Apocalyptic 1: Calm Before the Storm

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The first issue of a comic I'm writing and want to submit for publication. It is a horror story about the love between a man and woman against the backdrop of the apocalypse. Reader input appreciated.

Submitted: October 20, 2016

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Apocalyptic

Issue 1: Calm Before the Storm

an original comic by Matthew Bissonnette

EXT. Earth

Panel 1: An image of the Earth in the distance hanging in the darkness of space.

narrator

Someone once said that all is fare in love and war. Love and War are to inherent aspects of existence. And now a war begins which will determine the fate of all who call this planet home.

EXT. New Rome

Panel 1: An image in the distance of the metropolis of New Rome, a city surrounded by a dark river. The city seems to be gloomy and it has towering skyscrapers reaching up into the sky. In the center of the city is an office tower that is the tallest building in the city. The morning sun rises behind the city.

narrator

A war has raged almost from the beginning of existence. A war between the primordial forces which govern reality. A war between light and darkness. A war between order and chaos. A war between good and evil.

Panel 2: An image of a street in the city. There are dilapidated buildings along the street, cars are driving along the street. Over the street is an elevated rail line and a futuristic train raises down the track.

NARRATOR

And the final battle of this war will begin in the metropolis of New Rome. An American city where hope is hard to come by. But little do the people of this city know that there is even less hope then they think.

Panel 3: An image of citizens of the city walking past a television store somewhere in the city. On the many televisions of the shops windows is the image of News Anchor Jean Logan, an attractive red head in a suit sitting behind a desk.

Jean logan

The mayor's office has failed to comment on the drastic increase of violent crime in New Rome. In the past year the murder and violent crime rate in our great city has reached epidemic proportions.

Panel 4: An image of the skyscraper in the middle of the city. It is an office tower which is the tallest building of the city and seems of futuristic architecture. In front of the building is a towering statue of an angel kneeling. People in suits are walking into the building. Over the door is the logo, "Blackthorn Industries."

INT. David blackthorn's office

Panel 1: An image of an office on the top floor of the skyscraper. It is decorated with statues of angels and monstrous things. Standing behind the desk is David Blackthorn. Blackthorn is an imposing man in a dark suit who stands at a window and looks out over the city, he has dark hair and a beard.

NARRATOR

David Blackthorn, richest man in America and unbeknown to the world is the general of the forces of darkness.

Panel 2: An image of the door to the office.

Sound Effect:

Knock. Knock.

David blackthorn

Come in.

Panel 3: An image of Blackthorn looking at the door which is now open. His attractive secretary Mary Jones is standing at the door, she has blond hair done up into a bun, has glasses and wheres a suit and skirt.

Mary Jones

Mr. Blackthorn, the reporter from the New Rome Globe has arrived for the interview.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Show him in.

Panel 4: An image of News Paper reporter Alan Cutter walking through the door towards the desk as Blackthorn looks at him. Alan is a grizzled looking man in a trench coat.

Panel 5: An image of Blackthorn shaking Alan's hand over the desk.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

You are Mr. Cutter and believe.

Alan cutter

Mr. Blackthorn I presume.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Please have a seat.

Panel 6: An image of Alan sitting in front of the desk holding a notepad and pen. Blackthorn sits behind it and looks at the reporter.

ALAN CUTTER

It seems that you are very well liked in this city. Ever since the auto manufactures left Blackthorn industries is one of the few employers left.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

My family has called New Rome home ever since the city was founded. I am a child of this city.

ALAN CUTTER

It is known that you have aspirations of running for Mayor next election.

Panel 7: An image of Alan sitting in front of the desk. Behind him is the ghostly apparition of something that looks like a shadow with glowing red eyes rising out of the floor.

ALAN CUTTER

My sources even said you aspire to be president in the decade from now.

Panel 8: An image of Blackthorn smiling.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

My sources tell me that a particular nosy reporter has been looking into the murders on the West Side and my possible connection to them.

Panel 9: An image of Alan looking at Blackthorn. Behind him the ghostly shadow looks at Alan.

ALAN CUTTER

What sources?

DAVID BLACKTHORN

My shadow.

ALAN CUTTER

What do you mean your shadow?

DAVID BLACKTHORN

It is right behind you.

Panel 10: An image of Alan looking at the shadow and seeming terrified.

Panel 11: An image of a wall in the office and a picture of the young Blackthorn standing with his parents. Blood is thrown against the wall and the picture.

ALAN CUTTER

Aghhhhhh!

Panel 12: An image of Blackthorn looking at Alan's badly mutilated body in the chair. The chair is surrounded by blood.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Ms. Jones, could you come in?

Panel 13: An image of Mary Jones looking in the door at the dead body.

MARY JONES

What Mr. Blackthorn?

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Could you have the janitor come to my office to remove the body and clean up the blood.

MARY JONES

Of course.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Thank you.

Panel 14: An image of Blackthorn looking at the body of Alan and smiling.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Enough waiting. As soon as the sun begins to set tonight, the gates of hell will begin to open.

Panel 15: An image of Blackthorn again standing at the window looking down on the city and laughing maniacally.

EXT. streets of the West side

Panel 1: An image of the West end of the city as the morning sun hovers over this bleak area of the city. The buildings are dilapidated and forboding, the rail line twists through the West Side. A marked police car is chasing a speeding car.

NARRATOR

All is fare in love and war. But there is nothing fare about either love or war. And little do these people know that love is going to be the only chance this city and this world has for salvation.

Panel 2: An image of a man is walking down a sidewalk in the West Side. He walks in front of abandoned buildings. He is Malcolm Pierce, a young man with a large stature, he has short blond hair and wearing a white shirt with the sleeves rolled and brown pants, he is holding a bag of groceries. A homeless black man, Eddie, dressed in filthy close sits on the sidewalk it a cup in front of him. Eddie has a sign on him which reads, "Money for food."

NARRATOR

Malcolm Pierce. A good man in a city where the corrupt flourish.

Panel 3: Malcolm is standing in front of Eddie looking down on the homeless man. Eddie is looking up at him.

Eddie

I've been homeless since the factories left town. Could you help out a fellow American down on his luck?

Panel 4: Malcolm puts down the bag of groceries in front of Eddie as the homeless man looks at the bag.

Malcolm Pierce

You need this more then I do.

Eddie

Thanks brother.

Panel 5: Malcolm is walking away as Eddie eats an apple he has taken out of the bag.

NARRATOR

A good man in a city where the good people live in fear.

EXT. red light district

Panel One: An image of the sidewalk of a Red Light District. The Red Light District has several closed seedy shops. A woman is walking down the street with her hands in her pocket. She is Lizbeth Becket, and attractive woman with short dark hair with a streak of white in it, a pale complexion and wearing a leather jacket and jeans.

NARRATOR

Lizbeth Becket. A naive woman once who has become what life in this city has made her. Desperate and vicious.

Panel Two: Lizbeth reaches into a pocket of her leather coat. She is frowning.

Panel Three: She holds a gun in her hands, a snubbed nosed magnum.

Panel Four: A close up image of her eyes, they are blue and a tear is beginning to form in one of her eyes.

NARRATOR

Places where corruption is rampant can lead to many damning themselves.

Panel Five: An image of her walking away and concealing the gun in a pocket again.

Narrator

A damned woman in a place where the wicked thrive and the virtuous hide.

Panel six: An image separated into two parts. The left has an image of Malcolm walking down a street in the West Side. The right has an image of Lizbeth walking down the street in the Red Light District.

NARRATOR

They are as different as day and night and who loved each other once, when they where young and innocent in a place far away from this bleak landscape. An now love is the only chance these two and the world has.

