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Tess-1

Lady and the Bot

(One-Shot)

By Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

It's the 1940's and a discussion is being made by some military men about a great concern about people with inhuman abilities.


GENERAL (partly shown and serious)

AND YOU'RE SURE THIS IS OUR BEST OPTION AGAINST A FORCE THAT WE HAVE POSSIBLY NO HOPE OF OPPOSING IN CASE THEY DECIDE THAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE OVER THEN THEY MIGHT AS WELL DO SO?


LIEUTENANT (partly shown and serious)

THE OTHER OPTION, SIR, WOULD BE TO RELY ON OTHER MYSTERY MEN WITH UNUSUAL ABILITIES, BUT THAT WOULD PERHAPS PUT US IN A POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGE SINCE THEY'RE PART OF OUR CONCERN.


LIEUTENANT (partly shown and serious)

HAVING AN ENEMY WITH DELUSIONS THAT THEY'RE SUPERIOR TO EVERYONE AND CALLING THEMSELVES THE “MASTER RACE” IS ONE THING, BUT PEOPLE WITH POWER TO MAKE IT A REALITY IS ANOTHER MATTER.


PANEL 2

Another view of the two military men.


GENERAL (partly shown and serious)

AND THIS MECHANICAL MAN....


LIEUTENANT (partly shown and serious)

THEY CALL IT A ROBOT, SIR, OR AN ANDROID, WHICH WAS AN IDEA OF A PROFESSOR SCHUMANN WHICH THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SEEMS TO AGREE WITH BECAUSE OF PROFESSOR ERSKINE'S FORMULA AND IT'S POSSIBLE SUCCESS.


GENERAL (partly shown and serious)

THIS IS WHERE I'M HAVING A PROBLEM BECAUSE THERE WAS THAT PROFESSOR PHINEAS T. HORTON WHO CREATED A HUMAN-LOOKING MACHINE WHO BURST INTO FLAMES WHEN BEING EXPOSED TO AIR WHICH LED TO PUBLIC OUTCRY TO HAVE IT CONCEALED IN CONCRETE WHICH IT ENDED UP GETTING OUT OF AND SETTING PARTS OF NEW YORK ON FIRE.


GENERAL (partly shown and serious)

THE LAST THING I WOULD WANT US TO DO IS CREATE ANOTHER MACHINE MENACE WHICH WE CAN'T CONTROL.


LIEUTENANT (partly shown and serious)

HORTON WAS AN INDEPENDENT INVENTOR, WHILE PROFESSOR SCHUMANN WILL BE GOVERNMENT FUNDED AND SUPERVISED TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT COMES OUT OF THIS PROJECT WILL BE UNDER OUR STRICT CONTROL.


PANEL 3

A folder is shown with the words Total Elimination of Super Soldiers with a “Classified” stamp on it.


LIEUTENANT (not shown)

SIR, RIGHT NOW THE WAR IS KEEPING THE MYSTERY MEN BUSY, AND THERE IS THE MENTIONED SUPER SOLDIER PROGRAM, BUT ONCE IT'S OVER, WE MAY HAVE A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM IN OUR OWN TERRITORY WHICH MAY MAKE THIS WAR LOOK LIKE A CAKEWALK IN COMPARISON.


LIEUTENANT (not shown)

WE NEED SOMETHING THAT WILL ALLOW US NORMAL FOLK TO TAKE THEM ON.... AND IF NECESSARY.... TAKE THEM DOWN PERMANENTLY.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

A couple of years before the present, cosmic energy is shown blasting away!


PANEL 2

Spider-Man's hands, with Captain Universe's power, is shown generating and shooting energy!


PANEL 3

A massive explosion and inside it seems to be a robot which is being pushed away at incredible force!


PANEL 4

Like a comet falling from the heavens, a chunk of the robot falls above Manhattan!


PANEL 5

The crashing robot lands in a junk yard and there's a sign that says “The Mad Hotrodder” which indicates that this is more than just a junk yard and the crash is quite dramatic!


PANEL 6

Jake, who looks like he just woke up since he's still in his underwear, comes out dazed and confused because the coffee he has hasn't yet taken effect.


JAKE (dazed and confused)

WHAT THE #$%& WAS THAT?!!


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Around a decade before the present, it's night time and Jake is outside looking at the sky because he has nothing better to do.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but Jake is now looking to his left when he hears a voice.


CREEPY VOICE (not shown)

EXCUSE ME, BUT ARE YOU A MUTATED HUMAN WITH AN X-GENE?


JAKE (spooked and confused)

HUH?!


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but inhuman hands grab the spooked Jack!


CREEPY VOICE (not shown)

WE'LL TAKE THAT AS A YES.


PANEL 4

Shadow mostly cover the forms of the “creatures” as they haul Jack inside a sack as they head towards what looks like an advanced transport that is hovering above the ground. There is a hole in the ground next to the transport. Muffled screams are heard inside the sack.


