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Tess-1 #25

Final Showdown

Part 5

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Outside the Forward Strike base, the deviants and super-villains have finally defeated the super-soldiers, but not without cost.


PANEL 2

Zona of Sword, the leader is shown pointing at the direction where the Forward Strike base would be! Her deviant/super-villain troops are behind her!


ZONA (in charge and direct)

WE'VE TAKEN DOWN THEIR THUGS AND NOW WE'RE FREE TO TAKE DOWN THEIR BASE!


PANEL 3

A close look at Zona and the others who are surprised as the sound of an explosion that happens, while there's also light!


ONE OF THE DEVIANTS (surprised)

LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE BEATEN US TO IT.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

Inside the Forward Strike base, Sage and Wicked Evil have returned to the control room. Sage is focused on the controls, despite the place shaking apart, while Wicked Evil are quite aware of it!


BAWOL (worried)

WHAT THE “HELL” IS GOING ON?!!


SAGE (business-like, calm, and focused)

IT'S THE APOCALYPSE.


BAWOL (worried)

REALLY?!!


SAGE (business-like, calm, and focused)

YES, AND NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOU ANSWER, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO CONCENTRATE.


PANEL 2

Elsewhere, the cell doors of the holding place of the base are opening! Alarm sounds are heard as the place shakes apart!


PANEL 3

The freed deviants notice the speaker above them! The place is still shaking apart, while the alarms are turned off!


SAGE (not shown and from speaker)

CAN I PLEASE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION. I HAVE RECONFIGURED THE ALARM LIGHTS WHERE THEY WILL ACT AS A GUIDE TO GET YOU OUT OF HERE A QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.


SAGE (not shown and from speaker)

PLEASE REMAIN CALM AND FOLLOW THE ALARM LIGHTS THAT ARE ON.


PANEL 4

Jake and Atelidae are looking in one of the cells that are opened! The place is still shaking apart!


JAKE (serious and in a hurry)

ZIRA!!! DESPITE HOW I DESPISE YOU, ATELIDAE AND I ARE HERE TO RESCUE YOU!


PANEL 5

The backs of Jake and Atelidae are shown as they look into the cell room. There's another cell door that's partly open that Atelidae looks at. The place is still shaking apart!


JAKE (a little confuse and low tone)

ZIRA?


ZIRA (not shown, from cell door, and groggy)

I'M NEXT DOOR, YOU IDIOTS.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Tess-1's head is getting shoved into the floor by the blob! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PANEL 2

The blob scraps Tess-1's face on the floor that leaves a mark on the floor! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERRRRRROOOOOOORRRRRRR.


PANEL 3

The blob throws Tess-1 towards a wall with great power! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 4

Tess-1 goes through several walls and each is where it says”ERROR.” in a machine voice! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Outside the getting destroyed Forward Strike base, the deviant prisoners are getting out and running!


PANEL 2

Zona notices them and looks at her troops!


ZONA (in charge and direct)

HELP THEM GET AWAY FROM ALL THAT DESTRUCTION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!


PANEL 3

Among the crowd is Jake and Atelidae. Atelidae has her mother on her back as she alone drags her to safety while looking at her father who looks around and doesn't help.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and putting effort)

LISTEN, PAPA, I KNOW YOUR NOT MOTHER'S BIGGEST FAN, BUT SHE'S HEAVIER THEN SHE LOOKS.


ZIRA (indifferent and groggy)

RESPECT YOUR MOTHER'S SELF-ESTEEM, CHILD.


JAKE (very slightly shocked)

WOW, THINGS ARE REALLY GETTING CRAZY.


PANEL 4

Jake and Atelidae turn their heads to the direction where the Forward Strike base is after hearing a big explosion! Atelidae still has her mother on her back. In the background is the getting destroyed base.


JAKE (impressed, but nervous)

WOW.


ATELIDAE (impressed, but nervous)

YEAH, THAT'S “TOTAL ELIMINATION” FOR YA.


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Atelidae is looking at Jake and Jake is spooked by what she says as he looks back at her.


ATELIDAE (angry and direct)

NOW WILL YOU PLEASE HELP ME WITH MOTHER?!!


