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Tess-1

Grand Daddy

Part 1

By Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

At a distance, Atelidae and Tess-1 are shown in another junk yard. Between them are two lines of robotweilers that are sitting and allowing them through.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

ACCORDING TO MY FILES, THOSE ROBOT DOGS BELONG TO ONE PARTICULAR PERSON, SOMEONE THAT JAMES PROUDSTAR, AKA WARPATH, HAD DEALINGS WITH WHEN THE NEW MUTANTS WERE GOING BY THE NAME X-FORCE.


PANEL 2

A closer look at Atelidae and Tess-1.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

SOMEONE WHO'S INTO THE “FAVOR” BUSINESS WHERE HE EXPECTS FAVORS FOR DOING SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE THROUGH HIS CONNECTIONS, PERHAPS OTHER PEOPLE WHO OWE HIM A FAVOR, AFTERWARDS OR IN THE NEAR FUTURE, OR IN WARPATH'S CASE, DO HIM A FAVOR FIRST, THEN GET WHAT HE OFFERED WHICH WAS INFORMATION ON A ONCE SURVIVING MEMBER OF HIS TRIBE TO FIND OUT WHO WAS BEHIND THE MASSACRE.


PANEL 3

Atelidae is shown knocking on the door.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

WITH HER ROBOT, TESSY, SHE MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER TO WHAT THIS MAN CAN GIVE, BUT IT'S USUALLY NOT A GOOD IDEA FOR A CHILD TO DEAL WITH SOMEONE LIKE HIM WHO MAY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HER LACK OF EXPERIENCE THAT HER AGE GIVES.


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but Atelidae enters through the now open door, while Tess-1 waits outside because of it's size.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

NO DOUBT THIS IS ALL ABOUT FORWARD STRIKE AND THE FACT THAT THEY MAY HAVE HER FATHER, BUT SOMETHING THAT EXTENT WOULD DEMAND A VERY HUGE PRICE FOR WHAT SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED IN SOLVING HER BIG PROBLEM.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

I MAY HAVE TO BREAK OUR “IMAGINARY LINE” AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO SAVE HER.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

Sledge is shown using his canes and wearing normal clothing, but the lighting gives a godfather era to him. Atelidae is facing him.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

TO RESCUE HER FROM A DEBT SHE MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO PAY.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

The back of Sage is shown as she looks at the door that Atelidae used at a distance. Tess-1 and the robotweilers are also shown.


SAGE (business-like)

IT WOULD BE BEST TO ACT NOW, THEN TO REGRET DOING IT LATER.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but Atelidae's head is popping out of the now opened door.


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but Sage looks a little surprised.


ATELIDAE (shouting)

HEY, LADY! MY GRANDPA KNOWS YOU'RE THERE AND ASK YOU TO COME OVER!


SAGE (surprised, confused, and business-like)

G.... GRANDPA?!


PANEL 4

A close look at the front of Sage's head and shoulders.


SAGE (surprised and business-like)

WELL, I GUESS THAT WOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING AND MAKE THINGS BETTER THEN EXPECTED.


PANEL 5

Sage is now walking between the sitting robotweilers.


SAGE (business-like)

EASY, BOYS. I WAS INVITED BY YOUR MASTER.


PANEL 6

Sage looks up at Tess-1 who's looking down at her.


SAGE (business-like)

AND THAT ESPECIALLY GOES FOR YOU, BIG GUY.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Atelidae's head is still sticking out of the doorway, while Sage stands there looking at her.


ATELIDAE (suspicious)

DON'T THINK THIS WILL CHANGE THE DEAL.


ATELIDAE (suspicious)

THE ONLY REASON YOU'RE ALLOWED TO GET THIS CLOSE IS BECAUSE OF GRANDPA.


SAGE (business-like and amused)

BUT OF COURSE, CHILD, AND I'LL BE SURE TO BE IN MY BEST BEHAVIOR.


ATELIDAE (suspicious)

YEAH, I THINK I'VE SEEN YOUR “BEHAVIOR” WHEN YOU GOT ME INVOLVED IN THAT ORIGIN CORPORATION MESS.


PANEL 2

Atelidae and Sage are now inside. Atelidae is still looking at her at a suspicious way. Sledge is there to meet them.


SLEDGE (cheerful)

WELCOME TO MY HUMBLE HOME, X-MAN.


PANEL 3

Sledge and Sage are facing each other. Atelidae is still looking at Sage in a suspicious way.


SAGE (business-like)

HM, INTERESTING THAT YOU WOULD KNOW I'M AN X-MEN SINCE I'M NOT REALLY ONE OF THE POPULAR ONES, THANKS TO MY OWN DISCRETION.


SAGE (business-like)

I DON'T LIKE TO STAND OUT IN A CROWD.


SLEDGE (cheerful)

YES, ALWAYS BEST TO BE DISCREET, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO PRIVACY AND MOST DEFIANTLY BUSINESS, AND WITH MY KIND OF THE BUSINESS, THERE'S VERY LITTLE I DON'T KNOW, LIKE THAT X-MEN BEING LIKE POLICE IDEA YOU WERE PART OF THAT DIDN'T LAST LONG.


