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Tess-1

Higher Force

Part 1

By Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Close to San Francisco Bay area. A company sign is shown and it says “Mech Nanotech”. It's nighttime.


PANEL 2

The “Mech Nanotech” building is shown exploding in a big way!


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

The feet of the Forward Strike super-soldiers are shown running! Sounds of explosions are heard from a distance.


PANEL 2

The Super Soldiers are fully shown running! Musclebound kind of jumps in excitement for a job well done! Fast Forward is moving at super-speed!


MUSCLEBOUND (loud, exited, and manly)

ALRIGHT!


PANEL 3

the Super Soldiers head for a van that's waiting for them. Fast Forward is already there.


MUSCLEBOUND (in charge and in a hurry)

LET'S MOVE IT, PEOPLE, BEFORE THEY FIND OUT IT WAS US WHICH ISN'T PART OF THE MISSION OBJECTIVE!


PANEL 4

The Super Soldiers enter the van!


PANEL 5

The van quickly drives away!


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

In side the van the Super Soldiers are celebrating for their act of terrorism that they see as heroism.


BRAINSTORM (happy and proud)

I TOLD YOU THAT BY FOLLOWING MY CALCULATIONS WOULD BRING MAXIMUM DAMAGE TO THAT PLACE!


ELECTRO STATIC (happy and proud)

OK, I WILL ADMIT THAT SOMETIMES YOU'RE NOT AN IDIOT WITH A OVERDEVELOPED BRAIN, JUST MOST OF THE TIME.


BRAINSTORM (happy and proud)

THANKS!....WAIT!.....HEY!


FAST FORWARD (happy and proud)

WE WERE REALLY AWESOME BACK THERE!


PANEL 2

A close view of Fast forward who looks shocked and surprised!


MUSCLEBOUND (not shown and angry)

SHUT UP, FAST FORWARD! YOU DON'T GET TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF AFTER YOU ABANDONED THE TEAM WHEN WE WERE FACING THAT ROBOT IN THE JUNK YARD!


PANEL 3

The back of Musclebound is shown as he looks at the driver. Fast forward looks nervous and embarrassed.


MUSCLEBOUND (happy and proud)

HEY, DRIVER. WHY DON'T YOU HAND ME THAT RADIO SO I CAN TELL THE BOSS THAT WE ONCE AGAIN SUCCEEDED IN BLOWING UP ANOTHER DEVIANT RUN BUILDING.


DRIVER (indifferent and firm)

SIGN. I TOLD YOU BEFORE, WE'RE TO MAINTAIN RADIO SILENCE UNTIL WE REACH SAFE DISTANCE AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR EMERGENCIES WHILE STILL IN THE DANGER ZONE.


MUSCLEBOUND (happy and proud)

SO ARE YOU SAYING WE CAN'T CONTACT THE BOSS?


DRIVER (indifferent and firm, as well as thought balloon)

IDIOT.


PANEL 4

Outside the van is shown driving away.


DRIVER (not shown and from van)

ONCE WE GET OUT OF HERE, THEN YOU CAN BRAG TO THE BOSS ABOUT HOW GREAT A JOB YOU DID.


DRIVER (not shown, from van, and thought balloon)

BUT MY BEST GUESS IS THEY'LL SAY HE ISN'T AVAILABLE SO TO SPARE HIMSELF FROM LISTENING TO YOUR BLABBERING.


PANEL 5

The van is seen at a distance.


ASTARTE (not shown and word box)

THIS IS THE FORTH COMPANY BUILDING THAT'S OWNED BY DAMOCLES FOUNDATION THAT THEY DESTROYED.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

In a secret base filled with eternals, deviants, and humans, Astarte and Odysseus Indigo are walking side by side.


ASTARTE (serious)

SOMEONE ON THE INSIDE HAS TO BE GIVING THEM THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO FIND THE BRANCHES OF THIS COMPANY.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

AGREED. THERE'S NO WAY THEY WOULD LEARN OF THESE PLACES WITHOUT HELP.


PANEL 2

Another view of the two.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm and in charge)

HAS THE CEO OF THAT COMPANY BEEN GIVEN HER INSTRUCTIONS?


ASTARTE (serious)

YES, PLANS TO USE HUMAN AUTHORITY TO HANDLE THIS PROBLEM IS NOW PROCEEDING AND I MADE SURE THE CLEANUP CREW WOULD REMOVE ANY EVIDENCE THAT WOULD WORK AGAINST US.


PANEL 3

Elsewhere, where the Mech Nanotech was, the CEO lady is talking to some of Commander Steve Roger's men.


ASTARTE (not shown and word box)

SINCE THEY ALREADY KNOW THE EXISTENCE OF FORWARD STRIKE AND THEIR PLANS FOR THE DEVIANTS, ACCORDING TO OUR CONTACTS, WE ARE FREE TO USE SOME OF THE TRUTH TO GET THEM GOING TO THE RIGHT DIRECTION.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown and word box)

GOOD, IF WE CAN USE OTHER PEOPLE'S RESOURCES, THEN MORE OF OUR OWN CAN BE USED FOR THE COMING BATTLE.


CEO LADY (nervous and a little confused)

BEFORE THIS HAPPENED, WE RECEIVED THREATS ABOUT ASSOCIATING WITH “DEVIANTS” WHICH AT FIRST WE DIDN'T TAKE SERIOUSLY SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT.


