Monday, July 28, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy - Plan of Attack - Grant McLaughlin

The main portion of this page would be a holographic diagram of a horrible space monster and its various internal parts snaking back and forth across it, with Rocket Raccoon's word balloons following the various bits and pieces to fill in the listener on what's going on.  I will define the different aspects as panels, but it is (for the most part) a continuous image, with some insert panels throughout and a separate panel below to conclude.  The diagram should be done in a somewhat cartoony or exaggerated style.

1 - Insert panel.  Head of Rocket Raccoon so as to identify him as the speaker.

ROCKET: Alright, listen up everyone, because I'm only going to say this once.

2 - We're into the diagram now.  A giant alien creature (which looks not unlike a horrifying space lion - but with sci fi aspects thrown in wherever one deems appropriate).

ROCKET: Our target is Ingenspatium Leo IV, an enormous creature in the neighbouring star system.

3 - Continuing along, we have a close-up of the creature's huge maw.  As described in the dialogue, it is lined with teeth - far more than would be necessary or advisable.

ROCKET: The main entry point is through its hideous maw, which is lined with hundreds of thousands of laser sharp hyperfangs.

4 - Following the image down (but still on the right side of the page), we see the Guardians' ship being crushed in a giant throat.

ROCKET (1): But that will be a cake walk compared to what comes next.

ROCKET (2): First we need to avoid becoming a lump in its throat.

5 - Moving from right to left, we see members of the Guardians (still cartoony) literally melting from heat.

ROCKET: And watch out for its fire breathing lungs.

6 - Now on the left side of the diagram, we see a line of half-robot / half-alien monsters walking from left to right.  Similar to the classic "Evolution of Man" image, the first cyber-monster is merely walking, the second is in the process of exploding, and the third is already exploded.

ROCKET: Of course, it's worth mentioning that its white blood cells are murderous cyber-monsters.

ROCKET (quieter): Who, for some reason, explode on impact.

7 - Moving down again on the diagram, we see a reinforced, science fiction fortress that is in the shape of a heart.  Some silhouetted figures stand on the battlements of the heart fortress.

ROCKET: The heart is a veritable fortress, guarded by deathless automatons who hate outside life.

8 - Some terrifying space grubs stand, seemingly ready to destroy anything that falls in their path.

ROCKET: And once we make it past everything, we'll find ourselves face to face with some delicious space grubs.

9 - Another insert panel.  This time it is Starlord, who looks confused.

STARLORD: Wait - who are we saving through all this?

10 - The Guardians' ship.  Rocket stands before the rest of his teammates, the diagram behind him.  Now he is confused, while they are disappointed with his answer.

ROCKET: Saving?  I'm just outlining our lunch plans!

Guardians of the Galaxy - The Crusade - Ben Rosenthal


1.  A member of the Shi'ar police force is looking straight on at the reader.  We are looking up at him as he speaks.

SHIAR OFFICER
You have no options left.


2.  Drax, Rocket and Gamora are in a holding cell elsewhere.

CAPTION (Shi'ar Officer)
Your companions have been apprehended.
Your ship is beyond repair.


3.  Front on shot of Peter Quill, sitting with his arms tied behind his back, looking up at the Shi'ar officer.  He is smirking.

SHIAR OFFICER
Now tell me where the data is before your team mates suffer for it.

QUILL
Suffer?  Us? Nononono.
 You see we cracked that data.  Nasty little plot you have there Captain.
Treason is still punishable by torture under Shi'ar law, right?


4.  A close up of Peter's face as he addresses the reader/Shi'ar officer head on.  He speaks intently, almost threateningly.

QUILL
I don't have the data, but I know where it is.
In the hands of our best.  A multi-linguist who'll blend in, disappear into any culture you can think of.
In fact, with any luck--


5.  Earth - people are running for their lives as Groot has a finger up in the air, looking as if he is politely asking a question.

CAPTION (Quill)
--he's got the data to the Emperor already.

GROOT
I am Groot?




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy – ??? – MK Stangeland Jr.

(5 Panels)

Panel 1: The Guardians are sitting around a capture Badoon ZOM cyborg soldier. ROCKET RACOON looks up at STAR-LORD.

TEXT BOX (1): Picking up the pieces of that Badoon plot thread that DnA didn’t use?

ROCKET RACOON: The Badoon are going after Knowhere.

TEXT BOX (2): No, no, wait…

Panel 2: Large panel, as some of the Guardians stand aboard a Badoon warship they’ve just boarded, ready for action – present are STAR-LORD, ROCKET RACOON, GROOT, MAJOR VICTORY, MANTIS, and GAMORA.

