SPAWN # 266
Original Script by Erik Larsen
Cap (Spawn): She didn’t show.
Cap (Spawn): Midnight came and went.
Cap (Spawn): She was nowhere to be found.
Cap (Spawn): There was no sign of her.
Cap (Spawn): And how could she contact me anyway if something came up?
Cap (Spawn): Stupid.
Cap (Spawn): If she was in trouble right now–lost, hurt.
Cap (Spawn): How would I ever know?
Cap (Spawn): How could I possibly help?
Cap (Spawn): Like so many things…I may never have the answers.
Cap (Spawn): People disappear from my life all the time.
Cap (Spawn): I can’t save everybody.
Spawn: It’s okay.
Spawn: Everything is going to be okay.
Angela: Who are you?
Cap (Spawn): Some questions are never meant to have answers.
Maxine: Why did you take her here?
Malcolm: I didn’t know what else to do, Maxine!
Malcolm: I didn’t want to take her to the police station–who knows where that would have led!
Malcolm: I know I’m a cop but I don’t want her getting locked up or having her secret identity revealed–that’s not cool.
Maxine: Well, don’t go getting yourself into trouble, Malcolm. You need this job! You have a family to think about.
Maxine: You have three kids to feed!
Maxine: Not to mention an addiction to video games, comic books and pornography!
Malcolm: There’s a superhero code! I can’t let her fall into the wrong hands!
Malcolm: Besides, it’s not like she can hurt the kids–even if she wanted to!
Malcolm: And I didn’t really have anyplace else to take her.
Malcolm: I don’t have a secret lair.
Maxine: You should totally get a secret lair! Or a Dragon Cave with all kinds of trophies–like a giant penny and a dinosaur!
Malcolm: Ant said that the very planet was at stake!
Maxine: Oh, the planet is always at stake! Don’t tell me you fell for that old line.
Malcolm: Kind of.
Malcolm: She was very convincing.
Malcolm: Ant said that there’s a guy named Alzayah Stone who has the ability to give people superpowers.
Malcolm: And that all kinds of lowlifes were seeking him out. That could help explain why there are so many of those superpowered scumbags here in Chicago.
Maxine: Look, Amy–the latex-wearing fetish doll is waking up!
Ant: Where am I?
Malcolm: I thought I’d better take you to my apartment.
Malcolm: If I’m going to help you round up that Alzayah Stone character I really can’t have you sitting there rotting in police custody.
Janice (from building): Where’s LENNY?
Janice: Lenny’s missing!
Janice: Lenny split the rent and helped take care of Billy when I was working late–and now he’s gone–just like that! He just disappeared!
Janice: Have you seen him? Have you seen my Lenny?
Footnote: *Sure he has. Al sent him packing after Lenny broke into his apartment and tried to rob him at gunpoint. -Todd
Janice: He was no saint, my Lenny–but he was good to Billy and I don’t have nobody else!
Janice: The rent’s overdue. Lenny said he’d come up with the money. He promised.
Janice: But he’s gone.
Al: I’m sorry.
Al: I don’t know where Lenny is.
Al: I’m sorry.
Cap (Spawn): Actions have consequences.
Cap (Spawn): You know that.
Cap (Spawn): Don’t get involved. Stick to the plan.
Cap (Spawn): You know that, too.
Malcolm (TH): What am I doing?
Malcolm (TH): This is crazy. I don’t know her.
Malcolm (TH): I don’t know that everything that Ant told me is true.
Annoying man: First time in the big city?
Annoying man: No, wait–I’m sure you must go there all the time!
Annoying man: Save the world. That sort of thing.
Annoying man: All the action’s in New York City!
Malcolm: Sure, I’ve been there.
Malcolm: I was there when Osama Bin Laden came back as a giant radiation monster.
Annoying man: See, Madge?
Annoying man: He’s been there.
Girl: This is so exciting.
Stewardess: Can I get you anything?
Malcolm: I’m good.
Annoying man: “Good”?”
Annoying man: He’s great! This is a great man!
Annoying man: Not like his father–no good bum!
Malcolm (TH): What am I doing here?
Annoying man: Ever been to Tokyo?
Annoying man: Hear they have a giant monster problem over there.
Malcolm (TH): Now what?
Cabbie: Hey, Malcolm Dragon!
Cabbie: Mr. Big shot!
Cabbie: Need a lift?
Malcolm: Uh…yeah, I guess.
Malcolm: I don’t know where I’m heading exactly but I’m pretty sure it’s not here.
Malcolm: I was supposed to meet somebody but she didn’t–
Malcolm: There you are.
Ant: I’m not letting you out of my sight.
Ant: Get in.
Malcolm: Well, let’s get this over with.
Cap (Spawn): She didn’t show.
Cap (Spawn): She told me about Alzayah Stone, a man who’s giving superpowers to anybody willing to pay his price.
Cap (Spawn): I had no idea how bad it’d gotten.
Cap (Spawn): But in a sudden terrifying instant–
Cap (Spawn): It became all too clear.
