Friday, November 30, 2012

Wally West - Where In The World Is Wally West? - Niel Jacoby

Panel 1: We see Wally running fast in some sort of desert locale(blurred due to speed), decked out in a camouflage version of his outfit.

Caption: Wallace West, the government's first line of defense. A one man army, because at his speed, a second person would just slow him down.

Caption: Debuting in...

Inset Panel: Wally reading Men Of War #8, confused.

Caption: ...Men of War #9.

Panel 2: Wally, hollow-eyed, skeletal, pale, and wearing a pitch black version of his costume runs after Mitch Shelley.

Caption: Wally West, a man trapped between life and death, forced to run eternally. Can Mitch Shelly dodge... THE BLACK RACER?

Caption: We'll see in...

Inset panel: Wally reading Resurrection Man #0, annoyed.

Caption: ...Resurrection Man #13.

Panel 3: Wally and Jaime Reyes stand back to back in fighting poses, an unclear, shadowy enemy all around them.

Caption: Wally West, an old friend Jaime Reyes didn't know he had, unwittingly brings with him an unearthly threat. Well, maybe not this Earth...

Caption: Catch the tag-team action in...

Inset panel: Blue Beetle #17 flies past the camera, having been thrown by Wally West, who we can see leaving the panel.

Caption: ...Blue Beetle #18.

Wally(OP): Screw this, maybe Hellblazer's got a place for me. I think I could pull off a trenchcoat pretty well, and I do an alright English accent. Ello, Guv'na! Fancy a spo' of cricke', won'tcha?

Panel 4: From offscreen, someone holds out Hellblazer #300 to Wally, who is crestfallen.

Caption: You're not gonna like this...

Wally: Buggah awl.

Wally West - Father Figures - J.D. Coughlan


SET-UP: Thanksgiving dinner at the Wests'. Wally is 12 years old (not yet Kid Flash, although I may be fudging the timeline here). His parents, Rudy and Mary, are there with Iris and Barry.

Four long horizontal panels.

Panel 1: The dinner table. Wally sits in the middle, between the four adults. Rudy and Barry sit at either end. Everyone is eating and trying to politely converse at the same time. Barry smiles at Wally's comments, Rudy is looking down at his food.

IRIS: So, Wally, given any thought to what you'll do when you leave school?

WALLY: I'd like to help people. Y'know, like the Flash.

RUDY: Pfft. Waste of time...

Panel 2: Same view. Barry is frowning, but still his friendly self. Rudy looks up at Barry like he's an idiot. Wally looks down at his food now, as if having done something wrong.

BARRY: I wouldn't call helping people a waste of time, Rudy.

RUDY: Only person you should look out for is yourself. Nobody's gonna do anything for you, so why bother doing anything for them?

BARRY: Well, that's a pretty cynical way of looking at things...

RUDY: Thank you.

Panel 3: Same view. Rudy's body language is a bit more aggressive now, pointing at Barry and actually looking at him properly. Barry remains politely defensive. Iris is giving Barry a "don't bother" look. Wally now looks at Barry with a little hope. Throughout it all, Mary just keeps eating.

BARRY: Um, no, I-- Never mind.

BARRY: Don't you think that if we all did a little to help--

RUDY: Look, my kid is gonna get a lot further in life if he doesn't waste time with stupid, goody-two-shoes ideas.

MARY: You tell him, Rudy.

BARRY: Maybe. But maybe where he ends up isn't as important as how he gets there.

IRIS: Barry...

Panel 4: Same view. Everyone has their heads down, eating, tension still in their body language, except for Wally, who remains staring hopefully at Barry.

NO DIALOGUE

END OF PAGE

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wally West – Kid Flash Point – Shaun Richens.


PAGE ONE – 6 PANELS.

1. WALLY WEST in the classic KID FLASH get up, heroic smile on his face, the background all a blur of yellow and red as he speeds off to the rescue.

        CAPTION WEST:
Kid Flash, that’s what they called me. I was just as quick as the real deal.

2. DONNA TROY in her WONDER GIRL outfit stands side by side with WALLY still in his KID FLASH costume as they prepare to face off against some unseen foe.

         CAPTION WEST:
         She was the real deal too.

3. BLACK PANEL.

         CAPTION WEST 1:
         I miss her.

         CAPTION WEST 2:
         I miss it all.

4. Close up on WALLY WEST, he is young, around the age when he originally got the KID FLASH powers. He is looking right at us.

        WALLY WEST:
        How can I miss something that never happened?

        WALLY WEST:
       It's all so real to me. It’s as real as walking here this morning.

5. Pull back to show WALLY sat in the office of a therapist. His head in his hands. The THERAPIST sits with his back to us facing WALLY.

         THERAPIST:
It is all going to be ok Wally. We are going to talk this all through.

6. Outside of the THERAPISTS office looking in through the glass panel in the door. WALLY looks angry, his hands clenched into fists.

         WALLY 1:
         Talk this through? You don’t understand.
         (Linked)
         WALLY 2:
         I just want it to be real. I want to go back.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Flash – The Flash: Earth One: Simple Things – MK Stangeland Jr.


While each of these panels is separate, all of them but panel 1 should also be connected as WALLY WEST zooms from one panel to the next, with color streaks following his movement cutting over the panel dividers to form a single semi-continuous image.

(7 Panels)

Panel 1: WALLY WEST’s bedroom. WALLY is still clearly asleep in bed, while his alarm clock shows 7:49.