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

Inside the Forward strike base, Tess-1 is firing weapons at the blob which is causing him pain! A hot rod engine sound is made! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 2

Tess-1 swings and slams the blob to a wall real hard! A hot rod engine sound is made. “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 3

They're in the cafeteria now and Tess-1 hand is shown shoving Thomas Graveton's head, the blob, into the batch of mashed potatoes! Thomas makes a drowning sound. A hot rod engine sound is made. “minor chaos.”


PANEL 4

Tess-1 is on top of the blob and is firing at it with machine guns that have come out of it's arms and shoulders! Pieces of the blob is splattering everywhere! A hot rod engine sound is made. “MAJOR CHAOS!”


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

The blob takes a hold of the gun firing Tess-1 and throws it through a wall! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 2

The blob goes through the just made hole of the wall and Tess-1 takes a hold of it! A hot rod engine sound is made. “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 3

Tess-1 lose control of the situation as the out of control blob moves about and Tess-1 goes along with the ride as it holds on! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 4

The blob and the holding on Tess-1 crashes into a armory, the major stuff, which would be the worst place to fight because of the ammo and bombs! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

Back to the outside, Zona and the other deviants are watching as a major part of the base gets destroyed.


ZONA (shocked and foreign language)

<BY THE SLEEPING CELESTIAL! WHAT FORCE OF CHAOS COULD DO ALL THAT?!>


A DEVIANT (shocked and foreign language)

<LET'S JUST HOPE WE'RE NOT NEXT.>


PANEL 2

Zona and the other deviants look at the deviant who said that and he looks back at them.


A DEVIANT (little disbelief and foreign language)

<RIGHT, LIKE YOU WEREN'T THINKING THE SAME THING.>


PANEL 3

Back to Jake and Atelidae who are sitting and still watching the show. Zira is next to them and lying on the ground barely conscious. Sage and Wicked Evil arrive.


BAWOL (annoyed and whining)

HEY! WE WENT OVER THERE RISKING OUR LIVES TO RESCUE YOU AND YOU WEREN'T THERE!


ATELIDAE (uninterested)

WELL, NO GLORY FOR YOU THEN.


PANEL 4

In the background, Atelidae and the rest are shown with her backs facing the front, while the further background is the getting destroyed base. Upfront, and covered with shadows, the figure that shaped like Mary Sandmon who is hiding behind some bushes.


SAGE (business-like)

I TAKE IT THAT TESSY SOMEHOW RECOVERED AND IS IN THERE.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

DO YOU HAVE TO ASK?


SAGE (business-like)

NO, OBVIOUSLY THAT'S HIS TRADEMARK OF OVERDOING THINGS TO THE EXTREME.


PANEL 5

A somewhat injured and clothes a bit torn Mary quickly comes out of the bushes with a knife!


MARY SANDMON (enraged and out of control)

THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!!!


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Everyone's surprised by Mary and some are ready for action! Atelidae is calm and has her pearl black eyes turned to look back and is unimpressed!


PANEL 2

The crazed and enraged Mary aims at the calm Atelidae!


SAGE (business-like and desperate)

I DON'T THINKS SO, MADAM, IN FACT, WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING IS....!


PANEL 3

With monkey-like agility, Atelidae calmly leaps and does a back flip and is now above the attacking Mary! Sage is surprised by this!


SAGE (business-like and surprised)

ATELIDAE! WHAT ARE YOU DOING, CHILD?!


PANEL 4

One of Atelidae's feet are shown shoving Mary's face into the dirt and the momentum makes Mary's face scrapS the dirt and leave a mark! Mary make a muffled sound!


PANEL 5

Sage and the rest are shown and are surprised. Jake back is shown as he continues to watch the “other” show!


JAKE (low tone and unconcern)

KICKED HER BUTT, DIDN'T SHE?


ATELIDAE (not shown)

THIS IS HOW TESSY DOES THINGS!


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

The “in charge” Atelidae is still on the now barely conscious Mary who still has her face in the dirt, as well as Atelidae's foot on her head! Mary gives out a minor moan.


ATELIDAE (in charge, devilish smile, and direct)

HAND THEM THEIR BUTTS “NOW”.... AND TO “HELL” WITH THE YAPPING!


