"Injustice: Gods Among Us - Chapter 26": In the Fortress of Solitude, Lex Luthor completes the synthesis of the first Super-Pill, meant to increase the strength of normal humans to godly levels. Jonathan and Martha Kent are seen in the Fortress as well, questioning his and Kal's motives. Martha
- You've just created the means to stop him. You've created something that will put power in ordinary hands. And don't pretend for a second that it hasn't occurred to you. I fear a day may come when the world needs to be saved from our son. All I ask is that, on that day -- you find a way to save him, too.
Appearing in "Injustice: Gods Among Us - Chapter 26"
- Jonathan Kent (Flashback and main story)
- Martha Kent (Flashback and main story)
- Superman (Kal-El) (Flashback and main story)
- Injustice: The Regime
- 5-U-93-R Pill (First full appearance)
Synopsis for "Injustice: Gods Among Us - Chapter 26"
In the Fortress of Solitude, Lex Luthor completes the synthesis of the first Super-Pill, meant to increase the strength of normal humans to godly levels. Jonathan and Martha Kent are seen in the Fortress as well, questioning his and Kal's motives. Martha and Jon tell Lex that they believe Kal to simply be a lost child having "a temper tantrum."
On the Watchtower, Barry accuses Kal of creating the Super-Pill with malicious intent. Kal says Alex was close to creating the pill prior to Metropolis, and that he didn't have the Kryptonian technology nor the knowledge to synthesize it. Barry is still hostile to Kal, but Superman asks Barry if he has ever played chess before. Unprepared, Barry says he hasn't and that he never slowed down enough to learn. He accesses the Watchtower computer file on it, watches the tape at "Flash speed," and begins a game with Kal.
In the Fortress, Martha tells Lex about a blanket that Kal, as a boy, carried everywhere with him. He wouldn't let his parents wash it and did everything with it. One day, he lost the blanket and, in frustration, flipped over a several ton tractor, stunning both of the Kent parents. Lex make a metaphor between Superman, and everyone for that matter, being small children. Martha simply says "Aren't we all?"
On the Watchtower, Superman and The Flash continue to discuss the former's proposal to remove all guns from the Earth. In one or two days, Kal and Barry would be able to remove most guns from their owners, but Barry argues the point that just because they can do it does not mean they should. If the people do not give up their weapons willingly, they will resent the Justice League. Kal says that they will be alive to resent them, and that attempts at rebellion would only see the rebels armed with sticks and stones. Superman makes a checkmate on Barry.
Lex asks Jonathan if believes Superman is simply having a "super tantrum," to which Jonathan tells Luthor that a temper tantrum does not describe what Superman is going through. He mocks Alex, asking him if, as the smartest person on the Earth, he can see that Kal needs help. Martha restates that Kal is simply a man; incredible, but a man.
Barry begins to get the upper hand on Kal and declares checkmate on him, telling Kal that cigarettes kill far more people than guns do. Then people speeding in cars, people who leave dogs untied, and people who do not recycle will be imprisoned or killed. Barry racks up checkmates at superspeed.
Lex says he wants to believe in Kal's cause, but that he feels guilty for having survived when Metropolis was destroyed. Martha references Krypton's destruction, and that Superman could not possibly stand to see everything he loves die again. Jonathan motions to the Super-Pill, telling Luthor that he had created the means to stop Superman and that, on the day that Superman may need to be taken down, Lex will need to do the right thing.
- This Chapter is published in print in Injustice: Gods Among Us #9.
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