EXT. NEW ROME

Panel One: An image of New Rome in the distance surrounded by the polluted river and dark waters. The sun is still rising behind the city.

NARRATOR

This will be the battle ground between light and darkness. In two other places, the forces of these two enemies prepare for the outbreak of war.

EXT. The Pit

Panel One. A bleak, endless desert passing underneath. Vague, human looking ethereal figures wander the desert and seem in agony. Fire is raining down on the desert.

NARRATOR

This is where the forces of darkness prepare, the place where the damned suffer after their mortal life. A place of darkness, and place of fire; a place of endless screaming.

Panel Two: In the center of the desert is a pit of awesome dimensions, the ghostly apparitions in countless legions are along the sides of the pit writhing in agony. Over the pit is skies which burning with flaming clouds which rain fire down on the pit. In the center of the pit is a mountain with a Gothic palace on it apex.

NARRATOR

This is where the corrupt, the malevolent and the murderous burn until the end of time.

Panel Three: The gigantic front doors to the palace.

Panel Four: A demonic, female creature flies through the burning skies towards the gates of the palace. She, Lilith, looks like a woman, but has red skin, two horns emerging from the top of her head, a tale with a forked end is behind her and has long dark hair, her feet are large and she has large black claws on her toes and fingers; wings which look like they are made of fire sprout from her back. She is wearing a skin tight, black leotard.

NARRATOR

Lilith, the first true woman once who because of a murder was made into a creature who is a servant of darkness and chaos.

Panel Five: She lands in a kneeling position in front of the gates of the palace. Her wings of fire seem to vanish. The doors of the palace are opening by themselves.

Panel Six: A close up image of Lilith's eyes. They are glowing red.

Panel Seven: Lilith then walks towards the open doors of the palace.

NARRATOR

The first evil woman who was rewarded for her treachery by being reborn as a soldier of all the is evil and malignant in existence.

EXT. Paradise

Panel One: An image of an endless expanse of clouds stretching onto eternity under a perfectly blue sky. Mountainous spires rides from the clouds and have towers and castles built on them made of white stone. Human like ghostly apparitions float through the sky in countless numbers.

NARRATOR

This is where the forces of light wait, a place of joy where the virtuous and good are rewarded after there human life. A place of light, and place goodness, and place which is a paradise.

Panel Two: An image of an angelic being flying through the sky amongst the ghostly apparitions. He is a being wearing polished armor which gives of light, a helmet covers his head and light is coming out of the eyes. Wings which seem to be made of white light sprout from his back.

NARRATOR

Michael. A being of light born when time began. A warrior with eons to train.

Panel Three: Michael looks down on a lavish castle made of gleaming white stone atop one of the mountainous spires below him as he flies over it.

Panel Four: Michael flying down towards the castle.

Panel Five: Michael lands in a kneeling position in front of the gates of the castle as his wings made of light vanish. He is looking at the gates of the castle.

Panel Six: The gates open and an intense light is coming from the open gateway.

Panel Seven: Michael walks towards the open gateway.

NARRATOR

The second finest warrior of the forces of light. A being older then the Earth and the Stars. A being who fights for all that is good in existence.

EXT. Hell, Heaven

Panel One: An image split into two sections. On the left is Lilith, walking down a hallway of the bleak palace with darkness all around her. On the right is Michael, who walks down a hallway of the gleaming castle with light coming from the walls.

NARRATOR

Mortal foes, enemies at war and meant to kill each other if given the chance. Soldiers of a war, a war that will soon erupt for the whole mortal world to see. Because this is the beginning of the end.

EXT. West side

Panel One: An image of New Rome's West side passing underneath. The rail line twists through the buildings as a train races past. A unmarked police car is racing down a street, a police light on its roof flashing.

NARRATOR

Little do the few good people of this city know that this is the calm before the storm.

INT. Brisbane and Tyler's car

Panel One: Two homicide detectives sit in the car as it races past traffic. Driving is the young Joshua Tyler, a athletic man with short dark hair and a prominent chin. He wears a silver suit with tie. Sitting beside him is Steven Brisbane, Brisbane is a older black man with silver hair and wearing a brown trench coat.

Joshua Tyler

We are almost there. Starting to wish I had stayed in narcotics.

Steven Brisbane

Why do you say that Detective Tyler?

JOSHUA TYLER

Homicide is getting a little to busy.

Panel Two: Joshua is looking out the window beside him looking at the citizens he passes on the sidewalk.

JOSHUA TYLER

If the murder rate goes up any more there won't be any one left in this city.

Panel Three: Brisbane is looking at Joshua driving.

STEVEN BRISBANE

It is our job, yours and mine; to protect the people of this city and find people who have murdered others and see that justice is done.

JOSHUA TYLER

You got to be a cop for a thousand years to come up with that?

EXT. West side

Panel One: A corner in the West Side, there is a shop and a abandoned buildings along the street. There are several marked police cars. Uniformed Officers have cordoned off the area. A woman, Medical Pathologist Samantha Dowd, kneels over a bloodied white sheet and two bare feet stick out from under the blanket. Samantha is an attractive woman with brown hair in a pony tail and is wearing a white lab coat.

Panel Two: Tyler's and Brisbane's car comes to a screeching halt near the Samantha.

Panel Three: Joshua and Brisbane emerge from the car and Samantha is looking at them.

STEVEN BRISBANE

What do you have for me Samantha?

Samantha Dowd

I think your killer has struck again.

Panel Four: Joshua and Brisbane stand over the white sheet as Samantha pulls it down partially revealing the torso of an older man who seems slim. He is naked and there is a bloodied hole in his chest, also his eyes have been removed and blood covers his face.

SAMANTHA DOWD

Fits your suspected perp's modus operandi. Cut out his heart and eyes and dumped the body.

JOSHUA TYLER

Guess we should see if there is any witnesses.

STEVEN BRISBANE

No point. This is the West side. Anyone who saw anything is either in a gang or to afraid of the gangs to make a statement.

Panel Five: Joshua is looking at Brisbane who unemotionally looks down at the body.

JOSHUA TYLER

This city is going to hell in a hand basket. First we have that psycho arsonist running around and now this.

STEVEN BRISBANE

We don't have to deal with anything else but the case we are assigned.

JOSHUA TYLER

Why did I end up being partnered with the only other honest cop in the city?

Panel Six: Brisbane looks down at Samantha and the body.

STEVEN BRISBANE

Do an autopsy Samantha and run our victim's prints through the system.

SAMANTHA DOWD

Of course detective Brisbane.

Panel Seven: Brisbane and Joshua are walking back towards their car.

JOSHUA TYLER

So what do we do partner?

STEVEN BRISBANE

Find who did this Detective Tyler.

JOSHUA TYLER

No shit.

Panel Eight: Joshua looks over his shoulder at Samantha who still kneels beside the body.

Panel Nine: Joshua smiles and winks.

Panel Ten: Samantha smiles as she looks at Joshua walk away.

Panel Eleven: Joshua looks at Brisbane as they walk side by side.

JOSHUA TYLER

Is it against regulations for a detective to date the medical examiner?

STEVEN BRISBANE

Worry about your personal life when we are on our own time. We have us a murderer to find.

EXT. WEST SIDE

Panel One: A sidewalk in the West Side. Lizbeth is walking down the sidewalk in front of gloomy abandoned buildings and a shop. A homeless woman in rags is pushing a shopping kart of tin cans past Lizbeth.

Panel Two: Lizbeth is walking away when a voice speaks out behind her.

Carl

Lizbeth, found you at last bitch.