TEXT BOX (1): Badoon, but cool action shot!

STAR-LORD: Alright, folks, lets make this quick and painful.

ROCKET RACCOON: Speaking my language, Quill.

GROOT: I am Groot!

TEXT BOX (2): Then throw in some witty Nextwave name tags, and…

TEXT BOX (3): Nah, it’s cool, but…

Panel 3: ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY PULP’ – A re-imagined team of Guardians in the MARVEL NOIR/MARVEL PULP line. They are standing in front of a retro-style pointy space rocket with retro-style pointy space engines on either side, and are in a movie-posteresque arrangement.

This team consists of STAR-LORD, who looks more in line with his helmeted movie look but with a more ‘western cowboy’ touch; ROCKET RACCOON and GROOT, who look mostly the same; VONCE ASTRO, aka MAJOR VICTORY, who’s suit has a more robotic and otherworldly look to it and his shield has a different color scheme; NIKKI, who has a solid mix of ‘westernesque space dame’ and ‘sharpshooter’; and ADAM WARLOCK, who’s wielding a staff and has a look that positively screams ‘SPACE WIZARD!’

TEXT BOX (1): OH! OH! GUARDIANS PULP!

TEXT BOX (2): Except…how do I get that across in a single page?

Panel 4: MK STANGELAND JR. sits at his desk in front of his laptop, looking up with his hands stretched upwards.

MK STANGELAND JR. (1): AAAAH!

MK STANGELAND JR. (2): How do I decide?!

MK STANGELAND JR. (3): I’m running out of time!

Panel 5: MK STANGELAND JR. sits in front of his laptop, but has a sudden look of realization on his face.

MK STANGELAND JR.: Wait a minute…


(END PAGE)

Why Guardians of the Galaxy?

Ooga Chaka; Ooga, Ooga, Ooga Chaka...
Iron Man 3

Thor: The Dark World

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy?

Say What?

One of these things is not like the other – but hopefully, by the time we’ve all had a chance to actually see it, the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy will most certainly belong.




The first three are easy enough to understand – coming fresh of the undoubtedly hit movie The Avengers, featuring Marvel’s Big Three, and sequels to their own successful movies to boot. No one would be surprised by those movies.

But Guardians of the Galaxy? A comic that’s fortunate enough to rank as a cult hit where you’d even find fellow fans of comics who have no idea who they are? And with only the barest bones connection to the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe?

That, I doubt anyone expected. Which is why Guardians of the Galaxy may well be the most important Marvel movie since not just The Avengers, but since the original Iron Man itself. Because if Marvel can take Guardians of the Galaxy, based heavily on Dan Abbnet and Andy Lanning’s run (admittedly one of my favorite comic book series of all time – so you can only imagine my own hype for this movie) and make it a successful hit movie, then suddenly all bets are off and everyone is legitimately on the table.

Not only does the success of Guardians open the door to the larger Marvel Universe beyond Earth, but it also proves that the entire Marvel comic book library is legitimate material for future movies. Because whatever Marvel’s doing, they will have proven that they can taken anyone from their library and make a hit movie for them.

That favorite obscure Marvel character you love who you never would have dreamed could get a chance on the sliver screen? Yep, suddenly you can start genuinely dreaming that they too might someday have their shot at the limelight.

Guardians of the Galaxy – it’s a really big deal.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Komodo - Monsters - Arby Moay


Panel 1
We are in the West Philadelphia High School field, where a basketball game is happening between Black Jersey's and White Jersey's. A player on Black Jersey's has just scored an in-your-face dunk against a player in White Jersey's.

MELATI (OP): So... this is what you do, huh?


Panel 2
We see Melati Kusuma, a.k.a. Komodo, in her human form approaching Flash Thompson, a.k.a. Agent Venom, also in his human form. Both of them are in a wheelchair, Melati has a cloth covering her thighs to hide her missing legs while Flash does not. Flash is carrying a clipboard.

FLASH: Sometimes, yeah.
FLASH: Didn't think you'd actually come.
MELATI: Eh. I didn't really have anything better to do.


Panel 3
Back up a bit. We see Melati and Flash watch the game, with some awkward tension between them. Coach Yates, middle-aged balding guy with a mustache and Coach of Flash's school, is yelling. Some players are running across the panel.


Panel 4
Similar framing as Panel 3.

MELATI: Isn't this a little frustrating for you, "Coach"? I mean, you could easily outpace any of these guys in your... other form.
FLASH: Assistant coach. And sure, sometimes. But it's nice to feel like a normal human being from time to time.


