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Tess-1 #2

X-Treme Damage

part 1

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Past scene, Jake's feet are shown, as well as Musclebound's, which also includes part of the vehicle which was used to take Jake away.


JAKE (feet only shown and upset)

HEY! I HAVE RIGHTS, MAN! YOU CAN'T DO THIS!


MUSCLEBOUND (feet only shown and annoyed)

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR TEETH KNOCKED OUT IF YOU DON'T SHUT UP!


PANEL 2

An item is seen falling to the group that looks like it made of components of junk put together to make an odd-looking device. A car sound is heard.


PANEL 3

Somewhere else, a highly advance screen is shown detecting something.


PHOEBE (not shown)

OH' MY GOD!!! CEREBRA JUST DETECTED A NEW MUTANT!


IRMA (not shown)

WHAT?!!


PHOEBE (not shown)

A NEW MUTANT!


CELESTE (not shown)

DID YOU SAY A NEW MUTANT?


PHOEBE (not shown)

YES, ALREADY! WE NEED TO CALL MISTER SUMMERS ABOUT THIS!


PANEL 4

A “X” badge is shown.


PANEL 5

Back at the Mad Hotrodder junk yard, some people using scanners are there.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

A closer look reveals that they're the New Mutants who arrive to find clues on where the new mutant could be.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and from radio)

FOUND ANYTHING YET?


CANNONBALL (working)

YEAH, THESE DETECTORS THAT SCAN FOR SHED SKINS CELLS ARE PRETTY HANDY AND THEY ARE SHOWING THAT A MUTANT WAS HERE.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and from radio)

THAT'S BECAUSE THEY WERE DEVELOPED BY ME, THANKS TO MY SELF-EVOLVED BRAIN.


MADISON JEFFRIES (not shown, from radio, and from the background)

HEY, I HELPED.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and form radio)

WHATEVER, MADISON.


CANNONBALL (thought balloon)

SEEMS LIKE HE ALSO HAS A SELF-EVOLVED EGO AS WELL.


PANEL 2

Dani Moonstar is in the damaged kitchen where Atelidae was attacked.


DANI MOONSTAR (working

EXCUSE ME, DOCTOR NEMESIS?


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and from radio)

YEAH, WHAT IS IT?


DANI MOONSTAR (working)

I'M GETTING “REALLY” CRAZY READINGS FROM THIS DEVICE.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and from radio)

SEND THE READING TO US TO EXAMINE.


PANEL 3

At the X-Club's lab, Doctor Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, and Doctor Kavita Rao are looking at the sent reading on a big view screen.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (a bit shocked)

OH' MY!


MADISON JEFFRIES (a little confused)

BIOLOGY MAY NOT BE MY EXPERTISE, BUT IS THAT REALLY BIO-READINGS.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

IT LOOKS SIMILAR TO A DEVIANT'S GNOME.


PANEL 4

Doctor Kavita Rao and Madison are looking at Doctor Nemesis with curiously, while Doctor Nemesis still looks at the screen.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (curious)

DEVIANT? I THINK I HEARD STORIES ABOUT SOME SUB-SPECIES, BUT THEY SEEMED LIKE MYTHS, FAIRY CREATURES YOU COULD SAY, BECAUSE OF LACK OF EVIDENCE OF THEIR EXISTENCE.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

OH' THEY EXIST ALRIGHT. IN FACT, ON ONE OF MY HUNTS FOR NAZI SCUM BACK THEN LED ME TO SOME OF THOSE CREATURES, THEIR REMAINS THAT IS, AND NO I DIDN'T DO IT, AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SATISFY MY SCIENTIFIC CURIOSITY.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

MY FINDINGS REVEALED THAT THEY HAD A GENETIC STRUCTURE THAT WAS UNSTABLE AND PRODUCED RANDOM MUTATIONS WHICH PROBABLY HAD NO ADAPTIVE DIRECTION AND PROBABLY WENT TO ALL DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS AS IF EVOLUTION WAS DRUNK OUT OF IT'S MIND.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (curious)

YOU THINK THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NEW MUTANT'S DISAPPEARANCE.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

PROBABLY.... NO, WHAT A MINUTE.


PANEL 5

Doctor Nemesis presses some buttons on the console and new readings are shown on the screen.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (hand only shown)

RESIDUAL EVIDENCE.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (not shown)

EXCUSE ME?


DOCTOR NEMESIS (hand only shown)

IT MEANS THE DEVIANT HAS A PARENT THAT IS A MUTANT, DESPITE LACKING THE X-GENE ITSELF.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (hand only shown)

THERE HAS BEEN SOME CASES WHERE MUTANTS HAVE BIRTHED BASELINE HUMANS, ALTHOUGH RARE, LIKE THAT BASTARD GRAYDON CREED, BUT THERE WOULD STILL BE EVIDENCE IN THEIR GENETIC STRUCTURE IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK.


