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Night of the Creeps

“Dead Evolving”

(1 of 6)

By

Brian Uhe

 

PAGE 1

 

PANEL 1

A government high security stronghold is shown and there are armed U.S. soldiers guarding it. There’s a high voltage fence surrounding the place and a sigh that says it is.

 

PANEL 2

A wimpy-looking scientist, Doctor Hardman, and a business dressed and strong willed woman, Director O’Dea, are outside waiting for something to arrive.

 

DOCTOR HARDMAN (worried, nervous, and a little impatient)

ARE YOU SURE TODAY’S THE DAY IT ARRIVES?

 

DIRECTOR O’DEA (in charge, cold, and a little annoyed)

YES, DOCTOR HARDMAN, BECAUSE IT WAS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE TODAY, AND THAT IS WHY WE USE SCHEDULING PROCEDURES SO TO MAKE THINGS GO SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE WITH LESS WAIT AND DIFFICULTY.

 

PANEL 3

A special kind of armored truck is shown coming.

 

DOCTOR HARDMAN (not shown)

I COULD HAVE USED THEM A WEEK AGO.

 

DIRECTOR O’DEA (not shown)

YES, WELL, THERE’S NO PLEASING YOU AND NO ONE HERE REALLY CARES.

 

PANEL 4

The front gates are opened to let the special armored truck in.

 

PANEL 5

From the driver side, the truck stops next to Doctor Hardman and Director O’Dea. Some workers come to take care of the cargo.

 

PAGE 2

 

PANEL 1

A man in military uniform comes out of the truck with a billboard with papers attached.

 

TRUCK DRIVER (serious)

DIRECTOR O’DEA. DOCTOR HARDMAN. HERE’S THAT “SPECIAL DELIVERY” YOU PEOPLE WANTED.

 

PANEL 2

The truck driver hands the billboard with the papers to Director O’Dea, while Doctor Hardman walks towards the truck while rubbing his hands in excitement.

 

DIRECTOR O’DEA (in charge and cold)

WELL DONE, LIEUTENANT JONES, YOU’VE BROUGHT THE SPECIAL MATERIALS THAT WE NEEDS ON TIME.

 

LIEUTENANT JONES (serious)

I’VE ALWAYS FOCUSED ON GETTING THE JOB DONE AND TAKE PRIDE ON DOING IT RIGHT, MAME.

 

PANEL 3

Director O’Dea signs the papers on the billboard. The truck driver is partly shown.

 

DIRECTOR O’DEA (in charge and cold)

THEY HAVE MADE SURE THAT EVERYTHING WAS SECURED, CORRECT?

 

LIEUTENANT JONES (serious)

YES, MAME, THEY TRIPLED CHECK EVERYTHING BEFORE LETTING ME GO TO MAKE SURE NONE OF THOSE LITTLE BUGGERS COULD GET OUT.

 

PANEL 4

Doctor Hardman is almost at the truck and looks excited for what’s inside the cargo part of the truck.

 

LIEUTENANT JONES (not shown)

YOU SHOULD BE GETTING THE WHOLE PACKAGE.

 

DIRECTOR O’DEA (not shown)

GOOD.

 

PANEL 5

The excited Doctor Hardman puts his ear on the cargo part of the truck to hear the squeaking sounds from within. Some of the workers are shown.

 

DIRECTOR O’DEA (not shown)

THEN THERE’S NOTHING TO KEEP DOCTOR HARDMAN FROM STARTING WORK ON HIS PROJECT.

 

PAGE 3

 

PANEL 1

The panel is all black with a big title which is “NIGHT OF THE CREEPS: DEAD EVOLVING”.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

NO ONE’S SURE ON HOW IT ALL REALLY STARTED.

 

PAGE 4

 

PANEL 1

A shooting star is shown.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

BUT THERE HAVE BEEN SOME THEORIES GOING ABOUT ON HOW IT DID AND SOME OF THEM SOUND LIKE THEY CAME FROM A B-MOVIE.