Panel Three: Lizbeth looks over her shoulder and is frowning.

Panel Four: A close up image of Lizbeth's hand reaching for the magnum in her coat pocket.

Panel Five: Lizbeth is facing two men standing in front of her now. They are two hulking men dressed in flashy clothing and who both have the tattoo of a viper on their necks, they are Carl and Frank. They both hold pistols and aim them at her. One of Lizbeth's hands is in her coats pocket.

CARL

You stole from the boss, and he does not like it want some street whore steals at least fifty grand of heroin of one of his dealers.

Frank

And you know how he settles debts.

Lizbeth Becket

So what are you waiting for?

Panel Six: Carl and Frank are smiling and pull back the hammers of their pistols.

SOUND EFFECT:

Click.

Panel Seven: Lizbeth falls to one knee and has pulled out the magnum and has fired twice, flame and smoke bellow out from the tip of the gun.

SOUND EFFECT:

Bang. Bang.

Panel Eight: Carl and Frank are falling back, a bullet has struck Carl in the chest and there is blood on his shirt. Frank has been hit in the forehead and blood burst out from the bullet out. Their guns are falling from their hands.

Carl

Ughhhhh!

Panel Nine: Lizbeth stands over the injured Carl as Frank lays dead beside him, Carl looks up at him as she aims her magnum at his head.

CARL

You are dead bitch! The boss will find you and now the punishment gets worse. You can't hide from us.

Panel Ten: Lizbeth runs away down the sidewalk as she stashes the magnum back into a pocket of her coat. Carl looks at her from the ground and is yelling.

CARL

Do yourself a favor and kill yourself before the boss finds you whore!

EXT. Outside the Ancient Oddities Museum

Panel One: On a street corner of the West Side is a large Victorian Home among a shop and several run down tenement buildings. The Victorian House has three stories, is painted black. There is a sign over the front door which reads, "The Ancient Oddities Museum." A neon light in the window beside the door reads, "Open."

NARRATOR

Chance is about to bring two people together again, and they do not know that they will be forced to take part in a war, a war which will shake the very pillars of this world.

Panel Two: Lizbeth is running down a sidewalk and down the street is the museum.

Panel Three: Lizbeth has stopped running in front of the museum and sees a marked police car racing towards her with its lights flashing.

Panel Four: Lizbeth looks at the door to the museum as the police car approaches.

INT. Ancient Oddities Sword and armor room

Panel One: Beyond the front door of the museum is a large room. It is unfurnished and there are Five cabinets made of glass in the room. In one cabinet behind the glass is a sword, the handle is silver but the blade seems to be made of green stone. In a cabinet beside it is a entire suit of armor, it is made of silver metal but in some places the green stone covers the armor. In the third cabinet behind the glass is a cloak and hood made of black leather, a red line runs up the chest. Beside it in the fourth cabinet is two daggers, they have silver handles but the blades seem to be made of black stone and the blades are curved. In the middle of the room in the fifth cabinet is a red rock with ancient writing on it. There is two doors along the walls.

Panel Two: A close up image of the top of the door opening, it hits a bell but the person opening the door cannot be seen.

SOUND EFFECT:

Ring.

Panel Three: Malcolm is walking through one of the doors to the back room.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Welcome to the Ancient Oddities Museum.

Panel Four: Lizbeth is looking out the front window, beyond the window the police car is racing down the street with its lights flashing.

LIZBETH BECKET

Just needed to get out of the sun.

Panel Five: Malcolm is looking at Lizbeth's back as she still looks out the window.

MALCOLM PIERCE

First customer I've had in over a week. Seems the people of the West Side don't care about ancient relics. This part of town needs a museum just as much Las Vegas needs a center for gambling addiction.

LIZBETH BECKET

How much to see what you got?

MALCOLM PIERCE

Ten bucks.

Panel Six: They are now looking at each other in silence.

Panel Seven: Malcolm's face which seems to have an expression of shock.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Liz.

Panel Eight: Lizbeth has a blank expression on her face.

LIZBETH BECKET

Malcolm, it can't be you.

Panel Nine: Lizbeth and Malcolm standing among the ancient relics looking at each other in silence.

NARRATOR

Both now remember a different time, in a different place. A time where they both where happy.

INT. flashback of their prom

Panel One: A large darkened gymnasium where a high school prom is progressing, it has a space theme and tin foil stars are hanging from the ceiling and tin foil comets are on the wall. A rock bang in suits stand on the stage singing. Dancing in front of the stage are many teenage couples dancing, boys in tuxedos and girls in dresses. It is a slow dance and they hold each other. In the center the teenage Malcolm and Lizbeth are dancing, arms around each other and her head resting on his shoulder. Malcolm is slim and has glasses, Lizbeth has pig tails in her dark hair. The image is devoid of color.

Panel Two: A close up image of Malcolm and Lizbeth dancing.

LIZBETH BECKET

I love you Malcolm.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I feel the same way Liz.

INT. ANCIENT ODDITIES SWORD AND ARMOR ROOM

Panel One: An image of Malcolm looking at Lizbeth. They both seem expressionless.

MALCOLM PIERCE

What the hell are you doing in New Rome Liz?

Panel Two: Lizbeth walking towards Malcolm, Lizbeth is frowning.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I guess this is where I should say sorry.

Panel Three: Lizbeth slaps Malcolm across the face and she seems angry.

Panel Four: Malcolm holds a hand to his face and looks at Lizbeth. Lizbeth looks angrily at him.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I deserved that.

LIZBETH BECKET

You break my heart and you think sorry is going to make everything OK.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Saying sorry is a start.

Int. Malcolm's kitchen

Panel One: On the second floor of the museum is a large kitchen. Lizbeth sits at a table and Malcolm walks towards it with a steaming cup of coffee in each hand.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I thought you went to L.A. Liz, you know your dream of being an actress.

LIZBETH BECKET

It did not pan out. I thought you where coming with me then you break things off with me after we graduated and just vanish.

Panel Two: Malcolm sits at the table looking down at the steaming cup of coffee as Lizbeth holds her cup while she looks at him.

MALCOLM PIERCE

You know my grandfather I told you about?

LIZBETH BECKET

You mean the archeologist who vanished.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I got contacted by the executor of his estate. Seems my grandfather left me everything, this museum he opened and a small fortune.

Panel Three: Lizbeth is looking at Malcolm who looks away.

MALCOLM PIERCE

He left a letter from my grandfather. I read it crazy stuff, but the letter said I had to move to New Rome and run his museum to get the inheritance.

LIZBETH BECKET

Why did you not tell me?

MALCOLM PIERCE

Because I new you wanted to go to L.A. and I knew there was nothing there for me. I figured you would outgrow me anyways, and my grandfather's letter asked me as a favor to run his museum.

Panel Four: Malcolm is looking Lizbeth as she drinks from her cup.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Why are you in New Rome Liz?

LIZBETH BECKET

When acting did not pan out I ended up on the seedier side of tinsel town. I did some things I'm not proud of.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Still does not explain why you are here?

LIZBETH BECKET

I'll just say that the L.A.P.D. was looking for me so I found the one city in this country where criminals outnumber the cops.

Panel Five: Lizbeth is looking away from Malcolm who looks at her, she seems ashamed.

LIZBETH BECKET

I'm in trouble Malcolm, I'm not staying long.

MALCOLM PIERCE

What kind of trouble?

LIZBETH BECKET

The cops are going to be looking for me, as well as people at lot worse then the police.

MALCOLM PIERCE

It's the gang isn't it, the West Side is afraid of them.

Panel Six: Lizbeth is getting up from the table as Malcolm looks at her.