CEO LADY (nervous and a little confused)

IT SOUNDED LIKE SOME LAME PRANK BEING PLAYED BY PEOPLE WITH NOTHING BETTER TO DO UNTIL THIS HAPPENED AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY MEANT WHEN IT CAME TO DEVIANTS.


PANEL 4

Sage's RV is shown and seems to be listening in on the conversation with the satellite dish on top.


CEO LADY (not shown and audio)

COULD IT BE THAT THEY THOUGHT WE WERE UP TO NO GOOD WITH OUR RESEARCH? IS THAT WHAT THEY MEANT WHEN THEY SAID DEVIANTS?


AGENT (not shown and audio)

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO HERE, MAME?


CEO LADY (not shown and word box)

WELL, OF COURSE WE RESEARCH ON NANO-TECHNOLOGY AND IT'S DIFFERENT POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS LIKE MEDICAL. BUILDING MATERIALS, AND ENHANCEMENTS TO NAME A FEW, WHILE WE DO HAVE MILITARY CONTRACTS.


AGENT (not shown and word box)

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT THESE PEOPLE MAY FIND THREATENING?


CEO LADY (not shown and word box)

WE'RE NOT EXACTLY SUPER-VILLAINS TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD OR ANYTHING.


PANEL 5

Inside the RV are Atelidae and Sage in the passenger seats.


SAGE (business-like and focused)

HM, CLEVER, USING SOME OF THE TRUTH TO MANIPULATE.


ATELIDAE (really bored)

WHY ARE WE EVEN DOING THIS? I MEAN WE'RE SUPPOSE TO BE RUNNING FROM THESE GUYS AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS GO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.


SAGE (business-like and focused)

SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY OF DOING IT IS TO KNOW WHERE THE ONES WHO ARE AFTER YOU ARE.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

Another view of Sage and Atelidae.


SAGE (business-like)

AND WHAT WOULD BE BETTER IS FIND A WAY TO STOP THEM SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO RUN ANYMORE, AS WELL AS FREE YOUR PEOPLE AND FATHER.


ATELIDAE (a bit moody)

ALL I CARE ABOUT IS MY PAPA.


PANEL 2

Atelidae is the main focus.


SAGE (not shown)

SAYING THAT I'M GUESSING YOU NEVER GOT ALONG WITH YOUR KIND.


ATELIDAE (a little moody)

AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, THEY BEEN CALLING ME HALF-BREED FREAK BECAUSE I WAS HALF-HUMAN.


PANEL 3

Past scene, one of the deviants trips a somewhat younger Atelidae and seems to enjoy it.


ATELIDAE (word box)

BUT I THINK IT WAS MOSTLY BECAUSE I WAS A FAILED EXPERIMENT THAT THEY HOPED WOULD FINALLY STABILIZE THE DEVIANT GENE POOL WITH THE X-GENE ACTING AS SOME KIND OF REGULATOR.


ATELIDAE (word box)

IT MADE THEM ANGRY AND THEY NEEDED SOMEONE THEY COULD TOUCH TO FOCUS THAT ANGER ON, AND WHO BETTER THEN THE SUBJECT OF THAT EXPERIMENT.



PANEL 4

Past scene, a younger Atelidae at her father's junk yard.


ATELIDAE (word box)

AT LEAST AT MY PAPA'S JUNK YARD I COULD BE LESS OF A PUNCHING BAG AND MORE OF A PERSON WHO DIDN'T EXACTLY VOLUNTEER FOR THAT MAD SCIENCE PROJECT.


PANEL 5

Back to Atelidae and Sage.


ATELIDAE (a little moody)

SO EXCUSE ME FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO PUT SOME EFFORT OF CONCERN FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULDN'T CARE IF I WAS IN THE SAME SITUATION EVEN IF YOU WERE WILLING TO PAY THEM.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

A close view of Sage.


SAGE (business-like)

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I DO UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM.


PANEL 2

Past scene, A teenage Tessa is in Afghanistan fighting to survive.


SAGE (word box)

WHEN I WAS IN MY TEENS, I WAS FIGHTING A WAR FOR OTHERS WHO THOUGHT MY WORTH WAS THAT OF SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE SACRIFICED AND THEN REPLACED BY ANOTHER AS IF PEOPLE LIKE ME DIDN'T HAVE MUCH OF A FUTURE, AND IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING A MUTANT, JUST SIMPLY BEING SEEN AS HUMAN GARBAGE THAT THEY THOUGHT THEY FOUND A USE FOR.


SAGE (word box)

I HAD TO FIGHT TO SURVIVE, FROM BOTH SOLDIERS AND BANDITS, WHILE TAKING EQUIPMENT AND WEAPONS FROM FALLEN SOLDIERS WHICH DIDN'T EXACTLY LEAVE FOND MEMORIES.


PANEL 3

Back to Sage and Atelidae. Atelidae looks a little ashamed after hearing that.


SAGE (business-like)

I DIDN'T SAY ALL THAT TO MAKE YOU FEEL BAD, IN FACT, IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUR FATHER, YOU MAY HAVE ENDED UP LIKE ME IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, AND I WAS SAVED BY SOMEONE AS WELL, THOUGH I HAD TO RESCUE HIM FIRST FOR HIM TO DO IT.