KARMA (not shown and from radio)

EXCUSE ME, BUT I FOUND SOME PHOTO INSIDE WHAT SEEMS TO BE A CHILD'S ROOM.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Karma is inside of Atelidae's bed room that has some stuff animal dolls inside of it and is looking at a photo.


KARMA (working)

IT SEEMS THAT THE PERSON WE'RE LOOKING FOR MAY HAVE HAD A CHILD, A GIRL.


PANEL 2

At the X-Club's lab, the photo is shown through the view screen. It's Jake and Atelidae together making goofy faces.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (a little confused)

THIS IS A BIT CONFUSING JUDGING FROM THAT GIRL'S APPEARANCE.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (a little confused)

I MEAN SHE COULD BE A MUTANT, OR A EX-MUTANT WHO KEPT SOME CHARACTERISTICS WHEN IT COMES TO APPEARANCE, BUT WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE MUTANT ACTUALLY BEING NEW. THE “FIVE LIGHTS” WE HAVE NOW ARE MORE LIKE “MADE” MUTANTS, INSTEAD OF ORIGINALLY BORN.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

MEANING ANY KIDS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD BEFORE WOULD NOT ONLY LACK THE X-GENE, BUT ANY RESIDUAL EVIDENCE.


MADISON JEFFRIES

ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE GIRL IS THE DEVIANT?


PANEL 3

Doctor Nemesis pushes some more buttons.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

IT'S A POSSIBILITY SINCE THE READINGS OF THE AREA THAT THOSE KIDS HAVE BEEN SENDING SHOWS THAT THE DEVIANT HAS BEEN THERE FOR QUITE A LONG WHILE AS IF IT... SHE... HAS BEEN LIVING THERE.


CYPHER (not shown and from radio)

I BELIEVE I HAVE FOUND SOMETHING OF GREAT INTEREST.


PANEL 4

Cypher is in the area where the odd device was dropped which is now in his hand. He also has his scanner next to it as if trying to get reading from it.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and from radio)

WE'RE NOT GETTING ANYTHING FROM YOU. DO YOU EVEN HAVE THAT THING ON?!


CYPHER (indifferent)

I WOULD SAY THAT THIS STRANGE-LOOKING DEVICE IS PERHAPS THE SOURCE OF MY NOT BEING ABLE TO SEND YOU ANY DATA, A GNOME CLOAKING DEVICE YOU COULD SAY.


PANEL 5

Back to the X-Club lab, the three scientist are shown again, while looking at the device through the view screen, while getting no readings because of it.


MADISON JEFFRIES

SO THIS ISN'T A NEW MUTANT, BUT AN OLD ONE THAT'S BEEN HIDING HIS TRUE NATURE WHICH OF COARSE WOULD ALSO EXPLAIN BEING MISSED IN THE CENSUS OF MUTANTS WHO STILL HAD THEIR POWERS.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (serious)

WHILE OBVIOUSLY ENDING UP UNEFFECTED BY M-DAY.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Doctor Kavita Rao is shown.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (serious)

BUT THE PROBLEM NOW IS THAT WE CAN'T FIND HIM THROUGH CEREBRA. HE HAS AGAIN DISAPPEARED FROM OUR WORLD-WIDE SCANNING.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown)

BUT MAYBE WE CAN FIND HIM THROUGH SOMEONE ELSE.


PANEL 2

Doctor Nemesis works with the controls.


DOCTOR KAVITA RAO (a little curious)

SO WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU DOING NOW?


DOCTOR NEMESIS (focused)

RECALIBRATING THE SCANNERS FOR A CERTAIN GNOME FREQUENCY.


PANEL 3

The scanners show the readings on the view screen which shows where Atelidae is.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown)

AND NOW WE HAVE OURSELVES A DEVIANT LOCATER.


PANEL 4

Night time. In an area where there are a few abandon buildings and some open fields are Tess-1 and Atelidae. Atelidae looks depress with her head down and with the hood of her sweat jacket over her head. She's crouched down.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and word box)

ALL WE HAVE TO DO NOW IS SEND A TEAM, VIA TELEPORTER, TO PICK HER UP WHICH SHOULDN'T BE ANY TROUBLE AT ALL.


PANEL 5

The chest of Tess-1 is shown with it's name on it.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (not shown and word box)

THIS WILL LIKE BE THE EASIEST MISSION IN X-MEN HISTORY.


PANEL 6

The hooded Atelidae turns her head as she notices pink energy.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

A few minutes later, Dazzler, Gambit, and Pixie are running for their lives, because they didn't expect the deviant girl to have a giant killing robot with her, which is why there's only three of them! There are big explosions and a hot rod engine sound!


