(Feel free to kick up the MORTAL KOMBAT theme if you’d like before reading this script.)
Panel 1: Location – a wooded arena, though we don’t see much of it here since RYU’s head and upper body take up most the panel.
RYU has his head lowered and his eyes closed as he concentrates in preparation for a fight. His hands are in front of him, with one hand clenched into a fist, which is pressed against the other palm of his other hand which is extended flat vertically.
RYU: (Text Box) I didn’t choose this fight.
Panel 2: RYU has twisted his body and stepped to the side to avoid getting hit by SCORPION’s infamous chain grab attack. He looks fully in control of the situation and maintains the same sense of calm he had in PANEL 1. The spike of SCORPION’s chain just narrowly misses him and flies by his chest.
SCOPRION: (Off-Panel) GET OVER HERE!
Panel 3: RYU reaches out to grab a segment of SCORPION’s chain as it continues to fly by him, this panel happening almost immediately after PANEL 2 – a lot of blurred motions surrounding RYU’s movements might be in order here to show just how fast things are moving.
Panel 4: RYU pulls on SCORPION’s chain to pull himself towards SCORPION – there is a look of sudden surprise from SCORPION on account of him failing to anticipate anyone actually attempting what RYU is about to pull off.
Panel 5: RYU hits SCORPION with a SHORYUKEN – ideally, the panel should have an ‘iconic’ feel to it.
Panel 6: RYU hits the ground and lands in an action pose, readying himself for his next move. SCORPION, in the foreground, is mid-recovery – he certainly felt RYU’s opening blow, but he’s about to regain his footing and composure before things really get going.
RYU: (TEXT BOX) I fear what might happen if I’m forced to finish it.