PANEL 4

A close look at the somewhat surprised Atelidae.


SAGE (not shown)

AND YOU KNOW, YOUR FATHER AND YOU HAVE DONE THE SAME THING FOR YOUR ROBOT FRIEND.


PANEL 5

A close look at Tess-1.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

NOW SOME WOULD SAY THAT YOU WERE NO DIFFERENT THEN THE REST WHEN IT COMES TO USING HIM, BUT IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUR FATHER WHO DECIDED TO DO SOME CUSTOMIZED WORK ON HIM, HE WOULD HAVE JUST HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT GATHER RUST AND FADE AWAY.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

THERE'S ALSO THE FACT THAT PROTECTING YOU GIVES HIM PURPOSE TO HIS EXISTENCE AND PURPOSE TO A MACHINE IS AS PRECIOUS AS GOLD.


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

A front view of Atelidae and Sage.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1


ATELIDAE (chilling)

I STILL LIKE TO KNOW WHERE THIS LOVE FOR RVS COMES FROM.


SAGE (business-like and chilling)

YES, EVEN I FIND THAT ASTONISHINGLY WEIRD.


PANEL 3

Sage's RV starts to move and rides away on the highway.


STEVE ROGERS (not shown and word box)

THANK YOU FOR MEETING ME HERE DESPITE YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES.


PANEL 4

Victoria Hand, Maria Hill, and Sharon Carter are shown sitting behind a table and have papers with them.


MARIA HILL (professional)

I TAKE IT THIS IS ABOUT FORWARD STRIKE AND THE FACT THAT THEY SEEM TO HAVE ACCESS TO KREE TECHNOLOGY, CORRECT?


STEVE ROGERS (not shown)

YOU GUESSED RIGHT.


PANEL 5

A close look at a sitting Steve Rogers.


STEVE ROGERS (serious and in charge)

BUT NOW IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THEY'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF ACTS OF TERRORISM.


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

A view of Steve Rogers and the three ladies.


STEVE ROGERS (serious and in charge)

I WANT TO MAKE SURE ALL THREE AVENGERS TEAMS ARE WELL INFORMED JUST IN CASE WE NEED TO ACT TOGETHER AGAINST THIS POSSIBLE THREAT, AS WELL AS NOT HAVING ANY LEAKS, SINCE THERE'S A POSSIBILITY THAT THEY HAVE CONNECTIONS IN CERTAIN PLACES THAT ALLOW THEM TO KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING WHICH PROBABLY ALLOWS THEM TO BE TWO STEPS AHEAD OF US.


VICTORIA HAND (professional)

WHICH WOULD EXPLAIN WHY THEY BEEN SO HARD TO TRACK DOWN. IN FACT, WE SUSPECT PEOPLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT HAVING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THIS ORGANIZATION WHO PERHAPS KNOW OF THE DEVIANTS' EXISTENCES AND BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD BE WIPED OUT.


STEVE ROGERS (serious and in charge)

BUT THAT DOESN'T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THEY'RE BEING TERRORISTS AND I'M SURE THERE ARE INNOCENT CIVILIANS EVEN AMONG THE DEVIANT RACE, AND I SERIOUSLY DO NOT TAKE KINDLY TO GENOCIDE.


PANEL 2

Maria Hill is the main focus.


MARIA HILL (professional)

WILL THIS BE A BLACK OP MISSION? WILL YOU SEND YOUR SECRET TEAM OF AVENGERS?


SHARON CARTER (not shown)

YES AND NO.


PANEL 3

Victoria Hand and Maria Hills look at Sharon Carter.


MARIA HILL (professional and a little confused)

EXCUSE ME.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

THE BLACK OP AVENGERS WILL BE TOO BUSY WITH THE OTHER MISSIONS THAT NEED ATTENTION.


STEVE ROGERS(not shown)

WHICH IS THE REASON WHY WE PUT TOGETHER THIS GROUP.


PANEL 4

Steve Rogers is the main focus.


STEVE ROGERS (serious and in charge)

TELL ME, LADIES, HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE ORIGINAL X-FORCE?


PANEL 5

Another view of the four.


VICTORIA HAND (professional and a little confused)

CABLE'S TEAM? A MUTANT TEAM WHO DID QUESTIONABLE THINGS AGAINST WHAT THEY CONSIDERED THREATS THAT EVEN THE X-MEN SEEMED TO DISAGREED WITH?


VICTORIA HAND (professional and a little confused)

AND SPEAKING OF X-MEN, I BELIEVE A LOT OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS ARE THERE WITH THEM ON UTOPIA.


STEVE ROGERS (serious and in charge)

I'M TALKING ABOUT THE “REAL” ORIGINAL TEAM.


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

The back of Steve Roger's head is shown, while the three ladies are shown in the background.


VICTORIA HAND (professional and a little confused)

I'M AFRAID I STILL DON'T FOLLOW.


STEVE ROGERS (serious and in charge)

I'LL LET SHARON EXPLAIN SINCE THIS WAS HER PROJECT.