Cap (Spawn): This was a whole new world.
Cap (Spawn): And right now my own powers are just starting to come online.
Cap (Spawn): Everybody runs.
Cap (Spawn): I’m running too.
Cap (Spawn): But while they run away from danger–I run towards it.
Cap (Spawn): I made a promise to my wife–
Cap (Spawn): –And I aim to keep it!
Malcolm: That’s crazy talk.
Malcolm: You can’t possibly believe that.
Ant: It’s true–all of it!
Ant: They want the world to end.
Malcolm: And then what? What good will that do?
Ant: They want to cause the Biblical rapture!
Ant: They think God will save them–that they’re the righteous! That they’ll be saved! It’s insanity, sure, but it’s happening! Look around you!
Malcolm: What’s going on up there?
Malcolm: We haven’t budged in ten minutes!
Cabbie: Nobody has! Traffic’s stopped! Some kind of disturbance up ahead.
Malcolm: I’m still not convinced.
Ant: You will be!
Ant: You will be!
Monsteress: Stop them, my army!
Monsteress: Monsteress commands you!
Monsteress: Bring them to me!
Cap (Spawn): Unspeakable horrors at all sides.
Cap (Spawn): It looks bleak but then I notice–
Cap (Spawn): I’m not alone.
Cap (Spawn): Though she failed to meet me at our appointed hour she has come to aid me when I need her most!
Spawn: You’ve returned!
Malcolm: And she’s brought company!
Ant: Let’s do this!
Monsteress: They are powerful indeed–but no match for us!
Monsteress: Stop them!
Cap (Spawn): None of this makes any sense.
Cap (Spawn): And yet it does. It all feels right. Everything moves in slow motion and the three of us fight as though we’ve known each other our whole lives.
Malcolm: You felt that!
Ant: Watch your back!
Spawn: Where do these creatures come from?
Malcolm: Hold it right there!
Monsteress: I will not resist you, officer.
Monsteress: And you will not resist me.
Cap (Spawn): And then it all goes to hell.
Monsteress: Go, seedling! Your queen commands it!
Monsteress: Seize the others!
Monsteress: They will be reborn as you have been! They will join my army–or die!
Ant: This was going to be a squeaker before he switched teams!
Spawn: This is not good.
Cap (Spawn): There’s no path to victory here.
Cap (Spawn): I’m outmuscled, overpowered and outclassed.
Cap (Spawn): I’ll be lucky to survive the next few rounds.
Ant: Why do I get the feeling that you’re the only one who matters in this fight?
Ant: These creatures have no will of their own!
Ant: Let’s see how well they fight without you pulling their strings!
Monsteress: Stay back!
Cap (Spawn): Chains bind the monster but I know this is only a stopgap measure.
Cap (Spawn): He’ll burst these bonds in a heartbeat.
Cap (Spawn): I can feel the pressure building.
Cap (Spawn): And then–
Cap (Spawn): It’s over.
Cap (Spawn): Monsters turn to men before our eyes.
Cap (Spawn): The curse is lifted.
Malcolm: Hi, uh…Spawn.
Malcolm: Sorry about that.
Malcolm: I’m…uh…Malcolm Dragon. I believe you know my father…?
Spawn: I had no idea Dragon had a son.
Ant: So, I thought the three of us might join forces and put a stop to this madness.
Malcolm: Hold that thought.
Malcolm: Here come New York’s finest.
Malcolm: I should probably handle this.
Malcolm: You two might want to lay low for a bit.
Malcolm: Keep to the shadows as best you can. I’ll let you know when it’s safe to come out.
Malcolm: Officer Dragon, Chicago police.
Malcolm: I know it’s not my beat but I thought you could use a hand.
Officer: You’re a long way from home, Officer Dragon.
Spawn: I’m not sure what use I’ll be in the battle ahead.
Spawn: My costume is a work in progress.
Spawn: I’m not up to full power.
Ant: How long do you need?
Spawn: I wish I could tell you.
Spawn: I wish I knew.
Spawn: It’s taking a lot longer than I had hoped.
Ant: That may be…
Ant: But I can’t very well ask Malcolm to hang around while you get your act together.
Ant: He’s got responsibilities back home.
Ant: So your choice is simple–you can either help–or not.
Ant: What’s it going to be?
Cap (Spawn): There is no choice. Not really.
Malcolm: Okay! You can come out now!
Malcolm: There you are.
Spawn: It looks like we’re going to be fighting together, Officer Dragon.
Malcolm: I feel like I just got traded up to the majors.
Spawn: Your father was a hell of a fighter. I hope some of that rubbed off on his son.
Malcolm: I do all right.
Malcolm: So…now what?
Malcolm: If the three of us step onto a commercial jet and fly off to New Mexico to tackle this clown he’s bound to hear about it.
Malcolm: Any idea how we might slip in there unnoticed and sneak up on him?
Ant: Leave that to me.
Ant: Let’s just say–I know a guy.
Cap: To be continued in the pages of Savage Dragon #217!
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