 

PANEL 2

Past scene from the movie where teenage Chris is with his friend J.C. are walking outside at a college campus.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

THOUGH FOR ME IT STARTED IN MY FRESHMAN YEAR IN COLLEGE DURING PLEDGE WEEK WHERE I WAS PINING OVER A LOST LOVE WHILE TESTING THE FRIENDSHIP I HAD WITH J.C.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

YEAH, I WAS REALLY PATHETIC BACK THEN.

 

PANEL 3

Past scene, a smiling Cynthia Cronenberg is shown.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AS FOR THAT LOST LOVE BIT, I QUICKLY GOT OVER IT WHEN I SPOTTED HER, CYNTHIA CRONENBERG, AND IT WAS LIKE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.

 

PANEL 4

Past scene, Chris and J.C. are talking to Brad about joining his fraternity.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

SO I CAME UP WITH THIS “BRILLIANT” PLAN ON HOW TO GET HER TO NOTICE ME BY GETTING ME, AND J.C., TO JOIN A FRATERNITY BY TALKING TO THIS GUY NAMED BRAD, WHO HAPPENED TO BE CYNTHIA’S BOYFRIEND AT THE TIME AND THAT REALLY THREW A RUSTY WRENCH IN THE WORKS, BUT REMEMBER, I WAS PATHETIC BACK THEN AND SO I GAVE IT THE OLD COLLEGE TRY SINCE THAT’S WHERE I WAS.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

WHAT WAS IT THAT MY FRIEND J.C. SAID ABOUT FRATERNITIES? “I personally would rather have my brain invaded by creatures from space than pledge a fraternity.”

 

PANEL 5

Past scene, Chris and J.C. are now in the university medical center to steal a body and do it quietly so no one will know they’re there.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AS PART OF OUR PLEDGE TO JOIN, BRAD WANTED US TO STEAL A CADAVER, A DEAD BODY, FROM THE MEDICAL CENTER AND PLACE IT ON THE STEPS OF THE PHI OMEGA GAMMA HOUSE.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AND SO WE “BRAVELY” ENTERED THE CENTER TO STEAL ONE OF THEIR RESIDENTS FOR THE SAKE FOR ACCEPTANCE.

 

PANEL 6

Past scene, Chris and J.C., who has crutches of course, run out of the center scared while knocking a graduate student with a white coat to the floor!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

UNTIL WE TURNED CHICKEN AND RAN OUT WITH YELLOW LINES ON OUR BACKS! SCREAMING LIKE BANSHEES!

 

PAGE 5

 

PANEL 1

The 1950’s dead teenager boy is shown on the floor next to the cryogenic unit that it was in until Chris and J.C. took him out.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

THE REASON WE HIGHTAILED IT OUT OF THERE WAS BECAUSE WE THOUGHT THE BODY MOVED AND IT ISN’T LIKE WE WERE USED TO BEING AROUND CORPSES, EVEN ONES THAT WERE IN WEIRD CONTRAPTIONS.

 

PANEL 2

The 1950’s teenage zombie’s hand is shown moving.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

Just imagine how scared we really would have gotten if we stayed there a LITTLE BIT longer.

 

panel 3

The bare feet of the 1950’s teenage zombie are shown walking outside.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

WE WOULD HAVE PROBABLY WET OUR PANTS BY A GALLOON.

 

PANEL 4

Past scene, a part of Cynthia is shown as she’s terrorized and startled by what she sees thru the window of her bedroom which is the 1950’s teenage zombie who is smiling!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AND I’M BETTING CYNTHIA ALMOST DID THAT HERSELF WHEN SHE GOT A BIG SCARY SURPRISE AT HER WINDOW.

 

PANEL 5

Chris and J.C. are sitting at an interrogation room with Detective Ray Cameron and the old oriental janitor.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

NEXT THING WE KNEW, ALL FINGERS ARE POINTING AT US FOR BRINGING THE BODY TO CYNTHIA’S FRATENITY HOUSE, I MEAN IT ISN’T LIKE IT GOT THERE BY ITSELF, RIGHT?