PANEL 2

The three X-Men manage to find cover. There are still explosions and a hot rod engine sound outside! Pixie looks like she's in shock and shivering a little. Dazzler turns her head to Gambit's direction.


DAZZLER (angry and loud)

THIS IS “NOT” THE EASIEST MISSION IN X-MEN HISTORY, IN FACT, IT'S A TOTAL DISASTER SINCE THE THREE OF US AREN'T DOING WELL WITH THAT CRAZY ROBOT WITH THE FLAME PAINT JOB!!!


GAMBIT (calm and awkward)

YOU'LL GET NO ARGUMENT HERE, CHERE. ESPECIALLY SINCE WE WERE EXPECTING JUST A LITTLE FILLE, BUT I'M SURE WE CAN COME UP WITH A PLAN TO GET OVER THIS BIG METAL PROBLEM.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 is now looking for the three X-Men. The X-Men are hiding behind a wreck of a shed.


DAZZLER (not shown and whisper)

FOR SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE WITH US, YOU SEEM PRETTY CONFIDENT IN GETTING A VICTORY FROM THIS.


GAMBIT (not shown and whisper)

DAT'S BECAUSE OL' GAMBIT ISN'T A FIGHTER, BUT A THIEF WHO KNOWS HOW TO FIGHT WHILE RELYING MORE ON GETTING THE PRIZE BEFORE ANYONE NOTICES.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PIXIE (not shown, whisper, and in despair)

OH' MY GOD.



PANEL 4

A close look at the depressed and annoyed Atelidae.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and depressed)

WEIRDOS.


PANEL5

Pixie's teleportation disc appears above Tess-1 and Dazzler and Gambit drops out of it.


DAZZLER (annoyed and loud)

DON'T YOU DARE LET OUR DEATHS BE IN VAIN, PIXIE!


GAMBIT (stylish)

MY, AREN'T WE HAVING A STRESSFUL NIGHT, CHERE.


DAZZLER (annoyed)

HUSH IT, FRENCHIE, I ALMOST GOT KILLED BY THIS THING BEFORE I EVEN KNEW IT AND THAT CAN REALLY GET YOU IN THE NERVES!


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Another of Pixie's teleportation disc comes from behind Atelidae where Pixie leaps out and tries to grab her, but thanks to Atelidae's hind legs, she leaps out of the way.


PIXIE (direct)

GOTCHA!


PANEL 2

Thanks to her monkey-like agility, Atelidae does an easy back flip while her hands are still in her pockets.


PIXIE (not shown and moan)

NO, I DON'T.


PANEL 3

Pixie and the landing Atelidae face each other.


PIXIE (trying to reason)

WAIT, WE'RE THE X-MEN! WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU!


ATELIDAE (annoyed and unimpressed)

GOOD FOR YOU.... NOW GO AWAY.


PANEL 4

Pixie flies towards her while Atelidae does another flip.


PIXIE (trying to reason)

OH' COME ON! DON'T BE LIKE THAT!


ATELIDAE (annoyed and unimpressed)

NOT A MUTANT, NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU'RE SELLING, AND SO BACK TO WHAT I WAS JUST SAYING.... “NOW GO AWAY”.


PANEL 5

Dazzler and Gambit are on the back of Tess-1 who's trying to get to them! Dazzler is using her light powers on the robot which is producing nothing but ionic static because of the robot's defense!


ATELIDAE (not shown)

AND YOU BETTER DO IT BEFORE YOUR LUCK RUNS OUT SINCE YOUR FRIENDS ARE JUST PUSHING IT.


PIXIE (not shown)

YEAH, WILL IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THAT TO ME! IN FACT, I'M BETTING THEY'LL MAKE SCRAP METAL OUT OF THAT THING IN NO TIME!


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

Gambit is about to use his mutant power to turn Tess-1 into a big bomb!


GAMBIT (stylish)

GET READY TO RUN LIKE CRAZY, CHERE, BECAUSE A FELLA DIS SIZE WILL SURELY CREATE A BIG BANG!


PANEL 2

Gambit hurts his hand with the attempt because of the static ionic energy which prevents the process! Gambit falls back and off the robot while holding his hand!


GAMBIT (loud and in pain)

AÏE! CELA FAIT VRAIMENT MAL!


DAZZLER (loud and concern)

GAMBIT!


PANEL 3

A close look at the worried Dazzler as she hears the hot rod engine sound as if that was a sign that things are about to get really serious!


PANEL 4

Tess-1 leaps back to let the ground handle Dazzler! A hot rod engine sound is made.


DAZZLER (worried)

OH' #@%&!


PANEL 5

Dazzler manages to jump away before Tess-1 lands on the ground on it's back! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Pixies back is show, while Atelidae is facing her front. Pixie turns her head as she hears Gambit.


