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Tess-1

Downtime

By

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

The past, 1940's, it's outside and some military men are setting up a missle launcher on one of the shoulder's of Tess-1's, who's in his original form. There's an army truck in the background. All this looks like it's being filmed.


SCIENTIST (not shown and audio sound)

RIGHT AFTER THE MEN ARE DONE INSTALLING THE LAUNCHER, WE'LL BE TESTING THE PROTOTYPE'S TARGETING SYSTEMS TO SEE IF IT'S CAPABLE OF REACHING IT'S MARK.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but the men are about to leave and one of them gives the thumbs up.


SCIENTIST (not shown and audio sound)

WE'VE JUST GOT THE GO AHEAD AND WILL NOW BEGIN THE TEST.


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but the men are now gone. The missile launcher starts it's ignition.


SCIENTIST (not shown and audio sound)

5.... 4.... 3.... 2.... 1....


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but the missile launches and flies out of control! It hits the army truck and makes it explode!


SCIENTIST (not shown, loud, and audio sound)

JEEZ! THE MISSILE JUST WENT OUT OF CONTROL AND MISSED IT'S MARK BY GOING THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but some men with fire extinguishers are heading towards the destroyed and on fire truck.


SCIENTIST (not shown and audio sound)

OBVIOUSLY, THERE'S STILL A NEED TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS BEFORE THE PROTOTYPE IS READY TO GO OUT IN A REAL SITUATION IN WHICH A MISTAKE LIKE THIS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.


SCIENTIST (not shown, low tone, and audio sound)

UNBELIEVABLE.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

The present, Sage's RV has stopped in a open field where the chances of someone coming are slim.


ATELIDAE (not shown and from RV)

SO WHY ARE WE HERE?


SAGE (not shown and from RV)

I MEETING SOMEONE HERE TO DISCUSS THE MATTER OF FORWARD STRIKE HAVING KREE TECHNOLOGY IN THEIR POSSESSION.


ATELIDAE (not shown and from RV)

EXACTLY WHO ARE YOU GOING TO MEET WAY OUT HERE?


PANEL 2

A light shines on the RV below and Atelidae peeks out from the window. A close encounter kind of way.


ATELIDAE (surprised and impressed)

WOW!


PANEL 3

Above the RV is an alien ship with the word S.W.O.R.D. on it. The light from the ship still shines on the RV.


SAGE (not shown and from RV)

THESE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU CALL WHEN IT INVOLVES THINGS THAT ARE ALIEN AND DANGEROUS TO THIS PLANET.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, at the Baxter Building.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

FIRST, I LIKE TO THANK THE SCIENCE CLUB OF THE X-MEN FOR SHARING THIS DATA OF A PARTICULAR ROBOT.


PANEL 2

Inside, Mister Fantastic, of Future Foundation, is inside his lab and working on his high tech computer which it's monitors have readings of the Tess-1 robot. Mister Fantastic is speaking to a hanging microphone.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focused)

AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT I'M DUMBFOUNDED TO WHAT I'M SEEING.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focused)

IF I DIDN'T KNOW ANY BETTER, I WOULD HAVE SAID THAT THIS WAS SOME KIND OF PRANK, BUT I HAVE GREAT RESPECT OF THE SCIENCE CLUB AND KNOW THAT THEY DON'T FOOL AROUND LIKE THIS, EXCEPT FOR THAT FUNNY APRIL FOOL'S PRANK THEY PULLED ON ME ONCE, THOUGH THIS IS THE WORKINGS OF A MUTANT THEY RECENTLY DISCOVERED.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focused)

NOT A NEW ONE LIKE THE “LIGHTS”, BUT ONE THAT HAS MANAGED TO KEEP HIMSELF UNDER THE RADAR, EVEN FROM THE X-MEN WITH THEIR SPECIAL EQUIPMENT.


PANEL 3

On one of the view screens is the photo of Atelidae and her father that Karma found in X-Treme Damage part 1.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown)

THE DISCOVERED MUTANT'S NAME IS JAKE MATTY WHO RAN A JUNKYARD AND CUSTOMIZED CARS FOR A LIVING.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown)

HIS MUTANT POWER SEEMS TO BE LINK TO MECHANICS, TECHNOLOGY, IN THE ODDEST WAY THAT EVEN I HAVE EVER SEEN WHICH HE NO DOUBT USED IN HIS BUSINESS, WHILE NO DOUBT LIMITING HIMSELF SO TO NOT GIVE HIMSELF AWAY.


PANEL 4

Past scene, a couple hours ago, Mister Fantastic shows his kids and their friend the computer screens with the Tess-1 data.


MISTER FANTASTIC (word box)

I HAD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUE TAKE A LOOK, BUT HAD NO BETTER LUCK WITH IT THEN I DID.


MISTER FANTASTIC (word box)

MY KIDS AND THEIR FRIENDS VISITED THE LAB AND HAD A LOOK AT THE ROBOT'S READINGS, BUT NOT EVEN MY DAUGHTER COULD TELL HEADS OR TAILS OF THE SCHEMATICS.


VALERIA RICHARDS (a little awkward and a little confused, but chilling)

I DON'T GET IT.


PANEL 5

Past scene, a close view of Franklin.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

I WASN'T UNTIL MY SON SAID SOMETHING THAT MADE ME REALIZE WHAT ALL THIS REMINDED ME OF.


FRANKLIN RICHARDS (chilling and a little curious)

MAYBE THIS GUY JUST DOES THINGS DIFFERENTLY THEN YOU.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

A person with dyslexia is shown writing words on a chalk board.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

AND THAT WAS DYSLEXIA. A LEARNING DISABILITY THAT IMPAIRS A PERSON'S COMPREHENSIBLE ABILITY TO READ AND SPELL. SOMETIMES MAKES THEM SEE THE WORDS IN REVERSE.


