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Tess-1 #20

Evil Lullaby

Part 2

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

It's the afternoon in Las Vegas and the doorman who's standing at the front doors of the building that has the penthouse that Lullaby is staying in is shown. The doorman seems to be coming out of the trance that he was in.


DOORMAN (a little dizzy and a little confused)

WHA.... WHAT'S GOING ON?


PANEL 2

The hand of the desk clerk is shown as he puts a cellphone near the bit surprised doorman.


DESK CLERK (hand only shown)

IT'S FOR YOU.


PANEL 3

The back of the Desk Clerk is shown as he walks back to his post while the Doorman answers the cellphone.


DOORMAN (a little confused)

HELLO?


PANEL 4

Singing comes from the cellphone which has an effect on the doorman.


PANEL 5

The doorman is once again under a trance and drops the cellphone to the ground.


DOORMAN (dazed and under trance)

DUH.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

Inside the penthouse, Lullaby is hanging up the phone while Sage is tied up in a wheel chair with handcuffs.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

SORRY ABOUT THAT, BUT MY CONTROL OVER PEOPLE WEARS OFF IN TIME AND NEEDS A RECHARGE FOR IT TO CONTINUE.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

I DO HOPE THAT MAN-KILLER'S BUNK IN THE HEAD DIDN'T DO ANY DAMAGE TO THAT WONDERFUL BRAIN OF YOURS IF WE'RE GOING TO DO BUSINESS TOGETHER.


SAGE (business-like)

LET ME GUESS, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE GET RICHER KIND OF BUSINESS, CORRECT?


PANEL 2

Another view of Lullaby and Sage.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

BUT OF COURSE I AM BECAUSE WHAT BETTER WAY TO USE THAT WONDERFUL MIND OF YOURS BUT TO MAKE A HUGE PROFIT, RIGHT? SOMETHING I BELIEVE MISTER SHAW, YOUR FORMER EMPLOYEE, DID IN THE PAST TO BECOME A GREAT INFLUENCE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

BUT LET'S HAVE A LITTLE PLEASURE BEFORE BUSINESS AND GET TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER.


PANEL 3

A close view of Lullaby, while Sage is behind her and shown in the background.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

NOW JUDGING FROM YOUR ACTIVITIES, LIKE WITH THAT STRANGE CHILD AND ROBOT, I'M GUESSING YOU'RE NO LONGER WITH THE X-MEN, SINCE THEY SEEM TO LIKE TO BE CLOSE TOGETHER LIKE A CULT.


SAGE (business-like)

YES, WELL, I DO TEND TO MAKE SURE I HAVE A LIFE OUTSIDE THE X-MEN TO KEEP MYSELF UPDATED WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND THEIR MOSTLY SOLITUDE LIFE JUST ISN'T FOR ME.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

AND THE GIRL, IS SHE ONE OF THE REMAINING MUTANTS?


SAGE (business-like)

PERHAPS.


PANEL 4

Lullaby turns half around while her head is turned to the direction where Sage would be.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

NOT GIVING ME COMPLETE ANSWERS. I LIKE THAT, BECAUSE ONLY A FOOL WOULD GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY BEFORE KNOWING WHY AND TO WHO.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

THOUGH WITH MY POWER, IT'S HARD TO DO ANYTHING BUT GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY.... TO ME THAT IS.


SAGE (not shown)

EXCEPT FOR ME IT SEEMS.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

YES, EXCEPT YOU, WHICH MAKES YOU THE SECOND PERSON TO BE IMMUNE, IF YOU CAN CALL THE FIRST A PERSON IN HUMAN TERMS SINCE HE LOOKED LIKE A TALL MARTIAN WHO HAD EYE-BEAMS THAT COULD WARP OBJECTS AND PEOPLE.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

I THINK HE CALLED HIMSELF SLEEPWALKER OR SOMETHING.


PANEL 5

Elsewhere, Atelidae and Tess-1 are sitting next to the RV and somewhere in Las Vegas.


LULLABY (not shown and word box)

SPEAKING OF POWERS, I COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY MUTANTS WERE CALLED”HOMO SUPERIOR”.


ATELIDAE (depressed and disappointed)

AW' MAN. I WAS SO EXCITED WITH THE CHASE THAT I FORGOT WHAT WE WERE DOING AND NOW WE LOST THEM.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Back to the penthouse with Lullaby and Sage.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY BASELINE HUMANS, EITHER BY ACCIDENT OR DESIGN, THERE ARE OUT THERE WHO HAVE BECOME SUPERHUMANS? TONS OF THEM, WHICH WAS OBVIOUS AFTER M-DAY AND THAT REGISTRATION ACT CIVIL WAR WE HAD, AND SOME OF THEM ARE MORE POWERFUL THEN MOST MUTANTS LIKE THE FANTASTIC FOUR, OR ARE THEY STILL FUTURE FOUNDATION?, WHO'S MUTATIONS WERE BROUGHT FORTH BY COSMIC RADIATION, BUT OF COURSE THE POTENTIAL HAD TO BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE OR THOSE FOUR WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AMONG THE LIVING AFTER BEING EXPOSED.