 

PANEL 6

The slugs are shown quickly moving about the campus to find new hosts.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

NOPE, WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE THOUGH, BUT THERE WERE THESE SLUGS THAT ENTER INSIDE YOUR HEAD THROUGH THE MOUTH AND KILL YOU, BUT YOUR BODY KEEPS ON MOVING WHILE THEY FED AND BRED INSIDE YOUR BRAIN UNTIL IT WAS HEAD POPPING TIME.

 

PAGE 6

 

PANEL 1

This panel is made out of parts (1) the oriental zombie janitor (2) The rotting corpse of the ax-wielding escape patient who looks demonic in the shadows. (3) the zombie black cat, which part’s of it’s skull is shown with worms coming out of it’s eye sockets, that’s being held by the hands of a woman. (4) dead J.C. lieing on his face near a boiler with dead burnt slugs. (5) Detective Ray Cameron just looked out the window of Cynthia’s fraternity house and is looking back with a grin.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

THE CAMPUS WAS BECOMING A GEORGE A. ROMERO PARIDISE WHERE THE DEAD WAS WALKING AROUND AND THE ONLY ONE ON MY SIDE WHO ALOS KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING WAS A POLICE DETECTIVE NAMED CAMERON WHO LOOKED LIKE HE CAME OUT FROM THE PAST AND WATCHED TOO MANY DECTECTIVE MOVIES, AS WELL AS MAKING ME FEEL LIKE A SIDEKICK.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

TURNED OUT HIS LIFE WAS JUST AS PATHETIC AS MINE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CAME TO WOMEN.  

 

DETECTIVE RAY CAMERON (sarcasm)

Well, I got good news and bad news, girls. The good news is your dates are here.

 

karen (not shown)

What's the bad news?

 

DETECTIVE RAY CAMERON (sarcasm)

They're dead.

 

(6) the zombie “dates” going thru the front yard to get to the fratenity house.

 

PAGE 7

 

PANEL 1

Past scene, Chris and Cynthia are fighting for their lives dressed for a formal dance. Cynthia has a flamethrower, while Chris has a shotgun.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AND SO WE FOUGHT FOR OUR VERY LIVES TO AT LEAST TAKE DOWN THE LIVING DEAD, SINCE THERE WAS NO WAY WE WERE GOING TO KILL THEM.

 

PANEL 2

Detective Cameron is in the basement of the fraternity house where the slugs are nesting with tape covering his mouth and holding a gasoline container.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

WHILE CAMERON DECIDED TO END ALL THIS BY SHOWING THAT HE HAD THE BALLS TO DO IT, AND I MEAN BIG ONES!

 

PANEL 3

The fraternity house, the basement, explodes!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

IT SHOULD HAVE ENDED THERE. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HAPPY ENDING.

 

PANEL 4

The normal-looking zombie dog is shown crossing the street near the burning house.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

BUT THE END WAS ACTUALLY A BEGINNING…. AND THE HAPPY ENDING WAS AT IT’S WORST.

 

PANEL 5

A slug comes out of the zombie dog’s mouth!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AND THE HAPPY ENDING WAS AT IT’S WORST!

 

PAGE 8

 

PANEL 1

The back of Cynthia’s head is shown as she moans which reveals that she’s now a zombie and Chris aims the shotgun at her head! Chris is greatly grieving for what he has to do!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

FIRST, I HAD TO DO SOMETHING THAT STILL GIVES ME NIGHTMARES.

 

TEENAGE CHRIS (grieving and in disbelief)

OH’ MY GOD! CYNTHIA!

 

PANEL 2

Detective Cameron’s crispy corpse is found on a street face down with it’s head popped opened!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

SECOND, CAMERON’S BODY WAS FOUND OUTSIDE NEAR A CEMETERY WITH IT’S HEAD POPPED OPENED WHICH MEANS SOME OF THOSE CRITTERS GOT AWAY.

 

PANEL 3

The alien ship from the movie is shown up in the sky with a spotlight to search for their lost experiment.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

OH’ YEAH, DID I MENTION THE BIG ALIEN SHIP WE SAW IN THE SKY THAT PRETTY MUCH TOLD US THAT THE SLUGS WERE NOT FROM THIS WORLD?