Panel 5
Close-up on Melati. We see her full human body overlapped by her transparent Komodo form.

MELATI: Well, maybe, I dunno. I've wanted to be able to run for so long... I think I'd rather look like a monster than sit in a chair.


Panel 6
Close-up on Flash.

FLASH: You're lucky, then. Difference between you and me? You only need to look like a monster to run...
FLASH: Me...


Panel 7
Close-up on Flash's left face. It is overlapped with the transparent left face of classic Venom.

FLASH: I am a monster.

Komodo - Where You've Been - R.A. Wonsowski

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Panel 1- KOMODO is in a Paraguayan hospital room. she is wearing scrubs and has a stethoscope slung about her neck. She is smiling gently and waving to a young girl patient with a cleft palate in an old iron bed, wearing an Operation Smile t-shirt. (Note: Komodo should look like she found an intermediary form, not so lizard-y, just enough to let her keep her legs.) The equipment should look like 70s/80s surplus medical equipment. Foreground, CAPTAIN AMERICA waits on Komodo, leaning against an empty iron bedframe. His cowl is down and his shield is on his back.

CAP: I wish you would reconsider. I've seen the tapes, you were an impressive asset to the Initiative.
CAP: And with Drs. Pym and McCoy on personal leave, we could use another Avenger with medic experience.

Panel 2- CAP and KOMODO walk down the hospital hallway. The linoleum tile on the floor is peeling and the walls are unfinished concrete. Children between 2 and 8 with cleft palates are sitting with their parents along the sides. Two teenage volunteers in yellow tees and shorts pass out small stuffed animals to the children. KOMODO's smile has gone.

KOMODO: To be an Avenger is an honor and a calling of the highest order...
KOMODO: But again, Captain, I must say no.

Panel 3- KOMODO and CAP stop at a water cooler. KOMODO holds two small paper cones in one hand while working the spigot with the other.

KOMODO: Take Pym and Beast. Let us throw in Reed Richards and Dr. Strange for good measure.
KOMODO: You beat back Galactus and Kang and Immortus and Dormammu. Congratulations.

Panel 4- KOMODO passes a water cone to CAP as she gestures with hers.

KOMODO: You cured the Legacy virus and isolated vampire anticoagulants. Amazing scientific breakthroughs.
KOMODO: And for all your genius, you could not stop a mundane cancer from killing the Kree Captain Marvel.

Panel 5- CAP and KOMODO, their backs to us now, are walking out two glass double doors. The sweltering sun outside silhouettes the pair as they exit the hospital. CAP has turned from KOMODO in shame, and passes his water to an old woman sitting cross-legged on the floor.

KOMODO: If you really want to make the world a better place, find a cure for AIDS. Design crop mutations that grow in desert climes.
KOMODO: Strap the Palestinian and Israeli premiers to their chairs and don't feed them until they bang out a treaty.

Panel 6- CAP and KOMODO are surrounded by children playing soccer in a dirt lot outside the hospital. KOMODO'S arms are spread wide as if to embrace the world.  CAP looks perplexed more by the children running around him than by her argument.  A little GIRL in a dirty yellow dress tugs on the leg of KOMODO's scrubs.

KOMODO: Beating the crap out of another man-child in spandex solves nothing.
KOMODO: This...

Panel 7- KOMODO bends at the waist to face the GIRL, sternly wondering why the interruption.

NO COPY

Panel 8- The GIRL throws her arms around KOMODO's neck in an enthusiastic expression of thanks. KOMODO's eyes are wide with surprise.

SoundFX:  *hug!*

Panel 9- The GIRL runs off to join the game. KOMODO gestures to her as both she and CAP smile at each other, KOMODO from the unexpected affection, CAP for finally understanding.

KOMODO: That is how you change the world.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Komodo - Too Much Too Fast - Niel Jacoby

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Panel 1: Wide shot of a large desert, with a H.A.M.M.E.R. rover driving toward a large crater. The crater has been there for a while.

Cap: INITIATIVE FILE: KOMODO

LAST KNOWN LOCATION: MOJAVE DESERT--THOUGHT MISSING AFTER A.I.M. CHEMICAL BOMBARDMENT 3 MONTHS AGO

Panel 2: Commander Hill and a lackey are walking into a sizable cave-like formation in the crater.

Hill: WHAT'S THE THEORY, SOLDIER? NERVE POISON? ANTIDOTE TO THE LIZARD FORMULA? SOME NEW PATHOGEN THAT TURNS YOUR LUNGS TO SAND AND YOUR BLOOD TO GLASS?