SAGE (business-like)

PROVING THAT MUTANTS AREN'T THAT SUPERIOR TO THEIR HUMAN COUSINS IF THAT POTENTIAL EXIST WHICH SHOWS THAT NATURE DOES NOT PUT ALL HER EGGS IN ONE BASKET, BECAUSE OF SHE DID, LIFE HERE WOULD HAVE CEASED TO EXIST.


PANEL 2

Another view of Lullaby and Sage.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

I MUST SAY THAT I'M A BIT SURPRISED BY THAT ANSWER.


SAGE (business-like)

MY MUTANT ABILITY IS HAVING A CYBERPATHIC MIND WHICH IS A GIFT WHEN IT COMES TO ANALYZING MY SURROUNDINGS.... AND A CURSE SINCE IT PREVENTS ME FROM ONLY HAVING A VERY LITTLE FREEDOM THAT DELUSIONS PROVIDE.


SAGE (business-like)

YOU COULD SAY I'M FORCED TO SEE THE HARSH REALITY OF THINGS.


PANEL 3

Lullaby pours herself a drink while Sage watches.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

BUT OF COURSE YOUR X-MEN FRIENDS SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY.


SAGE (business-like)

DESPITE WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, SOME OF THEM SEE MUTANTKIND AS THE ABSOLUTE INHERITORS OF THE EARTH PARTLY BASED ON ARROGANCE AND LIVING MOSTLY IN SOLITUDE TO SUPPORT THAT BELIEF WHILE IT'S ONE OF THE POSSIBILITIES THAT WHEN FUTURE GENERATIONS DECIDE IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO TAKE OVER, THEY MAY END UP WITH A SURPRISE THAT HUMANITY HAS GONE NOWHERE AND HAS NOW BECOME SUPERHUMANITY.


PANEL 4

Elsewhere, the Mean Mercs are in another room.


LULLABY (not shown and word box)

YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT WE'RE GOING NOWHERE.


JOYSTICK (childish and impatient)

WHY ARE WE STILL HERE?


JOUST (a little annoyed, but keeping it in control)

BECAUSE THE JOB DOESN'T END UNTIL THE TRANSPORT ARRIVES TO TAKE THE PACKAGE TO A MORE SECURED AREA.


JOYSTICK (childish and impatient)

BUT I'M BORED!


POWDERKEG (a little annoyed, but calm)

AT LEAST HER CAFFEINE RUSH IS OVER AND DONE WITH.


MAN-KILLER (a little annoyed, but calm)

SMALL IMPROVEMENT.


PANEL 5

Back to Lullaby and Sage.


LULLABY (rich and a bit amused)

TAKE ME FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE A MUTANT, I ALSO SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN BORN WITH THIS VOCAL POWER OF MINE, BUT I'M WITHOUT AN X-GENE, THOUGH I THINK ONE OF MY PARENTS WAS EXPOSED TO SOMETHING THAT CAUSED MINOR GENETIC CHANGES BEFORE I WAS CONCEIVED, THEN OF COURSE THERE'S THE GAMMA SPAWN CREATURES LIKE THE HULK, WHO I HEAR ALREADY HAS KIDS WHO INHERITED HIS ALTERED GENES, WHO SEEMED TO BE MOST LIKELY TO BECOME THE DOMINANT SPECIES AS THEIR NUMBER GROWS AND THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL POWER THEY CONTAIN WHICH SEEMS GOD-LIKE.


SAGE (business-like)

THAT THOUGHT HAS OCCURRED TO ME ONCE BASED ON THE FACT THAT SOMETHING AS BIG AND WIDE AS EVOLUTION WOULD HAVE MANY POSSIBLE END RESULTS THEN JUST ONE, EVEN WITH OR WITHOUT THE X-GENE, AND PEOPLE LIKE THE HULK SEEM TO BE VASTLY SUPERIOR WHEN IT COMES TO ADAPTATION WHEN IT COMES TO SURVIVAL WHEN COMPARED TO THE REST, INCLUDING MUTANTKIND.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

At the main doorway of the hotel, the shadow of Tess-1 is shown as the dazed and in a trance doorman opens the door for him. Mechanical footsteps are heard.


PANEL 2

The dazed and in a trance desk clerk is shown handing a key. Crashing noises are heard because a twenty foot robot went through the doorway designed for normal size people.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 is shown standing in the fancy check-in part of the hotel. The dazed and in a trance desk clerk is still handing the key. In the background, the dazed and in a trance doorman is holding a door that off it's hinges because the doorway is damaged.


