Sunday, February 27, 2011

Venom - The Killing Ground - Sime McDonald

PANEL ONE
Flash Thompson's Special Forces partner Kate (not a new character for once! See Amazing Spider-Man 654.1) has her handgun drawn and is aiming it squarely at Cletus Kasady, without his Symbiote, curled up on the floor of a disheveled apartment, eyes wide, like a junkie waiting for his next fix.

CAPTION
Trail's gone cold.

CLETUS KASADY
(small)
Nuh...nuh...nooo...

PANEL TWO
Kate holsters her handgun, looks down at Kasady pitifully.

CAPTION (1)
No sign of Corporal Thompson. 
No sign of the Symbiote.

CAPTION (2)
Symbiotes.
Kasady's is gone too.
Connection? Got to be.

PANEL THREE
Kate's driving down a New York street in a battered jeep, jaw set, her mouth a hard line; focused on her mission. The passenger seat is littered with manila folders and photocopied documents; sheets of paper are spilled out on the dashboard. The jeep has become her mobile office.

CAPTION (1)
Seven days since Corporal Thompson vanished with the Symbiote.

CAPTION (2)
In that time, Mac Gargan and Eddie Brock have also gone missing.
The tombstones of Anne Weying and Angela Fortunato have been desecrated.

CAPTION (3)
And Spider-Man, contracted by Rogers to aid my investigation,
hasn't reported for duty in forty-eight hours. 

CAPTION (4)
Like the General says, you wanna get something done,
you gotta do it yourself.

PANEL FOUR (largest panel on page)
Cut to the interior of an abandoned church bell tower. Spider-Man, Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan and Flash Thompson are all looking up at the Venom symbiote looming over them, tendrils looking sharp and lethal as always, its mouth wide open, teeth gleaming. Behind it lurks the Carnage symbiote. 

CAPTION
One other possible location I can think of. Long shot, but
sentimental memory might bring the creature back there.

EDDIE BROCK
You can't do this to me!!
Everything I've done for you - - !!

MAC GARGAN
We were one!!
We're inseparable!

VENOM
Once upon a time.

PANEL FIVE
Tight on Venom, snarling.

VENOM
No longer.

PANEL SIX
Cut back to Kate's jeep. In the distance we can see the Church and its bell tower. She's headed that way.

CAPTION
The place where it suffered one of its first defeats.
The perfect killing ground.

6 comments:

  1. The one thing I'm currently wondering about the most is the status of Eddie, since I thought he was free of Venom and currently off doing his Anti-Venom thing. Leaves me curious about why he seems so interested in Venom here.

    Otherwise, it's an intriguing script.

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  2. Cheers, MK - I would've liked to have gone into more detail about the status of Eddie's Anti-Venom but the script is pretty packed as it is... wanted to try and get the key hook across. Hopefully I succeeded.

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  3. You tie together so much important to Venom as a legacy character. I like it. I'm assuming this means the symbiotes are off on their own here. That's nice.

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  4. Great script Sime. My one little, insignificant gripe, is that the Venom symbiote doesn't have razor sharp tendril. Only Carnage has that - was one of the big things that the Earth born symbiote could do.

    Other than that, love it!

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  5. Damn it, Ben, you and your symbiote knowledge!!
    Noted for the future, thanks. And, as always, appreciate the kind words.

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  6. Perfect, Simon, one of your best. Made me want to read on from the first panel and by the end I was dying for me. Nice use of a couple of obscure old references too.

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