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Tess-1 #23

Final Showdown

Part 3

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Past scene, the skrull invasion is happening and skrulls with their guns and ships are attacking! People are running for their lives! There is destruction everywhere and some explosions!


PANEL 2

Some Initiative super-heroes are either fighting the skrulls in the background or trying to get people to safety up close!


INITIATIVE SUPER-HERO (in charge and professional)

PLEASE, PEOPLE, REMAIN CALM! WE'LL HAVE YOU ALL SENT TO ONE OF THE SAFETY ZONES IF YOU FORM A LINE AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS!


CIVILIAN (panicking and in disbelief)

SAFETY ZONES?!! IT'S END OF THE WHOLE #$%@ WORLD, YOU IDIOT!!!


PANEL 3

An Initiative super-heroine sees someone.


INITIATIVE SUPER-HEROINE (concern)

PLEASE, SIR, YOU HAVE TO COME WITH ME. IT'S TOO DANGEROUS FOR YOU TO STAY HERE.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and depressed)

LEAVE ME ALONE.


PANEL 4

A war-torn Thomas Graveton is shown on his knees and next to him is a dead woman and girl who may have been his family. Tears fall from his eyes.


THOMAS GRAVETON (deeply in despair)

PLEASE, GOD, LET THIS JUST BE A TERRIBLE NIGHTMARE THAT I CAN WAKE UP FROM. PLEASE LET ME WAKE UP. PLEASE.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

The present, the deviant ships have crash landed!


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

GOD MUST REALLY LOVE US RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE THIS SEEMS LIKE AN “ACT OF GOD” FROM WHERE I'M STANDING.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

OR PERHAPS SOMETHING NOT AS GRAND.


PANEL 2

A close look at Thomas and Mary.


THOMAS GRAVETON (amused and in charge)

I TAKE IT YOU HAVE A CLUE ON WHO WAS BEHIND THIS.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

MORE LIKE I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF THIS PARTICULAR PERSON WAS THE ONE RESPONSIBLE.


PANEL 3

Past scene, a man, human, in a Damocles Foundation uniform is tied up in a chair and looks like he went through a beating.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

AS YOU OF COURSE KNOW, WE PLANTED SOME OF OUR PEOPLE AT DAMOCLES FOUNDATION TO RETRIEVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO HELP US WITH THE WAR AGAINST THE DEVIANTS, BUT WE KNEW SOONER OR LATER SOME OF THOSE PLANTS WOULD BE CAUGHT ONCE WE USED THAT INFORMATION BECAUSE OF THE RISKS INVOLVED.


PANEL 4

Past scene, a close view of a hispanic woman in a Damocles Foundation uniform with cap who is half-way invisible.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

BUT THERE'S ONE PARTICULAR, AND SPECIAL, PLANT WHO LIKE OUR ORIGINAL SUPER-SOLDIERS CAME FROM THE INITIATIVE, BUT INSTEAD OF HAVING HER JOIN THE TEAM, WE THOUGHT HER TALENTS WOULD BE OF BETTER USE IN SPYING.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

AH' YES, I BELIEVE I REMEMBER HER, WENT BY THE NAME INVISI WHO HAD THE POWER TO BECOME INVISIBLE, AND ALTHOUGH DIFFICULT AND WITH GREAT CONCENTRATION, COULD CLOAK HERSELF FROM SCANNERS.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

YOU THINK SHE MANAGED TO SNEAK IN AND SABOTAGE THEIR SHIPS?


PANEL 5

Past scene, the back of Invisi is shown as she is now inside the huge hanger where the ships are being stored which are shown in the background.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

IT'S EITHER THAT.... OR THEY HAVE A SERIOUSLY AWFUL MAINTENANCE CREW.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Back to the present, the crashed deviant ships are shown.


ASTARTE (not shown and word box)

MISTER INDIGO “zkt” ARE YOU THERE?! IS “zik” ANYONE READING ME?!


PANEL 2

Odysseus Indigo, who's clothes are torn up, reaches the somewhat damaged view screen. It shows mostly static and an image of Astarte is hardly shown.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

I'M HERE. WHAT'S THE SITUATION?


ASTARTE (from view screen and audio)

zik” EXCUSE ME, SIR? I DIDN'T “zak” GET THAT!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and shouting)

WHAT'S THE SITUATION?!


PANEL 3

In the ship Astarte's in, her clothes are also a bit torn up and of course the ship is also damaged. She's trying her best to communicate with a damaged view screen where she only has audio to work with.


