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Tess-1 #22

Final Showdown

Part 2

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Sage's RV is shown driving on the highway. The sun is setting.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

THE MISTAKE HAS FINALLY BEEN MADE AS PLANNED.


PANEL 2

Inside the RV is Sage driving and is alone upfront.


SAGE (word box)

THIS WAS THE MAIN AND ONLY REASON BEHIND ALL THE CHAOS I USED THE ROBOT FOR, TO REVEAL FORWARD STRIKE TO THE WORLD SO THAT EITHER THE LEADER OR SOMEONE ELSE THERE WOULD PANIC AND GIVE US THE MEANS TO LOCATE THEM.


PANEL 3

A close and side view of the driving Sage.


SAGE (word box)

AND OF COURSE I HAD NEED OF S.W.O.R.D. SINCE THEY WERE THE ONES WITH THE ONLY MEANS TO DO IT WITH THEIR EQUIPMENT AND DESIRE BECAUSE OF WHY THEY EXIST, BUT ALL IT TOOK WAS A FASCIST GROUP TO FEEL THREATEN BY THE SITUATION THEY'RE IN, BECAUSE USUALLY THEIR KIND ARE THE MOST EASIEST TO PANIC WHEN THEIR SELF-RIGHTEOUS FANTASIES ARE BEING DISTURBED BY ACTUAL REALITY.


PANEL 4

In the back is Atelidae sleeping.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

BUT THEY SURELY KNOW THAT THEY BEEN DISCOVERED THROUGH WHAT INFORMATION THEIR CONTACTS HAVE BEEN GIVING, LIKE WHAT HAS BEEN BLOCKING THEIR FOUNDED TECH FROM DETECTION AND FROM WHOM, AND ARE PREPARING FOR US WITH ALL THEY GOT WHICH WOULD BE SOLDIERS, SUPER-SOLDIERS, AND TERRESTRIAL AND EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL TECHNOLOGY.


PANEL 5

A close look at Sage's serious eyes.


SAGE (word box)

WITH THAT, AND WITH WHAT BOTH I AND SLEDGE HAVE GATHERED WHEN IT COMES TO RESOURCES AND PEOPLE, IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE A DEVASTATING BATTLE ACCORDING TO MY CALCULATIONS.


PANEL 6

Atelidae is now awake and is sitting next to the driving Sage. Atelidae is looking at Sage.


SAGE (word box)

THE RISKS WILL SURELY BE GREAT.


ATELIDAE (curious)

ARE YOU LIKE DOING SOME DEEP THINKING? BECAUSE YOU GOT THAT LOOK IN YOUR FACE THAT SAYS THAT YOU ARE.


SAGE (business-like, calm, and focused)

YES, YES I AM.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

It's now nighttime and a few deviant ships, made for battle, are heading towards the Forward Strike base.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Inside one of the deviant ship are two rows of people waiting for the coming battle. One side is deviants and the other side are costumed villains or mercenaries.


PANEL 2

Two of the super-villains from their row are shown. One of them has a red mask that almost looks like Batman's, but with wider eye holes.


SUPER-VILLAIN #1 (worried)

MAN, I HOPE THOSE GUYS DON'T SEE US AS DINNER.


SUPER-VILLAIN #2 (worried)

YEAH, I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THEY'RE LOOKING AT US.


PANEL 3

From the other row are two deviants.


DEVIANT #1 (foreign language and a bit hungry)

<AFTER WE'RE DONE WITH THIS BATTLE, I'M EATING THE ONE OVER THERE.>


DEVIANT #2 (foreign language and a bit hungry)

<AS LONG AS YOU KEEP AWAY FROM THE ONE WITH THE RED MASK. HE'S MINE.>


PANEL 4

Below one of the deviant ships is Sage's RV which has been waiting.


PANEL 5

Atelidae and Sage watches as Sledge, Odysseus Indigo, and Astarte come down from the ship thanks to a tractor beam. Sledge is waving.


ATELIDAE (excited)

GRANDPA!


SLEDGE (excited)

HEY!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

LET'S KEEP THIS PROFESSIONAL, SLEDGE.


SLEDGE (excited)

YOU KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL, WHILE I'LL DO WHAT I ALWAYS DO WHICH IS DOING IT MY WAY.


ASTARTE (slightly displeased)

WHICH SEEMED TO ALWAYS BENEFIT YOU WHILE SCREWING THE REST.


