Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Vanity Project - the end

Part the first

Under two days of writing and a full Marvel Family comic story of 22 pages guest starring Robin. I'm in a rush to leave so I'll add more links and stuff tomorrow when I have more time.

Now, to convince DC to give me money...

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PAGE THIRTEEN

P1
Robin standing over the ruins of his bike with his back against the wall, looking a bit worried at two approaching Grundies, covering their ears to the crack of thunder. There is a bolt of lightning overhead.

Grundy 1
Loud!

P2
The Marvels are looking at the Grundies who are no longer looking at Robin. Cpt. Marvel Jr. is cracking his knuckles.

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Let’s bust some dead-heads.

P3
The Marvel Family punching various Grundies and other melee combat. Cpt. Marvel Jr. could be flying and punching one in the midsection. Cpt. Marvel lifting one over his head and Mary Marvel giving a Grundy and uppercut. Robin should be in there somewhere using one Grundy as a springboard with his hand on its head and kicking either one or two more

P4
Cpt. Marvel throwing a Grundy off into the distance.

Cpt. Marvel
Happy landings you undead thug.

P5
Mary Marvel is ripping down a lamp-post out of the ground.

Mary
I’ve always wanted to try this

P6
Mary hitting a two Grundies with the lamppost.

Mary
Batter-up!

P7
Robin flipping over a Grundy, grabbing it by the shoulders and chucking it towards the reader.

Robin
And the pitch.

P8
Cpt. Marvel Jr. punching the flipped Grundy into the distance

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
And it’s outta here!

Grundy
Grundy fly!

P9
Mary Marvel tossing the lamppost to Cpt. Marvel.

Mary
Cap, there’s a couple trying to get away.

PAGE FOURTEEN

P1
Cpt. Marvel wrapping up two Solomon Grundies with the lamppost.

Cpt. Marvel
I hate to be a predictable strongman superhero, but why mess with what works?

Solomon Grundy 1 & 2
Stuck

P2
Robin and the young Marvels are coming into the panel where Cap has the two Solomon Grundies tied up with the lamppost. They’re sitting on the ground and Cap has his hands on his hips and a smirk on his face.

Cpt. Marvel
Ah, just like the old days.

Robin
Boy, am I glad you brought along the rest of your family CJ.

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
I don’t leave home without them anymore. Especially when I’m going to be in Gotham.

P3
Robin looking down at the tied up Grundies. With Cpt. Marvel and Cpt. Mavel Jr. over his shoulder and looking at one another.

Robin
Okay, I’ve had to deal with Solomon Grundy before but I didn’t realize he had a super-family as well.

Cpt. Marvel
CJ?

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Well, I can’t say my name without changing back now, can I?

P4
Mary Marvel talking to Robin over the still tied up Grundies.

Mary
This is no ordinary night in Gotham, Robin. It seems that there is a method to all this madness.

Robin
Does this have something to do with the legend of Grundy Night? That the first Solomon Grundy is said to have risen from the dead on Halloween which was on a Monday with a full moon.

Mary
In some ways, but mostly it just Felix Faust trying to live forever.

P5
Robin looking slightly agog at the rest of the Marvel Family.

Robin
That’s not exactly comforting to think Faust has an army of Solomon Grundy running around my city.

Cpt. Marvel
Which is why we’re here son. Care to join us?

P6
Robin looking over the wreckage of this motor bike.

Robin
Well my plans for getting a sugar rush have been cancelled, so why not?

PAGE FIFTEEN

P1
On top of a building overlooking a park and some of Gotham. Robin is looking around with his Robin-night-vision-binoculars. The Marvels are around him with Cpt. Marvel holding the two tied up Grundies.

Caption
Moments later.

Robin
There seems to be a few more heading through the park but I can’t really see beyond it.

None of the others seem to be carrying anything.

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
And with these two being a fountain of conversation I think we’ll have to go with my plan.

P2
Robin looking at his feet blushing.

Robin
Aw jeez.

P3
The Marvels are all flying in a V formation with Cap in the lead and Mary Marvel carrying Robin who looks embarrassed and uncomfortable.

P4
Cpt. Marvel floating and looking at the other two flyers (and Robin).

