Sunday, May 26, 2013
Planetary - The Meta Man - J.D. Coughlan
SET-UP: Tying up one of the series' biggest loose ends, the Planetary field team finally tracks down the fictional man who escaped into reality from issue nine. He has since killed several people.
Panel 1: Wide shot. The fictional man's (whom I'll call "Meta") hideout; a disused subway tunnel. Jakita has him pinned against the wall. Elijah stands behind her confidently. Drums clutches his head in confusion behind him. Meta is a small, unassuming bald man dressed scruffily.
META: It doesn't matter! I know the truth!
ELIJAH: The truth is, you killed 27 people. I don't care what you are, that makes you a cunt in my book.
DRUMS: Hey, I'm getting some weird vibes off this guy...
Panel 2: Close on Meta. He is staring upwards, smiling, as if seeing the light of Heaven. Jakita glares at him, if possible to include her.
META: They weren't real. You're not real. I'm not real.
META: As I was going up the stair, I meta man who was not there...
JAKITA: Goddamn it, Elijah, I know the philoscientists wanna check this guy out, but if I have to listen to any more of this New Age hippie crapola--
Panel 4: Wide shot, same as Panel 1, but now Jakita and Meta's positions are reversed. He is holding her pinned to the wall. Jakita is shocked. Even Elijah breaks his facade; his body language alarmed. Drums clutches his head, bent over in pain.
META: Once you know the truth, the fiction is easy to rewrite.
Panel 5: Meta throws Jakita into Elijah and the Drummer, knocking them both over. Again, he should be a small, skinny guy, so this should look impressive.
META: I thought I had escaped before, but this is just another level of fiction.
Panel 6: Close on Meta. He is looking right at us, grinning, his eyes terrifying.
META: But I will break free. One page of script can't hold me.
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