WALLY WEST: (Text Box) I think my favorite part right now is getting to sleep in every morning.

WALLY WEST (2): (Text Box) Most kids have to get up at 6 or 7 in the morning to get ready for school.

WALLY WEST (3): (Text Box) I can sleep in till 7:50.

Panel 2: Color streaks flow from the bed to where WALLY WEST stands next to it, hands up in the air as he stretches. He’s currently wearing a white T-Shirt and a pair of red and yellow boxer shorts. The alarm clock now shows 7:50.

SFX: (Alarm clock) beep beep! beep beep!

WALLY WEST: (Text Box) I take 30 seconds to stretch so I don’t get cramps…

Panel 3: Panel shows a bathroom. WALLY WEST isn’t seen in this panel, but the color streaks show him running behind a shower curtain to a running shower.

SFX: (Shower) Shhhhhhh…

WALLY WEST: (Text Box) 30 seconds to shower up…

Panel 4: Color streaks flow from the previous panel to this one, where a blurred WALLY is shown wearing a pair of blue jeans while both putting on a school-appropriate T-Shirt and grabbing his backpack.

WALLY WEST: (Text Box) 10 seconds to put my clothes and on get everything I need for the day…

Panel 5: Color streaks flow from the previous panel to where WALLY is sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast.

WALLY WEST: (Text Box) 2 minutes to eat, but most of that is saying ‘Hi’ to mom and dad in case there’s anything they need to say before I go…

Panel 6: The streets of central city. Color streaks flow to where WALLY is blurred as he delivers a number of punches to a criminal who’s wearing a ski mask and carrying a bag and gun.

SFX: WAK!WAK!WAK!WAK!WAK!

WALLY WEST: (Text Box) 5 minutes to run to school, but two of that is in case I need to stop any unfortunate crooks on my way there…

Panel 7: Color streaks flow to where WALLY comes to a screeching halt behind a bush, with CENTRAL CITY CENTRAL HIGH is seen in the background, with other kids walking up the steps to get inside so they can get to class.

WALLY WEST (Text Box) And that still leaves me nearly two minutes to get to class on time without making anyone suspicious.

(END PAGE)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wally West- The Road Ahead -Dan Hill

Page One

1.1
We open on a CLOSE UP of Wally, in costume, as he speeds towards us. Behind him we can see lines spreading backwards, depicting the SPEED FORCE.

WALLY (CAPTION)
Tree.

1.2
PROFILE shot of Wally as he continues to speed forwards, lines blurring past him.

WALLY (CAPTION)
The speed force changed me. Or I adapted to it. Hard to say which.

1.3
CUT TO a shot of a LARGE TREE that has fallen across a deserted highway running through a thick forest. We can see a red and yellow blurred line coming towards it and then out the other side, showing us that Wally has vibrated through the tree.

WALLY (CAPTION)
Lake.

1.4
CLOSE UP on Wally’s eyes, concentrating.

WALLY (CAPTION)
My mind has to work quicker than my feet.

1.5
A shot of the red and yellow blur shooting across the surface of a lake.

WALLY (CAPTION)
It has to. I’m the world’s greatest multi-tasker.

1.6
CLOSE UP on Wally’s mouth. He allows himself a smile.

WALLY (CAPTION)
The only drawback?

WALLY (CAPTION)
There are no surpr--

1.7
CRACK! Wally is stopped in his tracks by a sudden punch to his jaw by a red gloved fist.

SFX
THWACK

VOICE (OFF)
Wally West...

1.8
Large panel. Wally lies on the floor, partially propped up on his elbows. He looks up at the FIGURE towering over him with confusion.

The figure standing over him wears a Flash costume just like Wally’s (if we’re going to be sticklers for detail, the shading is slightly darker). This Flash’s legs though have been amputated below the knee. In the place of the regular limbs are what can only be described as Oscar Pistorius’ sprinter blades crossed with Kirby-tech.

OLD MAN WEST
...we need to talk.

Wally West - Those Left Behind - Grant McLaughlin

All the panels are blank, reminiscent of the empty white panels from Crisis on Infinite Earths.  The main way of differentiating between where one ends and where one begins would be the gutters, although those could be a little unclear at times - maybe have captions, word balloons, or images bleed from one into the other.  All captions would be written in red ink, without a box to go around them.  As well, feel free to depict Wally from various odd angles, changing from one panel to the next, if you think that would add to the page.

1 - A blank panel, spanning the top third of the page.  The caption is written in the very centre of the panel.

CAPTION (WALLY): Things move in a funny way here.

2 - A blank panel inset towards the right-hand side of panel 1.  There looks to be something in the far, far distance, but it could also be mistaken for a red smudge on the paper.

CAPTION (WALLY): Wherever here is.

WALLY (so faintly it looks like it's fading away): Jai?

3 - The red speck / blur is getting closer and bigger, but it - like the word balloons - seems to be fading in and out of existence.

CAPTION (WALLY): Feels like I'm always on the move, but I can't tell if I'm making any progress.

WALLY (closer, but still faded): Iris?

4 - The red speck / blur is closer still, now clearly Wally West.  The fading seems to be stopping as he progresses.

WALLY (near normal "volume"): Iris?

CAPTION (WALLY): Or how long I've been going for.

