The Grim Rider, Issue Three: Welcome to Capital

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Carter is taken to a magical city called Capital a city that is the center of the entire magical world. Where all the different pantheons of gods and spirits from around the world are allowed. We finally find out what the hell is happening!

Submitted: October 10, 2016

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PAGEONE (five panels)

Panel 1.The inside of a building, the walls and floor are made out white marble or linoleum. The room has high class furniture and columns all around the room, in the middle there is dais with arcane symbols around the rim and in the middle.

CARTER (inner monologue):

“Hi the name’s is Carter Gray and if you are wondering what this is, well wait in line, cause I need answers as well. Because I’ve had a really long two days, where I got forcefully tattooed, my ass kicked by a giant monster, arrested, and then shot by police.”

Panel 2. A bright flash of white light fills up the entire room.

CARTER (inner monologue):

“And the reason all of this has been happening is because of some role I have in a world shaking event and I’m needed apparently”

Panel 3. The light dissipates and four people are standing on the dais, A man with brown hair in a business suit holding a blond woman that is passed out by her shoulder. A old but threatening looking man with Gray hair and beard wearing black tactical clothing, and a teenager wearing a regular street clothes and is holding an ice pack and large scythe.The teenager has bullet holes in his shirt. The the men look calm, but the teenage has his eyes widened and jaw lowered in absolute shock and surprise. There are text boxes in the frame.

CARTER (inner monologue):

“Some people would walk away. However, there are some perks to this shit. I got powers, now I’m strong enough to toss a semi like it was nothing, I’m fire proof, also bullet proof , and I can summon a magic scythe, and also summon a really scary horse.”

Panel 4. Same panel as the last one.

CARTER (inner monologue):

“Those I can get used to, but it comes with a price now I am saddled with a bunch of psychotics who told me about my role. And earlier my new beautiful stalker Lilith told me that day there are people who are trying to use me.”

Panel 5. Close up on Carter and the guys Carter screams out loud, while the two men stare at him. There is one text box in the frame.

“And it could be these guys; therefore, I need to keep my possible enemies closer than friends. And I need to stay calm, keep my cool and not freak out…”

CARTER:

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

CARTER (inner monologue):

“or not.”

 

PAGETWO (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter says something to the two guys while he looks forward in a paralyzed freaked out stare. Raziel says something to Carter and puts his hand on his shoulder, and says something to Gabriel.

CARTER (shaky):

“What the fuck, Gabriel, Raz... what’s happening!--”

RAZIEL:

“--We’re at our base and I will explain everything soon, Gabriel would you please take Uriel to the infirmary so I can explain.”

GABRIEL:

“Sure”

Panel 2. Raziel says something to Carter, Gabriel walks away taking Uriel with him. Carter has a calm look on his face, as he talks to Raziel.

RAZIEL:

“Kid I’m gonna need you to calm down. But first Are you hungry?--”

CARTER:
“--Yeah?”

RAZIEL:

“Perfect! I know I diner we can go to nearby. ”

CARTER:

“Okay okay okay, but I still want to know where the hell I'm at.”

Panel 3. Raziel walks forward motioning his arm forward down the hall, Carter walks in front of Raziel as he’s motioning and says something while looking back.

RAZIEL:

“If you walk with me to the balcony then I will show you.”

Panel 4. Carter walks up to the balcony with a bright light shining on his face, Raziel is standing behind him. Carter’s jaw is hanging in awe and Raziel says something to him.

RAZIEL:

“Carter Gray welcome…”

Panel 5. We see a massive city surrounded by clouds, with buildings from modern day skyscrapers to ancient temples that much more massive than the originals.

RAZIEL:

“… to Capital”

Carter:

“What is this Raz, what the hell is this.”

RAZIEL:

“Let’s get you something to eat.”

 

PAGETHREE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter and Raziel are sitting what looks like a regular diner, but they are surrounded by people and odd looking creatures. Both Raziel and Carter are sitting in a booth talking to each other.

CARTER:

“Can you please tell me what's happening? I'm reaching the limit here man.--”

RAZIEL:  

“--Let me be the first to apologize for how my kin acted towards you. They aren't very well versed in subtlety I'm afraid.”

Panel 2.Carter says something to Raz with an angry look, there are people in the background.

CARTER:

“Yeah no shit. I'm guessing some of them have anger issues to huh?

RAZIEL:

“To be honest I was against sending Gabriel and Uriel to picking you up.--”

Panel 3. Carter leans back and puts his arms up on the top part of the booth they’re in, he says something with a smile. Raziel responds to him while splaying his hands in a explanatory gesture.

CARTER:

“Well they need talk like normal people to. They sounded… who the hell are you guys.”

RAZIEL:

“Personally I was against sending those two anyway because we needed to be clear with you, instead of how we used to do thing.”

Panel 4. Raziel rolls up his right sleeve to show a tattoo on his arm, sort of like a soldier getting the symbol of what military sect he was in. Raziel says something with a serious look.

RAZIEL:

“And as to who… we are the angels of the lord God…”

Panel 5. A waitress comes to their table and ask for what they want to order, she has her little notebook out for orders. Raziel while looking at the waitress.

WAITRESS:

“Good afternoon guys I will be serving you today, so what’ll you have to drink today.”

RAZIEL:

“Oh, I’ll have coffee, black… oh, Carter what kind of coffee do you like?”

 

PAGEFOUR (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter has his arm extended out, he’s trying to say something when Raz interrupts him while still talking to the waitress.

CARTER:

“Um usually with creamer, but wait…”

RAZIEL:

“And get him whatever kind you got he won’t care.”

WAITRESS:

“Ok thanks, that’ll be right up.”

Panel 2. Raziel says something to Carter and he responds along with an angry look, Raziel has his right arm propped up on the top of the booths back cushion.

RAZIEL:

“You were saying.”

CARTER:

“I was going to say how are you an angel, because a considering the way you talk about each other and the way blonde Xena was acting, it just doesn’t seem very angelic to me.”

Panel 3. Raziel retorts while he has his hands clasped together and in front of his face, Carter look at Raziel with a confused look and says something to him.

RAZIEL:

“Yes, people change over time that includes angels , we used to be without sin and our only purpose was to be God’s loyal servants…”

CARTER:

“Buuuuuuuut?”

RAZIEL:

“He left right out of the blue we had no one to give us orders, it was pretty much our purpose to serve him.”

Panel 4. Raziel is still going but Carter now has an interested look while sitting straight up.

RAZIEL:

“After a while we didn’t know what to do with our lives who to fight, or who to save, but Michael the first of all of us decided to lead. Then we were able to pick ourselves back up and do our thing but…”

Panel 5. Raziel is talking and in the same position as the last frames, but Carter now has a sympathetic look and then says something to Raziel. Carter has his head down

RAZIEL:  

“… some of still feel lost because our purpose in life had left us. And since we’re not supposed not to anything else but obey God’s will, we get bitter or change radically.”

CARTER:

“Okay what do you want talk about.”

 

PAGEFIVE (five panels)

Panel 1. Raziel is looking up with a small grin on his face as he says something, Carter sitting up with his hands on the table.

RAZIEL:

“Really, why?”

CARTER:

“Yes, because if this “world shaking event” is as bad as you said and you go to this extent just for one guy, maybe I can help in some way.”

RAZIEL:

“You can, but what’s the catch?”

Panel 2. Carter leans forward on the table and supports himself on his elbows and says something with a serious look.

