his -- his splendor. And now he's gone. He's left us. And all of you --- who never had the courage to face him -- you have the nerve to celebrate?
Highfather. I am here. Your child. You accepted me when I came from Apokolips. You showed me a world beyond power and destruction. You gave me your divine kindness and love. I am here, Highfather. Banish me, or burn me. I will not resist you.
I've faced my father here once before-- When an enigmatic message from the Source sent me first to Earth and then to Apokolips-- To kill him! I could not, for though I despise him, he is still my father-- And I am still his son! Yet today, he has gone too far! Today-- There must be a reckoning!
Darkseid, this is your son! Too long have we waited for our final confrontation! Too long has our entwined destiny been denied! You seek to enslave a universe with your hatred, but your anger is only for me! Meet me, Darkseid! Fight me, if you dare! Slay me now, or someday, I swear, Orion will hunt you down-- And on that day, Darkseid dies!
Earth was created when the Old Gods were alive, and man was made in the image of their world and themselves. And when they died, after armageddon-- Earth remained as a memory of their greatness, carrying the seeds of a new greatness within her fertile fields-- And in the mind of man.
HAHAHAHAHAH! That's the kind of talk I like to hear, Slig!! Tell me!! Tell me how I will die at your hands! Your reply is slow in coming!! Perhaps you need a bit of urging!! Talk, Slig, talk!! You seemed so fond of it when I was at your mercy!! You dogs of Apokolips are eloquent when destiny favors you! Ah! I see that your counterpart Mother Box is where her guidance is sorely needed!! --Near your head!! But she'll protect you no more, you demon! Like you, Slig, she must be rendered inoperative! Listen how she voices her fear! It's sad! War is terrible and sad! --When even such wonderous mechanisms must pay for the flaws in us!! The pressure increases!! She must cease to function--- or-- Destruct! She's gone, Slig!! When she couldn't serve you-- your Mother Box chose to die!! She loved you, Slig!!! HAHAHAHA!!
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