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Tess-1

Gamma Ex-Mutants

Part 1

By Brian Uhe


PANEL 1

The Origin Corporation building is shown.


JOHN RYKER (not shown)

WELCOME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS, TO WHAT WE BELIEVE WILL BECOME A BREAKTHROUGH TO HUMAN LIMITATION.


PANEL 2

Elsewhere, a man's mouth is shown.


GREG (partly shown and worried)

HE'S GOING TO LIE TO THEM.


PANEL 3

John Ryker is on stage with a microphone as he faces the press.


JOHN RYKER (business-like)

AS YOU KNOW, HERE AT ORIGIN CORPORATION WE STRIVE TO CREATE A PROCESS TO CREATE MUTATION THAT WOULD PROVIDE SUPERHUMAN ABILITIES THAT WOULD WORK ON NORMAL HUMANS WITHOUT THE ILL EFFECTS THAT USUALLY COMES WITH RADIATION LIKE GAMMA RAYS.


PANEL 4

Same as panel 2.


GREG (partly shown and worried)

AND HE'S GOING TO SHOW THEM CONVINCING RESULTS TO MAKE THEM BELIEVE HIM, BUT THEY'LL BE FAKE DESPITE HOW THEY LOOK AND WHAT THEY CAN DO.


PANEL 5

Another look at John Ryker who's about to present some people.


JOHN RYKER (business-like)

WE BELIEVE WE FINALLY FOUND THAT PROCESS THAT WORKS, BUT OF COURSE WORDS ALONE CAN'T BE CONVINCING ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE THIS, SO ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE A COUPLE OF FINE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SHOWN GREAT COURAGE IN THIS REVOLUTIONARY WORK.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

John Ryker introduces Forearm, Bloodlust, Flambe, Mist Mistress, and Phantazia. They are all wearing Origin Corporation jumpsuits and of coarse the plan is not let people know who they really are, especially ex-mutants. As a side-effect to gamma radiation exposure, some parts of them are either green or gray.


JOHN RYKER (business-like)

IT'S MY PROUD PLEASURE TO GIVE YOU “THE GAMMA HUMANS”!


PANEL 2

Greg is fully revealed and has been talking to the Gamma Corps.


PRODIGY (intellectual)

PLEASE CONTINUE, MISTER GARSON.


GREG (worried)

HE'S USING EX-MUTANTS, PEOPLE WHO USED TO HAVE POWERS WHILE STILL HAVING THEIR MUTATIONS WHICH HAD BECOME USELESS WITHOUT AN X-GENE, OR DID UNTIL THEY WENT THROUGH THE GAMMA TREATMENT.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

A close look at Prodigy. The rest is in the background.


PRODIGY (intellectual)

I SEE, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT GENERAL RYKER IS ATTEMPTING TO BUY FOR TIME UNTIL THEY TRULY MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON MAKING THE TREATMENT SAFE FOR BASELINE HUMANS WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING MUTATIONS.


MESS (a little amused)

SO INSTEAD OF GIVING POWERS, HE JUST GIVING THEM BACK WHILE SAYING OTHERWISE.


PRODIGY (intellectual)

PRECISELY, AND SINCE THE MUTATIONS ARE ALREADY PROVIDED WHEN IT COMES TO EX-MUTANTS, ALL THE GAMMA TREATMENT WOULD NEED TO DO IS RE-ENERGIZE THEM AND THE RISK FACTOR WOULD BE FAR LESS COMPARED TO A BASELINE HUMAN BECAUSE OF THAT.


PANEL 2

Another view of Gamma Corps and Greg.


PRODIGY (intellectual)

IT'S QUITE CLEVER, IN A DISTASTEFUL WAY, SINCE THERE ARE PLENTY OF EX-MUTANTS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD AND A LOT OF THEM PERHAPS WOULD DO ANYTHING TO GET BACK THEIR FORMER GLORY WHICH WOULD LIKE GIVE RYKER ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO DECEIVING THE PUBLIC.


GREG (worried)

AND PART OF THAT DECEPTION WILL BRING IN A LOT OF HUMAN VOLUNTEERS WHO WON'T REALIZE THAT THEY'RE NOTHING BUT LAB ANIMALS TO BE USED TO PERFECT THE PROCESS.


GREG (worried)

I'M CERTAIN THE LOSS WILL BE GREAT SINCE THE PERCENTAGE OF SUCCESS IS STILL VERY SMALL.


PANEL 3

Grey is looking at Prodigy.


GREY (concern and tough)

IS THIS TRUE, PRODIGY?