GAMBIT (not shown and loud)

PIXIE!


PANEL 2

The hand hurt Gambit is shown. In the background, Dazzler is desperately running away from Tess-1 who's has gotten back on it's feet with great agility, while weapons are coming out of it. A hot rod engine sound is made.


GAMBIT (hurt and serious)

WE NEED TO DO A DISAPPEARING ACT HERE, SINCE WE'RE OBVIOUSLY OUT-POWERED HERE, CHERE!


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 3

Pixie manages to get all three of them out of there before Tess-1 fires! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 4

An amused Atelidae is shown.


ATELIDAE (amused)

HEH! HEH! HEH! HEH! GOOD-BYE AND DON'T BOTHER TO CALL, LOSERS!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but a surprised Atelidae falls into a teleportation disc from Pixie!


ATELIDAE (surprised)

WHAT THE H....?!


PANEL 6

Tess-1, with weapons still out, looks at the spot where Atelidae was.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Morning in Utopia, Buildings are shown.


ATELIDAE (not shown and loud)

SOMEONE GET ME A PHONE BECAUSE I'M CALLING THE POLICE!!!


PANEL 2

Inside the room is Atelidae sitting on a couch surrounded by X-Men.


ICEMAN (a little annoyed)

KID, WE DIDN'T KIDNAP YOU, WE BROUGHT YOU HERE FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, AS WELL AS TO LOOK FOR YOUR FATHER BECAUSE HE'S A MUTANT.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and in disbelief)

YOU SO DID KIDNAP ME!


ATELIDAE (annoyed and in disbelief)

YOU TOOK ME AGAINST MY WILL WITHOUT ANY REAL AUTHORITY OR MY PARENT'S CONSENT! THAT'S PRETTY MUCH KIDNAPPING, STUPID!


ATELIDAE (annoyed and in disbelief)

AND TO MAKE IT WORSE, YOU'VE TAKEN ME TO A PLACE WHERE BEING INSIDE AN ACTIVE VOLCANO WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT SAFER! I KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE! I WATCH THE NEWS!


PANEL 3

Iceman is looking a Cyclops and grins.


ICEMAN (grinning and sarcasm)

KIND OF GOES AGAINST YA IN A DISCUSSION WHEN THE ONE YOU'RE HAVING IT WITH HAS A GOOD POINT, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR TRACK RECORD SO FAR.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

AS FOR MY PAPA, WHY THE HELL WOULD I WANT HIM TO BE BROUGHT TO THIS DEATHTRAP?!


ATELIDAE (not shown)

YOU GUYS ARE PRACTICALLY BEING YOUR ENEMIES' BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD BY PUTTING ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET AND MAKING EVERYONE “KNOW” WHERE THAT BASKET IS!


PANEL 4

Emma Frost comes forth.


EMMA FROST (in charge-like)

CHILD, WE SIMPLY WANT YOUR “PAPA” TO BE WITH HIS OWN PEOPLE SO THAT HE CAN REACH HIS FULL POTENTIAL OF HIS WONDROUS GIFT WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN EVIDENCE OF. AND WE DO ALLOW LOVE ONES TO COME WITH AND SOMEONE LIKE YOU WOULD SURELY FIT IN.


ATELIDAE (suspicious)

EVIDENCE?.... AND WHY THE HELL WOULD I WANT “MYSELF” TO BE BROUGHT TO THIS DEATHTRAP?!


PANEL 5

A room with odd-looking stuff that the Mad Hotrodder created from junk are in a storage room in Utopia.


EMMA FROST (not shown and word box)

YES, AFTER CEREBRA, A DEVICE WE USE TO TRACK DOWN MUTANTS, DETECTED YOUR FATHER, WE WENT TO WHAT SEEMED TO BE HIS PLACE OF BUSINESS TO LOOK FOR HIM AND FOUND SOME IMPRESSIVE MACHINERY WE BROUGHT BACK HERE TO EXAMINE, INCLUDING ONE IN YOUR ROOM WHICH SEEMS TO BE LIKE A ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM OF SORTS.


ATELIDAE (not shown, direct, and word box)

YOU LOOTED OUR PLACE?!!


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Atelidae and Emma Frost are facing each other. Other X-Men are there.


EMMA FROST (in charge-like)

PLEASE, CHILD, WE SIMPLY DID WHAT WAS NECESSARY TO KEEP IT FROM OTHER PEOPLE'S HANDS WHO MAY HAVE USED THEM FOR HARMFUL PURPOSES, ESPECIALLY SINCE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT MORE THEN HALF OF THEM DO, AND THINK OF THIS AS A CONVENIENCE WHEN IT COMES TO MOVING.


ATELIDAE (angry)

WHAT IS WITH YOU, PEOPLE?!