PANEL 2

A close view at Jake.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

EXCEPT FOR MISTER MATTY IT'S ALL FORMS OF TECHNOLOGY, INSTEAD OF WORDS, AND THE KIND THAT GIVES HIM THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF A DISADVANTAGE AND MORE.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

IT WOULD EXPLAIN HOW A WORLD WAR 2 ROBOT WAS ABLE TO TAKE ON A SUPER-SENTRY THAT'S BASED ON KREE TECHNOLOGY AND WIN ACCORDING TO THE AVENGERS WHEN THEY QUESTIONED THE WITNESSES OF THE BATTLE.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

I LIKE TO MAKE A NOTE THAT THIS IS ALL THEORY UNTIL WE CAN GET DIRECT CONCRETE DATA FROM THE SUBJECT HIMSELF WHICH NO ONE HAS YET MET.


PANEL 3

On a view screen is Atelidae when she was a “guest” of the X-Men and she's looking at the direction of the camera.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown)

WHILE WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW HIS MUTANT ABILITY WORKS, WE DO KNOW THAT HE HAS A HALF-DEVIANT DAUGHTER NAMED ATELIDAE, OR ATELIDAE MATTY, SINCE I DON'T REALLY KNOW IF DEVIANTS HAVE LAST NAMES OR EVEN BOTHER WITH SUCH A CONCEPT.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown)

THERE IS NO AVAILABLE INFORMATION ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOTHER, EXCEPT FOR SOME GENETIC EXPERIMENT THAT INVOLVED THE DAUGHTER, BUT ACCORDING TO THE X-MEN, THE GIRL SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH THE FATHER AT THE TIME.


ATELIDAE (annoyed, tough, and from view screen)

IF YOU DON'T GET THAT CAMERA OUT OF MY FACE, YOU'RE GOING TO START RECORDING YOUR INSIDES WHEN I SHOVE IT WAY UP WHERE THE SUN DOESN'T SHINE FOR YA!


PANEL 4

Mister Fantastic sits back for a while.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focused, but a little relaxed)

THE X-MEN HAS ALSO INFORMED ME THAT THE GIRL DOESN'T HAVE THE X-GENE, BUT DESPITE THIS, SHE'S THE KIND OF DEVIANT WITH CERTAIN ABILITIES THAT ARE GREATER THEN HUMAN WHICH IS ENHANCED AGILITY AND THE HIND LEGS ALLOW HER TO LEAP AT GREAT HEIGHTS.


PANEL 5

A view screen shows Tess-1 fighting the X-Men on Utopia.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focused)

ALSO THAT THE FATHER MODIFIED THE ROBOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING THE GIRL FROM A ORGANIZATION CALLED FORWARD STRIKE WHICH IS UNKNOWN AND PERHAPS PURPOSELY ATTENDS TO STAY THAT WAY IN THEIR SEEMLY PURSUIT TO HUNT DOWN DEVIANTS.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

Back to where Sage and Atelidae are, The ends of two guns are aimed at Sage who has her arms up and a eye brow up because of how inconvenient this is. In the background is Atelidae and the RV.


ONE OF THE SOLDIERS (not shown)

JUST KEEP YOUR ARMS WHERE WE CAN SEE THEM!


ATELIDAE (nervous smile)

YEAH.... HI.... LISTEN, I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS WOMAN AND I'M JUST A KID WOULD FOOLISHLY WALKED INTO THIS AND MY MOM AND DAD ARE PROBABLY WORRIED ABOUT ME, SO.... BYE-BYE!


SAGE (business-like, inconvenient, and sarcasm)

SO GOOD TO KNOW THAT I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON YOU.


PANEL 2

Abigail Brand comes out of the ship. The two soldiers notice her.


ABIGAIL BRAND (in charge, professional, and annoyed)

YOU TWO!.... PUT YOUR GUNS DOWN “NOW”!


ONE OF THE SOLDIERS (serious)

BUT, MAME, PROTOCOL DEMANDS THAT WE MAKE SURE THE AREA IS SAFE AND SECURE.


ABIGAIL BRAND (in charge, professional, and annoyed)

YOU HAVE THREE SECONDS TO DO AS YOU'RE TOLD OR THIS AREA WON'T BE SAFE AND SECURED FOR YOU!


PANEL 3

Abigail and Sage face each other. Sage's hands are now down.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

SAGE.


SAGE (business-like)

COMMANDER BRAND.


SAGE (business-like)

ROOKIES?


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

PAIN IN THE @#$ES.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

LET'S WALK SO WE CAN TALK IN PRIVATE.


PANEL 4

Abigail and Sage are walking side by side. The ship and RV, as well as the people, are in the background.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

I LOOKED OVER THE MATERIAL YOU SENT ME AND I GOT TO SAY THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DANGEROUS EVEN WITHOUT ALIEN TECHNOLOGY.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

ARE YOU POSITIVE THAT THEY HAVE MORE THEN THAT SENTRY? BECAUSE THAT WAS A 30 FOOTER WHICH IS A SPECIALTY MODEL, A SUPER-SENTRY YOU COULD CALL IT, WHILE THE MANUFACTURING MODEL IS A 15 FOOTER.


SAGE (business-like)

NOT COMPLETELY, BUT THEY DID MENTIONED STUFF LIKE PARTLY TRANSLATED FILES THAT INVOLVED A SUPER-SOLDIER PROJECT.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

THAT WOULD BE THE INHUMANS, GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS IN TUNE WITH WHAT THEY CALL THE TERRIGEN MISTS WHICH CAUSES MUTATIONS THAT USUALLY PROVIDES SUPERHUMAN ABILITIES.


PANEL 5

Another view of Sage and Abigail.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional, in charge, and concern)

AT THE TIME THESE BUNKERS TO HOLD THEIR STUFF WERE CREATED FOR THEIR WAR WITH THE SKRULLS THAT WENT ON FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, THE INHUMANS WERE LIKE SENSITIVE AND SECRETIVE STUFF OF THE MOST IMPORTANCE, AND WITH THAT, AND THE FACT THAT THEY GOT A HOLD OF A SPECIALTY SENTRY, MAY INDICATE THAT THOSE FASCISTS MAY HAVE FOUND A GOLD MINE.


SAGE (business-like)

IN OTHER WORDS, THIS BUNKER WAS PERHAPS THEIR MOST IMPORTANT ONE OF THEM ALL AND THEY WOULD HAVE WANTED IT WELL PROTECTED.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional, in charge, and concern)

WE HAVE VERY LITTLE INFORMATION, AND OF COURSE THE KREE HAVE BEEN DENYING IT, BUT IT SEEMS THAT THERE WAS ONCE HOPE THAT THE INHUMANS WOULD TURN THE TIDE OF THE WAR AND BRING VICTORY, THOUGH IT DIDN'T TURN OUT THAT WAY, BUT STILL, THEY WERE NO DOUBT CONSIDERED VERY IMPORTANT.