PRODIGY (intellectual)

REVIEWING THE DATA THAT MISTER GARSON PROVIDED US WITH, YES, NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED WHEN THEY WERE EXPERIMENTING ON US AND THE MANY OTHERS.


PANEL 4

Back at Origin Corporation news conference, Forearm is easily lifting an armored truck to demonstrate to the impressed reporters.


PRODIGY (not shown and word box)

A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL DIE, WHILE THEY'LL BE LUCKY TO BECOME SUCCESSES WHO'S NUMBERS ARE INCREASING AT A VERY SLOW RATE.


PRODIGY (not shown and word)

SLOW AS IN CRAWL UNTIL THEY TRULY MAKE A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH.


PANEL 5

A close look at Grey's head and shoulders.


GREY (annoyed and tough)

THEN WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO PAY RYKER A VISIT AND START BREAKING HIS STUFF SO HE'LL GET THE MESSAGE!


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

A close view of the left side of a guy riding a Harley is on an empty highway.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but the rider notices something strange that he's passing. Firing sounds and a hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 3

On the empty highway, Tess-1 and Atelidae are facing White Rabbit and Walrus! Atelidae is hanging on Tess-1's back as White Rabbit uses her special umbrella to fire at them! Ionic static energy is shown on the hit spots of the robot! In the background is a “Rabbit RV”, think of Batmobile, and standing next to it is Mad Hatter and Dormouse. The rider quickly rides away from the chaos! A hot rod engine sound is made.


WHITE RABBIT (glorious and crazy)

FOOLISH SUPER-HEROES! DID YOU REALLY THINK YOU COULD GET IN THE WAY OF OUR VILLAINOUS DEEDS!


ATELIDAE (annoyed and loud)

LADY, FOR THE FIFTH TIME, WE ARE NOT SUPER-HEROES AND WE DON'T CARE ON WHY HUGH HEFNER IS SENDING YOU OUT TO COMMIT CRIME!


WHITE RABBIT (glorious and crazy)

DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU CAN FOOL US?!.... “THE TERRIBLE TWO!”


MAD HATTER AND DORMOUSE (chilling and a little confused)

TWO?


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

Sage is there, but at a distance from the fight of coarse, who's looking at a computer pad.


COMPUTER PAD

IT'S MY PROUD PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU “THE GAMMA HUMANS”!


PANEL 2

Scott Summers is shown on the computer pad.


SAGE (hand only shown)

DID YOU GET ALL THAT?


CYCLOPS (from computer pad)

I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT IT DOES SEEM SERIOUS.


SAGE (hand only shown)

I ASSURE YOU, SCOTT, IT IS “VERY” SERIOUS.


PANEL 3

Sage is shown talking to her computer pad.


SAGE (business-like and serious)

ALLOW ME TO GIVE YOU THE IMPORTANT FACTS HERE.... 1. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE X-GENE WHEN IT COMES TO ACTIVATING THE LEFTOVER HARDWARE WHICH ACCORDING TO DOC SAMSON'S PAPER HAS SERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDE-EFFECTS.... 2. YOU PROBABLY RECOGNIZE THEM AS MUTANT TERRORISTS OR JUST AS BAD WHO HAD, OR HAVE, A GRUDGE AGAINST HUMANS WHICH WILL MAKE THOSE SIDE-EFFECTS EVEN WORSE.... AND 3. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF EX-MUTANTS AND A LOT OF THEM NO DOUBT WOULD LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET BACK THEIR POWERS WHICH WILL MAKE THIS PROBLEM EVEN GREATER THE LONGER YOU WAIT.


PANEL 4

Scott is again shown on the computer pad.


CYCLOPS (from computer pad)

WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON THEM AND IF THEY DO....


SAGE (hand only shown)

YOU NEED TO DO MORE THEN THAT.


SAGE (hand only shown)

THIS RYKER IS OBVIOUSLY RUNNING A SCAM, AND TO CONTINUE IT, HE CAN'T AFFORD TO REUSE THOSE SAME EX-MUTANTS CONTINUOUSLY BECAUSE IT WILL DO NOTHING BUT BRING UNWANTED QUESTIONING ON WHETHER OR NOT THE PROCESS WORKS AS HE SAYS.


SAGE (hand only shown)

THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THAT HE HAS MORE OF THESE “GAMMA HUMANS” IN STOCK FOR THIS PURPOSE AND WILL MAKE MORE.


PANEL 5

Sage looks disappointed in the answer she receives. She seems to be thinking up a plan.