SLEDGE (excited)

I'M BEGINNING TO SEE WHY YOU HAVE THIS ETERNAL LADY HANGING AROUND WITH YOU, INDIGO.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Sage and Atelidae are now where the other three have landed.


SAGE (business-like)

I TAKE IT THAT YOU RECEIVED YOUR DELIVERY OF MEN AND WOMEN, CORRECT?


SLEDGE (amused)

THAT I DID, YOUNG LADY, AND I GOT TO SAY THAT EDWARD HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD INVESTMENT WHEN IT COMES TO HIM ON FINDING GOOD TALENT.


ATELIDAE (a bit amused)

DID YOU KNOW HE HIDES BEHIND HIS DESK WHEN HE'S THREATENED.


SLEDGE (amused)

YES, I WAS QUITE AWARE OF THAT.


PANEL 2

Another view of the group with Indigo being in the middle.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

TO GO ALONG WITH THE “TALENT” I HAVE GATHERED MANY DEVIANT SOLDIERS WHO ARE VERY EAGER FOR BATTLE.


SAGE (business-like)

NO ETERNALS?


PANEL 3

Astarte is the main focus of the group.


ASTARTE (serious)

DESPITE WHAT MY PEOPLE WOULD BELIEVE, ONLY A VERY FEW OF THEM HAVE THE SAVAGERY NEEDED FOR BATTLE THAT THE DEVIANTS HAVE IN ABUNDANCE.


ATELIDAE (slightly awkward)

YEAH, MY PEOPLE HAVE VERY “VERY” SHORT FUSES.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

AND THIS IS A DEVIANT PROBLEM, WHILE THE HUMANS ARE INVOLVED BECAUSE OF YOU.


PANEL 4

Sage is the main focus.


SAGE (business-like)

WE BEST BE GOING.


PANEL 5

Elsewhere, the Forward Strike base and a large army of super-soldiers, normal soldiers, Sentries, and high tech tanks.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE SURELY READY FOR US, THE LAST THING WE WANT IS TO GIVE THEM EXTRA TIME TO BE EVEN MORE READY.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

An hour later, Thomas Graveton and Mary Sandmon who stand behind their army from a balcony see the deviant ships coming their way.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

JUDGING FROM THAT, THIS BATTLE WILL SURELY BE COSTLY FOR BOTH SIDES.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge and unamused)

IT'S OUR SIDE I'M CONCERN ABOUT IF WE HAVE TO FACE OTHER OPPOSITIONS AFTERWARDS.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

IT IS WORRISOME IF OTHERS HAVE THE LOCATION OF THIS BASE, LIKE SAY THE AVENGERS OR S.H.I.E.L.D. FOR EXAMPLE.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge and unamused)

WE WOULD BE LIKE IDIOTS DESPERATELY FIGHTING WITH GUNS THAT RAN OUT OF AMMO.


PANEL 2

Inside one of the deviant ship is Sage and Sledge who are looking out of the window.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

RIGHT NOW WE'RE BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.


SLEDGE (serious)

AND THERE THEY ARE.... FINALLY.


SAGE (business-like)

THERE THEY ARE AT A NEW LOCATION, SINCE I'M SURE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO DIFFICULT TO MOVE THE EXTREMELY VALUABLE ALIEN TECH WITHOUT BEING FOUND OUT, SO THE LOGICAL COARSE WOULD BE TO MOVE THEIR MAIN BASE TO WHERE IT IS.


PANEL 3

The backs of Sage and Sledge are shown in the background, while Atelidae, The Vanisher, and Tess-1 walk towards them. The Vanisher has his hand on his abs because he's still recovering.


THE VANISHER (aching and a bit unhappy)

YOUR GRANDFATHER ALMOST KILLED ME WITH ALL THOSE TELEPORTS IN THE CONDITION I'M IN.


ATELIDAE (unimpressed)

THAT'S BECAUSE HE'S EXPENSIVE WHEN YOU MAKE DEALS WITH HIM. YOU WANT SOMETHING BIG, THEN HE WANTS SOMETHING BIG LATER ON AND WILL COME TO COLLECT.


ATELIDAE (unimpressed)

JUST BE THANKFUL THAT YOU NOW PAID FOR YOUR TREATMENT FOR THOSE HOLES IN YOUR BODY.


THE VANISHER (aching and a bit unhappy)

AND WHAT IF I GET KILLED HERE?


ATELIDAE (unimpressed)

WELL, JUST TELEPORT AWAY, IF IT DOESN'T KILL YOU.


