Sunday, November 3, 2013

V - Veronica - R.A. Wonsowski (lyrics by Elvis Costello)


Panel 1 - Exterior:  nestled in the picturesque English countryside, stands the main cottage of the Diana Stanton Home for the Elderly (it says so on the carved wooden sign out front).  Looking vacantly out one of the bay windows is an old woman (VERONICA) of about 90.  It's raining lightly.  

CAPTION:  Well, now she sits in her favourite chair...

Panel 2 - Interior:  Lobby of the same cottage.   VERONICA is still staring out the window, sitting in a big armchair.  She looks frail and slender in her nightgown, with a posture and expression as if she's not quite sure where she is.  She is holding a photograph in a black frame.  A couple of other elderly men watch the telly; one of them is sporting an IV rigging, the other is in a wheelchair.  All three are in hospital gowns.  A burly looking orderly in scrubs is watching the TV from a distance, a NURSE checks a clipboard in the doorway while walking toward VERONICA.

CAPTION:  And she sits very quiet and still...

Panel 3 - From above and behind, the NURSE, standing, is talking to VERONICA, still seated and looking up at her face, as if she doesn't know who the nurse is.  We see that the photo she is holding is of the "Bollocks" girl (the one in glasses).

CAPTION:  And they call her a name that they never get right 
(and if they don't, then nobody else will...)

Panel 4 - VERONICA turns to see another burly ORDERLY (looking a little like he used to play on a prison rugby team), bearing a bouquet of roses (violet carsons, of course).  As big as the ORDERLY is, his face,though thuggish, should be gentle.

CAPTION:  But she used to have a carefree mind of her own...

Panel 5 - VERONICA looks out the window.  We see V, standing in the rain near a tree, doffing his (her?) hat and bowing, the smile of the Guy Fawkes mask visible.

CAPTION:  With a devilish look in her eye...

Panel 6 - Close-up on VERONICA's head and shoulders as she holds the bouquet, the rain running down the window streaking shadowlines upon her face.  Her mouth is open in an "oh" of surprise, but she shows no fear.  In the background, the NURSE, as if saying "why you big old smoothie", chucks the big ORDERLY's shoulder, who is a little embarrassed, and the two share shy smiles with each other.

CAPTION:  Saying "You can call me anything you like...

Panel 7 - Close-up now on only VERONICA's face.  Every wrinkle shows.  The roses frame her right cheek, and her eyes are flirtatious and young.  She smiles in a very Fawkes-ian grin.  

CAPTION:  "But my name is


NOTE: the title card is in the same fashion as Part 3 of the series.

1 comment:

  1. Damn, this is a beautiful page. So evocative. Your detailed panel descriptions are very Moore-esque too. If you told me this was a "deleted scene" from the original story, I'd believe you.


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