CYCLOPS (not shown and from computer pad)

LISTEN, SAGE, WE DON'T HAVE THE FREEDOM AND RESOURCES LIKE WE ONCE DID IN THE PAST, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR CONCERN WITH THE REMAINING MUTANTS AND RESTARTING THE RACE SO WE DON'T BECOME EXTINCT ONE DAY.


CYCLOPS (not shown and from computer pad)

AS I SAID, WE'LL KEEP AND EYE ON THEM AND ACT WHEN IT SEEMS THAT THIS RYKER HAS GONE TOO FAR.


SAGE (business-like, disappointed, and concern)

AND THE EX-MUTANTS?


CYCLOPS (not shown and from computer pad)

DESPITE WHAT PEOPLE THINK, I'M NOT THE LEADER OF ALL MUTANTKIND, EX-MUTANTS INCLUDED, AND THEY OBVIOUSLY CHOSE THIS FOR THEMSELVES AND PROBABLY SIGNED SOME LEGAL DOCUMENT.


SAGE (business-like, disappointed, and concern)

VERY WELL THEN. SIGNING OFF.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

The Walrus starts his attack!


WHITE RABBIT (not shown and loud)

ATTACK, WALRUS!


WALRUS (dim-witted and determined)

BEHOLD THE WRATH OF THE PROPORTIONATE STRENGTH OF A WALRUS!


PANEL 2

Walrus stops after he hears hysterical laughter from Atelidae who isn't shown because she's behind Tess-1.


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but Walrus looks to the left and points at the robot.


WALRUS (dim-witted and confused)

I THINK THE ROBOT IS LAUGHING AT ME.


WHITE RABBIT (not shown)

IT'S JUST THE GIRL BEHIND IT!


WHITE RABBIT (not shown and loud)

NOW GET OVER THERE AND “DESTROY”!


PANEL 4

Sage is shown again as she puts away her computer pad.


SAGE (thought balloon)

I'M SORRY, SCOTT, BUT YOU ARE BEING GUIDED BY THE IGNORANCE OF THE X-MEN WHO MOSTLY LIVE A SEMI-SOLITUDE LIFE WHERE THEY THINK BEING A MUTANT GIVES THEM GREATER WISDOM THEN MOST.


SAGE (thought balloon)

ONLY EXPERIENCE, NOT POWERS, GIVES WISDOM AND MINE TELLS ME WHAT PEOPLE LIKE RYKER WILL DO BECAUSE OF AMBITION, WHAT ALLOWING THEM TIME WILL DO WHEN IT COMES TO THE DAMAGE THEY CAN DO TO OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES.


PANEL 5

Tess-1 has a hold of both White Rabbit and Walrus and is shaking them! Mad Hatter and Dormouse are just standing there watching! Atelidae is on Tess-1's head watching with a devilish smile! A hot rod engine sound is made.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE WHAT I HAVE AVAILABLE, AND WHAT I CAN GET, AND HOPEFULLY I CAN PLAN THIS PROPERLY ENOUGH TO MAKE THIS WORK.


MAD HATTER (chilling)

WOW, I'M GLAD WE DIDN'T JOIN IN.


DORMOUSE (chilling)

YEAH, WE'RE DEFINITELY THE SMART ONES.


MAD HATTER (chilling)

REMIND ME AGAIN ON WHY WE'RE DOING THIS.... AGAIN?


DORMOUSE (chilling)

BECAUSE WE'RE DESPERATE FOR CASH.


MAD HATTER (chilling)

I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE AT LEAST ONE SANE REASON IN ALL OF THIS.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

Both White Rabbit and Walrus are on the ground. Atelidae is kneeling towards them.


ATELIDAE (a little annoyed)

YOU GUYS ARE LUCKY THAT I WAS ABLE TO KEEP TESSY FROM DESTROYING YOU AND THAT THIS WALRUS GUY'S COMEDY KEPT ME IN THE MOOD.


WALRUS (dazed and confused)

UM, I WAS ACTUALLY TRYING TO BE SERIOUS.


WHITE RABBIT (dazed and confused)

YOU LITTLE BRAT! I'LL HAVE MY REVENGE, EVEN IF IT TAKES ME TO MY DEATH BED!


ATELIDAE (a little annoyed)

GEEZ, LADY, WAY TO GO FOR HOLDING A GRUDGE FOR SOMETHING SO STUPID.


PANEL 2

Tess-1 is in running mode with Atelidae riding him as they go away at an incredible pace. A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 3

Mad Hatter and Dormouse are now standing next to the on the ground White Rabbit and Walrus and looking down at them.


MAD HATTER (chilling)

WE'RE STILL GETTING PAID FOR THIS, RIGHT?