SAGE (business-like)

MEANING THAT FORWARD STRIKE MAY HAVE ACCESS TO EVEN MORE DANGEROUS TECHNOLOGY BECAUSE OF THAT IMPORTANCE.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Back to Atelidae and the two soldiers, Atelidae, next to the RV is looking at the soldiers and looks unimpressed.


PANEL 2

The two soldiers are the main focus.


S.W.O.R.D. SOLDIER #1 (amused)

BETTER WATCH HERSELF, LITTLE GIRL.


S.W.O.R.D. SOLDIER #2 (amused)

YEAH, WE'RE S.W.O.R.D., AND WE'RE TRAINED TO TAKE ON ANYTHING.


PANEL 3

Atelidae is the main focus and the RV is behind her.


ATELIDAE (unimpressed and low tone)

HM.


PANEL 4

Similar to panel 3, but the back part of the RV where Tess-1 is starts to open.


ATELIDAE (devilish smile)

SAY, HOW ABOUT WE TEST THAT THEORY.


ATELIDAE (devilish smile and singing)

OH' TESSY?


PANEL 5

Upfront, a close view of Sage's head and shoulders as she turns her head to see what's behind her. In the background, the two soldiers are being chased by the 20 foot Tess-1 who is stomping it's feet to scare them! The soldiers are firing at the robot as they run and static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots of the robot! A hot rod engine sound is made.


S.W.O.R.D. SOLDIER #1 (panicking)

OUR WEAPONS HAVE NO EFFECT ON IT!


S.W.O.R.D. SOLDIER #2 (panicking)

KEEP FIRING, MAN! MAYBE WE'LL GET LUCKY!


SAGE (business-like)

IT SEEMS THAT YOUR MEN MAY HAVE SAID SOMETHING THAT HAS MADE ATELIDAE BELIEVE THAT SHE NEEDS TO PUT THEM IN THEIR PLACE.


SAGE (business-like)

I CAN PERHAPS GET HER TO STOP IF YOU LIKE.


ABIGAIL BRAND (not shown and in charge)

DON'T BOTHER.... THOSE TWO COULD USE A TASTE OF THE REALITY THAT THEY'LL BE FACING WHEN BEING PART OF S.W.O.R.D. WHICH TAKES MORE THEN THE UNIFORMS, SIMULATIONS, AND THOSE DUMB COMIC BOOKS.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

A close look at Abigail's head and shoulders.


SAGE (not shown)

I HAVE A QUESTION, AND I'M NOT JUDGING YOUR ORGANIZATION, BUT I AM CURIOUS. WHY HASN'T S.W.O.R.D. FOUND THEM YET NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE?


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

WE HAVE DONE A WORLD-WIDE SCAN OF THE PLANET AND FOUND NOTHING, SO MY BEST GUESS IS THAT THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO MOVE THE STUFF OUT OF THE BUNKER.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

YOU SEE, THE LAST THING THE KREE WOULD HAVE WANTED IS SOMEONE FINDING THEIR STUFF.


SAGE (not shown)

SO THEY DESIGNED THESE BUNKERS TO BE CLOAKED FROM DETECTION.


SAGE (not shown)

THAT DOES MAKE SENSE, BUT DO THEY KNOW OF THIS? AND IF NOT, WILL WE GET A BREAK IN FINDING THEM WHEN THEY DO DECIDE TO MOVE THE TECHNOLOGY?


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

HOPEFULLY, THEY DON'T, SINCE IT WAS BAD ENOUGH THAT THE KREE THEMSELVES HAD THIS KIND OF STUFF, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE KIND THAT WAS DESIGNED THROUGH HATRED AND A THIRST FOR BLOOD FOR THEIR ENEMIES.


PANEL 2

A view of Sage and Abigail. In the background, the two soldiers are still running from Tess-1! A hot rod engine sound is heard from a distance.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

I AM WONDERING HOW IN THE WORLD DID THESE PEOPLE MANAGE TO FIND IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.


SAGE (business-like)

ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION THAT I GAVE A COPY OF TO YOU, WHICH WAS PROVIDED BY ATELIDAE'S GRANDFATHER, SLEDGE, THROUGH HIS CONNECTIONS, FORWARD STRIKE IS IN THE PROCESS OF SETTING UP SECRET BASES IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS TO INCREASE THEIR EFFICIENCY OF TRACKING DOWN DEVIANTS.


PANEL 3

Past scene, some construction workers are planning to use an empty space of land to build on.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

THEY MUST HAVE CHOSEN TO BUILD ONE ON THE AREA WHERE THIS KREE BUNKER WAS HIDDEN.


PANEL 4

Past scene, a hole is accidentally made and some of the construction workers plan to explore.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

DURING THEIR CONSTRUCTION WORK THEY MUST HAVE REVEALED IT BY ACCIDENT AND HENCE DISCOVERED THE ALIEN TECHNOLOGY.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

THAT IT WAS SIMPLY DUMB LUCK.


PANEL 5

Past scene, the construction workers inside the cavern are running for their lives from drone balls with legs that are shooting lasers at them and have already killed some of them!


ABIGAIL BRAND (not shown and word box)

AND BAD LUCK FOR THE ONES WHO DID FIND IT.


ABIGAIL BRAND (not shown and word box)

REMEMBER WHAT I SAID.... THE LAST THING THE KREE WOULD HAVE WANTED IS SOMEONE FINDING THEIR STUFF.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, inside the kree bunker, Forward Strike scientists are studying the kree technology. There are some 30 foot sentries, as well as a good number of 15 foot ones. There are some vehicles, both alien and earth, since they moved some of their stuff in to bring analyzing equipment. Some of the scientists are studying one of the 15 foot sentry and has computers connected to it.