LIZBETH BECKET

I have to go Malcolm.

MALCOLM PIERCE

If you need a place to hide for awhile, you can take the bedroom on the third floor.

Panel Seven: Lizbeth is looking at him while he looks at her, they both seem expressionless.

LIZBETH BECKET

Why are you asking me to stay with you?

MALCOLM PIERCE

Because you need a safe place to hide for awhile and I want to make up for hurting you.

int. Third floor bedroom

Panel One: A small bedroom on the third floor of the museum, it is sparsely furnished and there is a small cot. Lizbeth sits on the bed and Malcolm stands at door looking at her.

LIZBETH BECKET

Thanks.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Liz, I don't want to know about anything you've done because I don't care. You need help and I want to make things up to you.

LIZBETH BECKET

I'll stay a couple of days, then we can go our separate ways.

Panel Two: Malcolm is turning to leave and Lizbeth is looking at him now.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I better go downstairs. It is a couple of hours before I close up.

LIZBETH BECKET

Malcolm, you always where a decent guy.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Liz, I know that you are the wild type.

Panel Three: Lizbeth still sits on the bed looking at the door which is closed. She seems to have a blank expression on her face.

INT. DAVID BLACKTHORN'S OFFICE

Panel One: Blackthorn stands at the window in his office and looks down on the city, the sun is beginning to sink near the horizon over the city. The shadow is standing behind him, with glowing red eyes.

Panel Two: An image of Blackthorn's face as he smiles.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

I remember when I realized as a child that my shadow was different. Mine would vanish and come back yet no one noticed but me. Then came the day when you finally spoke me. You said that I was your son.

Panel Three: Blackthorn is looking over his shoulder at the ghostly shadow.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

You have taught me my whole life for my destiny, to bring a perfect darkness to this world. To spread corruption. And to start a new front in a war you said I would help you win.

Panel Four: Blackthorn is now looking at the city again as the shadow looks at him. The sun is near the horizon.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Now it begins. This is going to be a bad night for New Rome. Sunset, the only time when darkness and light can coexist. Now I am going to fulfill the destiny I was born to realize.

Panel Five: Now the shadow has grown in size and looks like a monstrous form and flames bellow from its eyes. The office is darkened and the eyes of Blackthorn glow red.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Now we begin to open the pit.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

The museum sits against the setting sun, and darkness as appeared to fall.

INT. ANCIENT ODDITIES SWORD AND ARMOR ROOM

Panel One: Malcolm is looking down at one of the cabinets, the sword with the green blade. He is frowning. He does not realize that Lizbeth stands in the doorway in the back and is looking at him.

LIZBETH BECKET

We need to talk.

Panel Two: Malcolm is looking at her now and she is looking back at him.

MALCOLM PIERCE

What do you need to talk to me about?

LIZBETH BECKET

I have not been happy since we ended.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I know how you feel. I don't care about what trouble you are in, I'm glad you are here.

Panel Three: Now they are standing in front of each other and looking into one anthers eyes.

MALCOLM PIERCE

And I'm sorry I hurt you.

LIZBETH BECKET

Why don't you make it up to me.

MALCOLM PIERCE

How?

LIZBETH BECKET

Kiss me.

Panel Four: Now they embrace and kiss passionately in the center of the room.

NARRATOR

Now at this moment when two souls think they have found the happiness they once lost, it was at this moment that the final battle between light and darkness would begin.

EXT. NEW ROME

Panel One: The city of New Rome in the distance, the sun now is begun to vanish beneath the horizon behind the city as darkness falls over the city.

NARRATOR

Now war has come to this city and this world.

EXT. space

Panel One: An image of the gigantic sun hanging in space, burning in the darkness. Some that looks like a beam of light is flying up from the sun's surface.

Panel Two: A close up image of the beam of light, it is Michael who now looks like he is made of light. Armor made of light, magnificent wings made from light, and holding a sword and shield made of light. He is flying towards Earth.

NARRATOR

A warrior of light has manifested itself on the mortal plane of existence.

Panel Three: An image of the side of Earth which has has North America on its surface. Half of the continent has sun covering it, the other half is darkened and the lights of cities can be seen. From the darkness behind Earth a form made of flames is flying over the planet.

Panel Four: The close of image of the fiery being, it is Lilith who still has a demonic form but is made of billowing flames, fiery wrings sprouting from her back and hold two curved daggers which are also made of flame.

NARRATOR

A servant of darkness has come out of the pit.

EXT. NEW ROME

Panel One: The city of New Rome in the distance, the sun setting behind it and the darkness of night approaching. From the direction of the setting sun, the beam of light flies towards the city. On the other side of the sky where the night approaches, the form made of flame flies out of the night towards the city.

NARRATOR

Neither of these two enemies are invincible, they can only parish if there head is cut from their body.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

The Museum sits under the darkening sky and setting sun. The beam of light and the form of fire fly down from the sky towards the museum.

NARRATOR

Both foreign to this world, they will both need a host. The warrior of light will need a host to hide in during the night when he is powerless. The servant of darkness likewise will need a host to hide within during the day when she is vulnerable. But for one hour when the sun sets, both light and darkness retain there true power.

INT. ANCIENT ODDITIES SWORD AND ARMOR ROOM

Panel One: Malcolm and Lizbeth both stand, embrace and kiss in the middle of the room.

NARRATOR

Now these two souls are about to become enemies.

Panel Two: Malcolm and Lilith both are still kissing, but now Malcolm's eyes have light coming from them and Lizbeth's eyes are glowing red and fire bellows from them.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

Panel One: The museum is down the road, Brisbane's and Joshua's car is driving towards the museum. From all the windows of the museum light is blazing out and is blinding.

INT. BRISBANE AND TYLER'S CAR

Joshua is driving and he and Brisbane seem to look at something down the road, and eerie light fills their car.

JOSHUA TYLER

Something tells me that is not good.

STEVEN BRISBANE

We better check into it.

JOSHUA TYLER

Can I just say I love my job.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

Panel One: Joshua and Brisbane's car has come to a screeching halt in front of the museum, the blinding light is coming out all the windows.

Panel Two: Joshua and Brisbane stand outside their car and look at the museum, now the light is gone and beyond all the windows is darkness.

JOSHUA TYLER

Probably a party that got out of hand. We missed it.

Panel Three: Malcolm and Lizbeth crash through the large front window of the museum. Lizbeth is striking Malcolm as they crash through the glass. Her eyes glow red and flames bellow from them; her skin is now red, she has two horns, a tale and claws are coming out of her fingers and her shoes have ripped apart and now she has enlarged feet and claws on the toes; she still wears the leather jacket and jeans. Malcolm seems hurt by her punch and light shines out of his eyes.

Panel Four: Joshua and Tyler have pulled out their guns and look at something which is not revealed.

JOSHUA TYLER

I think I'm going to ask for a raise.

Panel Five: Malcolm, now possessed by Michael holds a sword and shield made from light and wings of light sprout from his back. Lizbeth, now possessed by Lilith holds two curved daggers made of flame and wings of flame sprout from her back. They are circling on the street in front of the museum.

Panel Six: Joshua and Brisbane look at the two of them who are not revealed, the detectives have lowered their guns and seem in a state of shock.

JOSHUA TYLER

I remember when you told me that there is a rational explanation for everything. So could you please tell me what I am looking at, I really need you to figure this out.

Panel Seven: Malcolm, now Michael; flies at Lizbeth and has pulled back his sword and readies his shield. Lizbeth, now Lilith, flies at him as well and raises the two daggers. They fly directly towards each other over the street in front of the museum.