ASTARTE (serious)

WE JUST WENT FROM REALLY GREAT TO DOWN RIGHT PATHETIC IN NO TIME FLAT AND AROUND HALF OUR PEOPLE ARE EITHER TOO INJURED OR TOO DEAD TO FIGHT, NOT TO MENTION OUR WEAPON SYSTEMS ARE DOWN AS IF IT WAS ON PURPOSE SINCE THIS IS FOR ALL THE SHIPS ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE OTHERS.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown and audio)

THEY MUST OF “zik” HAD SOMEONE WHO MANAGED TO PASS “zak” THROUGH SECURITY.


PANEL 4

A view above, what remains of the Forward Strike soldier and super-soldiers, which seems to still be a lot, head towards the crashed ships to attack!


ASTARTE (not shown and word box)

WHAT DOES SEEM TO WORK, LIKE THE SCANNERS, SHOW THAT THE ENEMY STILL HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO ATTACK US WHILE WE'RE DOWN DESPITE THAT CRAZY CLUNKER WIPING A LOT OF THEM OUT.


PANEL 5

Upfront, part of the Forward Strike army is shown, while in the background are deviants and super-villains coming out of the wrecked ship to attack! Some of them look battle crazed!


ASTARTE (not shown and word box)

SO I TOOK THE LIBERTY OF SENDING OUT WHAT WE HAD AT THEM WHILE PRAYING AS HARD AS I CAN THAT THE CELESTIALS WILL COME OUT OF NOWHERE AND SAVE US.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown and word box)

GOOD GIRL.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Back to the ship where Indigo is, Sage seems to be looking after Sledge who seems to be hurt.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO ON THIS SIDE.... WHICH IS PROBABLY NOT MUCH WITH THIS MESS.


PANEL 2

Bawol reveals to have superhuman strength as he holds up the wreckage that fell from above while the rest of Wicked Evil, minus Irga, are somewhat under him.


ZANDA (moody)

IT'S NICE TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE OTHER TALENTS THEN JUST SINGING AND BEING STUPID.


BAWOL (annoyed)

HEY! I PRETTY MUCH HAVE YOUR LIVES IN MY HANDS, SO HOW ABOUT YOU SHOW ME SOME RESPECT!


SAR (worried)

YOU'RE THE MAN, BAWOL.


BAWOL (annoyed)

YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT I AM AND YOU BETTER NOT FORGET IT!


ZANDA (moody and low tone)

OH' WE WILL ONCE WE'RE OUT OF DANGER.


PANEL 3

Bawol and the others are shown in the background, while upfront is Irga who's doing air drumming at a time like this. Bawol and the other's are looking at her in a awkward way.


PANEL 4

Sage is looking after the wounded Sledge who is trying to get up.


SLEDGE (hurt, but determined)

WE GOT TO GET OUT THERE AND SAVE ATELIDAE.


SAGE (business-like)

DON'T BE FOOLISH, SLEDGE, YOU'RE SERIOUSLY HURT.


SLEDGE (hurt, but determined)

I'M ALSO SERIOUSLY OLD, SO IF I DIE, IT WON'T BE LIKE I DIDN'T LIVE MY LIFE.


SAGE (business-like)

BUT I'M SURE YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER WOULD LIKE YOU TO LIVE A BIT LONGER, SO HOW ABOUT YOU LET SOMEONE IN BETTER CONDITION TO DO THE RESCUING.


PANEL 5

A part of Sledge and Sage is shown as they look Wicked Evil where Bawol is still holding up the wreckage. Sledge is pointing one of his cains at them.


SLEDGE (hurt, determined, and demanding)

BAWOL! GET YOURSELF OUT OF THAT MESS BECAUSE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE GOING WITH HER!


BAWOL (annoyed)

BUT....!


SLEDGE (hurt, determined, and demanding)

BUT NOTHING! WE'RE ON THE GROUND, YOU MORON, AND THAT MEANS YOU HAVE NO MORE PATHETIC EXCUSES!


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

Outside, the Forward Strike army is fighting the deviants and super-villains! Both side are using both technological weaponry and super-powers! The battle is savage!


PANEL 2

Inside the Forward Strike base where it seems to be the hallway of the holding faculity.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

SO, I FINALLY GET TO MEET.... DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL.


PANEL 3

In one of the cells is a deviant prisoner who looks miserable.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

I STILL FIND IT HARD BELIEVE THAT ONE DEVIANT GIRL WAS THE GREATEST OBSTACLE OF ACHIEVING ON SAVING THE WORLD FROM YOUR KIND.


PANEL 4

Thomas Graveton and Mary Sandmon are in a cell and looks like they're looking down at someone.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge and pleased)

BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE YOU, YOU'LL BECOME THE EXACT OPPOSITE AS WE USE YOU TO GET YOUR FATHER TO USE HIS GIFT FOR OUR BENEFIT.


PANEL 5

A close look at Atelidae's head and upper body as she's a bit depressed and has her arms fold and leaning on her knees as she sit.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I TAKE NO PLEASURE IN THIS, BUT THIS MUST BE DONE FOR THE SAKE OF THE INNOCENT....