SAGE (business-like)

YES, WELL, THE EXTREME PROJECT DID SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA, BUT ENDED UP BEING AN EXPERIMENT THAT DIDN'T WORK WELL ENOUGH TO LAST.


SAGE (business-like)

I BELIEVED IT WAS THE DIFFERENCE OF THIS ERA TO BISHOP'S, A X.S.E. FROM THE FUTURE, WHERE X-MEN-LIKE POLICE WERE NEEDED BECAUSE OF HOW THE SITUATION THERE WAS LIKE WHICH IS MUCH DIFFERENT TO THE PRESENT.


SLEDGE (cheerful)

NOT ENOUGH GAS TO GET THAT CAR GOING, EH?


SAGE (business-like)

THAT'S ONE WAY OF SAYING IT.


PANEL 4

Outside, Tess-1 and the robotweilers look at each other.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR BURGER?


PANEL 5

Sledge is working at the grill, while in the background is Atelidae and Sage who are sitting at a picnic table. Atelidae already has her burger and is eating it. Sage is waiting for hers.


SAGE (business-like)

MEDIUM-RARE, PLEASE.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

While working at the grill, Sledge looks at Tess-1.


SLEDGE (impressed)

I GOT TO SAY THAT THE ROBOT OVER THERE SAYS “BADASS” ALL THE WAY.


SAGE (not shown)

I'M SURE THE X-MEN WOULD AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT, BUT NOT IN A AMUSING WAY WITH THE DAMAGE IT CAUSED TO THEIR HOME.


ATELIDAE (not shown and low tone)

THEN THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE KIDNAPPED ME IF THEY DIDN'T WANT A MESS.


SLEDGE (impressed)

I WONDER IF ZIRA WAS THINKING OF ME WHEN SHE GOT HER TEST SUBJECT, SINCE HE ALSO LIVES IN A JUNK YARD WHICH HE USES AS MATERIAL FOR HIS CREATIONS?


ATELIDAE (not shown and low tone)

DOUBT IT.


PANEL 2

Sledge is shown upfront with his eyes going up. Sage is looking at Atelidae, who's still eating her burger, and looks a little disapproving on what Atelidae just said.


SAGE (a little disapproving)

ATELIDAE! YOU SHOULDN'T SAY SUCH....!


SLEDGE (eyes going up and agreeing)

NO, NO, SHE'S RIGHT, ZIRA IS LIKE SO MUCH LIKE HER MOTHER, ALL WORK AND NOT AN OUNCE OF PLAY.


SLEDGE (eyes going up and agreeing)

IT'S THE REASON WHY OUR RELATIONSHIP ONLY LASTED FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER ZIRA AND HER BROTHER WAS CONCEIVED, THEN SHE KICKED ME OUT LIKE THE TOOL SHE SAW ME AS.


SLEDGE (low tone)

SIGH” WHAT A WOMAN.


ATELIDAE (eating)

EATING HERE.


SLEDGE (eyes going up and agreeing)

SORRY, MY BAD.


PANEL 3

Sage and Atelidae are up front, Atelidae is still eating. In the background, Sledge is back doing the grill.


SAGE (curious and business-like)

WHAT'S THIS ABOUT A TEST SUBJECT?


SLEDGE (focused)

THAT WOULD BE ATELIDAE'S FATHER, A MUTANT WHICH I BELIEVE YOU X-MEN ARE INTERESTED IN, SINCE HE'S IS A MUTANT.


SLEDGE (focused)

THERE WAS AN EXPERIMENT THAT ZIRA WAS THE HEAD OF, AND FROM WHAT I HEARD FROM A SOURCE THERE, THEY WERE TRYING TO SEE IF THE X-GENE COULD BE USED AS A REGULATOR FOR A DEVIANT'S GENETIC STRUCTURE.


SAGE (curious and business-like)

SOUNDS LIKE THEY WERE TRYING TO SOLVE THE INSTABILITY PROBLEM OF THE DEVIANT GENE POOL.


SLEDGE (focused)

THAT THEY WERE.


PANEL 4

Atelidae is the main focus, while parts of Sledge and Sage is shown. Atelidae is almost doen with her burger.


SLEDGE (partly shown)

ATELIDAE IS THE PRODUCT OF THAT EXPERIMENT THAT HER MOTHER HAD WITH HER FATHER. HEH! HEH!


ATELIDAE (eating)

STILL EATING.


SLEDGE (partly shown)

SORRY, MY BAD AGAIN.


SLEDGE (partly shown)

NOW WHERE WAS I? OH' YES, THE PROBLEM WAS THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR A DEVIANT TO INHERIT THE X-GENE BECAUSE OF HOW THEIR DNA WAS TO BEGIN WITH, LIKE TRYING TO PLUG SOMETHING IN, BUT IN NEED OF AN ADAPTER THAT YOU DON'T HAVE.


