Friday, September 26, 2014
The Phantom - Fairy Tales - Travis M. Holyfield
Panel 1: Interior. Night. MR. COOPER sits in his office chair, behind a magnificent desk - the desk of a powerful and influential man. His corner office has floor to ceiling windows, and he has a magnificent view of the city. Cooper sits facing one of the windows, only the right side of his face visible to us in profile.
COOPER: It's a sound plan, Lawrence. But what about opposition? Do you propose to stride into Bangalla and take this treasure with no resistance?
Panel 2: LARRY stands facing Cooper's desk. He is wearing a suit, but it is crumpled and fits badly. He is trying (and failing) to maintain an aura of confidence in front of Cooper.
LARRY: What resistance, Mr. Cooper? It's a bunch of primitives with loincloths and spears.
Panel 3: Cooper at his desk again, still not looking directly at Larry, still only giving us that profile view of his right side. He has tented his fingers in front of his chin, thoughtful.
COOPER: It is said there are other things to fear in the jungles of Bangalla than spears.
Panel 4: Larry shrugs, and tries on a casual smile.
LARRY: Seriously, sir? "The Ghost Who Walks?" It's a jungle boogeyman. A fairy tale!
Panel 5: Cooper's face has gone dark at Larry's last comment.
COOPER: Fairy tales, Lawrence?
COOPER: Like "Hansel and Gretyl"? Like "Little Red Riding Hood"?
COOPER: Do you know what a fairy tale is, Lawrence?
Panel 6: Cooper turns now to face Larry, and for the first time we see the left side of his face, a mass of scars circulating out from the clear mark of a skull imprinted on his left cheek.
COOPER: A WARNING.