Cpt. Marvel
Okay team, I’ll keep going North. Mary and Robin the East. Junior the West. If we don’t see a pattern in 10 minutes we meet back here. Otherwise I’ll see you all at Faust’s hideout.

P5
Mary flying with Robin who is still blushing and trying to not look Mary in the eyes.

Mary
I’m sorry if you are uncomfortable Robin.

Robin
Oh, I’m okay. Is it hot up here?

Mary
Actually it’s generally quit a lot colder at this altitude. Are you wearing a thermal suit?

P6
Still Mary and Robin, who seems to have turned even redder and is looking down to avoid looking at Mary.

Robin
Ah, no, no thermal suit tonight.

Mary
Are you embarrassed to be carried by a girl

Robin
Ah, no… no, that’s not it

P7
Robin pointing down

Robin
There! Three more Grundies.

Mary
They seem to be moving rather quickly for zombies.

P8
From the ground past the Grundies up to the sky where Mary and Robin are little silhouettes. One Grundy has a dirt shovel.

Robin
I don’t think they’ll be setting any land speed records anytime soon.

Mary
At least we can follow them easily enough, should I set you down?

P9
Robin jumping to the ground out of Mary’s arms.

Robin
*Phew* Alright, let’s get walking.

Mary
Why does that one have a shovel?

Robin
Beats me.

PAGE SIXTEEN
P1
Mary and Robin walking at a safe distance behind the Grundies.

Mary
So you said you fought Solomon Grundy before?

Robin
Sure, me and Batman have had to deal with him a few times. No big deal really, we have lots of crazies in Gotham.

Mary
But Solomon Grundy isn’t crazy. He’s just undead and really strong.

Robin
Sometimes, sometimes not so much.

P2
Still walking

Mary
What do you mean.

Robin
I mean no two Solomon Grundies are alike. I mean look around tonight.

Mary
Yes, that is rather odd that there would be so many at once.

Robin
Solomon Grundy is never the same way twice because he’s never the same guy twice.

P3
Still walking

Robin
The only thing that seems to remain the same is that he’s always undead, he never feels pain, he’s usually crazy strong and he’s always a man.

Mary
I wonder why?

Robin
Well, Batman told me a story about him the first time we were fighting him.

P4
Flashback to olden times. Horses, buggies and Puritans seem to be around and there is a large pyre with some women tied to stakes.

Caption
You see Gotham seemed to think it had a witch problem so it burned a lot of unfortunate women.

Caption
They burned them just outside the city where Gotham Swamp is now.

P5
Burned piles on the ground

Caption
People claimed that their spirits poisoned the ground so much that when God tried to wash the taint out of the earth the once fertile farmlands turned to muck and was eventually taken over by swampland.

P6
Angry man who looks like Solomon Grundy only in crisp puritan clothing. He should be accusing someone or just freaking out and yelling at the reader.

Caption
The most prolific of all the witch hunters was a man called Algernon Grundy. It’s recorded that he burned over 100 witches during his career.

P7
Fires burning under a woman who is pointing at Algernon Grundy.

Caption
The legend goes that during one of his burnings a woman cursed Algernon and all his line to walk the earth forever as her servant.

Caption 2
But it didn’t stop Algernon. He continued his crusade and eventually died a very old man with a wife and son at his side.

P8
The son of Algernon is being pulled into quicksand or something similar.

Caption
On the night Algernon died, his son Solomon was returning home to his own wife and family in order to make arrangements for the funeral. With the light fading the grieving man decided to go through Gotham Swamp as it was a shorter route.

Caption 2
Solomon never made it home to his family. And rumors started that the witch’s curse had finally come back to claim the Grundy family.

P9
Solomon Grundy raising from the ground.

Caption
Many years later, it is said that Solomon Grundy rose from Gotham Swamp to kill his own son to complete the witch’s curse.

PAGE SEVENTEEN

P1
Back to Mary and Robin walking

Mary
Why does it always have to be a witch getting revenge?

Robin
Beats me, but that’s just the story I know. I don’t really put a lot of faith in it personally.

P2
Mary making a face at Robin as if he just did something quite gross.

Mary
Why not?