PANEL 6

Same as panel 5, but Atelidae's pearl-like eyes seem to be looking in the direction where Thomas would be.


ATELIDAE (unimpressed and a bit annoyed)

WHO THE @#$% DO YOU THINK YOU'RE KIDDING?


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

A view of the sitting Atelidae and the standing Thomas and Mary.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

AND WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSE TO MEAN?


ATELIDAE (unimpressed and a bit annoyed)

HE TAKES A LOT OF PLEASURE FROM THIS BECAUSE THIS ISN'T ABOUT JUSTICE AND ALL THAT IS GOOD, NO, THIS IS ABOUT MISGUIDED REVENGE AND THE FACT THAT HE CAN'T FIND ANY SKRULLS TO GET IT.


PANEL 2

A close look at the angry and seemly about to lose control Thomas' head, while in the background and next to him is a concern Mary.


THOMAS GRAVETON (angry and insulted)

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!


ATELIDAE (unimpressed and a bit annoyed)

LIKE HELL I DON'T.


ATELIDAE (unimpressed and a bit annoyed)

YOU THINK THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING NOTHING BUT RUNNING FROM YOU? TO STAY A FEW STEPS AHEAD OF YOU OR CAUSE TROUBLE?


PANEL 3

Past scene, Sage and Atelidae are meeting one of Sledge's contacts who hands a file to Sage.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

WE'VE BEEN COLLECTING INFORMATION FROM MY GRANDFATHER'S CONTACTS WHO EITHER HELD OR COLLECTED THE STUFF SEPARATELY BECAUSE MY GRANDFATHER KNEW IT WAS BEST TO NOT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET WHEN YOU KNOW THE ENEMY ALREADY HAS THEIR HANDS IN THE COOKIE JAR.


PANEL 4

Past scene, a senator is being arrested in his office by special law officials and is shocked by this.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

AND WE E-MAILED TO THE AUTHORITIES AT LEAST ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR SOME OF YOUR “FRIENDS” TO BE BUSTED OR FORCED TO MAKE A RUN FOR IT AND LEAVE YOU OUT TO DRY. IN OTHER WORDS, WE PLANNED TO ATTACK YOU FROM HERE TO THERE TO MAKE SURE YOUR DEFEAT WAS COMPLETE.


PANEL 5

A close look at the angry Thomas.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

THE ONES BEHIND BARS ARE PROBABLY SINGING LIKE CRAZY OF ALL YOUR DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS WHICH MEANS IF WE DON'T TAKE YOU DOWN, THEN SOMEONE ELSE WILL AND SO ON IF YOU MANAGED SLIP BY THEM.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

YOU AND YOUR “ALLIES OF JUSTICE” WILL BE ON THE RUN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES, OR UNTIL YOU'RE CAUGHT OR SHOT DOWN.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

The enraged Thomas lifts up Atelidae and slams her to the wall in a violent way! Mary is shocked about this!


THOMAS GRAVETON (enraged and crazed)

YOU WON'T GET AWAY WITH THIS! YOU WILL PAY FOR WHAT YOU DID TO MY FAMILY!


PANEL 2

Thomas has her up against the wall.


ATELIDAE (hurting and amused)

GET “coff” AWAY WITH WHAT? A LOT OF MY PEOPLE MAY NOT BE SAINTS, BUT THEY'RE PRETTY MUCH INNOCENT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR FAMILY'S DEATH SINCE IT WAS SKRULLS WHO DID IT, BUT OF COURSE YOU SO BADLY NEEDED PAYBACK THAT YOU WERE WILLING TO FIND A GOOD ENOUGH SUBSTITUTE TO GET IT WHILE TELLING YOURSELF THAT YOU AND YOUR FLUNKIES WERE BEING THE HERO, WHILE OF COURSE YOUR FRIENDS, THE ONES WHO GOT YOU THIS JOB, HAD THEIR OWN REASONS WHICH WAS PLAIN OLD FASHION GREED.


ATELIDAE (hurting and amused)

I'M BETTING IN YOUR FANTASY WORLD THEY WERE KNIGHTS IN SHINY ARMOR WHO BELIEVED WHAT YOU BELIEVED, EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE USING YOU TO GET MY KIND OUT OF THE WAY SO WHAT SCIENCE WE HAD WHEN IT CAME TO TECHNOLOGY AND BIOLOGY WOULD BE THEIRS FOR THE TAKING TO PROFIT FROM WHEN THEY MADE THEM THEIR PATENTS.


PANEL 3

Thomas starts to hit Atelidae, while Mary starts to stop him!


THOMAS GRAVETON (enraged and violent)

YOU MONSTROSITY!!!


PANEL 4

Mary has a hold of Thomas' arm that he was using to hit Atelidae!