 

PANEL 4

The cemetery is shown with rotting corpses coming out of their graves.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AND THIRD, WERE THE ROTTING CORPSES THAT THE SLUGS FOUND.

 

PANEL 5

Military troops and trucks arrive on the scene and are fighting the rotting corpses and newly dead zombies.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

I’M SURE IT WAS EASY FOR ANYONE TO GUESS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

THE MILITARY COMES TO THE RESCUE WITHOUT A CLUE ON WHAT THEY WERE DEALING WITH.

 

PANEL 6

A slug enters a surprised soldier’s mouth!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

THEY WERE MORE HELP TO THE SLUGS THEN THEY WERE TO US.

 

PAGE 9

 

PANEL 1

Men, women, and children are running for their lives with cars and their own feet while carrying what they can!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

WORD ABOUT THE SLUGS GOT AROUND QUICKLY AND PEOPLE TRIED TO GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE.

 

PANEL 2

An army of slugs are shown moving about!

 

PANEL 3

As if from the Escape from New York movie, walls are built to keep the slugs from spreading further, while keeping any unlucky bastard in.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

BUT THE GOVERNMENT THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BEST TO SCREW US AND KEEP US IN WITH THE LITTLE BASTARDS WITH A GREAT WALL AND ARMED SOLDIERS WITH ORDERS TO SHOOT ANYTHING THAT MOVES FOR THE PURPOSE TO HALT THE SPREAD.

 

PANEL 4

Missiles are launched at the alien ship, but are destroyed with laser beams!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

TO ADD TO THAT, IT SEEMS THAT THE ALIENS HAD THE SAME IDEA AND DECIDED TO PUT EARTH IN QUARANTINE BY BRINGING IN MORE OF THOSE SHIPS WHICH CAN BE SEEN ANYWHERE, OR FROM WHAT I HEARD.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

 SO FAR ALL THEY DONE IS SHOOT DOWN ANY MISSILES OR JETS THAT’S BEEN SENT TO THEM AND DON’T SEEM A BIT THREATEN BY THEM.

 

PANEL 5

From far and above, four zombies are shown moving about at night.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, WE’VE HAVEN’T EXACTLY BEEN DISMISSED BY THE OUTSIDE WORLD THANKS TO A TRADE WE CREATED THAT INVOLVES SOLVING THE SLUG PROBLEM

 

PAGE 10

 

PANEL 1

A close look at the four zombies. One of them is moaning.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

IT’S LIKE THIS; THEY SEND US THE NEEDED SUPPLIES WE NEED TO SURVIVE, LIKE FOOD, CLEAN WATER, MEDICINE, CLOTHING, AND ESPECIALLY AIR FRESHENERS….

 

PANEL 2

A part of “present” Chris is shown and it looks like he’s wearing a trench coat that Detective Cameron himself wore.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

IN EXCHANGE THAT WE TAKE CARE OF THE SLUG PROBLEM BY TRYING TO DECREASE THEIR POPULATION OR AT LEAST PREVENT IT FROM GROWING INTO AN UNCONTROLLABLE NUMBER.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

SADLY, THE SECOND ONE IS EASIER THEN THE FIRST WHICH SEEMS DAMN RIGHT IMPOSSIBLE, BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET TO SURVIVE.

 

PANEL 3

Chris’s right hand is shown holding a shotgun.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

NOW HOW DO WE, THE LIVING, DO THIS?.... WELL…. FIRST YOU NEED IN ONE HAND IS SOMETHING THAT PRODUCES GREAT IMPACT THAT CAN MAKE A HEAD BURST. “THUNDER!”

 

PANEL 4

Chris’s left hand is shown holding a flame thrower.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

AND IN THE OTHER HAND YOU NEED SOMETHING THAT CAN PRODUCE A LOT OF HEAT. “HELLFIRE!”

 

PANEL 5

A part of Chris’s head gear is shown, the part that covers the mouth which is padding.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

OF COURSE IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PROTECTIVE GEAR WHEN GOING AFTER THESE THINGS LIKE THE ONE PART THEY’RE ALWAYS AIMING FOR. “A MIGHTY SHIELD!”