CARTER:

“I have some conditions, first you guys find a way to explain to my friends and family why I’m gone. Two, you have to tell me why I’m here and don’t be vague just be clear and I can take whatever it is.”

Panel 3. Raziel answers with a serious face; and Carter says something off panel.

RAZIEL:

“We can do that, have any other request.”

CARTER (OP):

“Yes, I have a say in some of the thing you have me do, and I can call you Raz from now on. Now get on with why I’m here.”

Panel 4. The waitress comes back and sets down their drinks, then she asks them something. Raziel responds with his finger in the air, and Carter is touching his face irritated.

WAITRESS:

“Okay here are your drinks, and what would you like to eat today guys.”

RAZIEL:

“I’ll have a short stack of pancakes and Carter what’d you want.”

CARTER:

“I’ll just have what you have.”

Panel 5. The waitress walks away and Raz starts to talk, Carter is talking off panel

RAZIEL:

“Are you sure you want to hear this right now, because…”

CARTER (OP):

“Yes, yes I do because I hate vagueness; just get on with it.”

RAZIEL:

“Fine. The short version is that the world is ending and you…”

 

PAGESIX (five panels)

Panel 1. A cyclops from booth to the left of them ask a question while pointing to their table. Carter has his hand covering his face irritated, and Raziel  has a surprised look on his face.

CYCLOPS:

“Hey I was wondering if I could borrow your salt shaker, because I’m all out right here and my wai…”

Panel 2. Carter turns around and yells at him with a really angry look; the cyclops has his one eye widened in surprise while his hand is close to his face and still pointing to the table, Raziel turns around and says something.

CARTER:
“Dammit dude we’re trying to have a serious fucking conversation here!”

CYCLOPS:

“But I just wanted--”

CARTER:

“NO! SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!”

RAZIEL:

“We’ll take our food to go please.”

Panel 3. Raziel and Carter are standing outside the diner; Carter has an angry look with his arms crossed, and Raziel is calm and holding bag with the two to go boxes in it. They appear to be waiting for something.

RAZIEL:

“You know if you want to survive what’s coming you need two things; one self control and two allies and that won’t happen if you assault people who piss you off.”

Panel 4. Carter turns and yells angrily at Raziel and points back to the diner

CARTER:

“Well what do you expect you dropped a huge bomb back there, and dummy was pissing me off!Now will you please get on with the story!”

Panel 5. Raziel talks agains with a calm look on his face while holding the bag; Carter still has his crossed and the same angry look.

RAZIEL:

“As I was saying, before your freak out I was going to tell you about who you are. And you are the one of the four, the four who’re uncork the bottle that is the apocalypse. Tell me have you ever heard of Revelation 6:7-8.”

 

PAGESEVEN (five panels)

Panel 1.Carter has a scared look on his face as he says something to Raziel.

CARTER:

“Yeah my Aunt is a religious type, “When the lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say “come and see”. I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him”.

Panel 2. Raziel says something with a calm look and Carter responds with a confused look.

RAZIEL:

“That part concerns you Carter.”

CARTER:

“I’m guessing I’m that horseman, I’m Death.”

RAZIEL:

“Correct, and you and the other three are ironically our salvation.”

Panel 3. Carter has his right hand down at his side and the scythe appears in his hand; he says something off panel.

CARTER (OP):

“I’m not ending the world for you Raz.”

Panel 4. Raziel responds with the same calm look and Carter is in a fighting stance.

RAZIEL:

“Put that away Carter I’m not asking you to do that, I’m asking you to stop the end of the world.”

CARTER:

“So what’s in it for you?”

RAZIEL:

“It’s our duty to protect mankind, and the knowledge your people have amassed means a lot to me Carter, I am the angel of knowledge and that means I know your species should be allowed to live.”

Panel 5. Carter lowers the scythe down and asks Raziel a question and then Raz says something off panel.

CARTER:

“Fine. So what the hell are we waiting for”

RAZIEL (OP):

“I called us a cab to come and pick us up”

CARTER:

“Where’s it taking us, back to your base.”

RAZIEL (OP):

“No, we’ve set up an apartment for you here in the city”

 

PAGEEIGHT (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter turns his head and says something with a smile and Raziel responds. Then Carter says something off panel.

CARTER:

“Seriously, does it have a bed and everything”

RAZIEL:

“Yes a very nice one.”

CARTER(OP):

“What’s the buildings address.”

RAZIEL:

“ 68372, Olympus Drive, loft 7 J, why do you ask?”

CARTER(OP):

“Because I’m tired and have had a very long day, and I’m tired of waiting.”

Panel 2. There’s a pale green burst of light shining next to Raziel who had a surprised look on his face. Then we see Carter sitting on a pale horse, with his scythe in hand.

RAZIEL:

“Carter what are you doing?”

CARTER:
“Getting some rest, meet you back at my place Raz.”

Panel 3. Carter and the horse zoom away from Raziel a trail of pale green light behind him.

Panel 4. Carter is riding the Horse of Death through the streets of Capital with a happy smile.

Panel 5. A sky-high view of Capital with the same pale green light moving throughout the city’s streets.

 

PAGENINE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter and the pale horse stop in front of a loft type apartment building, Carter looks up and says something.

SFX:

“?”

CARTER:

“Sweet place, being Death has it’s perks I guess; wonder what the actual apartment’ll look like.”

Panel 2. Carter jumps off the horse and crouches down with a pained look on his face, and his hand on his crotch. Then Carter turns his head toward the horse and says something; the horse growls at him.

CARTER:
“AGGGH! Completely forgot about that for a second. You’re awesome and all, but riding you is a bitch. Major ballbuster, hey just came up with a name for you, how does Cage sound to you.”

CAGE:

“RRRG”

CARTER:

“Cage it is, now let’s take a look at my new place.”

Panel 3. Carter is walking down a hallway with a skeevy looking guy with a porno stache and gray curly hair wearing khakis and a hawaiian shirt (the landlord). There are doors all the down the hallway.

LANDLORD:

“So you are the important tenant the angels told me about, when they had me hold this loft for you.”

CARTER:

“Uh yeah I’m very important, so is everything set up in there, or do I get my own furniture.”

Panel 4. The landlord and Carter are standing in an open doorway; the door is white with golden letter plaques that say “7 J”. Carter has an excited look on his face as they enter.

LANDLORD:

“No, the angels dropped off stuff for you in advance.”

CARTER:

“AWESOME!”

Panel 5. Carter’s new home is a decked out loft style apartment, the loft has delux furniture, decked out kitchen, and 65-inch T.V. . (let’s just say it is really freaking nice.) Then Raziel who’s behind the two says something off-panel.

RAZIEL (OP):

“It should be considering it’s in a heavenly realm, and we spent a fortune on utilities, furniture, appliances, and technology. All just to make you and your brethren feel comfortable.”

 

PAGETEN (five panels)

Panel 1. The landlord hands Carter the keys to the loft while putting his hand on his shoulder; he has a scared look. Raziel is standing in the background at the end of the hallway with his arms crossed with staring at them angrily.

REMY:

“ Uh… okay here is the key to the apartment sir, all the appliances are new so you won’t have problems… and if you need help with anything just come to my apartment and my name is Remy, Remy Kober and have a good afternoon.

Panel 2. Carter walks into the loft and Raziel follows behind him; Carter says something with a smile and Raziel responds with a serious look.

CARTER:

“Say what I will about you angels, but you guys know how to treat a horse…”

RAZIEL:

“What the hell was that back there! You left me at the diner and practically told everyone in the city who you are.”

