Friday, May 31, 2013

Planetary: A Dangerous Undertaking - Niel Jacoby

Panel 1: The Undertaker debuting at Survivor Series 1990 as the mystery member of Ted DiBiase's team.

Caption: FOR 23 YEARS, HE HAS WALKED THE EARTH.

Panel 2: Undertaker defeating Superfly Jimmy Snuka at Wrestlemania VII

Caption: HE HAS BEEN A FORCE OF DESTRUCTION TO BE RECKONED WITH.

Panel 3: The Undertaker walking to the ring with Paul Bearer.

Caption: HIS NATURE IS EVER CHANGING: FROM AN UNSPEAKING UNDEAD MONSTROSITY-

Panel 4: Undertaker preparing to marry Stephanie MacMahon as part of the Ministry of Darkness angle.

Caption: -TO A MYSTERIOUS, INSIDIOUS, DEVILISH CULT LEADER-

Panel 5: Taker riding his motorcycle down the entranceway in his American Badass gimmick

Caption: TO A MOTORBIKE-RIDING AMERICAN BADASS-

Panel 6: Undertaker revealing himself at the 2013 Old School Raw where he returned to set up his Wrestlemania 29 match with CM Punk.

Caption -TO WHAT WE KNOW HIM AS TODAY, AN UNDEAD MONSTER WHO RISES EVERY YEAR TO CHALLENGE THE LIVING AND FIND THEM WANTING.

Panel 7: The Planetary crew in the stands of a Raw taping, all watching the people in the crowd, except for the Drummer, who is watching the in-ring action, a bag of popcorn in hand.

Caption: THIS MONSTER HIDES IN PLAIN SIGHT: PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING, WHICH IT'S NO SECRET IS PREDETERMINED, FAKE, IF THAT'S HOW YOU CHOOSE TO PHRASE IT.

Caption: BUT THE UNDERTAKER IS ALL TOO REAL.

Snow: YOU ENJOY THIS STUFF?

Drummer: IT'S ALRIGHT. I PREFER WORLD OF SPORT, THOUGH. CAN'T BEAT GIANT HAYSTACKS AND KENDO NAGASAKI IN MY BOOK. BUT THIS'LL DO.

5 comments:

  1. An interesting spin on the undertaker. The premise was unexpected but well written with your final panels showcasing some very nice character dialogue.

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  2. I dug this. It's an odd angle for sure but I think it still works. Also, it totally reminded me of this article: http://deadspin.com/5788685/undead-wrestler-of-the-week-the-undertaker

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    1. The Dead Wrestler Of The Week column was so great.

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  3. Professional wrestling is another realm of fiction Planetary never touched on, but if they did it would go something like this, I think. Well done.

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  4. Missed this one last week. Not a big follower of wrestling (though Papa Shango putting a curse on the Ultimate Warrior, and UW vomiting onto the camera lens has remained etched in my brain since childhood!) but I would love to have seen a Planetary issue delve into this. Nice angle on it. The same setup would also work well as an episode of Supernatural!

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