Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Ventriloquist - Puppet Master - J.D. Coughlan
Batman reviews video footage of a time when Arnold Wesker was put under hypnosis in order to understand the roots of the Scarface persona.
All of these panels look like a monitor screen, the image black and white and slightly stacic-y, with "REC" and maybe a date/time stamp on them.
Panel 1: Arnold sits behind a desk in a doctor's office, wearing his Arkham jumpsuit. His head is slightly slumped forward, eyes closed.
DOCTOR (O.P.): Arnold, can you hear me?
ARNOLD: (small) Yes.
DOCTOR (O.P.): How old are you, Arnold?
ARNOLD: (small) Six.
Panel 2: Same shot.
DOCTOR (O.P.): And where are you?
ARNOLD: (small) In my house. With my mommy and daddy.
Panel 3: Same shot. Arnold looks a bit more uncomfortable.
DOCTOR (O.P.): What's the matter, Arnold?
ARNOLD: (small) I think... I think something's wrong with my mommy and daddy.
ARNOLD: (small) There was lots of noise so I came downstairs and now they're not moving and I think it's cause I'm up past my bedtime and I don't want them to be mad--
Panel 4: Same shot. Arnold even more uncomfortable now, his face screwed up, holding back tears.
DOCTOR (O.P.): Arnold, Arnold, it's alright. Stay calm. Tell me what you're feeling.
Panel 5: Same. Arnold now looks of the verge of crying.
ARNOLD: (small) I'm scared. I duh-- I duh-- I don't wanna be alone.
Panel 6: Same shot, but now Arnold looks up, eyes open, right into the camera. There is a wicked grin on his face. The text in his speech bubble should be notably different.
ARNOLD: You ain't alone, Arnie. I'll protect ya.
ARNOLD: Nobody's gonna hurt you again.
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This is most excellent, John! The setup allows for an incredibly emotional look at Arnold's tragic origin, with a chillin' conclusion to top it all off.ReplyDelete