Panel 3. Carter plops down on the corner seat of the sofa; he has his arms resting on the top of the couch, and he has his forearms raised upward snaping the fingers on his left hand while saying something to Raziel.

CARTER:
“Hey I told you back on Earth that I had a very long bad day and was tired, why take a cab when I could ride a supernatural horse that can get me from point A to point B just like that.”

Panel 4. Raziel responds to Carter with an angry look as he yells at Carter, he points at him as well. In the background is the apartment's kitchen with a very large fridge.

RAZIEL:

“Because, this is war! The world is ending and you, and the rest of the Horsemen are the only ones who can stop it. You need to use that power in the right way, and broke an unwritten rule in war don’t leave a man behind.”

Panel 5. We go back to Carter who now has an ashamed look and has his arm down and his hands in his lap. Raziel says something off panel.

CARTER:

“Look I’m sorry Raz, I probably should have waited for you man, but I also needed time and space to process all the crap you’ve told me so far. Also why’s it a big problem I rode Cage here.”

RAZIEL:

“Wait, who?”

CARTER:
“The horse.”

RAZIEL:

“Why?”

CARTER:
“Does it matter.”

RAZIEL:
“It does not.”

 

PAGEELEVEN (five panels)

Panel 1. Both of them are still talking in the living room, Carter says something to Raziel and he responds with a serious face.

CARTER:

“So before I left we were talking about something think you can finish up on that.”

RAZIEL:

“No… not right now, like you said you do need sleep, but doesn’t mean I won’t leave you here without anything.

Panel 2. Raziel says something to Carter with the same serious look as he walks over and kneels down. He has both is his index and his middle fingers up and pressed together.

RAZIEL:
“I need to give you information, because tomorrow you will have a long day, unless I give you this.

Panel 3. Carter’s eyes widen as Raziel grabs the sides of Carter’s head with both hand.

Panel 4. We see what happening inside Carter’s head,there are scenes of different things flying through his head. There are scenes of boxing matches, martial arts fights, fencing, sword fighting, parkour, advanced horseback riding, stealth, archery, slight of hand tricks, thievery, languages, symbols, and many more.

Panel 5. Carter falls over passed out with Raziel still in the room, Raziel says something to Carter.

RAZIEL:

“Sweet dreams kid and good luck.”

 

PAGETWELVE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter wakes up with a pillow and blanket on him, he sits up and grabs at his head. Then someone says something to Carter off-panel, at the top of the panel it says “10 hours later”.

CARTER:

“AAGH, oh god that hurts.”

FEMALE VOICE:

“ sounds like that hurts, want me to kiss it and make you feel all better.”

Panel 2. Carter touches both his temples and says something irritated, then Lilith who’s in the kitchen switches the lights on.

CARTER:

“Lilith I know it’s you so spare me all the B.S. if you please, because I’m tired of being screwed with and close to losing it right now.”

LILITH:

“How is someone so cute so angry .”

Panel 3. Carter stands up with his right hand on his head and says something with an irritated look.

CARTER:

“When that person has been branded, stalked, attacked, arrested, shot at, and given a class-A migraine all in less than a week. Plus, don’t call me cute, when someone I know does, it’s okay but people who’s a stranger and stalking me do it that’s where the line is drawn.”

Panel 4. Lilith says something off panel, while Carter walks into the kitchen and opens the fridge and says something while searching for something.

LILITH:

“Oh come on I’ve helped you out before, I gave you an overview about what's happening didn’t I”

CARTER:

“A, it wasn’t exactly clear, you couldn’t have been more vague. B, when that thing came and smashed my house and kicked my ass, you up and left me high and dry.”

Panel 5. Lilith is leaning over the island in front of Carter and says something, and Carter responds off panel. The position she’s leaning in is very revealing clothes involved.

LILITH:

“I wasn’t that vague, and I had to get away from the behemoth to make sure I’m not found out.”

CARTER (OP):

“For starters yes, you were vague; you talked about the “event”, my tattoos, and then you brought up the times you mouth raped me.

 

PAGETHIRTEEN (five panels)

Panel 1. Lilith says something with a playful smile while she turns her head to look at him, Carter responds off-panel.

LILITH:

“Hey I didn’t hear you complain during, and I know you haven’t stopped staring since I got here”

CARTER (OP):

“I’m just gonna forget that you said that last part and move onto why you had to not be found out.”

Panel 2. Lilith and Carter sit down on the couch Lilith is still smiling and Carter has a serious look on his face while holding his glass.

LILITH:

“Remember when I said that kissing you was in my nature.”

CARTER:

“Yeah it made no sense… at all.”

LILITH:

“That’s because I may not be exactly human.”

CARTER:

“So what, are you an angel because Raziel told me that you guys have changed.”

LILITH:
“No, I’m actually the opposite of an angel.”

Panel 3. Carter responds off panel and Lilith is talking to him with a tense look on her face and is rubbing the side of her head.

CARTER (OP):

“So what are you then.”

LILITH:

“Promise not to freak out on me.”

CARTER(OP):

“Depends on how bad it is.”

LILITH:
“I’m… a… demon… ?

CARTER:
“PFFT!! Excuse me!”

LILITH:

“A succubus actually.”

Panel 4. Carter is brushing his forearm against his mouth while coughing and Lilith is patting his back while they’re talking. Lilith is talking with a sincere look on her face.

CARTER:
“KOF! KOF! You can’t be fricking serious, a fucking demon.”

LILITH:

“But I’m not like them.”

CARTER:

“Different how, what make you different, do you not have horns or just a bad liar.”

LILITH:

“You already know, I told you remember.”

Panel 5. Carter brushes Lilith's arm off of him and says something angrily. Lilith responds with a desperate/pleading look.

CARTER:

“What that you were human. Why should I believe that, all you’ve done is freak me out and not tell me anything.”

LILITH:

“I know and I’ll just sit down and I’ll dump out everything right now, I wasn’t lying when I was once human, but I was also something else.”

 

PAGEFIFTEEN (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter’s back is facing Lilith, he's standing there thinking with his hands on his sides. Lilith say something off-panel.

CARTER (thoughts):

“What the hell am I doing, am I seriously considering listening to a demon for all I know, she sent that monster after me.”

LILITH:
“Are you okay.”

Panel 2. Carter turns around and we have a close up on Lilith giving Carter the lost soul look.Carter is still thinking.

CARTER (thoughts):

“Oh god she’s giving me puppy dogs eyes; come on man, star strong don’t let her get to you.”

LILITH (sad):

“Carter.”

CARTER (thoughts):

“ Goddammit”

Panel 3. Carter sits down next to Lilith and says something with a serious look. Lilith smiles and begins to talk.

CARTER:

“Okay shoot, but if you lie to me at all, you’re getting run through.”

LILITH:

“Thanks loverboy.”

CARTER:

“Make it short but sweet okay ‘cause I have stuff to do today.”

Panel 4. Lilith starts to talk and Carter listens.

LILITH:
“Like I said before I was human I had a home, but one day I left home to get freedom. That was when I was approached by the ruler of Hell, Satan. He offered me a deal, join him and I would have my freedom.”

Panel 5. Carter ask Lilith something with curious look and Lilith responds.

CARTER:

“Did you say yes”

LILITH:
“No, I rejected him because I didn’t know who he was and he gave me a bad feeling, and when I walked away he said something that’s still rings in my ears, “I do not care how I do it, but I will get you to accept.”, he wasn’t lying.”

 

PAGESIXTEEN (five panels)

Panel 1. Lilith says something with a traumatized look on her face.