PANEL 2

Thomas Graveton and Mary Sandmon are walking by the sentries and heading towards somewhere. Some workers are shown in the background.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

In a upward way, Thomas looks up at one of the few 30 foot sentries. Mary does the same.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

EVEN WHEN I HAD SOME OF THE MEN USE ONE OF THESE BIGGER ROBOTS TO TAKE CARE OF THAT LARGE GROUP OF DEVIANTS, THAT SUPPOSEDLY PRIMITIVE ROBOT COMES OUT OF NO WHERE AND DEFEATS IT.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

A BETTING MAN WOULD HAVE BET ON THE ADVANCED ALIEN ROBOT OVER THE EARTH ROBOT FROM THE 1940'S BECAUSE OF HOW LOGICAL IT WOULD SEEM TO DO SO.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

YES, CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THAT WOULD PRACTICALLY INDICATE THAT VICTORY WAS ASSURED BEFORE THE BATTLE EVEN HAPPENED.


PANEL 2

Jake, their sitting captive, is surround by scientists who are trying to get him to work with them to create weapons against the deviants and they look pretty upset with his refusals. Security guards are also seen.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

AND IN OUR HOLD IS THE MAN WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE AND WE CAN'T GET HIM TO SEE REASON ON WHY HE SHOULD HELP US TAKE DOWN THE DEVIANT THREAT.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

IT'S AS IF THE GOD OF MISCHIEF HAD DECIDED TO PLAY A TRICK ON ME BY ARRANGING FOR ME ON HAVING SOMETHING EXTREMELY VALUABLE IN MY POSSESSION WHICH IS SO CLOSE, BUT YET SO FAR AWAY, THERE BY MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO USE.


ONE OF THE SCIENTISTS (angry and impatient)

COME ON, MAN! WE ARE AT WAR AND YOU SHOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF HUMANS!


JAKE (refusing and annoyed)

@#$% YOU, FASCIST!


PANEL 3

Back to Thomas and Mary, they are about to enter a make-shift laboratory that looks like it handles genetics. One of them has been waiting for them.


DOCTOR MYERS (cheerful)

AH' MISTER GRAVETON. MISS SANDMON. SO GOOD OF YOU TO EXCEPT MY REQUEST TO PAY A VISIT.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

YOU MENTION SOMETHING YOU DISCOVERED OF GREAT INTEREST. SOMETHING WE CAN USE WHEN FIGHTING THE DEVIANTS, DOCTOR MYERS.


DOCTOR MYERS (cheerful)

THAT WE HAVE, MISTER GRAVETON, THAT WE HAVE.


PANEL 4

Doctor Myers shows the way, while in the background are the other scientists at work.


DOCTOR MYERS (cheerful)

PLEASE, THIS WAY.


PANEL 5

Doctor Myers, Thomas, and Mary a wide screen that connected to a computer. The view screen is showing DNA data and other stuff.


DOCTOR MYERS (cheerful)

REMEMBER THOSE FILES WE FOUND AND BEEN TRYING TO TRANSLATE?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

I TAKE IT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT SUPER-SOLDIER EXPERIMENT THAT WE BELIEVE THAT THE KREE WERE CONDUCTING?


DOCTOR MYERS (cheerful)

VERY PERCEPTIVE, MISS SANDMON, AND YES, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Doctor Myers points at the screen as he explains.


DOCTOR MYERS (cheerful)

FROM WHAT WE LEARNED, THEY USED A PROCESS WHERE A OUTSIDE MUTAGENIC ELEMENT WAS INVOLVED IN A FASHION THAT WE HAVE A THEORY THAT MAYBE THESE EXPERIMENTS WERE WHAT CREATED THE INHUMANS.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

THE ONES WHO WENT TO WAR WITH US BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAD THESE CRYSTALS OF THEIRS?


DOCTOR MYERS (cheerful)

YES, THAT WERE USED TO CREATE WHAT IS CALLED THE TERRIGEN MIST, ACCORDING TO SOME OF OUR HUSH-HUSH FRIENDS FROM THE PENTAGON.


PANEL 2

Mary Sandmon is the main focus, while the other two notice that she has something to say.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

BUT WHAT USE COULD IT BE FOR US?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

WE KNOW AT LEAST TWO THINGS WHEN IT COMES THE MIST AND PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT INHUMANS WHICH ARE (1) THEY CAN TEMPORARY GIVE BACK EX-MUTANTS THEIR POWERS WHILE PROVING TO BE UNSTABLE AND (2) CAN ALSO MUTATE BASELINE HUMANS INTO SUPERHUMANS WHILE ENDING UP KILLING THEM DUE TO CELLULAR INSTABILITY THAT IT CAUSES.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

SHE DOES HAVE A POINT, DOCTOR MYERS, AND EVEN THOUGH SACRIFICE IS DEMANDED IN A TIME OF WAR, TOO MUCH WOULD BE LIKE GIVING A GIFT TO THE ENEMY.


PANEL 3

A close look at Doctor Myer.


DOCTOR MYER (cheerful)

I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE AND THE REASON THE MIST WORKS ON THE INHUMANS IS SIMPLY BECAUSE BOTH MIST AND THE SUBJECTS ARE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TO BE LINKED TO ONE ANOTHER, WHICH IS WHY THE EFFECTS ON THEM IS USUALLY STABLE AND PERMANENT.


DOCTOR MYER (cheerful)

I BELIEVE THAT IF WE CAN TRANSLATE ENOUGH OF THESE FILES AND COME UP WITH ENOUGH EDUCATED GUESSES THAT WILL WORK, THEN THERE'S A CHANCE THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO CREATE A SIMILAR PROCESS THAT CAN CREATE SUPERHUMANS.


PANEL 4

Another view of Doctor Myer, Thomas, and Mary.


MARY SANDMON (professional and curious)

IS SUCH A THING POSSIBLE?


DOCTOR MYER (cheerful)

THANKS AGAIN TO OUR “HUSH-HUSH FRIENDS”, WE HAVE PLENTY OF DATA ON THE CRYSTALS THAT WAS ONCE IN THEIR POSITION AND NOW WE HAVE ALL THIS.


DOCTOR MYER (cheerful)

PUT THESE THINGS TOGETHER AND I WOULD SAY ARE CHANCES OF DOING SUCH A THING IS PRETTY GOOD.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

SO YOU'RE SAYING.... IF SUCCESSFUL.... THIS ORGANIZATION WILL HAVE THE MEANS TO CREATE MORE....