DESK CLERK (dazed and in a trance)

WELCOME TO WISCON HOTEL. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

On Tess-1's back, the two jets that it used to chase after Cannonball begin to form.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 2

The two jets are fully form and begin to ignite! The words “GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY!” is shown.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 flies through the ceiling in a dramatic way and the dazed and in a trance desk clerk doesn't notice as he's still handing out the keys!


PANEL 4

The Mean Mercs notice the trembling of the building!


PANEL 5

In Lullaby's penthouse, Upfront is the tied up and annoyed Sage, while in the background is the shocked Lullaby as they notice the building trembling!


LULLABY (shocked)

WHAT'S.... WHAT'S GOING ON?!!


SAGE (business-like and annoyed)

HE JUST COULDN'T DO THAT FROM OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, COULD HE?


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

The outside of the hotel building is shown as windows shatter and the building itself trembles as sounds of rockets are heard from inside!


SAGE (not shown and word box)

UNBELIEVABLE.


PANEL 2

Where the Mean Mercs are, Tess-1 quickly goes through both the floor and ceiling of the room where the shocked Mean Mercs are! Man-Killer is so close to the newly made hole that she's about to fall into it as she whirls her arms in desperately hoping to get herself back up!


MAN-KILLER (surprised)

OOOOOOOOOOOH' NO! NO! NO! NO!


PANEL 3

At the penthouse, Tess-1 quickly goes through the floor and ceiling! On the left side of the background is Lullaby's dazed and in a trance, as well as sitting, husband! On the right side of the background is Sage and the shocked Lullaby!


SAGE (business-like)

I'M VERY SORRY ABOUT THIS, MADAM.


PANEL 4

Tess-1 is quickly flying up into the open skies! There's a helicopter above it!


SAGE (not shown and word box)

IT'S JUST THAT HE'S NOT A VERY BRIGHT MACHINE.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

Inside the helicopter is a dazed and in a trance pilot.


HELICOPTER PILOT (dazed and in a trance)

MUST OBEY MISTRESS.


PANEL 2

Tess-1 quickly flies pass the helicopter that's piloted by a now startled pilot who moves the helicopter away to avoid the robot!


HELICOPTER PILOT (not shown, loud, and from helicopter)

WHAT THE HELL?!!


HELICOPTER PILOT (not shown, loud, and from helicopter)

WHAT AM I DOING HERE?! AND WHY AM I STICKING AROUND WHEN THERE ARE HUGE PROJECTILES BE THROWN AT ME?!


PANEL 3

Back at the penthouse, an angry Lullaby is taking into her cellphone! Sage is watching while behind her is the figure of Atelidae looking in through a window.


LULLABY (angry and talking into cellphone)

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONE OF YOU IS MISSING?!


LULLABY (angry and talking into cellphone)

SHE FELL DOWN A HOLE?!


LULLABY (angry and talking into cellphone)

WELL THIS IS A FINE TIME FOR HER TO LOSE HER BALANCE!


PANEL 4

The Mean Mercs, minus Man-Killer, are running up the stairs! Joust is talking into her cellphone.


JOUST (annoyed, professional, and talking to cellphone)

MISS LULLABY, SINCE WE'RE FREELANCE AND BEING PAID TO DO A JOB THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING, I THINK I CAN ALLOW MYSELF TO SAY THIS UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES.... WHICH IS....


PANEL 5

At the check-in part of the hotel, Man-Killer finally lands onto the floor hard after falling through so many holes! The clerk is still holding out the keys.


JOUST (not shown, loud, and word box)

#@%& YOU! ESPECIALLY SINCE MAN-KILLER DOESN'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO FLY!


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Back at the penthouse, the angry Lullaby is talking into the cellphone and doesn't notice Atelidae getting close to Sage and figuring out a way to free her. Sage notices her.


LULLABY (enraged, loud and talking to cellphone)

HOW “DARE” YOU TALK TO ME THAT WAY!!! JUST WHO DO YOU THINK YOU'RE TALKING TO?!!


LULLABY (enraged, loud, and talking to cellphone)

HOW “DARE” YOU CALL ME A CROOK!!!


PANEL 2

A close view at Sage and Atelidae who's trying to undo the handcuffs.


LULLABY (not shown and loud)

I HAPPEN TO HAVE ENOUGH CASH TO PUT SUCH BIG BOUNTIES ON YOUR HEADS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO LOOK EVERY DIRECTION AT ONCE FOR EVERY MINUTE TO SEE IF SOMEONE WAS AFTER YOU!


SAGE (business-like, concern, and whisper)

WHY ARE YOU HERE?