5 - Wally is going at full speed, with some blur trails (or ghosts - whichever you prefer) standing behind him as he races across the blank world.  He seems to have stopped fading, now entirely there.  A look of determination is on his face.

CAPTION (WALLY): All I know is that it hasn't been long enough.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wally West - Benched - Ben Rosenthal




1.  A teenage Wally West stands on a football field at his high school.  He holds a gridiron ball looking at it as he turns it over in his hands.

CAPTION (Wally)
Ever get the feeling you were meant for something more?


2.  Wally is in the middle of throwing the ball as hard and as far as he can.

CAPTION (Wally)
Somewhere. Deep down in your gut--


3.  A view from behind Wally’s shoulder as he watches the ball from a distance as it falls to the ground.  It is roughly 6 feet from the ground at this stage. 

CAPTION (Wally)
--you just know--


4.  Wally is standing in the spot he was just looking at, having caught the ball.  He looks impressed and dumbfounded at the same time.

WALLY
Woah.

CAPTION (Wally)
You’re special.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wally West - Band on the Run - R.A. Wonsowski

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Panel 1:  Establishing shot of the Van Buren Bridge that connects Central City and Keystone City, night.  We are on the Keystone City side which is the more blue-collar industrial town of the two.  The cloudy night sky is flashing lightning in the distance...

CAPTION:  3X2 past Flashpoint.

CAPTION:  "...can't outrun the Sideways Men forever, Wallace..."


Panel 2:  Under the bridge, hiding behind the steel struts, an older man (around 45 years old) with rusty blonde hair greying at the temples.  He's wearing a dark blue body suit, but his face is hidden in shadow.  He has the build of a middleweight boxer in his prime, and his body language is angry annoyance as he points towards us.

BLUE:  ...M space is nothing to them, jumping between branes as easy as meditation...

WORD BALLOON:  (from off-panel)  Maybe for you.  I always had a hard time staying still...

BLUE:  ...and when they find us, they will kill us!  Have you ever seen someone get "folded"?


Panel 3:  A young woman (between 25 and 30) statuesque and athletically voluptuous, with long black curly hair in a dark red bodysuit.  (a good photo reference would be Leryn Franco:  http://www.google.com/search?num=10&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1440&bih=745&q=Leryn+Franco&oq=Leryn+Franco&gs_l=img.3...1858.4488.0.5537.12.5.0.7.0.1.278.754.2j1j2.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.W_vTcTt4oP8) )  Her face is hidden as well as she comes out of hiding from the rocks.

WORD BALLOON: (from off-panel)  I'm not worried about getting "folded", Vic.  I'm worried about us.  This timeline didn't recall us.

RED:  Is that why I can't remember anything before we got here?  I can't remember anything...

WORD BALLOON: (from off-panel)  The Sideways Men have been screwing with your timeline for a while.  Your history was a Gordian knot.  Now it's a blank.


Panel 4:  A slender man with a runner's build and red hair, face hidden as he peers around a support.  He wears a yellow body suit, and looks ready to make a dash.

YELLOW:  Besides, we can't worry about that now.  All that concerns me right now is finding Gabriel Walker.  Anyways...


Panel 5:  Running out from under the bridge, towards us:  WALLY WEST leading DONNA TROY, and VIC SAGE, up the rocky hill, the bridge and the river behind them.

WALLY:  ...they can't kill you if you were never born.

Why Wally West?

Because SHENANIGANS! on the New 52 for leaving him (and fellow Titan, Donna Troy) out of their universe or whatever...

I should probably state that Barry was always my favourite Flash, but Marv Wolfman (in New Teen Titans), and Mark Waid and Geoff Johns (in Flash), among others, told some nifty stories, taking Wally on a life's-path that I found myself relating to:  young adult trying to step out of a father-figure's shadow, becoming his own man by embracing family traditions after having rejected them.

Now, to be fair, iFanboy did a killer overview on Wally, and at the end of the column, Jeff Reid made the point that Wally did not need to be rebooted, because he had fulfilled the Hero's Journey, having gone from derivative sidekick to Teen Titan to legacy hero, and finally claiming the mantle fully as his own.

 (The whole great article can be found at - http://ifanboy.com/articles/dc-histories-wally-west-kid-flash-i-flash-iii/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ifanboy+%28iFanboy.com+Site+Content%29

But still, I cannot help but think that there is still a place for him in this DCnU, so my challenge to all you ThoughtBallooners is this:

Where in the world is post-Flashpoint Wally?
What is he doing out there in the New 52?
Is he hanging out with other forgotten favourites, like the aforementioned Donna, or Stephanie Brown?
Playing "Gotcher nose" with the Question or clinging to Static?
Is he still speeding?  Is he normal?  Or at least unpowered?

You at home can play too!  Just leave your scripts in the comments below!

And now...The Further Adventures of WALLY WEST!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Spectre - Hits the Fan - Ray Wonsowski

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Panel 1 - establishing shot: inside the Ha-Ha-Hacienda.  It is abandoned, and is decorated with the requisite pranks, toys, and giant Joker cards.  BATMAN crouches down close over the naked body of Crispus Allen (we do not know if he is unconcious or dead).  ETRIGAN watches from behind.

BATMAN:  He's its host.  How could he possibly get separated from it?

ETRIGAN:  The spectral agent of the Deity - suffers from a crisis of identity...


Panel 2 - close-up on ETRIGAN as he thoughtfully elucidates...