PANEL 5

Doctor Myer's head and shoulders and shown and he looks quite pleased with himself.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown)

SUPER-SOLDIERS?


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Back to Mister Fantastic, he's still working with the Tess-1 readings on his computers. He has a cup of coffee with him.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus)

I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO SPIDER-MAN, A MEMBER OF OUR ORGANIZATION, BECAUSE HE WAS THE LAST ONE TO MEET WITH THE MACHINE BEFORE THE MAJOR AND UNBELIEVABLE UPGRADE.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus)

THIS WAS WHEN SPIDER-MAN HAD THE UNI-POWER, AN ENERGY SOURCE THAT MAKES SOMEONE BECOME CAPTAIN UNIVERSE UNTIL THE TASK THAT THEY WERE CHOSEN FOR IS OVER WHICH BRINGS A POSSIBILITY THAT IT MAY BE SENTIENT.


PANEL 2

Another view of Mister Fantastic who just had a sip of his coffee.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus)

BUT BACK TO THE SUBJECT.... SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WONDERING HOW THE ROBOT, OR AT LEAST ENOUGH OF IT TO BE SALVAGEABLE, COULD HAVE SURVIVED FROM BEING BLASTED BY THE UNI-POWER.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus)

I BELIEVE THAT THREE THINGS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS.


PANEL 3

Past scene, Spider-man is blasting “old” Tess-1 with cosmic energy! Tess-1 is falling apart from the blast!


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

THE FIRST I BELIEVE IS BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON THE UNI-POWER WASN'T AT FULL BLOOM WHEN SPIDEY FACED THE ROBOT.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

SOME PEOPLE WHO HAD THE UNI-POWER AND WERE INTERVIEWED HAVE SAID THAT THEY SAW VISIONS THAT TOLD THEM ABOUT THIS FORCE WHICH SEEMED TO ALLOW THEM TO USE THE POWER WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.... WHICH WOULD EXPLAIN HOW A TODDLER WAS ABLE TO USE IT.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

A COSMIC INSTRUCTION MANUAL YOU COULD SAY, BUT ONE THAT SPIDER-MAN DIDN'T RECEIVE UNTIL HE FACED THE TRI-SENTINAL WHICH INCLUDED THE COSTUME.


PANEL 4

Past scene, Mister Fantastic in his black and white Fantastic Four outfit who is studying the small remains of Tess-1 that was found elsewhere. Mister Fantastic is using high tech scanners on it.


MISTER FANTASTIC (word box)

THE SECOND I BELIEVE IS THE ENERGY ABSORBING COMPOUND THAT WAS ON IT WHICH I HAD A CHANCE TO SOMEWHAT ANALYZE BEFORE IT DEGRADED INTO NOTHINGNESS IN A FASHION THAT WOULD MAKE ONE SUSPECT THAT THE ONE RESPONSIBLE WANTED TO COVER HIS TRACKS.


FANTASTIC FOUR MISTER FANTASTIC (thought balloon and concerned)

IT'S DOOM.... IT HAD TO BE SINCE WHAT I MANAGE TO FIND BEFORE THE COMPOUND DISSIPATED WAS SOMETHING THAT PRACTICALLY HAD HIS SIGNATURE ON IT.


FANTASTIC FOUR MISTER FANTASTIC (thought balloon and concerned)

HE NO DOUBT HAD PLANS AND PREPARATIONS MADE READY TO OBTAIN A PIECE OF THE ROBOT BEFORE THE EXPIRATION LIMIT WAS REACHED SO TO OBTAIN A USABLE SAMPLE OF THE ENERGY.


PANEL 5

Past scene, a very close look at “old” Tess-1's shell, as it's getting blasted by cosmic Spider-Man! Bubbles are coming out of the shell!


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

THE THIRD ONE WOULD BE THE ADAMANTIUM COATING THAT THE ROBOT ONCE HAD WHICH HELP TAKE MOST OF THE DESTRUCTIVE FORCE.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

THERE'S A REASON THAT THE WORD “NIGH” WAS CREATED BECAUSE NOTHING THAT EXIST TRULY LACKS LIMITS, LIKE GALACTUS AND THE ULTIMATE NULLIFIER, AND THE SAME GOES FOR ADAMANTIUM, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S A COATING.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING IS VULNERABLE TO FORCES THAT CAN MANIPULATE THE MOLECULAR STRUCTURE.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Back to the present, one of the view screens are showing footage of Tess-1 fighting the X-Men and has a weapon out.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus)

I HAVE NOTICE WHAT LOOKS LIKE MODULES ALL OVER IT'S BODY UNDER IT'S SHELL AND WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS IS THE CONSTRUCTIONS THEY CREATE.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus)

THEY LOOK “CRUDE” IN APPEARANCE, BUT OBVIOUSLY IN PERFORMANCE THEY ARE “VERY” EFFECTIVE LIKE THEY'RE A FORM OF “SUPER-IMPROVISATION” WHERE OBSOLETE AND MIX N' MATCH COMPONENTS ARE USED TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT LOGIC WOULD NORMALLY SAY WOULDN'T WORK.


PANEL 2

A close view of Mister Fantastic who has his hand on his chin as he works.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus)

THIS METHOD WOULD PERHAPS GIVE THE MACHINE A SEEMLY LIMITLESS NUMBER OF CAPABILITIES WHEN IT COMES TO THESE MODULES.


PANEL 3

Mister Fantastic sits back to relax a bit.


MISTER FANTASTIC (focus and a bit relaxed)

STEVE ROGERS WAS THE ONE WHO ASKED THE X-MEN TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION AND HAVE ME ANALYZE IT WHEN HE LEARNED OF THE TESS-1 ROBOT'S RETURN AND WANTED MY EXPERTISE ON MEASURING HOW BIG A THREAT IT IS WITH IT'S UPGRADES.


PANEL 4

A close look at the concern Mister Fantastic.