MARY SANDMON (concern and serious)

SIR! YOU HAVE TO STOP THIS BEFORE YOU KILL HER!


THOMAS GRAVETON (enraged and violent)

WHAT?!


MARY SANDMON (concern and serious)

WE NEED HER FATHER'S ABILITY MORE THEN EVER!


PANEL 5

The beaten Atelidae is on the floor and barely conscious while Thomas and Mary look down at her. Thomas seems to be calming down a bit, but is still angry.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

WE'VE BEEN GIVEN A MAJOR BLOW THAT WE WON'T BE ABLE TO RECOVER FROM WHEN IT COMES TO MEN, EQUIPMENT, AND FUNDS, ESPECIALLY THE KREE TECHNOLOGY WHICH WE'LL OBVIOUSLY LOSE, BUT HER FATHER'S MUTANT ABILITY CAN MORE THEN MAKE UP FOR IT IF WE HAVE SOMETHING TO FORCE HIM TO DO OUR BIDDING WHICH IS HIS CHILD, BUT ONLY IF SHE'S ALIVE AND BREATHING.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Outside, A close look at Zona of Sword who is pointing to a direction as if she's the leader! In the background, deviants are fighting super-soldiers!


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

VERY WELL. SHE LIVES.... FOR NOW.


ZONA (determined, loud, and demanding)

KEEP PUSHING FORWARD! ONCE WE REACH THEIR BASE, WE WILL HAVE THE ADVANTAGE!


PANEL 2

Stranglehold of Sword plows through the Forward Strike soldiers and super-soldiers as if he was the Juggernaut! Stranglehold gives out a battle cry!


PANEL 3

In the background, while the fight continues upfront, is the dormant Tess-1 still lying on the ground.


PANEL 4

A much closer look at Tess-1.


PANEL 5

Nothing but darkness.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Black and white scene. Within the darkness there's a little light, and within the light seems to be a part of a walking robot.


PANEL 2

The robot within the light that is small within the great darkness is Tess-1 in it's original form.


PANEL 3

A closer look at Tess-1


PANEL 4

A close look at Tess-1's head as it continues to walk.


PANEL 5

Professor Schumann's mouth is shown.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (partly shown)

YOU.... ARE....


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Black and white scene. A part of the original form Tess-1 is shown while the main focus is Professor Schumann as he looked in the 40's while developing the robot.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

PATHETIC.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Back to the battlefield, the fight between deviant/super-villain and Forward strike soldiers/super-soldiers continue!


PANEL 2

Sage and Wicked Evil hide between the trees as they sneak through the fight.


SAGE (business-like, serious, and alert)

EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO BE NOTICED BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT ENOUGH TO BYPASS THEIR SECURITY, AS WELL AS FIND A WAY IN SINCE THIS BUILDING IS UNKNOWN TO US.


PANEL 3

The group is near the base and Sage is using a device to detect and deactivate any security measure that were put on a air shaft with a grill.


SAGE (hands only shown)

OK, IT'S SAFE TO REMOVE IT.


PANEL 4

Bawol removed the grill and the rest of Wicked evil enter the air shaft while Sage looks back to see if the coast is clear.


PANEL 5

Wicked Evil and Sage are now crawling through the air shaft. Bawol, who's at the end, seems to be having trouble because of his mass.


BAWOL (having difficulty and low tone)

UM, GUYS, A LITTLE HELP HERE.


ZANDA (moody and low tone)

SUCK IT UP, FATTY.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Black and white scene. Back inside Tess-1's head, the displeased Professor Schumann walks around the original form Tess-1 and looks at it.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

MY LIFE'S WORK, OR BETTER YET, A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME THAT SUCKED THE LIFE OUT OF ME.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO BE MY CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT, MY PLACE IN HISTORY WHEN IT CAME TO THE PIONEER WORK OF ROBOTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AS WELL AS DEFENDING MAN FROM SUPER-MAN, BUT INSTEAD, YOU BECAME MY GREATEST EMBARRASSMENT.


PANEL 2

Professor Schumann and Tess-1's backs are facing each other.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

HOW THEY MUST OF LAUGHED AT ME BEHIND MY BACK, ESPECIALLY MY ASSISTANTS WHO PROBABLY THOUGHT THEY WERE BETTER THEN ME AS IF BEING THE ONE THE FINGERS WERE POINTED TO AND EXPECTED TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS MADE ONE INFERIOR TO THE REST.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased)

THEY NEVER REALIZED HOW LUCKY THEY WERE AS THEY GLORIFIED IN IT AS THE LAZY BASTARDS THEY WERE.


PANEL 3

Professor Schulmann turns around and points to the direction where Tess-1 would be.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased and angry)

BUT YOU.... YOU WERE MY MAIN SOURCE OF MY FRUSTRATION!