NARRATOR

Now the war for this world will rage.

 

Apocalyptic

Issue 1: Calm Before the Storm

an original comic by Matthew Bissonnette

EXT. Earth

Panel 1: An image of the Earth in the distance hanging in the darkness of space.

narrator

Someone once said that all is fare in love and war. Love and War are to inherent aspects of existence. And now a war begins which will determine the fate of all who call this planet home.

EXT. New Rome

Panel 1: An image in the distance of the metropolis of New Rome, a city surrounded by a dark river. The city seems to be gloomy and it has towering skyscrapers reaching up into the sky. In the center of the city is an office tower that is the tallest building in the city. The morning sun rises behind the city.

narrator

A war has raged almost from the beginning of existence. A war between the primordial forces which govern reality. A war between light and darkness. A war between order and chaos. A war between good and evil.

Panel 2: An image of a street in the city. There are dilapidated buildings along the street, cars are driving along the street. Over the street is an elevated rail line and a futuristic train raises down the track.

NARRATOR

And the final battle of this war will begin in the metropolis of New Rome. An American city where hope is hard to come by. But little do the people of this city know that there is even less hope then they think.

Panel 3: An image of citizens of the city walking past a television store somewhere in the city. On the many televisions of the shops windows is the image of News Anchor Jean Logan, an attractive red head in a suit sitting behind a desk.

Jean logan

The mayor's office has failed to comment on the drastic increase of violent crime in New Rome. In the past year the murder and violent crime rate in our great city has reached epidemic proportions.

Panel 4: An image of the skyscraper in the middle of the city. It is an office tower which is the tallest building of the city and seems of futuristic architecture. In front of the building is a towering statue of an angel kneeling. People in suits are walking into the building. Over the door is the logo, "Blackthorn Industries."

INT. David blackthorn's office

Panel 1: An image of an office on the top floor of the skyscraper. It is decorated with statues of angels and monstrous things. Standing behind the desk is David Blackthorn. Blackthorn is an imposing man in a dark suit who stands at a window and looks out over the city, he has dark hair and a beard.

NARRATOR

David Blackthorn, richest man in America and unbeknown to the world is the general of the forces of darkness.

Panel 2: An image of the door to the office.

Sound Effect:

Knock. Knock.

David blackthorn

Come in.

Panel 3: An image of Blackthorn looking at the door which is now open. His attractive secretary Mary Jones is standing at the door, she has blond hair done up into a bun, has glasses and wheres a suit and skirt.

Mary Jones

Mr. Blackthorn, the reporter from the New Rome Globe has arrived for the interview.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Show him in.

Panel 4: An image of News Paper reporter Alan Cutter walking through the door towards the desk as Blackthorn looks at him. Alan is a grizzled looking man in a trench coat.

Panel 5: An image of Blackthorn shaking Alan's hand over the desk.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

You are Mr. Cutter and believe.

Alan cutter

Mr. Blackthorn I presume.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Please have a seat.

Panel 6: An image of Alan sitting in front of the desk holding a notepad and pen. Blackthorn sits behind it and looks at the reporter.

ALAN CUTTER

It seems that you are very well liked in this city. Ever since the auto manufactures left Blackthorn industries is one of the few employers left.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

My family has called New Rome home ever since the city was founded. I am a child of this city.

ALAN CUTTER

It is known that you have aspirations of running for Mayor next election.

Panel 7: An image of Alan sitting in front of the desk. Behind him is the ghostly apparition of something that looks like a shadow with glowing red eyes rising out of the floor.

ALAN CUTTER

My sources even said you aspire to be president in the decade from now.

Panel 8: An image of Blackthorn smiling.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

My sources tell me that a particular nosy reporter has been looking into the murders on the West Side and my possible connection to them.

Panel 9: An image of Alan looking at Blackthorn. Behind him the ghostly shadow looks at Alan.

ALAN CUTTER

What sources?

DAVID BLACKTHORN

My shadow.

ALAN CUTTER

What do you mean your shadow?

DAVID BLACKTHORN

It is right behind you.

Panel 10: An image of Alan looking at the shadow and seeming terrified.

Panel 11: An image of a wall in the office and a picture of the young Blackthorn standing with his parents. Blood is thrown against the wall and the picture.

ALAN CUTTER

Aghhhhhh!

Panel 12: An image of Blackthorn looking at Alan's badly mutilated body in the chair. The chair is surrounded by blood.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Ms. Jones, could you come in?

Panel 13: An image of Mary Jones looking in the door at the dead body.

MARY JONES

What Mr. Blackthorn?

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Could you have the janitor come to my office to remove the body and clean up the blood.

MARY JONES

Of course.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Thank you.

Panel 14: An image of Blackthorn looking at the body of Alan and smiling.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Enough waiting. As soon as the sun begins to set tonight, the gates of hell will begin to open.

Panel 15: An image of Blackthorn again standing at the window looking down on the city and laughing maniacally.

EXT. streets of the West side

Panel 1: An image of the West end of the city as the morning sun hovers over this bleak area of the city. The buildings are dilapidated and forboding, the rail line twists through the West Side. A marked police car is chasing a speeding car.

NARRATOR

All is fare in love and war. But there is nothing fare about either love or war. And little do these people know that love is going to be the only chance this city and this world has for salvation.

Panel 2: An image of a man is walking down a sidewalk in the West Side. He walks in front of abandoned buildings. He is Malcolm Pierce, a young man with a large stature, he has short blond hair and wearing a white shirt with the sleeves rolled and brown pants, he is holding a bag of groceries. A homeless black man, Eddie, dressed in filthy close sits on the sidewalk it a cup in front of him. Eddie has a sign on him which reads, "Money for food."

NARRATOR

Malcolm Pierce. A good man in a city where the corrupt flourish.

Panel 3: Malcolm is standing in front of Eddie looking down on the homeless man. Eddie is looking up at him.

Eddie

I've been homeless since the factories left town. Could you help out a fellow American down on his luck?

Panel 4: Malcolm puts down the bag of groceries in front of Eddie as the homeless man looks at the bag.

Malcolm Pierce

You need this more then I do.

Eddie

Thanks brother.

Panel 5: Malcolm is walking away as Eddie eats an apple he has taken out of the bag.

NARRATOR

A good man in a city where the good people live in fear.

EXT. red light district

Panel One: An image of the sidewalk of a Red Light District. The Red Light District has several closed seedy shops. A woman is walking down the street with her hands in her pocket. She is Lizbeth Becket, and attractive woman with short dark hair with a streak of white in it, a pale complexion and wearing a leather jacket and jeans.

NARRATOR

Lizbeth Becket. A naive woman once who has become what life in this city has made her. Desperate and vicious.

Panel Two: Lizbeth reaches into a pocket of her leather coat. She is frowning.

Panel Three: She holds a gun in her hands, a snubbed nosed magnum.

Panel Four: A close up image of her eyes, they are blue and a tear is beginning to form in one of her eyes.

NARRATOR

Places where corruption is rampant can lead to many damning themselves.

Panel Five: An image of her walking away and concealing the gun in a pocket again.

Narrator

A damned woman in a place where the wicked thrive and the virtuous hide.

Panel six: An image separated into two parts. The left has an image of Malcolm walking down a street in the West Side. The right has an image of Lizbeth walking down the street in the Red Light District.

NARRATOR

They are as different as day and night and who loved each other once, when they where young and innocent in a place far away from this bleak landscape. An now love is the only chance these two and the world has.

EXT. NEW ROME

Panel One: An image of New Rome in the distance surrounded by the polluted river and dark waters. The sun is still rising behind the city.