MISTER FANTASTIC (concern)

MY EXPERT OPINION, AS A SCIENTIST AND A SUPER-HERO, AND FROM WHAT I COULD MUSTER WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDING THE STRANGE WORKINGS OF THIS ROBOT IS THIS.... IF LOST CONTROL, THIS ROBOT COULD BECOME A MAJOR THREAT TO A LARGE POPULATION AND IT'S FIGHT WITH THE X-MEN IN THEIR OWN HOME, WHERE ALL THEIR PEOPLE AND RESOURCES ARE, SHOWS THAT STOPPING IT WOULDN'T BE AN EASY TASK, ESPECIALLY ON HOW RECKLESS IT HAS SHOWN TO BE.


MISTER FANTASTIC (concern)

STOPPING IT AT SOON AS POSSIBLE WOULD BE PRUDENT BEFORE MATTERS BECOME WORSE AND OUTSIDE OUR ABILITY TO MAINTAIN ORDER.


PANEL 5

A still from the Atelidae video is shown from one of the view screens.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown)

AS A PARENT MYSELF, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY MISTER MATTY DID WHAT HE DID BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WANT TO WIPE OUT A SPECIES, THAT HIS DAUGHTER IS A MEMBER OF, BECAUSE THEY HAVE DECLARED THEM A THREAT.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown)

HE DID WHAT HE COULD TO PROTECT HIS CHILD FROM A GROUP WHO WOULD KILL HER WITHOUT HESITATION AND PERHAPS THE ROBOT WAS THE ONLY MEANS.


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Back to where Abigail and Sage are. Abigail is in front of Sage and Sage looks behind her. A hot rod engine sound is heard.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

BUT WE CAN'T TRUST IN A 12 YEAR OLD TO CONTROL THAT DANGEROUS MACHINE.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

I CHANGED MY MIND.


PANEL 2

Tess-1 has lifted the the S.W.O.R.D. ship and is shaking it while looking up to the still open entrance in hopes that the two soldiers, who are inside will fall out! Atelidae is panicking and trying to stop him! A hot rod engine sound is made.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

SINCE EVEN I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT EFFECT THE GIRL'S FATHER'S ABILITY HAS HAD WITH THE ROBOT'S COMPUTER, WHICH IN THE 1940'S WAS CALLED A MECHANICAL BRAIN.


ABIGAIL BRAND (not shown)

HAVE THEM STOP BEFORE THEY TRASH S.W.O.R.D. PROPERTY.


ATELIDAE (panicking and loud)

TESSY! STOP! THAT LOOKS REALLY EXPENSIVE!


S.W.O.R.D. SOLDIER #1 (panicking, not shown, and from ship)

OH' GOD!! OH' GOD!!!


S.W.O.R.D. SOLDIER #2 (panicking, not shown, and from ship)

SHIELDS! RAISE THE SHIELDS!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 3

In the background, Tessy and Atelidae are walking away from the put back in place ship. Sage is walking back to Abigail to continue their discussion.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

I LOOK AT IT, AND LIKE THE REST OF IT, I CAN'T TELL WHAT'S WHAT AND SEEING HOW WELL IT'S OTHER ABILITIES ARE IN THIS ODD FORMATION, I CAN'T HELP BUT WORRY IF WHETHER IT'S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL SHOW A GREATER AWARENESS WHICH MAY END UP MAKING IT HARD TO CONTROL, ESPECIALLY WITH THE POWER IT HOLDS.


SAGE (business-like)

NOW WHAT WAS I ASKING, OH' YES, HAVE YOU CONTACTED THE KREE OFFICIALS ABOUT THEIR PROPERTY?


PANEL 4

a close look at Sage and Abigail. Abigail straightens her glasses.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

FOR CONVENIENCE SAKE, I HAVE MANAGE TO MAKE CERTAIN CONTACTS WITH CERTAIN RACES FOR CASES LIKE THESE TO AVOID PROBLEMS WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS WHICH DIFFER WITH EACH.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES I'M GLAD I DID BECAUSE THESE DAYS THEIR SUPER-SOLDIERS, THE INHUMANS, ARE NOW THE RULING CLASS OF THE KREE EMPIRE.... OR AT LEAST MOST OF IT.


SAGE (business-like)

I HAVE HEARD SOME THINGS ABOUT THESE INHUMANS, ESPECIALLY THEIR EGOS.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE KIND THAT'S SO BIG THAT WHERE EVER THEY ARE, THEY PROBABLY WOULD THINK THAT'S THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.


PANEL 5

Another view of Sage and Abigail.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

MY CONTACT AND I AGREE THAT THE BEST THING TO DO FOR NOW IS KEEP THIS FROM THEM SINCE IT'S LINKED TO THEIR ORIGIN AND THEY'LL PROBABLY WON'T SETTLE WITH A PEACEFUL TRANSFER BECAUSE OF IT, THAT THEY'LL NO DOUBT “DEMAND” FOR IT IN A DRAMATIC AND SCARY WAY THAT FITS THEIR SAID EGOS FOR THE WORLD TO SEE, AND WE'RE ALREADY HAVING PROBLEMS WITH EARTH/ALIEN RELATIONS THANKS TO THAT SKRULL INVASION.


SAGE (business-like)

NOT TO MENTION NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND IT RIGHT NOW WOULD ADD TO THOSE PROBLEMS.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

EXACTLY, BUT HE HAS ALSO INFORMED ME THAT THE INHUMANS HAVE BEEN BECOMING LESS POPULAR WITH THE KREE POPULATION AND MAY HAVE A METHOD OF REMOVING THEM WHICH PROBABLY HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THE KREE CREATED THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.


SAGE (business-like)

SO THIS PLANET'S ON IT'S OWN WITH DANGEROUS TECH IN THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE UNTIL THEIR LEADERS REACH THE END OF THEIR POLITICAL IMPORTANCE.


ABIGAIL BRAND (professional and in charge)

WHICH IS WHY I LIKE TO STAY AWAY FROM POLITICS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, BUT THE JOB AT TIMES SAYS OTHERWISE.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Back to Thomas and Mary are, they are about to leave the kree bunker.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

I PLAN TO LET THE DOCTOR PERFORM HIS EXPERIMENTS.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

I'LL MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS OF ROUNDING UP SOME VOLUNTEERS.


PANEL 2

Another view of the two as they are about to go outside.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

WHAT ABOUT THE SUPER-SOLDIERS WE HAVE NOW?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

THEY'RE ALMOST HEALED UP AND WILL SOON BE READY TO RETURN TO DUTY.