Lackey: WELL, MA'AM, IT'S-

Panel 3: Hill and the lackey are just outside a darkened corridor in the formation, with what, from this distance, looks to be a vine coming out of it.

Hill: IT'S A VITAL MEMBER OF OUR INITIATIVE FORCES, SOLDIER!

Lackey: NO, NO, MA'AM. IT'S JUST BEEN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT THE LOCATION, AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT WE HAD TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT THE BOMBARDMENT WAS.

Hill: AND? I DON'T JUST ASK YOU TO TELL ME ABOUT THE PROCCESS, I EXPECT RESU-

Panel 4: Hill is staring, shocked, into the corridor in the rock. The lackey is distressed, but not surprised.

Lackey: THE RESULT KIND OF SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. THE A.I.M. BOMBARDMENT HAD A PAYLOAD OF LIZARD FORMULA--

Panel 5: Wide shot of what's in the corridor: Komodo, who is incredibly gaunt due to being stuck in the desert for weeks, and covered in extra, budded limbs, growing from all over her body.

Lackey: --AN OVERDOSE.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Komodo - Us vs. Them - J.D. Coughlan


Follows on from this script.

Panel 1: The same shadowy room from the last page. Doctor Connors sits tied to a chair, the lizard-man standing over him, gloating. Other lizard-people standing in the background in robes.

MAN: So, Dr. Connors, if you will simply revert back to your true form...

Panel 2: The lizard-man turns to look at one of the robed figures (Komodo) elbowing another in the face. The other guys in robes are also startled.

KOMODO: Sorry to gatecrash the party.

SFX: CRACK

Panel 3: Komodo, still concealed by her robe, fights off the other robed guys, successfully. The lizard-man watches in shock.

SFX: POW

SFX: THUMP

MAN: What is--!? How dare you intrude on a sacred ceremony! The Order will not let you live!

Panel 4: Close up as Komodo punches the lizard-man hard in the face.

SFX: CRUNCH

Panel 5: The lizard-people now all lying unconscious. Komodo pulls down her hood. Connors reacts with surprise.

CONNORS: Melati!

Panel 6: Komodo bends over to eye-level with Connors, with a serious expression.

KOMODO: If we're gonna get out of here alive, Dr. Connors, we're going to need...

KOMODO: The Lizard.

END OF PAGE

Monday, July 21, 2014

Komodo - Healing - Grant McLaughlin

So I can't really tell whether or not Komodo is currently depowered or not in continuity.  I'm going with a world where that answer is "yes" and she has been for a while.

1 - Low shot.  Melati Kusuma sitting glumly in her wheelchair is the focus of this panel, but the foreground is filled with the legs of people walking by in front of her in either direction.  She is stationary, looking longingly towards these limbs, which (if possible) look kind of like bars of a jail around her.

CAPTION (MELATI): I still miss it sometimes.

2 - Move closer to Melati.  She rubs her legs absentmindedly as she continues to look off into the distance with a frown on her face.  From the background, it's evident that she is in a park of some description.

CAPTION (MELATI): It can be tempting to think that, having lost them a second time, my life is over.

CAPTION (MELATI): That nothing I do will ever make me feel better.

3 - Someone off-panel calls to Melati, causing her to look (with some surprise) over her shoulder towards the source of the sound.

VOICE (off-panel): Melati!

CAPTION (MELATI): But life is about choices.

4 - Switch angles to an over the shoulder view of Melati.  She looks with an evident smile upon a group of women who are ready and waiting to play some wheelchair basketball.

CAPTION (MELATI): And I think it's about time to choose to be happy.

WOMAN: ...are we doing this or what?

MELATI: You better believe it!

Komodo - Catch Up - Ben Rosenthal



1.  Komodo is sitting in a room.  We see her full body, facing head on to the panel.

KOMODO
I look like a monster.  Something from a helpless child's nightmare.

2.  Exactly the same framing as the previous panel, but Komodo is now in human form.  We can see her legs are not there.

KOMODO
Or, I am the helpless child.

3.  A head shot.  Komodo is back in her lizard form.

KOMODO 
Like this, I only appear as a monster.


5.  The largest panel of the page. Komodo is back in her lizard form, stading up and walking out the room - we can see what it is now.  A visiting room in a high security prison.  She was visiting someone.  That someone is Hardball.

KOMODO
You're are one.

6.  A smaller panel of Hardball, similar to the first panel.  He is silent.  He is pensive.