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased and angry)

NOTHING BUT FAILURES, AND NO MATTER WHAT I DID, NO MATTER HOW HARD I WORKED ON THE PROBLEMS, IT ALWAYS ENDED WITH EVEN MORE FAILURES!


PANEL 4

Professor Schulmann and Tess-1 are facing each other as the professor looks up.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased)

I CAN'T HELP BUT FEEL THAT MAYBE IT WOULD'VE BEEN BETTER IF YOU NEVER EXISTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.


PANEL 5

A close look at Professor Schulmann as he looks up.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (amused)

YES, THAT'S IT. WHAT BETTER WAY TO GET RID OF AN ANNOYANCE THEN MAKING IT CEASE TO EXIST. AS IF IT NEVER CAME TO BE TO BEGIN WITH AND BECOMES FORGOTTEN.


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Black and white scene. Tess-1 begins to become transparent as if it's beginning to fade away.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (no shown)

SO WHY DON'T YOU DO SOMETHING RIGHT FOR A CHANGE AND FADE AWAY!


PANEL 2

A close look at Professor Schulmann.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased, cruel, and determined)

NO ONE NEEDS YOU! YOU'RE USELESS! YOU HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS WORLD TO HAVE A REASON TO EXIST!


PANEL 3

A part of Tess-1 is shown as it becomes even more transparent as it continues to fade away.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (not shown and direct)

BEGONE!


PANEL 4

A teenage girl's hand gently touches the metal of Tess-1 which seems to have stopped and reverse the process of fading away.


TEENAGE GIRL (hand only shown)

POOR CLOCKWORK MAN. IT MUST BE PAINFUL TO HAVE A FATHER WHO HAS NOTHING GOOD TO SAY TO YOU.


PANEL 5

The old film-like video from the 40's from “Downtime” is shown again.


HUMAN FIGURE (audio)

GOLLY! (snirck) YOU'RE LIKE (sneek) AWARE THAT I'M HERE! (snirck)


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Back to the crashed deviant ship, the wounded Sledge hasn't yet moved from his spot.


SLEDGE (a bit weak)

YOU STILL ALIVE, PORTER?


THE VANISHER (not shown and groggy)

I JUST GOTTEN MORE WOUNDS TO ADD TO THE ONES I ALREADY HAD.


THE VANISHER (not shown and groggy)

THE FIRST THING I'LL PROBABLY DO IF I “EVER” FULLY RECOVER IS INJURE YOU TO DEATH.


PANEL 2

The wounded Sledge manages to get out his cell phone which survived the crash.


SLEDGE (a bit weak and amused)

YEAH, I PROBABLY OWE YOU ONE THIS TIME.


THE VANISHER (not shown and groggy)

WHAT'S WITH THE CELL PHONE?


SLEDGE (a bit weak and amused)

CALLING IN MY TRUMP CARD.


THE VANISHER (not shown and groggy)

TRUMP CARD? WHEN DID YOU FIND THE TIME TO SET UP SOMETHING LIKE THAT?


PANEL 3

Elsewhere, the mouth and cell phone of Kingmaker, the guy who once did business with the Hellions.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

IN MY LINE OF BUSINESS, IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE ONE READY AT ALL TIMES.


KINGMAKER (partly shown and talking to cell phone)

HELLO, SIR. YES, I HAVE MADE THE ARRANGEMENTS AND THEY'RE WAITING AND READY TO GO.


KINGMAKER (partly shown and talking to cell phone)

YOU DO REALIZE WE'LL BE BURNING A LOT OF FAVORS FROM THIS?


PANEL 4

The super-villains that the Kingmaker brought head towards the direction where the battle is and look more then ready to fight!


KINGMAKER (not shown and word box)

THEN BURNING IT IS.


PANEL 5

One of the Kingmaker's super-villains attacks a Forward Strike super-soldier by surprise as she was fighting a deviant! The deviant is surprised by this!


DEVIANT (surprised)

WHOA! WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?!


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Odysseus Indigo and Astarte are fighting some Forward Strike soldiers and super-soldiers! Astarte is shooting energy from her hands, while Indigo uses his super-strength!


ASTARTE (determined and frustrated)

THIS HAS TO BE SLEDGE'S DOING! HE BETRAYED US!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and determined)

MORE LIKE THE SNEAKY OLD BASTARD KNEW ABOUT THE LEAK PROBLEM WE WERE HAVING AND DECIDED TO HAVE SOME RESERVES WAITING OUT OF SIGHT THAT ONLY HE KNEW ABOUT!


PANEL 2

The new super-villains that have join in help the other's take the advantage of the battle!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown and word box)

AND BECAUSE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES, I'M WILLING TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY.... THIS TIME!