PANEL 5

A close look at Atelidae who has just finished her burger.


SAGE (not shown)

LEADING TO ATELIDAE NOT INHERITING HER FATHER'S X-GENE.


SLUDGE (not shown)

EXACTLY.


ATELIDAE (finished eating and unimpressed)

HMP. WHO NEEDS AN X-GENE WHEN YOU CAN MOVE ABOUT LIKE A CRAZY MONKEY?


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, inside Sledge's place, Sage is following Sledge and is carrying a plate that has a burger on it.


SLEDGE (chilling)

THANKS FOR HELPING THIS OLD MAN, ESPECIALLY SINCE I NEED MY ARMS TO HELP MY LEGS TO MOVE ABOUT THESE DAYS, NOT TO MENTION I DON'T WANT MY GRANDDAUGHTER NEAR THIS GUY.


PANEL 2

The guy that Sledge mentions is revealed to be a bed-ridden and bandaged Vanisher.


SAGE (not shown)

TELFORD PORTER.... SO THIS IS WHERE YOU ENDED UP AFTER THE BASTION INCIDENT.


VANISHER (shocked and annoyed)

OH' HELL NO! “HELL NO!” YOU ARE NOT TAKING ME BACK TO THOSE SELF-RIGHTEOUS X-MEN SO THEY CAN AGAIN USE ME AS A SUICIDAL TAXI SERVICE!


VANISHER (shocked and annoyed)

THEY CAN FIND SOME OTHER TELEPORTER TO BLINDLY FOLLOW THEIR HIGH AND MIGHTY RELIGIOUS CRAP THAT THEY HAVE GOING ON WITH THE RED HEADED TEENAGER!


PANEL 2

Sage puts Vanisher's burger next to him. Sledge is there.


SLEDGE (slightly annoyed)

CHILL, TELFORD, OR YOU'RE GOING TO PULL YOUR STITCHES.


SAGE (business-like)

I'M NOT HERE BECAUSE OF YOU, IN FACT, I JUST NOW LEARNED YOU WERE HERE AND HAVE VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH THE X-MEN'S MAIN BUSINESS AFFAIRS.


SAGE (business-like)

IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU, THEN IT'S UP TO THEM TO HANDLE IT THEMSELVES.


PANEL 3

Vanisher is the main focus as he eats his burger.


SAGE (partly shown)

I TAKE IT THAT THOSE WOUNDS CAME FROM BASTION'S PEOPLE WHO WERE HUNTING DOWN THE TELEPORTERS.


VANISHER (eating and annoyed)

YEAH, THEY MERCILESSLY SHOT DOWN MY GIRLS WHILE I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO TELEPORT OUT OF THERE QUICKLY ENOUGH BEFORE THEY PUT EVEN MORE BULLETS INTO ME.


VANISHER (eating and annoyed)

LUCKILY, I HAD HUMPTY DUMPTY'S CELL PHONE NUMBER TO COME SAVE THE DAY, THOUGH I'M PROBABLY GOING TO OWE HIM A BIG FAVOR IN RETURN AFTER I'M ALL HEALED UP.


SLEDGE (not shown)

DAMN RIGHT YOU WILL.


PANEL 4

Sage is about to leave through the doorway with Sledge following.


SAGE (business-like)

WELL, BE ASSURED THAT I WON'T MAKE ANY ATTEMPTS ON REPORTING YOU TO THE X-MEN SINCE I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS TO FOCUS ON.


VANISHER (eating)

RIGHT. LIKE I BELIEVE YOU. I'LL BE OUT OF HERE BEFORE THE FIRST X WEARER GETS HERE.


SLEDGE (amused)

HEH! IN YOUR CONDITION, YOU'LL BE LUCKY TO TELEPORT AN INCH AWAY FROM YOUR BED.


PANEL 5

Sledge is following Sage as they walk in the hallway.


SAGE (business-like)

YOU DO REALIZE WHAT KIND OF MAN TELFORD PORTER IS, CORRECT?


SLEDGE (serious)

OF COARSE I DO, BECAUSE I MAKE IT MY BUSINESS TO KNOW WHO I'M DEALING WITH AND WHAT THE CHANCES ARE OF THAT PERSON STABBING ME BEHIND MY BACK WHEN THEY GET THE CHANCE.


SLEDGE (serious)

IT'S THE NUMBER ONE REASON ON WHY I LIVED THIS LONG.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

A TV is shown showing a baseball game.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but the channel changes to show what a security camera is showing outside, which is a limousine entering the junk yard.


PANEL 3

Atelidae has been sitting on the couch watching the TV. Sledge and Sage are behind her and just arrived.


ATELIDAE (confused)

HEY, GRANDPA! YOUR TV CHANGED THE CHANNEL BY ITSELF!


SLEDGE (serious and worried)

UH' OH. THAT CAN'T BE GOOD.


SAGE (business-like)

HAD MONEY ON THE GAME?


SLEDGE (serious and worried)

YES, BUT THIS IS MORE SERIOUS.