ATELIDAE (focused and whisper)

WELL MY MOTHER HAD SOME THUGS KIDNAP MY PAPA FOR SOME INSANE EXPERIMENT....


SAGE (business-like, concern, and whisper)

I MEAN NOW.... HERE.


ATELIDAE (focused and whisper)

OH, DIDN'T WANTED TO FEEL LIKE A BASTARD LATER ON IF I LEFT YOU HUNG TO DRY.


PANEL 3

Another view of Sage and Atelidae who's still trying to figure out a way to remove the handcuffs. Behind them is a furious and creepy-looking by shadows Lullaby who looks displeased.


SAGE (business-like, concern, and whisper)

SO WHAT'S WITH THAT STUNT WITH TESSY?


ATELIDAE (focused and whisper)

GUESS I SHOULD HAVE ADDED SOME DETAILS WHEN I TOLD HIM TO COME UP HERE.


SAGE (business-like, concern, and whisper)

AGREED.


PANEL 4

Lullaby's lips are near on of the shocked Atelidae's ears as she sings a song.


PANEL 5

Bothe Sage and Lullaby are shocked to see Atelidae bow her head and throw up, though the puke isn't shown!


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Back in the check in area, Man-Killer is recovering from that great fall she experienced and moans a little.


PANEL 2

A close look at Man-Killer as she notices that she isn't alone.


VIBRANIUM MAN (not shown)

WHERE IS THE WOMAN?


PANEL 3

In front of Man-Killer are five figures who are the Forward Strike's new super-soldiers. One looks like a lizard man with a tail called “Cold Blooded”, one is a black woman with energy leaking out of her eyes called “Killer Looks”, another who is a guy who looks normal but can generate sonic blasts from his mouth called “Boom Box”, another looks like a human porcupine called “Stabber”, and last is their leader, “Vibranium Man”, who's body absorbs kinetic energy like the alien metal.


VIBRANIUM MAN (cold-hearted, indifferent, and tough)

WHERE IS THE DEVIANT GIRL? WHERE IS THE ROBOT?


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Man-Killer is about to punch Vibranium Man!


MAN-KILLER (angry, tough, and direct)

BITE ME!


PANEL 2

Man-Killer gives Vibranium Man a super punch which forces him to take a few steps back as if his body absorbed most of the impact!


PANEL 3

Man-Killer looks at the fist she just used!


MAN-KILLER (surprised, confused, and low tone)

WHAT THE HELL?!


PANEL 4

Vibranium Man turns his eyes to look at his fellow super soldiers.


VIBRANIUM MAN (cold-hearted, indifferent, and tough)

FINE.... TAKE HER DOWN.


PANEL 5

The rest of the super soldiers are about to attack Man-Killer, while Boom Box is the first as his mouth opens abnormally wide as a sonic blast comes out and powerfully pushes Man-Killer back!


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, the rest of the Mean Mercs are still running up the stairs. Joust cellphone rings.


JOUST (annoyed and low tone)

I SWEAR IF THAT'S HER AGAIN, I AM GOING TO SHOOT HER BETWEEN THE EYES, BUT ONLY AFTER SHE PAYS US!


PANEL 2

A close look at Joust as she talks into her cellphone!


JOUST (annoyed, shout, and talking to cellphone)

WHAT?!


JOUST (annoyed and talking to cellphone)

MAN-KILLER?


JOUST (annoyed and talking to cellphone)

WAIT, WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE BEING ATTACKED? BY WHO?!


PANEL 3

Downstairs, Man-Killer is talking to her cellphone while running and dodging heat eye beams that hit the wall and causes serious damage!


MAN-KILLER (desperate, determined, shouting, and talking to cellphone)

THEY WON'T SAY SINCE THEY'RE TOO BUSY TRYING TO KILL ME, BUT IT'S OBVIOUS THEY WANT THE WOMAN WE PROCURED FOR LULLABY, AS WELL AS THE GIRL AND ROBOT!


MAN-KILLER (desperate, determined, shouting, and talking to cellphone)

THESE PEOPLE ARE SUPER-POWERED, JOUST, AND ACT LIKE SOLDIERS ON A MISSION!


PANEL 4

Back to the stairway, Joust is looking at Joystick!


JOUST (angry and serious)

BLAST IT! IF THAT GREEDY IDIOT MADE SOME ENEMIES AND DIDN'T BOTHER TELLING US, I'M GOING TO SHOOT HER IN THE KNEECAPS BEFORE SHOOTING HER BETWEEN THE EYES!


JOYSTICK (unamused)

AFTER SHE PAYS US!


JOUST (angry and serious)

GET DOWN THERE, JOYSTICK, AND HELP MAN-KILLER! WE'LL BE DOWN THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE!