PANEL 5

The advance transport shoots lasers into the ground that creates another hole that it enters while making a quiet ssssssss sound.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Jake is now lying on a table and is too nervous to move.


ZIRA (not shown)

<WHAT LANGUAGE DOES THIS HUMAN SPEAK?>


DEVIANT (not shown)

<ENGLISH.>


DEVIANT (not shown

<ARE YOU SURE WE SHOULD BE GOING THROUGH THIS? IF WE TRY AGAIN WITH SPLICING....>


ZIRA (not shown)

<THE END RESULT WOULD BE THE SAME WHICH WAS UNCONTROLLABLE MUTATION WHICH IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE.>


ZIRA (not shown)

<BY DOING IT THROUGH THE “NATURAL WAY” WE MAY BE ABLE TO CREATE A DEVIANT WITH AN X-GENE WHICH MAY FINALLY STABILIZE THE DEVIANT GENOME WHERE THE MUTATIONS WILL BECOME LESS RANDOM.>


DEVIANT (not shown)

<BUT THAT SAME INSTABILITY COULD PREVENT THE INHERITANCE OF THAT GENE.>


ZIRA (not shown)

<TRUE, BUT WE WON'T KNOW UNTIL WE TRY THIS EXPERIMENT.>


PANEL 2

Zira, who's form is mostly covered in shadow, walks towards the nervous Jake. Behind her is a “creature” who's form is also covered in shadow.


DEVIANT (concern)

<BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE YOU?>


ZIRA (indifferent)

<I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS EXPERIMENT, AS WELL AS FEMALE, AND THERE'S THE FACT THAT I'M AT LEAST CLOSE ENOUGH IN APPEARANCE WHEN IT COMES TO HUMANS WHO FIND IT AS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR.>


PANEL 3

A close look at the nervous Jake.


ZIRA (not shown)

FEAR NOT, HUMAN, WE JUST WANT SOME GENETIC MATERIAL AND YOU WILL NOT BE HARM IN ANY WAY, AS WELL AS BE RETURNED AFTER WE'RE DONE WITH YOU.


PANEL 4

A part of Zira is shown as she starts to remove her clothes.


ZIRA (partly shown and indifferent)

FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, YOU HUMANS TAKE PLEASURE IN MATING, THOUGH I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY FROM A REPRODUCTIVE FUNCTION, BUT AT LEAST YOU'LL RECEIVE SOMETHING IN RETURN.


PANEL 5

A close look at the nervous Jake.


JAKE (nervous)

PLEASE.... FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.... BE GENTLE.


ZIRA (not shown)

WE'LL SEE.


DEVIANT (not shown and word box)

<WE NOW HAVE THE GENETIC SCANNING RESULTS OF THE SPAWN.>


ZIRA (not shown and word box)

<HAS SHE INHERITED THE X-GENE FROM HER HUMAN FATHER?>


DEVIANT (not shown and word box)

<NO.... SHE HAS NOT.>


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

A week before the present, Forward Strike soldiers are attacking Deviants inside what seems to be caverns.


SOLDIER #1 (loud and serious)

TAKE THOSE MONSTROSITIES DOWN AND MAKE SURE THEY DON'T EVER GET UP!


PANEL 2

A part of Thomas Graveton is shown sitting in a control room as he watches a monitor which is showing the results of the soldiers.


THOMAS GRAVETON (partly shown and impressed)

WELL DONE, SARGENT, BUT PLEASE LEAVE SOME ALIVE TO INTERROGATE SO TO LEARN OF THEIR POSSIBLE PLANS OF CONQUEST, THEIR SECRETS IN WEAPONRY AND POSSIBLE BASES, AS WELL AS ANYTHING ELSE THAT WOULD BE PRUDENT FOR US TO KNOW.


THOMAS GRAVETON (partly shown and impressed)

THE MORE INTELLIGENT.... THE BETTER OF GETTING WHAT WE WANT MUCH QUICKER.


SARGENT (not shown and from radio)

UNDERSTOOD, SIR.


PANEL 3

Back at the battle field, the Sargent hears a voice. In the background, more Deviants are getting shot by soldiers.


SOLDIER #2 (not shown)

HEY, SARGE! LOOK AT WHAT I FOUND!


PANEL 4

Zira is pushed to the ground as if she was worthless.


SOLDIER #2 (partly shown)

I FOUND IT WHERE IT SEEMED TO LOOK LIKE A LAB OF SORTS.


SARGENT (not shown)

WELL, THE BOSS SAID HE WANTED INTELLIGENT AND YOU PROBABLY CAN'T FIND ANYONE MORE INTELLIGENT THAN SOMEONE WHO WORKS WITH TEST TUBES.


PANEL 5

A closer look at the angered Zira.


SARGENT (not shown)

BETTER TAKE A COUPLE MORE ALIVE JUST TO BE SURE.


PANEL 6

A small inhuman-like figure is shown making an escape while firing sounds are being made.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

A couple of days before the present, back at The Mad Hotrodder place where Heavy Metal music is heard, Jake is working on a car for a customer.