PANEL 4

The TV shows someone opening the door for someone inside the limousine.


SLEDGE (not shown)

WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS WHAT ONE OF MY SECURITY CAMERAS ARE SHOWING AND WHAT THEY'RE SHOWING IS NOT A GOOD THING.


ATELIDAE (not shown)

ARE THEY TROUBLE MAKERS, GRANDFATHER?


SLEDGE (not shown)

THAT THEY ARE, HONEY, AND THIS IS THE SIXTH TIME THEY HAVE COME HERE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.


PANEL 5

The TV shows a closer look at who is coming out of the limousine and it's Odysseus Indigo.


SAGE (not shown)

THAT'S ODYSSEUS INDIGO.... OF DAMOCLES FOUNDATION.... WHICH MEANS THAT THIS MUST REALLY BE SERIOUS.


SLEDGE (not shown)

SO YOU HEARD OF THEM, HUH?


PANEL 6

Sledge and Sage are looking at each other, while Atelidae is partly shown with curiosity.


SAGE (business-like)

WITH MY COMPUTER-LIKE MIND, I TRY TO GATHER AS MUCH DATA AS POSSIBLE ON PEOPLE THAT ANYONE FROM THE X-MEN HAVE MET, ESPECIALLY ONES WHO PROVEN TO BE QUITE THREATENING.


SLEDGE (serious)

THEN YOU PROBABLY KNOW THAT THE FOUNDING OF SUCH A ORGANIZATION WAS BASED ON THOSE OF ETERNALS AND DEVIANTS FEELING THREATENED BY HUMANS WHEN THEY LEARNED TO SPLIT THE ATOM, THAT IT BROUGHT A POSSIBLE IMBALANCE OF POWER THAT KEPT THINGS IN CHECK IN THIS WORLD, SO THESE MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES LEFT THEIR PEOPLE AND CAME TOGETHER, WHILE ADDING SOME HUMANS WHO BELIEVED IN THE SAME THING.


SAGE (business-like)

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF.... FORWARD STRIKE?


SLEDGE (serious)

YES, THROUGH MY CONNECTIONS I HAVE, AND THEIR EXISTENCE HAVE MADE THOSE YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN THINK THAT THEY HAVE CREATED AN EVEN GREATER IMBALANCE.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Another view of Sledge and Sage, while is still looking with curiosity.


SAGE (business-like)

SO I TAKE IT THAT THEY PLAN TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN A WAY THAT WORRIES YOU.


SLEDGE (serious)

YES, SOMETHING VERY STUPID.


ATELIDAE (curious)

BUT THEY ARE GOING AFTER THIS FORWARD STRIKE, WHO PROBABLY HAVE MY PAPA, SO WHY IS IT A BAD THING FOR THEM TO DO IT?


PANEL 2

Sledge looks at Atelidae.


SLEDGE (serious)

BECAUSE THEY THINK THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE THIS IS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.


SAGE (business-like)

I DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEAN.


SLEDGE (serious)

THEY DON'T KNOW THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE CENTRAL CONTROL OF THIS ORGANIZATION AND LOOK DOWN AT HUMANS AS IF THEY'RE SAVAGES WHO NEED TO BE PUT ON A LEASH.


SLEDGE (serious)

THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE A GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO MAKE THIS ATTEMPT WHICH WILL DO NOTHING BUT PROVE THAT WHAT FORWARD STRIKES BELIEVE US DEVIANTS TO BE TO BE TRUE, WHICH IS BEING NO DIFFERENT THEN THE SKRULLS BEHIND THAT INVASION.


ATELIDAE (a little confused)

BUT WE'RE NOT SKRULLS. WE'RE NOT EVEN FROM OUTER SPACE.


SAGE (business-like)

APPARENTLY, YOU'RE CLOSE ENOUGH FOR THESE PEOPLE.


PANEL 3

Sledge starts to walk away.


SLEDGE (a little depressed and a little annoyed)

WELL, MIND AS WELL GET THIS OVER WITH.


SLEDGE (a little depressed and a little annoyed)

YOU TWO BETTER STAY OUT OF SIGHT SINCE THIS IS THE SIXTH TIME THEY'VE COME HERE TO GET ME TO JOIN THEM AND THEY'RE GETTING QUITE MOODY FOR ALL THE REFUSALS I'VE BEEN GIVING THEM, ESPECIALLY SINCE INDIGO HAS COME IN PERSON THIS TIME.


PANEL 4

Atelidae takes a hold of Sledge's hand and kind of pulls at it.


ATELIDAE (concern and determined)

I'M GOING WITH YOU, GRANDPA!


ATELIDAE (concern and determined)

IF THESE PEOPLE ARE AS DANGEROUS AS YOU'RE SAYING THEY ARE, THEN YOU SHOULDN'T GO OUT THERE ALONE!


SLEDGE (serious and a little annoyed)

THIS IS GROWN UP STUFF, YOUNG LADY, SO I CAN'T HAVE YOU PUT YOURSELF IN HARM'S WAY.


