Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Arkham Asylum - The Joke's On You - Simon McDonald

There is on-going construction work at Arkham Asylum. Its inmates have been moved to various other facilities - The Riddler is secured behind bars in Stryker's Island, Clayface is being housed at Iron Heights Penitentiary. Scenes occurring at Arkham Asylum should feature background work detailing these renovations; piled rubble, machinery, and dozens of workers in dust-stained overalls and yellow hard hats looking busy. 

PANEL ONE
Inside Arkham Ayslum's subterranean wing - reserved for its most dangerous inmates we focus on an open cell door. It's THE JOKER'S cell. There are several workers standing outside it, visibly reluctant to set foot inside.

CAPTION (1)
I have always had the capacity for evil.
 
CAPTION (2)
I suppose we all do, to some degree.
 
PANEL TWO
Inside THE JOKER'S cell stands a lone construction worker. Non-descript, nobody we've ever seen before. His hands are clasped behind his back. He's examining the walls - covered with diagrams and scribbled text - with obvious reverence.
 
 
CAPTION (1)
Most folks don't have the balls to commit to their demons.
 
CAPTION (2)
Even more simply don't have the intellect for it.
 
CAPTION (3)
I sure didn't.
 
PANEL THREE
Tight on our protagonist. He is squinting now, deciphering the coded scrawl.
 
CAPTION (1)
So the day I decoded The Joker's scrawl - -  
 
CAPTION (2)
- - me, a nobody! - -
 
CAPTION (3)
- - that was no longer a concern.
 
PANEL FOUR
A smile has spread across his face. He's done it - he's seen through the crazy and made sense of it.
 
CAPTION
He'd done my thinking for me, the Clown Prince of Crime.
 
PANEL FIVE
In another place, location unknown (for the time being). It's suitably dark and decrepit. THE JOKER is cackling to himself, evil grin plastered on his face.
 
THE JOKER
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
CAPTION
How was I to know I'd played right into his hands?

1 comment:

  1. Excellent mind games going on here, and I like some of the questions raised too.

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