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The BulletProof Ghost #1 Comic Book Script!

So, apologies, the formatting from the word document didn't quite transfer to the pasting into the blog, but I think you'll still get the gist. This is the most current version of the comic book script, the art for said comic is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo.

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PAGE ONE (8 panels) Panel 1. The view is from KYLE’S perspective. He is in DILBANE MIDDLE SCHOOL. He is approaching the gymnasium. His vision is a little blurry around the edges. You can’t see any of KYLE’S body. Two large gymnasium doors with the initials DMS adorning the wood under the push bar. 1 KYLE (narration box, different from the later narration box. The later thought box will look more digitized) I HAVE TO SEE HER. I’M… PRETTY SURE… Panel 2. KYLE is looking down. His hands are covered in blood. 1 KYLE (narration box) I’M PRETTY SURE I’M GOING TO DIE. Panel 3. The panel is black, like KYLE went blind. NO DIALOGUE. Panel 4. KYLE’S sight is back, but it’s a little blurrier. He is really close to the push bars on the gym’s doors. He is reaching for the door with his left blood covered hand. Side Note: This is the hand that becomes fully synthetic later on in the comic. 1 KYLE (narration box) I’M STARTING TO FEEL SLEEPY… I… DAMN IT. COME ON, KYLE. I JUST NEED TO SEE HER… BEFORE I GO…

Panel 5. KYLE is looking at his feet. There’s blood all over the floor, running down his legs and pooling around his shoes. 1 KYLE (narration box) IS ALL OF THAT ME? HOLY SHIT… Panel 6. KYLE is pushing the door open. The girls’ gym class is in session. There’s the teacher and about a dozen girls playing basketball. IRENE is in the middle of the group on defense. They are where DMS gym clothes (the outfits were designed in the previous artwork).

NO DIALOGUE. Panel 7. Everyone looks at KYLE (aka the reader). They look shocked and unsure of what to do. One girl has her hands on her mouth. Others are frozen in terror. Irene drops the ball in her hands in shock. KYLE’S vision is getting blurrier still, mostly around the edges of the panel. 1 KYLE (narration box) I MADE IT… I CAN’T BELIEVE… IT…

2 IRENE KYLE?! Panel 8. The panel is twisted on its side. KYLE is falling, so the view should reflect that. He is in mid fall, his legs have given up and his body has fully gone into shock from blood loss. IRENE is sprinting to her dear friend. She is too far to reach him in time, but looks like she is extending her arms to try to catch him none the less. 1 KYLE (narration box) SHIT…

PAGE TWO (5 panels) Panel 1. The panel is black again. No Dialogue. Panel 2. KYLE’S vision is back, but only the center is clear, everything else is indecipherable. He sees IRENE holding him up and crying. She is hysterical. Her face looks like she is scared, worried and panicked. One of her best friends is bleeding to death in her arms at the age of 13. Tears

are streaming down her face. There are people in the blurry haze standing and watching the scene. 1 KYLE (narration box) I CAN’T HEAR HER. I CAN BARELY SEE. I WISH SHE LOOKED HAPPIER… BUT… I’M STILL GLAD. Panel 3. IRENE’S turning her head away while still holding KYLE while he looks up at her. She is closing her eyes tight. She is hyperventilating from the stress.

1 KYLE HEY, IRENE. I’M SORRY. I DIDN’T WANT TO MAKE YOU

CRY. IT’S SELFISH BUT…

Panel 4. IRENE is looking at KYLE now. KYLE’S bloody hand is cradling her face. Her eyes are

staring directly into the reader’s/KYLE’S.

1 KYLE I... NEEDED TO SEE YOU. ONE LAST TIME… I WANTED

TO BE WITH YOU WHEN THE END CAME.

Panel 5. The panel goes black one final time. KYLE has now died. NO DIALOGUE.

PAGE THREE (1 panel)

TITLE PAGE: The BulletProof Ghost: The Trials of Cybernetic Prototype 005

Side Note: The Narration boxes look different from this point in the story. This portion is being told by

KYLE in the future.

Panel 1. CYBERNETIC PROTOTYPE 005 (KYLE) has SYNTHETIC PROTOTYPE 003'S(SYNTH

3) elbow blade an inch from his helmet as if dodging the strike. The panel is tight on PROTOTYPE

005’s upper body. His armor is slightly scratched and scorched. This panel is showcasing the art and

design of KYLE/THE BULLETPROOF GHOST’S armor. This wrist blade on his left arm is extended.

