The shadowy lair of Dr. Sivana. The heinous villain sits in a high-backed chair, his fingers steepled before his face, staring at a bank of satellite monitors. His wicked son, Thaddeus Jr, stands behind him wearing a lab-coat and carrying a handheld computer.
Junior: The Interference Engine is ready, pa.
Looking over Sivana’s shoulder we see the monitors he’s watching. Billy Batson is under surveillance, going about his everyday activities, unaware of any threat. He’s walking down a small town high street, looking in the shop windows.
Sivana: Heh heh heh.
Cut to Billy, staring in wide-eyed horror.
CAP (Sivana): Then send in the clowns!
Billy: What the--!?
An army of robot killer-clowns has descended on the small town high street, bringing chaos and mayhem – destroying cars with their oversized shoes, firing lasers from their buttonhole flowers, throwing acid-laced custard pies at the horrified civilians. A man selling donuts from a portable stand watches the oncoming onslaught, frozen in fear.
Billy Batson stands in the street before this insane clown posse and prepares himself for action. A lightning bolt shoots towards him as he cries out his magic word…
CAP (Sivana): And lets see how the good Captain copes with a few alternate abilities…
Instead of being transformed into his usual square-jawed, muscle-bound alter ego… Billy has become something quite different. He's still wearing his distinctive red and gold costume but his body is old and frail and he’s supporting a huge rock on his shoulders that is grinding him down into the street. His left leg is buckling under the weight. The rock is so huge we can’t see the top of it. Worse still, our brave Captain finds himself surrounded by dozens of small, grasping children, each demanding his attention, wanting toys, food, etc. Despite all this, Marvel remains undaunted – shrieking out in defiance and determination.
CAP (Sivana): The elderliness of Solomon… The arrogance of Hercules…
Marvel: Killer clowns? Bring ‘em on!
CAP (Sivana): The burden of Atlas… The offspring of Zeus…
Kids: Dad! Dad! Over here! Look at me! Dad! I'm hungry! Need to go wee-wee! Dad!
CAP (Sivana): The heel of Achilles…
Panel Six (inset in bottom corner of #5).
Close of Marvel as he turns his head to look at the donut stand. He licks his lips.
CAP (Sivana): And the ADHD of Mercury…
Marvel: Ooh – donuts!