Saturday, December 31, 2011

The North Pole – Luke Cage’s Sweet Christmas Page 3 – MK Stangeland Jr.

(7 Panels)

Panel 1: LUKE CAGE stands in the snow and holds his arm in front of his face as a blizzard suddenly starts to blow.

CAPTION: Just when seemed his Christmas just might be ruined

LUKE CAGE: Now I have to deal with a blizzard that’s blowin?

Panel 2: LUKE CAGE begins to walk through the snow. The snow of the blizzard is thick now.

LUKE CAGE: I swear if I freeze to death, that fat man’s getting a poundin!

Panel 3: The blizzard begins to dissipate. The Avengers Mansion can be seen in the background through the snow.

CAPTION (1): But Santa had certainly not forgotten the hero,

CAPTION (2): He saw to it that Luke was whisked back so quickly, he said


Panel 4: LUKE CAGE runs back into the Avengers Mansion.

CAPTION: When inside he did run to get out of the cold, just what wondrous thing did his eyes then behold?

Panel 5: LUKE CAGE enters the room of the Avengers Mansion that has the Christmas Tree in it. Underneath the tree are a buttload of presents. Standing nearby are JESSICA JONES, who’s holding a sleeping DANIELLE in her arms. She looks surprised, but happy, to see LUKE CAGE. A fireplace nearby is lit up, providing the room with warmth and an ambient light source.

CAPTION (1): A reward from Santa, a huge bundle of gifts.

CAPTION (2): And waiting nearby were his sweetheart and his kid.

Panel 6: LUKE CAGE stands next to JESSICA JONES. He has his arm around her and holds her close. LUKE CAGE happily looks at the presents under the tree while JESSICA has turned to give her husband a kiss on the check.

CAPTION (1): As he stood with his family, holding them tight

CAPTION (2): Cage thought that he heard something from outside in the night

Panel 7: Outside shot of the Avengers Mansion. It’s a picturesque Christmas scene, with the area covered in white and a light snowfall. Santa’s silhouette can be seen flying across the moon.

CAPTION (1): It was a blessing from Santa, as he flew into the west:

SANTA: A good night to all, and to all a SWEET CHRISTMAS!


(And with the final THOUGHT BALLOONS scripts of 2011, I’d like to take the time to thank everyone who read and/or participated at all this year, wish you all a belated Sweet Merry Christmas, and give you blessed tidings for a wonderful New Year!

Here’s to 2012!)


  1. I knew that end panel was coming but it still made me smile!

    I have noticed a Luke Cage/Christmas/rhyming theme emerging amongst the entries this week but it's been kind of interesting to see everyone put their own individual stamp on things.

    The script was a little dense (as was my effort this week), but it works and it has that nice uplifting/Christmas tone to it.

  2. I can't say I would have tried to stuff in that much normally, but on the other hand, I also was trying to wrap-up the Sweet-Christmas multi-script story. Which was made even more difficult since I didn't know for sure that I'd be doing page 3 until I saw Grant's script.

    I can't speak for Rol and Ben, but there wasn't actually any coordination on my end in trying to make this work. What I do know was that there was both mention of a Luke Cage's Sweet Christmas idea and trying to carry out a story across multiple scripts for a week, so I thought it was hilarious when I saw that two people were actually taking a stab at both at the same time.

    Of course, when Rol left things off on an open-ended note, I just knew that I had to take a crack at doing a script that wrapped everything up since I just couldn't pass up on joining in on the fun and I knew that, as the person who usually writes the last script of the week, it would be my responsibility to write the ending if Grant or someone else didn't get to it first.

    But all in all, I like how the whole thing worked out, even if I did have to squeeze in a bit much at the end.

  3. Hey, MK, nice work - considering you only had a short time to prepare, compared to the 12+ months Ben and I have been slavishly brainstorming, researching and plot-summiting our own two episodes.


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