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Tess-1 #18

Past and Present

By

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

The 1940's, The Tess-1 project has been canceled and Professor Schumann is having some army people put the container with the robot inside a train cart by using heavy machinery because of the weight.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (moody and shouting)

BE CAREFUL WITH THAT!


PANEL 2

Some of the army workers are shown.


ARMY WORKER #1 (little annoyed and busy)

WELL, GRANDPA IS REALLY IN A BAD MOOD.


ARMY WORKER #2 (little annoyed and busy)

THE OLD GRUMP PROBABLY HAS A GOOD REASON TO BE CRANKY.


ARMY WORKER #1 (little annoyed and busy)

WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSE TO MEAN?


PANEL 3

Another view of the two army workers.


ARMY WORKER #2 (focused and busy)

WELL, AND THIS IS JUST A CRAZY RUMOR MIND YOU, BUT I HEAR WHAT WE'RE HAULING INTO THE TRAIN WAS ONCE PART OF A SECRET EXPERIMENT.


ARMY WORKER #1 (focused and busy)

WHAT KIND? IT ISN'T SOME KIND OF GAS, IS IT?


ARMY WORKER #2 (focused and busy)

GEES LEWEEZ! I HOPE NOT!


ARMY WORKER #2 (focused and busy)

IF WE ENDED UP CRACKING THAT THING, THE LAST THING I WOULD WANT IS TO BREATH SOMETHING THAT WOULD END UP PUTTING ME 6 FEET UNDER WITH DAISIES POPPING.


PANEL 4

Professor Schumann is shown observing the work of getting the container on the train.


WORKER #2 (not shown)

BUT WHATEVER IT IS, THE GOOD OL' U.S. OF A. WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT ANYMORE.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

Ten years before the present. The Mad Hotrodder junk yard and it's nighttime. A knock at the door sound is heard.


PANEL 2

Jake is in his under shorts and wearing a shirt and looks like someone who just woke up. The knocking at the door continues.


JAKE (moody and tired)

COMING! “COMING!” GEEZ, DOESN'T THIS GUY KNOW HOW LATE IT IS?


PANEL 3

Jake opens the door and looks shocked to what he sees!


JAKE (shocked)

AW' HELL NO!!!


PANEL 4

Jake backs away in fear, while there's a shadow of someone from the other side of the door!


JAKE (shocked)

YOU AIN'T USING ME FOR ANOTHER CRAZY EXPERIMENT!


SLEDGE (not shown and from doorway)

RELAX, FRIEND, I'M QUITE AWARE OF HOW A LOT OF MY PEOPLE LACK SOME “SOCIAL SKILLS”, BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT I'M HERE FOR ANOTHER REASON.... A PEACEFUL ONE YOU COULD SAY.


PANEL 5

The visitor reveals to be Sledge who's wearing a trench jacket and hat.


SLEDGE (cheerful)

THE NAME'S SLEDGE.... AND I HAPPEN TO BE ZIRA'S FATHER.


SLEDGE (cheerful)

I THINK YOU CAN GUESS THE REST.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

The present. Sage and Atelidae are standing next to the RV and chilling. There are battle noises heard.


ATELIDAE (chilling and a little annoyed)

HOW EXACTLY DID WE GET IN THIS MESS?


SAGE (business-like, chilling, and a little annoyed)

BY SIMPLY BEING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.


PANEL 2

Atelidae and Sage are watching Tess-1 fight some super-villains who are Locksmith (Spider-Woman #50), Acrobat (Strange Tales #106), Blare (Marvel Team-up II #1) and Blindside (Amazing Spider Man Annual II #1)! Blare throws sonic bombs at the robot where there are static ionic energy shown on the hit spots! Blindside tries to blind it with a neurotoxin that is being released from his suit! Locksmith and Acrobat just stands there as if they excepted the fact that they haven't got a chance to win this! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (chilling and a little annoyed)

SO WHO EXACTLY ARE THESE GUYS?