His armor is dented, scratched, burned, but not so damaged that he looks like he can’t fight. His

injuries aren’t that severe as of yet. The two are in an Enviroom. A large room that somewhat

simulates battle situations, this one specifically simulates a forest environment. There are scattered

trees and foliage behind the two warriors.

1 KYLE (digitized narration box) I KNEW I COULD TAKE HIM. I TOOK THE FIRST TWO SYNTHS OUT LIKE THEY WERE NOTHING. THIS ONE IS NO DIFFERENT.

PAGE FOUR (4 panels)

Panel 1. PROTOTYPE FIVE is using his boosters to hover above the ground while gliding backwards

(he’s leaning backwards). One leg is raised with one of his knees bent. The Boosters and stabilizers on

his body/armor are lit up blue. The walls of the room are silver metal with some foliage/moss growing

up from the bottom. There is medium height grass covering the ground with sections dug out or burnt

due to the current fighting. The Synth is swiping with its elbow blade in front of KYLE. It’s cutting

through nearby trees with no effort whatsoever.

1 KYLE (narration box.) MY KINETIC BOOSTERS HAVE COME IN HANDY IN

THESE FIGHTS. MY MOVEMENTS ARE FLUID WHILE

HOVERING.

Panel 2. PROTOTYPE FIVE is flying toward the panel/reader in a tight shot that shows the SYNTH 3 in pursuit. FIVE is still facing the SYNTH meaning his back is facing the panel.. 1 KYLE (narration box) AS WELL AS FLYING. SPEEDS APPROACHING AND ABOVE SOUND. SO SAYS... Panel 3. WILLIAM is standing with his arms behind him watching the battle from far away. His black eyes stare past the reader. Concept art in development. I picture him as an evil Brent Spiner from Independence Day. His clothing has multiple cultures of influence including Japanese, Roman and Native American. He has an exposed holster that stores his hand held energy projector/blaster. 1 KYLE (narration box) WILLIAM. MY SO CALLED CREATOR. I KNOW BETTER NOW. I KNOW WHAT KIND OF PERSON HE IS, BUT THEN I ONLY SUSPECTED. Panel 4. SYNTH 3 is striking at PROTOTYPE FIVE with its elbow blade. FIVE is blocking the strike with his wrist blade. Blue sparks jut out from the point of impact. The blades illuminated parts of their armor with a bit more blue due to the strike. 1 KYLE (narration box) MY REFLEXES WERE FAST, BUT I WAS BEING WORN DOWN. I FOUGHT TWO PREVIOUS SYNTHS FOR WILLIAM'S 'TESTS'. THIS ONE WAS GAINING GROUND.

PAGE FIVE (7 panels) Panel 1. PROTOTYPE FIVE'S chest section has a break (damage) in his armor. A wound can be seen through the armor. It is bleeding. 1 KYLE (narration box) THE NANITES, MICROSCOPIC MACHINES, IN MY BLOOD STREAM WERE RECONSTRUCTING MY BODY AS I WAS INJURED. THEY DRAW OFF MY POWER SOURCE, THE MORE I FIGHT AND BECOME INJURED, THE SLOWER THE NANITES WORK AS MY SOURCE IS DRAINED. Panel 2. Same angle, but the wound is partially healed. 1 KYLE (narration box) THE SOURCE IS RENEWABLE, BUT ONLY IF I CAN REST. ONCE IGNITED, MY SOURCE CAN LAST FOREVER.

IN THEORY ANYWAY. Panel 3. This panel is a side view of the two fighting; still in the strength contest of wrist blades. 1 KYLE (narration box) IT KNEW I WAS WEAK. IT KNEW IF IT COULD BREAK

THE BLOCK AND THROW ME TO THE GROUND; THE FIGHT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE. I WOULD THEN BE KILLED. IF I WERE STUPID ENOUGH TO HAVE KEPT FIGHTING HIM. Panel 4. Close up on SYNTH 3 charging its eye laser. 1 KYLE (narration box) I'M NOT…

Panel 5. The panel shows the SYNTH firing its eye laser, but FIVE angling their blades to intercept the laser, scattering the beam in a dozen directions. The beam going back into its eye is three times as thick as the others, signifying damage. 1 KYLE (narration box) ...STUPID. Panel 6. The SYNTH is firing blasts wildly as its sensors are scrambled. KYLE seems to be moving out of the way of the shots methodically. Gaining access to the robot’s neck.