ATELIDAE (concern and determined)

DON'T GIVE ME THAT! NOT AFTER ONE OF THOSE FORWARD STRIKE PEOPLE PUT A GUN ON MY HEAD AND WAS WILLING TO PULL THE TRIGGER!


ATELIDAE (concern and determined)

YOU THINK HE CARED ABOUT MY AGE?!


PANEL 5

Outside, Tess-1 is shown still standing there doing nothing.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

WAIT! WHAT?!


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

AND YOU HAPPEN TO BE TALKING TO THE ONE PERSON WHO CONTROLS A BIG ROBOT WHO SINGLE-HANDILY TOOK ON THE X-MEN, ON THEIR OWN FANTASY ISLAND, AND PRACTICALLY WON!


SAGE (not shown and word box)

SADLY.... I HAVE TO OCCUR WITH WHAT SHE SAYS ABOUT THE ROBOT, AS WELL AS AGREE WITH HOW THE SITUATION IS.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

HAVING INDIGO HERE SHOWS THAT IT'S POSSIBLE THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE NO THIS TIME, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE DESPERATE ENOUGH.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Outside, Indigo, as well as Astarte, both in business suits, while Indigo has a cane, and Sword, the deviant task force, which seems to prove what Sage had said. Indigo straightens his tie while looking firm and in control.


PANEL 2

Sledge, Atelidae, and Sage come out of his place to meet with the others.


PANEL 3

The two parties are now facing each other.


SLEDGE (annoyed and serious)

INDIGO.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

SLEDGE.


PANEL 4

Indigo is the main focus.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

I'LL GET TO THE POINT SINCE BY NOW YOU SHOULD KNOW THE OFFER LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

WE NEED YOU, YOUR CONNECTIONS IN THE HUMAN WORLD, AS WELL AS YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL KNOW HOW TO FIGHT AGAINST AN ENEMY WHICH HAS PROVEN TO BE PRETTY GOOD AT HIDING THEIR TRACKS, AS WELL AS HIDING THEMSELVES.


SLEDGE (annoyed and serious)

SO TO SOLVE IT, YOU PLAN TO SHOW THE ENEMY JUST HOW INCREDIBLY STUPID YOU ARE.


PANEL 5

The back of Indigo's head is shown as he looks at Sledge. Atelidae and Sage is next to Sledge and Atelidae has a facial expression that says that she doesn't like Indigo.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

I KNOW HOW FASCINATED YOU ARE WITH THESE HUMANS, BUT....


SLEDGE (annoyed and serious)

YOU KNOW WHAT, INDIGO? YOU'RE NOTHING BUT A SELF-IMPORTANT BIGOT!


SLEDGE (annoyed and serious)

A JERK WHO SEES HUMAN POTENTIAL AS LIMITED AS THAT OF A LAB RAT WHO BECAME A THREAT WHEN THEY SHOWED THEY WEREN'T THE CAVEMEN THAT YOU ALWAYS SAW THEM AS WHICH IS WHY YOU AND THE OTHER DEVIANTS, AS WELL AS THE ETERNALS, CREATED THAT JOKE OF AN ORGANIZATION BECAUSE YOU LIVE FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHERE EVERYTHING WAS WITHIN YOUR COMFORT ZONE, WHICH IS WHY YOU'VE BEEN TRYING TO CONTROL HUMAN EVOLUTION THROUGH YOUR EXPERIMENTS.


SLEDGE (annoyed and serious)

IT'S NO WONDER THAT YOUR BROTHER HATES YOUR GUTS, AND I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO WONDER WHY YOUR HUMAN EMPLOYEES TOLERATE YOU, SINCE IT'S OBVIOUS THAT UNDERNEATH THAT PROFESSIONAL ACT OF YOURS, AND THAT BETTERMENT OF THE FUTURE CRAP, YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THEM.


SLEDGE (annoyed and serious)

NOTHING MORE THEN A MEANS TO AN END THAT CAN EASILY BE REPLACED AS IF THEY WERE NOTHING MORE THEN CATTLE.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Indigo and his henchmen are shown upfront, while in the background is the limo and driver standing next to it.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

SO WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE? WILL YOU COME WITH US PEACEFULLY....


ATELIDAE (not shown)

MY GRANDPA IS GOING NOWHERE WITH YOU!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

OR DO YOU SAY NO AGAIN AND WE'LL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO MAKE YOU COME WITH US?


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but the driver seems to see something coming his way that spooks him!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

AND IF YOU'RE THINKING YOUR ROBOTWEILERS ARE GOING TO SAVE YOU AGAIN, LIKE FROM THE OTHERS WHO WERE WEAKER THEN WHAT I HAVE WITH ME NOW, THIS TIME THEY WON'T BE MILDLY DAMAGED, THEY'LL BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED.


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but the driver is making a run for his life to the right!


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but the driver isn't seen and an old and junked cement truck lands on the limo and badly damages it! Indigo's henchmen are shocked by this and turn around to see, while Indigo himself doesn't react to this at all!