SAGE (business-like, chilling, and a little annoyed)

I BELIEVE THEY'RE BLARE AND BLINDSIDE, WHILE THE OTHER TWO WHO ARE WISE ENOUGH TO KEEP THEIR DISTANCE IS LOCKSMITH AND ACROBAT.


LOCKSMITH (nervous)

WE ARE SO OUT OF OUR LEAGUE.


ACROBAT (nervous)

YEAH, TRYING TO STEAL THESE PEOPLE'S TRANSPORT THAT HAPPEN TO HAVE A ROBOT WAS THE WORST LUCK YOU CAN HAVE.


ATELIDAE (chilling and a little annoyed)

YOU THINK THEY'RE SOME KIND OF SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM?


SAGE (business-like, chilling, and a little annoyed)

I THINK THEY'RE AT LEAST TRYING TO BE ONE.


ATELIDAE (chilling and a little annoyed)

WELL, OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE THE RUN BASED ON HOW MUCH THEY WANTED THE RV.


SAGE (business-like, chilling, and a little annoyed)

NO DOUBT FROM THE LAW, WHICH MEANS WE BETTER END THIS QUICK TO AVOID UNWANTED HASSLE.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

5 years ago, the Mad Hotrodder junk yard is shown.


JAKE (not shown and word box)

YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO COME ALL THE WAY HERE. A SIMPLE E-MAIL WOULD'VE BEEN FINE.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

AH, I'M WILLING TO USE ANY EXCUSE THAT COMES BY TO VISIT MY GRANDDAUGHTER.


PANEL 2

Jake and Sledge are inside the garage that's being used to store the wrecked parts of Tess-1 and are gray since the adamantium coating is gone.


SLEDGE (curious)

AND YOU SAY THAT THIS THING SEEMED TO HAVE FALLEN FROM THE SKY?


JAKE (mild disbelief)

I'M SERIOUS, MAN! IN FACT, ATELIDAE SEEMS TO THINK IT'S ALIEN AND THAT IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, WHILE I'M PRETTY MUCH OUT OF IDEAS WHAT IT IS!


PANEL 3

a close look at Sledge and Jake. Sledge is laughing.


SLEDGE (amused and laughing)

THAT'S GREAT, BUT NO, THIS THING IS PRETTY MUCH TERRESTRIAL, WHILE I CAN'T FIGURE THE COMING DOWN FROM THE SKY PART, BUT I THINK I HAVE AN IDEA WHAT THIS THING IS.


SLEDGE (amused)

NOW OF COURSE YOU HEARD OF CAPTAIN AMERICA.


JAKE (chilling)

SUPER-SOLDIER WHO FOUGHT IN WORD WAR 2, THEN WENT INTO AN ICE NAP WHILE PEOPLE THOUGH HE WAS DEAD, THEN REAPPEARED DECADES LATER AND BECAME AN AVENGER. YEAH, I PRETTY MUCH KNOW THE GUY.


PANEL 4

Another view of Sledge and Jake.


SLEDGE (amused)

WELL, THE REASON HE'S A SUPER-SOLDIER IS BECAUSE OF A GOVERNMENT EXPERIMENT THAT INVOLVED SOMETHING CALLED THE SUPER-SOLDIER SERUM, WHICH ORIGINALLY, IT WAS PLANNED THAT THE SERUM WOULD ENHANCED AN ARMY'S WORTH OF PEOPLE TO FIGHT AGAINST THE THIRD REICH AND IT'S ALLIES, BUT THINGS DIDN'T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN WHEN THE CREATOR, PROFESSOR ERSKINE, WAS SHOT DOWN BY A NAZI SPY WHILE ALREADY GIVING THE KID WHO WOULD BECOME CAPTAIN AMERICA THE SERUM, WHILE NOT YET PUTTING THE REST OF THE FORMULA ON PAPER BEFORE HE DIED.