PANEL 2

Jake lifts the visor of his headgear as he heads towards his tools to get something and as he does it he skips with one foot and does an air guitar.


PANEL 3

The small inhuman-like figure watches Jack while hiding behind some junk of the junk yard.


INHUMAN-LOOKING CREATURE (thought balloon)

HOW DEGRADING.


PANEL 4

Behind the inhuman-like creature, and above, is Atelidae on a pile of junk and shadow mostly covers her form.


PANEL 5

The inhuman-looking creature is startled as he quickly turns around as something heads towards him at animal-like speed.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

Atelidae is revealed and is standing hands and feet on the inhuman-looking creature.


ATELIDAE (a little curious)

HEY, ARE YOU SOMEONE FROM MY CLAN?


INHUMAN-LOOKING CREATURE (annoyed)

GET OFF ME, YOU HALF-BREED FREAK!!!


PANEL 2

Atelidae puts one of her feet on the jerk's mouth while looking the other way and is unimpressed. Mild Heavy Metal music is heard in the background.


ATELIDAE (unimpressed and low tone)

YEAH, YOU'RE DEFIANTLY FROM MY CLAN.


ATELIDAE (shouting)

PAPA?!


ATELIDAE (shouting louder with a scratch)

PAPA?!!!


PANEL 3

The Heavy Metal music is off and Jack is walking towards the direction where he heard his daughter.


JACK (chilling)

COME ON, HONEY, YOU KNOW THAT PAPA NEEDS TO KEEP UP WITH THE RHYTHM TO STAY ARTISTIC WITH HIS WORK.


PANEL 4

Jack sees that Atelidae is on top of what seems to be a Deviant who pushes her foot away from his mouth and uses the other hand to show a scroll to the man.


INHUMAN-LOOKING CREATURE (annoyed)

HERE! THIS IS FROM ZIRA! NOW GET THIS “THING” YOU CALL YOUR OFFSPRING OFF ME!


INHUMAN-LOOKING CREATURE (annoyed)

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEST IF THIS THING WAS KILLED AFTER IT WAS REVEALED THAT SHE DIDN'T INHERIT THE GENE SO NONE OF US WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ….!


PANEL 5

Now it's Jack who put his foot on the jerk's mouth and reads the opened scroll.


PANEL 6

A close look at Atelidae's head.


JACK (not shown)

HEY, I THINK IT'S TIME FOR TESSY'S RECHARGE, SO WHY DON'T YOU GET THAT DONE WHILE I HAVE A CHAT WITH OUR GUEST.


ATELIDAE (a little disappointed)

AW, BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHAT MOTHER'S SCROLL SAYS.


JACK (not shown)

IT'S BORING GROWNUP STUFF FILLED WITH HER NAGGING ABOUT ME AND IT'S BEST ONLY ONE OF US SUFFERS.


PANEL 7

Atelidae walks away from the two on hands and feet like a monkey.


ATELIDAE (relieved)

UGH, I REMEMBER WHAT THOSE ARE LIKE.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

The inhuman-like creature is still on his back and Jack has already removed his foot from his mouth.


JACK (serious)

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?


PANEL 2

Atelidae is inside the garage and has hooked up a cable to something.


ATELIDAE (busy-bee)

I TELL YOU, TESSY, IT'S ALMOST LIKE MY PARENTS WERE WHAT HUMANS WOULD CALL MARRIED BASED ON WHAT I READ AND SAW ON THE TV, ESPECIALLY ON TV LIKE THAT MARRIED WITH CHILDREN SHOW.


PANEL 3

Outside, the inhuman-like creature is being thrown out of the property. Jake isn't shown.


INHUMAN-LOOKING CREATURE (panicking)

WAAAAAAAH!!!


JACK (not shown)

AND WHO ARE YOU CALLING A HALF-BREED FREAK?


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

I GUESS I SHOULD BE GLAD THAT MY PARENTS HAVE SOME RELATIONSHIP, EVEN THOUGH PAPA DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHOICE WHEN IT CAME TO MY CONCEPTION.


PANEL 4

A past scene with Atelidae being picked on by other Deviant children at the caverns. She's on the ground getting kicked by them and an adult in the background is watching and smiling while doing nothing to stop it. The other kids are calling her “half-breed freak” over and over.


ATELIDAE (word box)

I WAS AN EXPERIMENT THAT MY PEOPLE HOPED WOULD FINALLY STABILIZE THE DEVIANT GENOME WHICH ENDED WITH FAILURE, AND WITH THAT, AS WELL AS BEING PART HUMAN.... WELL.... LET'S JUST SAY I WASN'T EXACTLY MISS POPULARITY.


PANEL 5

Back to the present, Atelidae has just about finished her chore.


ATELIDAE (busy-bee)

AND BECAUSE OF THE TREATMENT I RECEIVED FROM MY FELLOW DEVIANTS, MY MOTHER LEFT ME WITH MY PAPA WHEN SHE HAD TO LEAVE THE CLAN BECAUSE OF OUTSIDE BUSINESS, AND AS TIME WENT BY, THE STAY HERE BECAME LONGER AND LONGER.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Atelidae notices that he father enters the room.