LILITH:

“And he kept to his word, till one day I said yes and I’ve regretted it ever since. He turned me into monster, that is why I want to help you Carter, if we stop the apocalypse Satan’s life will end and I will get my freedom.”

Panel 2. Carter’s eyes are widened in surprise, he’s about to say something when the phone in the apartment rings. Lilith says something off-panel.

SFX:

“BEEP BEEP BEEP”

LILITH (OP):

“Are you gonna go get that or just let it ring.”

Panel 3. Carter get’s up and answers the phone, with Lilith sitting on the couch in the background looking vulnerable, she touches her hand to the side of her head and brushes her hair back. Carter is talking with a fake smile with eyes that say “don’t fuck up”

CARTER:

“ Hey Raz hi good morning…..Me oh yeah I’m fine, woke up with a slight headache but it passed…...Sorry what’s today, a sparring session with the other horsemen, sounds cool when is it…..An hour good, sweet I’ll be there…….

Panel 4. Carter yells something into the phone rapidly, Lilith gets a surprised look on her face.

CARTER:

“No! you don’t have to pick me up… oh you're already on your way up okay see ya bye.”

Panel 5. Lilith runs up to Carter scared and both say something the same time.

CARTER and LILITH (same time);

“You got to hide! I’ve got to hide!”

PAGESEVENTEEN (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter points to the door down the hall of the loft, Lilith turns her head to look behind her and now she has a mischievous smile on her face as she says something.

CARTER:

“Go in the other room he won’t check there, if he see you you’re definitely dead.”

LILITH:

“Just like a fantasy of mine, but reverse.”

Panel 2. Carter yells at Lilith.

CARTER:

“Dammit just go”

Panel 3. Lilith strokes the underside of Carter’s chin as she walks away, Carter sill looks pissed off.

Panel 4. Someone knocks on the loft's front door Carter says something, while turning his head toward the door.

SFX:
“KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK”

CARTER:

“I’ll be right there.”

Panel 5. Carter opens the front door and Raziel is standing there with a calm look.

CARTER (OP):

“Hey Raz what’re you doing here, and also what the hell did you do to my head.”

RAZIEL:

“Today is the first day of your training, and what I did was prepare you for it.”

CARTER (OP):

“How does giving me a migraine help.”

 

PAGEEIGHTEEN (five panels)

Panel 1. Raziel responds while he walks into the apartment, Carter says something while scratching the back of his head.

RAZIEL:

“I am the angel of knowledge and beings involved with knowledge or wisdom, have the ability to pass on knowledge to others.--”

CARTER:
“--So what did you give me ‘cause it hurt like a bitch.”

Panel 2. A close up on Raziel as he answers with a smile.

RAZIEL:

“Come with me and you’ll find out.--”

Panel 3. Carter and Raziel are sitting in the back of a taxicab talking, Carter is now wearing a new set of clothes.

CARTER:

“There’s something I’m curious about, what was that thing that attacked my house.”

RAZIEL:

“That was a demon, a Behemoth Demon to be more exact.”

CARTER:

“It said someone told him it wouldn’t be a problem to kill me”

Panel 4. Raziel talks with a serious look and Carter responds with a freaked out expression.

RAZIEL:

“It was serving his masters, the Lords of Hell must’ve wanted you dead; but underestimated your ability.”

CARTER:

“My ability! Raz, dude I practically got my ass kicked back there, if anything I got lucky!”

Panel 5. Raziel responds with a calm look and points at him and Carter says something calmly.

RAZIEL:
“It was luck that the scythe found you, and gave you the power to defend yourself. But now the demons know how strong you are.

CARTER:

“So what does that mean.”

RAZIEL:

“It means the next time they attack they won’t just send one soldier.”

 

PAGENINETEEN (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter asks Raziel something with a curious look and Raziel responds solemn look.

CARTER:
“Is that bad.”

RAZIEL:

“Demons are not at all like the ones described in television or books; they are beings of pure evil and do not care who or what get caught in the crossfire. To put it simply the demons in pop culture, would flee from the creatures I’ve fought.”

Panel 2. Carter’s eyes have widened as he responds to Raziel, Raz responds off panel.

CARTER:
“Well then how’d I survive the one I killed.”

RAZIEL (OP):

“You are the horsemen of death, your power is mostly unknown.”

CARTER:
“Why”

RAZIEL (OP):

“Because that information has existed before I was created, it existed before creation itself.”

Panel 3. Carter responds confused, and Raziel says something while motioning his hand toward the window.

CARTER:
“Now you’ve lost me.”

RAZIEL:

“My father is not the only deity in the world, there are many others divine beings that exist.”

CARTER:
“Again dude you’ve lost me.”

RAZIEL:

“There are more than just one god in the universe, others from different religions and myths are here.”

Panel 4. Carter now has an interested look on his face as he asks Raz something, and Raz answers.

CARTER:
“So greek, egyptian, norse, hindu, and shinto gods; those kinds.”

RAZIEL:

“Correct, all of them exist, some have there own creation myths but some aren’t true. And it’s only the originals gods that know what the horsemen are and what their power is.”

CARTER:
“But most of are either dead or trapped.”

Panel 5. Raziel responds with a smile on his face while touching his temple and Carter talks off-panel.

RAZIEL:
“You have quite a brain on you there Carter, so yes only they know and that make you unpredictable.”

CARTER:
“Guess so, but what do you know about us so far from the other horsemen.”

RAZIEL:

“You’re about to find out my young student.”


PAGETWENTY (two panels)

Panel 1. The taxi pulls up to a large building with a combination of modern and ancient hebrew architecture. Raziel and Carter talk inside the cab.

RAZIEL (OP):

“This is our base here in Capital as you already know.”

CARTER (OP):
“Yeah I’m curious why your base is in here and not in Heaven.”
RAZIEL (OP):

“We’re here because Capital is the center of all things magical and divine.”

Panel 2. Is a high up shot of the entire city, the sun high up in the sky. Carter and Raziel are talking off-panel.

CARTER (OP):
“Well sounds awesome, but don’t the other gods have their own places to live.”

RAZIEL (OP):
“The gods made this place as a neutral ground for them to meet, to solve or create new problems.”

CARTER (OP):
“So this is basically fantasy New York City, I’m guessing there’s a U.N. types building too.”

 

PAGETWENTY-ONE (five panels)
Panel 1. Carter and Raziel walk inside the building and we see a receptionist desk, Carter and Raz are walking through the front door and talking.

CARTER:

“You know I am just noticing how nice this building is.”

RAZIEL:
“Why didn’t you notice before.”

CARTER:

“Because I was still freaking out yesterday.”

RAZIEL:
“Oh, well this is the Heaven Embassy, this is where angels and souls go if they want to move or work in the city.”

Panel 2. Raz and Carter enter a room that looks like a gym/dojo and we see three other people  there one guy sitting in a chair next to a water dispenser outside a ring; and two other fighting inside of it.

Panel 3. Carter and Raz are at the ring just as the two fighters two weapons collide. A asian girl wielding two pirate cutlasses and a mexican guy fighting with a medieval sword. They’re both gritting their teeth as they do.

Panel 4. Carter stands there as the two stare at him underwhelmed with their weapons apart, Carter says something while doing a small wave. The asian girl says something with a snooty smirk.

CARTER:
“Uh hi, see that you got tattoos too huh.”

ASIAN GIRL:
“Who’s this loser.”

Panel 5. Carter bows down with one arm on his stomach and the other out at his side. As he responds the her snooty comment.