PANEL 5

A look at the wreckage which is Tess-1.


SLEDGE (not shown)

NOW BEFORE THAT HAPPEN, UNDERSTANDABLY THERE WAS GREAT CONCERN ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THOSE SUPER-SOLDIERS DECIDED THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO TAKE ORDERS FROM ANYONE BASED ON THE FACT THAT EACH OF THEM HAD THE POWER OF A SMALL ARMY, ESPECIALLY ONE PROFESSOR SCHUMANN WHO CONVINCED THE PRESIDENT AT THE TIME ON ANOTHER PROJECT WHICH WAS A FAILSAFE IN CASE SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENED.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

A close view of the right side of Sledge's head.


SLEDGE (a bit serious)

BUT AS I SAID BEFORE, THINGS DIDN'T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN, AND SO THE NEED FOR ROBOT WAS NO LONGER THERE.


PANEL 2

The backs of Jake and Sledge are shown, while in front of them is the wreckage of Tess-1.


SLEDGE (a bit serious)

WHAT YOU HAVE THERE, MY FRIEND, IS THE TESS-1 ROBOT. TOTAL ELIMINATION OF SUPER SOLDIERS.


JAKE (a little confused)

WAIT, THEY WERE PLANNING TO WIPE THEM OUT IF THEY DIDN'T BEHAVE?


SLEDGE (a bit serious)

AS WELL AS THE MYSTERY MEN WHICH SHOWS HOW MUCH THEY FEARED PEOPLE WITH UNUSUAL ABILITIES.


PANEL 3

Another view of Sledge and Jake.


JAKE (a little confused)

OK, SO HOW DOES THAT EXPLAIN THIS THING FALLING FROM THE SKY?


SLEDGE (a little confused)

THAT I CAN'T EXPLAIN, BUT I WILL LOOK INTO IT SINCE IT'S SO CRAZY THAT EVEN I HAVE TO KNOW.


PANEL 4

Another view of Sledge and Jake.


SLEDGE (a bit serious)

BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THE STORY BEHIND THIS ROBOT DOESN'T STOP THERE IN THE 1940'S.


PANEL 5

The midwest of the 1950's at Professor Schumann's home. Two kids are looking through the fence of the place as if curious.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

DURING MY TIME AIDING THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT IN THE 1950'S, IN EXCHANGE FOR CITIZENSHIP, I OVERHEARD A FEW THINGS ABOUT THE PROFESSOR AND HOW HE HAD THE KIND OF BANK ACCOUNT TO BUY HIS CREATION AND BRING IT TO HIS HOME IN HOPES TO FIX ALL THE BUGS.


KID #1 (curious)

SO IS THAT THE GUY?


KID #2 (curious)

YEAH, AND THEY SAY THAT HE HAS A MONSTER INSIDE HIS HOUSE.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Another view of the two kids.


KID #1 (trying to be scary)

ALSO THAT THE OLD MAN GOES OUT AT NIGHT TO FIND VICTIMS TO FEED THE CREATURE!


KID #2 (nervous)

YOU.... YOU'RE KIDDING.


KID #1 (trying to be scary)

NO, I'M NOT! IN FACT, THERE HAS BEEN PEOPLE MISSING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!


PANEL 2

Another view of the two kids as kid #1 puts more effort in scaring his friend.


KID #1 (trying to be scary)

IT'S ALL TRUE! THAT CRAZY OLD MAN IS AFTER ALL OF US BECAUSE THE MONSTER'S HUNGER CAN NEVER BE SATISFIED, AND ONCE HE'S DONE WITH THIS PLACE, HE'LL TAKE HIS MONSTER AND GO SOMEWHERE ELSE WHICH IS PLENTY OF VICTIMS!


PANEL 3

The two boys are startled by a sound.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (not shown)

AHEM!


PANEL 4

Professor Schumann is on the porch of his house.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (grumpy)

WOULD YOU BOYS LIKE TO COME IN AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES?