 

PANEL 6

On Chris’s right hip is a cd player that he turns on with a finger from the hand that’s holding the shotgun. Muffled heavy metal music is played.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

AND IT DOESN’T HURT TO ADD A FEW EXTRAS IN YOUR ARSENAL.

 

PAGE 11

 

PANEL 1

The left side of one of the zombies is show as the end of Chris’s shotgun is tapping it’s shoulder to get it’s attention.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

PUT THESE ALL TOGETHER…. AND YOU’RE READY TO BRING ON THE HEAVY METAL!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and whispering)

PSST! HEY, FELLA? FELLA?

 

PANEL 2

The zombie turns around to see who it is in a daze kind of way.

 

ZOMBIE #1 (dazed)

MURM?

 

PANEL 3

Zombie #1’s head is blown away by the shotgun and squealing slugs come out!

 

PANEL 4

The flame thrower is shown being used on the slugs before they can get away! They squeal in pain as they burn!

 

PANEL 5

The other three zombies turn around and look angry in a zombie kind of way and even moan like it!

 

PANEL 6

The shotgun and flame thrower are shown aiming at the zombies’ direction!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (part of body only shown, excited, and tough)

OH’ YEAH! “REALLY” FEELING LIKE A MAJOR BAD-ASS HERE!

 

PAGE 12

 

PANEL 1

The three remaining zombies head towards Chris’s direction as fast as zombies can move, while one of them gets their heads blown away which squealing slugs come out!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

THIS IS ALMOST LIKE THE ONLY KIND OF BUSINESS IN THESE PARTS.

 

PANEL 2

Burning squealing in pain slugs are shown!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

I MEAN THERE’S STILL STORES AND BARS HERE, THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE TO GET THROUGH, AS WELL AS OPPORTUNISTS WHO WERE PROBABLY ONCE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMEN.

 

PANEL 3

The shotgun is shown being held and fired twice!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (partly shown and word box)

BUT THE ONE JOB OCCUPATION THAT PEOPLE HERE WILL USUALLY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE.

 

PANEL 4

The flame thrower is shown blasting fire!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

NO MATTER HOW GROSS….

 

PANEL 5

More burning slugs, as well as parts of the zombies, are next to Chris’s feet.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (partly shown and word box)

OR UGLY….

 

PANEL 6

Chris Romero of the present is shown, but with a modified old gas mask where the air filter is remove and replace with padding, there by making it a slug protection mask, and wearing a belt and bandoliers to carry ammo, as well as a trench coat  that looks like it belonged to Detective Cameron’s. He is still aiming his shotgun and flame thrower.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

IS THE SLUG HUNTER.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (low tone and word box)

DAMN, ALL THOSE MONTHS OF COLLEGE FOR NOTHING.

 

PANEL 7

The left side of Chris is shown as he turns his head to see what the moaning is from behind him.

 

PAGE 13

 

PANEL 1

Behind Chris are thirty zombies and Chris doesn’t seem to be afraid.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (chilling and fearless)

HEY.

 

PAGE 14

 

PANEL 1

The zombies start moving towards Chris and give out a loud moan!

 

PANEL 2

The right hand holding the shotgun is shown ready for action! A clicking sound is heard!

 

PANEL 3

The left hand holding the flame thrower is shown ready for action! Flame is leaking out of the end.

 

PANEL 4

The fronts of the eager, but dazed, zombies are shown as they continue to move.

 

PANEL 5

The reflection of the zombies is on the eye pieces of Chris’s mask.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (direct and cool)

THRILL ME.

 

PAGE 15

 

PANEL 1

One hour later, the sun is beginning to come up and Chris, from a distance, is shown walking home. In the background are buildings and up in the sky is the alien ship.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

AH, MORNING…. SUNLIGHT, FRESH AIR, IF YOU’RE USED TO THE STENCH OF DEATH, AND AN ALIEN SHIP HOVERING ABOVE US THAT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BLOW US ALL AWAY INTO OBLIVION WHICH IS LIKE THEY’RE SAYING TO US “YOU’RE GOING NOWHERE, BITCHES!”

 

CHRIS ROMERO (word box)

WHAT MORE COULD ONE ASK FOR?

