(For the record – No, I do not intend on using this as the basis for any future Baker & Grodd bits I write, it’s just a thematic one-off.)
Panel 1: ANIMAL MAN is outside a dimly lit cell inside a prison for super criminals. He gives the wall next to the cell a knock.
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ANIMAL MAN (1): Knock-knock!
ANIMAL MAN (2): This is your wake-up call.
Panel 2: A hint of GORILLA GRODD can be seen peering out from the darkness of the cell.
ANIMAL MAN: There you are, big guy.
Panel 3: ANIMAL MAN looks into the cell, where GRODD is still mostly hiding in the darkness of his cell, giving him a dark and scary appearance.
ANIMAL MAN (1): No need to play dumb, Grodd.
ANIMAL MAN (2): I’ve been very well informed about how smart you are.
ANIMAL MAN (3): Maybe even too smart for your own good.
Panel 4: GRODD continues to skulk in the darkness of his cell.
GRODD (1): Ha.
GRODD (2): What would a human weakling know about true intelligence?
Panel 5: ANIMAL MAN and GRODD look at each other through the cell viewport.
ANIMAL MAN (1): Aw - You wound me, Grodd.
ANIMAL MAN (2): See, they tell me you’re a criminal mastermind, and probably only avoided real punishment because they have no idea how to put a Gorilla on trial.
Panel 6: ANIMAL MAN looks happily ready to take on a challenge – perhaps disturbingly so.
ANIMAL MAN (1): You ask me?
ANIMAL MAN (2): I think you just need an attitude adjustment, Grodd.