PANEL 5

The two scared kids make a run for it!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (not shown)

SERVES YOU RIGHT, YOU LITTLE DELINQUENTS!


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

Professor Schumann is now inside his home and the sound of a TV is heard.


TV (not shown and audio)

AND CAPTAIN AMERICA ONCE AGAIN FOULED THE RED SKULL'S PLAN TO THREATEN FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GIVING A BLOW TO COMMUNISTS EVERYWHERE!


PANEL 2

The TV shows the 50's Cap waving which Professor Schumann is watching it.


TV (audio)

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, CAP!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (grumpy, amused, and unimpressed)

HMP! THEY CAN MAKE HIM LOOK LIKE HIM, MAKE HIM SOUND LIKE HIM, BUT IT'S OBVIOUS THAT IT ISN'T HIM WHICH CAN MEAN ONLY ONE THING.


PANEL 3

Professor Schumann walks away from the TV.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (grumpy and concern)

PROFESSOR ERSKINE'S CREATION WASN'T AS LOST AS EVERYONE THOUGHT AND THEY MAY HAVE THE MEANS TO CREATE MORE OF THE FORMULA.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (grumpy and concern)

I HAVE TO GET MY OWN CREATION WORKING BEFORE THEY DECIDE TO MAKE THE ATTEMPT OF CREATING MORE SUPER-SOLDIERS.


PANEL 4

Professor Schumann begins to go down to his basement.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (grumpy and concern)

FROM WHAT LITTLE CONTACTS I STILL HAVE WITH PEOPLE IN THE GOVERNMENT, THEY TELL ME THAT THIS CAPTAIN, AND HIS PARTNER WHO'S NO DOUBT ALSO ENHANCED BY THE SERUM, HAVE STARTED TO ACT RECKLESS WHILE THEY BELIEVE THAT WHO EVER IS IN CHARGE OF THEM ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO COVER IT UP, BUT IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THEY'LL HAVE TO TAKE THE TWO DOWN.


PANEL 5

Professor Schumann's hand is shown pushing a hidden switch that opens a secret door.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (hand only shown)

BUT THE PROBLEM ISN'T THOSE TWO, IT'S THE SERUM ITSELF, AND SOMEONE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO USE IT TO CREATE AN ENHANCED ARMY WITHOUT THE MEANS TO CONTROL THEM OR AT LEAST ELIMINATE IF NEED BE.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

A secret lab is shown with a lot of 50's computers and machinery, as well as the casket that Tess-1 is in.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (shadow shown only)

WHICH IS WHY WE NEED YOU TO START WORKING PROPERLY!


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

The present, Atelidae and Sage are giving an awkward facial expression.


BLINDSIDE (not shown)

FALL! FALL YOU STUPID MACHINE!


PANEL 2

A part of Tess-1's head is shown, as well as Blindside's arms and fist banging it!


ATELIDAE (not shown)

MAN, I DON'T KNOW IF WHETHER I SHOULD CRY OR VOMIT.


SAGE (not shown)

IT IS A SAD SIGHT TO SEE?


PANEL 3

Blair is shown on the ground unconscious.


SAGE (not shown)

WHY ISN'T TESSY DOING ANYTHING?


ATELIDAE (sleepy)

HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED THAT STAR TREK SERIES? THE CLASSICAL ONE?



PANEL 4

Locksmith and Acrobat are shown making a run for it and are already at a distance.


SAGE (not shown)

I DO RECALL ONCE WATCHING IT.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

WELL, THERE'S THIS EPISODE WHERE ANDROIDS HELD CAPTAIN KIRK AND THE PEOPLE WITH HIM PRISONERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SERVING” THEM AND PLANNED TO TAKE THEIR SHIP SO THEY COULD DO THE SAME TO THE REST OF THE FEDERATION.


PANEL 5

Sage and Atelidae are shown. Sage is looking at Atelidae.