JACK (acting cheery)

SAY, PUMPKIN, I NEED TO DO SOME “MAINTENANCE” ON TESSY, SO WHY DON'T YOU GO IN THE HOUSE A WATCH SOME TV AND I'LL BE IN WHEN YOU HAVE DINNER READY.


ATELIDAE (a little confused)

NOW? BUT I THOUGHT DO DID THAT A WEEK AGO?


JACK (acting cheery)

WELL, THERE IS THIS MODIFICATION I WANTED TO TRY OUT.


ATELIDAE (a little confused)

THIS MODIFICATION WON'T HURT HIM, WILL IT? LIKE BLOWING UP FOR EXAMPLE.


JACK (acting cheery)

NO, NO, HE'LL BE FINE.


PANEL 2

Jake is now alone in the room and looks like he's in deep thought.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

DOES HAMBURGERS AND NOODLES SOUND OK?


JAKE (word box)

THAT SOUNDS FINE.


JAKE (word box and voice from the past)

YOU NAMED HER AFTER A MONKEY?!!


PANEL 3

A past scene where Jack is holding the baby Atelidae for the first time. Zira is behind him and looks like she's about to leave.


ZIRA (indifferent)

YES, WELL, HER BODY DOES HAVE A SIMILARITY TO A SPIDER MONKEY.


JAKE (upset)

AND EXACTLY WHY ARE YOU HAVING ME WATCH OVER HER?


JAKE (upset)

IF SHE'S SO IMPORTANT TO YOUR PEOPLE, THEN WHY NOT HAVE SOME THEM BABYSIT?


ZARI (indifferent)

BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T INHERIT YOUR X-GENE....


PANEL 4

A closer look at Jack's head as he looks shocked.


ZARI (not shown)

AND WITH THAT REASON, HAVING YOU LOOK AFTER HER WHILE I'M GONE FOR A CERTAIN APPOINTMENT WOULD GREATLY INCREASE HER CHANCES OF SURVIVAL, MEANING, SOME OF MY PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY JUST KILL HER FOR CONVENIENCE SAKE IF I'M NOT THERE AND NO DOUBT SAY IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.


PANEL 5

Back to the present, Jake is still in deep thought but is now looking down at his blow torch and headgear.


ZIRA (not shown and word box)

OR DID YOU HAVE OTHER PLANS THAT ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PROTECTING YOUR DAUGHTER WHO WILL PROBABLY GO THROUGH THE SAME BIGOTRY THAT SOME MUTANTS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO FACE FOR SIMPLY BEING DIFFERENT?


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

A past scene with the inhuman-looking creature who's getting up from the ground.


INHUMAN-LOOKING CREATURE (annoyed)

I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THAT HALF-BREED FREAK, I MEAN IT'S NOT LIKE YOU HAD ANY CHOICE OF THE MATTER OF BRINGING THAT FILTH INTO EXISTENCE.


PANEL 2

Another past scene where Jack is working on a car and Atelidae watches.


ATELIDAE (curious)

PAPA?


JACK (focused on work)

YEAH?


ATELIDAE (curious)

WHY DO YOU LIMIT YOURSELF WITH YOUR WORK?


ATELIDAE (curious)

I MEAN WITH YOUR MUTANT INTUITION TO IMPROVISE, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THESE CARS A LOT BETTER THAN HOW YOU PURPOSELY MAKE THEM.


JACK (focused on work)

WELL, IT'S BEST TO KEEP IT WITHIN COMPETITION LEVELS TO AVOID UNWANTED HASSLE, ESPECIALLY WITH THAT REGISTRATION CRAP GOING ON WHERE THEY USE PATRIOT IMAGERY TO EXCUSE DRAFTING CITIZENS INTO SERVITUDE WHERE YOU END UP SERVING THE NEEDS OF A SMALL PARTY WHILE SAYING IT'S THE WHOLE COUNTRY.


ATELIDAE (curious)

THAT IRON MAN GUY IS REALLY STUPID, ISN'T HE?


JACK (focused on work)

AND REALLY RECKLESS.


PANEL 3

Back to the present where Jack is still in deep thought.


JACK (word box)

BUT SOMETIMES THAT'S WHAT SELF-RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE WITH GREAT POWER WHO LOOK DOWN ON OTHERS DO WHEN THERE'S NO ONE THERE TO KEEP THEM IN LINE.


PANEL 4

Jack's back is shown and in front of him is the wrecked parts of Tess-1. Jack holds up the blow torch on one side, and the headgear on the other side, while tilting his head to the right.