PANEL 3

Another view of the new super-villains taking on Forward Strike!


PANEL 4

A somewhat distance view of the wounded Sledge who seems to be doing nothing now.


THE VANISHER (not shown and groggy)

HEY? DID YOU MAKE THE CALL? IS IT WORKING?


PANEL 5

A close look at Sledge where he's either unconscious.... or worse.


THE VANISHER (not shown and groggy)

HEY, OLD MAN? DID IT WORK?


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Black and white scene. Back inside Tess-1's head. Tess-1, Professor Schulmann, and a new person who looks like a 14 year old girl from the 1940's


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased and annoyed)

YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE, CHILD.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

I AM AS MUCH OF A MEMORY AS YOU AND HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT TO BE HERE LIKE THE REST THAT ARE STILL REMEMBERED.


PANEL 2

Another view of the three. The teenage girl is looking at Tess-1.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased and annoyed)

THIS IS BETWEEN ME AND MY CREATION.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

A CREATION WHICH WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH BY YOUR STANDARDS. NEVER PERFECT ENOUGH TO YOUR POINT OF VIEW OF THE WORLD.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased and annoyed)

IT WAS DESIGNED TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM THE SUPER-SOLDIERS, AS WELL AS ANYONE WITH INHUMAN ABILITIES.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

HE WAS MADE TO TAKE DOWN WHAT YOU FEARED SO YOU COULD FEEL SAFE, DESPITE WHO WOULD GET HURT BECAUSE OF IT, WHILE FAILING TO LIVE UP TO THAT TASK WAS PRACTICALLY THE FIRST RIGHT THING THAT CLOCKWORK MAN DID.


PANEL 3

A view of Professor Schulmann and the teenage girl.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased and annoyed)

STOP CALLING IT THAT.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

CLOCKWORK MAN? IT'S BETTER THEN CALLING HIM PATHETIC.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (displeased and annoyed)

IT”, NOT HIM, IS PATHETIC BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING RIGHT OR SUCCEEDED IN ANYTHING.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

YOU REALLY THINK SO?


PANEL 4

In the background is a big black and white picture of a smiling Atelidae who seems to be inside her father's work place. In front of the picture are small-looking Tess-1, Professor Schulmann, and the teenage girl. Professor Schulmann seems to be laughing.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (laughing)

THAT.... THING?


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

THAT.... GIRL. ALTHOUGH NOT PERFECTLY, CLOCKWORK MAN HAS BEEN PROTECTING AND KEEPING THAT GIRL ALIVE SO FAR AS HER FATHER ATTENDED FOR HIM TO DO WHEN HE MADE HIM MORE POWERFUL.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (laughing)

IN A UNBELIEVABLE RECKLESS WAY WHERE IT HAS BECOME A FAR GREATER MENACE THEN EVER.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (laughing)

IT'S NOTHING LESS THEN A MIRACLE THAT IT HASN'T YET KILLED THAT CREATURE BY ACCIDENT.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

BUT THE POINT IS HE HASN'T.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Black and white scene. Another view of the three.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (in disbelief)

YOU SEE THINGS IN WAYS THAT ONLY A FOOLISH CHILD WOULD WHERE THERE'S NOTHING BUT A BRIGHT SIDE TO EVERYTHING. SOMEONE WHO HASN'T LIVED LIFE LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

AND YOU SEE THINGS IN WAYS THAT ONLY A SCARED OLD MAN WOULD WHERE HE EXPECTS THINGS TO GO HIS WAY AND BELIEVES THAT MOSTLY EVERYONE IS UP TO NO GOOD.


PANEL 2

Another view of Professor Schulmann and the teenage girl.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (in disbelief and mocking)

SO, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE ROBOT WAS “DESTINED” FOR ALL THIS? THAT IT WAS “PREORDAIN” THAT ALL THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN?


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

PLEASE, EVEN I KNOW THAT DESTINY IS NOTHING MORE THEN A WORD TO GLORIFIED OR DRAMATIZE A PERSON OR EVENT AS IF BORN OR CREATED SPECIAL AMONG THE REST WHILE THINGS COULD HAVE EASILY GONE ANOTHER DIRECTION WHICH MAY BE JUST AS GOOD, BETTER, OR EVEN WORSE.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

LIFE, OF EACH DAY, IS LIKE A FLIP OF THE COIN BASED ON EACH PERSON'S DECISIONS WHICH EITHER AFFECTS THEMSELVES OR OTHER PEOPLE WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENED TO CLOCKWORK MAN.