SAGE (business-like and intrigued)

OH' I REMEMBER THIS ONE. IT'S WHERE THEY DEFEATED THE ANDROIDS BY USING ACTIONS AND WORDS THAT WERE ILLOGICAL.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

YEAH.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Blindside somehow got on top of Tess-1 and is banging it's head with no results in a pathetic kind of way.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

THAT'S PRETTY MUCH WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.


SAGE (business-like)

YES, VERY ILLOGICAL INDEED.


BLINDSIDE (pathetic)

FALL! FALL! FALL!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


SAGE (business-like and low tone)

WE REALLY NEED TO BE GOING.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

The 1950's, Professor Schumann is inside his lab and is so frustrated that he throws a clipboard with papers to a wall with great violence!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (enraged and in disbelief)

NOTHING! NOT ONE IMPROVEMENT!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!


PANEL 2

A close look at Professor Schumann as he has a fist near him.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (frustrated and in disbelief)

HOW DID THEY DO IT? THE HUMAN TORCH.... ELECTRO.... FLEXO.... VOLTON.... AND EVEN THE MAD MECHANIC'S ROBOT ARMY. WHAT IS IT THAT THEIR CREATORS DID DIFFERENTLY TO MAKE THEIR ROBOTIC CREATIONS WORK?


PANEL 3

Professor Schumann points at Tess-1.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (disgusted and in disbelief)

WHY WON'T YOU WORK PROPERLY?!


PANEL 4

Upfront, Professor Schumann looks away while in the background is Tee-1 in it's original form and in it's casket.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (frustrated)

IT REMINDS OF THAT TIME WHEN THE ARMY DECIDED TO PUT YOU THROUGH A REAL TEST TO SEE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS WHEN IT CAME TO BATTLE.


PANEL 5

The 1940's, American soldiers are fighting Nazi soldiers in a town! Guns firing everywhere!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (not shown and word box)

AND IT ENDED IN DISASTER.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

The American soldiers are pinned while behind cover! Gun firing heading towards their direction and they look desperate!


PRIVATE (shouting and under stress)

THEY HAVE US PINNED DOWN, SARGE!


SARGE (shouting and under stress)

DAMMIT! WE WERE TOLD WE WERE GOING TO GET SOME KIND OF SUPER-WEAPON TO HELP US FIGHT THESE NAZI SCUMS!


PANEL 2

Another view of the American soldiers as one is using binoculars and sees something of interest! The gun firing continues!


SOLDIER #1 (under stress, shouting, and shocked)

SARGE! SOMETHING IS HEADING OUR WAY!


SARGE (shouting and under stress)

WHAT IS IT?!


PANEL 3

As if seeing through the binoculars, Tess-1, in original form, is seen at a distance, but isn't very visible.


SOLDIER #1 (not shown)

I CAN'T TELL, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE A VERY BIG GUY!


PANEL 4

The feet of Tess-1 are shown as it walks among the wreckage of war! Gun firing is heard!


PANEL 5

The Nazi soldiers seem shocked to what they see!


NAZI SOLDIER #1 (shocked)

WAS ZUM TEUFEL IST DAS?!


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Tess-1's full “original” form is revealed as it begins to attack the Nazi soldiers!


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

The panicking Nazi soldiers start firing at the direction that Tess-1 would be!


NAZI SOLDIER #2 (panicking)

SCHIEßEN SIE! SCHIEßEN SIE!


PANEL 2

Tess-1's chest is shown as bullets bounce off it!


NAZI SOLDIER #1 (not shown and loud)

ES HÄLT NICHT AN!


PANEL 3

Tess-1's hands are shown firing powerful energy blasts!


PANEL 4

The Nazi are panicking and starting to retreat! Explosions are happening which takes some Nazi soldiers out!


NAZI SOLDIER #1 (panicking and loud)

GEFÜHRT! ZIEHEN SIE SICH ZURÜCK!