NARRATOR

This will be the battle ground between light and darkness. In two other places, the forces of these two enemies prepare for the outbreak of war.

EXT. The Pit

Panel One. A bleak, endless desert passing underneath. Vague, human looking ethereal figures wander the desert and seem in agony. Fire is raining down on the desert.

NARRATOR

This is where the forces of darkness prepare, the place where the damned suffer after their mortal life. A place of darkness, and place of fire; a place of endless screaming.

Panel Two: In the center of the desert is a pit of awesome dimensions, the ghostly apparitions in countless legions are along the sides of the pit writhing in agony. Over the pit is skies which burning with flaming clouds which rain fire down on the pit. In the center of the pit is a mountain with a Gothic palace on it apex.

NARRATOR

This is where the corrupt, the malevolent and the murderous burn until the end of time.

Panel Three: The gigantic front doors to the palace.

Panel Four: A demonic, female creature flies through the burning skies towards the gates of the palace. She, Lilith, looks like a woman, but has red skin, two horns emerging from the top of her head, a tale with a forked end is behind her and has long dark hair, her feet are large and she has large black claws on her toes and fingers; wings which look like they are made of fire sprout from her back. She is wearing a skin tight, black leotard.

NARRATOR

Lilith, the first true woman once who because of a murder was made into a creature who is a servant of darkness and chaos.

Panel Five: She lands in a kneeling position in front of the gates of the palace. Her wings of fire seem to vanish. The doors of the palace are opening by themselves.

Panel Six: A close up image of Lilith's eyes. They are glowing red.

Panel Seven: Lilith then walks towards the open doors of the palace.

NARRATOR

The first evil woman who was rewarded for her treachery by being reborn as a soldier of all the is evil and malignant in existence.

EXT. Paradise

Panel One: An image of an endless expanse of clouds stretching onto eternity under a perfectly blue sky. Mountainous spires rides from the clouds and have towers and castles built on them made of white stone. Human like ghostly apparitions float through the sky in countless numbers.

NARRATOR

This is where the forces of light wait, a place of joy where the virtuous and good are rewarded after there human life. A place of light, and place goodness, and place which is a paradise.

Panel Two: An image of an angelic being flying through the sky amongst the ghostly apparitions. He is a being wearing polished armor which gives of light, a helmet covers his head and light is coming out of the eyes. Wings which seem to be made of white light sprout from his back.

NARRATOR

Michael. A being of light born when time began. A warrior with eons to train.

Panel Three: Michael looks down on a lavish castle made of gleaming white stone atop one of the mountainous spires below him as he flies over it.

Panel Four: Michael flying down towards the castle.

Panel Five: Michael lands in a kneeling position in front of the gates of the castle as his wings made of light vanish. He is looking at the gates of the castle.

Panel Six: The gates open and an intense light is coming from the open gateway.

Panel Seven: Michael walks towards the open gateway.

NARRATOR

The second finest warrior of the forces of light. A being older then Earth and Stars. A being who fights for all that is good in existence.

EXT. Paradise/The Pit

Panel One: An image split into two sections. On the left is Lilith, walking down a hallway of the bleak palace with darkness all around her. On the right is Michael, who walks down a hallway of the gleaming castle with light coming from the walls.

NARRATOR

Mortal foes, enemies at war and meant to kill each other if given the chance. Soldiers of a war, a war that will soon erupt for the whole mortal world to see. Because this is the beginning of the end.

EXT. West side

Panel One: An image of New Rome's West side passing underneath. The rail line twists through the buildings as a train races past. A unmarked police car is racing down a street, a police light on its roof flashing.

NARRATOR

Little do the few good people of this city know that this is the calm before the storm.

INT. Brisbane and Tyler's car

Panel One: Two homicide detectives sit in the car as it races past traffic. Driving is the young Joshua Tyler, a athletic man with short dark hair and a prominent chin. He wears a silver suit with tie. Sitting beside him is Steven Brisbane, Brisbane is a older black man with silver hair and wearing a brown trench coat.

Joshua Tyler

We are almost there. Starting to wish I had stayed in narcotics.

Steven Brisbane

Why do you say that Detective Tyler?

JOSHUA TYLER

Homicide is getting a little to busy.

Panel Two: Joshua is looking out the window beside him looking at the citizens he passes on the sidewalk.

JOSHUA TYLER

If the murder rate goes up any more there won't be any one left in this city.

Panel Three: Brisbane is looking at Joshua driving.

STEVEN BRISBANE

It is our job, yours and mine; to protect the people of this city and find people who have murdered others and see that justice is done.

JOSHUA TYLER

You got to be a cop for a thousand years to come up with that?

EXT. West side

Panel One: A corner in the West Side, there is a shop and a abandoned buildings along the street. There are several marked police cars. Uniformed Officers have cordoned off the area. A woman, Medical Pathologist Samantha Dowd, kneels over a bloodied white sheet and two bare feet stick out from under the blanket. Samantha is an attractive woman with brown hair in a pony tail and is wearing a white lab coat.

Panel Two: Tyler's and Brisbane's car comes to a screeching halt near the Samantha.

Panel Three: Joshua and Brisbane emerge from the car and Samantha is looking at them.

STEVEN BRISBANE

What do you have for me Samantha?

Samantha Dowd

I think your killer has struck again.

Panel Four: Joshua and Brisbane stand over the white sheet as Samantha pulls it down partially revealing the torso of an older man who seems slim. He is naked and there is a bloodied hole in his chest, also his eyes have been removed and blood covers his face.

SAMANTHA DOWD

Fits your suspected perp's modus operandi. Cut out his heart and eyes and dumped the body.

JOSHUA TYLER

Guess we should see if there is any witnesses.

STEVEN BRISBANE

No point. This is the West side. Anyone who saw anything is either in a gang or to afraid of the gangs to make a statement.

Panel Five: Joshua is looking at Brisbane who unemotionally looks down at the body.

JOSHUA TYLER

This city is going to hell in a hand basket. First we have that psycho arsonist running around and now this.

STEVEN BRISBANE

We don't have to deal with anything else but the case we are assigned.

JOSHUA TYLER

Why did I end up being partnered with the only other honest cop in the city?

Panel Six: Brisbane looks down at Samantha and the body.

STEVEN BRISBANE

Do an autopsy Samantha and run our victim's prints through the system.

SAMANTHA DOWD

Of course detective Brisbane.

Panel Seven: Brisbane and Joshua are walking back towards their car.

JOSHUA TYLER

So what do we do partner?

STEVEN BRISBANE

Find who did this Detective Tyler.

JOSHUA TYLER

No shit.

Panel Eight: Joshua looks over his shoulder at Samantha who still kneels beside the body.

Panel Nine: Joshua smiles and winks.

Panel Ten: Samantha smiles as she looks at Joshua walk away.

Panel Eleven: Joshua looks at Brisbane as they walk side by side.

JOSHUA TYLER

Is it against regulations for a detective to date the medical examiner?

STEVEN BRISBANE

Worry about your personal life when we are on our own time. We have us a murderer to find.

EXT. WEST SIDE

Panel One: A sidewalk in the West Side. Lizbeth is walking down the sidewalk in front of gloomy abandoned buildings and a shop. A homeless woman in rags is pushing a shopping kart of tin cans past Lizbeth.

Panel Two: Lizbeth is walking away when a voice speaks out behind her.

Carl

Lizbeth, found you at last bitch.

Panel Three: Lizbeth looks over her shoulder and is frowning.

Panel Four: A close up image of Lizbeth's hand reaching for the magnum in her coat pocket.