ATELIDAE (angry)

DO YOU PEOPLE THINK THAT BECAUSE YOU WERE BORN WITH AN EXTRA ABILITY OR TWO TO GO WITH YOUR HUMAN ONES THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO AS YOU PLEASE?


ATELIDAE (angry)

THAT BEING BORN WITH A SUPER-POWER, INSTEAD OF GETTING IT FROM RADIATION OR SOMETHING, SOMEHOW MAKES YOU WISER THEN THE REST OF THE WORLD?


PANEL 2

Doctor Nemesis enters the scene and is behind Emma Frost.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

LET ME HAVE A TRY.


PANEL 3

Doctor Nemesis is now facing Atelidae.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (serious)

YOUNG LADY, MY NAME IS DOCTOR NEMESIS, AND MANY OF MY EXPERTISES, AMONG MANY, IS BIOLOGY, WHICH MEANS I KNOW WHAT PART OF THE BODY IS MOST SENSITIVE TO PAIN....


PANEL 4

Iceman and Dazzler drags Doctor Nemesis out of the room. Gambit is shown in front and the hand he hurt has bandages which he's looking at.


DOCTOR NEMESIS (annoyed and a bit loud)

HEY! I'M TRYING TO HELP HERE!


ICEMAN (annoyed)

TAKE YOUR “HELP” SOMEWHERE ELSE WHERE YOU DON'T END UP MAKING PEOPLE FEAR AND HATE US EVEN MORE, AS IF WE DON'T GET ENOUGH OF THAT ALREADY.


DAZZLER (annoyed)

AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, WHY DON'T YOU TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EASY AND “SUICIDAL”.


GAMBIT (chilling and a bit awkward)

GOT TO ADMIT, DAT ROBOT WE FACE WAS PRETTY MUCH THE OPPOSITE OF EASY.


CYCLOPS (not shown)

ROBOT?


PANEL 5

Cyclops is shown with interest when he heard the words robot. Pixie is pointing her lips as she thinks back.


PIXIE (recalling)

WE WERE ABOUT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE ROBOT, CYCLOPS, BUT YOU SEEMED SO FOCUSED ON TALKING WITH ATELIDAE, AND I SEEM TO RECALL HER CALLING IT “TESSY”, THOUGH ON IT'S CHEST HAD SOMETHING ELSE WHICH WAS....


PANEL 6

Wolverine reacts when hearing the name.


PIXIE (not shown)

TESS-1.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Wolverine gets off his seat and is about to say something to the rest.


WOLVERINE (serious)

OK, EVERYONE, I NEED TO TALK TO THIS KID ALONE, SO IF YOU COULD PLEASE LEAVE THE ROOM FOR A MINUTE.


CYCLOPS (serious)

YOU ACT AS IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THIS ROBOT.


CYCLOPS (serious)

IS IT SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE CONCERN WITH?


PANEL 2

Wolverine and Cyclops are facing each other.


WOLVERINE (serious)

STEVE AND I, WHEN HE WAS CAP, FACED THIS WORLD WAR 2 ROBOT BEFORE WHEN A MUTANT CALLING HIMSELF OVERRIDER, A FORMER S.H.I.E.L.D. AGENT, TECHOPATH, AND NOW EX-MUTANT THANKS TO M-DAY, WHO USED THE ROBOT TO MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO DISPOSE SOME NUKES IN HOPES TO HELP HIS SON'S PSYCHOSIS OF A NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON.


WOLVERINE (serious)

FROM WHAT I COULD TELL, THE GUY HAD PROBLEMS CONTROLLING THE TIN MAN, EVEN WITH HIS MUTANT ABILITY, WHICH PRETTY MUCH INDICATES JUST HOW CHILD FRIENDLY THAT THING COULD REALLY BE.


CYCLOPS (serious)

HM, AND FROM WHAT WE CAN TELL FROM THIS GIRL'S FATHER'S MUTANT ABILITY, THERE MIGHT BE A CHANCE HE WORKED ON THE ROBOT WHICH WOULD NO DOUBT MAKE IT MUCH MORE POWERFUL THEN BEFORE.


WOLVERINE (serious)

NOT A PRETTY THOUGHT.


PANEL 3

Cyclops begins to leave, while Wolverine grabs a chair to have a conversation with Atelidae.


WOLVERINE (serious)

SO, DID YOU HEAR ALL THAT?


ATELIDAE (suspicious)

EXACTLY WHAT'S YOUR POINT?


ATELIDAE (suspicious)

BETTER THOSE THINGS WERE DISMANTLED, INSTEAD OF USED.


WOLVERINE (serious)

THAT I CAN AGREE, BUT THE METHOD WAS TOO RECKLESS WHEN IT COMES TO USING THAT ROBOT, LITTLE LADY.