JOYSTICK (unamused)

WHY ME?!


JOUST (angry and serious)

BECAUSE YOU'RE THE FASTEST AMONG US AND NO DOUBT THOSE INTRUDERS THINK YOU'RE A NO TALENT LOSER WHO DOESN'T HAVE A CHANCE OF BEATING THEM!


PANEL 5

Joust and Powderkeg watches as Joystick hops around on the stairway banisters going down with superhuman agility! She has her two energy batons out!


JOYSTICK (angry and competitive)

OH' DO THEY?!!


POWDERKEG (perceptive)

SO GULLIBLE.


JOUST (perceptive)

YEAH, AND SHE HASN'T YET NOTICED THAT I'VE BEEN GIVING ORDERS ON THE TEAM THAT SHE STARTED.


POWDERKEG (perceptive)

MAYBE YOU SHOULD GIVE THE ORDER TO CHANGE THIS TEAMS NAME BEFORE THAT HAPPENS.


JOUST (perceptive)

YOU THINK?


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Up at the penthouse, Lullaby is pushing Sage's wheelchair outside where a swimming pool is shown.


LULLABY (shocked and in disbelief)

I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT! I OBVIOUSLY CAN'T BELIEVE SHE VOMIT AFTER I TRIED TO TAKE CONTROL OF HER!


SAGE (business-like)

WELL, I GUESS IT WOULDN'T HURT TO TELL YOU THAT SHE'S A DEVIANT WHICH IS A RACE WHO'S PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY IS A GREATER ANOMALY THEN ANYTHING YOU CAN FIND ON THIS PLANET. IN OTHER WORDS, THE FREQUENCY OF YOUR UNUSUAL VOCAL CORDS HAS A DIFFERENT EFFECT ON THEM OBVIOUSLY.


PANEL 2

A close look at the sick Atelidae as she leans on the sliding door in effort to go after Lullaby!


ATELIDAE (sick, drowsy, and annoyed)

HEY.... YOU.... LADY WHO MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO PUKE.... GET BACK HERE.


LULLABY (not shown and shouting)

SHUT UP!


PANEL 3

Lullaby looks up for the helicopter.


LULLABY (frustrated)

WHERE IS THAT GUY?! HE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE HERE BY NOW!


SAGE (business-like)

PROBLEM WITH THE HIRED HELP?


LULLABY (frustrated)

SHUT UP!


LULLABY (frustrated)

DON'T TELL ME THAT IDIOT SOMEHOW GOT OUT OF MY ENCHANTMENT!


SAGE (business-like)

ENCHANTMENT?


PANEL 4

Lullaby uses a small remote and points it at the pool where the water starts to drain which Sage notices. She also uses her cellphone to call Joust.


LULLABY (frustrated and talking to cellphone)

WHERE ARE YOU?! I'M IN A SERIOUS DILEMMA HERE!


LULLABY (frustrated and talking to cellphone)

WHO?! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! WHO ARE THEY?!


LULLABY (frustrated and talking to cellphone)

NO I DIDN'T FORGET TO TELL YOU SOMETHING! I DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE!


LULLABY (frustrated and talking to cellphone)

WAIT! YOU'RE GOING DOWN THERE?! BUT I NEED YOU UP HERE! AND I HAPPEN TO BE PAYING YOU!


LULLABY (frustrated and talking into cellphone)

WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!


LULLABY (frustrated and talking to cellphone)

HOW “DARE” YOU!!!


SAGE (business-like, concern, and thought balloon)

THIS DOESN'T SOUND GOOD, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S WHO I THINK IT IS.


PANEL 5

An advance mini one-seated jet with folded up wings is being lifted above the now empty pool as if there was a compartment underneath.


LULLABY (frustrated)

DAMMIT! THE REASON I MADE SURE THAT I HAD THE HOTEL TO MYSELF IS TO AVOID PROBLEMS THAT I'M HAVING NOW AND SOON THE POLICE OR THOSE IDIOTIC SUPER-HEROES WILL BE HERE ANY MINUTE!


SAGE (business-like)

WELL THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR SINCE A CRAZY ROBOT WENT THROUGH EVERY FLOOR OF THIS PLACE.


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

back downstairs, Cold Blooded is clinging to a wall while Man-Killer tries to fight back!


COLD BLOODED (crazy, amused, and creepy voice)

I'M GOING TO EAT YOU UP, MUSCLE LADY!


PANEL 2

With animal-like agility, Cold Blooded leaps towards the direction where Man-Killer would be and shows his sharp teeth!


COLD BLOODED (crazy, hungry, direct, and creepy voice)

MUNCH! MUNCH!


PANEL 3

Suddenly a powerful kick comes from Joystick that has Cold Blooded flying and causing damage to anything he hits! Man-Killer quickly moves out of the way!