DORMOUSE (chilling)

SAY, I'M GOING TO NEED TO TAKE THURSDAY OFF BECAUSE OF AN AUDITION FOR A CAT FOOD COMMERCIAL, IS THAT ALRIGHT?


PANEL 4

Sage, with her motorcycle, rides pass the group as she follows Atelidae and Tess-1.


PANEL 5

It's nighttime and the Origin Corporation building is shown.


PRODIGY (not shown and word box)

THE SCHEMATICS I HACKED FROM H.A.M.M.E.R.'S DATABASE INDICATE THAT THIS IS THE BEST AREA TO ENTER.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

The Gamma Corps. is next to a drainage grill that Grey is about to remove. Most of them have guns.


MISTER GIDEON (cautious)

NICE TO SEE THAT PRETENDING TO BE LOYAL TO OSBORN PAID OFF.


MESS (cautious)

YOU CAN THANK RYKER FOR TEACHING US THE ERROR IN BLIND LOYALTY.


GREY (in charge and cautious)

OK, PEOPLE, WE'RE GOING IN, SO NO TALKING FROM HERE ON DOWN.


PANEL 2

Elsewhere in the same building, Sage opens a door to an empty room and is carrying a sack that has something that moving and muffling. There's hardly any light in that area.


PANEL 3

Sage drops the “content” of what was inside the sack which is a tied up and muffled Atelidae.


PANEL 4

Past scene, Tess-1 is distracted to the flashes in the night sky, while behind it is Sage's hands grabbing a surprised Atelidae!


PANEL 5

Sage removes the cloth tied around Atelidae's mouth.


ATELIDAE (angry and loud)

HEY! WHAT'S THE H....?!


SAGE (serious and direct)

QUIET, CHILD! I MAY BE SENDING FALSE DATA INTO THE SECURITY SYSTEM OF THIS BUILDING AND WHATEVER IS CONNECTED TO MAKE US INVISIBLE, BUT THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THEIR EARS.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Another view of Sage and Atelidae as Sage starts to untie the annoyed deviant girl.


SAGE (business-like)

I'M SORRY FOR DOING SOMETHING THIS DISTASTEFUL, BUT A SITUATION HAS FORCED ME TO DO THIS DESPERATE ACT.


ATELIDAE (annoyed)

YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S BEEN FOLLOWING US AFTER WE GOT AWAY FROM THAT UTOPIA PLACE.


PANEL 2

Sage is surprised after hearing that she was discovered.


SAGE (surprised and business-like)

WHAT? BUT I THOUGHT I TOOK THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT I WOULDN'T BE DISCOVERED.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

PAPA MADE SURE EVERYTHING ABOUT TESSY WAS SERIOUSLY AMPED UP.


SAGE (surprised and business-like)

IF YOU KNEW I WAS THERE, THEN WHY DIDN'T YOU DO ANYTHING?


PANEL 3

Atelidae gives out a devilish smile.


ATELIDAE (devilish smile)

WELL, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THAT AFTER WE FIND MY PAPA THAT THERE WILL BE A OPPOSING FORCE IN OUR WAY, SO WHAT BETTER WAY TO AVOID THAT THEN A DECOY WHICH FOR THEM TO CHANCE AFTER WITH THEIR GUNS FIRING, THERE BY MAKING IT EASY FOR US TO GET MY PAPA OUT OF THEIR HANDS.


SAGE (business-like and a little annoyed)

MY, HOW EVIL OF YOU.


PANEL 4

Elsewhere in the sewers, Gamma Corps. is moving. Griffin makes a yuck sound.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

WELL, AT LEAST UNDERESTIMATING YOUR FRIEND'S SENSOR CAPABILITIES WILL PERHAPS INCREASE THE CHANCES OF THIS PLAN WORKING.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU WANT FOR US?


PANEL 5

Elsewhere, and from above from distance is Tess-1 in running mode and is leaving a dust trail. A hot rod engine sound is made.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

I WANT THE ROBOT TO CAUSE AS MUCH DAMAGE TO THIS PLACE AS POSSIBLE WHILE TRYING TO GET TO YOU, AND WITH THE OPPOSING FORCE IT'LL MEET HERE, IT'S EFFORTS WILL BECOME SEVERAL TIMES GREATER WHICH WILL MAKE THE DAMAGE MORE EXTENSIVE.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

I TAKE IT YOU DON'T EXACTLY OWN THIS PLACE SINCE YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY SNEAKING AROUND TRYING TO BLOW IT UP, RIGHT?


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Back to Atelidae and Sage.