PANEL 5

Upfront, the American soldiers are watching the back of Tess-1 who's in the background as it uses it's machine-guns on the Nazi soldiers!


ONE OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS (a little confused, but impressed)

WOW, AIN'T THAT SOMETHING.


SARGE (annoyed)

YEAH, BETTER LATE THEN NEVER!.... ESPECIALLY SINCE BY SOME “MIRACLE” WE'RE ALL STILL ALIVE!


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

The American soldiers, feeling confident that it safe, walks toward the Tess-1 robot.


SOLDIER #3 (impressed)

LOOK AT THOSE NAZI BASTARDS RUN!


SOLDIER #4 (impressed)

YEAH, YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THE YELLOW LINE BEHIND THEIR BACKS!


SARGE (in charge)

OK, THAT'S ENOUGH WITH THE WELL DESERVED MOCKING.


PANEL 2

Tess-1's back is shown.


SARGE (not shown)

HEY! IS ANYONE IN THAT THING?


SOLDIER #1 (not shown)

YOU REALLY THINK SOMEONE IS DRIVING THAT THING?


SARGE (not shown)

HOW WOULD I KNOW? THIS IS LIKE THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS.


SOLDIER #2 (not shown)

MAYBE IT'S ONE OF THOSE ROBOTS. MECHANICAL MEN.


SOLDIER #3 (not shown)

I THINK YOU BEEN READING TOO MANY SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINES.


SOLDIER #2 (not shown)

I'M SERIOUS, I MEAN I HEARD THAT HUMAN TORCH FELLA IS A ROBOT.


SOLDIER #3 (not shown)

IF THAT WAS TRUE, THEN WHY CALL HIM HUMAN? WHY NOT ROBOT TORCH?


PANEL 3

A view of the American soldiers and Tess-1 who's back is still pointing at them


SARGE (in charge and curious)

SO IS SOMEONE INSIDE THERE OR NOT, BUDDY?


PANEL 4

Tess-1 turns around and aim it's weapons at the direction where the American soldiers would be!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

TARGETS SIGHTED. PREPARING ELIMINATION.


SOLDIER #2 (not shown)

WHAT THE HELL?!!


PANEL 5

The American soldiers desperately run away while being fired at!


SARGE (desperate, loud, and serious)

RETREAT!!!


SOLDIER #2 (desperate, loud, and scared)

UNBELIEVABLE!!!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (not shown and word box)

IT WAS PERHAPS THE MOST HUMILIATING DAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE.


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Back to the 1950's at Professor Schumann's home, Schumann has just left his secret lab and is closing the door.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (upset and a bit ill)

AND NO DOUBT THE REAL REASON WHY THEY DECIDED TO CANCEL THE PROJECT WHILE SAYING IT WAS BECAUSE THE FORMULA FOR THE SUPER-SOLDIER SERUM WAS LOST, DESPITE THE EXISTENCE THE MYSTERY MEN, BUT THEY DIDN'T TRY HARD TO HIDE THEIR FEELINGS OF DISPLEASURE WHEN IT CAME TO THE RESULTS.


PANEL 2

Professor Schumann is doing his best to go upstairs from the basement.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (upset and a bit ill)

BUT I WILL NOT GIVE UP. NEVER GIVE UP! UNTIL I FINALLY PERFECT MY PROTOTYPE. MY LIFE'S WORK.


PANEL 3

Professor Schumann finally makes it upstairs from the basement. There's hardly any light.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (upset and a bit ill)

ESPECIALLY SINCE.... SINCE THE SERUM MAY STILL EXIST.


PANEL 4

Professor Schumann looks shocked as he grabs his chest as if he's having a heart attack!


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (shocked and dieing)

OH' GOD.... PLEASE.... NOT NOW, NOT WHEN I HAVE SO MUCH TO GET DONE!