PANEL 3

Musclebound is in his living quarters and looks impatient and ready for action.


MARY SANDMON (not shown and word box)

MUSCLEBOUND, WHO CAME OUT WITH MINOR SCRATCHES, SEEMS EAGER FOR SOME ACTION AND PAYBACK.


THOMAS GRAVETON (not shown and word box)

AND OUR RUNAWAY SPEEDSTER?


PANEL 4

Fast Forward, in civic clothing, is in Paris outside at a restaurant and has her hands up when the rest of the customers aim their guns at her! The waiter there is shocked and throws up his tray as he makes a run for it!


MARY THOMAS (not shown and word box)

ALREADY LOCATED AND IN THE PROCESS OF BEING RETURNED TO US.


FAST FORWARD (nervous smile)

OH' HEY, GUYS.... HOW'S THINGS BEEN GOING IN THE STATES?


WAITER (panicking)

SACRE BLEU!


PANEL 5

Back to Thomas and Mary.


THOMA GRAVETON (in charge)

ONCE THEY'RE READY AND TOGETHER, I HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT MISSION FOR THEM.


PANEL 6

Thoma and Mary are walking towards a high tech aircraft.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

THERE ARE STILL SOME LOOSE ENDS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Somewhere in Mexico, in a small village out of nowhere.


VANISHER (not shown)

THIS PLACE SUCKS!


PANEL 2

Sledge and Vanisher are sitting outside of what seems to be a bar. Sledge has a beer.


SLEDGE (chilling and mocking)

WAAAAAAGH! THIS PLACE SUCKS! WAAAAAAGH!


SLEDGE (chilling and mocking)

THIS IS ME IMITATING YOU. WAAAAAAGH!


VANISHER (annoyed)

HA! HA! BE THANKFUL THAT I'M YOUR RIDE.


SLEDGE (chilling)

BE THANKFUL THAT I'M THE REASON YOU SURVIVED BEING SHOT WITH SO MANY HOLES AND HAVE A DEVICE THAT AMPLIFIES YOUR TELEPORTATION POWER ENOUGH TO GET IT WORKING IN YOUR CONDITION.


PANEL 3

Another view of Sledge and Vanisher.


VANISHER (mildly moody, but chilling)

SO WHAT'S THE PLAN?


SLEDGE (chilling)

THE TOP PRIORITY IS TO BE CAREFUL, DAMN CAREFUL, BECAUSE WE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS AFTER US AND WE'RE PRETTY MUCH DEFENSELESS UNTIL WE REACH ONE OF MY SAFE HOUSES THAT I PREPARED FOR THIS KIND OF SITUATION.


VANISHER (mildly moody, but chilling)

YOU MEAN THEY'RE AFTER YOU.


SLEDGE (chilling)

INNOCENT BYSTANDERS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO GET SHOT, PORTER, ESPECIALLY THE GUILTY ONES.


PANEL 4

A gang is shown walking towards the two. Sledge takes a drink of his beer.


VANISHER (mildly moody, but chilling)

SO WE DO HAVE A PLAN, JUST NOT A BRILLIANT ONE, BUT CLOSE TO BEING A VERY DUMB ONE.


SLEDGE (chilling)

I'D SAY THAT IT PRETTY MUCH SUCKS TO BE US RIGHT NOW.


PANEL 5

Sledge and Vanisher notices that they have company which is the gang who behave as if they have the advantage. Sledge and Vanisher seem unimpressed. The gang is laughing.


LEADER OF THE GANG (mean and amused)

WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE, AMIGOS?


LEADER OF THE GANG (mean and amused)

A BALD SKINNY MAN AND HUMPTY DUMPTY.


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

The confident leader brings his head close to the unimpressed Sledge and Vanisher.


LEADER OF THE GANG (mean and amused)

OYE, MONSTRUOS, WE HAVE A UGLY TAX HERE, AND JUDGING BY THE LOOKS OF YOU, YOU OWE A BIG LOUD OF DINERO.


VANISHER (mildly moody and unimpressed)

DINERO?


SLEDGE (chilling and unimpressed)

MONEY.


VANISHER (mildly moody and unimpressed)

I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS, HUMPTY DUMPTY, SINCE MY POWER DOES ALLOW ME TO GET AROUND.


LEADER OF THE GANG (mean and amused)

FORK IT OVER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET ANY UGLIER AND HAVE TO PAY MORE


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1 but the gang leader disappears because of Vanisher's power.


PANEL 3

The rest of the gang makes a run for it after witnessing the disappearance of their leader. The chilling Vanisher and Sledge are shown in the background.


SLEDGE (chilling)

SO WHERE DID YOU SEND THE CREEP?


VANISHER (chilling)

DON'T KNOW.... DON'T CARE.... BUT I'M SURE IT WASN'T FAR WITH THE WAY I'M FEELING THESE DAYS.


SLEDGE (chilling)

JUST DON'T DO IT AGAIN BECAUSE I NEED YOU TO BE AS CLOSE TO GOOD CONDITION AS POSSIBLE, OR HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT WE'RE ON THE RUN?


VANISHER (chilling)

YEAH, YEAH.


PANEL 4

Sledge gets up and sets up his two canes to assist him.


VANISHER (chilling, but curious and a bit suspicious)

YOU KNOW, SLEDGE, I DON'T GET YOU.


SLEDGE (chilling, but putting some effort)

HMP. WHICH IS PART OF THE REASON I LIVED SO LONG.


VANISHER (chilling, but curious and a bit suspicious)

I MEAN YOU GETTING INVOLVED LIKE THIS.


VANISHER (chilling, but curious and a bit suspicious)

EVEN IF IT WAS YOUR OWN PEOPLE, YOU ALWAYS KEPT YOURSELF IN THE SIDELINES UNLESS IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WOULD THREATEN YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS.


SLEDGE (chilling, but putting some effort)

AND THAT STILL HASN'T CHANGED.


VANISHER (chilling, but curious and a bit suspicious)

HOW SO?


PANEL 5

A close look at Vanisher who looks surprised.


SLEDGE (not shown)

BECAUSE I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE OF FAMILY.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

The sitting Vanisher is shown upfront, while the standing with canes Sledge is shown in the somewhat background.


