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Above: Officer Hector Lopez, a.k.a. "Monsoon" is a Catholic superhero who here invokes the "Holy Mother," i.e., Mary the Mother of God. [Source: Top 10 #7; written by Alan Moore, pencilled and inked by Gene Ha, layouts by Zander Cannon; published by America's Best Comics: La Jolla, California (2000); page 2.]
TEXT ON TV-LIKE SCREEN: Sgt. Hector "Monsoon" Lopez in "Cop-You-Later!"
DREAM/ILLUSION WOMAN: Ooh! Being accidentally locked into my own glass solarium is making me so hot! There goes the doorbell! I hope it's that big, tought cop I phoned for! Come in! It's wide open!
MONSOON (Sgt. Hector Lopez): Good afternoon, ma'am. I'm Sergeant Lopez, and I'm here to help you out of distress.
DREAM/ILLUSION WOMAN: Oh good. Please hurry . . . and then maybe you can help me out of dis dress, too!
MONSOON: Relax, ma'am. I'm sure I'll be able to fill your needs. What's the problem?
DREAM/ILLUSION WOMAN: Oh, it's so silly! I sealed myself in this solarium. Now I'm all wet and steamy. The "open" button's right there . . .
MONSOON: Don't worry, lady. I can find your button without any help.
DREAM/ILLUSION WOMAN: Oooh! Oh, yes! Just press it for me! I'd be so grateful to you! Let me show you just how grateful I'd be . . .
[The scene was an idyllic setting of a solarium and beautiful home nestled within a beautiful outdoor. This switches out of Monsoon's dream to reality: the inside of Precinct 10, in the section with jail cells. Monsoon's button was about to push a button that would release the monstrous-appearing alien M'rrgla Qualtz from her confinement cell. Synaesthesia's hand restrains Monsoon's hand from pushing the button.]
SYNAESTHESIA: Sergeant Lopez? Hey! Sergeant! Snap out of it! I mean, Hector, come on, even on police pay . . . nobody's that hard-up
[The view pans out so we can see the large holding cell behind Sgt. Lopez/Monsoon, and we can see M'rrgla Qualtz's monstrous body within the cell.]
MONSOON: H-Holy Mother . . .
[Monsoon here was invoking the "Holy Mother," i.e., Mary, the Holy Mother of God, which is how Hispanic Catholics refer to Mary (or "Maria"), the mother of Jesus.]
MONSOON: Syn? [i.e., fellow police officer Synaesthesia] God . . . This is embarrassing. I-I was in this really bad seventies movie with this awful dialogue and this . . . this elevator music!
SYNAESTHESIA: Yeah, well. You have to remember that this thing [M'rrgla Qualtz] used to be [an "adult" film] starlet. Plus, it's telepathic. Hector, maybe you ought to suggest to the Captain that guys stay clear of the holding cells while Qualtz is here, huh?
MONSOON: Yeah, Jeez. Yeah, I'll do that right away. Um, how's it going with that stuff you found at the museum? We're still investigating. I only stepped out for coffee. Listen, Hector, I have to go. Think pure thoughts, okay?