JACK (artistic)

NO LIMIT.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

A day before the present, Thomas Graveton and his assistant, Mary Sandmon, are watching the inhuman-looking creature get thrown out of Jack's property on a monitor.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

IS THAT THE THING WE ALLOWED TO ESCAPE IN HOPES IT WOULD LEAD US TO MORE DEVIANTS?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

I BELIEVE SO, SIR, AND I DID SOME RESEARCH ON THAT PLACE AND THERE ARE SOME RUMORS OF A “CREATURE”, OR STRANGE MONKEY, BEING SITED THERE.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

SO IT MAY BE POSSIBLE THAT THERE ARE OTHER DEVIANTS THERE, THAT THIS JUNK YARD IS TO BE A HIDING PLACE OR PERHAPS A DESIGNATED SAFE HOUSE IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

IT DOES SEEM POSSIBLE SINCE A DEVIANT'S CULTURE IS PARTLY BASED ON HIDING THEIR PRESENCES FROM THE WORLD.


PANEL 2

5 costume superhumans are shown ready for action. The white muscle guy with blond hair is Musclebound, the black guy with veins showing on his fore head is Brainstorm, the mexican woman with electric powers is Electro Static, an asian woman with super speed name Fast Forward, and an indian guy with telekinesis named Matter Mind.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

WE'RE LUCKY WE HAVE OUR SUPER SOLDIERS TO HELP HANDLE THESE CREATURES.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

PEOPLE WHO WERE ONCE PART OF THE INITIATIVE WHO REGRETTABLY EXPERIENCED THE HORROR THAT THEY CALL “SECRET INVASION” WHICH SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET THESE KINDS OF CREATURES FROM GAINING THE ADVANTAGE WHERE A DEFENSE IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

WHICH IS WHY WE MUST TAKE THEM DOWN BEFORE THAT TERRIBLE EVENT THAT WAS SO COSTLY HAPPENS AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME BY THE DEVIANTS WHO SEEM SO SIMILAR TO THE SKRULLS.


PANEL 3

Back at the junk yard, Jack seems to be done with his work and seems to be waiting for a happening while in the TV room sitting on a comfort chair where Atelidae is using the vacuum.


ATELIDAE (busy)

COMING THROUGH.


JACK (worried, but trying to hide it)

HM, OH, SURE.


PANEL 4

Jake lifts his legs and Atelidae continues sweeping.


JACK (thought balloon, worried, but trying to hide it)

MAN, WHAT A REALLY SUCKY SITUATION WE'RE IN.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

It's morning and the junk yard and the “The Mad Hotrodder” sign is shown.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but an explosion happens!


SOLDIER (not shown and loud)

LET'S MOVE IT, PEOPLE! MOVE IT ! MOVE IT!


PANEL 3

The super soldiers are shown walking with soldiers surrounding them.


SARGENT (in charge)

SECURE THE AREA!


SARGENT (in charge)

WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY THERE ARE HERE AND I WANT A MAXIMUM KILL OF TARGETS!


PANEL 4

Inside the house, Jack and Atelidae are hiding under the kitchen table.


ATELIDAE (spooked and confused)

PAPA! WHAT'S GOING ON?!!


PANEL 5

Jack gets out from under the table.


JACK (keeping it in control)

DON'T WORRY, ATELIDAE, I'LL WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS.


ATELIDAE (spooked and confused)

PAPA?


PANEL 6

A close look at Jack's face as he smirks.


JACK (trying to act cool)

BECAUSE YOUR OLD MAN'S THE MAD HOTRODDER!


JACK (thought balloon)

YEAH, THAT SHOULD GET HER TO NOT WORRY.


ATELIDAE (not shown and thought balloon)

WHY DO I HAVE THIS DREADFUL FEELING THAT WE'RE DOOMED?


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

The super soldiers alone head for the work place of Jack's where there's a garage door.


PANEL 2

Musclebound tears off the garage door.


MUSCLEBOUND (self-righteous and confident)

COME ON OUT, YOU TRAITOR, OR WILL MAKE IT HURT MORE THAN WHAT WE PLANNED ON MAKING IT!


PANEL 3

The other super soldiers wait as Musclebound is already inside.


MUSCLEBOUND (not shown and loud)

WHAT THE @#%@ IS THIS?!!


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3 but Musclebound flies out as if he was hit by something powerful! A hot rod engine sound is heard from inside! The other super soldiers are surprised!


PANEL 5

1940's past scene, Professor Schumann is having a meeting with the general at his office.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (in disbelief, angry, and upset)

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE PROJECT IS CANCELED?!


GENERAL (serious)

THE BIG WIGS HAVE DECIDED TO CUT THE BUDGET ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ROBOT BASED ON THE FACT THAT YOU HAVEN'T MADE ANY REAL PROGRESS ON THE THING.


PANEL 6

At the Forward Strike base, Thomas and Mary are watching from a monitor.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

IT WOULD APPEARANCE THAT THEY HAVE RUN INTO SOME TROUBLE.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge and confident)

WORRY NOT.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Parts of the new hot rodded Tess-1, like the limbs, are shown as it crawls out of the garage.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (not shown and word box)

IF YOU GIVE ME MORE TIME I PROMISE I CAN....