VANISHER (mildly shocked)

SAY WHA?


SLEDGE (chilly)

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I HAPPEN TO HAVE TWO KIDS AND A GRANDDAUGHTER.


VANISHER (mildly shocked)

YOU'RE RIGHT, I DON'T BELIEVE IT, BECAUSE WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD WANT TO MATE WITH SOMEONE AS UGLY AS YOU?


SLEDGE (chilliy)

YEAH? WELL UNLIKE YOU, I DIDN'T HAVE TO “PAY” FOR IT.


PANEL 2

Vanisher starts to get up while having his hand on his chest and moaning, since he's still recovering.


SLEDGE (chilling)

I MAY NOT BE THE GREATEST DAD IN THE WORLD, BUT MY KIDS ARE MY BUSINESS AND THEY'RE BEING THREATENED, AND BESIDES, I'M NOT GOING TO LIVE FOREVER AND I NEED SOMEONE TO LEAVE ALL MY STUFF TO.


PANEL 3

Sledge and Vanisher start to walk away, but slowly because of their condition.


VANISHER (aching a bit)

FINE, I GET IT, EVEN SOMEONE LIKE ME CAN TELL THAT THIS IS REALLY PERSONAL TO YOU.


VANISHER (aching a bit)

THOUGH IF IT WAS ME, I JUST LET EVERYONE FEND FOR THEMSELVES AND TELEPORT TO SAFETY.


SLEDGE (chilling)

AND YOU'LL PROBABLY END UP OUTLIVING EVERYONE BECAUSE OF IT.


VANISHER (aching a bit)

DAMN RIGHT I WILL.


PANEL 4

The backs of Sledge and Vanisher's backs are shown as they continue their slow walk away.


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but the two are a few steps further away.


VANISHER (aching a bit)

YOU KNOW, FOR TWO GUYS ON THE RUN, WE'RE REALLY SUCK ON THE RUNNING PART.


SLEDGE (chilling)

DAMN RIGHT WE DO.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Sage has already finished her discussion with Abigail and is traveling inside her RV.


ATELIDAE (not shown and from RV)

SO WHAT WERE YOU TWO TALKING ABOUT?


SAGE (not shown and from RV)

THAT ROBOT THAT TESSY FOUGHT AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY MAY HAVE MORE.


PANEL 2

The inside of the RV is shown and of course Sage is driving.


ATELIDAE (a little moody)

YOU'RE SAYING THAT THEY MAY HAVE FOUND A GOLD MIND WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING STUFF TO USE TO WIPE OUT MY KIND, RIGHT?


SAGE (business-like)

THAT'S ONE WAY OF SAYING IT.


ATELIDAE (a little moody)

AND IT CAME FROM THE KREE, LIKE THAT CAPTAIN MARVEL I ONCE HEARD ABOUT.


SAGE (business-like)

YES, A VERY “VERY” LONG TIME AGO DURING THE WAR THEY HAD WITH THE SKRULLS THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.


ATELIDAE (a little moody)

MAN, IT'S LIKE THE SKRULLS JUST LOVE TO CAUSE TROUBLE.


SAGE (business-like)

THE BLAME FOR WAR USUALLY INVOLVES BOTH PARTIES.


PANEL 3

Another view of Atelidae and Sage.


ATELIDAE (a little curious)

SAY, ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE GUY OR GAL WHEN IT COMES TO CAPTAIN MARVEL?


SAGE (business-like)

THE GUY, WHILE THE OTHER ONE YOU'RE THINKING OF IS AN ALTERED HUMAN WHO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE KREE AND NOW GOES BY THE NAME PULSAR, THOUGH I HAVE HEARD SHE ALSO WENT BY THE NAME PHOTON.


PANEL 4

The back of the seats that Atelidae and Sage are sitting on are shown.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

I TAKE IT THE PLAN IS TO CONTINUE TO MOVE ABOUT TO MAKE US A HARDER TARGET, WHILE WE TRY TO REACH SOME MORE OF MY GRANDPA'S CONTACTS IN HOPES WE SURVIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE END OF THIS.


SAGE (business-like)

THAT'S PRETTY MUCH THE ONLY PLAN WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, SO WE MIGHT AS WELL GO ALONG WITH IT UNTIL WE FIND SOMETHING BETTER.


PANEL 5

The RV is shown driving away.


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Back to Mister Fantastic. He is staring at one of the view screens.


PANEL 2

The view screen is revealed to have a still of Atelidae from the video.


PANEL 3

Mister Fantastic gets up from his seat.


PANEL 4

Mister Fantastic is walking in a hallway.


PANEL 5

Mister Fantastic enters a room where his kids and their friends of Future Foundation are playing video games.


MISTER FANTASTIC (cheerful)

SAY, WHO HERE WANTS TO GO OUT FOR SOME ICE CREAM?


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, the X-Men's Utopia is shown.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

YES, AS A PARENT I KNOW WHY JAKE DID WHAT HE DID.


PANEL 2

Inside, a storage room where they keep all of Jake's stuff.


PANEL 3

A photo in a frame on a table is seen at a distance.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

BECAUSE AS A PARENT I KNOW THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD WOULD BE THE CHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURE.


PANEL 4

A close look reveals that it's the same photo found my Karma found in X-treme Damage part 1 which is Jake and Atelidae together making goofy faces.


PANEL 5

Another photo, without a frame, is seen next to the other, but lying flat on the table.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

BECAUSE NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THEN FAMILY ITSELF.


PAGE 21


PANEL 1

The other photo is revealed to be a picture of Atelidae and Jake standing next to the pieces of Tess-1 with cables connected to it to keep it going. Before the great custom work.


MISTER FANTASTIC (not shown and word box)

BECAUSE IT'S THE ONE THING THAT SAYS YOU'RE NOT ALONE AND THAT YOU'RE HERE FOR THE BEST OF REASONS.


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

A old film-like video from the 40's is shown, but there's too much static to get a clear picture. There is some sounds that almost sounds like a voice.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but the video is clear enough to show the shape of a human figure. Almost looks like a girl.


HUMAN FIGURE (audio)

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


PANEL 3

Plain blackness.


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but Tess-1's eyes are revealed.


THE END