PANEL 5

Sledge, Atelidae and Sage are show. Atelidae has a devilish smile, while Sage has one eyebrow up to show that she's impressed.


SLEDGE (serious, tough, and direct)

HELL NO!


ATELIDAE (devilish smile and direct)

AND HELL YEAH!


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Tess-1 and the robotweilers leap into action with great agility to attack the intruders! Indigo's henchmen are shocked by this, while he stands firm as if he's confident that his henchmen will protect him! A hot rod engine sound is made, as well as a savage growl!


SLEDGE (not shown)

OH' YEAH, ABOUT THOSE ROBOTWEILERS OF MINE.


SLEDGE (not shown)

I “FINALLY” FOUND SOMEONE WHO'S WILLING TO WALK THEM!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Tess-1 is about to punch Indigo who doesn't react as if he invincible! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 2

Stranglehold gets in the way and stop Tess-1's punch with his super-strength! Indigo doesn't react to this as if he expected this. A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 3

Argos the Hunter leaps behind Stranglehold who's still holding back Tess-1's punch and is about to swing his cosmic staff! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ARGOS THE HUNTER (serious and determined)

MOVE OUT OF THE WAY, STRANGLEHOLD!


PANEL 4

Stranglehold does as Argos says as he hits Tess-1 with the cosmic staff that brings results as it pushes the robot back! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PANEL 5

Tess-1 crashes into a pile of junk hard!


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Argos runs towards the direction where Tess-1 is. In the background is Stranglehold, Astarte, and Indigo. Again, Indigo doesn't react as if he expects results from his people.


ARGOS THE HUNTER (serious and determined)

THIS THING SEEMS TO HAVE AN FORMIDABLE ENERGY DEFENSE ON IT'S METAL SHELL!


ARGOS THE HUNTER (serious and determined)

IT MIGHT BE BEST TO MAKE THIS A TEAM EFFORT IN HOPES TO END THIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, WHILE THE OTHERS HANDLE THE ROBOT DOGS!


STRANGLEHOLD (tough)

YES.


PANEL 2

The flying Pyre ignites the oxygen surrounding one of the robotweilers into flames for the purpose of taking it down.


PANEL 3

Another robotweiler is searching for the invisible Zona.


ZONA (invisible and thought balloon)

GOOD, ARGOS AND STRANGLEHOLD HAVE COME UP WITH A PLAN TO TAKE ON THAT ROBOT WHICH WE DIDN'T EXPECT.


ZONA (invisible and thought balloon)

ALL I HAVE TO DO HERE IS BE UNSEEN AND SNEAK UP TO GIVE A WELL PLACE ELECTRIC SHOCK TO TAKE THIS THING DOWN.


PANEL 4

The robotweiler starts sniffing around and the invisible Zona notices this.


ZONA (invisible, worried, and thought balloon)

DON'T TELL ME IT HAS OLFACTORY SENSORS?!


PANEL 5

The savage robotweiler now chases after the invisible Zona through her scent! Zona makes a run for it!


ZONA (invisible, desperate, and thought balloon)

@#$%! THAT OLD FART MADE THESE THINGS TOO WELL!


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Inside Sledge's place, Vanisher is shown underneath his bed covers as if he was hiding. Battle sounds are heard outside!


VANISHER (worried)

IT'S THE X-MEN! I JUST KNOW IT, BECAUSE ONLY THEY HAVE THIS MUCH DISRESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE'S PROPERTY!


PANEL 2

Outside, Argos and Stranglehold are fighting Tess-1! Tess-1 has some weapons out and is firing at them! A hot rod engine sound is made.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


ARGOS THE HUNTER (serious and determined)

I MAY HAVE AN IDEA ON HOW TO GET THROUGH IT'S DEFENSE, SO GET READY TO GET HARD WHEN IT HAPPENS, STRANGLEHOLD!


STRANGLEHOLD (tough)

YES.


PANEL 3

Argos stabs Tess-1 with his staff!


ARGOS THE HUNTER (determined, focused, and thought balloon)

FIRST MAKE THE COSMIC ENERGY VERY NEEDLE-LIKE.


PANEL 4

Argos uses the cosmic energy to expand the static ionic energy to leave an opening to exposed metal!


ARGOS THE HUNTER (determined, focused, and thought balloon)

THEN EXPAND IT!


ARGOS THE HUNTER (determined and direct)

NOW, STRANGLEHOLD!


PANEL 5

Argos moves out of the way as Stranglehold punches through the metal that's temporary not protected by the static ionic energy and causes serious damage!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


ARGOS THE HUNTER (serious and determined)

GOOD! NOW LET US REPEAT THAT MOVE UNTIL THE ROBOT IS DESTROYED!


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Argos creates another opening with his staff!


PANEL 2

Stranglehold punches into the opening and causes great damage!


PANEL 3

Argos creates another opening with his staff!


PANEL 4

Stranglehold punches into the opening and causes great damage!


PANEL 5

Argos creates another opening with his staff!


PANEL 6

Stranglehold punches into the opening and causes great damage!