CARTER:
“Carter Gray at your service and who may you be.--”

MIRANDA:

“--Miranda”

CARTER:
“Miranda, you’ve made to my top ten all time bitch list.--”

 

PAGETWENTY-TWO (five panels)

Panel 1. Miranda has her weapon out in an attack stance and Raz blocks her way while saying something. Behind her is the mexican guy and huge dude with a massive sword on his hip, Carter talks off-panel.

RAZIEL:
“Carter meet Miranda Chen, the Horsemen of Famine over there is Hugo Cortez and Edward Pius, the Horsemen of Conquest and War.”

CARTER (OP):
“Hope you two are more pleasant than her.”

Panel 2. Miranda pushes past Raziel and gets close up to Carter’s face pointing at him with an angry look. Carter says something with a smile.

MIRANDA:
“I’ll show you pleasant when I wipe the floor with you, who are you to talk to me like that.--”

CARTER:
“--Someone who doesn’t take shit from people like you, and the Horsemen of Death.”

Panel 3. Miranda and the other horsemen's eyes widen in surprise, and Miranda backs off.

Panel 4. Carter asks them something while pointing at the other horsemen and Raziel responds off-panel.

CARTER:

“I thought you were supposed to have a pair of scales and you would have a bow. Plus why do I have a scythe.--”

RAZIEL:
“-- Another thing we did not expect from the horsemen was their weapons; they can change into any weapon they please.”

CARTER:

“-- Why?”

Panel 5. Raziel responds with a fascinated look and Carter looks at the scythe that appeared in his hand with curiosity.

RAZIEL:

“That’s another interesting detail, because your written counterpart doesn’t have a weapon.--”

CARTER:

“-- So this corresponds with the whole other gods thing right.”

RAZIEL:

“Yes it does, and I’ll tell you later but we need to assess your skills.”

 

PAGETWENTY-THREE (four panels)

Panel 1. Raziel, Edward, and Hugo are standing off to the side. Raziel talks to Carter from the sidelines, while him and Miranda are facing circling around inside the ring.

RAZIEL:
“First lesson you need to learn in fighting our enemy is that they come in different shapes and sizes, depending on which demon you face and some are more deadly than others.

Panel 2. Raziel is talking off-panel; Miranda jumped upward and side spins with her two cutlasses outward.

RAZIEL:
“Our enemies can either be strong, agile, or unpredictable in combat.--”

Panel 3. Miranda comes down right blade down and the right one at her side about thrust forward; Carter brings his scythe up and blocks her strike, and looks the right blade with shock. Raziel continues off-panel.

RAZIEL:
“Not only are they dangerous on the battlefield they’re dangerous off of it as well, demons as you know can possess any living creature and blend in. And will use their host as a shield when, so they can escape, so not only you will need skill…”  

Panel 4. Carter has turned his scythe into a roman gladius and grabs her wrist stopping the knife. Carter has a smile on his face and Miranda is surprised, Raziel is talking off-panel.

RAZIEL:
“you need to be as crafty as them.”

 

PAGETWENTY-FOUR (four panels)

Panel 1. Miranda swings her leg to the side and trips Carter, he falls down the sword in his hand. Miranda is coming down about to stab him with a kukri knife.

Panel 2. Carter rolls out of the way as the knife stabs the ground next to him, Carter rolls up and is in a fighting stance. He turned his weapon into two viking hand axes.

Panel 3. Miranda rushes Carter with the two cutlasses and attacks and attacks; she slashes one to the side and Carter ducks. Carter catches the other cutlass in the underside of the axe blade and elbows Miranda in the gut, Miranda gets the wind knocked out of her.

SFX:
“WHUDD”

MIRANDA:

“oof!”

Panel 4. Miranda stumbles back holding her stomach then Carter runs up and spin kicks her and she flies off.

SFX:

“THHUD”

 

PAGETWENTY-FIVE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter looks to Raziel and says something, while the other two horsemen are at his side staring with shock. Miranda is on the ground knocked out, and Carter is holding the two axes at his sides.

CARTER:

“Aside from a lesson and pay back what was the point of me an Famine sparring ‘cause it was way too easy.--”

RAZIEL:
“--The information I passed to you was over a lifetimes worth of training in every style of combat and among other useful subjects.”

Panel 2. Carter walks over to Raz while shruging his shoulders, and the other two horsemen go to help pick Miranda up.

CARTER:
“So why give me all of that, doesn’t mean that I’ve already been trained.--”

RAZIEL:
“--No, you may have skill but you still need to be taught how to handle our enemies, you need to learn how to strategize and master you other abilities.”

Panel 3. Raziel tosses him a water bottle and says something, Carter catches it and respons with a curiously.

RAZIEL:
“Catch!--”

CARTER:
“--Thanks. Also what other powers”

RAZIEL:
“Like I said before we don’t know much about the horsemen.--”

Panel 4. Carter opens up the bottle as he sits down on a bench next to the ring and says somthing, Raz responds off-panel.

CARTER:

“We already covered that, the information is so old even you don’t know.--”

RAZIEL:
“--Yes that means we can’t predict what you can do or what happens when you do arrive.”

CARTER:

“Well what are the constant, what do you know from the others.”

Panel 5. Raziel talks with his hand on his chin thinking while Carter drinks from the water bottle in the background.

RAZIEL:

“So far we know that the seals choose four humans to become the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for some reason, and you have powers usually based on what you represent.”

 

PAGETWENTY-SIX (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter stops drinking and rolls up his sleeves showing off his tattoos and says something. Raziel responds off panel while Hugo and Edward stand in the background

CARTER:

“I guess we all have these as well.--”

RAZIEL:
“--Yeah that part is very common.”

Panel 2. Edward and Hugo ask Carter something while Carter is sitting on the bench in front of him and is still holding the water bottle with one hand between his knees.

HUGO:
“How many did you get “Reaper”.--”

EDWARD:
“--Mine pretty much cover up my arms.”

CARTER:
“--Practically my entire upper body had been tatted up.”

Panel 3. Carter stands up and says something to Raz who answers with a calm look.

CARTER:
“Yeah so what’s up with the tattoo’s Raz, doesn’t seem like we would have because God is against altering the body.--”

RAZIEL:

“--God didn’t create the four horsemen, he just got saddled with them.”

CARTER:
“So this is an all around godly issue.--”

Panel 4. Raziel asks Carter something while motion his hand toward a pair of doors. Carter responds off-panel.

RAZIEL:
“Come on, I’ll explain everything on the way.--”

CARTER:

“--To where.”

RAZIEL:

“The armory we have to get you set up with some weapons other than just a scythe.--”

Panel 5. Carter has an elated look on his face.

CARTER:

“Sweet.”

 

PAGETWENTY-SEVEN (five panels)

Panel 1 Carter and Raz are walking down a hallway talking Carter has a curious face while his head is turned to Raz and Raziel talks with the same serious look.

CARTER:
“So what’s the deal with these tattoos Raz.--”
RAZIEL:

“--I already told you that there are many gods in existence.”

CARTER:
“I remember, so what?--”

RAZIEL:

“--There are all kinds of gods that control different things in nature.”

Panel 2. Raziel continues while Carter looks at the tattoos on his forearm.

RAZIEL:
“There are gods of Death as well and what happened was an unforeseen event.--”

CARTER:
“--What happened.”

RAZIEL:
“They all disappeared out of nowhere, right when each of the four seals were broken.--”

Panel 3. Carter says something curiously and Raziel responds as the reach a heavily fortified door, with a keypad next to it.