1 KYLE (narration box) ITS SENSORS WERE OVERWHELMED FOR A PRECIOUS MOMENT. THIS WAS MY ONLY CHANCE

Panel 7. FIVE rushing forward and slicing the SYNTHS head off. There are energy blasts flying past him. NO DIALOGUE

PAGE SIX (5 panels) Panel 1. FIVE has the head of the SYNTH impaled on his blade (no longer glowing so it does slide off due to the kinetic field). FIVE is showing off a bit. The body of the SYNTH is one its knees, going limp due to KYLE not only decapitating it, but impaling its main processor. 1 FIVE: HOW’S THAT? Panel 2. WILLIAM is standing with his hands behind his back walking toward FIVE. 1 WILLIAM: EXCEPTIONAL. BETTER THAN THE OTHERS. Panel 3. Close-up on WILLIAM’S black eyes. Some of his long hair has fallen in his face. 1 WILLIAM: THE OTHERS FAILED. Panel 4. WILLIAM is turned toward a door in the background. FIVE is walking next to him. 1 WILLIAM: ONE MORE TEST AND THEN YOUR REAL TRAINING WILL BEGIN. Panel 5. Close-up on FIVE’S helmet. 1 FIVE: SO YOU’VE SHOWN ME THE BASICS OF MY NEW POWERS... ERR ENHANCEMENTS... BUT DID YOU MAKE ME OLDER OR DID THAT MUCH TIME PASS BY? PAGE SEVEN (3 panels) Panel 1. Side view of William with FIVE next to him. WILLIAM towers over FIVE at about 7 feet tall. 1 WILLIAM: WE WENT THROUGH THIS.

2 KYLE YOU TOLD ME THE GENERALITIES OF ME BEING... ALTERED. I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THE SPECIFICS.

3WILLIAM I BROUGHT YOU HERE 3.5 YEARS AGO. I USED A PROCESS, MOSTLY INVOLVING NANITES TO AGE YOU 12 YEARS IN 2.5 YEARS. THE CYBERNETICS TOOK A YEAR TO INSTALL. MANY HAD TO BE IMPLEMENTED BEFORE THE HEALING NANITES, WHICH REQUIRED HEALING PERIODS. YOU WERE SEDATED AND UNAWARE THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS. I AWOKE YOU, MUCH TO YOUR EXPECTED SHOCK AND AM CURRENTLY SUBJECTING YOU TO THESE TRIALS. OH, AND I INQUIRED WHETHER YOU COULD COMPLETE YOUR FINAL TEST. YOU AGREED TO YOUR FINAL TEST. IF YOU HAD NOT, THEN I MIGHT HAVE HAD TO MOVE ON TO CYBERNETIC PROTOTYPE 006." 2 FIVE: YOU SHOULD HAVE ASKED ME BEFORE GOING THROUGH ALL OF THAT WORK.

3 WILLIAM I HAVE THE SAME NANITES IN MY SYSTEM THAT YOU HAVE. I DO NOT AGE. I HAVE BEEN ALIVE FOR 700 YEARS AND THE 3 YEARS I SPENT ON YOU WOULD BE NOTHING IN MY LIFE. EVERY PROTOTYPE I COMPLETE, I STREAMLINE THE PROCESS AND BECOME MORE EFFICTIENT. I INNOVATE. IF YOUR CONVERSION WAS NOTHING MORE THAN LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME, THEN SO BE IT.

Panel 2. The two are traveling down the hall to another room. WILLIAM is walking with his hands behind his back (his touchpad is in one of his hands, but you can't see it). The hall is silver metal, but with white lit up power strips/conduits on the walls, ceiling and floor. There are symbols in Biodisan adorning certain sections. The angle of the panel is from the front with both characters in frame.PROTOTYPE FIVE is hovering above the floor like he is testing out his kinetic boosters. 1 KYLE: WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? WHERE DID THIS TECHNOLOGY COME FROM? WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME?

2 WILLIAM I GAVE YOU A NEW LIFE.

3 KYLE I'M GRATEFUL, EVEN THOUGH I LOOK... DIFFERENT. I DON'T KNOW THE END GAME. Panel 3. WILLIAM has a semi clear circular tablet in his hand. His finger is over a red symbol. 1 WILLIAM: IT ISN'T YOURS TO KNOW. I CREATED YOU. I CAN SHOW YOU AN END GAME IF YOU WANT. THE END GAME WHERE I ACTIVATE THE EXPLOSIVE IN THE BASE OF YOUR FUCKING SPINE.