PANEL 7

The badly damaged Tess-1 is now up in the air and going over a heap of junk!


TESS-1 (machine voice and damaged)

ER....ERR....ERRO....


PANEL 8

The badly damaged Tess-1 lands hard onto the ground!


TESS-1 (machine voice and damaged)

ERROR....ER....ER....ER.


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Pyre takes down the one of the robotweilers with his power. Next to him is an exhausted Zona.


ZONA (exhausted)

SLEDGE HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE LAST VISITS OF OUR PEOPLE AND PUT SOME IMPROVEMENTS ON THESE THINGS BASED ON IT.


PYRE (serious)

AGREED, I'M HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING THESE THINGS BECAUSE OF THEIR SPEED AND AGILITY, AND WE'RE SUPPOSE TO BE THE BEST.


PANEL 2

In the background, Indigo and the amused Astarte are shown. Upfront, Sage is trying to hold back the angry and sad Atelidae, while Sledge looks displeased and angry in a mild way at the situation.


ATELIDAE (angry, sad, and hateful)

YOU BASTARDS! I'LL KILL YOU FOR WHAT YOU DI....!


SAGE (serious, concern, and determined)

ATELIDAE! PLEASE!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

NOW THAT THAT'S OVER AND DONE WITH, WE CAN NOW GET GOING AND START PREPARATIONS.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

WE'LL ALSO BE TAKING YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER, FOR HER OWN PROTECTION OF COARSE, AND THE HUMAN SO THAT SHE WON'T BE TELLING OTHERS ABOUT THINGS WE LIKE TO KEEP TO OURSELVES.


PANEL 3

The badly damaged Tess-1 is shown.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

YOU MEAN YOU'LL BE HOLDING HER HOSTAGE TO MAKE SURE I BEHAVE AND GO ALONG WITH YOUR INSANE PLAN.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown and word box)

IF IT HAS TO COME TO THAT, SINCE THESE ARE SERIOUS TIMES.


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but tentacles come out of the badly damaged Tess-1 and reaches for the junk heap near by.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown and word box)

MY ASSISTANT ASTARTE HAS CALLED FOR TRANSPORT, AND ONCE IT COMES, YOU THREE WILL ENTER IT WITHOUT A FUSS.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 5

The tentacles start repairs on the robot with the materials they have gathered.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Zona and Pyre take care of the last robotweilers!


PANEL 2

Tess-1's reconstruction is nearly complete.


PANEL 3

Zona and Pyre walks towards Indigo and Astarte.


ZONA (respectful)

WE'VE TAKEN CARE OF THE ROBOT DOGS, SIR.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

VERY GOOD, ZONA, AND ONCE THE OTHERS GET BACK FROM TAKING CARE OF THAT BIG ROBOT, HAVE YOUR TEAM “ESCORT” THESE THREE INTO THE TRANSPORT THAT'S ON IT'S WAY.


PANEL 4

The tentacles are now doing the paint job, which includes the flames.


PANEL 5

In the opposite direction, Argos the Hunters and Stranglehold walks towards Indigo and Astarte.


ARGOS THE HUNTER (respectful)

WE'VE FINISHED OFF THE ROBOT, MISTER INDIGO.


STRANGLEHOLD (tough)

YES.


PANEL 6

Same as panel 5, but two tentacles grab Argos and Stranglehold by the neck! The two surprised deviants gag!


PANEL 7

Same as panel 6, but the two deviants are being pulled back by something powerful! Indigo gives off a mild sigh.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Behind a junk pile are sounds of pounding, yelling of pain, and a hot rod engine sound!


PANEL 2

Sledge, Atelidae, and Sage are shown. Sounds of pounding, yelling of pain, and a hot rod engine sound are heard.


SLEDGE (devilish smile)

WHAT DOES NOT KILL YOU....


ATELIDAE (devilish smile)

MAKES YOU MORE DETERMINED TO GIVE PAYBACK TO THE ONES WHO TRIED!


SAGE (a bit worried and thought balloon)

I DO BELIEVE I'M BEGINNING TO SEE A FAMILY RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN THESE TWO AND FOR SOME REASON IT'S WORRIES ME.


PANEL 3

Zona and Pyre move into action! Indigo doesn't react.


ZONA (determined and in charge)

FOLLOW MY LEAD AND GET READY TO GIVE IT ALL YOU HAVE!


PYRE (determined)

I'LL BURN IT OUT OF EXISTENCE!


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but Zona and Pyre get hit by an energy blasts! Still Indigo doesn't react.


PANEL 5

Upfront is the firm Indigo, while in the background is Zona and Pyre who, because the two blasts were powerful, crashes into a junk heap behind them “HARD!”


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Upfront is Tess-1's arm and fist, while in the background is Indigo and Astarte. Astarte looks a little worried, while Indigo still stays firm. A hot rod engine sound is made.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

WELL, AREN'T YOU THE DEFINITION OF INVINCIBLE.


PANEL 2

Indigo starts to take off his jacket and tie.