PANEL 3

In the background, and in black and white, is cosmic powered Spider-Man blasting Tess-1 and trashing the robot as it flies off from the impact. Upfront is Tess-1, Professor Schulmann, and the teenage girl.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

OF COURSE LUCK HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, EVEN THOUGH IT'S CONSIDERED A SUPERSTITIOUS THING, BUT THAT MODERN MYSTERY MAN COULD HAVE EASILY COMPLETELY DESTROYED CLOCKWORK MAN AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE END OF IT.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

BUT OF COURSE LET'S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES SINCE IT WAS A FATHER WHO WAS BORN WITH UNUSUAL ABILITIES AND WITH GREAT CONCERN FOR HIS SON'S WELL BEING WHICH ALLOWED THESE EVENTS TO HAPPEN WHEN HE FOUND HIM AND USED HIM BASED ON HIS OWN DECISIONS WHICH THE SITUATION HE WAS IN MADE HIM MAKE, WHILE OTHER EVENTS FOLLOWED AFTERWARDS.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (firm)

DESTINY IS A FAIRY TALE WHILE THINGS HAPPEN EITHER BY INCIDENT OR CHOICE WHILE GIVEN A CHANCE IT'S UP TO THAT PERSON TO MAKE A CHOICE ON HOW TO RESPOND TO WHAT HAS AFFECTED HIS OR HER LIFE, AND IF THEY SOMEHOW FULFILL A DESTINY, THEN THEY MUST HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISIONS WHICH AGAIN COULD HAVE EASILY GONE WRONG.


PANEL 4

A past scene which represents issue #1 where 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.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (not shown and word box)

AND THAT IS WHAT THE “GIRL'S” FATHER DID. HE MADE A CHOICE BASED ON THE SITUATION AND HENCE BROUGHT FORTH A NEW CHAPTER IN CLOCKWORK MAN'S EXISTENCE BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THAT IS REAL.... FREE WILL.


PANEL 5

The teenage girl's hand is shown pointing at Professor Shulmann.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (hand and arm only shown)

ONE THAT NOT EVEN YOU CAN STOP!


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (insulted and stubborn)

I AM HIS CREATOR AND....!


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (hand and arm only shown)

YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THEN A MEMORY OF A MAN WHO'S BEEN GONE FOR A LONG TIME. WHO'S TIME HAS PASSED AND IS NO LONGER PART OF TODAY.


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PANEL 1

The teenage girl looks at Tess-1 who is partly shown. In the background is Professor Schulmann who seems to be being ignored.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (a little cheerful and a little sad)

THOUGH SADLY.... THE SAME CAN BE SAID ABOUT ME.... BUT YOU, CLOCKWORK MAN, HAVE A STORY THAT HASN'T YET REACHED IT'S ENDING, SO YOU MUST GO BACK, GO BACK AND LIVE OUT THIS NEW PART OF YOUR LIFE.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (angry)

DON'T LISTEN TO HER! YOU'RE JUST A MACHINE THAT RUNS PROGRAMS! A DOLL THE FOOLISH CHILD THINKS IS REAL!


PANEL 2

A close look at Professor Schulmann as he begins to fade away.


PROFESSOR SCHULMANN (shocked)

NO! NO!! YOU CAN'T DO THIS TO ME! I WON'T ALLOW THIS, YOU HEAR ME! I WON'T ALLOW YOU TO PUSH ME AWAY AS IF I WAS SOMETHING INSIGNIFICANT!


PANEL 3

The scenery changes into the lab that was shown on page 1 of issue #7 and in the middle is a near human-size robot with wheels, a tube for the middle with no limbs, and a camera for a head which is Tess-1. The teenage girl is facing this new form.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (a little cheerful)

I KNOW PEOPLE HAVE JUDGED YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE FLAWS, BUT THAT'S ALRIGHT, BECAUSE NO ONE IS PERFECT, EVEN THOSE WHO SEEM PERFECT WHEN IT COMES TO APPEARANCE, WHILE ANYONE WHO TRIES TO ACHIEVE PERFECTION REALLY GET NOTHING DONE IN LIFE, SO DON'T FEEL ASHAMED IF YOU CAN'T LIVE UP TO OTHER PEOPLE'S EXPECTATIONS.


1940's TEENAGE GIRL (a little cheerful)

THIS IS YOUR LIFE, EVEN IF IT'S MECHANICAL, AND ONLY YOU SHOULD DECIDE WHAT KIND OF LIFE IT'S GOING TO BE.


PANEL 4

A close look at the teenage girl. The background is the lab.


1940'S TEENAGE GIRL (a little cheerful)

AND IF THAT MEAN PROFESSOR SCHULMANN COMES BACK TO PICK ON YOU AGAIN, JUST REMEMBER....


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but instead of the teenage girl, it's a smiling with fangs showing Atelidae, and instead of the lab as a background, it's Atelidae's father's work place.


ATELIDAE (cheerful)

THERE'S SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO THINKS YOU'RE THE GREATEST INVENTION EVER!