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Back inside the base, Tess-1 goes through a wall and slides and twirls around on the floor on it's back! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 2

The massive blob leaks out of the hole in the wall that Tess-1 made! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 3

Tess-1 turns it's head and eye's and sees something that catches it's interest! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 4

Tess-1 sees a military-class RV! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Below is the blob and Thomas Graveton's head! Above is a leaping Tess-1 who's already up in the air and has a hold of one end of the RV in a position that says that it plans to club the blob to death! A hot rod engine sound is made. “MAJOR CHAOS!”


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Tess-1 mercilessly clubs the blob to death with the RV as it's club! A hot rod engine sound is made. “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 2

A close look at Thomas Graveton's head of the blob who shows expressions of pain as the RV clubbing continues! A hot rod engine sound is heard. “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 3

A close look at Tess-1 head as the white dots of it's eyes turn to a certain direction as a sound of a explosion is heard! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


PANEL 4

A close look at the head of Thomas Graveton who looks at the same direction as Tess-1. “MAJOR CHAOS!”


THOMAS GRAVETON (in pain and depressed)

NO.... IT....IT CANT' END LIKE THIS. NOT WITHOUT MY JUSTICE. NOT WHEN THOSE MONSTERS ARE STILL OUT THERE.


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

In the close background and big major explosion happens which shows that the base has reached it's limit of all the explosions and damage that has happened to it and Thomas Graveton/the blob gets engulfed by the flames, while the impact pushes Tess-1 away! “MAJOR CHAOS!”


THOMAS GRAVETON (direct and loud)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Atelidae, Jake, and the rest are still watching, behind them is Zona and the other deviants where some are restraining Mary Sandmon. Among them is a tubby deviant.


ATELIDAE (worried)

I HOPE TESSY IS ALRIGHT.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 2, but Zona and the devaints with her, except the tubby one, look up and seem worried.


JAKE (confident and chilling)

I'M SURE HE'S ALRIGHT, I MEAN, WHEN I CUSTOMIZE SOMETHING, I MAKE SURE THEY LAST LONGER THEN I WILL.


PANEL 3

Zona and the deviants with her, including Mary who's forced to move by a deviant, make a run for it while the tubby deviant is confused on why. Atelidae and her group are still there chilling.


ATELIDAE (worried)

YEAH, YOU'RE PROBABLY RIGHT, ESPECIALLY SINCE HE'S BEEN ABLE TO SURVIVE THIS LONG AND WITH THE STRESS HE'S BEEN GOING THROUGH.


TUBBY DEVIANT (confused and foreign language)

<WHY ARE YOU GUYS RUNNING AWAY?>


PANEL 4

Same as panel 4, but the tubby deviant looks up.


JAKE (confident and chilling)

YOU'LL SEE HIM BEFORE YOU KNOW IT.


TUBBY DEVIANT (worried and foreign language)

<UH' OH.>


PANEL 5

Same as panel 5, but Tess-1 lands on the tubby deviant.


ATELIDAE (happy and relieved)

OH' GOOD. HE'S OK.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

A couple days later, Sage is with Odysseus Indigo and are looking through some plans about helping the deviants who were affected by this attack from Forward Strike. Astarte is in the background and is looking at Sage with an angry jealous look.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

AND SO THAT'S HOW THIS BIG MAIN EVENT ENDED WHERE THINGS WENT “SOMEWHAT” PEACEFUL AGAIN WHILE IT WAS TIME TO PUT THINGS BACK TOGETHER TO THE MESS IT WAS BEFORE ALL THIS HAPPENED.... WHILE OF COURSE SOME WOULD WANT YOU TO BELIEVE IT WAS WELL-ORDERED AND PROBLEM-FREE BEFORE THE ATTACKS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO FACE THE FACT ON HOW SCREWED UP THEIR LIVES WERE.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

SAGE DECIDED TO STAY WITH MISTER INDIGO TO USE HER COMPUTER BRAIN TO HELP HIM ORGANIZE THINGS WITH THE DEVIANT COMMUNITY, WHILE IT SEEMED THAT ASTARTE WAS ANYTHING BUT PLEASED ABOUT IT. I GUESS THE ETERNAL HAS A THING FOR POWERFUL RICH DEVIANTS AND DOESN'T LIKE ANYONE TO INVADE HER TERRITORY.