THE VANISHER (aching, a bit unhappy, and low tone)

LITTLE BASTARD.


PANEL 4

The Vanisher and Atelidae are now where the other two are.


THE VANISHER (aching and a bit unhappy)

SO HOW DOES IT LOOK? ARE WE SCREWED OR ARE WE SERIOUSLY SCREWED?


PANEL 5

Outside the window and from a distance is the Forward Strike.


SAGE (not shown)

SADLY FOR US, IT'S THE LATTER FROM THE LOOKS OF THINGS.


SAGE (not shown)

THEY MAY HAVE NOT YET PERFECTED THEIR CONTROL OVER THE SENTRIES, BUT THE GUNS AND CANNONS ARE SIMPLY AIM AND FIRE IF THEY GOTTEN THROUGH THE BASICS OF THE CONTROLS, WHILE WHOEVER MANAGED TO CREATE THEIR OWN VERSION OF THE INHUMAN PROCESS HAS BEEN PRETTY BUSY MANUFACTURING THEM.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Tess-1's head is shown as it reacts to a certain word.


SAGE (not shown)

ATELIDAE AND I ONCE MET SOME OF THESE “SUPER-SOLDIERS” IN LAS VEGES AND THEY WERE PRETTY MUCH WELL MADE AND THEIR POWERS WERE QUITE EFFICIENT WHEN IT CAME TO BATTLE.


PANEL 2

A part of Tess-1 is shown and next to it is Atelidae who is looking up and looks concern.


ATELIDAE (concern)

TESSY?


SAGE (not shown)

BUT WHAT MAKES THESE SUPER-SOLDIERS TRULY DANGEROUS IS THE CANDIDATES THEY PICK WHO SEEM TO RELISH IN DESTRUCTION AND KILLING AND I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF SOME OF THEM WERE WANTED FOR MANY COUNTS OF MANSLAUGHTER AND MAY PERHAPS EVEN BE PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNSTABLE.


SLEDGE (not shown)

WHAT BETTER WAY TO CREATE THE PERFECT KILLING MACHINE BUT TO FIND SOMEONE WHO'S ALREADY WILLING TO DO THE KILLING WITHOUT QUESTION.


PANEL 3

In the background, a part of Tess-1's legs are shown and Atelidae is sitting next to him while looking at the other who are upfront.


SAGE (business-like)

THE SUPER-SOLDIERS WILL OF COURSE BE OUR GREATEST CONCERN, SINCE THEY'RE PEOPLE WITH ENHANCED ABILITIES, INSTEAD OF ALIEN TECHNOLOGY THAT'S STILL BEING LEARNED,


SLEDGE (serious)

MEANING A MAJORITY OF OUR FORCES NEED TO FOCUS ON THEM, WHILE LEAVING ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE NORMAL ONES AND THE ARMORY.


SAGE (business-like)

CORRECT. IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO IGNORE THEM.


PANEL 4

Tess-1's chest is shown with it's name as a worried Atelidae looks up as if she suddenly realized something extremely important!


THE VANISHER (not shown)

SO THESE SUPER-SOLDIERS ARE REALLY THAT DANGEROUS?


SAGE (not shown)

MORE THEN SIMPLY DANGEROUS WITH THE NUMBERS WE'RE FACING AND WE DON'T EVEN KNOW IF THAT'S ALL THEY HAVE. THEY COULD HAVE SOME IN RESERVES WHEN IT COMES TO STRATEGY.


PANEL 5

Past scene from X-Treme Damage part 1, page 13, panel 5. Wolverine and Atelidae in Utopia are face to face and Atelidae looks a little spooked.


WOLVERINE (serious and direct)

TOTAL ELIMINATION OF SUPER SOLDIERS!


PANEL 6

A close look at a worried Atelidae.


ATELIDAE (worried)

GUYS?!


SLEDGE (not shown)

WE'RE TALKING, SWEETY.


ATELIDAE (worried)

YOU NEED TO STOP SAYING THOSE TWO WORDS!


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

A part of Atelidae's hair is shown upfront, while in the background are the three who are curious to what she's talking about.


SLEDGE (a little confused and a little curious)

WHAT WORDS?


ATELIDAE (partly shown)

THE “S” WORD AND “S” WORD!


PANEL 2

Sage, Vanisher, and Sledge are shown up close and look a bit confused.


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2.


THE VANISHER (a bit confused)

SUPER-SOLDIERS?