GENERAL (not shown and word box)

YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN PLENTY OF TIME B Y OUR POINT OF VIEW.


PANEL 2

The four super soldiers look very worried by the situation.


ELECTRO STATIC (worried and annoyed)

HEY, THE BRIEFING SAID NOTHING ABOUT FACING SOMETHING LIKE THAT!


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

THE SUPER SOLDIERS ARE WELL TRAINED BY BOTH THE INITIATIVE AND OUR OWN PEOPLE SO THEY WOULD BE WELL PREPARED FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THEY FACE.


PANEL 3

The arm and fist of Tess-1 is shown.


GENERAL (not shown and word box)

IT WAS BAD ENOUGH WITH THAT PRESENTATION WHERE IT ENDED UP ATTACKING THE POLITICIANS WHO WERE PRESENT.


GENERAL (not shown and word box)

I DON'T KNOW WHAT WAS MORE EMBARRASSING.... THAT.... OR THE FACT THAT SOME OF THEM WET THEMSELVES AND ONE EVEN SCREAMED LIKE A GIRL.


PANEL 4

The chest of Tess-1 is shown and on it is it's name “TESS-1”.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

AND SO FAR “ANYTHING” MY SUPER SOLDIERS HAVE FACED HASN'T YET BEEN ABLE TO TAKE THEM ON OR AT LEAST PROVEN TO BE A CHALLENGE.


PANEL 5

A revealing of Tess-1's upper part which goes from the waist to the head.


GENERAL (not shown and word box)

FACE THE FACTS, PROFESSOR, THE TOTAL ELIMINATION OF SUPER SOLDIERS ROBOT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A WORTHLESS HEAP OF EXPENSIVE JUNK.


PANEL 6

A close look at Tess-1's eyes.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Some Forward Strike soldiers break through the door that leads to the kitchen!


PANEL 2

Atelidae leaps through the window with her powerful hind legs!


ONE OF THE SOLDIERS (not shown and loud)

THERE'S ONE!


PANEL 3

The soldiers start firing at her while her monkey-like agility saves her from getting hit!


PANEL 4

Atelidae does an incredible leap to get on top a heap of junk to use as shelter to the firing from the soldier!


PANEL 5

Atelidae, left side shown, does another leap with monkey-like agility! In the background and at a distance is Tess-1 fighting the super-soldiers which Atelidae doesn't notice because of the soldiers she's running from!


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Tess-1 tries to hit Fast Forward who faster than it and hits the ground instead, but the robot is making her work hard escaping it's extremely powerful fist because of it's own speed! A hot rod engine sound is made! (TURBO HYDRAULICS)


JACK (not shown and word box)

NOT FEELING SO INVINCIBLE ANYMORE LIKE YOU DID WHEN YOU FIRST CAME HERE WITH YOUR BIG EXPLOSIONS?


PANEL 2

Brainstorm is shocked on how agile the 20 foot robot is! A hot rod engine sound is made! (WEIGHT GYROSCOPE)


BRAINSTORM (shocked)

HOW CAN SOMETHING WITH IT'S SIZE AND WEIGHT MOVE LIKE THAT?!


JACK (not shown and word box)

NOT HAVING THAT SELF-RIGHTEOUS BELIEF THAT YOUR “GOOD” WILL ALWAYS WIN AND KICK EVERYONE ELSE'S @$$ES?


PANEL 3

Electro Static shoots electricity at the robot's back like a whip, and where the area it hits, a red spark of energy is shown which is a reaction to Tess-1's defense, since it's adamantium coating is gone, thanks to it's battle with Captain Universe Spider-Man! A hot rod engine sound is made! (STATIC IONIC ENERGY)


ELECTRO STATIC (frustrated and loud)

BOW BEFORE ME, PIG!


JACK (not shown and word box)

FEELING THAT STRAIN OF HAVING TO WORK FOR IT, INSTEAD OF GETTING IT EASY?


PANEL 4

Matter Mind uses his telekinesis to throw a large heap of junk at the robot and the robot quickly dodges the heap once it notices it! A hot rod engine sound is made! (MEMORY AMPLIFIER WITH TURBINE SENSORS AND PROCESSOR)


JACK (not shown and word box)

WELL, THERE'S A VERY “VERY” GOOD REASON FOR ALL THAT AND IT'S BECAUSE SOMETHING NASTY IS AFTER YOU AND IT HAPPENS TO BE....


PANEL 5

Tess-1 has two weapons on it's fore arms that just finished transforming and fires them! A hot rod engine sound is made! (TOOL MODULES)


JACK (not shown, word box, and direct)

A MEAN FIGHTING MASS-DESTRUCTION OF HARD ROCK HALLELUJAH!


COMPUTER READOUT BOX)

IMPROVISE.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


BRAINSTORM (not shown, loud, and panicking)

LOOK OUT!


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

The left side of Jack is shown with his hands on his hips while he looks up to give out a “mad scientist” laugh which seems a bit overdone.


PANEL 2

The same as panel 1, but Jack hears something and turns his head to the left and has a smart-alec smirk to replace the laughter.