PAGE EIGHT (3 panels) Panel 1. KYLE has his hands up in a hold it motion with WILLIAM standing in frame, towering over KYLE. 1 FIVE: THERE'S NO NEED FOR THAT. I'LL COMPLETE YOUR

TESTS. 2 WILLIAM: MY PEOPLE EXISTED ON AN ISLAND CONTINENT OVER FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. WE WERE MORE ADVANCED AT THAT MOMENT IN TIME THAN YOU ARE NOW. A VIRUS SWEPT OVER OUR HOME AND I WAS CHARGED TO FIND A SOLUTION. A CURE. A VACCINE. ANYTHING THAT WOULD SAVE MY PEOPLE I FAILED. WHEN I CAME OUT OF MY LAB, ALL OF MY PEOPLE WERE DYING OR DEAD. I CURED THE EARLY STAGES, BUT I WAS TOO LATE…

Panel 2. Close up on WILLIAM'S black eyes. WILLIAM looked as if he was reliving moments in his past. Sadness can be seen in his glossy eyes.

1 WILLIAM: IS THAT WHAT YOU WANTED TO KNOW?

2 KYLE: WHERE IS THE ISLAND NOW? IS THAT WHERE WE ARE? Panel 3. Biodisia is being slowly pulled apart by the nanites. This process took decades, so the island should have the lower half missing, but looking like it’s a gradual process. 1 WILLIAM: NO, THIS IS A MOBILE, ARTIFICIAL FORTRESS. THE ISLAND OF BIODISE IS GONE. I USED NANITES TO PULL MY HOME APART. TO ERASE OUR EXISTENCE FROM THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE REST OF HUMANITY. UNTIL THE TIME CAME TO REVEAL MYSELF. THAT TIME IS APPROACHING PROTOTYPE FIVE. YOU MAY BE A PART OF A BETTER WORLD. NOW COME, YOU MUST PROVE YOUR WORTHINESS. PAGE NINE (4 panels) Panel 1. FIVE and WILLIAM are walking through the doors into the new room. The view is from the side facing FIVE. Cold air and snow rushes out form between the doors. NO DIALOGUE. Panel 2. FOUR in the middle of the room with WILLIAM and FIVE approaching him. The view is from above. FOUR’S kinetic panels are not lit up yet. The room has a glacier-esque environment in the same vein as the forest environment of the other room. The bottom is covered in ice, but the walls are metal with ice climbing its way up about five feet. There are several medium sized columns of ice/glaciers/ stalagmites jutting out from the ground; representing possible hazards and obstacles during the battle. 1 WILLIAM: THIS IS TODAY’S FINAL TEST. 2 FIVE: ANOTHER SYNTH? WHAT IS THIS THE FOURTH ONE? Panel 3. Close-up on FOUR’S helmet. His eye lenses are lit up. The round lenses give a cold, emotionless feeling to the viewer. 1 WILLIAM: PROTOTYPE 004. KILL CYBERNETIC PROTOTYPE 005. Panel 4. FOUR’S stabilizers and boosters are lit up blue as he rushes forward, flying just above the ground. NO DIALOGUE.

PAGE TEN (4 panels) Panel 1. The view is from above. WILLIAM is walking backward to avoid getting caught in the middle. FIVE is on guard with his wrist blade extended. FOUR is still a decent distance from KYLE, but he’s closing fast. 1 KYLE (narration box) I HAD A LITTLE REST AT THIS POINT, BUT I WAS STILL AT BIT OF A DISADVANTAGE. NOT TO MENTION THE MORE SEVERE DAMAGE TO MY SYNTHETIC SYSTEMS HAD TO BE REPAIRED BY HAND. Panel 2. FOUR’S wrist blades are extended at this point and swiping at FIVE with his left hand. FIVE is dodging backward to avoid the attack. The view is from behind KYLE is give FOUR a moment to shine. 1 KYLE (narration box) I BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT THIS SYNTH WAS SMARTER THAN THE OTHERS. HE HAD NO PATTERN TO HIS ATTACKS AND MOVEMENT. Panel 3. FIVE is punching FOUR with his right hand (organic) in the chest. FOUR is falling back with the blow. FOUR looks a little startled, but regaining his footing. NO DIALOGUE. Panel 4. FIVE is flying up into the air with his boosters and stabilizers lit up. FIVE has his energy blaster extended out of the left side of his left arm and is aiming it at FOUR. 1 KYLE(narration box) I NEEDED TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE AND QUICK. TAKING TO THE AIR SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME.