PANEL 2

The furious, but chilling, Mary Sandmon is behind bars.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

THAT HUMAN, MARY I THINK HER NAME WAS, SHOULD CONSIDER HERSELF LUCKY THAT MY PEOPLE DECIDED TO DUMP HER OFF WITH THE HUMAN AUTHORITIES FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING THE HASSLE THEIRS AND LET THEM DO ALL THE HARD WORK.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

YOU KNOW, SHE HAS THAT MEAN LOOK IN HER FACE THAT SAYS SHE SERIOUSLY WANTS REVENGE.


PANEL 3

The remains of the Forward Strike base is shown, as well as S.W.O.R.D. agents investigating the area. On the wall that's partly standing up are the painted words “IF YOU SEE THIS MESS.... THEN YOU KNOW THAT A ROBOT OF MASS DESTRUCTION WAS HERE!”.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

I HEARD WHEN THOSE S.W.O.R.D. GUYS ARRIVED FOR THE ALIEN TECH....S.W.O.R.D.?....S.H.I.E.L.D.?.... AND SAGE TOLD ME THERE'S A DIMENSIONAL HOPING ORGANIZATION CALLED A.R.M.O.R..... ARE THESES GUYS TRYING TO BUILD A KNIGHT OUT OF ORGANIZATIONS?.... AND WHAT DOES H.A.M.M.E.R. STAND FOR?.... BACK TO THE SUBJECT, I HEARD THAT THEY COULDN'T FIND THE REMAINS OF THAT BLOB CREATURE WHICH I WAS TOLD WAS FORWARD STRIKE'S FEARLESS LEADER.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

SAGE TELLS ME THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS USUALLY NOT A GOOD SIGN. THAT IT'S BETTER TO KNOW WHETHER THEY'RE DEAD OR NOT THEN HAVING TO LOOK BEHIND YOUR SHOULDER.


PANEL 4

Wicked Evil is doing a concert for a wild crowd.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

MY UNCLE AND HIS BAND ARE BACK ON TOUR WITHOUT ANY WORRIES OF SOME WHACK JOBS WITH THE URGE TO KILL INTERRUPTING.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

BEFORE WE PARTED WAYS, HE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS THINKING OF GIVING ME FREE PASSES WHILE ATTEMPTING TO RESCUE ME, BUT SINCE I WASN'T THERE TO BE RESCUED, HE SAID FORGET IT.... BASTARD.


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Atelidae and her father watch the freed deviant prisoners head to a ship that has been provided by Odysseus Indigo. One of the deviants going gives Atelidae a hand signal that has a censor sign covering it.


ATELIDAE (word box)

OH, BEFORE I FORGET, IT SEEMS THAT THIS EXPERIENCE HAVE MADE MY PEOPLE HAVE GREATER RESPECT FOR ME.... NO.... NO IT DIDN'T.... THEY STILL HATE MY HALF-BREED GUTS.


PANEL 2

Elsewhere, a close look at Zira who has some bandages on her head. She seems to be in some room and a spoon of food is close to her.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

AS FOR MY MOTHER, SHE'S UNDER THE CARE OF SOMEONE WE THOUGHT WE LOST. KNOWING HER, SHE PROBABLY THINKS SHE WAS BETTER OFF A CAPTIVE OF FORWARD STRIKE.


ZIRA (indifferent, but a bit uncomfortable)

I WAS BETTER OFF A CAPTIVE OF FORWARD STRIKE.


PANEL 3

A broader look at the scene where it's revealed that Zira is at Sledge's place and she's on a bed. Sledge is feeding her food and also has some bandages on.


SLEDGE (cheerful)

DON'T BE LIKE THAT, HONEY, THEY DID A GOOD NUMBER ON YOU, AND AS YOUR FATHER, WHO HAS A LOT OF CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD, I JUST COULDN'T LEAVE YOU TO SUFFER, AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT OWING ME, BECAUSE BEING BORN IS ALL THE PAYMENT I NEED.


ZIRA (indifferent, but a bit uncomfortable and low tone)

UGH.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

AS I SAID, WE THOUGHT WE LOST GRANDPA, BUT HE PULLED THROUGH AND IS NOW TAKING CARE OF MOTHER UNTIL SHE'S WELL ENOUGH TO RUN AWAY.


