Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kate Kane, Batwoman – The Rumor Mill - MK Stangeland Jr.

(6 Panels)

Panel 1: Two Police Officers, OFFICER ADAMS and OFFICER SCOTT, are sitting in a cop car during the night. The panel looks inward at them from just outside the windshield. ADAMS is an older man, as veteran as one can be in a city like Gotham, while SCOTT has barely been on the force long enough to have advanced beyond being considered a rookie.

ADAMS is at the wheel of the car. He has a ‘wait, what’ look on his face and is holding a cup of coffee. SCOTT is riding shotgun. The car itself is currently parked and idle, and on the previous page SCOTT brought up the subject of a new Bat Character running around Gotham that he’s heard about - Batwoman.

SCOTT: I heard she’s a fan of the ladies, if you know what I mean.

ADAMS (1): You heard what?

ADAMS (2): Hmph. How would anyone even know that?

Panel 2: SCOTT holds his hands up defensively. ADAMS holds his coffee in front of him while he looks at SCOTT, wondering just what might be going on in the younger officers head.

SCOTT: Don’t ask me. I’m just telling you what I’ve heard.

ADAMS: Hmph. You hear anything else about her?

SCOTT: Mmmm…nope. Not that I can think of.

Panel 3: ADAMS has his coffee right in front of his mouth, not where he’s drinking it, but where the smell can pass right up into his nose. He uses his free hand to make air quotes. SCOTT is shrugging.

ADAMS (1): So that’s it? You hear there’s yet another Bat-character running around, but all you’ve heard about her is that she’s “attracted to her own kind?”

ADAMS (2): Where on earth are you getting your information, kid?

SCOTT: It just gets passed around, that’s all.

ADAMS: Hmph. I swear…kids these days.

Panel 4: ADAMS takes sip of his coffee. His eyes have a ‘it’s going to be one of those nights’ look to them.

SCOTT: If you ask me…

ADAMS: I’m not.

SCOTT: …she sounds kind of hot.

ADAMS: Hmph. That’s the problem with your generation. You all keep your brains in your pants.

Panel 5: SCOTT reacts in surprise as a JOKER GOON falls on the hood of their car from out of the sky. ADAMS simply puts his coffee down as he reacts with much more reservation, as he’s seen far stranger things before and with a great deal of frequency.


Panel 6: Exterior view, showing a small team of JOKER GOONS flying by in tiny one-man open-seat helicopters. BATWOMAN is in hot pursuit behind them in a self-propelled BAT GLIDER.

SCOTT: Apparently, she also knows how to fly.

ADAMS: Hmph. Just get him off the car while I call it in.


1 comment:

  1. I like the back and forth here, MK, but I wonder if it might be a little much for a single page, especially with the big visuals of the man crashing into the car and the overhead flying chase.

    Also, the "attracted to her own kind" line doesn't read right in my mind. There's something off about it.


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