SAGE (business-like and impressed)

VERY OBSERVANT OF YOU, CHILD, AND NO, I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS PLACE OR THE PEOPLE IN IT, BUT THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING THAT WILL EFFECT A LOT OF PEOPLE, HUMAN AND EX-MUTANT, IN A NEGATIVE WAY WHICH WILL EFFECT THE REST OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD IF THINGS GET OUT OF HAND.


SAGE (business-like and impressed)

THEY NEED TO BE STOPPED NOW BEFORE THAT HAPPENS.


PANEL 2

Gamma Corps. come out of another sewer access point from the floor of the “basement” of the building. There is very little lightning.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

YOU'RE SOME KIND OF SABOTEUR, AREN'T YOU?


SAGE (not shown and word box)

WELL, TODAY I AM.... AND I LIKE TO THINK I HAVE A GOOD REASON.


PANEL 3

Gamma Corps. is next to a fancy big door and are ready for anything, guns included, that might be on the other side after they open it. There is very little lightning. Prodigy is missing.


GREY (tough, cautious, and in charge)

LOCK AND LOAD, PEOPLE, AND THAT INCLUDES YOUR SPIT, GRIFFIN.


PANEL 4

Gamma Corps. enters the room behind the now opened door.


PANEL 5

Gamma Corps. are surprised.


JOHN RYKER (not shown)

NICELY DONE.


JOHN RYKER (not shown)

NICELY DONE INDEED.... BUT WITH ONE FLAW.


PANEL 6

John Ryker is revealed and behind him is more “gamma humans” who are Shocker, Scanner, Quill, and Wildside, as well as Vague who's invisible.


JOHN RYKER (professional, amused, and in charge)

YOU'RE FACING THE ONE MAN WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF YOUR TRAINING AND MOST LIKELY TO EXPECT YOU TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS AFTER I DID THE PRESS CONFERENCE.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Elsewhere in the building, Bloodlust is roaming around what seems to be a storage room. The reason she and the other gamma ex-mutants aren't being used is because they have been used for display and getting bruised is a no-no, but she's bored and with her enhanced hearing, hears some noise that sounds like mild banging noise.


BLOODLUST (thought balloon, a little confused, and curious)

WHAT'S WITH THAT RACKET? I THOUGHT THE BATTLE WAS HAPPENING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS DUMP.


PANEL 2

Bloodlust looks up as she sees Tess-1's fist go through the ceiling! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 3

Tess-1's legs are shown landing, while in the background is a terrified Bloodlust! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 4

A closer look at the terrified Bloodlust!


BLOODLUST (terrified and loud)

SENTINEL!!!


PANEL 5

The terrified Bloodlust makes a run for it as Tess-1 follows her, but doesn't seem to notice her, while she thinks differently!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

John Ryker is in a hallway and is using his cellphone.


JOHN RYKER (in charge and professional)

GIVE ME A REPORT.


FROM CELLPHONE

EXCEPT FOR THE BATTLE SITE, THERE'S NO OTHER COMMOTIONS ANYWHERE ELSE, SIR.


JOHN RYKER (in charge and professional)

GOOD. WOULDN'T WANT TO BE OUTSMARTED BY THE ENEMY.


PANEL 2

In the “battlefield”, Grey is trying to shoot the laughing Wildside who shows great agility! In the background, Mister Gideon is getting a shock from Shocker while trying to fight it! Scanner goes through Mess in her energy form and gives Mess's nervous systems a shock that makes her jerk!


FROM CELLPHONE (not shown and word box)

THERE'S ONE OTHER THING, SIR, WE GOT A CALL FROM ANOTHER NEWS ESTABLISHMENT WHO ARE ASKING FOR ANY CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ORIGIN CORPORATION AND THE TWO RED HULKS THAT HAVE BEEN SIGHTED.


JOHN RYKER (not shown and word box)

DID YOU GIVE THEM THE USUAL REPLY?


FROM CELLPHONE (not shown and word box)

YES, SIR, I TOLD THEM THAT ORIGIN CORPORATION HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR CREATION NOR DO WE HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE CREATED THROUGH GAMMA RADIATION.


JOHN RYKER (not shown, low tone, and word box)

VULTURES.... ALL OF THEM.


PANEL 3

John is startled by the crashing noises he hears!


PANEL 4

John talks into his cellphone!


JOHN RYKER (worried, direct, and in charge)

WHAT IN BLAZES WAS THAT?!


JOHN RYKER (worried and in charge)

THAT DEFINITELY DID NOT COME FROM THE BATTLE!


FROM CELLPHONE

SOME ROBOT CAME OUT OF NO WHERE AND IS IN THE STORAGE FACULTIES!