ETRIGAN:  The Presence has no longer need for a clumsy vengeful tool - and so decreed the Spectre "Spirit of Redemption", the Almighty Fool...

ETRIGAN:  And during this spiritual changing of the guard - the host, at his weakest, went down, and hard...


Panel 3 - ETRIGAN pokes BATMAN in the chest, who has a "don't touch me" look on his face.  ETRIGAN, however, is dead serious.

ETRIGAN:  Thou knowest the clown has magicked before, but lacks the discipline - He nearly beat us last time, and more - we can not let him win.

ETRIGAN:  Be not concerned with reason, it matters not the wherefore's or what's - No time, creation trembles...


Panel 4 - bottom 2/3 of the page.  The JOKER is now the SPECTRE.  The green cape swirls about his white,  almost skeletally skinny, body, and the hood covers the eyes as always, but the blood-red rictus is laughing maniacally as he juggles moons while standing in Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

CAPTION:  (Etrigan) ...The Spectre's gone completely nuts...

...to be continued...

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Spectre - Sins of the Father - J.D. Coughlan


Two normal panels at the top, one large panel taking up most of the page.

Panel 1: The Spectre staring at something off-panel, just behind the viewer. He is basked in a white light and is straining his eyes. There is only a void behind him.

SPECTRE: I have punished many sinners, sought vengeance for many crimes, but there is one that I have allowed to go on too long...

Panel 2: Closer on the Spectre, he is angrier.

SPECTRE: Untold millions have died because of you, at your stubborn idea of justice...

Panel 3: Large. Reverse POV. The Spectre hangs in the void, pointing an accusing finger at a great white light. This is The Voice; the Spectre's "boss."

SPECTRE: (Large) No more!

END OF PAGE

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Spectre – The Pick Up – Shaun Richens.


(This is a Vertigo take on the character. I feel the whole spirit of vengeance thing seems perfect for the darker grittier vertigo imprint.)

PAGE ONE – 7 PANELS.
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1. A 2012 Dodge Dart in black sits parked outside a Police station similar to this. Its late at night and dark, the rain has just started to fall.

        VINCENT (Inside the Dodge):
He said he’d been released, so why the hell have I been sat here with my thumb up my ass for the last half hour.
        
2. Pull in tight on the door to the police station. HARRY has just walked out, he is wearing a damn fine suit with a nice pair of shoes to go with it; his hair is short and fashionable as is his designer stubble. He pulls the collar of his jacket up to shield himself from the rain.

         NO COPY.

3. Over HARRY’s shoulder looking down and into the now open back door to the Dodge, we can see VINCENT (who is in an equally fine suit, but with much less hair and youth about him) leaning into the view to talk to HARRY.

         VINCENT:
         ‘Bout damn time Harry.

4. Two shot in the back of the Dodge. HARRY sits to VINCENT’s left. HARRY looks really pleased with himself, smug almost.

        VINCENT:
So what happened? Your dad just calls me up, middle of the night, tells me to come pick you up.         

        HARRY:
They couldn’t make the charges stick. Once my pa paid off the witness they had no evidence to go on. It’s like I never hit her. They can’t even place me in the car.

5. Close up on VINCENT.

         VINCENT 1:
         You’re lucky your dad is who he is.
         (Linked)
         VINCENT 2:
         Hey Marvin drive us over to Harry’s will ya.

6. We see in the rear view mirror, looking back at VINCENT and HARRY the dark green glowing eyes of the SPECTRE.

        SPECTRE:
I am here for vengeance against your lack of repentance.

7. Close up on the car door locks as the slam down shut.
        
SFX:
Click.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Spectre – Marvel vs. DC: Frank’s Castle – MK Stangeland Jr.


An incident has resulted in a partial merging of the DC and MARVEL universes, with the METROPOLIS-NEW YORK-GOTHAM tri-city area being the ‘hub’ that currently connects the two worlds. It has also resulted in FRANK CASTLE, THE PUNISHER, becoming the new human host for THE SPECTRE.

This page takes place aboard the Justice League Satellite.

(5 Panels)

Panel 1: Interior view of the satellite command center. In the center of the room is the astral form of DR. STRANGE.

Surrounding the astral DR. STRANGE are CAPTAIN AMERICA, WONDER WOMAN, THOR, GUY GARDNER, BEAST, THE FLASH, CAPTAIN MARVEL (CAROL DANVERS), STEEL (JOHN HENRY IRONS), AGENT VENOM (FLASH THOMPSON), and BLUE BEETLE (JAMIE REYES). A text box stating their superhero identity should be present next to each of the characters to help ensure the reader knows who each of these people are in case they're not familiar with them all.

DR. STRANGE: I have a little good news, and a lot of bad news.

Panel 2: Close up on astral DR. STRANGE as he reports.

DR. STRANGE: We can’t stop Castle directly. The Spectre has made him far too powerful, and the focus of Frank Castle’s mind makes him more dangerous than you could possibly imagine.

DR. STRANGE (2): It’s been difficult enough to simply observe him without drawing his ire.

DR. STRANGE (3): Right now, he’s punishing the tri-city area one criminal at a time. He’s taking a sadistic amount of glee in watching each of them be punished for their crimes.

Panel 3: View of the observers that allows us to see both GUY GARDNER and AGENT VENOM.

AGENT VENOM: Sounds like Frank’s finally snapped.

GUY GARDNER: Guy dresses up with a skull on his chest and calls himself ‘The Punisher’?