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PANEL 1

Inside Forward Strike base, Sage and Wicked Evil are sneaking through the corridors of the place.


ZANDA (moody and cautious)

THIS HAS TO BE A TRAP. THERE'S NO WAY IT CAN BE THIS EASY UNLESS THESE PEOPLE ARE COMPLETE IDIOTS FOR LEAVING THEIR PLACE UNGUARDED.


SAGE (business-like and cautious)

THAT'S ONE WAY OF SEEING IT, BUT I GOT A FEELING THAT THEIR LEADER MADE THE FOOLISH CHOICE OF SENDING EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING AT THE OPPOSING FORCE OUT OF DESPERATION.


PANEL 2

Where Thomas and Mary are, on the view screen in front of them is showing the battle where the tide has moved against their favor and Thomas is on his knees again as if he's close to a nervous breakdown. Mary is very concern about him.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

THOUGH I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF THE PRESSURE IS GETTING TO HIM BASED ON WHAT I READ ABOUT HIM, INCLUDING HIS PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE.


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

NO! IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN! WE HAD THE ADVANTAGE! WE WERE TAKING THEM DOWN! NOW THIS HAS HAPPEN!


MARY SANDMON (concern and trying to be professional)

SIR, THE EXTRA FORCES CAME OUT OF NO WHERE AS IF THEY WERE HIDING UNDER RADAR WAITING TO STRIKE AT THE RIGHT MOMENT!


PANEL 3

A close look at Thomas with his head down, but turning his eyes to look up.


THOMAS GRAVETON (angry)

IS DOCTOR MYER HERE?


MARY SANDMON (not shown)

SIR?


THOMAS GRAVETON (angry)

IS HE HERE?!


MARY SANDMON (not shown)

YES, PER TO YOUR ORDERS, HE WAS SENT HERE IN CASE SOMETHING WENT WRONG WITH SOME OF THE SUPER-SOLDIERS THAT WAS CREATED WITH HIS PROCESS.


THOMAS GRAVETON (angry)

AND YOU TRANSPORTED HIS EQUIPMENT HERE?


MARY SANDMON (not shown)

YES' SIR.


PANEL 4

The cautious Sage and Wicked Evil are at a big door that they're preparing to enter in a way where they suspect to meet some security.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

TELL HIM TO BE READY TO USE HIS PROCESS AGAIN AND THAT WE'LL BE THERE SHORTLY.


BAWOL (curious and cautious)

IS THIS WHERE ATELIDAE IS BEING HELD?


SAGE (business-like and cautious)

NO, THIS IS THE CENTRAL CONTROL ROOM WHICH I MANAGE TO FIND THROUGH WIRELESS HACKING INTO THEIR SYSTEMS WHILE WE WERE MOVING ABOUT.


SAGE (business-like and cautious)

SHUTTING THIS PLACE DOWN WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO GET ATELIDAE OUT OF HERE, AS WELL AS ANYONE ELSE THEY'RE HOLDING.


PANEL 5

The door is opened and Sage has her gun out and pointing to any possible threat, while Wicked Evil are at least ready for anything!


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PANEL 1

In the central control room is one man who has been waiting for them, and that man is the Vibranium Man.


SAGE (not shown)

OF COURSE, SOMEONE LIKE HIM WOULD BE EXPECTING SOMEONE TO COME HERE WHEN IT COMES TO WINNING THIS BATTLE.


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PANEL 1

Outside in the battlefield, one of the super-strength type super-soldiers sees the dormant Tess-1. In the background, the Forward Strike people are fighting the Deviant, super-villain people.


PANEL 2

Past scene, total blackness.


JAKE (not shown)

TELL ME IF SOMETHING HAPPENS, OK?


ATELIDAE (not shown)

OK, PAPA.


PANEL 2

Back to the present, a close look at the super-soldier who happens to have a laser cutting tool with him. He licks his lips.


SUPER-SOLDIER (eager and a bit excited)

TIME TO GET ME A SOUVENIR! “LOTS” OF SOUVENIRS!


PANEL 3

Past scene, there's a fizzle and static view of a 7 year old Atelidae.


PANEL 4

Back to the present, the super-soldier raises his laser cutting tool as he begins to strike!


PANEL 5

Past scene, the view of a smiling 7 year old Atelidae is revealed and the background shows her father's work place.


ATELIDAE (happy)

I THINK YOU GOT IT WORKING, PAPA!


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PANEL 1

A close look at the super-soldier's eyes as he's caught by surprised by something!


SUPER-SOLDIER (eyes only shown and surprised)

WHA?!


PANEL 2

Tess-1's fist and arm are pointing up, while the super-soldier is way up in the air and at a distance in the background because of how hard he was hit! A hot rod engine sound is made.


TESS-1 (arm and hand only shown and machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


TO BE CONTINUED