ASTARTE (a little concern)

ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T WANT ME TO HANDLE THIS?


ASTARTE (a little concern)

THAT THING IS TECHNOLOGICAL, NOT BIOLOGICAL, WHICH MEANS YOU CAN'T HYPNOTIZES IT NOR NEUTRALIZE IT'S POWERS.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

I NEED YOU TO KEEP AN EYE ON THESE THREE IN CASE THEY PLAN TO MAKE A RUN FOR IT WITH ALL THIS FIGHTING GOING ON.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

THE LAST THING WE NEED IS BE DISTRACTED AND GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY, EVEN IF SLEDGE ISN'T MUCH WHEN IT COMES TO SPEED.


PANEL 3

In the background, Astarte has Indigo's coat, cane, and tie, while upfront, Indigo is rolling up his sleeves as he walks towards the direction where Tess-1 is.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

I MAY NOT BE AS STRONG AS STANGLEHOLD, BUT I'M STILL PRETTY MUCH A POWERHOUSE IN MY OWN RIGHT, AND THERE'S THAT FACT THAT I DO A LOT MORE THINKING THEN HIM.


PANEL 4

The left side of the walking Indigo is shown.


PANEL 5

The right side of the walking Tess-1 is shown.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

Sledge, Sage, and Atelidae are facing Astarte. Astarte looks a bit disgust from what Sledge says.


SLEDGE (serious)

DON'T BOTHER USING THAT ABILITY OF MAKING MEN FALLING FOR YOU AND DOING WHAT YOU SAY, BECAUSE I TOOK MEASURES TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM YOU.


SLEDGE (low tone)

THOU I'LL ADMIT I WAS WAY AHEAD OF YOU ON FEELING SOMETHING FROM YOU.


ATELIDAE (disgusted)

UGH! NICE GOING, GRANDPA, ON TAKING OTHER MEASURES ON PREVENTING HER FROM HITTING YOU AND OTHER THINGS THAT INVOLVES TOUCHING YOU!


PANEL 2

Similar to panel 2.


ASTARTE (serious and annoyed)

WHY CAN'T YOU SEE THAT MISTER INDIGO IS RIGHT?! THAT HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING?!


SLEDGE (serious)

HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THE PROBLEM, BUT VERY WRONG ABOUT THE SOLUTION.


SAGE (business-like)

ASTARTE IS IT? I HAPPEN TO BE A MUTANT WITH A COMPUTER-LIKE MIND.


ASTARTE (serious and annoyed)

I CARE NOTHING ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE, HUMAN!


PANEL 3

Similar to panel 3.


SAGE (business-like)

AND” ACCORDING TO MY CALCULATIONS BASED ON THE RESOURCES OF BOTH SIDES, BOTH BIOLOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL, IT WOULD BE A COSTING BATTLE FROM BOTH SIDES WITH NO VICTORY IN SIGHT, OR END IF BOTH SIDES ARE RELUCTANT TO SURRENDER TO THE OTHER.


ASTARTE (serious and annoyed)

YOU AND YOUR CALCULATIONS SERIOUSLY UNDERESTIMATES THE ABILITIES OF THE DAMOCLES FOUNDATION!


ATELIDAE (sarcasm and disbelief)

RIIIIGHT! IT'S GOING TO BE SOOOOO EASY FOR YOU THAT NO ONE WILL NOTICE THE BATTLE BECAUSE IT'LL BE OVER SO QUICKLY!


ASTARTE (serious and annoyed)

QUIET, CHILD! YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!


SLEDGE (amused)

MY GRANDDAUGHTER KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE'S TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE YOUR PLAN OBVIOUSLY BELONGS IN A LOONY BIN!


PANEL 4

Similar to panel 3.


ASTARTE (adult tantrum)

YOU AND THE REST OF THE WORLD ARE SIMPLY TOO SIMPLE MINDED TO SEE THE GLORIOUS VISION THAT ONLY SOMEONE LIKE ODYSSEUS INDIGO CAN HAVE WHICH IS WHY YOU BEHAVE SO IGNORANT!


PANEL 5

Similar to panel 4, but Astarte is furious with Sledge and Atelidae for bursting into laughter, while Sage snickers, but tries to maintain her professional-like pose, and energy is generating from Astarte's fist that's not holding the cane, but she knows that she can't harm these three!


PAGE 21


PANEL 1

Indigo and Tess-1 are facing each with some distance between them.


PANEL 2

A close look at Indigo's shades.


PANEL 3

A close look at Tess-1's eyes.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PANEL 4

Indigo is the main focus.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

OK, BIG FELLA, LET'S....


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

A missile heads towards Indigo!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (unamused and low tone)

SEE WHAT YOU GOT.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (unamused and low tone)

NOT INTERESTED INTO HAVING SMALL CONVERSATIONS, ARE YOU?


PANEL 2

Sledge is shown.


SLEDGE (amused)

I HOPE THAT HURTS LIKE THE DEEPEST PITS OF HELL, YOU SON OF A....!


TO BE CONTINUED