GUY GARDNER (2): Doesn’t sound like he had much to snap.

Panel 4: CAPTAIN AMERICA points in the general direction of GUY GARDNER and AGENT VENOM.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Shush it, you two.

CAPTAIN AMERICA (2): Strange, continue.

Panel 5: Close up again on astral DR. STRANGE as he continues to report.

DR. STRANGE: That, sadly, is the good news. It’s drastically slowing his progress.

DR. STRANGE (2): It is my suspicion that once he finishes with the cities, he will increase his reach and extend his punishment to the rest of the globe.

(END PAGE)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spectre- Imagine -Dan Hill

Apologies for the lateness on this one. I'd originally written this yesterday on the coach trip back from Thought Bubble. However it seems there was a snafu somewhere along the way. As such I have had to reconstruct the entire page from notes. 

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PAGE ONE


1.1
We OPEN on the shot of the SPEAR OF DESTINY sitting inside a glass display deep inside a vault. Shelves of other artifacts sit nearby. Two US SOLDIERS (uniforms suggest this is the 40’s) guard the Spear and the artifacts.

CAPTION
The path of history is set in stone.

CAPTION
But we like to speculate, to imagine other ways. We like to imagine we’re not puppets to a higher power.

1.2
CUT TO a CLOSE UP on the crest of the JSA (http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/030/5/2/Justice_Society_of_America_by_CmdrKerner.png)


CAPTION
We imagine that good can always triumph.
1.3
Wide panel: CUT TO a shot looking out towards across the beach towards the ocean. This is Omaha Beach and it is D-Day. Several transport craft are open, spilling forth Allied troops. The craft in the centre has a much more dangerous cargo: the JSA. 


HAWKMAN, DOCTOR FATE and GREEN LANTERN fly above the troops swooping towards us. HOURMAN, SANDMAN and THE ATOM run across the sand with THE FLASH shooting forwards at tremendous speed towards us. 

SPECTRE is at the forefront of the charge, his face contorted with vengeful fury as he charges towards us.
CAPTION
We imagine that heroes can always save the day.
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CUT TO the aftermath of the assault and an Allied soldier face down in the surf, the tide lapping at his corpse. 

A CZECH HEDGEHOG (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rozsochac.JPG) sits in front of the corpse.

CAPTION
We imagine our sons and daughters came back home.

1.5
RACK FOCUS onto the Czech Hedgehog, its shape forming a cross across the panel.

CAPTION
We imagine that God is fair and without malice.
1.6
CUT TO somewhere in the German countryside. In the BACKGROUND of the panel lies the shattered remains of a sizable Nazi force. Tanks, troops and fortifications lie in ruins.

In the FOREGROUND we can see the JSA and several Allied troops continuing their advance towards us.
CAPTION
But history is set in stone. The world isn’t like this.
1.7
Wide panel: CUT TO a haggard and sickly looking PRISONER wearing a striped uniform. The man is all skin and bone. In the FOREGROUND in front of him is a barbed wire fence, blocking his escape. 

Behind him we can see several other PRISONERS, all wearing the same uniform.
In the BACKGROUND we can see buildings, barracks and a guard tower as well as more wire fencing. Every Nazi worth his salt is running. Bolts of GREEN FLAME shoot from the sky, raining down on the enemy troops.

The PRISONER looks up at the sky slightly, his mouth agape. A PIERCING WHITE LIGHT shines down on his face from above.

CAPTION
Good sometimes flounders. Heroes can be defeated. War takes the innocent.

CAPTION
And God?

CAPTION

His vengeance can consume us all.

The Spectre - God Only Knows - Grant McLaughlin

1 - The Spectre floats above some vile mobsters in an abandoned warehouse.  It's the mobsters that killed Jim Corrigan, and the Spectre is in the midst of unleashing some divine retribution on their keisters.  Have some of them already dispatched, others in the middle of being killed off, and some running for it (for what little good that will do them).

CAPTION: After Jim Corrigan was murdered by mobsters, his soul was sent back to Earth bound to the mysterious being known as The Spectre!

2 - Biblical Egypt.  The Spectre floats above Pharaoh's temple and the surrounding abodes as dark forces go from house to house, killing the first born of all those who did not mark their doors with lamb's blood (i.e. the 10th Plague of the Book of Exodus).

CAPTION: Created to bring the wrath of God down upon evil men, The Spectre has delivered divine vengeance since time immemorial.

3 - A vulture-like old man stands at a table filled with tools of pain.  There are hacksaws, drills, hammers, etc.  They're all well-used and covered with old blood stains.  He wears a malicious grin on his face.  Unbeknownst to him, The Spectre stands tall behind him, reaching out to deliver some more justice.

CAPTION: As The Spectre possesses near unlimited power, there are no actions too heinous for the omnipotent spirit.

4 - Shot of a nondescript house in the middle of suburbia.  Nothing really stands out about it, save for the panel's focus on the residence.

CAPTION: But sometimes...

5 - Interior of the house.  The Spectre sits in a big easy chair, a drink on a sidetable.  The Spectre's body language is weary, but he has a slight smile on his face due to the music coming from the nearby record player.

CAPTION: Sometimes even all-powerful beings need some time away.