PANEL 4

Tess-1 reacts to the word in a dramatic way! A hot rod engine sound is made.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


SAGE (not shown and shocked)

OH' NO!


PANEL 5

As if looking through Tess-1's eyes, a 1940's film is shown and in it is Professor Schumann who's like posing to a camera and behind him is his lab.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (serious and audio)

PRIME DIRECTIVE: ELIMINATE ALL ROGUE SUPER-SOLDIERS.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Outside the flying deviant ship and the window which Sage and the others were looking out of, Tess-1 goes through that window in a dramatic way! A Vrooom! Ra!Na!Na!Na!Na!Na! Sound is made.


ATELIDAE (not shown, from ship, and shouting)

TESSY!


SAGE (not shown, from ship, and shouting)

BLAST IT! HIS ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING MUST STILL BE IN HIS MEMORY BANKS!


PANEL 2

Odysseus Indigo arrives to the scene to find out what the racket is about! Sage and the rest are near the now broken through window and Sledge is on the floor as if he fell! A hot rod engine sound is heard outside and at a somewhat distance.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and upset)

WHAT HAS JUST HAPPENED HERE?!


SLEDGE (a little confused)

YES, WELL....


PANEL 3

Tess -1 is in running mode and quickly heading towards the direction where the Forward Strike forces are and leaves a dust trail! A hot rod engine sound is made.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

IT WOULD APPEAR THAT WE HAVE UNINTENTIONALLY TOLD THE DOG TO GO FETCH.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE.


PANEL 4

A above and distance view of the running Tess-1 leaving a dust trail, while on the other side is the Forward Strike army that the robot is heading towards! A hot rod engine sound is heard.


TESS-1 (machine voice and at a distance)

ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE. ELIMINATE.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

A close view at some of the Forward Strike soldiers and in the middle is a super-soldier who seems to notice Tess-1, but isn't sure what it is he's seeing.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but the super-soldier is now making a run for it in the opposite direction, while the rest are wondering what he's dong!


SUPER-SOLDIER (panicking and loud)

MISSILES!!!


PANEL 3

Major explosions happen within the Forward Strike army where they either panic, get blown up, or fly off from the impact of the explosions!


PANEL 4

Thomas Graveton and Mary Sandmon are shocked to what they see! Sounds of explosions and people yelling are heard!


PANEL 5

Tess-1's chest with the words “TESS-1” is shown. A hot rod engine sound is made.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

The deviants ships are almost at their destination.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

UNBELIEVABLE!


PANEL 2

Sage, Atelidae, Sledge, Vanisher, and Odysseus Indigo are looking at the fight that Tess-1 is having with the Forward Strike forces through a view screen now that they're close enough! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots.


SAGE (business-like and in disbelief)

HE'S NEVER SHOWN THIS LEVEL OF POWER BEFORE! NOT EVEN WHEN HE WAS FACING THE X-MEN!


THE VANISHER (impressed)

HE LOOKS LIKE HE'S HAVING A GREAT TIME BLASTING THOSE GUYS OUT OF EXISTENCE.


ATELIDAE (impressed)

YEAH, IT'S AS IF TESSY HAS FINALLY FOUND THE PROMISE LAND!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

JEEZ, IF I KNEW THE ROBOT WAS CAPABLE OF THAT, I WOULD HAVE TAKEN IT FROM YOU AND SAY SCREW WITH THIS ALLIANCE.


SLEDGE (happy and impressed)

THIS IS GREAT! IF THAT KILLING TIN CAN FINISHES THEM OFF BEFORE WE GET THERE, ALL WE'LL HAVE TO DO IS TAKE OUR ARMY STRAIGHT INTO THEIR BASE WITH NO PROBLEM AND TELL THEIR LEADER TO SURRENDER BECAUSE HE HAS NOTHING LEFT TO THROW AT US!


SLEDGE (happy and impressed)

OUR EASY VICTORY WILL BE THEIR GREATEST HUMILIATION!


PANEL 3

Tess-1 continues to trash the Forward Strike army! The robot throws a super-soldier right into the sky and already the guy is at a distance! The other are firing at Tess-1 with either guns or powers! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots! A hot rod engine sound is made.


THROWN SUPER-SOLDIER (panicking, loud, and at a distance)

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!


NORMAL SOLDIER WITH FIRING GUN (determined and loud)

TAKE HIM DOWN! NOW!


PANEL 4

A whole bunch of super-strength type super-soldiers pile up on Tess-1!