Robin
Mostly because Batman and me had a run in with Swamp Thing who told us the swamp was just full of bad mojo where a bunch of plague victims were buried along with the occasional crime victim or mob hit.

Mary
Ew.

Robin
Ah, he’s okay, just smells kind of funky and helped us kick Poison Ivy’s…

P3
Cpt. Marvel and Junior landing in front of Mary and Robin.

Captain Marvel
There you are. Why are you walking?

Mary
Why not?

P4
Marvels and Robin looking up at a rather creepy looking townhouse that all the Solomon Grundies are going into.

Captain Marvel
Well then. This seems to be the place.

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Any ideas, Cap?

Robin
Avoid the predictable death trap?

P5
Cpt Marvel flying towards the reader.

Captain Marvel
Just follow my lead.

P6
Cpt. Marvel Jr., Mary and Robin looking at one another.

Robin
Is he always this reckless?

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Well, we are indestructible.

P7
Cpt. Marvel Jr. now flying towards the reader just like Cap did with a smirk on his face knowing that Robin has a crush on Mary. Mary and Robin in the background.

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Okay Mary, get Robin and lets get cracking.

P8
Mary reaching out to Robin and Robin rubbing the back of his head and looking at the ground.

Mary
Let’s go.

Robin
*Sigh* Um, I, uh, think you’ll be more effective with both hands free. And, uh, I, uh can probably help more if I’m doing my own thing. I am the boy-wonder afterall.

P9
Mary Marvel flying at the reader now.

Mary
Great. See you in there.

Robin
Yeah.

PAGE EIGHTEEN
P1
Felix Faust examining the hand mirror stolen earlier. The sound of thumping is coming through the walls.

Faust
I swear, good help is so hard to find these days. Is it so hard to raise an undead horde that won’t destroy the art on your walls?

P2
More crashing noises coming through the walls. Faust is looking annoyed and put out.

Faust
I better go see what priceless evil antiquity they’ve destroyed now and banish the offender into a fiery pit of hell.

P3
Faust walking down a corridor as the inside of the house looks much much bigger than it did on the outside.

Faust thinking
I should probably just extend the parameters of my spatial spell so they’d have more room to beat one another about the head without destroying my belongings.

P4
The body of Solomon Grundy comes crashing through a wall just in front of Faust.

Faust thinking
That can’t be good.

Grundy
Splinters.

P5
Absolute melee taking place in a massively oversized evil library. There is a hole in a portrait of Faust that the Grundy just went through with Faust peeking into the room to see the Marvels and Robin tearing into the many many Solomon Grundies in the room in many different tattered period clothing. Captain Marvel is socking one with an uppercut so hard that the Grundy has his head stuck through the ceiling. Robin has a vase stuck on the head of another one. Mary is punching one in a line of three or four who are all slouched at the waist and flying back. Cpt. Marvel Jr. is swinging one Grundy by the leg towards others.

PAGE NINETEEN
P1
Cpt. Marvel Jr. spots Faust and is pointing at him.

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Cap. There he is.

P2
Faust shooting rays at Cpt. Marvel Jr. that are wrapping around him in bands, around his mouth as a gag, around his chest pinning his arms to his side and around his legs.

Faust
That’s enough out of you, you mouthy brat.

P3
Cpt Marvel flying towards Faust but running face first into a huge magic shield. Mary Marvel is in the back ground coming as well.

Cpt. Marvel
I got you now Fau..oof.

Faust
Sorry Big Cheese, I’m not as predictable as you.

P4
Mary flying through the space where Faust vanished from.

Faust
Toodles my dear.

Mary
Whoa!

P5
Mary trying to get the bands off Cpt. Marvel Jr. Cap on the floor holding his head and Robin moving towards the hole in the portrait.

Captain Marvel
Ring-a-ding-ding, that hurt.

Robin
I through you guys were the world’s mightiest mortals?

Mary Marvel
Magic is always a problem.

P6
Robin’s head peering through the hole and looking down the hallways Faust was walking in.

Robin
Tell me about it. It must cost a fortune to heat this place.

P7
Captain Marvel in the hallway with his crew.

Captain Marvel
I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve had about enough of this. I’m going to find Faust if I have to bring this place down around his ears.