SFX (record player): ♫ Why can't we be friends?  Why can't we be friends? ♫

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Spectre - Go Unpunished - Ben Rosenthal




1. A wide panel showing a bar. A few tables are seen on the floor, some with shot glasses on them. These tables only have one or two chairs on them. 
A crook has just stumbled through the door. He looks confused. In one hand he holds a gun, in the other a black plastic bag containing what looks to be money.
Behind the bar in the background stands a barman polishing a glass.

CROOK
What the--?

BARMAN
Can I get you a drink?


2. A side shot with the bar running down the centre of the panel. On the right hand side is the Barman, pouring a shot of something into the glass he was just polishing for the crook. On the left side of the bar the crook stands, placing his gun on the bar.

CROOK
You need some bar stools here.

BARMAN
They are on their way. Slowly but surely.

CROOK
You new here? Not seen this place before. What's it called?


3. A close up of the barman's face. A shadow has fallen over his brow, eclipsing half of his face. Only his bright white eyes can be seen out of the shadow. 

BARMAN
Corrigan's


4.  Looking at the bar from from on. The Barman stands behind it, hands on the bar. In front of the bar where the crook was standing is now a lonesome bar stool.  To its side is the black garbage bag the crook was holding.  On the bar, his gun.

5. A wide panel of the bar room, similar to the first panel. The Barman is polishing a glass once more, waiting.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Spectre - We Work Hard, We Wordplay Hard - Niel Jacoby

Panel 1: The Spectre and the Phantom Stranger are drinking together. The Spectre is running his mouth off, but Phantom Stranger is calm and serene.

Spectre: ...AND I WAS LIKE, 'I'M ABOUT TO TURN YOUR ASSES TO ASHES, AND YOUR BUTTS TO DUST!'

Inset panel: The Spectre looks at Phantom Stranger, as Phantom Stranger does not react to the joke.

Panel 2: The Spectre is leaning back in his seat, his arms crossed.

Spectre: YOU WOULDN'T KNOW A GOOD JOKE IF IT STOLE YOUR DUMB HAT. RIGHT OFF YOUR STUPID HEAD.

Phantom Stranger: THAT'S JUST FINE WITH ME, AS A PUN IS NAUGHT BUT A PATHETIC JOKE...

Inset panel: close on the Phantom Stranger as he smirks at The Spectre.

Phantom: ...AND IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE.

Panel 3: The Spectre is dumbfounded.

Phantom: IT SEEMS I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE, FOR YOU JUST GOT BURNED.

Why The Spectre?

Because divine retribution is a beautiful thing.

Created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey, The Spectre is a dead cop who becomes the dude God calls when he needs to lay down some fire and brimstone steez. Not even fire and brimstone, but pillar of salt, mauled by 2 bears, sword all the way through the belly and out the back Old Testament grody. It's not a drone strike, it's a vivisection, with a bad pun to add insult to poetic death.

They say the best revenge is living well, but some wordplay and poetic justice is a happy second best.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The President of the United States - Earth 10 - Ray Wonsowski

(okay, dusting off another moldy-oldie idea...one of my first ideas some 15 years back was for an Elseworlds story - a cross between the Freedom Fighters and P.K.Dick's Man in the High Castle.  The timeline would have worked out like this:

1938 - Kal-el's rocket crashes in Kansas, found by Kents.
1939 - The parents of Bruce Wayne (age 10) murdered
1941 - Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; Diana of Themyscyria sanctioned into "Man's World"
1942 - Hitler obtains the Spear of Longinus.*
1945 - Hydrogen bomb developed by Japanese dropped on Los Angeles.
1945 - Atomic V-3 missile exploded in Detroit and London by Nazi Germany.  
1945 - Allies surrender; Uncle Sam found dead, Diana disappears.
1947 - Axis Treaty ratified.  USA split at the Rocky Mountains:  Mountain range and West to Japan, East of the Rockies to Germany.
* - this one event shuts down every non-Judeo-Christian mystically powered person, including Alan Scott, Kent and Inza Nelson, Dr. Occult, the Marvel family, Johnny Thunder and T-Bolt, Zatara, Dan Garrett, Sargon, etc.

...which brings us to the present of the story, 1969...)

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Panel 1 - The War Room:
screen 1                       screen 2                             screen 3

Screen 1 has a shot of Helena Kosmatos, also known as Fury -
 
 - beating down on Japanese soldiers in Hawaii.
Screen 2 shows a long-haired and greying, but smiling, Jay Garrick in his classic Flash get-up, including the metal winged helmet, putting flowers in the barrels of rifles of Japanese army at super-speed, in San Francisco cheered on by hippies.
Screen 3 is the current core of the FREEDOM FIGHTERS:  Black Condor (looking very noir), Damage (looking very pulp), and Phantom Lady (looking very Barbarella) powered up and facing off Yakuza gangsters and San Diego cops.
Every seat at the table is filled, mostly Pentagon/military higher-ups, a few suits.  One suit in particular, his face is hidden in shadow (the PRESIDENT). - - oh, and in the middle of the War Room table is a little flag on a stand: the US flag, except...


CAPTION:  The War Room, 300 ft. beneath the Pentagon.  1430 hours Washington time.

UNATTRIBUTED SPEECH BALLOON:  ...how Japan could let this happen!  The Spear...


Panel 2 - GENERAL WADE EILING pointing at us from across the table.  CAPTAIN NATHANIEL ADAM stands at attention behind his left shoulder, holding a sheaf of manila files.