PANEL 2

Sharon is explaining while the rest listen.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

DURING WHAT WAS CALLED THE ACTS OF VENGEANCE, OUR GOVERNMENT BELIEVED THEY HAD ENOUGH REASON TO QUESTION THE LOYALTY OF FREEDOM FORCE, THEIR SUPERHUMAN AGENTS AT THE TIME WHO WERE NOT ONLY MUTANTS, BUT MOST OF THEM WERE ONCE THE BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS.


MARIA HILL (professional)

THAT LAST PART SHOULD BE MORE THEN ENOUGH REASON NOT TO TRUST THEM.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

AND AS A RESULT A FANATICAL FACTION OF THE GOVERNMENT, WHO WERE BEHIND THE FIRST AND FAILED TO BE SUPERHUMAN REGISTRATION ACT, CREATED SOMETHING CALLED M BRANCH WHICH WAS BASED ON MUTATING HUMANS TO GAIN SUPERHUMAN ABILITIES TROUGH A COMBINATION OF GAMMA AND COSMIC RADIATION.


PANEL 3

Past scene, Roland Blaisdell is shown.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

THE ONE MADE HEAD OF M BRANCH WAS A FELLA NAMED ROLAND BLAISDELL WHO WAS THE KIND OF MAN WHO CARED MORE ABOUT RESULTS THEN THE WELL-BEING OF THE SUBJECTS, WHICH IS NO DOUBT WHY HE MADE SURE THAT THE EIGHT RECRUITS WERE PATRIOTIC ENOUGH TO BE TOO EAGER TO PLEASE AND NOT ASK QUESTIONS.


PANEL 4

Back to Steve Rogers and the three ladies.


VICTORIA HAND (professional)

I TAKE IT THINGS DIDN'T GO WELL.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

THEIR MUTAGENIC PROCESS DID GIVE THE EIGHT VOLUNTEERS SUPER-POWERS, BUT IT ALSO GAVE THEM RADIATION POISONING.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

NOW BEFORE THIS WAS DISCOVERED, THEY WENT AHEAD WITH THE PROJECT AND EVEN GAVE THE EIGHT THE NAMES OF X-MEN WHO WERE THOUGHT TO BE DECEASED AFTER THAT INCIDENT WITH A CREATURE CALLED THE ADVERSARY.


PANEL 5

Past scene, Doctor Ilsa Moon is shown.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

WHEN IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT THEY HAD RADIATION SICKNESS, THEY WERE SENT TO MID TOWN HOSPITAL IN MANHATTAN TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FROM ONE DOCTOR ILSA MOON.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

THREE OF THEM ALREADY DIED AND DOCTOR MOON STARTED TO BECOME CONCERN ABOUT ROLANDS' “LACK” OF CONCERN FOR HIS PEOPLE, AND AFTER THINGS GOTTEN WORSE WITH ANOTHER DEATH THROUGH GUN SHOT, SHE JOINED THE REMAINING THREE IN THEIR ESCAPE, WHILE THERE WAS A FOURTH WHO USED THE NAME ROGUE AND REMAINED LOYAL TO M BRANCH, BUT HIS WHEREABOUTS AND WHETHER HE'S ALIVE OR NOT IS UNKNOWN.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Back to Steve Rogers and the three ladies.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

THANKS TO TWO SUPERHUMANS NAMED CLOAK AND DAGGER, WHICH FIRST STARTED WITH A MISUNDERSTANDING AND FIGHT, THEY WERE ABLE TO ASSIST THEM IN THEIR ESCAPE AND DAGGER WAS ABLE TO CURE THE THREE.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

AFTERWARDS, THE THREE, AS WELL AS THE DOCTOR, WENT ON THEIR OWN TO ELUDE A PERHAPS STILL OPERATING M BRANCH UNTIL WE RECENTLY FOUND THEM AND GAVE THEM A OFFER TO WORK WITH US WHICH SEEMS LIKE A RELIEF FOR THEM SINCE THEY CAN EASILY TRUST ROGERS TO WATCH THEIR BACKS.


PANEL 2

The Wall, Tempest, and Bedlam are shown with their gear, Doctor Moon is with them with her portable medical gear. They all seem to be wearing parachute packs. The Wall is reading a book.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

WE HAVE NAMED THIS NEW BLACK OP TEAM.... “HIGHER FORCE”.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

A jeep is shown around the same area where Sage and Atelidae are at a distance.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

WE ALSO DECIDED TO ADD ANOTHER MEMBER WHO'S WAITING FOR THEM IN THE DESIGNATED AREA.


PANEL 2

A close look at the driver who happens to be Agent Jacks from Wolverine: Weapon X who wearing shades.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

WE CALL HER “AGENT JACKS”, SOMETHING SHE WAS CALLED BACK WHEN SHE WAS AN AGENT OF H.A.M.M.E.R. WHO WAS LOYAL TO HER DUTIES IN A WAY THAT SHE KNEW HOW CORRUPTED HER BOSS WAS AND WAS WILLING TO HELP WOLVERINE TAKE DOWN BLACKGUARD AND THEIR STRIKEFORCE X PROJECT.


MARIE HILL (not shown and word box)

THE PRIVATE SECURITY ORGANIZATION THAT WAS TRYING TO WIN A BID WITH THE GOVERNMENT TO MANUFACTURE ADAMANTIUM MEN?