 

PANEL 2

A close look at the buildings that have highly secured windows

 

PANEL 3

Another part of a building is shown with a highly secured door and electric fence that shows that all this was designed to keep slugs out.

 

PANEL 4

A bar with the same secured windows and door that also has an electric fence around it.

 

MANAGER (not shown and word box)

NOW LISTEN UP, YOUNG LADY, BECAUSE YOU’RE GOING TO NEED TO KNOW THIS.

 

JULIE RUSSO (not shown and word box)

YEAH, WHATEVER, MAN.

 

PANEL 5

As if looking thru Julie Russo’s eyes, who is sitting and looking up, a serious-looking, but chilling, man in his 50’s is talking to her while holding a billboard with papers.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

YOU MAY HAVE GOTTEN HIGH SCORES IN THE TRAINING PROGRAM, BUT NOW YOU MUST GAIN EXPERIENCE WITH THE REAL THING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO END UP AS ONE OF THE LIVING DEAD.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

THIS ISN’T LIKE THOSE VIDEO GAMES THAT YOU KIDS ARE SO INTO.

 

PANEL 6

Julie Russo is revealed to be a black 15 year old girl who’s sitting at a table and looks impatient. The manager is standing next to her.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

YOU’LL BE ASSIGN TO CHRIS ROMERO WHO’S PROVEN TO BE ONE OF THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING DOWN SLUGS AND YOU’RE TO DO WHAT HE SAYS WITHOUT QUESTION, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE OUT THERE, BECAUSE ANY REFUSAL TO OBEY WILL NOT ONLY PUT YOUR LIFE IN DANGER, BUT HIS AS WELL.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

HE WILL SHOW YOU THE ROPES WHICH THE TRAINING PROGRAM COULDN’T DO SO YOU’LL KNOW WHAT TO DO AND KNOW IT QUICK SINCE THOSE SLUGS ARE REAL QUICK.

 

JULIE RUSSO (annoyed and impatient)

WHATEVER.

 

PAGE 16

 

PANEL 1

The manager walks away from the annoying kid. Some customers are there.

 

MANAGER (low tone and annoyed)

SIGN….. I WOULD SAY THAT GIRL’S ATTITUDE IS PROOF ENOUGH THAT WE NEED TO STOP HAVING KIDS HERE.

 

PANEL 2

As if the bar’s front came from Star Trek, it opens sideways to allow a person in.

 

PANEL 3

Chris Romero enters the building with his mask still on.

 

PANEL 4

Chris begins to take off his mask.

 

PANEL 5

The mask is off and reveals Chris’s face which is that of an older man then the one from the movie.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (relieved)

MAN, FEELS LIKE SWEET HEAVEN EVERY TIME I TAKE THIS OFF.

 

PAGE 17

 

PANEL 1

Chris Romero notices someone speaking to him.

 

JULIE RUSSO (not shown)

HMP! YOU DON’T LOOK SO GREAT. IN FACT, YOU LOOK LIKE SOME BUM WHO’S A PATHETIC LOSER IN ALL IT’S MEANING.

 

PANEL 2

Julie is shown still sitting at the table acting like a brat who thinks she knows it all while in the background Chris is looking at her with a facial expression that says “Who’s this girl and what is her problem?”.

 

PANEL 3

Same as panel 2.

 

PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but Chris starts to walk away.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not caring)

WELL, I HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE ON WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT, SO IT’S ON TO OTHER THINGS.

 

PANEL 5

Chris sits at the bar as the manager, who’s also the bartender, goes to him with a bottle.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

I’M GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU FINALLY ARRIVED, ROMERO.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (chilling)

OF COURSE YOU ARE, I’M A PAYING CUSTOMER, PEOPLE WHO YOU PROBABLY CONSIDER MORE AS FAMILY THEN YOUR REAL ONE AS LONG AS WE KEEP SENDING THE GREEN PAPER TO YOUR DIRECTION.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

TRUE, BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT I MEANT WHEN I SAID THAT.

 

PANEL 6

The manager’s hand is shown point at Julie who seems to still be having an attitude problem, while Chris looks at her direction.