PANEL 4

The back of Atelidae's head is shown, while Wolverine is shown in front of her and in the right.


WOLVERINE (serious)

THERE'S ALSO THE FACT THAT ALTHOUGH OVERRIDER WAS THE FIRST, HE WASN'T THE LAST WHEN IT CAME TO USING HER BIG FRIEND.


WOLVERINE (serious)

I DON'T KNOW ALL OF THE DETAILS, BUT I HEARD THE AVENGERS HAD TO FACE A TEAM CALLED “HEAVY METAL” WHO WAS BENT ON THINGS LIKE REVENGE, DESTRUCTION, AND POWER WHICH “TESSY” WAS A MEMBER OF.


PANEL 5

Atelidae looks amused after hearing that, Wolverine looks a little annoyed.


ATELIDAE (amused)

AWESOME.... DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THEIR MP3'S I COULD LISTEN TO?


WOLVERINE (a little annoyed and low tone)

I WASN'T TALKING ABOUT A ROCK BAND.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Wolverine gets up from his seat as if he's getting impatient with the girl.


WOLVERINE (getting impatient, but in control)

OK, THEN HOW ABOUT I TELL YOU REASON BEHIND HIS CREATION? WHY CERTAIN PEOPLE BUILT HIM WAY BACK THEN?


PANEL 2

Atelidae is shown.


WOLVERINE (not shown)

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A SENTINEL IS?


ATELIDAE (suspicious)

THOSE GIANT ROBOTS? YEAH, I'VE SEEN THEM ON TV A COUPLE OF TIMES, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY TOOK OVER MANHATTAN FOR THAT EVIL-LOOKING MANSLAUGHTER DUDE.


WOLVERINE (not shown)

IT'S ACTUALLY ONSLAUGHT, AND THINK OF YOUR FRIEND AS THE VERY FIRST ONE.


PANEL 3

Atelidae and Wolverine are facing each other.


WOLVERINE (serious)

THE WORLD ISN'T AS NICE AS WE WOULD LIKE IT TO BE AND THAT INCLUDES THE 1940'S WHERE THE WORLD WAS AT WAR, WHILE THERE WERE OTHER CONCERNS ON THOSE WHO MAY END UP BEING JUST ANOTHER ENEMY.


WOLVERINE (serious)

PEOPLE BACK THEN CALLED THEM MYSTERY MEN.... GOLDEN-AGE SUPER-HEROES YOU COULD SAY.


PANEL 4

Past scene, scientist and workers are putting Tess-1, in his original form, together.


WOLVERINE (not shown and word box)

THE STORY IS THAT THE REASON BEHIND THE TESS PROJECT WAS BECAUSE OF THE SUPER-SOLDIER PROGRAM, THE ONE THAT CREATED CAPTAIN AMERICA, BUT IF YOU ASK ME, THEY WOULD HAVE EASILY USED THOSE ARMY OF TESS ROBOTS, WHICH WAS THE ORIGINAL PLAN, ON ANYONE WITH UNUSUAL ABILITIES THAT THEY THOUGHT GOT OUT OF LINE UNTIL THEY WOULD LATER BECOME THE TOOLS TO SUPPRESS THE ENHANCED HUMANS AND MAKE THEM LIKE PROPERTY AS IF THEY WEREN'T HUMAN TO BEGIN WITH.


PANEL 5

Wolverine gets closer to the annoyed Atelidae.


WOLVERINE (serious)

THE HARSH REALITY IS THAT YOUR FRIEND WAS BUILT TO TAKE DOWN ANYONE WHO WAS OUTSIDE OF WHAT WAS CONSIDERED NORMAL.


WOLVERINE (serious)

YOUR KIND, MY KIND, AND ANY KIND THAT COULD LIKE FLY WITHOUT AN AIRPLANE.


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Another view of Atelidae and Wolverine. Wolverine has backed away and his back is shown.


ATELIDAE (annoyed)

HAS HE EVER DONE THOSE THINGS THAT HE WAS BUILT FOR?


WOLVERINE

EXCUSE ME?


ATELIDAE (annoyed)

HAS HE EVER DONE THEM? I MEAN, FROM WHAT YOU SAID, THINGS DIDN'T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN AS IF THE PROJECT WAS CANCELED OR SOMETHING.


PANEL 2

Atelidae is shown.


ATELIDAE (annoyed)

SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU'RE ACCUSING HIM OF A CRIME THAT HE NEVER EVEN COMMITTED.


WOLVERINE (not shown)

GEEZ, KID, THAT THING ISN'T A PERSON, BUT A MACHINE, A WEAPON!


ATELIDAE (annoyed)

I MAY BE 12, BUT EVEN I KNOW THAT CRIME IS AN ACTION, NOT AN EXISTENCE. SOMETHING YOU WOULD THINK YOU MUTANTS WOULD KNOW ABOUT.


PANEL 3

Under the sea, Namor is swimming around.


WOLVERINE (not shown and word box)

I'M TRYING TO HELP YOU HERE.


PANEL 4

Namor notices something that surprises him.


WOLVERINE (not shown and word box)

DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT EACH LETTER IN TESS STANDS FOR?


PANEL 5

Wolverine and Atelidae are face to face and Atelidae looks a little spooked.


WOLVERINE (serious and direct)

TOTAL ELIMINATION OF SUPER SOLDIERS!


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

At first Atelidae looks spooked after hearing that.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but Atelidae is now smiling with excitement!


PANEL 3

Outside, Namor goes up into the air after getting sucker-punched! Tess-1's arm and fist are shown coming out of the water! Already Namor is at a distance and is heading towards Utopia! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (not shown, direct, and word box)

METAL!


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Wolverine notices a big crashing noise! Atelidae looks amused.


ATELIDAE (devilish smirk)

UH' OH, LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE JUST GOT INVADED!


PANEL 2

The other X-Men enter the room because they heard the noise as well! Iceman is now in ice form!


ICEMAN (a little spooked)

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!


ATELIDAE (amused)

THAT WAS TESSY!


PIXIE (scared)

BUT.... BUT HOW COULD THAT ROBOT HAVE FOUND US?


PANEL 3

Atelidae looks a Pixie who has a facial expression that says “oopsie”.


ATELIDAE (amused and in disbelief)

OH' PLEASE, YOU FAIRY TALE MORON! TESSY MAY BE SIMPLE IN THE PROCESSOR, BUT SEEING THAT X-MEN UNIFORM THAT YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY WEARING AND THE FACT YOU PEOPLE PUT YOURSELF TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE WHICH EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT, YOU CAN BET THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST PLACE ANYONE WOULD LOOK!


PANEL 4

The back-right side of Atelidae is shown, while the X-Men are in the background.


ATELIDAE (amused)

AND SINCE PAPA WORKED ON HIM WITHOUT RESTRAINT, YOU GUYS ARE IN A HEAP OF TROUBLE!


EMMA FROST (serious)

IT'S SWEET THAT YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR FATHER'S ABILITY, BUT US X-MEN HAVE SURELY HANDLE WORSE AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MECHANICAL FRIEND.


PANEL 5

Emma Frost looks a little insulted.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

I SAID WITHOUT RESTRAINT, BIMBO!


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Outside, a disturbance in the water near Utopia.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

MY PAPA LIKED HIS PRIVACY, AND NEVER BELIEVED IN THAT HOMO SUPERIOR THING YOU GUYS GO ABOUT A LOT, ESPECIALLY SINCE MUTANTKIND HAS PROVEN MORE THEN ENOUGH TIMES THAT THEY'RE JUST AS STUPID AS EVERYONE ELSE.


PANEL 2

On the artificial island, Dust, Surge, Mercury, Rockslide, and Anole notices the disturbance!


ANOLE (shouting)

HEY! SOMETHING IS MAKING THE WATER RILE UP!


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

SO AMONG HIS MEANS TO PROTECT THAT PRIVACY HE HAD A RULE, A RESTRAINING RULE OF HIS ABILITY'S TRUE LIMITS, SO NO ONE WOULD BE SUSPICIOUS, ESPECIALLY THE CUSTOMERS.


PANEL 3

Past scene, at the Mad Hotrodder's garage, Atelidae catches her father doing something he shouldn't with a customer's car.


ATELIDAE (angry and strict)

PAPA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THAT CUSTOMER'S CAR!


JAKE (surprised and scared)

AAAAGH! OK! OK! I'LL TOME IT DONE!


JAKE (low tone)

BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN COOLER IF IT WAS DONE THAT WAY.


ATELIDAE (word box)

BUT THERE WERE TIMES HE COULDN'T RESIST THE URGE TO GO TO THE EXTREME AND NOT FOLLOW THAT RULE.


PANEL 4

Emma Frost is shown.


EMMA FROST (curious)

AND YOU BELIEVE THAT WITH YOUR FRIEND IT WAS ONE OF THOSE TIMES?


ATELIDAE (not shown)

YES, BECAUSE OF THAT MESSENGER FROM MY CLAN, AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE ATTACKED BY WELL ARMED PEOPLE SOON AFTER.


EMMA FROST (thought balloon)

MESSENGER? THEN COULD WHAT SEEMED LIKE A BATTLE AT THE JUNK YARD BE LINKED TO SOMETHING BIGGER? SOMETHING THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HER FATHER BEING A MUTANT?


PANEL 5

Past scene, Atelidae is cooking dinner in the kitchen.