Panel Five: Lizbeth is facing two men standing in front of her now. They are two hulking men dressed in flashy clothing and who both have the tattoo of a viper on their necks, they are Carl and Frank. They both hold pistols and aim them at her. One of Lizbeth's hands is in her coats pocket.

CARL

You stole from the boss, and he does not like it want some street whore steals at least fifty grand of heroin of one of his dealers.

Frank

And you know how he settles debts.

Lizbeth Becket

So what are you waiting for?

Panel Six: Carl and Frank are smiling and pull back the hammers of their pistols.

SOUND EFFECT:

Click.

Panel Seven: Lizbeth falls to one knee and has pulled out the magnum and has fired twice, flame and smoke bellow out from the tip of the gun.

SOUND EFFECT:

Bang. Bang.

Panel Eight: Carl and Frank are falling back, a bullet has struck Carl in the chest and there is blood on his shirt. Frank has been hit in the forehead and blood burst out from the bullet hole. Their guns are falling from their hands.

Carl

Ughhhhh!

Panel Nine: Lizbeth stands over the injured Carl as Frank lays dead beside him, Carl looks up at her as she aims her magnum at his head.

CARL

You are dead bitch! The boss will find you and now the punishment gets worse. You can't hide from us.

Panel Ten: Lizbeth runs away down the sidewalk as she stashes the magnum back into a pocket of her coat. Carl looks at her from the ground and is yelling.

CARL

Do yourself a favor and kill yourself before the boss finds you whore!

EXT. Outside the Ancient Oddities Museum

Panel One: On a street corner of the West Side is a large Victorian Home among a shop and several run down tenement buildings. The Victorian House has three stories, is painted black. There is a sign over the front door which reads, "The Ancient Oddities Museum." A neon light in the window beside the door reads, "Open."

NARRATOR

Chance is about to bring two people together again, and they do not know that they will be forced to take part in a war, a war which will shake the very pillars of this world.

Panel Two: Lizbeth is running down a sidewalk and down the street is the museum.

Panel Three: Lizbeth has stopped running in front of the museum and sees a marked police car racing towards her with its lights flashing.

Panel Four: Lizbeth looks at the door to the museum as the police car approaches.

INT. Ancient Oddities Sword and armor room

Panel One: Beyond the front door of the museum is a large room. It is unfurnished and there are Five cabinets made of glass in the room. In one cabinet behind the glass is a sword, the handle is silver but the blade seems to be made of green stone. In a cabinet beside it is a entire suit of armor, it is made of silver metal but in some places the green stone covers the armor. In the third cabinet behind the glass is a cloak and hood made of black leather, a red line runs up the chest. Beside it in the fourth cabinet is two daggers, they have silver handles but the blades seem to be made of black stone and the blades are curved. In the middle of the room in the fifth cabinet is a red rock with ancient writing on it. There is two doors along the walls.

Panel Two: A close up image of the top of the door opening, it hits a bell but the person opening the door cannot be seen.

SOUND EFFECT:

Ring.

Panel Three: Malcolm is walking through one of the doors to the back room.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Welcome to the Ancient Oddities Museum.

Panel Four: Lizbeth is looking out the front window, beyond the window the police car is racing down the street with its lights flashing.

LIZBETH BECKET

Just needed to get out of the sun.

Panel Five: Malcolm is looking at Lizbeth's back as she still looks out the window.

MALCOLM PIERCE

First customer I've had in over a week. Seems the people of the West Side don't care about ancient relics. This part of town needs a museum just as much Las Vegas needs a center for gambling addiction.

LIZBETH BECKET

How much to see what you got?

MALCOLM PIERCE

Ten bucks.

Panel Six: They are now looking at each other in silence.

Panel Seven: Malcolm's face which seems to have an expression of shock.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Liz.

Panel Eight: Lizbeth has a blank expression on her face.

LIZBETH BECKET

Malcolm, it can't be you.

Panel Nine: Lizbeth and Malcolm standing among the ancient relics looking at each other in silence.

NARRATOR

Both now remember a different time, in a different place. A time where they both where happy.

INT. flashback of their prom

Panel One: A large darkened gymnasium where a high school prom is progressing, it has a space theme and tin foil stars are hanging from the ceiling and tin foil comets are on the wall. A rock bang in suits stand on the stage singing. Dancing in front of the stage are many teenage couples dancing, boys in tuxedos and girls in dresses. It is a slow dance and they hold each other. In the center the teenage Malcolm and Lizbeth are dancing, arms around each other and her head resting on his shoulder. Malcolm is slim and has glasses, Lizbeth has pig tails in her dark hair. The image is devoid of color.

Panel Two: A close up image of Malcolm and Lizbeth dancing.

LIZBETH BECKET

I love you Malcolm.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I feel the same way Liz.

INT. ANCIENT ODDITIES SWORD AND ARMOR ROOM

Panel One: An image of Malcolm looking at Lizbeth. They both seem expressionless.

MALCOLM PIERCE

What the hell are you doing in New Rome Liz?

Panel Two: Lizbeth walking towards Malcolm, Lizbeth is frowning.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I guess this is where I should say sorry.

Panel Three: Lizbeth slaps Malcolm across the face and she seems angry.

Panel Four: Malcolm holds a hand to his face and looks at Lizbeth. Lizbeth looks angrily at him.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I deserved that.

LIZBETH BECKET

You break my heart and you think sorry is going to make everything OK.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Saying sorry is a start.

Int. Malcolm's kitchen

Panel One: On the second floor of the museum is a large kitchen. Lizbeth sits at a table and Malcolm walks towards it with a steaming cup of coffee in each hand.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I thought you went to L.A. Liz, you know your dream of being an actress.

LIZBETH BECKET

It did not pan out. I thought you where coming with me then you break things off with me after we graduated and just vanish.

Panel Two: Malcolm sits at the table looking down at the steaming cup of coffee as Lizbeth holds her cup while she looks at him.

MALCOLM PIERCE

You know my grandfather I told you about?

LIZBETH BECKET

You mean the archeologist who vanished.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I got contacted by the executor of his estate. Seems my grandfather left me everything, this museum he opened and a small fortune.

Panel Three: Lizbeth is looking at Malcolm who looks away.

MALCOLM PIERCE

He left a letter from my grandfather. I read it, it had some crazy stuff in it, but the letter said I had to move to New Rome and run his museum to get the inheritance.

LIZBETH BECKET

Why did you not tell me?

MALCOLM PIERCE

Because I new you wanted to go to L.A. and I knew there was nothing there for me. I figured you would outgrow me anyways, and my grandfather's letter asked me as a favor to run his museum.

Panel Four: Malcolm is looking Lizbeth as she drinks from her cup.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Why are you in New Rome Liz?

LIZBETH BECKET

When acting did not pan out I ended up on the seedier side of tinsel town. I did some things I'm not proud of.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Still does not explain why you are here?

LIZBETH BECKET

I'll just say that the L.A.P.D. was looking for me so I found the one city in this country where criminals outnumber the cops.

Panel Five: Lizbeth is looking away from Malcolm who looks at her, she seems ashamed.

LIZBETH BECKET

I'm in trouble Malcolm, I'm not staying long.

MALCOLM PIERCE

What kind of trouble?

LIZBETH BECKET

The cops are going to be looking for me, as well as people at lot worse then the police.

MALCOLM PIERCE

It's the gangs isn't it, the West Side is afraid of them.

Panel Six: Lizbeth is getting up from the table as Malcolm looks at her.

LIZBETH BECKET

I have to go Malcolm.

MALCOLM PIERCE

If you need a place to hide for awhile, you can take the bedroom on the third floor.