ARMY OF SUPER-SOLDIERS (determined and loud)

FOR FORWARD STRIKE!


PANEL 5

Tess-1 manages to push the super-soldiers off it! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Where Thomas Graveton and Mary Sandmon are, Thomas falls to his knees as if he has no energy to stand up while having one hand on the bar of the balcony.


MARY SANDMON (concern)

SIR?!


THOMAS GRAVETON (depressed, in disbelief, and going crazy)

HOW? HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING AFTER ALL I PUT INTO THIS TO SAVE THE WORLD?


PANEL 2

a 15 foot Sentry hits Tess-1 hard in the head! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot!


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

WE'RE ON THE SIDE OF RIGHT.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 rips out the right arm of the 15 foot Sentry! A hot rod engine sound is made.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

HOW CAN WE BE LOSING TO THOSE MONSTERS?


PANEL 4

Tess-1 now rips the Sentry's head off! A hot rod engine sound is made.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

HOW?!!


PANEL 5

Tess-1 shoves the right arm where the head used to be for the Sentry! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Tess-1 faces the Forward Strike army that still has some fight left, while the Sentry with it's right arm shoved into where it's head used to be walks away clumsily! The army fires, with guns and super-powers, at Tess-1 and static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 2

A lot of weapons comes out of Tess-1 that says “overkill” and fires them! A hot rod engine sound is made.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 3

Back at the deviant ship, Atelidae is still watching Tess-1 trash Forward Strike through the view screen. A lot of big explosions happen


ATELIDAE (amused and low tone)

HEH! HEH! SUPER-OVERKILL!


PANEL 4

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


SLEDGE (not shown)

WELL IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU GOT HERE!


PANEL 5

“WICKED EVIL” is here! Bawol and Zanda are looking at each other. Irga is doing air drumming with her sticks.


ZANDA (moody)

THE IDIOT PICKED THE WRONG SHIP.


BAWOL (irritated and a bit insulted)

THEY HAPPEN TO LOOK THE SAME, LADY, SO EXCUSE ME FOR NOT HAVING ANY PSYCHIC POWERS!


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Sledge is now next to Bawol and Zanda. Bawol is looking away from Sledge as if he doesn't want to look at him in a childish way.


SLEDGE (amuse)

WELL, EITHER WAY, I'M GLAD YOUR HERE TO HELP.


ZANDA (moody)

IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE DOING THIS OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF OUR HEARTS, OLD MAN.


PANEL 2

Past scene. Wicked Evil was having a concert that was interrupted by some Forward Strike people with guns! The crowd panics! Sar is looking at Irga.


ZANDA (not shown and word box)

IT SEEMS THAT MORE OF THOSE FORWARD STRIKE LOSERS CAME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION THAT WE WEREN'T REALLY HUMANS DRESSED UP AND DECIDED TO PUT ON A SHOW OF THEIR OWN.


FORWARD STRIKE PERSON (loud and excited)

LET'S SAVE THE WORLD, PEOPLE!


IRGA (shocked)

WHAT THE HELL?!!


SAR (shocked)

WHOA! DID YOU JUST SPEAK?!


PANEL 3

Back to Sledge, Bawol, and Zanda. Bawol is still childishly looking away from Sledge.


ZANDA (moody)

LUCKILY FOR US THAT THE CROWD THERE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE SOME CHURCH-CRAZY LUNATICS WHO THOUGHT HEAVY METAL WAS THE DEVIL'S MUSIC.


SLEDGE (a little awkward)

YES, WELL, DESPITE YOUR TROUBLES, IT IS NICE TO SEE THAT YOU TWO ARE STILL TOGETHER.


ZANDA (moody)

WE SHOULD, SINCE WE'RE MARRIED.


PANEL 4

Zanda starts to walk away from the shocked Sledge. Bawol is still next to Sledge and still childishly looking away. In the background is Atelidae who is still watching Tess-1 trash Forward Strike through the view screen.


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Zanda has walked out of the scene.


SLEDGE (shocked, confused, and direct)

YOU'RE MY DAUGHTER IN LAW?!!


ATELIDAE (chilling and focused)

YEAH, I HAD THE SAME REACTION WHEN I FOUND OUT, GRANDPA.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Back at the Forward Strike base.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

HOW IS IT THAT THE ROBOT HAS BECOME THIS POWERFUL?!


JAKE (not shown and word box)

WHAT?