PANEL 3

Victoria Hand is the main focus and looks grumpy because of the mention of H.A.M.M.E.R.


VICTORIA HAND (thought balloon and grumpy)

GREAT, ANY MINUTE NOW THESE TWO WILL BE GIVING ME THE GLARE AFTER NORMAN OSBORN IS MENTIONED.


SHARON CARTER (not shown)

THAT'S THE ONE, AND, WELL, NORMAN OSBORN FOUND OUT WHAT SHE DID AND MADE HER DISAPPEARED.


PANEL 4

Past scene where some of Steve Rogers' agents find a chained up and beaten badly Agent Jacks.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

AFTER OSBORN WAS REMOVED FROM HIS POSITION, WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND HER IN TIME SINCE THEY DID SOME SERIOUS WORK ON HER, IN FACT, I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF NORMAN PAID A COUPLE OF VISITS TO GET HIS POUND OF FLESH TO SHOW HER THE PRICE OF GOING BEHIND HIS BACK.


PANEL 5

Back to Steve and the girls.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

BUT EVEN THOUGH WE FOUND HER ALIVE, HER INJURIES WERE TOO SEVERE FOR HER TO LAST FOR LONG, SO WE HAD TO DESPERATELY TRY SOMETHING TO SAVE HER LIFE.


SHARON CARTER (professional)

SOMETHING THAT INVOLVED NANO-BOTS.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Back to Agent Jacks, she gets out of her jeep when she notices something above.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

THE KIND THAT WE EXTRACTED FROM A CORPSE OF ONE OF THE STRIKEFORCE X SOLDIERS THAT WE HAD ACCESS TO AND INJECTED INTO HER.


PANEL 2

A some what above and close look of Agent Jacks eyes are are seen behind the shades and are revealed to be glowing green.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

THERE BY CREATING A BEING WITH INCREDIBLE HEALING POWERS AND THE INABILITY TO GET FATIGUED.


PANEL 3

Agent Jacks looks up and sees Higher Force parachute down. Doctor Moon seems to be having a little trouble, but manageable.


SHARON CARTER (not shown and word box)

I WOULD SAY BY NOW THEY SHOULD BE MEETING UP WITH HER.


DOCTOR MOON (panicking)

OH' MY GOD! I'M GOING TO FALL!


THE WALL (serious)

JUST STAY CALM, ILSA, AND GO WITH THE FLOW AND YOU'LL BE FINE.


PANEL 4

Higher Force is now down on the ground, while Doctor Moon is sitting on the ground feeling relieved. Agent Jacks meets up with them.


THE WALL (serious and a bit cheerful)

AGENT JACKS I ASSUME?


AGENT JACKS (professional)

AND YOU MUST BE LEMUEL SULLIVAN AKA THE WALL.


PANEL 5

Tempest, Bedlam, and the sitting Doctor Moon is shown.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

WILLIAM READ AKA TEMPEST.... BERMUDA SCHWARTZ AKA BEDLAM.... AND DOCTOR ILSA MOON....


DOCTOR MOON (relieved)

NO AKA.


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

Agent Jacks and the rest are shown. Her jeep is in the background.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

WE BETTER GET GOING OR WE'LL LOSE THEM.


THE WALL (serious)

WE'RE HERE TO FOLLOW YOUR ORDERS, MA'AM.


PANEL 2

Parts of Agent Jacks and The Wall's head are shown upfront, while Tempest is shown in the background. Bedlam and Doctor Moon are behind Tempest and look a bit embarrassed of of Tempest's behavior.


TEMPEST (mildly volatile)

WAIT A MINUTE! WHY IS SHE IS CHARGE?!


BEDLAM (a bit embarrassed and low tone)

PLEASE, READ, NOT NOW.


TEMPEST (mildly volatile)

YES, NOW, BECAUSE WE WERE NEVER TOLD THAT WE BE UNDER THE COMMAND OF ANOTHER!


DOCTOR MOON (a bit annoyed)

YOU WERE NAPPING MOST OF THE WAY HERE.


PANEL 3

Tempest is pointing at Agent Jacks as he looks at his teammates.


TEMPEST (mildly volatile)

WAIT A MINUTE! YOU ALREADY KNEW?!


BEDLAM (a little disbelief)

LEMUEL TOLD US ALONG THE WAY SINCE WE WERE THE ONES NOT NAPPING.


TEMPEST (mildly volatile)

YEAH, WILL, WE'RE NO LONGER IN THE MILITARY WHICH MEANS THAT THE RANK CRAP ISN'T GOING TO WORK, AND DON'T TRY THE PATRIOTISM THING ON US, LADY, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH WE STILL LOVE OUR COUNTRY, WE'RE NO LONGER FOOLISH ENOUGH TO THINK WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET SCREWED IN THE END!


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but Tempest is now looking at Agent Jacks.


TEMPEST (mildly volatile)

SO GIVE ME.... ONE.... GOOD.... REASON.... WHY WE SHOULD FOLLOW YOU!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4.


TEMPEST (mildly volatile)

WELL?


PANEL 6

Same as panel 5, but Agent Jacks kicks Tempest between the legs “hard”, while the other are kind of shocked by this while Tempest really feels it!


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Back to Sage and Atelidae, the RV is shown and it's now nighttime.


