Panel 1: An office, the headquarters of DIAMOND JIM, a detective superhero. It’s a room that’s largely in disarray.
In the midst of it all, hard at work trying to organize things, is ‘SIDEKICK BOY’, a teenager whose dressed in a spiffy, workplace friendly outfit.
SIDEKICK: (Downplayed) *grumble*grumble*
Panel 2: DIAMOND JIM enters the office from an adjacent room.
JIM: Keeping up the good work, kid?
SIDEKICK (1): Yeah, about that, sir?
SIDEKICK (2): When do I actually get to see some action?
Panel 3: JIM stops and looks at SIDEKICK BOY.
SIDEKICK: Yeah, when do I get to go out into the field with you and do some real superheroing?
Panel 4: SIDEKICK BOY is noticeably surprised with annoyed disappointed as JIM offhandedly answers him.
JIM (1): Ha, ha; ho, ho; no. No, no, no.
JIM (2): Taking a minor out with me when I do the most dangerous part of the job?
JIM (3): What kind of irresponsible superhero do you think I am? Batman?
Panel 5: SIDEKICK BOY questions DIAMOND JIM with indignation.
SIDEKICK (1): What?!
SIDEKICK (2): Then just what kind of sidekick am I?
JIM (1): Technically, you’re more an intern than a sidekick.
JIM (2): You did read through the entire application, right?
Panel 6: SIDEKICK BOY, deadfaced.
DIAMOND JIM (1): Well, consider that your first major lesson.
DIAMOND JIM (2): You know, alongside all the other lessons you’re learning just by doing all this very much non-dangerous work for me.
Love the acknowledgement of young sidekicks as irresponsible.ReplyDelete