CARTER:

“So, what does that mean.--”

RAZIEL:
“--When we saw the marks on the other horsemen we realized what had happened. Their incredible power is from the fact that the horsemen absorbed the power of those gods, which in turn removed them from existence.”

Panel 4. Carter says something with a freaked out look, to Raz as he dials in a number on a keypad next to the door.

CARTER:
“So what? Am I a god now?--”

RAZIEL:
“--Not really, the horsemen are still mortal but still very powerful. They have the power of the gods they absorbed but have limits as to how much they can use.”

CARTER:
“What limits.”

Panel 5. The door slides open, Raziel and Carter are still standing there facing each other and talking.

RAZIEL:
“Well your bodies have been enhanced light years past human limits, but you’re still human.--”

CARTER:
“--What happens if I overdo it.”

RAZIEL:
“You die or go into a coma or hell, probably anything.--”

 

PAGETWENTY-EIGHT (five panels)

Panel 1. They walk into a large room wall to wall with different weapons, from guns and grenades to swords and spears. Carter has a thrilled smile as he says something Raziel responds, and Carter points to the minigun on the wall

CARTER:
“Awesome--”
RAZIEL:
“--Yeah we have a very impressive armory.”

CARTER:

“No shit it’s impressive, is that a minigun.--”

Panel 2. Raziel and Carter walk over to a panel with some equipment on it their backs are facing us; there are a pair of tactical black combat boot the same jacket and hood from the first issue a belt with different pockets, a pair of military type pants, a large backpack, and the lower half face mask without the skull pattern. Raz and Carter talk off-panel

RAZIEL:
“We had this made for you yesterday, here we have tactical clothing that has been magically enhanced it’s practically indestructible and can fit anyone. The belt is also enchanted same with the backpack they can hold a massive amount of equipment.”

Panel 3. Raziel points to the mask and says something.

RAZIEL:
“We also have a mask, for when you go out into the world. This way no one can figure out your identity, because in this you will make enemies, if your enemies find out they can attack you or people you know and love and they will get hurt.”

Panel 4. Carter says something while pointing at the mask, Raziel responds while stroking his chin. Their backs are still facing us.

CARTER:
“It’s cool and all and it seem helpful but I do have some thoughts.--”

RAZIEL:
“--Like what.”

CARTER:
“Maybe you can add a design on the mask.--”

RAZIEL:
“--How about a skull design.”

CARTER:

“ I can work with that.--”

Panel 5. Raz is still stroking his chin and now Carter has his arms crossed and is point at the mask at the same time.

RAZIEL:
“Anything else.--”

CARTER:
“--How about a voice modulator in the mask.”

RAZIEL:
“What do you want it to sound like.--”

CARTER:
“--A little intimidating and scary, something that fits the whole Horsemen of death vibe.”

 

PAGETWENTY-NINE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter and Raziel walk out of the room as the door closes behind them they turn around and start talking to each other, Carter looks confused.

CARTER:
“So what else are we going to do today.--”

RAZIEL:

“--Test some of your other abilities.”

CARTER:
“Sweet--”

Panel 2. Raziel and Carter are now in a room full of practice dummies and targets. Carter has summoned his scythe and has a grip on it while the butt of it is on the ground and blade facing forward. Raziel has both his hand out at his level in an instructive gesture.

RAZIEL:

“As you now know, you can change your scythe into a variety of weapons. Now I will see how good of a shot you are..--”

CARTER:

“--Okay let's do it.”

Panel 3. Raziel and Carter are standing in front of a target Carter is now holding the scythe with one hand his backhand forward and the scythe behind his head. Raziel says something while explaining something to Carter.

RAZIEL:
“You already know how to transform your weapon correct.--”

CARTER:

“--Yep.”

RAZIEL:
“Good now imagine it as a gun any kind you want, then just aim and fire.--”

Panel 4. Carter walks up in front of the target a few feet away and points his weapon at it blade down.

Panel 5. The weapon turns into a Desert Eagle .50 handgun, Raziel says something to Carter as if he was trying to warn him.

RAZIEL:

“Wait not such a big gu--”

 

PAGETHIRTY (four panels)

Panel 1 Carter fires the weapon there’s and as the bullet travels you can see the massive amount of force behind it. Carter has a determined look on his face as he fires, but Raz is trying to dive forward with his left hand outstretched.

SFX:
“BOOOOOM!!!”

Panel 2. A close up of the bullet as it rips through its target right on the bullseye.

Panel 3. The wall at the end of the room in front of Carter and Raziel begins to crack and fracture as a large pale green circle in the middle of it (the bullet) is where they begin to form.

Panel 4. Carter and Raz are thrown back by an explosion, they are surrounded by incoming fire and debris. Carter has a strained look on his face while shielding it with his forearms, and Raz is doing the same but is flying back sideways.

SFX:

“KA-BOOOOM!!!

 

PAGETHIRTY-ONE (five panels)

Panel 1. The room is practically destroyed and the entire wall is gone, you can see the area outside of the building. Carter and Raziel are down on the ground possibly passed out, on the outside of the building we see a obliterated brick wall, shrubbery, and the city skyline ahead of them.

Panel 2. Same scene but Carter groans while trying to get himself up.

CARTER:
“GEHHHH! What the hell was that!”

Panel 3. Carter gets to his feet and walks to the large hole in the wall, Carter turns and looks at the side of the building with a look that says, “What the hell.”, in a frightened way.

CARTER:
“What.”

Panel 4. We see the entire outside of the building where Carter is standing; practically the entire side of that part of the building has been blown off. The destruction spans to about four floors up, Raziel says something off-panel and Carter responds while he runs inside.

RAZIEL (OP):
“I probably should have told you not to use a big gun.--”
CARTER (OP):
“-- Raz, are you okay.”

Panel 5. Carter runs over to Raz who is attempting to get up off of the floor, they talk as Carter looks in the direction of the hole in the wall with a freaked out expression.

CARTER:

“What the hell just happened.--”

RAZIEL:
“-- There was something I neglected to tell you Carter. You shouldn’t turn your scythe into large firearms when dealing with small stuff.”

CARTER:

“Why.--”

RAZIEL:
“-- Because the combined god power being released is dangerous, and more is released when a bigger weapon is fired.

 

PAGETHIRTY-TWO (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter looks at Raziel with a worried face and says something while helping him up, Raz responds to him with a don’t worry about it kind of look.

CARTER:
“Yeah am I going to get into trouble for this.--”

RAZIEL:
“--Nah, this is the fourth time our building has been destroyed by a Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

Panel 2. Carter know has bewildered smile on his face as he responds, Raziel is now standing up and talking with a don’t sweat it kind of look.
CARTER:
“Seriously, how.--”
RAZIEL:
“--First time was when conquest was here, we didn’t know then and the other times we forgot to tell them.”

Panel 3. Both of them are staring at the massive hole in the wall Carter points his thumb behind him.

CARTER:
“So is there going to be a rest of the tour or--”

RAZIEL:
“--No, you can leave we were going to do more, but that can happen tomorrow. This way we can repair the damages.”

CARTER:
“Good, I didn’t get a good look at my house anyway.--”

Panel 4. Carter is outside of the building hailing a cab.

CARTER (thoughts):
“Hopefully Lilith’s gone by now, because I don’t any more migraines underscored by attraction.--”

Panel 5. Carter is walking up the stairs of his apartment building and is thinking as he’s walking up.