JACK (smart-alec)

HM?


PANEL 3

A bruised up Musclebound is back and he looks really angry.


PANEL 4

Same as panel 2, but Jack now has a worried look on his face.


PANEL 5

The scared Jack is making a run for it way from the angry Musclebound who's after him!


MUSCLEBOUND (furious and loud)

GET BACK HERE, DEVIANT LOVER!


JACK (scared and loud)

NO! YOU'LL BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF ME!


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Tess-1 is still fighting the super soldiers! A hot rod engine sound is made!


BRAINSTORM (in charge)

ALRIGHT, PEOPLE, IF WE ATTACK AT ONCE AT ALL SIDES, THEN WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO OVERCOME IT!


PANEL 2

Tess-1 notices someone as the white dots of it's eye turn to the right!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PANEL 3

With it's new scanners, it sees Atelidae running away from soldiers who are shooting at her with her monkey-like agility!


PANEL 4

Tess-1 suddenly runs towards the direction where Atelidae is at an incredible pace, while leaving a big trail of dust for the super soldiers to choke on! When it runs, it bow downs, lifts the head, and brings the arms back while the legs move at an incredible speed. A hot rod engine sound is made!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

PROTECT.


PANEL 5

From above, and somewhat at a distance, the speeding Tess-1 moves through the maze of junk! A hot rod engine sound is made!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

PROTECT. PROTECT. PROTECT. PROTECT. PROTECT. PROTECT. PROTECT. PROTECT.


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

The Forward Strike soldiers have Atelidae surrounded with their guns aimed at her.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and from communicator)

KILL IT, SOLDIER.


SOLDIER (a little confused)

EXCUSE ME, SIR?


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and from communicator)

IT'S JUST A CUB AND I DOUBT IT HAS ANYTHING USEFUL WHEN IT COMES TO INFORMATION THAT'S IMPORTANT.


PANEL 2

Back at the Forward Strike base, Thomas Graveton, who's been watching what's been happening and is “very” annoyed about it, is looking at a monitor which is showing the trapped Atelidae through one of the soldiers' online camera. A hot rod engine sound is heard in the background of the communicator.


SOLDIER (not shown and from communicator)

YES, SIR, BUT WE HAVE IT....


THOMAS GRAVETON (annoyed and in charge)

IF IT ISN'T HUMAN, THEN KILLING IT ISN'T REALLY MURDER.


THOMAS GRAVETON (annoyed and in charge)

SOLDIER, WHAT IS THAT SOUND I HEAR IN THE BACKGROUND? IT SOUNDS LIKE A CAR.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 has leaped over a pile of junk and the sun is behind it! An “after-effect” of a hot rod engine sound is made which is like “RA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA”!


PANEL 4

Tess-1 lands above Atelidae who's surprise and is still looking at the direction where the soldiers are at, as the impact makes her hair move away from the robot! The robot lands on both it's hands (fists) and feet!


PANEL 5

A focused look at the confused Atelidae as she looks to see what's above her.


ALTELIDAE (confused and low tone)

TESSY?


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

Tess-1 gets up ready for action!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

PROTECT.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but weapons are coming out of it.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 3

The soldiers that were after Atelidae look really worried.


ONE OF THE SOLDIERS (worried)

WOW, HIS MAKES OURS LOOK LIKE PEA SHOOTERS.


PANEL 4

The junk yard at a distance. An explosion happens!


PANEL 5

Tess-1's feet are shown as it walks around the wreckage.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

I'M AFRAID WE LOST A LOT MORE THAN EXPECTED FROM THIS, SIR.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

I'D SAY IT WOULD BE VERY EXPECTED ONCE YOU MEET UP WITH A GIANT KILLER ROBOT WITH THAT MUCH POWER.


PAGE 21


PANEL 1

Jack is shown inside a van where he banging at the glass in the back! Musclebound's hand is shown grabbing Jack's shirt!


JACK (panicking)

HELP! I'M BEING KIDNAPPED!


MUSCLEBOUND (not shown)

STOP THAT!


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

HAVE WE ARRESTED THE HUMAN WHO IS SUSPECTED OF WORKING WITH THE DEVIANTS?


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

WE APPREHENDED HIM, BUT I WOULDN'T SAY ARREST SINCE WHAT WE'RE DOING HASN'T YET BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE LEGAL AUTHORITIES AND GOVERNMENT.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

SADLY, WE HAVE TO WAIT AND GIVE THEM THE TIME TO REALIZE HOW FOOLISH THEY ARE, AND AT THE MEANTIME, WE HAVE TO DO THINGS LIKE THIS BEHIND THEIR BACKS BECAUSE OF WHAT SLOW LEARNERS THEY ARE.


PANEL 2

The super soldiers are hiding behind some junk while watching the walking Tess-1 in the background. They look like they're getting ready to attack again. Atelidae is on top of Tess-1's head.