ATELIDAE (not shown and from RV)

SO HOW EXACTLY ARE WE GOING TO FIND THESE PEOPLE?


PANEL 2

A built in device is shown between the sitting Sage and Atelidae which is showing readings.


SAGE (partly shown and business-like)

WHEN YOU WERE A GUEST AT UTOPIA....


ATELIDAE (partly shown and a little moody)

I WASN'T A GUEST, I WAS KIDNAPPED.


SAGE (parlty shown and business-like)

WHEN YOU WERE THERE, I SAW FOOTAGE OF YOU MENTIONING SOMETHING LIKE YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHO “THEY” WERE, ESPECIALLY THE ONES IN COSTUMES WHO HAD A GUY WITH A WEIRD-LOOKING HEAD WHO SCREAMED LIKE A GIRL.


ATELIDAE (partly shown, a little moody, and low tone)

I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE SHOVED THAT CAMERA UP THAT GUY'S BEHIND LIKE I THREATEN TO DO.


PANEL 3

Another view of the two.


SAGE (business-like)

AHEM, YES, WELL, EVEN THOUGH THIS IS GUESS WORK ON MY PART, BASED ON THE FACT THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH SUPER-POWERS AND ARE PERHAPS NOT MUTANTS, I HAD MY FRIEND WHO WORKED ON THIS VEHICLE TO INSTALL A BRAINWAVE SCANNER SINCE I BELIEVE WHATEVER POWER THAT THE PERSON WITH THE WEIRD-LOOKING HEAD HAS MAY INVOLVE SOMETHING THAT GIVES OUT BRAINWAVES THAT ARE HIGHER THEN NORMAL.


SAGE (business-like)

THIS IS PART OF THE REASON WE WERE ABLE TO FOLLOW THEM, WHILE THE REST WAS THROUGH SOME OF YOUR GRANDFATHER'S CONTACTS WHO HAD IMPRESSIVE UP TO DATE INFORMATION.


ATELIDAE (a little shocked)

WAIT A MINUTE! ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE COSTUMED PEOPLE?


SAGE (business-like)

WHY YES I AM.


PANEL 4

Another view of the two with Sage upfront.


ATELIDAE (a bit surprised)

BUT THEY'RE IDIOTS! NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD TRUST IDIOTS WITH SENSITIVE STUFF!


SAGE (business-like)

BUT THEY'LL SURELY KNOW ENOUGH TO AT LEAST GIVE US SOME KIND OF A DIRECTION.


SAGE (business-like)

I DON'T EXPECT TO GET EVERY PIECE OF INFORMATION AT FIRST TRY, BUT WE NEED TO START SOMEWHERE TO ACTUALLY “GET” SOMEWHERE.


PANEL 5

The RV drives away.


SAGE (not shown and from RV)

SO LET'S TRY THIS PLAN OUT AND SEE WHAT RESULTS WE CAN GET OUT OF IT.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Back to where Higher Force is, everyone is riding in Agent Jack's jeep as they move along. Tempest is still aching from that kick and Doctor Moon is in the from seat, while The Wall is in the back.


THE WALL (serious)

IF I MAY ASK, MA'AM, YOUR INFORMATION ON THIS SITUATION SEEMS TO INDICATE THAT YOU WERE A WITNESS TO THAT INCIDENT.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

THAT'S BECAUSE I WAS, THANKS TO THE REASON ON WHY I WAS HERE TO BEGIN WITH.


PANEL 2

Past scene, Agent Jacks is surprise of the explosion of the Mech Nanotech building which she was investigating for a case and was scanning to get a better idea of their security.


AGENT JACKS (word box)

I WAS HERE BECAUSE OF MECH NANOTECH, AND THAT WAS BEFORE THE BIG BANG HAPPENED, BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS FOUND ON CERTAIN NANOBOTS AND WHERE THE PAPER TRAIL ENDED.


PANEL 3

Back to Higher Force.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE ADAMANTIUM MEN?


DOCTOR MOON (curious)

THAT BID WITH THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SOME KIND OF SUPER-SOLDIERS OR SOMETHING?


AGENT JACKS (professional)

THAT'S THE ONE.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

SO IT'S LIKE THIS, OVER THE YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF BREAKTHROUGHS WITH THE PROCESS TO BOND ADAMANTIUM TO LIVING BONE IN A WAY THAT IT DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH THE FUNCTIONS, SOMETHING I HEAR WOLVERINE BENEFITS FROM THESE DAYS, AND IT CAN NOW BE USED ON BASELINE HUMANS, BUT IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE FACT THAT THE METAL IS STILL TOXIC.


PANEL 4

A close look at The Wall who looks very interested in this.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

THIS IS WHERE MECH NANOTECH COMES IN WHERE THEY WERE COMMISSIONED BY BLACKGUARD TO DESIGN A TYPE OF NANOBOTS THAT WOULD PROMOTE RAPID HEALING TO COUNTERACT THE METAL POISONING.


THE WALL (interested and serious)

WHICH YOU NOW HAVE IN YOUR BLOODSTREAM?


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

CORRECT, WHILE THE TECH BOYS WHO WERE ANALYZING THE NANOBOTS THAT THEY GOT FROM A DEAD STRIKEFORCE X SOLDIER BROUGHT THEM TO ONE CONCLUSION.