PANEL 5

Professor Schumann tries to move about in hopes it will allow him to live.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (desperate, weakening, and dieing)

PLEASE, DON'T.... DON'T DO THIS TO ME.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (desperate, weakening, and dieing)

DON'T LET ME GO WITH THIS HUMILIATION. NOT WITHOUT PROVING THAT MY CREATION CAN BE MADE TO WORK.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Professor Schumann is now lying on the floor. The window in the background provides some light.


PROFESSOR SCHUMANN (dead)

PLE....*


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

The present. A van is shown on the road which belongs to Higher Force.


TEMPEST (not shown and from van)

TELL ME AGAIN WHY WE'RE BRINGING THIS NERD BASTARD ALONG?


PANEL 2

Inside the van, Tempest is in the back with the nervous Brainstorm, The Wall and Doctor Moon is in the middle, while Bedlam and Agent Jacks upfront with Jacks driving. Tempest is looking at Brainstorm.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

THE HIGHER UPS THINKS IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE HIM WITH US IN HOPES TO GATHER MORE INTELLIGENCE ABOUT FORWARD STRIKE AND THEIR WHEREABOUTS.


TEMPEST (moody)

THEN PULL OVER AND I PROMISE YOU THAT I'LL GET A BUNDLE OF INTELLIGENCE OUT OF THIS GUY WITH ONLY A FEW SLAPS.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

SIGN” TEMPTING, BUT NO.


PANEL 3

Another view of the group, but at the side.


TEMPEST (moody)

WHY NOT SAVE US A LOT OF HASSLE AND GET THIS GUY TO TELL US WHERE THE MAIN BASE IS?


BRAINSTORM (nervous)

BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW THE LO....


TEMPEST (moody)

SHUT UP!


AGENT JACKS (professional)

IT'S BECAUSE HE DOESN'T KNOW THE LOCATION.


TEMPEST (moody)

AND YOU BELIEVE HIM?


AGENT JACKS (professional)

I'M WILLING TO GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF A DOUBT SINCE HIGHER UPS DON'T USUALLY GIVE EVERYTHING TO PEOPLE BELOW THEM AND IT DOES MAKE SENSE TO KEEP THEIR TROOPERS FROM KNOWING CERTAIN THINGS FOR THE SAKE OF SECURITY.


PANEL 4

As if looking behind Tempest and Brainstorm, the rest are shown shown upfront. Doctor Moon brings her head out and looks at them.


DOCTOR MOON (a bit serious)

WHY DON'T YOU LEAVE THE KID ALONE, WILLIAM, SINCE HE'S NEEDED FOR THIS MISSION, AND AS A DOCTOR, I ASSURE YOU THAT HE'LL BE MORE EFFECTIVE IF HE REMAINS IN GOOD CONDITION.


BRAINSTORM (nervous, assured, and thought balloon)

WOW, MAYBE NOT EVERYONE HERE IS DISGUSTED BY MY BEING HERE.


PANEL 5

An upper view of the crew as Doctor Moon sits back and Brainstorm looks a bit shocked by the next thing she says while Tempest seems amused.


DOCTOR MOON (chilling)

AND BESIDES, AFTER THE MISSION IS OVER, WE CAN SEND HIM BACK AND THEY CAN LOCK HIM UP TO ROT WHERE HE'LL HAVE TO WATCH HIMSELF AND HIS BEHIND IN THE SHOWER ROOM.


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Agent Jacks who is looking out of the side window is the main focus as she stops the van.


BLINDSIDE (not shown, laughing, and shouting)

I DID IT! I ACTUALLY DID IT!


AGENT JACKS (professional and low tone)

WELL, THIS IS WEIRD.


PANEL 2

Blindside is on his knees, arms up, and fill with joy. Blare is on the ground unconscious. Locksmith and Acrobat are at a distance and look like they were just coming back. Forward Strike's van drives away.