Panel Seven: Lizbeth is looking at him while he looks at her, they both seem expressionless.

LIZBETH BECKET

Why are you asking me to stay with you?

MALCOLM PIERCE

Because you need a safe place to hide for awhile and I want to make up for hurting you.

int. Third floor bedroom

Panel One: A small bedroom on the third floor of the museum, it is sparsely furnished and there is a small cot. Lizbeth sits on the bed and Malcolm stands at door looking at her.

LIZBETH BECKET

Thanks.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Liz, I don't want to know about anything you've done because I don't care. You need help and I want to make things up to you.

LIZBETH BECKET

I'll stay a couple of days, then we can go our separate ways.

Panel Two: Malcolm is turning to leave and Lizbeth is looking at him now.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I better go downstairs. It is a couple of hours before I close up.

LIZBETH BECKET

Malcolm, you always where a decent guy.

MALCOLM PIERCE

Liz, I know that you are the wild type.

Panel Three: Lizbeth still sits on the bed looking at the door which is closed. She seems to have a blank expression on her face.

INT. DAVID BLACKTHORN'S OFFICE

Panel One: Blackthorn stands at the window in his office and looks down on the city, the sun is beginning to sink near the horizon over the city. The shadow is standing behind him, with glowing red eyes.

Panel Two: An image of Blackthorn's face as he smiles.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

I remember when I realized as a child that my shadow was different. Mine would vanish and come back yet no one noticed but me. Then came the day when you finally spoke me. You said that I was your son.

Panel Three: Blackthorn is looking over his shoulder at the ghostly shadow.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

You have taught me my whole life for my destiny, to bring a perfect darkness to this world. To spread corruption. And to start a new front in a war you said I would help you win.

Panel Four: Blackthorn is now looking at the city again as the shadow looks at him. The sun is near the horizon.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Now it begins. This is going to be a bad night for New Rome. Sunset, the only time when darkness and light can coexist. Now I am going to fulfill the destiny I was born to realize.

Panel Five: Now the shadow has grown in size and looks like a monstrous form and flames bellow from its eyes. The office is darkened and the eyes of Blackthorn glow red.

DAVID BLACKTHORN

Now we begin to open the pit.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

The museum sits against the setting sun, and darkness as appeared to fall.

INT. ANCIENT ODDITIES SWORD AND ARMOR ROOM

Panel One: Malcolm is looking down at one of the cabinets, the sword with the green blade. He is frowning. He does not realize that Lizbeth stands in the doorway in the back and is looking at him.

LIZBETH BECKET

We need to talk.

Panel Two: Malcolm is looking at her now and she is looking back at him.

MALCOLM PIERCE

What do you need to talk to me about?

LIZBETH BECKET

I have not been happy since we ended.

MALCOLM PIERCE

I know how you feel. I don't care about what trouble you are in, I'm glad you are here.

Panel Three: Now they are standing in front of each other and looking into one anthers eyes.

MALCOLM PIERCE

And I'm sorry I hurt you.

LIZBETH BECKET

Why don't you make it up to me.

MALCOLM PIERCE

How?

LIZBETH BECKET

Kiss me.

Panel Four: Now they embrace and kiss passionately in the center of the room.

NARRATOR

Now at this moment when two souls think they have found the happiness they once lost, it was at this moment that the final battle between light and darkness would begin.

EXT. NEW ROME

Panel One: The city of New Rome in the distance, the sun now is begun to vanish beneath the horizon behind the city as darkness falls over the city.

NARRATOR

Now war has come to this city and this world.

EXT. space

Panel One: An image of the gigantic sun hanging in space, burning in the darkness. Some that looks like a beam of light is flying up from the sun's surface.

Panel Two: A close up image of the beam of light, it is Michael who now looks like he is made of light. Armor made of light, magnificent wings made from light, and holding a sword and shield made of light. He is flying towards Earth.

NARRATOR

A warrior of light has manifested itself on the mortal plane of existence.

Panel Three: An image of the side of Earth which has has North America on its surface. Half of the continent has sun covering it, the other half is darkened and the lights of cities can be seen. From the darkness behind Earth a form made of flames is flying over the planet.

Panel Four: The close of image of the fiery being, it is Lilith who still has a demonic form but is made of billowing flames, fiery wrings sprouting from her back and hold two curved daggers which are also made of flame.

NARRATOR

A servant of darkness has come out of the pit.

EXT. NEW ROME

Panel One: The city of New Rome in the distance, the sun setting behind it and the darkness of night approaching. From the direction of the setting sun, the beam of light flies towards the city. On the other side of the sky where the night approaches, the form made of flame flies out of the night towards the city.

NARRATOR

Neither of these two enemies are invincible, they can only parish if there head is cut from their body.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

The Museum sits under the darkening sky and setting sun. The beam of light and the form of fire fly down from the sky towards the museum.

NARRATOR

Both foreign to this world, they will both need a host. The warrior of light will need a host to hide in during the night when he is powerless. The servant of darkness likewise will need a host to hide within during the day when she is vulnerable. But for one hour when the sun sets, both light and darkness retain there true power.

INT. ANCIENT ODDITIES SWORD AND ARMOR ROOM

Panel One: Malcolm and Lizbeth both stand, embrace and kiss in the middle of the room.

NARRATOR

Now these two souls are about to become enemies.

Panel Two: Malcolm and Lilith both are still kissing, but now Malcolm's eyes have light coming from them and Lizbeth's eyes are glowing red and fire bellows from them.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

Panel One: The museum is down the road, Brisbane's and Joshua's car is driving towards the museum. From all the windows of the museum light is blazing out and is blinding.

INT. BRISBANE AND TYLER'S CAR

Joshua is driving and he and Brisbane seem to look at something down the road, and eerie light fills their car.

JOSHUA TYLER

Something tells me that is not good.

STEVEN BRISBANE

We better check into it.

JOSHUA TYLER

Can I just say I love my job.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE ANCIENT ODDITIES MUSEUM

Panel One: Joshua and Brisbane's car has come to a screeching halt in front of the museum, the blinding light is coming out all the windows.

Panel Two: Joshua and Brisbane stand outside their car and look at the museum, now the light is gone and beyond all the windows is darkness.

JOSHUA TYLER

Probably a party that got out of hand. We missed it.

Panel Three: Malcolm and Lizbeth crash through the large front window of the museum. Lizbeth is striking Malcolm as they crash through the glass. Her eyes glow red and flames bellow from them; her skin is now red, she has two horns, a tale and claws are coming out of her fingers and her shoes have ripped apart and now she has enlarged feet and claws on the toes; she still wears the leather jacket and jeans. Malcolm seems hurt by her punch and light shines out of his eyes.

Panel Four: Joshua and Tyler have pulled out their guns and look at something which is not revealed.

JOSHUA TYLER

I think I'm going to ask for a raise.

Panel Five: Malcolm, now possessed by Michael holds a sword and shield made from light and wings of light sprout from his back. Lizbeth, now possessed by Lilith holds two curved daggers made of flame and wings of flame sprout from her back. They are circling on the street in front of the museum.

Panel Six: Joshua and Brisbane look at the two of them who are not revealed, the detectives have lowered their guns and seem in a state of shock.

JOSHUA TYLER

I remember when you told me that there is a rational explanation for everything. So could you please tell me what I am looking at, I really need you to figure this out.

Panel Seven: Malcolm, now Michael; flies at Lizbeth and has pulled back his sword and readies his shield. Lizbeth, now Lilith, flies at him as well and raises the two daggers. They fly directly towards each other over the street in front of the museum.

NARRATOR

Now the war for this world will rage.

 

 

 


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