Friday, December 28, 2012
Rudolph - The Inevitable Gritty Reboot - J.D. Coughlan
Panel 1: A WW2 aerial dogfight at night, over land. Focus on one American fighter plane, its nose bursting into flame.
RUDOLPH: (From plane) Donner! Blitzen! Keep this Nazi scum off me; I'm going in!
Panel 2: In Rudolph's cockpit. You can't tell because he's wearing his mask right now, but he's the typical rugged war hero. There is determination in his eyes. The flames from his plane's nose illuminate him.
NORTH POLE: (On radio) Sleigh Nine, this is North Pole! You're burning up -- eject!
Panel 3: Close-up on Rudolph. He has, like all fictional heroes, done away with safety and removed his mask, showing us his cocky grin.
RUDOLPH: No can do, North Pole. It's black as Hell out here, and these boys could use a light to guide them.
RUDOLPH: And to think you wanted me to sit this one out.
Panel 4: Side-on view of Rudolph's plane; flames consuming the nose. In the background, American planes shoot down Nazi ones. Rudolph can be seen struggling with the controls.
NORTH POLE: (On radio) That's madness! Sleigh Nine, eject right now, that is an order!
RUDOLPH: Sorry, command, you're breaking up.
NORTH POLE: (On radio) Rud--!
Panel 5: Aerial shot of Rudolph's plane, in flames, leading a squadron of American planes through the dogfight.
RUDOLPH: (From plane) Follow me, Reindeer! I'll light the way...
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