Friday, May 3, 2013

The Mandarin - When The Mirror Speaks, The Reflection Lies - Niel Jacoby

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Panel 1: The Mandarin and Iron Man(RDJ version) are lying on the ground after their battle, near death.

Mandarin: WE'VE HAD SOME GREAT BATTLES, YOU AND I. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AS A WORTHY OPPONENT.

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BUT HOW WILL THE REST OF THE WORLD REMEMBER YOU?

Panel 2: Flashback to a young Tony Stark meeting with the leader of a military junta in the Eighties, pre-Iron Man.

Caption(Mandarin): AS AN ARMS DEALER WHOSE WEAPONS CAUSED SO MANY NEEDLESS DEATHS?

Panel 3: Flashback to Tony Stark, haggard and battered, walking the streets of Manhattan after losing his company due to his drinking in the late Nineties.

Caption(Mandarin): AS A DRUNK FOOL SQUANDERING HIS FATHER'S LEGACY ON DRINK AND WOMEN?

Panel 4: Flashback to Iron Man founding the Avengers.

Caption(Mandarin): OR AS A SUPERHERO, BUILDING FANCY ARMORS AND QUINJETS WHILE PEOPLE STARVED ON THE STREETS OF YOUR OWN CITY?

Panel 5: A collage of internet reactions to Mandarin's death. We see tumblrs claiming that Mandarin is their headmate, hunky fanart, and tweets mourning his death.

Caption(Mandarin): I, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAVE SCULPTED HOW HISTORY WILL REMEMBER ME, IF ONLY BECAUSE I'VE MADE SURE MY VISION OF MYSELF IS THE ONLY ONE THEY WILL EVER KNOW.

Inset Panel: Mandarin is holding up his left hand, and the ring on the ring finger is missing. We can see his face, and he is literally about to die.

Mandarin(pained): WELL, MISTER STARK...
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...IT SEEMS...

Inset Panel 2: We see the ring that was on his ring finger attached to a satellite orbiting the earth, rays emanating from it.

Caption(Mandarin): ...I WIN.

5 comments:

  1. Really nice concept for this page. The visuals you have chosen convey the story very well.

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  2. Excellent "the bad guy wins" piece, well suited to the Mandarin.

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  3. Fantastically big concept and one that you pull off so well in one page. Panel 5 is a wonderful image as well. Excellent work.

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  4. Great page, and I really dig that it ties into Mandarin's own vision of himself. In that regard it reminded me of the great Fraction scripted Mandarin-centric Invincible Iron Man annual (which EVERYONE should read!).

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    1. I just finished reading that annual, and I agree. This would have been right at home among Fraction's run. It REALLY works with the movie incarnations too (I would have preferred this Mandarin by Sir Ben than...well, let's keep this spoiler-free...

      Great script, hands down.

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