PAGE NINETEEN
P1
Cpt. Marvel punching through a door.

Captain Marvel
Empty.

P2
Mary Marvel smashing a door open.

Mary
This one too.

P3
Cpt. Marvel Jr. standing over the shards of a recently smashed door.
Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Ditto.

P4
Hallway shot of the Marvels kicking in or punching doors. The hallways seems to go on towards infinity.

Robin
I’m not sure if this is the most effective use of our time and abilities. I mean, do you really have to smash every door?

Mary Marvel
They’re locked.

Robin
Exactly. It’s probably a diversion so Faust can get away.

P5
Robin talking to Captain Marvel

Robin
So what’s the deal with Faust this time?

Captain Marvel
He is trying to split his soul into as many soul containers as he can gather in an attempt to live forever.

P6
Robin looking confused at Captain Marvel. Further up the hallway Mary is about to kick in a door.

Robin
That’s it? No world domination?

Captain Marvel
They are all priceless objects and this is a man we do not want living forever. He has killed countless innocent victims in his quest for more power and longevity.

Robin
Right-o then.

P7
The door Mary just kicked in is blowing up in purple light and knocking her against the opposite wall.

Mary
AAAAa!

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
We got him!

PAGE TWENTY
P1
Cpt Marvel flying into the room holding up his hand that is deflecting a bunch of lighting.

Captain Marvel
I’ve had just about enough of you Felix Faust.

P2
Cpt. Marvel picking up Faust by the scruff of his neck. Faust looks terrified.

Faust
Leave me alone I didn’t do anything to you.

Cpt. Marvel
Did you seriously just try to stop me with lightning? Can’t you see the crest of my suit?

P3
Faust bursting into light as Cpt. Marvel is thrown back.

Faust
Fool! Do you think Felix Faust so weak and unprepared?

P4
Cpt. Marvel Jr. in the air but asleep and being illuminated by a beam from Faust. Robin and Mary Marvel are coming in the doorway.

Faust
Go to sleep you pathetic miniature.

Faust
Ah, dear Mary and young Robin. Do come in.

P5
Cpt. Marvel Jr crashing into some crates or a bookshelf or something. Cpt. Marvel is getting up in the background. Robin is jumping to one side and Mary is screaming in pain.

Faust
Forget teen-angst, my dear, have some full fledged pain!

P6
Cpt. Marvel being frozen stiff in place.

Faust
Hold still Captain. I’m not finished with you just yet. I need you to help me decide which of your lovely companion’s souls I should sell first?

Cpt. Marvel
Faust, you fiend!

P7
Robin standing up from behind cover holding the shovel we saw earlier. Faust glaring at him.

Robin
Faust, I think you’re forgetting something.

Faust
Oh my, how noble. A sidekick threatening the man who just defeated the Marvel Family.

P8
Robin smashing a huge mirror next to him with the shovel. Faust running towards him.

Robin
I know what you’re trying to do…

Faust
Noooo!

P9
Robin smiling

Robin
…and I just wanted you to get a bit closer.

PAGE TWENTY ONE
Full page spread of Robin clocking Faust across the jaw with the shovel.

Robin
Good night chuckles.

PAGE TWENTY TWO

P1
Robin standing over an unconscious Faust with the Marvels around him.

Cpt. Marvel
That was impressive.

Robin
It wasn’t too hard. Still doesn’t explain all the Grundies though.

Mary
Obviously Faust isn’t as great as he thinks.

P2
Robin chatting with the Marvels as they drag Faust outside

Robin
So what are you going to do with him?

Cpt. Marvel Jr.
Cap will probably bring him to the wiz to see what we should do.

Captain Marvel
Yes, and once his powers drained we’ll hand him over to your local authorities.

P3
Mary and Robin with Cpt. Marvel Jr. giggling in the background.

Mary
So, how are you getting home?

Robin
Um

P4
Mary flying Robin home with Robin blushing again and Mary smiling.

3 comments:

plok said...

Hooray!

joncormier said...

Yeah I'm glad that project of public humiliation is over.

I just wanted a comic where Robin hit someone with a shovel near the end there.

plok said...

Me too!

I mean, the shovel thing...