CARTER (thoughts):

“Usually I would be open to her attempts, but she pisses me off just as much as she interest me. And I also trust her as much as I doubt her, the way she talked last night makes me think that she’s telling the truth.--”

 

PAGETHIRTY-THREE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter is walking down the hallway a few door away from his apartment, he’s still thinking.

CARTER (thoughts):
“Another thing I should remember is that she’s a succubus, I mean her specialty is controlling men. And demons are usually supposed to be liars or is that just a thing christians made up.”

Panel 2. Carter walks into the apartment while looking around and saying something. Lilith responds off-panel.

CARTER (thoughts):

“So that is another reason not to trust her, but I think that only works with normal guy and I’m practically a god so there’s that.”

CARTER:
“Hello, anybody here.--”

LILITH:

“--Hold on I’m in the shower.”

CARTER (whisper):

“Crap.--”

Panel 3. Carter says something as he walks to the counter, with a sarcastic face.

CARTER (whisper):

“Perfect--”

LILITH:
“--So how was work today honey.”

CARTER:
“Well I kicked some chicks ass, found out that I’m a pretty much a god, and blew up part of the building.--”

LILITH:
“--Sounds fun”

CARTER:
“In some ways.--”

Panel 4. Lilith talks off-panel,Carter has his eyes widened in surprise and is crushing his keys in his fist.

LILITH (OP):
“Well you’ll have more fun with me than with the angels… .--”

CARTER:

“--UUUUUUNNNNNHHHHHH.”

SFX:
“KRESHH”

Panel 5. Lilith is standing there wrapped up in a medium sized towel and her hair swept around the left side of her face, she has the same impish smile as before. (to just put in simply you can see a lot, not everything but a lot.)

LILITH:
“Carter.”

 

PAGETHIRTY-FOUR (five panels)

Panel 1. Lilith says something to Carter while waving her hand in front of his face as if to snap him out of trance.

LILITH:
“Carter, Carter, are you okay.”

Panel 2. Carter shakes his head quickly and then puts his hand on his forehead and then he says something to Lilith. She responds with an impressed look on her face.

CARTER:
“Sorry I blanked out for a minute, so what were you saying.--”

LILITH:
“--Wow, I’m impressed sexy, you used to not be able to talk without me hitting you.”

CARTER:

“Guess I’m getting used to ya Lil.--”

LILITH:
“--Don’t call me ,“Lil”, “Grim”.

CARTER:
“Then don’t call me “sexy” then”

Panel 3. Lilith and Carter talk to each other at the counter, Carter has his arms crossed and Lilith is pointing at Carter. Carter is calm and Lilith has a serious look.

LILITH:
“As I was saying before, the angels can teach you how to fight people like me, but their training alone will get you nowhere. But if I stay here and teach you, you’ll be successful.”

Panel 4. Carter puts his hand up and says something to Lilith with a sarcastic smile, who responds with a smile.

CARTER:
“I’m sorry. did you say stay here as in live here.--”

LILITH:
“--Yes, because one I need to stay in close proximity to spar with you.”

CARTER:
“Then get your own damn place woman.--”

Panel 5. Lilith says something while holding up two fingers and Carter says something to her angrily with his shoulders tensed up.

LILITH:
“And two is fraze you already know. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”.--”

CARTER:
“--So what I’m your enemy.”
LILITH:

“No but since you don’t trust me thought it would be better if I was here so you can keep an eye on me.--”

 

PAGETHIRTY-FIVE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter relaxes and says something to Lilith, she responds with the same mischievous smile. Carter’s shoulders drop and he leans back on the counter.

CARTER:
“You said something about training.--”

LILITH:
“--Yes. as I was saying before sparring with angels and the other horsemen won’t help you defeat a demon.

Panel 2. Carter has a confused look on his face as he asks Lilith something and Lilith responds with a proud look while touching her chest with her fingertips.

CARTER:

“Then what will.--”

LILITH:
“--Training with an actual demon, the angels are good at fighting up because they have experience doing it.”

Panel 3. Carter responds with a contemplative expression, and Lilith responds off-panel.

CARTER:

“So, what a better way to get experience than by sparing with an actual demon. Smart. So when do we start.--”

LILITH (OP):
“--Smart boy. We start when I’m done getting dressed. Meet me on the roof in ten minutes.”

Panel 4. Lilith is standing in the hallway saying something to Carter while partly dropping her down about hip level and smiling mischievously.

LILITH:
“And here’s a little something to get your blood pumping before our workout HEH-HEH-HEH.--”

Panel 5. We see her towel on the floor and her right foot in mid step, we see Carter  in the background with his jaw dropped halfway and eyes widened Carter is also thinking.

CARTER (thoughts):

“Come on dude, keep your composure. Don’t pay attention to that  just fou-- dammit that’s not gonna work.”

 

PAGETHIRTY-SIX (four panels)

Panel 1. Lilith and Carter are on the roof of Carter’s apartment building; Carter has his scythe behind the back of his neck and his arms wrapped over each end. Lilith is standing in front of him armed to the teeth; she has two sword sheathed on her hips. An ancient mesopotamian sword on her left and a scimitar on her right, she also has a knife strapped to the back of her leg.

LILITH:
“Now what was the thing the angels taught you.--”

CARTER:
“--To be smart when fighting demon, that you have to be as clever as them.”

LILITH:
“Good advice, buuuuuuut……--”

Panel 2. Lilith jumps and lunges at Carter blades drawn, Carter blocks the blades with the snath of his scythe. Lilith yells something with a wrathful look and Carter responds, and there’s what looks like a red prehensile tail going around his neck.

LILITH:
“You have to know what a demon can do. We are unpredictable and we do fight dirty, we’re the ones who take cheap shot and…gets you when you’re not looking.

Panel 3. The tail tightens around his neck, Carter has a choked up look on his face. Then he gets thrown and slammed down on the other side of Lilith face up, Lilith talks off-panel.

CARTER:
“GAKK”

SFX:
“KAA-WHUUMPH!!”

LILITH (OP):
“Stuff like that, you have to know what we do and be willing to fight just as dirty, because in the real world there’s no such thing as a fair fight.--”

CARTER:
“--Duly…gak…noted.”  

Panel 4. Carter grabs the tail and flips Lilith over.

 

PAGETHIRTY-SEVEN (four panels)

Panel 1. Lilith flips over and has her red dragon like wings spread out and her eyes are glowing red with an angry glare and the tail going between her legs. We also see Carter holding Lilith’s tail in one hand and his scythe in the other, he has a smug smile on his face.

LILITH:
“Good, your turing an advantage into a weakness.”

Panel 2. Lilith lunges at him again, Carter lets go of her tail jumps back a few feet. Lilith stabs down into ground with the same angry look and glowing eyes.

LILITH:
“But you’re still jumpy, you could have used that to get right where you wanted me. Now I have an advantage over you.”

Panel 3. Lilith flies up and flies down incredibly fast and then tackles Carter.

Panel 4. Lilith and Carter are on the ground Lilith on top Carter on bottom is grinning and Lilith has a surprised look on her face.

LILITH:
“See, you need my help and a lot of it.--”

CARTER:

“--I don’t know, I think I’ve got some of it down.”

LILITH:
“OW! Is that a knife or something more fun.--”

CARTER:

“--Seriously what is wrong with you.”

 

PAGETHIRTY-EIGHT (four panels)

Panel 1. Carter has a push knife pressed up against Lilith's side, her tail is approaching the knife. Carter and Lilith both have proud smiles.