JOHN RYKER (worried and in charge)

ROBOT?! HOW IN THE HELL DID A ROBOT GET INTO THIS?!


PANEL 5

John starts walking while talking into his cellphone.


JOHN RYKER (serious, upset, and in charge)

KEEP ME POSTED UNTIL I GET THERE.


JOHN RYKER (thought balloon)

IS GAMMA CORPS. BEHIND THIS? IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THEY DID PULL A FAST ONE ON ME AND THEY'RE NOTHING BUT A DECOY TO DISTRACT ME?


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

A panicking Bloodlust is running!


PANEL 2

Bloodlust's hand is shown pushing a big red button!


PANEL 3

Tess-1's fist goes through the metal doors! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 4

A panicking Bloodlust is running!


PANEL 5

Bloodlust's hand is shown pushing a big red button!


PANEL 6

Tess-1's fist goes through the metal doors! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 7

A panicking Bloodlust is running!


PANEL 8

Bloodlust's hand is shown pushing a big red button!


PANEL 9

Tess-1's fist goes through the metal doors! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Bloodlust is now curled up against the wall and is in shock.


BLOODLUST (in shock and low tone)

I DON'T WANT TO DIE! I DON'T WANT TO DIE! I DON'T WANT TO DIE! I DON'T WANT TO DIE!


PANEL 2

Bloodlust is now in the background, while, Tess-1, upfront, walks away because it still has no interest in her.


BLOODLUST (in shock and low tone)

I DON'T WANT TO DIE! I DON'T WANT TO DIE! I DON'T WANT TO DIE! I DON'T WANT TO DIE!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


PANEL 3

Back to the battle field, Grey is still trying to shoot the laughing Wildside!


GREY (frustrated)

BLAST IT! I CAN'T SEEM TO PINPOINT THIS LOSER! IT'S ALMOST LIKE REALITY IS BEING DISTORTED!


PANEL 4

Grey decides to hit the floor really hard where the immense damage knocks the surprised Wildside off-balance!


GREY (angry, direct, and tough)

SCREW THIS!


PANEL 5

Quill tries to hit the flying Griffin with his needle that shoots out of his body!


QUILL (frustrated)

HOLD STILL, YOU FREAKISH BIRD!


GRIFFIN (amused)

IF I DID THAT, IT WOULD JUST MAKE YOU LOOK BAD BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH YOUR AIMING SUCKS!


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Scanner, in energy form, is still flying through Mess and shocking her nervous systems! There in a hallway and it looks like Scanner is trying to lure Mess to a place!


SCANNER (determined)

LIKE IT? MY ABILITY TO DISRUPT YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM WITH MY ELECTRO-TRANSITIONAL STATE?


PANEL 2

Scanner goes through her again to give her another shock! Mess fires her gun uncontrollably! In the background, Scanner reaches a door and opens it through a control panel!


SCANNER (determined)

IT'S SOMETHING I LEARNED I COULD DO A WEEK BEFORE M-DAY THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR NOTHING IF IT WASN'T FOR ORIGIN TO GIVING BACK MY GIFT!


SCANNER (determined)

THOUGH IT SEEMS THAT THOSE UGLY PARTS OF YOUR'S ARE MAKING YOU MORE RESILIENT TO IT WHEN COMPARED TO A HUMAN! MEANING THAT WE NEED TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE, SOMETHING MORE POTENT!


PANEL 3

Mess and Scanner are now in a room where the ex-mutants were exposed to gamma rays! In the middle of the room is a glass dome where the subject goes in! Scanner is trying to get Mess inside the dome to finish her off!


SCANNER (sad)

I'M SORRY, I REALLY AM.


PANEL 4

Mess is now trapped inside the dome and Scanner pushes a button!


SCANNER (sad)

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BUT I DON'T REALLY LIKE TO DO THINGS LIKE THIS, SOMETHING MY FELLOW ACOLYTES ONCE SAID IT WAS A WEAKNESS OF MINE, BUT I CAN'T LET YOU GET IN THE WAY OF WHAT MIGHT BE THE ONLY CHANCE THAT MY PEOPLE HAVE OF GETTING BACK WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS WHICH ARE THEIR MUTANT POWERS.


PANEL 5

Mess trying to break the dome glass as gamma radiation is about to be produced inside! Scanner walks away.


SCANNER (sad)

I'M SO SORRY.


PANEL 6

Mess cloned Abomination parts seems to be reacting to the gamma radiation and starting to spread on Mess's body!


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Scanner is now in the hallway and shows regret for what she did.


PANEL 2

Back to Scanner, she seems to start having a hard time standing as she starts to cry.