PANEL 2

Inside the cell is the sitting Jake, the frustrated Thomas, and Mary who is calm.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

HE MEANS THE FACT THAT AT TIMES THE ROBOT SEEMS LESS POWERFUL IN SOME SITUATIONS AND MORE IN OTHERS, ESPECIALLY NOW.


JAKE (chilling)

IS THAT WHAT THE RACKET OUTSIDE IS ABOUT?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

YES.


JAKE (chilling)

SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE GAS PEDAL SYSTEM.


THOMAS GRAVETON (frustrated and angry)

GAS PEDAL SYSTEM? WHAT THE HELL IS A GAS PEDAL SYSTEM?


PANEL 3

Another view of the three, but with Mary being the main focus.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

SIR, I BELIEVE I CAN GUESS CORRECTLY BASED ON THE NAME SINCE A GAS PEDAL FOR A CAR IS SOMETHING THAT CONTROLS THE THROTTLE VALVE AND THE THROTTLE VALVE IS WHAT CONTROLS THE SUPPLY OF FUEL TO THE ENGINE. BUT THE QUESTION IS WHAT CONTROLS THIS MECHANISM?


JAKE (chilling)

THE THREAT.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

EXCUSE ME?


PANEL 4

Jack is now the main focus.


JAKE (chilling)

IT'S LIKE THIS, THE BIG GUY MAY NOT BE THE BRIGHTEST WHEN IT COMES TO A.I.S, BUT HE DOES HAVE ENOUGH TO IDENTIFY A THREAT, AND WITH THIS, THE A.I. CAN WORK WITH THE GAS PEDAL SYSTEM WHERE THE BIGGER THE THREAT IS, THE MORE HIS POWER OUTPUT WILL INCREASE TO BE BETTER ABLE TO HANDLE IT.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

AND WHAT WOULD BE THE LIMIT TO THIS?


JAKE (chilling)

I DUNNO.


THOMAS GRAVETON (frustrated and angry)

ARE YOU EVEN TRYING TO BECOME A MAJOR THREAT TO THIS PLANET OR DOES IT COME NATURALLY FOR YOU WITHOUT YOU NOTICING?!


PANEL 5

Outside, Tess-1's back is shown, while in the background are the Forward Strike army going after him! A hot rod engine sound is made.


JAKE (not shown and word box)

LET ME GUESS.... YOU SENT A HUGE ARMY AGAINST HIM, RIGHT?


JAKE (not shown and word box)

YEAH, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL “REALLY” RILE HIM UP.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Tess-1 is lifting a tank and is about to throw it! The soldiers and super-soldiers are still attacking it! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots! A hot rod engine sound is made.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

WHAT IS IT'S WEAK SPOT?


JAKE (not shown and word box)

I DUNNO.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

STOP ACTING LIKE AN IDIOT, EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY ARE, BUT YOU WORKED ON THAT THING AND PROBABLY NOTICED SOMETHING ABOUT IT THAT WE CAN USE TO TAKE IT DOWN!


PANEL 2

Back at Jack's cell room, Jake stays quiet and acts unimpressed.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

FINE, IF THAT'S THE WAY IT HAS TO BE, THEN WE'LL TRY SOME OTHER WAY TO CONVINCE YOU.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

BRING HER IN.


PANEL 3

A beaten Zira is thrown into the room and falls onto the floor!


PANEL 4

The beaten Zira raises her head.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

FROM OBSERVATION I KNOW YOU HAVE NO LOVE FOR THIS CREATURE, WHICH I CAN ADMIRE, BUT THERE'S ONE THING THAT MAKES HER USEFUL WHEN IT COMES TO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.


PANEL 5

A somewhat reactive Jake is shown while a part of the back of Zira's head is shown as a tip of a gun is shown touching it.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

SHE'S THE ONE WHO SPAWNED YOUR DAUGHTER, ISN'T SHE?


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Thomas with a gun aimed at the beaten Zira's head who's still on the floor.


THOMAS GRAVETON (amused and a little crazy)

I'LL MAKE A DEAL WITH YOU. REFUSE TO COOPERATE AND I'LL PUT A BULLET THROUGH THIS THING'S HEAD.


PANEL 2

Mary Sandmon is the only one shown. Thomas' shadow is shown.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

THEN I'LL RELEASE YOU SO THAT YOU CAN BE WITH YOUR DAUGHTER ONCE AGAIN.


MARY SANDMON (confused, surprised, and thought balloon)

WHAT?