PANEL 4

An even broader look of the scene where it reveals that Vanisher is with them. All four of his limbs are in a cast.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

OH' YEAH, THAT TELEPORTING GUY IS THERE TOO.


VANISHER (amused)

SPEAKING OF OWING, WHO OWES WHO?


SLEDGE (annoyed and low tone)

I OWE YOU.


VANISHER (amused)

YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT YOU DO. DAMN RIGHT.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Back at Jake's place, upfront is Atelidae who has her pearl-black eyes going up, while in the background is her father yelling at the phone. They're in the kitchen.


ATELIDAE (word box)

SPEAKING OF MUTANTS, MY PAPA WASN'T TOO HAPPY WHEN I TOLD HIM THE X-MEN LOOTED THE PLACE, AND EVEN LESS HAPPY TO GO THROUGH AS HASSLE TO GET IT BACK.


JAKE (angry and yelling)

I DON'T CARE IF YOU THINK I'M BETTER OFF WITH YOU GUYS, I WANT MY STUFF BACK!


JAKE (angry and yelling)

SPARE ME THE LECTURE ON HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT ME AND MY MUTANT POWER CAN BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY OF UTOPIA! IF YOU GUYS WANT TO LIVE IN A FANTASY ISLAND DISCONNECTED WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD WITH VISITING RIGHTS, WHILE ACTING BETTER THEN EVERYONE, THAT'S YOUR BUSINESS! NOW GIVE ME MY STUFF BACK!


JAKE (angry and yelling)

WHAT?! NO, I DON'T WANT TO BRING MY DAUGHTER WITH, BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO MOVE THERE BASED ON THE FACT THAT IT'S A DEATH TRAP! MY STUFF! GIMME!


ATELIDAE (mildly depressed and mildly in disbelief)

GIVE IT UP, PAPA, THOSE X-MEN PRACTICALLY BELIEVE THEY OWN MUTANTKIND AND PRETTY MUCH DRAFTED EACH ONE AS AN X-MEN. YOU'RE BETTER OFF STEALING IT BACK.


PANEL 2

A close look at Atelidae with a devilish smile as she looks at the direction her father would be.


JAKE (not shown and yelling)

YOU KNOW, ATELIDAE, THAT'S NOT A BAD IDEA! IN FACT, WHY DON'T I SEND MY KID'S ROBOT THERE TO GET IT BACK! I HEARD WHAT A MESS IT LEFT BEHIND DURING HIS FIRST VISIT!


JAKE (not shown and yelling)

OH' YOU THINK YOU'RE READY FOR HIM THIS TIME?! YOU THINK YOU'RE PREPARED TO FACE ABSOLUTE FINELY TUNED “CHAOS”?!


ATELIDAE (word box)

THAT'S WHEN THINGS WERE ABOUT TO GET INTERESTING AGAIN.... UNTIL....


PANEL 3

The S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on a vehicle is shown.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

IT WAS DEJA VU AGAIN. EXCEPT THIS TIME IT WAS THOSE S.H.I.E.L.D. GUYS.


PANEL 4

The S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers are shocked to see the running mode Tess-1 go through a wall to make a run for it! Atelidae and Jake are holding on to it's back while carry baggages! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (word box)

BUT INSTEAD OF STAND AND FIGHT, WE DECIDED TO DO THE SMART THING.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

The front of the running Tess-1 is shown with the nervous Atelidae and Jake holding on! The robot produces a dust trail while in the is Jake's junk yard and S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers firing at them! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (word box and direct)

WE RAN LIKE HELL!!!


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

The running Tess-1 goes through a barricade of S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles like they were nothing! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (word box)

CLEARLY, THE S.H.I.E.L.D. GUYS AREN'T TESSY'S BIGGEST FANS.


PANEL 2

In the background is Tess-1 leaving at a great pace. Upfront is the legs of Agent Jacks who watches S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attempt to go after the robot as they fire at it. A hot rod engine sound is heard from a distance.


AGENT JACKS (partly shown)

CAN'T SAY I'M SURPRISED BY THE ENDING.


PANEL 3

A close look at Agent Jacks who is looking through advance binoculars.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

THE SAME WOULD GO FOR OUR SUPERIORS, SINCE THEY HAD GIVEN US ORDERS TO GO AFTER THE ROBOT IF THINGS DIDN'T GO SMOOTHLY.


