Set-Up: Our heroes have finally defeated ECLIPSO, trapping his aetherial form in the Area of Madness, and scattering his Black Diamonds across infinite dimensions...
Panel 1- Night. The skyline of St. Canard, seen through the windshield of Launchpad McQuack's chopper. LAUNCHPAD, foreground left, looks out the windscreen, cupping his billed chin in his wing/hand.
CAPTION: Ever since the TaleSpin case, that treasure hunt out of Cape Suzette, DW's been acting...
Panel 2- Interior, bank vault. Moneybags with dollar signs are piled up by a hole in the vault floor, leading to an escape tunnel. Three of the BEAGLE BOYS (BURGER, BANKJOB, and BOUNCER) are throwing more cash into the last of their sacks.
BANKJOB: Let's go! Ma sez we're on a tight schedule!
BOUNCER: Keep yer shirt on! I'm hurryin'!
(OFF-PANEL): Yes, to your DOOM!
Panel 3- The BEAGLE BOYS point, looking toward us in palpable fear, dropping their money sacks.
BURGER: Not HIM!
(OFF-PANEL): I am the terror that flaps in the night!
Panels 4, 5, and 6 are linked by a tailless speech balloon, spoken off-panel, and another that looks electric, like signal coming over an earpiece.
Panel 4- BURGER gets a purple fist landed square in the eye, but there are brass knuckles on the fist, and blood flies.
Panel 5- BANKJOB's head is twisted around by a blur of purple crossing his jaw, teeth flying from his mouth.
Panel 6- BOUNCER loses consciousness as a purple-gloved hand tightly grasps his throat.
(OFF-PANEL): I am the seagull that bullseye's your beachside pink drink!
(OFF-PANEL, signal): Big D! Everything OK down there?
Panel 7- Close-up on DARKWING DUCK's mask. The right one-third is purple silk, but the left two-thirds are black, revealing a red eye. Purple-gloved fingers hold up a sliver of Black Diamond up to the "Eclipsed" eye.
DARKWING: Oh, yes...
Big thanks to all of you, dear readers, and all my friends at ThoughtBalloons, for humouring me the last 5 (!) months, to tell this meandering story. It taught me a lot about plotting ahead, getting to the gist in a one page framework, exposition, dialogue, research, and adaptability. I hope everyone enjoyed it. I'll be back to done-in-one's next week. See you then. CHEERS, everybody!