BLINDSIDE (filled with joy)

THEY RAN AWAY, WELL ACTUALLY THEY WALKED AWAY, AND DROVE AWAY, THOUGH NOT VERY FAST, BUT I'M NO LONGER A LOSER! I'M A BIG MAN, BABY! A BIG MAN!


ACROBAT (concern for well-being and shouting)

HEY! IS IT SAFE TO COME BACK?


AGENT JACKS (not shown and from van)

SOMEONE CALL THE SHERIFF DEPARTMENT. I'M SURE THEY CAN HANDLE THESE LOSERS.


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

Another view of the Higher Force van driving on the highway.


AGENT JACKS (not shown and from van)

LET'S REVIEW IN CASE WE ACCIDENTALLY MEET THOSE THREE IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WAY.


PANEL 2

The middle and back seats of the van are shown. Doctor Moon is calling the sheriff department on her cell phone.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

OUR MISSION IS NOT TO CONFRONT, BUT FOLLOW WITHOUT BEING DISCOVERED, AND IF POSSIBLE, SLOW DOWN THEIR CAMPAIGN OF MASS DESTRUCTION ON FORWARD STRIKE, AND DON'T ASK ME HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT.


THE WALL (serious)

WE'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT COMES ALONG AND IF WE CAN USE IT TO OUR ADVANTAGE.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

EXACTLY.


PANEL 3

The back seat is the main focus.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

THAT MEANS NOTHING RECKLESS, WILLIAM.


TEMPEST (moody and a little insulted)

WHAT?! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK I WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT?


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

BECAUSE I READ YOUR FILE.


PANEL 4

The Higher Force van is shown moving on the highway. The sun is about to go down


AGENT JACKS (not shown and word box)

THIS IS SERIOUS DELICATE STUFF, PEOPLE.


PANEL 5

Elsewhere, Sage's RV is shown moving on another highway. The sun is about to go sown.


AGENT JACKS (not shown and word box)

ESPECIALLY SINCE THOSE THREE HAVE MADE THEMSELVES NUMERO UNO ON THE TARGET LIST OF THOSE MANIACS.


PAGE 21


PANEL 1

Total blackness.


PANEL 2

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)


PANEL 3

Total blackness.


PANEL 4

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)


PANEL 5

Total blackness.


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

Back to 5 years again at the Mad Hotrodder's junk yard. Sledge has already left and Jake has left the garage.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

PAPA?


PANEL 2

A sleepy 7 year old Atelidae is shown in her pajamas which the shirt says “BIKER CHICK”. She's rubbing one of her eyes.


ATELIDAE (sleepy)

DID GRANDPA ALREADY LEAVE?


JAKE (partly shown)

YEAH, HON, GRANDPA HAD SOME THINGS TO DO BACK HOME, BUT WE DID TALK ABOUT THE ROBOT THAT CRASHED HERE AND HE SEEMED TO KNOW A FEW THINGS ABOUT IT.


PANEL 3

Jake is now carrying the sleepy Atelidae.


ATELIDAE (sleepy)

IS IT AN ALIEN?


JAKE (a bit cheerful)

NO, ACCORDING TO YOUR GRANDFATHER, IT COMES FROM THIS WORLD.


PANEL 4

Jake, carrying Atelidae, goes inside their house.


JAKE (a bit cheerful)

SAY, HOW ABOUT IN THE MORNING WE WORK ON TESS-1'S COMPUTER TO SEE IF WE CAN GET IT WORKING, BUT OF COURSE WE'LL NEED A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T MAKE IT EXPLODE OR SOMETHING.


ATELIDAE (sleepy)

WHAT'S A TESS-1?


JAKE (a bit cheerful)

IT'S NAME NAME OF THE ROBOT.


ATELIDAE (sleepy)

WHAT KIND OF NAME IS THAT?


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but the two are now inside the house.


JAKE (not shown and from house)

UM....EH.... IT'S THE KIND YOU WOULD GIVE TO A ROBOT.


THE END