 

MANAGER (hand only shown)

SEE THAT GIRL OVER THERE?

 

CHRIS ROMERO (chilling and sarcasm)

YOU MEAN MISS WINNING PERSONALITY? YEAH, WE STARTED OFF GREAT AND ENDED IT THERE SO WE WOULD BE ABLE TO TREASURE THE SECONDS WE HAD TOGETHER IN MEMORY.

 

PANEL 7

Chris’s eyes are shown and one of the eyebrows goes up.

 

MANAGER (not shown)

YOU’RE TO TAKE HER WITH YOU WHEN YOU’RE OUT THERE HUNTING FOR SLUGS.

 

PAGE 18

 

PANEL 1

Chris is shown in the background, while in front of him is a glass that’s being filled with booze.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (shocked and confused)

SAY WHA….?!

 

MANAGER (not shown)

SHE JUST GOT OUT OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM AND NEEDS SOMEONE LIKE YOU, IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, TO GUIDE HER ON HOW IT’S DONE SO ALL THAT TIME AND MONEY PUT ON HER WON’T BE CONSIDERED A WASTE.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (shocked and confused)

SAY WHA-WHA….?!

 

PANEL 2

The manger puts the cap back onto the bottle while Chris just sits there wondering why this is happening.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

YOU’RE NOT DRUNK YET, ROMERO, SO EVERYTHING YOU JUST HEARD WASN’T A HALLUCINATION.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (annoyed)

WELL…. THEN DID SOMETHING LIKE THIS START AND WHY WASN’T I INFORMED ABOUT IT?

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN IF YOU WERE WILLING TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE NOTICES ON THE BOARD.

 

PANEL 3

Chris is looking at the board on the wall across the room that has papers pinned to it.

 

PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but Chris is now looking at the direction where the manager is. One of the papers on the board falls off.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (annoyed)

NO ONE READS THOSE THINGS. MAYBE BACK THEN WHEN NO ONE KNEW THAT THE BUREAUCRATS HAD NOTHING BETTER TO DO THEN TO MAKE THEIR JOBS LOOK IMPORTANT BY WRITING UP FANCY DOODLES, BUT NOW THAT MAGIC IS GONE.

 

PANEL 5

Another view of the manager and the sitting, and now drinking, Chris.

 

MANAGER (serious and chilling)

STILL, YOU HAVE TO DO IT. IT’S PART OF THE DEAL WE HAVE WITH THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE WALL.

 

PAGE 19

 

PANEL 1

Chris turns his head to look at Julie who’s in the background and is looking back at him with a mean look.

 

PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but Chris turns his head back and takes another drink, while Julie sticks her tongue out and gives him the pink eye.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (depressed)

GOOD GOD…. I THINK I DIED AND GONE TO TEENAGE BOPPER HELL.

 

PANEL 3

Chris is ready to leave and looks at his new partner as he puts on his mask.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (annoyed and depressed)

WE’RE LEAVING, SO PUT ON YOUR MOUTH COVER OR HAVEN’T YOU HEARD THAT THERE’S SLUGS OUT THERE WHO LIKE TO GO INTO YOUR MOUTH?

 

JULIE RUSSO (annoyed)

WHATEVER.

 

PANEL 4

Parts of Chris and Julie are shown as they leave and the manager is shown in the background behind the bar as he cleans a glass.

 

MANAGER (focused and talking to himself)

NICE ONE, ROMERO, MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION BY NOT ASKING THE GIRL’S NAME.

 

PANEL 5

The sitting at the tables customers are shown, as well as part of the manager.

 

ONE OF THE CUSTOMERS (curious)

SAY, FRANK, WASN’T THAT GIRL ASSIGNED TO JOE?

 

PANEL 6

A close look at the manager who’s still cleaning the glass.

 

MANAGER (focused)

YEAH, BUT JOE PAID ME TO GIVE THE BRAT TO ROMERO.

 

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PANEL 1

Chris and Julie are now walking outside with her following him. Like Chris, she also has a shotgun and flame thrower.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (a little annoyed)

OK, KID, I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU THE LIST, EVEN IF YOU DO SEEM TO THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING, BUT I’M STILL GOING TO GIVE IT TO YOU ANYWAYS SO KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT.