PANEL 5

Another view of Higher Force. The rest of the team are shocked to hear what Agent Jack says. Tempest tries to be shocked while still aching.


AGENT JACK (professional)

THAT THE TECHNOLOGY WAS PROBABLY NOT DESIGNED BY HUMAN MINDS BASED ON THE LEVEL OF ADVANCEMENT.


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PANEL 1

Past scene, after the explosion of the Mech Nanotech, Agent Jacks notices the Forward Strike Super-Soldiers making a run for it.


BEDLAM (not shown and word box)

THEN THAT THING ABOUT DEVIANTS....


AGENT JACKS (word box)

PROBABLY HAS SOME TRUTH TO IT.


DOCTOR MOON (not shown and word box)

WHAT ARE EXACTLY ARE THESE DEVIANTS?


AGENT JACKS (word box)

AN ADVANCED SUB-SPECIES WHICH YOU PROBABLY HEARD ABOUT THROUGH STORIES OF DEMONS AND MONSTER FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, BUT BACK TO THE REAL REASON YOU'RE HERE, I DID NOTICED SOME PEOPLE MAKING A RUN FOR IT AFTER THE INCIDENT WHO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW BECAUSE OF HOW “SUSPICIOUS” THEY SEEMED.


PANEL 2

Past scene, Agent Jacks is at the parking lot of a motel where she plants a tracking device on the van that the super-soldiers are using. Party sounds are heard from one of the rooms.


AGENT JACKS (word box)

AND I MANAGED TO KEEP UP WITH THEM UNNOTICED AS THEY CHECKED INTO A MOTEL TO CELEBRATE IT WOULD APPEAR FROM THE SOUNDS FROM THEIR ROOM, WHILE THE SEEMLY MORE MATURE DRIVER PROBABLY HAD TO USE THE POTTY WHICH I TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY OF PUTTING A TRACKING DEVICE ON THEIR VAN AND OF COURSE TO CALL IN THE RIGHT KIND OF REINFORCEMENTS THAT CAN TAKE ON THESE OBVIOUSLY SUPERHUMAN SUSPECTS.


AGENT JACKS (word box)

BEING HARD TO KILL DOESN'T MEAN I CAN'T BE OVERPOWERED.


PANEL 3

Back to Higher Force.


TEMPEST (aching a bit and a little confused)

WAIT, THEY CHECKED INTO A MOTEL AFTER THEY BLEW UP A BUILDING THAT'S GOTTEN THE AUTHORITIES AFTER THEM?


TEMPEST (aching a bit and a little confused)

WOULDN'T THE SMART THING BE IS GET OUT OF HERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?


AGENT JACKS (professional)

IN SOME CASES, YES, BUT MAKING A RUN FOR IT AND HAVING PEOPLE NOTICE IT, AS WELL AS ASK “WHY”, WOULD PERHAPS GIVE THEM A DISADVANTAGE THAT THEY WOULDN'T WANT.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

SOMETIMES SLOW AND STEADY IS THE BEST, NOT IN A HURRY, AND NOT OVERSTAYING, SO TO LOOK AS LESS SUSPICIOUS AS POSSIBLE, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THESE PEOPLE AREN'T EXACTLY DOING THAT GREAT OF A JOB, BUT THE AUTHORITIES DON'T KNOW YET THAT THEY'RE THE ONES BEHIND IT.


PANEL 4

Another view of Higher Force.


AGENT JACKS (professional)

TRUST ME, BECAUSE I'VE BEEN THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS.


TEMPEST (aching a bit and a little suspicious)

YEAH? WHAT DID YOU BLOW UP?


AGENT JACKS (professional)

THAT'S CLASSIFIED.


PANEL 5

Higher Force inside the jeep drives off.


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PANEL 1

It's now nighttime and the highway is shown and a bit empty.


PANEL 2

The Wall is standing on the highway and looks like he waiting for something. He's talking to his communicator on his ear.


THE WALL (serious)

STATUS?


AGENT JACKS (not shown and from communicator)

THEY'RE COMING YOUR WAY, SO GET READY TO SMASH THEIR RIDE.


PANEL 3

Agent Jacks and the rest are hiding and ready to attack. Agent Jacks is using advanced binoculars.


TEMPEST (amused)

WE'RE GOING DOWN THERE FAST AND DIRTY, HUH?


AGENT JACKS (professional)

DAMN RIGHT WE ARE! AFTER WHAT THOSE BASTARDS HAVE BEEN DOING, HAVING A FAIR FIGHT IS THE LEAST THEY DESERVE, WHILE GETTING 10 TO 50 MAJOR BEATINGS IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT THEY EARNED!


PANEL 4

The Wall starts to flex is muscles to be ready.


THE WALL (thought balloon)

HERE THEY COME.


PANEL 5

In the background, the headlights of the van is shown, while The Wall looks to the right as he gets distracted by a hot rod engine sound coming his way!


THE WALL (a bit surprised and confused)

WHAT IN THE WOR....?!


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PANEL 1

A upper-side view of Tess-1 is showing in running mode and pushing the speed to the max! A hot rod engine sound is made.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


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PANEL 1

The confused Wall, back shown, watches Tess-1 mildly leap towards the van with arms up to grab it! A hot rod engine sound is made!