EILING:  First off, Mr. President, the Spear only protects the Reich.  More specifically, the forces under the Fuhrer's control.  As long as Reichschancellor Goering holds it, we're good.


Panel 3 - CAPTAIN ADAM lightly tosses the files across the table to us.  GENERAL EILING continues speaking.

EILING:  It's been particularly effective against the magical mystery men.  But as you'll see, science is another story altogether.


Panel 4 - CAPTAIN ADAM stands at attention behind EILING again.

EILING:  This leaves the Japanese West extremely vulnerable, and these new supers at our doorstep.  We need to be ready.


Panel 5 - Same as above, except behind EILING, ADAM is joined by Blackhawk Squadron Leader CAPTAIN JANOS PROHASKA, saluting.

EILING:  Captain Adam here will be stepping down from Blackhawk command.  Captain Prohaska has kindly agreed to give up the Warsaw post to help us out.


Panel 6 - Same as above, except at the bottom of the panel, there's a black and white photograph of four scientists standing in front of a large Kirby-esque machine.

EILING:  This is so Captain Adam can finish the treatments prescribed by Doctors Einstein, Erdel, Stein, and Allen.  If Project Firestorm is a success...


Panel 7 - The PRESIDENT, whose face has been in shadow, puts the photo on the table as he looks up at the wall screens.

EILING:  (off-panel) In the meantime, it wouldn't hurt to have your...friend...act as a deterrent.  In case this all spills over the mountains.


Panel 8 - The PRESIDENT leans forward, revealing the face of BRUCE WAYNE, serious and determined look in his eyes.

PRESIDENT WAYNE:  Put Corporal Kent on standby.  Go to Defcon 3.  Tell Commanders Jordan and Curry they're up.

PRESIDENT WAYNE:  Assure the Fuhrer that the Reichstadt of Amerika stands ready.  Seig Heil.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The President Of The United States of America - The Day After - Niel Jacoby

Panel 1: The President of the United States, same one as in the real world, sits at his desk, one hand holding his phone to his ear, other hand holding some sort of paperwork he's reading over. He's determined and more occupied with the work at hand than the conversation, but still has a smile on his face. A clock in the background reads 8:30.

Caption: NOVEMBER 7, 2012

PHONE: EVEN THOUGH WE AS A NATION MAY HAVE DISAGREEMENTS AMONG OURSELVES, WE CAN STILL WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS WHEN IT REALLY COUNTS. I'VE GOT TO SAY I'M GLAD WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO TRULY UNDERSTANDS THAT.

POTUS: ME TOO, CAP. AND I ALWAYS DID LOOK UP TO YOU.

Panel 2: Same mileu as the first, different paperwork, same expression, 8:50.

PHONE: VERILY, I KNOW NIGH LITTLE OF THINE MORTAL POLITICS, BUT THEY SEEM A DAMN SIGHT HARDER THAN SIMPLY KILLING THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE VILLAGE TO OBTAIN DOMINANCE OVER HIS LAND AND WOMEN. I DOFF MY WINGED CAP TO THEE, AS THOU HAST CONQUERED A SYSTEM I FALL SHORT OF EVEN UNDERSTANDING, NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. BUT EVEN YOU HAVE NOT KNOCKED OUT THE TEETH OF THE MIDGARD SERPENT WHILST THOU WEREST EVEN IN ITS OWN MOUTH, SO AS MY COMPATRIOT CLINT BARTON WOULDST SAY, "NEENER NEENER".

POTUS: YOU EVER DEAL WITH A TICKED-OFF HILLARY CLINTON?

PHONE: ...

POTUS: I REST MY CASE.

Panel 3: Same general environs as the 1st and 2nd, 9:16. The president is looking a bit annoyed.

PHONE: LISTEN, BUB, EVEN THOUGH YA GOT TA BIN LADEN BEFORE I HAD THE CHANCE, I DON'T HOLD IT AGAINST YA.

PHONE(SMALLER): LOGAN! THE PRESIDENT IS A BUSY MAN AND DOESN'T NEED THE HASSLE OF YOU CALLING HIM ALL THE TIME! LET HIM GET BACK TO HIS JOB!

PHONE: *SIGH* FINE, KITTY. I'LL LET THE PRESIDENT GET BACK TO WHAT HE WAS DOING.

POTUS: YOU'D BETTER LISTEN TO HER, LOGAN. SHE SEEMS LIKE SHE'S GOT A BETTER HEAD ON HER SHOULDERS THAN YOU DO.

PHONE: AH, WHADDA YOU KNOW? YOU DON'T HAVE ADAMANTIUM BONES.

Panel 4: 10:02. The president doesn't even look like he's listening, just going through the paperwork.

PHONE: HEY BARRY, THIS IS DEADPOOL. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART--

Panel 5: 10:03. The president has the phone at arm's length, and is calling out to the other room.

PHONE(Much louder than before): BABA BOOEY BABA BOOEY HOWARD STERN'S PENIS!

POTUS: ANYONE KNOW IF WE CAN JUST BLOCK ALL CALLS FROM CANADA FOR THIS PHONE? MAYBE REDIRECT THEM TO DIAMOND JOE? ANYONE?

The President of the United States - The Man Behind the Man - J.D. Coughlan


SET-UP: In a parallel universe, where Lex Luthor's presidency resulted in his dictator-like takeover of America, Lois Lane, freedom fighter, is captured and taken to Luthor.