CARTER:

“How about you stop messing with me huh.--”
LILITH:
“--Who said anything about messing with ya,...and you forgot about the tail.”
Panel 2. Her tail grabs Carter's wrist, but he then grabs her tail, Carter has the same smile on his face, and Lilith is surprised again.

CARTER:
“No I was just waiting for it.--”

Panel 3. Carter throws Lilith a few feet away and she land feet behind her and almost flat on the ground with her hand on the ground out front, she has an impressed look.

LILITH:
“Wow, so you are learning, now you have to be unpredictable as well, like how you were with that hole push knife trick. So what else do you got.”

Panel 4. Carter turns his weapon into a Bo staff and gets into it’s regular position(standing sideways while the staff is in between his feet). Carter has a calm look on his face and Lilith has a cocky grin.

Panel 5. Lilith rushes him and Carter blocks the scimitar with a high up block.

 

PAGETHIRTY-NINE (four panels)

Panel 1. Carter dodges the sideswipe from the other sword by hopping upward, then he kicks Lilith in the chest causing her to fall back a bit.

Panel 2. Carter ducks low while spinning his staff, and then he nails Lilith in the side with the end of it.

Panel 3. Lilith stumbles back and says something while dropping her swords and getting into a fighting stance.

LILITH:
“Okay, enough with the toys let's do some hands on work.

Panel 4. Carter says something while dropping his weapon and gets into his own fighting stance.

CARTER:
“Fine by me, let’s finish this.”

 

PAGEFORTY (four panels)

Panel 1. Carter attacks with with a martial arts style punch, Lilith blocks by catching his hand between her wrist. Both of them have furious looks on their faces, Carter’s eyes are glowing pale green.

Panel 2. Carter does a leg sweep on Lilith knocking her down.

Panel 3. Lilith kicks Carter in the jaw while she’s on the ground and then she gets up.

Panel 4. Carter and Lilith are both looking at each other again, back in their stances from before.

 

PAGEFORTY-ONE (four panels)

Panel 1. Carter rushes Lilith punching forward, Lilith ducks down and dodges and punches Carter in the gut.

Panel 2. Carter kicks Lilith in the chest sending her flying, she lands a few feet away on the ground.

Panel 3. Carter jumps upward ready to punch downward, while on the ground Lilith scoops up some gravel from the roof top.

Panel 4. Carter is covering up his eyes as Lilith tosses what she grabbed right in his face, and uses her tail to grab Carter by the neck.

CARTER:
“GAAAH!”

 

PAGEFORTY-TWO (four panels)

Panel 1. Lilith swings Carter down on the ground, which kinda cracks the roof a bit. Lilith get’s her tail off of Carter

Panel 2. Lilith jumps up and comes down on top of  Carter, her fingernails have turned into razor sharp talons and she has them up to Carter’s throat. Lilith’s eyes are glowing red like before with a look of fury on her face.

Panel 3. Lilith retracts the claws and her eyes stop glowing, she says something with a smile while touching the tip of Carter’s nose, and he has an annoyed look.

SFX:
“SNIKT”

LILITH:
“HMMM. It’s stuff like that, which will help you survive. Another word of advice whenever someone challenges you to not use your weapons, always keep a sidearm with you, just in case.--”

CARTER:
“--Got anything else to add.”

LILITH:
“Hmmm, yeah, this.--”

Panel 4. Lilith leans in and kisses Carter again, her eyes are closed and Carter has the same angry look on his face.

LILITH:
“MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM”

 

PAGEFORTY-THREE (five panels)

Panel 1. Carter and Lilith are standing up talking to each other, Carter has a serious look on his face and Lilith still has her whole playful expressions going on.

CARTER:
“Okay I’m not going to enjoy admitting this, but that was actually kind of helpful.--”

LILITH:
“--Of course it was, I’ve been at this for over 10,000 years.”

Panel 2. Carter points his finger in Lilith direction with a stern look as Lilith stands there with her arms crossed and smiling.

CARTER:
“Okay that sounds awesome, but first we need to lay down some ground rules if this is going to work.--

LILITH:
“--Alright shoot.”

CARTER:
“First, we have to keep our thing here on the down low.No one needs to know that you’re here. You’re a demon and I’m very sure the angels will kill you without asking questions.

Panel 3. Lilith says something while flaunting her hand up, with her eyes closed. Carter has his eyes widened and is surprised.

LILITH:
“Don’t worry, I cast a spell that hides me and I flirted your landlord into secrecy.--”
CARTER:

“--Oh well that seem okay… but wait what! I thought you just teleported here.

LILITH:

“No, you can teleport to Capital but not teleport while inside Capital.--”

Panel 4. Carter is says something with a confused look, Lilith is shrugging her shoulder as she replies with a “guess so” look with her eyes closed.

CARTER:
“That sounds like a really weird rule to have here.--”

LILITH:
“--Yeah, but this place is meant to be neutral ground, so if anyone who can teleport can’t get away if they’ve done something wrong.”

Panel 5. Carter gets his serious look back and talks to Lilith with a serious look, Lilith responds with a relaxed smile.

CARTER:
“Aside from that, I also need you to not lie to me, if you want my help I need to know that you’re with the good guys.--”

LILITH:

“--Fine by me, ask me anything and I’ll tell you. Any more rules.”

 

PAGEFORTY-FOUR (five panels)

Panel 1. Same panel as before.

CARTER:
“Yeah, watch my back. These guys’ll probably be sending me on missions, so I need you there so I can keep an eye on you. And we’ll be training here everyday till that happens.--”

LILITH:
“--What about your new angel friends, I told you they’re just using you.”

Panel 2. Same as before.

CARTER:
“They could be using me for some other purpose, but it’s possible you’re doing that too. So I’ll train and work with both you, and them. So when the time comes to save my world, I know who to trust.--”

LILITH:

“--Anything else.”

Panel 3. Same as before but Carter has a more angry look on his face and pointing at Lilith.

CARTER:
“Yeah can you stop sexually harassing me, I don’t have that much of problem with it. But I do need to keep focus, and I can’t do that with you…doing that.--”

LILITH:
“--Sorry, don’t commit me promises I can’t keep. And you should be flattered, I haven’t been with anyone that could survive me in over a millenia.”

Panel 4. Lilith walks past Carter while touching the bottom of his chin with her finger, she says something with a playful smile. Carter is standing there with a stern look on his face.

LILITH:
“And being with me is the best way for me to thank you for agreeing to help me out. And you may be a god, but barely anyone can resist me.--”

Panel 5. A far away view of the apartment building, there are boxes where Carter is having an inner monologue.

CARTER (inner monologue):

“Well that’s one way to end a long day, but I still have questions about what’s happening? At least now, I’ve got people who can tell me something. But can I trust any of them? Hopefully when the time comes I’ll know their true colors.

 

PAGEFORTY-FIVE (two panels)

Panel 1. A far away view of the city with the sun in the background, there are text boxes where Carter is having his inner monologue.

CARTER (inner monologue):

“And I’d better hope I choose the right side, and by the time the final battle will come, I’ll be ready. Because if I don’t, that means I can kiss the world goodbye and it would be all my fault.

Panel 2. Same as before but with a silhouette of a skull with two scythes crossed beneath it and a roman numeral “4” carved on the forehead. There are text boxes still in the panel.

CARTER (inner monologue):

“I’m not gonna let that happen, and if any demon, angel, or god get’s in my way. I don't care if it is fate for one side to win. If anyone gets in my way they'll meet their end at the business end of my scythe.”

 

End of Issue # 3

 


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