BRAINSTORM (in charge)

OK, I FINISHED WITH THE CALCULATIONS AND FORMULATED A PLAN BASED ON THE ROBOT'S ABILITIES AND SURROUNDINGS TO TAKING THAT THING DOWN.


ELECTRO STATIC (annoyed)

THIS BETTER WORK, NERD!


MATTER MIND (annoyed)

YEAH, FOR A GUY WHO HAS AN EVOLVED BRAIN, YOU HAVEN'T EXACTLY PROVEN YOURSELF TO BEING AS SMART AS YOU THINK YOU ARE.


PANEL 3

Tess-1's arm and hand are shown grabbing a heap of junk, and from the arm, is spider-like mechanical legs coming out to help get a better grip of the heap of junk! A hot rod engine sound is made!


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 4

The shadow of Tess-1 is on the worried super soldiers who have discovered that they have been discovered! Fast Forward gets out of there at super speed leaving her team mates! A hot rod engine sound is made!


FAST FORWARD (in a hurry)

WELL, NICE WORKING WITH YOU PEOPLE!


ELECTRO STATIC (mildly disgusted)

YOU'RE AN IDIOT, GENIUS.


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

Tess-1 is shown holding a really big heap of junk with one arm, with help from the “spider-legs coming out of that arm, as he looks down at the super soldiers! Brainstorm panics and screams like girl! Atelidae is biting her lip a bit because she thinks this is really going to hurt for the super soldiers! A hot rod engine sound is made!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


ATELIDAE (feeling obnoxious and thought balloon)

OOOOOOOOOO, THIS IS GOING TO HURT BEYOND BELIEF.


PANEL 2

The 1940's, the general's hand is shown holding a stamp which just put a stamp on the “CLASSIFIED” stamp of the Total Elimination of Super Soldiers folder which happens to be “CANCELED”.


GENERAL (hand only shown)

THE DECISION IS FINAL BASED ON THE FACT THAT ERSKINE'S PERFORMANCE ENHANCING FORMULA DIED WITH HIM.... AMONG OTHER REASONS.


PAGE 23


PANEL 1

Back at the Forward Strike base, Thomas Graveton has his hand on his nose to show that he's feeling some stress. Mary Sandmon is with him.


THOMAS GRAVETON (tired and a little stressed)

THAT DIDN'T EXACTLY GO VERY WELL.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

I'M AFRAID IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THINGS GOTTEN EVEN MORE DIFFICULT THAN WHAT THEY STARTED AS.


THOMAS GRAVETON (tired and a little stressed)

THAT'S TRUE.... AND VERY LOGICAL SINCE OUR CONTINUED ATTACKING OF THE DEVIANTS WOULD RESULT WITH THEM SOON FIGHTING BACK.


PANEL 2

Back at the junk yard which is now trashed more than normal, Tess-1 is just standing there with Atelidae still on it's head.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

WHAT ABOUT THE ROBOT?


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

WE SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON IT, IN FACT, LOOK INTO IT'S BACKGROUND BECAUSE IT SEEMS FAMILIAR TO ME. AS IF I READ SOMETHING LIKE IT IN THE PAST OR SAW IT IN THE NEWS.


PANEL 3

The back and side of Tess-1 and Atelidae are shown as they look at the direction of the sunset.


ATELIDAE (worried)

PAPA?


PANEL 4

The van that's taking Atelidae's father away is shown.


PAGE 24


PANEL 1

The 1940's, inside what looks like a lab where a frustrated Professor Schumann is pushing papers and blueprints off a table in anger!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (angry and loud)

THOSE BLASTED MILITARY MINDED FOOLS!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (angry and loud)

FOOLS! AFTER ALL THE WORK I PUT INTO THIS PROJECT!


PANEL 2

Tess-1, in his original form, is shown inside the storage box that Richard Rennsalaers will one day find the robot in without the lid. The angry Professor Schumann is pointing at the robot.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (angry)

THEY THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE THE FORMULA OF THE SUPER SOLDIER SERUM IS LOST THAT EVERYTHING WILL “MAGICALLY” BECOME BETTER!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (angry)

THEY ONCE SAID THAT THE FIRST WORLD WAR WOULD END ALL WARS AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW! AND NO SOONER WILL WE BE IN ANOTHER WAR WHICH WILL MAKE “ALL WARS” SEEM LIKE A JOKE WITH THE UNBELIEVABLE POWERS THAT THESE MYSTERY MEN POSSESS WHICH WE MAY ONE DAY HAVE TO FIGHT AGAINST!


PANEL 3

Professor Schumann calms down and stands there.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (annoyed)

I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE YOU TO MY HOME IN THE MIDWEST TO CONTINUE THE WORK AND GET YOU WORKING BEFORE THAT HAPPENS.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (annoyed)

AND I'LL SHOW THEM.... I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!


PANEL 4

Professor Schumann starts to laugh.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (laughing)

ESPECIALLY THAT IDIOT PHILO ZOG AND HIS STUPID ELECTRO ROBOT THAT HAS A TELEVISION FOR A HEAD!


THE END