Panel 1: Lois, hands shackled behind her back, is being put on her knees by Metallo and Parasite. She is angry, looking up at an off-panel Luthor.

LOIS: You've destroyed everything this country stood for, Luthor.

Panel 2: Luthor now in view, nonchalant, gesturing to Parasite and Metallo to stand back. There are a few bodyguards and officials in the background too. Lois continues her rant.

LOIS: Your old pals get cushy jobs while our former heroes are killed, unjustly imprisoned, or hunted like criminals.

Panel 3: Parasite and Metallo are now standing far back (out of panel if necessary) and Luthor is approaching Lois.

LOIS: Gotham is a wasteland, Keystone City is a crime empire, Star City is a police state...

Panel 4: Luthor bending down to eye-level with Lois, putting a hand on her shoulder. He is smug.

LUTHOR: Lois, Lois, Lois...

Panel 5: Same as Panel 4, even Luthor's smug expression.

LUTHOR: (small) Help me.

Panel 6: Same as before, but now Luthor is giving Lois a serious "You heard me right" expression.

LUTHOR: You know I've always had this country's best interests at heart.

END OF PAGE

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The President of The United States. – Four Years. – Shaun Richens.


PAGE ONE - 7 PANELS.
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1. On the bridge of the H.A.M.M.E.R Helicarrier. BARACK OBAMA is talking to the new leader of the organization, NORMAN OSBORN. The president has bodyguards in suits and shades with him. A few members of H.A.M.M.E.R are at work around the room.

CAPTION OBAMA:
We have witnessed dark times.

2. In the city of Broxton, Oklahoma. Captain America, Thor and some Asgardian Warriors walk the streets with OBAMA as crowds cheer them on.

Caption Obama 1:
We have had are very freedoms besieged.

CAPTION OBAMA 2:
But had heroes rise to defend them.

3. A close up on Thors hammer MJOLNIR. It rests in a crater handle pointing skyward.

CAPTION OBAMA:
Sadly we have seen heroes fall in the very face of fear.

4. OBAMA stands at a podium on a stage talking to a large crowd of reports and citizens. The white house stands proudly in background. The day is bright and clear.

OBAMA 1:
These four years have tested all of us, even our greatest heroes. But we have come out together and far stronger for our hardships.
(LINKED)
OBAMA 2:
We stand as one. Truly united as one great nation. Now is the greatest moment to call yourself an American. As we move forward to the next four years.

5. OBAMA walks down the steps at the side of the stage, flanked by bodyguards. The two s.h.i.e.l.d agents from the picture above stand waiting to talk to OBAMA.

SFX  (0.P) (Coming from the crowd):
CLAPPING. CHEERING.

6. The woman S.H.I.E.L.D agent, PRESTON approaches the President.

PRESTON:
Wonderful speech Mr. President. I am sorry to say I am here with bad news however.

7. Close up on PRESTONs face. She looks worried at what she about to say.

PRESTON 1:
It’s President Lincoln sir.
(LINKED)
PRSTON 2:
He is coming to kill you. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The President Of The United States- Chosen -Dan Hill

Page One

1.1
OPEN on a CLOSE UP of a certificate of graduation. We can only see part of the certificate, that it’s for Choate School in Massachusetts and that the person graduating has the surname KENNEDY.

CAPTION
Leadership chooses some at a very young age.

1.2
CUT TO a shot of the Lincoln’s Inn Fields building in London (part of the London School of Economics). It’s daytime and people go about their business. Their dress suggests we are in the late 30’s.

A YOUNG MAN with his back to us, arm in arm with a LADY FRIEND, walks towards the buildings entrance.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Land_Registry_Offices,_Lincoln_Inn_Fields.jpg

CAPTION
Like a searing hot poker it places its mark on those ‘born to lead’.

1.3
CUT TO a shot of Langdell Hall at Harvard. Again, this is a daytime shot with the dress sense of the STUDENTS passing by suggesting we are in the late 30’s/early 40’s.

The same YOUNG MAN walks towards CAMERA from the hall’s entrance. We can’t see him entirely due to his distance from us, but he doesn’t look too dissimilar to a young JFK.

However, this is in fact his brother, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langdell_Hall

CAPTION
Some see this as a blessing or an honour.

1.4
WIDE PANEL: CUT TO a shot of Joseph in silhouette standing in front of a PB4Y-2 parked on an airstrip as the sun rises in the background.

Even from the silhouette we can tell Joseph is in flightgear, his hair blowing in the early morning breeze.

Reference: http://www.hyperscale.com/features/2000/images/images_5/liberatorlg_7.JPG

CAPTION
Others would see this weight of expectation as a curse.

1.5
WIDE PANEL: CUT TO a B-24 LIBERATOR (a BQ-8 variant to be exact) flying through the early evening sky.

Reference: http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/bq-8.html

CAPTION
Some are chosen.

RADIO
Roger that base. We are approximately ten minutes out from bail out, we--

1.6
WIDE PANEL: FIXED PANEL. The plane suddenly explodes in a spectacular FIREBALL. 


CAPTION
Some are not.

1.7
WIDE PANEL: CUT TO a shot looking up at a young JFK as he sits on the edge of a military bunk, a telegram in his hands.

He rests his elbows on his knees as he tries to take everything in, pale as a sheet.

CAPTION
Some have leadership thrust upon them.

Not sure I really pulled this one off. For more on the 'story' behind this one, go here: