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Tess-1 #21

Final Showdown

Part 1

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Somewhere in Mexico, a helicopter lands.


PANEL 2

From the now landed and switched off helicopter is Odysseus Indigo and Astarte who heading towards somewhere.


ASTARTE (a bit concern)

I MUST SAY, SIR, IT'S A BIT UNUSUAL FOR YOU TO GO THIS FAR TO MEET WITH A CONTACT.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

THAT IT IS, BUT THIS ONE CONTACT HAS ALWAYS GIVEN ME VERY USEFUL INTEL THAT'S BEEN VERY HELPFUL IN THE YEARS AND ESPECIALLY WITH THIS WAR WE'RE HAVING WITH FORWARD STRIKE.


ASTARTE (a bit concern)

BUT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS PERSON'S IDENTITY, OR WHAT HE OR SHE LOOKS LIKE. THE PERSON IS LIKE A GHOST WHO SENDS YOU INFORMATION THROUGH A NETWORK LINK THAT'S UNTRACEABLE EVEN BY OUR RESOURCES.


PANEL 3

Part of Indigo and Astarte are shown as they head towards a old, and somewhat falling apart, shack.


ASTARTE (partly shown and a bit concern)

THIS INDICATES THAT THIS PERSON IS POSSIBLY VERY DANGEROUS AND THIS MEETING MAY BE A TRAP BASED ON THE FACT THAT WE KNOW NOTHING OF THE CONTACT'S TRUE LOYALTIES.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (partly shown, firm, and in charge)

THAT IS QUITE TRUE, AND I'LL ADMIT THAT MY CURIOSITY PARTLY DRAWS ME IN, BUT WE'RE IN A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT DEMANDS THE RISK OF COMPLYING WITH THE REQUEST TO MEET IN PERSON AND I AT LEAST “TRUST” THIS CONTACT'S ABILITY ON FINDING THE LOCATION OF OUR ENEMY'S MAIN BASE.


PANEL 4

Indigo and Astarte enters the shack.


SLEDGE (not shown)

RIGHT ON TIME.


PANEL 5

A close look at the shocked Astarte.


ASTARTE (shocked, in disbelief, and displeased)

YOU GOT TO BE @#$% KIDDING ME!


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

Inside the shack is Sledge and the Vanisher who are sitting down as they waited for the two. They seem amused.


THE VANISHER (amused)

I MAY NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON HERE, BUT I CAN RECOGNIZED THE EXPRESSION OF ONE'S FACE OF SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN PLAYED LIKE A SUCKER WHEN I SEE IT.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

A view of Sledge and the other three.


SLEDGE (a bit amused)

NOW, NOW, THE INFORMATION I ALWAYS SUPPLIED HIM WITH HAS ALWAYS BEEN LEGIT, WHICH HE KNOWS DESPITE NEVER KNOWING IT WAS ME.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and slightly annoyed)

I THOUGHT YOU DIDN'T WANT TO WORK WITH ME.


SLEDGE (a bit amused)

I DIDN'T WANT TO WORK WITH YOU THE WAY YOU WANTED ME TO WORK WITH YOU, BUT ENOUGH WITH THE TRIVIAL BS, WE'RE GETTING CLOSE.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and slightly annoyed)

CLOSE TO WHAT?


PANEL 2

A close look at Indigo.


SLEDGE (not shown)

TO FINDING OUT WHERE THOSE BASTARDS ARE.


PANEL 3

A view of Sledge and the four.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and a bit suspicious)

AND YOU CAN DO THIS?


SLEDGE (a bit amused)

BEEN DOING IT.... I HAD SOME FRIENDS RATTLING THE BEE HIVE YOU COULD SAY AND NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THEIR EXISTENCE.


ASTARTE (a little confused)

WAIT, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THOSE NEWS REPORTS ABOUT DISCOVERING THEIR MILITARY INSIDE SEVERAL CORPORATIONS?


SLEDGE (a bit amused)

EXACTLY.


PANEL 4

Sledge faces Indigo.


SLEDGE (a bit amused)

RIGHT NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE TRACKING THEM DOWN LIKE SOME WITCH HUNT WHICH IS THROWING ONE HUMONGOUS WRENCH INTO THEIR WORKINGS, IN FACT, ACCORDING TO ONE OF MY CONTACTS, A GROUP CALLED M13 FROM BRITAIN HAVE ALREADY FOUND SEVERAL HIDDEN BASES OF THE ORGANIZATION IN THEIR TERRITORY AND SIMILAR CASES FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD ARE ALSO HAPPENING.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

THE WORLD THEY CLAIM TO PROTECT IS NOW THEIR ENEMY.


SLEDGE (a bit amused)

EXACTLY, AND ACCORDING TO ONE OF MY FRIENDS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, S.W.O.R.D., WHO'S BASE ORBITS AROUND THE PLANET, ARE WAITING FOR A BEEP FROM THEIR SCANNERS THAT ARE WATCHING FOR ANY KREE TECHNOLOGY WHICH MAY HAPPEN IF FORWARD STRIKE BECOMES DESPERATE ENOUGH TO MAKE A MISTAKE.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

WHICH WOULD REVEAL THEIR LOCATION.... BUT..... WON'T S.W.O.R.D. INTERFERE BECAUSE OF THE ALIEN TECHNOLOGY?


PANEL 5

A close look at Sledge.


SLEDGE (a little worried)

WELL, THAT DEPENDS ON HOW WELL WE DO WHEN IT COMES TO THE END RESULT, MEANING IF IT ENDS UP BAD, THEN THEY WILL INTERFERE, AND NOT ONLY DOES FORWARD STRIKE HAVE THE KREE TECHNOLOGY, BUT I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT THEY BEEN CREATING ENHANCED HUMANS AND MAY HAVE ALREADY AN ARMY'S WORTH.


SLEDGE (a little worried)

FINDING THEM WILL BE THE EASY PART WHEN COMPARING IT TO TAKING THEM DOWN.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, somewhere in nowhere, Sage and Atelidae are facing something that annoys them a bit. The RV is shown in the background.


PANEL 2

On the other side, Higher Force is shown.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

SORRY, LADIES, BUT THIS IS AS FAR AS YOU GO IN YOUR LITTLE QUEST.


PANEL 3

Upfront and on the right side is Atelidae and Sage, while in the background and left side is Higher Force. Brainstorm looks a little nervous as Atelidae points at him.


ATELIDAE (a little annoyed)

HEY, ISN'T THE GUY WITH THE WEIRD HEAD SUPPOSE TO BEHIND BARS? I MEAN I THOUGHT IT WAS A CRIME TO YOU HUMANS WHEN IT COMES TO BLOWING UP BUILDINGS.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

BRAINSTORM IS ON LOAN TO HELP DEAL WITH THE FORWARD STRIKE PROBLEM, UNTIL THEN, HE DOESN'T GET THE BARS UNTIL THIS IS ALL OVER.


SAGE (business-like)

AGENT JACKS, YOU CAN'T BE THIS NAIVE.


AGENTS JACKS (professional)

EXCUSE ME?


PANEL 4

Another view of them.


SAGE (business-like)

I DID SOME RESEARCH ON YOU AND YOUR TEAM AFTER OUR FIRST ENCOUNTER AND I KNOW ABOUT YOU ONCE BEING PART OF H.A.M.M.E.R., WORKING BEHIND OSBORN'S BACK BECAUSE YOU KNEW WHAT KIND OF MAN HE WAS, AND THE FACT THAT IT'S BECAUSE YOUR THE KIND OF PERSON THAT KNOWS THAT THINGS ARE NEVER THAT BLACK AND WHITE.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

STEVE ROGERS ISN'T NORMAN OSBORN.


SAGE (business-like)

BUT HE'S ALSO NOT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN WHEN IT COMES TO RANK.


SAGE (business-like)

I'M SURE YOU, AS WELL AS STEVE ROGERS, KNOWS THAT SOMETHING LIKE FORWARD STRIKE WOULD NEED SOME HELP FROM PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD WITH INFLUENCE IN CERTAIN PLACES, LIKE GOVERNMENT, FOR THEM TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DO WHAT THEY BEEN DOING WITHOUT BEING DISCOVERED FOR SO LONG.


PANEL 5

A close look and Agent Jacks and her team.


SAGE (not shown)

THEN OF COURSE THERE'S THE FACT THAT DEVIANTS ARE NOT HUMAN AND ARE NOT RECOGNIZED AS A RACE WITH POLITICAL IMPORTANCE, WHICH MEANS THAT DESPITE WHETHER THEY'RE WITH OR AGAINST FORWARD STRIKE, THE COST AND RESOURCES IT WILL TAKE TO STOP A ORGANIZATION WHO'S ONLY A THREAT TO DEVIANTS WILL PROBABLY KEEP THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST FROM STOPPING THOSE WHO ARE FOR FROM GETTING IN COMMANDEER ROGERS' WAY.


SAGE (not shown)

A WORLD WITH OR WITHOUT DEVIANTS WOULDN'T REALLY MATTER TO THEM AND THEIR DAILY LIVES WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

Another view of all the people.


SAGE (business-like)

THE ONLY WAY THIS PROBLEM CAN BE DEALT WITH IS THAT THE DEVIANTS ARE ALLOWED TO BE THE ONES TO DEAL WITH IT.... AND I ASSURE YOU.... IT WILL NO DOUBT BE IN AN AREA WHERE THERE WILL BE NO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS SINCE FORWARD STRIKE ARE EXTREMELY SECRETIVE TO THEIR MAIN BASE WHERE THEY DON'T WANT SOMEONE TO ACCIDENTALLY BUMP INTO IT.


PANEL 2

Agent Jacks and her team are shown.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

I'LL ADMIT THAT SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SAY MAKES SENSE, AND I KNOW A LOT OF JERKS IN THE GOVERNMENT WHO RATHER PUT THAT MONEY FOR THIS IN THEIR POCKETS, BUT I HAVE MY ORDERS TO PREVENT YOU FROM INTERFERING AND MAKING THINGS WORSE.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

MAKING THINGS WORSE?!! THINGS HAVE GOTTEN AS WORSE AS THEY CAN GET WHEN THEY DECLARED DEVIANT SEASON WITH THEIR ARMIES, BIG GUNS, ROBOTS, AND ENHANCED HUMANS AND YOU ACT AS IF THEY'RE GOING TO POSTPONE THEIR ACTIVITIES TO WAIT FOR YOU!


PANEL 3

Another view of the people and Atelidae looks really annoyed.


SAGE (business-like)

THE CHILD IS RIGHT, YOU KNOW.


ATELIDAE (annoyed)

YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT I'M RIGHT, AND I HAPPEN TO BE CLOSE TO 13 WHICH MAKES ME MORE OF A TEENAGER THEN A CHILD! THERE'S A DIFFERENCE YOU KNOW!


SAGE (business-like)

AND THE MORE WE DELAY IS MORE TIME FOR THEM TO FIX WHAT THEY CAN FROM THE DAMAGE THAT THEY RECEIVED AND THEY ARE SURLY DESPERATE RIGHT NOW.... “VERY” DESPERATE.


PANEL 4

Another view of the group.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

I'M SORRY.... REALLY I AM.... BUT I HAVE MY ORDERS AND NEED TO ASK YOU TO SURRENDER QUIETLY AND WITHOUT FUSS, AS WELL AS KEEP THAT CRAZY ROBOT INSIDE YOUR VEHICLE.


SAGE (not shown)

THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLED AHEAD AND INFORMED US OF YOUR WISHES.


PANEL 5

Sage and Atelidae are shown. Atelidae has her devilish smile.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSE TO MEAN?


SAGE (business-like and amused)

IT MEANS THAT I'VE KNOWN FOR QUITE SOME TIME THAT YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING US AND WAITING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONFRONT US WHICH I HAVE PROVIDED FOR YOU TO END THIS SINCE WE HAVE MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS FOR LATER ON.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Sage and Atelidae are shown on the right side. Atelidae still has her devilish smile. And Higher Force are shown on the left side. Tess-1 is behind Higher Force. Doctor Moon is running towards the van which is shown in the background.


BEDLAM (a little depressed, but chilling)

THAT ROBOT IS BEHIND US AGAIN, ISN'T HE?


THE WALL (a little depressed, but chilling)

I WOULD SAY THAT THERE'S A GOOD POSSIBILITY THAT HE IS.


TEMPEST (a little depressed, but chilling)

SO, LEADER, DO WE SURRENDER AGAIN OR GO ALL OUT?


AGENT JACKS (a little depressed, but chilling)

HELL, LET'S JUST GO FOR IT SO I'LL HAVE A REASON TO USE SWEAR WORDS ON COMMANDER ROGERS.


DOCTOR MOON (nervous and shouting)

I'LL BE IN THE VAN WAITING.... SINCE I DON'T HAVE ANY SUPER-POWERS TO SURVIVE THIS!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

The wall turns around and punches Tess-1 and Tempest helps by shooting electricity! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots! Agent Jacks attacks Sage with a martial art move which Sage dodges with skill! Atelidae leaps away with monkey-like agility!


ATELIDAE (spooked)

YIKES! SHE'S ALL YOURS!


PANEL 2

Agent Jacks and Sage are fighting with great martial art skill!


PANEL 3

The Wall and Tempest are fighting Tess-1 with super-strength and electricity! Tess-1 is swinging it's fists! Ionic static energy is shown on the hit spots and a hot rod engine sound is made. Bedlam is in the background and has a problem on how to get involved since her powers don't work on robots and Agent Jacks is handling Sage.


TEMPEST (volatile)

FALL DOWN, YOU STUPID MACHINE! GOD! I HATE WHEN THEY'RE TOO STUBBORN TO WORK THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO!


PANEL 4

Bedlam sees a annoyed Atelidae looking at her.


PANEL 5

A close look at Bedlam.


BEDLAM (a little displeased)

I AM SO NOT GOING TO FIGHT A KID.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Back to Agent Jacks and Sage who are still fighting.


SAGE (business-like)

I DID SOME RESEARCH ON YOU AND YOUR TEAM.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

GOOD FOR YOU.


SAGE (business-like)

AND I HEARD THAT YOU HAVE A TECHNOLOGICAL VERSION OF WOLVERINE'S HEALING FACTOR, AND IN THEORY, COULD RECONSTRUCT A MISSING LIMB.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

YOU'RE POINT?


PANEL 2

Sage manages to punch Agent Jacks right in the nose!


SAGE (business-like)

NO POINT. JUST FIND IT FASCINATING.


PANEL 3

Agent Jacks backs away and her nose reveals to be broken!


PANEL 4

A close view at Agent Jacks as she straightens her nose while her healing factor quickly fixes it!


PANEL 5

Agent Jacks does a martial art stance as she prepares to renew her attack!


SAGE (not shown and word box)

SHE'S GOOD, PERHAPS BETTER TO SOME X-MEN WHO ARE NAIVE INTO BELIEVING THEY'RE BETTER THEN THE BEST, BECAUSE SHE'S STRICTLY FOCUSED ON THE JOB AND IT'S QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE END.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

WITH THAT, AS WELL AS HER HEALING FACTOR, SHE WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO DEFEAT, EVEN WITH MY MUTANT ABILITY SINCE MY BODY CAN TIRE AND HEAL AT A NORMAL RATE.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Agent Jacks and Sage are fighting with great martial art skill!


PANEL 2

Agent Jacks and Sage are fighting with great martial art skill!


PANEL 3

Agent Jacks and Sage are fighting with great martial art skill!


PANEL 4

Agent Jacks and Sage are fighting with great martial art skill!


PANEL 5

Agent Jacks and Sage are fighting with great martial art skill!


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Back to Tess-1, The Wall and Tempest are still trying to take down Tess-1 with no luck! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots and a hot rod engine sound is made.


THE WALL (worried and a bit annoyed)

THIS ISN'T WORKING!


TEMPEST (worried and a bit annoyed)

I KNOW, WHICH IS WHY I'M SO FRUSTRATED!


PANEL 2

Tempest and The Wall hear someone shouting at them! Tess-1 is partly shown! A hot rod engine sound is made.


DOCTOR MOON (not shown and shouting)

MOVE OUT OF THE WAY!


PANEL 3

Tempest and The Wall comply and a big powerful red beam hits Tess-1! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PANEL 4

The Wall and Tempest are upfront and watching Tess-1 bounce on the pavement of the highway, thanks to the impact of that red beam, and is now at a distance in the background!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Tess-1 is at a even further distance as it keeps bouncing!


TEMPEST (surprised and in disbelief)

DAMN!


THE WALL (surprised and in disbelief)

THAT WAS ONE SERIOUS BLAST!


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

At the Forward strike base, Thomas Graveton is sitting in the big room near the hologram device which is showing the earth and the Forward Strike bases where some have a red X on them because they have been found and shut down.


PANEL 2

A close view of another X on another base.


PANEL 3

The sitting Thomas is shown in the background, while upfront is Mary Sandmon.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

THAT'S ANOTHER ONE THAT HAS FALLEN.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

PROVING THAT THERE WAS A GOOD REASON WE KEPT OURSELVES A SECRET TO THE WORLD, SINCE THEY WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO AND WOULD NO DOUBT SEE US AS AN EVIL ORGANIZATION OUT TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

SINCE THERE PLENTY OF THOSE GOING ABOUT.


PANEL 4

Another view of Mary and Thomas. Mary is walking towards him.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

THIS IS MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO OPERATE, WHILE THE DEVIANTS ARE FREE TO ACT, ESPECIALLY IF THEY LOCATE THIS LOCATION.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

LUCKILY WE WERE INFORMED BY ONE OF OUR SUPPORTERS ABOUT S.W.O.R.D. WHO CAN DETECT THE KREE TECHNOLOGY WHEN IT'S OUTSIDE IT'S BUNKER.


PANEL 5

Another view of the two, while Mary is now next to him.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

SO AS LONG AS WE KEEP THE TECH IN STORAGE, THEY WON'T FIND US, BUT IT PREVENTS US FROM USING IT.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

OUR SCIENCE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO REVERSE-ENGINEER THE ALIEN TECH TO CREATE A EARTH TECH SIMILARITY WHICH WILL BE VERY CRUDE IN COMPARISON, BUT EFFECTIVE ENOUGH FOR OUR USE AND OF COARSE WON'T BE ABLE TO BE DETECTED BY THOSE ABOVE US BECAUSE OF THE ORIGIN OF THE PARTS THAT WILL BE USED.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Jake, Atelidae's father, is in his cell and looks bored.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

IT'S A SHAME THAT WE COULDN'T USE OUR “GUEST'S” TALENT ON THIS PROJECT.


PANEL 2

Back to the battle with Tess-1. Tess-1 is still bouncing around on the highway.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

YES, HIS UNEXPLAINED MUTANT ABILITY TO RECONFIGURE TECHNOLOGY IN A WAY WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO GREATLY BYPASS THEIR DESIGN LIMITATIONS, EVEN IF IT'S VERY OLD TECH, WOULD BE A GREAT HELP, BUT THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO TO CONVINCE HIM WHEN IT COMES TO TACTICS THAT WOULD DAMAGE HIM IN A WAY THAT WOULD WORK AGAINST US WHEN IT COMES TO USING HIM.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

HIS MAIN GOAL IS TO PROTECT HIS MONSTROUS DAUGHTER, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS SECONDARY.


PANEL 3

Tess1 stops itself, but skids back a little with it's feet as it tries to keep it's balance!


PANEL 4

The source of the red blast is revealed to come from the back of Higher Force where the back doors are open and a high tech gun is sticking out! The one using it is Brainstorm and Doctor Moon is with him.


DOCTOR MOON (impressed)

WOW! THAT WAS A REALLY POWERFUL BLAST!


BRAINSTORM (satisfied)

I DESIGNED THIS BASED ON THEORIES ON HOW THE MUTANT CYCLOPS' EYE BEAMS WORK, AND ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT NEARLY AS POWERFUL AND EFFICIENT AS THE REAL THING, OBVIOUSLY IT'S DOING THE TRICK!


DOCTOR MOON (impressed)

THIS MAKES ME JUST A LITTLE BIT SAD THAT WE HAVE TO SEND YOU BACK TO JAIL AFTER THIS!


BRAINSTORM (low tone)

UM, THANKS. THANKS FOR RUINING THE MOOD.


PANEL 5

A part of Brainstorm and Doctor Moon's heads are shown upfront, while in the background, and at a distance, is Tess-1.


DOCTOR MOON (partly shown)

THE BIG GUY IS STILL UP AND MOVING!


BRAINSTORM (partly shown)

THEN LET'S MAKE SURE THIS NEXT BLAST WILL FINISH THE JOB!


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Tess-1's feet and legs are shown as clamps come out and dig into the pavement!


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 2

The end of the gun is shown as it gives out another powerful red blast!


PANEL 3

Tess-1 has it's left hand out as it uses it to block the blast! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot! Tess-1 is pushed back a bit while the clamps hold and cause massive damage to the pavement! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 4

A close look at Brainstorm and Doctor Moon!


DOCTOR MOON (worried)

HEY, SUPER-GENIUS! DO SOMETHING BECAUSE HE OBVIOUSLY PLANS TO SHOW US WHO'S THE MEANER MACHINE HERE!


BRAINSTORM (worried)

I CAN'T GET ANYMORE JUICE OUT OF THIS THING!


PANEL 5

Tess-1 is still blocking the energy blast with one hand! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot! A missile launcher comes out of Tess-1's free arm! A hot rod engine sound is made.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


DOCTOR MOON (not shown and word box)

OH' @#%&!


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

A missile is heading towards the van while Brainstorm and Doctor Moon run in different directions as they yell in panic!


PANEL 2

The van explodes is a major way!


PANEL 3

To where Agent Jacks and Sage are! Agent Jacks turns her head away from Sage and Sage tries to take advantage of it by starting a punch!


AGENT JACKS (ticked off)

DAMMIT! THAT WAS OUR ONLY MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!


SAGE (determined and thought balloon)

NOW TO TAKE THE ADVANTAGE WHILE I HAVE IT!


PANEL 4

Although still looking the other way, Agent Jacks manages to catch Sage's fist!


PANEL 5

Agent Jacks' hand that caught age's hand is shown! Sage looks both surprised and impressed!


SAGE (business-like, surprised, and impressed)

I MUST SAY, YOU REALLY ARE GOOD.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Back to Forward Strike base where Thomas and Mary are. They are surprised by the appearance of a exhausted soldier who seemed to have run the whole way here!


SOLDIER (exhausted and desperate)

SIR!!! “GASP!”


MARY SANDMON (a bit surprise, but curious)

WHAT IS IT, PRIVATE?


SOLDIER (exhausted and desperate)

CAPTAIN HERALD!


PANEL 2

A close look at Thomas and Mary as they look at each other.


THOMAS GRAVETON (a little confused and curious)

CAPTAIN HERALD?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

OF COURSE ONE OF OURS, SIR, BUT A POMPOUS FOOL WHO MAKES YOU THINK THAT HE JOINED OUR ORGANIZATION AS A WAY FOR PERSONAL GLORY WITHOUT NEEDING TO PUT ANY EFFORT.


THOMAS GRAVETON (a little confused and curious)

MEANING WE'RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO LIKE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO HEAR.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

NO DOUBT, SIR.


PANEL 3

A close look at Thomas' left eye which is filled with shock!


SOLDIER (not shown and direct)

THE SENTRIES! HE'S LETTING THEM OUT OF THE BUNKER!


PANEL 4

Nearby, Captain Herald, who holds a cane with him to enhance his so called noble image, is watching as Forward Strike soldiers lead the sentries outside the bunker.


CAPTAIN HERALD (self-important, pompous, and in charge)

THAT'S IT, MEN. LET THOSE BIG TIN SOLDIERS OUT SO THEY CAN FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LONG AGO WHEN WE FOUND THEM! TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO DO WHAT'S NECESSARY WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT IS JUST AND TRUE WHEN FIGHTING THE GREAT ENEMY OF HUMANITY!


PANEL 5

Up in space and above the earth is the S.W.O.R.D. Base.


CAPTAIN HERALD (not shown and word box)

LET'S SHOW THIS IGNORANT WORLD WHO THE HEROES ARE HERE! LET'S SHOW THEM THAT “WE” ARE HERE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAVING THEM!


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

A close look at Captain Herald who notices someone shouting his name while acting brave and invincible, as well as arrogant.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and shouting)

CAPTAIN HERALD!!!


PANEL 2

Thomas is walking towards Captain Herald. Mary Sandmon is with him.


THOMAS GRAVETON (furious)

WHAT THE @#$% DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!!


CAPTAIN HERALD (self-important, pompous, and in charge)

I AM SIMPLY DOING WHAT'S NECESSARY. SOMETHING YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE IF YOU WERE A TRUE LEADER.


PANEL 3

An above view of the three.


THOMAS GRAVETON (furious and in disbelief)

TRUE LEADER?!! DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU JUST DI....?! YOU KNOW, SCREW IT! I NEED TO USE ALL THE TIME THAT'S AVAILABLE TO PREPARE TO FACE THIS UNBELIEVABLE SCREW UP! MISS SANDMON?


PANEL 4

Mary calmly hands Thomas a hand gun.


CAPTAIN HERALD (nervous)

WAIT, WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO?


PANEL 5

The frustrated Thomas shoots Captain Herald in the head! Mary stands there calmly.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

The group of nervous Forward Strike soldiers are shown.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO WERE HOPING FOR A GLORIOUS BATTLE, BECAUSE YOU'RE ABOUT TO GET ONE, EXCEPT IT'LL BE HERE INSTEAD OF OUT THERE THANKS TO YOUR BIG SCREW UP!


PANEL 2

Back to where Sage is who is still fighting Agent Jacks. Her cellphone in her coat is ringing.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

BECAUSE OF YOU BRINGING OUT THE ALIEN TECH IN THE OPENING, THE ONES WHO WANT TO STOP US NO DOUBT KNOW WHERE WE ARE, WHICH IS WHY WE KEPT THIS STUFF “INSIDE” THE BUNKER IT CAME WITH, SINCE IT WAS BLOCKING ANY SCANNING FROM OUTSIDE FORCES!


PANEL 3

Sage and Agent Jacks are in the background, while upfront is Atelidae who's on top of Bedlam and hitting her! Bedlam moves about trying to get the girl off her!


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

AND HERE'S SOME MORE GOOD NEWS! YOU PEOPLE WILL BE THE ONES IN THE FRONT LINE, OH' WAIT, THAT ISN'T GOOD NEWS, IN FACT, CAPTAIN HERALD GOT THE BETTER END OF THE DEAL WHEN HE GOT A BULLET THROUGH THE HEAD, BECAUSE WHAT YOU'LL GO THROUGH WILL BE VERY GRUESOME IN COMPARISON AND FRANKLY I DON'T GIVE A CRAP BECAUSE OF HOW PISSED OFF I AM RIGHT NOW!


ATELIDAE (mean and determined)

I REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING THE KIND OF PERSON WHO DOESN'T LIKE TO HURT KIDS BECAUSE IT MAKES WHAT I'M DOING TO YOU SO MUCH EASIER!


BEDLAM (aching and displeased)

PRIORITIES SUCK!


PANEL 4

Back to Forward Strike. A close look at Thomas Graveton and Mary Sandmon is behind him.


THOMAS GRAVETON (angry and in charge)

WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE HOW DISAPPOINTED I AM WITH YOU PEOPLE!


THOMAS GRAVETON (angry and in charge)

WE WERE SUPPOSE TO BE WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER TOMORROW, TO MAKE SURE ONE WOULD EXIST, BUT THAT CAN'T HAPPEN WHEN YOU DO THINGS LIKE THIS AND THERE MAY PERHAPS BE NO SECOND CHANCE BECAUSE OF HOW SERIOUS THIS IS!


PANEL 5

A above view of Thomas and Mary walking away, leaving the foolish troops.


THOMAS GRAVETON (annoyed and in charge)

PREPARE FOR WAR, GENTLEMEN, AND DON'T BOTHER MAKING A RUN FOR IT, BECAUSE I AM GOING TO GIVE ORDERS TO THE SMARTER SOLDIERS TO SHOOT YOU ON SITE IF YOU MAKE THE ATTEMPT.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Back to Sage, Sage has already noticed that he cellphone rang and runs behind her RV! Agent Jacks goes after her!


AGENT JACKS (determined)

OH' LIKE HELL YOU'RE MAKING A GETAWAY!


SAGE (business-like and thought balloon)

MY ABILITY TO PREDICT HER MOVES HAS ALLOWED ME TO GET SOME WELL PLACE HITS, BUT HER HEALING FACTOR ALLOWS HER TO RECOVER TOO QUICKLY TO BE EFFECTIVE.


SAGE (business-like and thought balloon)

I NEED TO END THIS QUICKLY.


PANEL 2

Agent Jacks is now on the other side of the RV and is surprised by seeing a gun pointed at her which is carried by Sage's hand!


PANEL 3

Sage is shown holding the gun!


SAGE (business-like and determined)

I APOLOGIZE FOR THIS DIRTY PLOY, BUT I'M SURE SOMEONE LIKE YOU WILL GET OVER IT!


PANEL 4

Sage fires several times at Agent Jacks who's about to fall!


AGENT JACKS (angry)

YOU BI....!


PANEL 5

Sage now works on her cellphone to send the message she received to someone else and hums a song as there was nothing to worry, even after shooting someone. She has the gun under her armpit.


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PANEL 1

Where Sledge is. The meeting with Odysseus Indigo continues. Astarte starts a commotion! Sledge and the Vanisher are amused.


ASTARTE (adult tantrum)

PLEASE, MISTER INDIGO! IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS THAT HE'S USING YOU!


THE VANISHER (amused)

HATE TO BREAK THIS TO YOU, BUT PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE HERE IS USING “EVERYONE HERE”, EXCEPT MAYBE YOU WHO SEEMS MORE FOCUSED ON HOLDING ONTO YOUR BOSSE'S COLLAR.


PANEL 2

Astarte acts threatening with energy leaking out of her eyes to Vanisher who seems a bit nervous and tries to back away a bit. In the background Sledge is using his cellphone because it ringing and reads what's on it.