PANEL 3

Back at the deviant ship, Atelidae is still watching the view screen.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

NOW THIS WILL SEEM LIKE A GOOD THING AT FIRST, BUT WILL SOON START EATING YOU FROM WITHIN AS TIME GOES BY BECAUSE OF A LITTLE SECRET YOU WILL BE HIDING FROM HER.


PANEL 4

Back to Jake's cell room, All four are shown.


THOMAS GRAVETON (amused and a little crazy)

A LITTLE SECRET WHERE YOU ALLOWED HER OWN MOTHER TO BE KILLED IN FRONT OF YOU AND WILL ONE DAY BEGIN TO SUSPECT THAT YOU ARE HIDING SOMETHING AS YOU FIND IT HARDER AND HARDER TO LOOK AT HER AS IF PLAGUED WITH GUILT WHICH WILL NO DOUBT MAKE YOUR LOVING FATHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP CRUMBLE INTO LITTLE PIECES.


PANEL 5

A close view at Jake's eyes that are filled with the kind of fear that says “This guy's insane!”


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

SO WHICH WILL IT BE, “MAD HOTRODDER”? DO US A LITTLE FAVOR.... OR GO STRAIGHT TO HELL?


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Outside, Tess-1 continues to fight the army! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 2

At a distance, the balcony of the Forward Strike base is shown. Thomas and Mary seems to be there, as well as some tech men setting up what seems to be communication equipment.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

TO BE HONEST, SIR, I REALLY CAN'T SEE THIS ACTUALLY WORKING.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

IT MAY SEEM STRANGE, BUT HIS MUTANT POWER MAKES STRANGE CREATIONS WHICH CAN PERHAPS HAVE STRANGE WEAKNESSES.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

BESIDES, IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT HE WAS TOO AFRAID TO LIE.


PANEL 3

Past scene, Jake is working on Tess-1 and notices something odd while his radio is playing heavy metal music.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

WELL, ACCORDING TO HIM, HE NOTICED SOMETHING STRANGE WITH THE ROBOT'S 1940'S COMPUTER WHEN IT REACTED TO A CERTAIN PART OF THE MUSIC HE WAS LISTENING TO WHILE CUSTOMIZING.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

THE BAND BEHIND THE “WORK OF ART”, SO TO SPEAK, IS CALLED “KILL WITHOUT MERCY” AND HE SHOWED ME WHICH PART HE WAS TALKING ABOUT, THE NOTE THAT HAS AN EFFECT.


PANEL 4

Tess-1 has a hold of a scared super-soldier and behind it is a normal soldier firing at his back! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots! A hot rod engine sound is made.


NORMAL SOLDIER (acting brave and determined)

LEAVE HIM ALONE!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Tess-1 drops the super-soldier and turns around to go after the normal soldier! The normal soldier loses his bravery and runs for it! A hot rod engine sound is made.


NORMAL SOLDIER (scared)

ON SECOND THOUGHT, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PLEASE WITH HIM!


HURT SUPER-SOLDIER (annoyed and weak)

THANKS FOR THE LOVE, JERK!


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PANEL 1

Tess-1 goes after the scared soldier! A hot rod engine sound is made.


NORMAL SOLDIER (scared and thought balloon)

IF I GET OUT OF THIS ALIVE, I AM NEVER EVER GOING TO ACT BRAVE AGAIN!


TECH GUY (not shown and word box)

IT'S READY, SIR.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

THEN BY ALL MEANS, PLEASE PROCEED.


PANEL 2

The disc on the balcony is sending out the signal.


PANEL 3

A close look at Tess-1's head as it feels the effects of the signal!


PANEL 4

Tess-1 begins to fall onto the ground as the white dots of it's eyes disappears!


PANEL 5

Tess-1 has fallen on it's back while the normal soldier looks down at it.


NORMAL SOLDIER (confused and low tone)

DID I DO THAT?


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Inside the deviant ship, Ateldiae starts to make a run for it with monkey-like agility! The others see her do this and try to stop her! On the view screen is the fallen Tess-1.


SAGE (business-like, shout, and concern)

ATELIDAE! NO! THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO!


SLEDGE (shout and concern)

SOMEONE STOP HER!


PANEL 2

With monkey-like agility, Atelidae leaps out the the broken through window that Tess-1 made and heads towards one of the trees to break her fall!


PANEL 3

Back to Tess-1, the now brave again soldier is butting the robot's head with the end of his gun.


NORMAL SOLDIER (acting cool and brave)

YEAH, THAT'LL YOU TEACH YOU TO MESS WITH ME.


PANEL 4

The normal soldier is caught by surprised from behind by an angry Atelidae who kicks him in the back!


ATELIDAE (angry and direct)

LEAVE HIM ALONE, YOU BASTARD!


PANEL 5

In a desperate attempt, Atelidae tries to shake the too heavy and down Tess-1 as a way to “wake him up” without any success on both. The normal soldier is on the ground unconscious.


ATELIDAE (desperate and concern)

YOU HAVE TO GET UP, TESSY! PLEASE! THEY'RE COMING THIS WAY!


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PANEL 1

A close view of Atelidae's back as she turns her head as she notices something.


PANEL 2

A group of super-soldiers and normal soldiers appear.


PANEL 3

Atelidae turns around and faces the direction where the soldiers would be! A part of Tess-1 is shown.


ATELIDAE (angry, serious, and deadly)

I SWEAR TO WHATEVER GODS YOU BELIEVE IN, IF YOU PUT YOUR FILTHY HANDS ON HIM, I'LL RIP THE ARMS THEY'RE CONNECTED TO OFF THEIR SOCKETS!


PANEL 4

Where Thomas and Mary are, Mary is using a cellphone.


THOMAS GRAVETON (amused)

MISS SANDMON?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

RIGHT, SIR, I'LL TELL THEM TO TAKE THE “GIRL” ALIVE, SINCE SHE WOULD MAKE A BETTER MEANS TO CONVINCE THE FATHER.


PANEL 5

A part of Tess-1 is shown, while shadows of Atelidae and the soldiers grabbing her are shown! Sounds of struggling are heard!


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PANEL 1

Back at the deviant ship, Sledge, Sage, and Wicked Evil are shown, as well as the Vanisher!


SLEDGE (concern, frustrated, and desperate)

BLAST IT! TELFORD?!


THE VANISHER (a bit awkward)

SORRY, MAN, BUT I DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO DO ANOTHER TELEPORT, EVEN WITH THAT AMPLIFIER DEVICE OF YOURS!


SAGE (business-like and concern)

THEY SEEM TO BE TAKING HER ALIVE AS IF THEY HAVE A NEED FOR HER!


SAGE (business-like and concern)

THIS MAY INDICATE THAT THEY KNOW WHO SHE IS WHEN IT COMES TO RELATIONS, SINCE HER FATHER'S MUTANT POWER WOULD BE THE ONLY THING CONSIDERED VALUABLE TO THEM!


PANEL 2

Sledge points one of his canes at Bawol who in the background!


SLEDGE (serious and demanding)

BAWOL! POST-PHONE YOUR STUPID ANNUAL DISOWNING ME AND GET DOWN THERE!


BAWOL (in disbelief)

WHAT?! ARE YOU CRAZY, OLD MAN?! DO YOU KNOW HOW HIGH UP WE ARE?!


SLEDGE (serious and demanding)

YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THAT YOUR MORE THEN DURABLE ENOUGH TO SURVIVE THE FALL! YOU'RE JUST AFRAID OF HEIGHTS WHICH MATTERS LITTLE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR NIECE'S LIFE!


SLEDGE (serious, demanding, and direct)

NOW GET DOWN THERE!


PANEL 3

Suddenly a sound of an explosion happens and the room tilts to the side there by making everyone lose their balance!


PANEL 4

Outside, the deviant ship their in starts to drop as it's jets are in flames! The other deviant ships seem fine.


PANEL 5

Back inside, Astarte is shown on the view screen which is showing static and there's smoke starting to fill the room!


ASTARTE (from view screen, audio, and greatly concern)

MISTER INDIGO! PLEASE RESPOND! OUR SHIPS ARE GOING DOWN! REPEAT! THEY'RE GOING DOWN! PLEASE RESPOND, MISTER INDIGO!


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

All the deviant ships start going down as their jets are on fire!


ASTARTE (not shown, direct, and word box)

MISTER INDIGO!


PANEL 2

A close look at Thomas Graveton who's looking up and laughing!


THOMAS GRAVETON (laughing and happy)

UNBELIEVABLE! I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS HAPPEN, BUT IT'S LIKE IT'S TRULY OUR DESTINY TO WIN THIS, AS WELL AS THE HUMAN RACE!


PANEL 3

Elsewhere, the Vibranium Man is also watching and is near the base. Thomas' laughter is heard.


PANEL 4

The dormant Tess-1 is shown. Thomas' laughter is heard.


TO BE CONTINUED