PANEL 3

The surprised Scanner is on the floor crying even harder, while being deeply surprised that she is crying as if something is wrong with her!


SCANNER (crying, surprised, and in disbelief)

WHAT'S.... WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?! I CAN'T STOP CRYING!


SCANNER (crying, surprised, and in disbelief)

I KNOW THAT I FEEL BAD FOR WHAT I DID TO THAT WOMAN, BUT IT'S LIKE I LOST CONTROL OF MY EMOTIONS!


PANEL 4

Mess's new hand and arm comes through the wall to grab the surprised and crying Scanner!


PANEL 5

Scanner hits a wall after the impact she received!


PANEL 6

The new Mess is revealed where she's a slim, but beautifully dangerous-looking, dragon lady who's the opposite of Abomination when it comes to looks, but like him has superhuman strength!


MESS (tough)

THERE! NOW YOU REALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO CRY ABOUT!


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, John Ryker has arrive in the control room. On the view screen is Tess-1, while another is Mister Gideon hitting a wall hard which was meant for the spooked Shocker's face who luckily dodges it.


EMPLOYEE (professional and loyal)

SIR, I'M AFRAID THAT THE GAMMA HUMANS THAT YOU SENT AFTER THE GAMMA CORPS. AREN'T DOING TOO WELL.


JOHN RYKER (serious and in charge)

I'LL DEAL WITH THAT IN A MOMENT, BUT FIRST WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THAT ROBOT WHO SEEMS TO BE BUILT FOR WAR AND FRANKLY CATCHING US OFF GUARD HAS MADE THE PROBLEM EVEN WORSE.


PANEL 2

Elsewhere, a Hulk Buster team is about to move out.


JOHN RYKER (not shown and word box)

SEND OUT AN ORDER FOR A HULK BUSTER TEAM TO MOVE OUT AND TAKE OUT THAT ROBOT.


EMPLOYEE (not shown and word box)

HERE, SIR, INSIDE THE ESTABLISHMENT?


JOHN RYKER (not shown and word box)

I'M NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT HAVING THAT MUCH FIREPOWER BLASTING INSIDE WHEN WE HAVE AN IMAGE TO MAINTAIN RIGHT NOW TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, BUT THAT ROBOT IS NO DOUBT GOING TO CAUSE SOME MAJOR DAMAGE AND CONTINUE TO DO SO IF IT ISN'T STOPPED.


PANEL 3

Back to the control room, the employee is reporting to John Ryker.


EMPLOYEE (professional and loyal)

THE HULK BUSTERS ARE READY AND HEADING TOWARDS THE AREA WHERE THE ROBOT IS, SIR.


JOHN RYKER (serious and in charge)

HOPEFULLY, WE DON'T GET ANYMORE SURPRISES SINCE THINGS ARE BAD ENOUGH AS IT IS.


JOHN RYKER (serious and in charge)

WOULD'VE BEEN NICE IF THINGS WENT ACCORDING TO PLAN, BUT REALITY IS RARELY THAT KIND.


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but the computers and view screens go haywire as if infected with a virus. Al the people there are surprised by this.


PANEL 5

The employees are trying to fix the computers as fast as they can!


EMPLOYEE (worried and confused)

SIR! SOMEONE HAS SOMEHOW BYPASSED OUR SECURITY PROTOCOLS AND HACKED INTO OUR SYSTEMS!


JACK RYKER (in disbelief)

WHAT?! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!


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PANEL 1

Back to the Hulk Busters, the leader is trying to communicate with control, but with no success. One of the troops hear a hot rod engine sound coming their way.


LEADER OF HULK BUSTERS (a little confused)

HELLO, CONTROL? HELLO, DO YOU READ ME, CONTROL?


ONE OF THE TROOPS (a little confused)

HEY, WHAT'S THAT NOISE?


PANEL 2

Back at the control room, John Ryker realizes something.


JOHN RYKER (a little shocked)

FOUR.


JOHN RYKER (a little shocked)

THERE WAS ONLY FOUR OF THEM THERE.


PANEL 3

Recent past scene, Gamma Corps., minus Prodigy, are shown ready to fight the Gamma Humans.


JOHN RYKER (not shown and word box)

IT'S HIM! IT HAS TO BE! HE'S THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO IT!


PANEL 4

Elsewhere, a figure with a big head, Prodigy, is shown with a computer pad that's connected to a open panel.


PANEL 5

Prodigy is revealed.


PRODIGY (intellectual)

SADLY FOR YOU, GENERAL RYKER.... WE KNEW EXACTLY WHO WE WERE FACING.


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Mister Gideon knocks Shocker out! Grey was already done with his.