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but Tess-1 grabs the van! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ELECTRO STATIC (not shown, from van, and loud)

HEY! WHAT'S GOING ON?!


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but Tess-1 has the van upside down and above it's head as it makes a run for it! A hot rod engine sound is made.


THE WALL (a little confused)

HEY.... THAT'S....OURS!


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but Tess-1 is now at a distance. The Wall uses his communicator. A hot rod engine sound is heard from a distance.


THE WALL (serious and concern)

DID YOU GUYS JUST SEE THAT?!


PANEL 5

Back to the rest of Higher Force who are shocked by this. Agent Jacks has her advanced binoculars down which reveals her green glowing eyes.


AGENT JACKS (confused, shocked, and low tone)

WHAT THE @#$%?


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PANEL 1

Elsewhere, an old computer parts factory from the 80's. The aged and falling apart sign says ACM Computers.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

HM, THESE LOOK LIKE PARTS FROM AN ACM PERSONAL COMPUTER. SOMETHING MY PAPA ONCE GAVE ME.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

YOUR FATHER GAVE YOU A COMPUTER FROM THE 80'S?


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

A COMPUTER FROM THE 80'S THAT MY PAPA WORKED ON.


MUSCLEBOUND (not shown and word box)

AND YOU PROBABLY USED IT TO HACK INTO OUR DEFENSES TO WEAKEN US!


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

AH' SHUT UP.


PANEL 2

Inside the factory, the Super-Soldiers and the driver are now out of the van. They look very unhappy with the situation they're in, while the driver stays firm.


SAGE (not shown)

I SUGGEST YOU DO THE SMART THING AND TRY NOT TO MAKE YOUR SITUATION EVEN WORSE THEN IT IS....


PANEL 3

Sage and Atelidae are shown and Atelidae looks unimpressed. Tess-1 are behind them and has a lot of weapons pointing at the direction where the Super-Soldiers would be. Old factory machinery is shown in the background.


SAGE (business-like)

BECAUSE I ASSURE YOU, IT CAN GET A LOT WORSE WHEN IT COMES TO SETTING THIS ROBOT LOOSE ON YOU.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


ATELIDAE (unimpressed)

MAYBE LATER, TESSY.


PANEL 4

The Super-Soldiers are shown in the left/background, while Sage, Atelidae, and parts of Tess-1 are shown in the left/upfront.


SAGE (business-like)

NOW, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOU AND I DON'T....


MUSCLEBOUND (angry)

YOU'RE GETTING NOTHING FROM US!


SAGE (business-like)

SHUT UP OR I'LL USE YOU AS AN EXAMPLE.


SAGE (business-like)

NOW WHERE WAS I? OH' YES, I DON'T EXPECT MUCH FROM YOU, BUT I'LL TAKE WHATEVER INFORMATION YOU HAVE.


PANEL 5

A beeping comes from the surprised Sage's coat and Atelidae notices it.


ATELIDAE (a little curious)

ARE YOU LIKE EXPECTING A CALL OR SOMETHING?


SAGE (business-like, surprised, and worried)

NO, THIS IS SOMETHING WORSE.


PANEL 6

Sage's hand and arm is shown holding the beeping device and pointing it to the van.


SAGE (arm and hand only shown)

BLAST ME FOR BEING SO CARELESS! SOMEONE PUT A TRACKING DEVICE ON THEIR TRANSPORT!


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PANEL 1

Atelidae is looking up at Sage. The Super-soldiers are shown in the background.


ATELIDAE (a little curious)

YOU MEAN SOMEONE ELSE IS AFTER THESE LOSERS?


SAGE (business-like and a little worried)

WELL, AFTER WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS THAT THERE WOULD BE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WITH AUTHORITY, WHO WOULD GO AFTER THEM.


PANEL 2

The Higher Force jeep is quickly heading their way!


SAGE (not shown and word box)

WE NEED TO REMOVE THE DEVICE AND REMOVE OURSELVES FROM THIS AREA AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.


PANEL 3

The wheels of the does a turn/stop and make s a screeching sound!


PANEL 4

Some of Higher Force immediately jump out of the jeep!


PANEL 5

Sage quickly turns her head when she hears something!


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

AHEM!


SAGE (business-like and annoyed)

TOO LATE.


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

Agent Jacks, with two guns, and the rest of Higher Force are shown in the background. Sage, Atelidae, and Tess-1 are shown in the middle, while Tess-1 starts to aim some of it's weapons at Higher Force! The Super-Soldiers take advantage of the situation and attacks, while the driver stays where he is! A hot rod engine sound is made.


AGENT JACKS (professional and serious)

I BELIEVE THOSE PEOPLE BELONG TO US.


MUSCLEBOUND (enraged)

TEAR EVERYONE APART, PEOPLE!!!


DRIVER (indifferent and firm)

I'LL JUST STAY HERE SINCE I'M NOT PAYED TO GET INTO FIGHTS UNLESS NECESSARILY AND NOT COMPARED TO BEING SUICIDAL.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


ATELIDAE (depressed and sarcasm)

THIS IS THE PART WHERE THING DON'T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN AND THE CHAOS BEGINS.


TO BE CONTINUED