PANEL 4

Agent Jacks looks behind her where the rest of Higher Force is. Their van is behind them. Doctor Moon looks at Brainstorm who's sitting on the bumper of the van.


AGENT JACKS (professional and in charge)

SO LET'S GET TO IT, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THAT THING WITH OUR TRANSPORT, WE CAN AT LEAST DO ENOUGH SO WE DON'T LOSE IT WHEN IT DECIDES TO STOP.


DOCTOR MOON (amused)

HEAR THAT, BRAINSTORM, YOUR GOING TO YOUR NEW HOME HAS BEEN POSTPONED.


BRAINSTORM (annoyed and thought balloon)

THIS WOMAN IS SERIOUSLY GOING TO TURN ME INTO A CRAZY WITH VENGEANCE SUPER-VILLAIN ONE OF THESE DAYS.


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

A 1940's past scene, a scene that happens right after the beginning scene of Gamma Ex-Mutants Part 2 where Professor Edwards and Professor Schumann are closing up the lab for the night.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

THAT.... WAS A DISASTER.


PROFESSOR EDWARDS (trying to be cheerful)

AT LEAST WE MANAGED TO STOP IT FROM BUMPING ON THE WALL.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

IT WAS STILL A DISASTER.


PANEL 2

Another view of the two.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

WE SERIOUSLY NEED TO GET IT'S MECHANICAL BRAIN WORKING BEFORE WE TRANSPLANT IT INTO THE HEAVY MACHINE BODY, SINCE THERE IS A “VERY” BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT AND THE “SCOOTER” WE HAVE IT IN NOW.


PROFESSOR EDWARD (trying to be cheerful, but concern)

YES, I CAN IMAGINE GENERAL PHILIPS BEING EVEN LESS IMPRESSED IF IT PERFORMED THE SAME WAY WHILE IN THAT BODY.


PANEL 3

A close look at Professor Schumann as he opens a door.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

OH' I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF HE WAS “LESS IMPRESSED” ENOUGH TO CONSIDER CANCELING THE PROJECT THE NEXT DAY.


PROFESSOR EDWARD (not shown)

DON'T WORRY, SCHUMANN, WE'LL GET IT WORKING RIGHT, AND I'M SURE THE GENERAL IS AWARE OF THE FACT THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ENTIRELY NEW AND CAN'T BE EXPECTED TO HAVE QUICK RESULTS. THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE GLITCHES THAT ARE UNAVOIDABLE AND NEED TO BE FIXED.


PANEL 4

At a distance, the two professor are leaving the building.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

MAYBE IN A TIME OF PEACE WE WOULD HAVE THAT LUXURY OF TIME, BUT THE WORLD IS AT WAR AND THE GENERAL DEMANDS QUICK RESULTS BECAUSE OF IT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE OTHER KINDS OF “WEAPONS” THAT THIS COUNTRY IS TRYING TO PRODUCE.


PROFESSOR EDWARD (a little confused)

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SUPER-SOLDIERS, RIGHT?


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (displeased)

YES, THE SUPER-SOLDIERS THAT ARE YET TO BE CREATED AND WILL BECOME AN ARMY OF BEINGS WITH INHUMAN ABILITIES.


PAGE 21


PANEL 1

Inside the building, the empty lab is shown, as well as the near human-size robot with wheels, a tube for the middle with no limbs, and a camera for a head Tess-1.


PROFESSOR EDWARDS (not shown and word box)

WELL, AT LEAST THEY ALLOWED YOUR DAUGHTER TO BE WITH YOU. HOW IS LUCY DOING BY THE WAY?


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (not shown and word box)

THE DOCTOR'S PROGNOSTIC WASN'T GOOD. SHE MAY NOT HAVE LONG TO LIVE I'M AFRAID.


PANEL 2

The wheel of a 1940's wheelchair is shown.


PANEL 3

The back of “baby” Tess-1 is shown.


PANEL 4

A closer look at “baby” Tess-1. As if left on, it's camera head turns around to see who's behind it.


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

The girl in the wheelchair and “baby” Tess-1 look at each other. Lucy is revealed to be the 1940's teenage girl in Tess-1's memory.


LUCY (impressed)

GOLLY! YOU'RE LIKE AWARE THAT I'M HERE!


THE END