PANEL 4

Joystick moves around and dodges the heat eye beams with superhuman agility! Man-Killer rips the floor under Stabber with her super-strength to make him lose his balance and keep those sharp thorns away from her!


MAN-KILLER (serious, determined, and tough)

WHERE'S THE OTHERS?!


PANEL 5

Joystick stops and brings her energy baton carrying hands in a way that says “I don't know”, while in the background, Man-Killer punches Boom Box in the mouth!


JOYSTICK (no tac)

HUH? OH, I DON'T KNOW. I GUESS THEY'RE COMING DOWN.


JOYSTICK (no tac)

THE ONLY REASON I CAME DOWN WAS TO SHOW THESE PEOPLE THAT I'M BETTER THEN THEM.


MAN-KILLER (annoyed, determined, and in disbelief)

GIVE ME STRENGTH.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Joystick is about to attack the Vibranium Man who does nothing as if he has nothing to worry about.


JOYSTICK (amused and competitive)

SAY! THIS GUY LOOKS TOUGH!


JOYSTICK (amused, competitive, and direct)

LET'S SEE JUST HOW TOUGH!


MAN-KILLER (not shown and shouting)

JOYSTICK! NO! HE CAN....!


PANEL 2

Joystick gives the Vibranium Man an enhanced strength kick to the neck and she's notices that it has no effect!


JOYSTICK (surprised and confused)

WHAT THE HELL?!


PANEL 3

The frustrated Joystick repeatedly punches Vibranium Man's abs with enhanced strength but nothing happens as the guy just stands there!


MAN-KILLER (not shown and shouting)

WILL YOU GET A CLUE, IDIOT! HE'S JUST ABSORBING IT!


PANEL 4

Cold Blooded savagely leaps towards the unaware and frustrated Joystick as she continues to try to hurt Vibranium Man!


PANEL 5

Suddenly, an energy blast hits Cold Blooded while Joystick is still trying to hurt Vibranium Man and not noticing anything else!


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

The source of the energy blast is revealed to have come from Joust's gun! Powderkeg is also there!


JOUST (determined)

WE FINALLY GOT DOWN HERE TO GIVE YOU GUYS A HA....!


PANEL 2

Joystick is desperately kicking one of Vibranium Man's legs with no effect!


JOUST (not shown)

WHAT THE HELL IS SHE DOING?


MAN-KILLER (not shown)

BEING A STUBBORN IMBECILE!


JOYSTICK (frustrated, competitive, and low tone)

I AM NOT GOING TO LET YOU BEAT ME!


PANEL 3

Vibranium Man hit Joystick in the head with the back of his fist hard!


VIBRANIUM MAN (cold-hearted, indifferent, and tough)

ENOUGH! TAKE THEM DOWN! EVEN IF IT HAS TO BE THE PERMANENT KIND WHICH ENDS UP WITH THEM BEING 6 FEET UNDER THE DIRT!


PANEL 4

The super soldier start to get really serious as they at Joust, Powderkeg, and Man-Killer! Killer Looks shoots heat eye beams that Joust dodges!


JOUST (determined and worried)

LOOKS LIKE OUR HELP NEEDS SOME HELP!


PANEL 5

Powderkeg hits the floor and a big explosion happens that pushes back some of the super soldiers!


POWDERKEG (angry and direct)

BACK OFF!!!


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Back at the penthouse and near the pool where there's a one passenger jet. Lullaby has a gun and has Sage put the other end of one of the handcuffs on her other wrist since Lullaby needs her off the wheelchair.


SAGE (business-like)

WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS WHY WOULD YOU NEED SOMEONE TO PICK US UP IN A HELICOPTER WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT?


LULLABY (a bit calm, but pressing for time)

WELL, ONE, I'M NOT EXACTLY A PILOT AND WOULD PREFER HAVING SOMEONE WHO IS DOING THE DRIVING WHEN WE'RE UP IN THE AIR AND AT A HEIGHT THAT CAN KILL US IF WE FELL.


PANEL 2

With one hand, Lullaby is pointing a gun at the now standing and handcuffed Sage, while with the other hand, she uses a remote to open a compartment inside the mini jet that's designed to hold luggage and stuff.


LULLABY (a bit calm, but pressing for time)

AND, TWO, THIS THING ONLY HAS ONE SEAT. SO GUESS WHERE YOU'LL BE SITTING DURING OUR LITTLE TRIP?


SAGE (business-like and a little displeased)

YES, I'M NOW STARTING TO PREFER THE HELICOPTER MYSELF.


PANEL 3

Suddenly, a falling Tess-1 goes through the mini jet, destroying it, and continues to go downward! Both ladies are shocked while Sage is the one who sees it, while Lullaby was looking at Sage when it happens!