MISTER GIDEON (pleased)

LOOKS LIKE PRODIGY HAS STARTED WITH MESSING WITH THEIR SYSTEMS.


GREY (tough and ready)

MEANING THAT RYKER HAS LOST CONTROL WHICH IS THE WORSE SITUATION TO BE IN WHEN FACING AN ENEMY.


PANEL 2

The new Mess picks up her gun and notices that the lights are going crazy which is a signal.


GREY (not shown and word box)

THE ADVANTAGE IS OURS RIGHT NOW UNTIL THEY FIX IT AND PRODIGY WILL MAKE SURE THAT WILL BE PRACTICALLY NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE WITH HIM STILL IN THERE.


PANEL 3

In the control room, the people there are still trying to fix the computers, while Ryker stands there with anger which his professionalism keeps in check enough to keep him in a mild calm.


PANEL 4

A confused Mister Gideon is getting his back hit by the invisible Vague which is having no effect and Grey notices this.


GREY (a little confused)

LET'S GET GO.... IS THERE SOME INVISIBLE LADY HITTING YOU?


MISTER GIDEON (a little confused)

TO BE HONEST, I CAN'T REALLY TELL AND I'M NOT REALLY JOKING HERE.


VAGUE (invisible and determined)

THIS BATTLE ISN'T OVER UNTIL WE'RE ALL DOWN FOR THE COUNT!


PANEL 5

Where the Hulk Busters are, the troops look worried with what they see despite the equipment they have which is designed to take down a gamma mutated spawn.


ONE OF THE TROOPS (worried)

SIR, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE THEN OUR HULK BUSTER STUFF FOR THIS.


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PANEL 1

Tess-1 is shown with a whole lot of weapons coming out of it as if it plans to wipe everything out x1000! A hot rod engine sound is made.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


LEADER (not shown)

OBVIOUSLY THIS MACHINE IS SUFFERING FROM A MAJOR MALFUNCTION.


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PANEL 1

Back to where Atelidae and Sage are, Sage is looking at her computer pad and notices that the building's systems are going haywire which concerns her.


SAGE (thought balloon and concern)

SOMETHING HAS HACKED INTO THIS BUILDING'S COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND IS DOING SUCH GOOD JOB THAT I BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS ALSO TRYING TO DO SOME DAMAGE TO ORIGIN CORPORATION.


SAGE (thought balloon and concern)

THE QUESTION IS WHY AND WHETHER OR NOT IT'S GOING TO CAUSE A BIGGER MESS SINCE THIS PLACE IS HANDLING DANGEROUS RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WHICH IS POISONOUS TO A LOT OF LIFE.


PANEL 2

Sage looks at the annoyed Atelidae.


SAGE (thought balloon)

THE REASON WE'RE IN THIS ROOM IS TO LEAD THE ROBOT ON A PATH TO STAY AWAY FROM THOSE HAZARDOUS MATERIAL BASED ON MY CALCULATIONS.


SAGE (business-like)

SOMETHING HAS COME UP WHICH I NEED TO CHECK ON PERSONALLY, SO PLEASE WAIT HERE, AND WHEN I MEAN WAIT HERE, I MEAN I'LL BE LOCKING THE DOOR SO IT WILL BE EASIER FOR YOU TO COMPLY TO MY REQUEST.


PANEL 3

A close view of the annoyed Atelidae.


PANEL 4

Sage leaves through the door.


PANEL 5

Atelidae looks at the grill panel of an air shaft which seems to be a possible means of escape.


PANEL 6

Same as panel 4, but with Atelidae's tongue sticking out.


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PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Quill is looking for Griffin who's laughing, but isn't shown.


QUILL (frustrated)

STOP LAUGHING!


PANEL 2

Quill is still looking for Griffin who's shadow is shown behind the gamma ex-mutant. The laughing continues.


QUILL (frustrated)

YOU WON'T BE LAUGHING ONCE MY NEEDLES PUNCTURE YOUR BODY TO DEATH!


GRIFFIN (not shown)

OOOOOOOOOOOO, BIG MAN!


PANEL 3

Quill turns around and sees Griffin's shadow on a wall!


GRIFFIN (shadow only shown)

WHY DON'T YOU COME OVER HERE AND SHOW ME JUST HOW BIG!


PANEL 4

Quill runs towards the direction where he believes where Griffin is!


PANEL 5

Quill has fallen through a hole on the floor that was created by Griffin's acid spit! Quill yells while Griffin continues to laugh!


GRIFFIN (not shown)

HEY! WHERE YOU GOING?! I'M UP HERE!


TO BE CONTINUED