ATELIDAE (word box)

AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT I WASN'T THERE BECAUSE I THOUGHT HE WOULDN'T DO ANYTHING CRAZY TO TESSY, SINCE HE WAS LIKE FAMILY TO US.


PANEL 6

Past scene, it's nighttime and Atelidae is looking up and looks spooked. She has her hood on.


ATELIDAE (word box)

BOY, WAS I WRONG!


ATELIDAE (spooked)

OH' MY GOD, TESSY, WHAT HAS THAT MADMAN DONE TO YOU?


TESS-1 (not shown and machine voice)

EH.


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PANEL 1

Outside, Tess-1 comes out of the water and starts to enter the island.


CYCLOPS (not shown and word box)

JUST HOW POWERFUL ARE YOU SAYING THE ROBOT IS?


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

INSANELY POWERFUL NO DOUBT.... WHICH IS WHY IT'S BEST YOU LET ME GO AND HAVE ME TAKE MY ROBOT WITH ME.


PANEL 2

The 5 young X-Men begin to attack!


CYCLOPS (not shown and word box)

FORGET IT.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

THEN YOU CAN KISS THIS DUMP YOU CALL PARADISE GOODBYE!


PANEL 3

Surge is running at super-speed!


SURGE (angry)

THIS IS LIKE THE WORST PLACE FOR SOMEONE LIKE YOU TO BE IN RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE US X-MEN HAVE GOTTEN PRETTY GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO PUTTING INTRUDERS IN THEIR....!


PANEL 4

A weapon comes out of Tess-1 and fires at Surge who desperately tries to avoid the shots! A hot rod engine sound is made.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Rockslide is shown.


ROCKSLIDE (angry)

HEY! YOU INTERRUPTED HER COOL SUPER-HEROIC SP....!


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but Tess-1 is now stomping Rockslide into pieces with it's foot repeatedly in a machine gun-like way! A hot rod sound is made.


ROCKSLIDE (despair)

GAAAAAAAGH!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 3

Dust and Mercury attack Tess-1! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 4

An air blower comes out of Tess-1 and blows Dust away! Mercury tries to wrap herself around the robot! A hot rod engine sound is made.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 5

Tess-1's arm and hand are shown grabbing a part of Mercury! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Tess-1 starts to squish Mercury inside it's hands! Mumbling sounds are heard inside Tess-1's hands that are from Mercury! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 2

In the background, Tess-1's back is shown and is still molding Mercury! Up front, the speeding Surge is heading towards him and looks like she's preparing to attack him with an electric attack! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 throws Mercury, now formed as a ball, at the speeding Surge which hits her and makes her fall back! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 4

The back/right side of Tess-1's head is shown, as well as the shoulders. A banging sound is heard.


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Tess-1 turns to the right, as well as the eyes, but looking down, to see where the banging sound came from.


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

The source of the banging sound is revealed to be Anole who tried to use his stronger right arm, but had no effect which is why he has a worried look on his face as he looks up.


ANOLE (worried and low tone)

UH' OH.


PANEL 2

Tess-1 simply kicks Anole and he falls onto the ground unconscious.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 is now in a running position and moving at an incredible pace. It leaves a dust trail. A hot rod engine sound is made.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

YOU'RE NOT DEALING WITH PREDICTABLE ROBOTS THAT YOU'RE USED TO FIGHTING.


PANEL 4

Another view of the running Tess-1. A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

OR THOSE “EVIL MUTANTS” WHO SEEM TO ACT AS IF VICTORY IS ASSURE BECAUSE THEY HAVE POWERS.


PANEL 5

A small army of X-Men are heading towards the area where Tess-1 is. Colossus, Psylocke, Armor, and Husk to name a few.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

BUT WHAT YOU ARE MESSING AROUND WITH IS FINELY TUNED HIGH GRADE CHAOS!


PAGE 21


PANEL 1

Past scene, Jake, Atelidae's father, is working on Tess-1, hot-rodding it, and has his headgear on while using the blow torch.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

WHAT YOU'RE REALLY FACING IS....


JAKE (focused and crazy)

TO THE EXTREME! TO.... THE.... EXTREME!! “TO”.... “THE”.... “EXTREME”!!!


PANEL 2

The amused Atelidae is shown in the background, while the X-Men notice a shaking!


PANEL 3

The X-Men look out the windows and see a line of big explosions!


PANEL 4

A close look at Atelidae's face who gives out a devilish grin!


ATELIDAE (devilish grin and direct)

MAJOR OVERKILL!


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

The back of Tess-1 is shown as it stands and looks to the right with it's head. In the background, Colossus and the other X-Men with him, also, up in the sky, is Cannonball, Archangel, as well as Namor who's back for payback. Tess-1 doesn't seem to care about noticing them. The surrounding area and buildings are damaged.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


TO BE CONTINUED