PANEL 4

The hotel building is shown as Tess-1 once again goes through each floor, but this time downward!


LULLABY (not show, shouting, and word box)

MY ONLY MEANS OF ESCAPE!!!


PANEL 5

Tess-1 finally crashes to the floor that the Mean Mercs and super soldiers are in a major dramatic way! The people are shocked and thrown back by this!


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

A close look at Joust.


JOUST (worried)

OH' GOD.... WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE.... EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM.


PANEL 2

A close look at the desk clerk. His hair is a mess.


DESK CLERK (dazed and in a trance)

DUH.


PANEL 3

The form of Tess-1 is shown behind all the dust and debris! A hot rod engine sound is heard.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Back at the penthouse near the pool, Lullaby and the handcuffed Sage are standing next the damaged pool and what's left of the mini jet.


LULLABY (enraged and in disbelief)

UNBELIEVABLE!!! UN-#$%@-BELIEVABLE!!! I MADE SURE MY PLANS WOULD GO SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE AND NOW I'M TOTALLY SCREWED!!!


SAGE (business-like)

WELL, HE IS QUITE TALENTED WHEN IT COMES TO DESTROYING PROPERTY.


LULLABY (enraged and in disbelief)

SHUT UP!


LULLABY (enraged and in disbelief)

CAN THINGS GET ANY WORSE THEN THEY ARE NOW?!


PANEL 2

Suddenly, Lullaby gets hit from behind by a chair that breaks with contact! Lullaby's eyes are crossed as she begins to fall!


PANEL 3

The one who attacked Lullaby is revealed to be an annoyed and a bit ill Atelidae who still holds what is left of the chair she used as a weapon. Lullaby's legs are shown as she lies on the ground unconscious.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and a bit ill)

NOW IT'S YOU WHO SHOULD SHUT UP.


PANEL 4

Sage, Atelidae, and the unconscious Lullaby are shown. It's revealed that Sage never handcuffed her other wrist and simply made it seem that she did.


SAGE (business-like)

AND AN ANSWER YOU SHALL RECEIVE.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and a bit ill)

ARE WE DONE HERE?


SAGE (business-like)

YES, THAT WE ARE, AND IT WOULD BE PRUDENT THAT WE LEAVE HERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Atelidae starts to walk back to the penthouse.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and a bit ill)

GIVE ME A MINUTE BECAUSE I'M FEELING ANOTHER HURL COMING UP AND THAT EXPENSIVE-LOOKING RUG THE LADY HAS IN HER PLACE LOOKS LIKE THE PERFECT SPOT.


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PANEL 1

Downstairs, Sage and Atelidae exit the elevator. Powderkeg is on the floor and sees them. A hot rod engine sound is heard and the place is a mess.


POWDERKEG (barely conscious and low tone)

WAIT, YOU'RE TELLING THE ELEVATOR WAS WORKING?


SAGE (business-like and curious)

SO HOW EXACTLY DID YOU TWO FIND ME?


ATELIDAE (feeling a little better and a little amused)

IT SOUND A LITTLE CRAZY, BUT....


PANEL 2

Past scene, Two tail pipes have come out of Tess-1's shoulders as it bows down to the ground as if to sniff out where Sage has gone. In the background, Atelidae is next to Sage's RV.


ATELIDAE (amused and a bit awkward)

WELL, OK, EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMS A BIT BONKERS TO WORK , BUT IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE, THEN GO FOR IT, DUDE.


ATELIDAE (word box)

TESSY PRACTICALLY SNIFFED YOU OUT.


PANEL 3

Back to the present, Sage's notices something that shocks her. A hot rod engine sound is heard, as well as pounding.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

IT'S NO DOUBT THE REASON HE'S WAS ALWAYS ABLE TO FIND ME WHEN WE WERE SEPARATED.


PANEL 4

Tess-1 is pounding on the head of the Vibranium Man who absorbs most of the impact of the punches while the floor he's standing on has crumbled a little as he stands there! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 5

The terrified Sage has the surprised Atelidae on her shoulder as she runs pass the dazed and in a trance desk clerk!


ATELIDAE (surprised)

HEY, SAGE, WHAT'S GOT YOU IN A MAJOR UPROAR, WOMAN?!


PANEL 6

A close look at the head of Vibranium Man who notices the two in a cold-hearted fashion as he gets pounded that he doesn't seem to feel! A hot rod engine sound is heard.


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PANEL 1

Sage and Atelidae are already inside the RV, with the damaged windshield, and are quickly driving away from the hotel!


ATELIDAE (not shown, from RV, and shouting)

WAIT! WE LEFT TESSY BEHIND!


PANEL 2

Tess-1, in running mode, crashes through what's left of the doors and heads towards the direction where the RV would be! The dazed and in a trance doorman is still holding the unhinged door! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (not shown and loud)

TESSY!!!