 

PANEL 2

The slugs are shown moving about.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

(1)   THE SLUGS, LITTLE CRITTERS FROM OUTER SPACE WHO SEES YOUR HEAD AS A PLACE FOR FEEDING AND BREEDING. IT’S SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH COVERED AT ALL TIMES.

 

PANEL 3

Zombies are shown moving about.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

(2)   THE ZOMBIES, THIS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN ONE OF THOSE SLUGS GETS INTO YOUR HEAD.  THEY MAY BE SLOW, BUT THEIR STRENGTH IS ENOUGH TO HANDLE YOU AND IT’S BEST TO TAKE THEM ON IN OPEN SPACE IF THERE’S A LOT OF THEM TO HANDLE.

 

PANEL 4

Other people who look like slug hunters, but are really gang members who mug people for their possessions and have gang wars with other gangs.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

(3)   BANDITS, OR GANGS, DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU CALL THEM, SOME THINGS HAVEN’T CHANGED IN HERE LIKE GANG WARS AND THEFT.

 

PANEL 5

Military troops with guns are shown.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

(4)   THE MILITARY, THERE’S RUMORS THAT THEY BEEN COMING IN HERE FOR SOME SERIOUS HUSH-HUSH STUFF AND THEY’RE PROBABLY TRUE SINCE THEY OWN THE WALL.

 

PANEL 6

A crazy priest at a worn out church.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

AND THERE’S OF COARSE (5), THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHO DESPERATELY NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP.

 

PRIEST (insane and enraged)

WHEN THERE’S NO MORE ROOM IN HELL THE DEAD WILL WALK THE EARTH BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL SINNERS!!! (loud) YOU HEAR ME!!! (louder) YOU’RE ALL GOING TO BURN IN “HELL”!!!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

SOME PEOPLE ARE AFRAID THAT THEY’LL SOMEDAY CREATE A FANATICAL CULT FOLLOWING, BUT FOR NOW THEY’RE GREAT FOR A GOOD LAUGH.

 

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PANEL 1

Once again, Chris and Julie are shown walking.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (a little depressed)

SO THERE YOU GO. THAT SHOULD AT LEAST INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL BY A HALF PERCENT.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (a little depressed)

WE’LL START HUNTING WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN.

 

JULIE RUSSO (a little annoyed)

WHY WAIT? IT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER IF WE HUNT THEM DOWN WHILE THE SUN IS STILL UP.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (a little depressed)

NO IT WOULDN’T.

 

JULIE RUSSO (a little annoyed)

YES IT WOULD!

 

PANEL 2

The inside of a military base is shown.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

KID, HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A SLUG EVER BEING OUT IN THE DAYTIME?

 

JULIE RUSSO (not shown and word box)

NO, BUT….

 

PANEL 3

Director O’Dea and Lieutenant Jones are shown behind a glass window looking at what’s on the other side.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

IT’S BECAUSE LIKE ALL SLUGS THEY HATE TO BE EXPOSED TO THE SUN BECAUSE IT DRIES THEM UP.

 

PANEL 4

In a lab, glass cages of slugs are trying to get out.

 

JULIE RUSSO (not shown and word box)

IF THAT’S SO, THEN LET’S TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT AND GO AFTER THE NESTS.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

WE ALREADY HAVE PEOPLE DOING THAT. OUR JOB IS IN THE FIELD.

 

JULIE RUSSO (not shown and word box)

BUT STILL….

 

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PANEL 1

Director O’Dea and Lieutenant Jones are shown behind the glass above as they look down at Doctor Hardman, in a protective suit, as he performs experiments on a slug in a lab. The glass cages for the other slugs are shown in the background.

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown, loud, and word box)

JUST DO WHAT I SAY!

 

CHRIS ROMERO (not shown and word box)

JEEZ! IT’S ONLY BEEN A FEW MINUTES WITH YOU AND ALREADY I’M GETTING A MAJOR HEADACHE!

 

TO BE CONTINUED