ASTARTE (angry)

YOU LITTLE INSIGNIFICANT WORM! YOU MAY BE A MUTANT WHO CALLS HIMSELF “HOMO SUPERIOR”, BUT I AM AN ETERNAL WHO IS BEYOND YOU IN EVERY WAY WHICH MAKES YOU NOTHING MORE THEN A DUMB APE WITH FANCY ABILITIES!


SLEDGE (focused)

WELL I'LL BE.


PANEL 3

A close look at Sledge who shows his cellphone.


SLEDGE (amused)

IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THERE ACTUALLY IS SOMEONE UP THERE WHO LIKE DEVIANTS.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown)

IS THAT WHAT YOU PROMISED?


SLEDGE (amused)

THAT IT IS.


PANEL 4

Odysseus and Sledge faces each other.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

I WOULD PROBABLY BE A FOOL TO PASS UP THIS OPPORTUNITY AND FORWARD STRIKE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN DOWN.


SLEDGE (amused)

THAT THEY DO.


PANEL 5

Odysseus Indigo and Sledge's hands are shown shaking. In the background, Astarte and the Vanisher watches and the Vanisher seems to relieved that Astarte is distracted from destroying him.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (hand only shown)

FINE, THEN WE'LL JOIN FORCES AND PUT OUR PEOPLE AND RESOURCES TOGETHER FOR THIS AND THEN GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS AFTERWARDS.


SLEDGE (hand only shown)

AGREED, AND LET'S HOPE IT'S ENOUGH.


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PANEL 1

Back to where Atelidae is, she still on Bedlam and pounding her!


PANEL 2

A close look at Atelidae as she turns her head when she hears something!


SAGE (not shown and shouting)

ATELIDAE!


PANEL 3

Using her hind legs, she leaps off the surprised Bedlam who is pushed forward and about to fall and Atelidae, with monkey-like agility, does a back flip and lands on top of the moving RV!


PANEL 4

Tess-1 has a hold of the Wall and has been swinging him around at Tempest who's been dodging! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (not shown and shouting)

TESSY!


PANEL 5

Tess-1 throws the Wall away and runs after the speeding RV which Atelidae is on top of! A hot rod engine sound is made.


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PANEL 1

The speeding RV is now at a somewhat distance and Tess-1 is already climbing on it to be with Atelidae! Higher Force watches them go as Agent Jacks, who just recovered from the gun shots, joins them!


TEMPEST (volatile)

WE NEED TO AFTER THEM!


BEDLAM (a little annoyed)

WITH WHAT?


TEMPEST (volatile)

WITH.... WITH ANYTHING!


AGENT JACKS (a little weak, but recovering, and professional)

WE'VE BEEN SET UP, TEMPEST, BASED ON THE FACT THAT NONE OF US CAN FLY, TELEPORT, OR MOVE REALLY FAST WHICH MADE THAT VAN OUR ONLY MEANS TO MOVE ABOUT, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.


PANEL 2

A close look at the recovering Agent Jacks, while some of the other Higher Force members are shown.


AGENT JACKS (a little weak, but recovering, and professional)

I ALREADY CALLED FOR A PICKUP WHICH WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND I GOT A FEELING THAT THE LADY HAS A MEANS TO CLOAKING HERSELF FROM DETECTION FROM OUR SATELLITES, BUT DECIDED TO USE IT AT THE RIGHT MOMENT WHICH IS NOW, SINCE SHE WANTED US TO KNOW WHERE SHE WAS THE WHOLE TIME AS IF TO LURE US TO WHERE SHE WANTED US TO BE SO TO GIVE HER THE ADVANTAGE TO REMOVE US WHEN NEEDED.


PANEL 3

Another look at the RV with Atelidae and Tess-1 on top.


DOCTOR MOON (not shown and word box)

SO WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?


THE WALL (not shown and word box)

LIKE AGENT JACKS SAYS, WE CAN DO NOTHING. WE'RE HELPLESS NOW FOR THE MOMENT.


PANEL 4

A close look at Higher Force.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

BUT THE QUESTION IS WILL WE GET ANOTHER CHANCE? BECAUSE I HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE A CELLPHONE AND SAGE ACTED LIKE IT WAS IMPORTANT AND MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH FORWARD STRIKE. LIKE A FINAL SHOWDOWN WAS SOON TO HAPPEN.


PANEL 5

A close look at Sage driving.


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PANEL 1

The speeding RV is moving away with Atelidae and Tess-1 on top.


TO BE CONTINUED