PANEL 3

The Vibranium Man walks out of the hotel.


PANEL 4

The left side of the Vibranium Man is shown as he stands there watching.


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but is a past scene where the Vibranium Man is in Afghanistan and in a soldier's uniform while holding a machine gun in one hand. There are piles of bodies that were his kills and seems to indicate that maybe Sage knows this person from there, that he was part of her past before the Hellfire Club and X-Men.


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PANEL 1

A few hours later, somewhere in Las Vegas, in a cruddy area, a door of a building is shown. Part of Sage's RV is shown and a sound of a door being forced open is heard.


PANEL 2

A nerdy-looking kind of guy, who looks like office worker, is hiding behind his desk scared and is peeking out to see who it is. Atelidae's shadow is shown on him.


EDWARD (nervous)

WHO.... WHO ARE YOU?!


ATELIDAE (not shown and shouting)

SO YOU DO HIDE BEHIND YOUR DESK!


PANEL 3

Outside the busted door is Sage who looks upset and depressed.


ATELIDAE (not shown, shouting, and from office)

I AM ATELIDAE.... GRANDDAUGHTER OF SLEDGE!


EDWARD (not shown, nervous, and from office)

SLEDGE?!!


ATELIDAE (not shown, shouting, and from office)

AND YOU WILL “RESPECT” ME BECAUSE OF IT!


SAGE (thought balloon, upset, and depressed)

NEVER WOULD I HAVE GUESS I WOULD MEET THAT MAN AGAIN, NOR WOULD I HAVE WISHED IT.


PANEL 4

A closer look at Sage.


SAGE (thought balloon, upset, and depressed)

WHILE THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, I HAVE TO MORE THEN EVER COMPLETE HER GRANDFATHER'S PLAN, THE SECOND DEED HE PLACED HIS TRUST ON ME.


ATELIDAE (not shown and shouting)

NOW GIVE ME THE FILES OF SOME OF YOUR CLIENTS, THE SUPER-POWERED OR SERIOUSLY SKILLED ONES WOULD BE MOST PREFERABLE, AND DO IT NOW!


EDWARD (not shown)

I CAN'T DO THAT!


ATELIDAE (not shown and shouting)

LIKE “HELL” YOU CAN'T AND I SAID NOW!


PANEL 5

Past scene, Sledge is talking to Sage at his place.


SLEDGE (serious)

THERE'S ANOTHER THING IN THOSE FILES, A PLAN, SOMETHING WHICH WILL PERHAPS GIVES US VICTORY OVER THESE PEOPLE, BUT IT'S STILL A GAMBLE, AND I THINK WITH YOUR ABILITIES YOU'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE IT SUCCEED BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE AND ALLOW US TO WIN THAT GAMBLE.


SAGE (word box)

DESPITE HAVING SOME FLAWS THAT I HAD TO CORRECT AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE, SINCE THE FUTURE CAN BE VERY UNPREDICTABLE AT TIMES, EVEN FOR ME, THE PLAN TO PUT FORWARD STRIKE TO A CORNER BY REVEALING THEM AND MAKING THE WORLD HUNT THEM DOWN TO WEAKEN THEM WHEN THE TIME COMES TO FINDING THEM AND ATTACK WAS A BRILLIANT STRATEGY.


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PANEL 1

Inside the office, Atelidae is on Edward's desk as Edwards looks through his file cabinet. There's a laptop on his desk.


ATELIDAE (impatient)

DUDE! YOU HAVE A LAPTOP! WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU NEED A FILE CABINET?


EDWARD (nervous)

BECAUSE NOT EVEN A TOP NOTCH HACKER CAN HACK INTO A FILE CABINET.


ATELIDAE (impatient)

OK, YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD POINT THERE, BUT HURRY UP!


EDWARD (nervous)

YES....YES, MA'AM.


PANEL 2

Back to Sage. Her head is down, but she looks up with her eyes.


SAGE (thought balloon and determined)

I WILL GO FORWARD AND NEVER BACK DOWN. I WILL KEEP GOING UNTIL THERE'S NO NEED TO CONTINUE WHICH WILL BE WHEN THE ENEMY IS NO MORE OR I.


PANEL 3

Sage is standing at one side looking at the illusion of the Vibranium Man who is standing on the other side.


SAGE (thought balloon and determined)

AND LIKE THAT CRAZY ROBOT, I WILL PUSH AWAY ANY OBSTACLE THAT COMES MY WAY OF ACHIEVING THE GOAL.... EVEN IF THAT OBSTACLE IS A MONSTER!


ATELIDAE (not shown)

GEEZ, PAL, DO I LOOK LIKE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO STAY IN THIS DUMP FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME?


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