PAGE ELEVEN (3 panels) Panel 1. FIVE is firing a blue kinetic blast (which looks like ball of blue light) the view is from the side with the light illuminating things around FIVE. 1 KYLE (narration box) KINETIC BLAST. HE CAN’T DODGE IT AT THIS DISTANCE Panel 2. FOUR forms an ‘X’ with his wrist blades, deflecting the blast away from him. 1 KYLE (narration box) THE HELL?! Panel 3. FIVE is blocking a swipe FOUR had made at his head with his own wrist blade. Sparks fly as the two blades meet, but not from the metal. The two blades are surrounded in a kinetic field (kinetic energy is the energy of motion, so a force is emanated out from the blades when they are lit up blue). The two are suspended in mid air. NO DIALOGUE. PAGE TWELVE (6 panels) Panel 1. Close-up on FIVE’s right hand grabbing FOUR’s left hand. 1 KYLE (narration box) I WASN’T GIVING UP. Panel 2. FIVE pulls FOUR into to head butt his helmet. This dents both helmets and cracks FOUR’S left eye piece. NO DIALOGUE Panel 3. FIVE turns off his boosters and is below FOUR. The view is from the side. FIVE is aiming his energy blaster. NO DIALOGUE Panel 4. FOUR has both of his hands held up. Two energy blasters have popped up out of the top of his wrists. They are both firing red energy blasts. 1 KYLE (narration box) HEAT BLASTS. THEY TAKE A BIT OF TIME TO CHARGE UP, BUT IF I GAVE IT LONG ENOUGH… IT’LL BUILD UP ENOUGH POWER TO MELT A HOLE RIGHT THROUGH ME. Panel 5. FIVE is taking a heat blast in the shoulder, while dodging the other one. The section that’s hit is melted somewhat, like the blast heated up the surface, but couldn’t pierce all of the way through. KYLE gets one of his own blasts off, an orange blast. An explosive blast. 1 KYLE WHOA! I NEED TO END THIS…

Panel 6. FOUR blocks the orange blast, but is lit up by the minor orange energy explosion. KYLE didn’t have enough time to build up a large blast. NO DIALOGUE.

PAGE THIRTEEN (4 panels) Panel 1. KYLE is trying to strategize. He’s flying backwards trying to get distance between him and FOUR. 1 KYLE (narration box) I WAS GOING TO DESTROY IT. I WOULDN’T LET IT KILL ME AFTER I WAS BROUGHT BACK. I WASN’T GOING TO DIE AGAIN. Panel 2. IRENE is standing in from of a cherry blossom tree. She is in a red dress with a black vest. Her hair is in the same style as in the cover. She looked happy. Holding her school books in her arms as she stares into the reader’s eyes.

1 IRENE I JUST KNOW YOU.

Panel 3. A close up on IRENE, but this time she looks sad. She is almost ready to cry, as if she realized that KYLE is dead, but as a memory.

1 IRENE I DIDN’T THINK ANY LESS OF YOU. Panel 4. The view is facing FOUR. FOUR’s blades are extended and is aggressively rushing the reader. FOUR’S armor is damaged. The stabilizer panels on his left shoulder and right arm are cracked, but still glowing and at least partially operational. FOUR is on one knee as he lands. NO DIALOGUE.

PAGE FOURTEEN (2 panels) Panel 1. FIVE is on the ground now forward at the damaged FOUR. FOUR is in the distance, but is smoking from the previous attack. Both warriors are grounded. 1 KYLE (narration box) I KNEW THAT THESE LOW LEVEL EXPLOSIVE BLASTS WEREN’T GOING TO GET THE JOB DONE. Panel 2. FOUR lands on his feet. The view is from the front with a closer look at the damage he took from the explosive blast. There are some scorched sections and dents on top of the cracked panels and eye lens. 1 KYLE (narration box) ALL OR NOTHING.

PAGE FIFTEEN (2 panels) Panel 1. Close-up on FIVE’S blaster with an orange glow coming out of it If you haven’t noticed each type of energy blast has a unique color. NO DIALOGUE. Panel 2. FIVE and FOUR are running at each other. The view is from the side. FIVE has his bladed hand up in the defense position. FOUR’S hands are behind him as he sprints. FOUR’S wrist blades are fully extended. 1 KYLE(narration box) I KNEW THAT THIS WAS RECKLESS. THAT I SHOULD HAVE TRIED TO KEEP MY DISTANCE, BUT I NEEDED FOUR TO NOT BE EXPECTING MY NEXT MOVE. KEEP HIM GUESSING.

PAGE SIXTEEN (4 panels) Panel 1. FOUR is throwing an overhead downward arching roundhouse while FIVE ducks it. NO DIALOGUE. Panel 2. FIVE is kicking FOUR’S ankles out from under him. NO DIALOGUE. Panel 3. FOUR brings his wrist blades down to the ground to try to impale FIVE. FOUR’S right wrist blade punctures FIVE’S left shoulder. Blood is coming out of the wound. This is meant to convey the stabbing of KYLE, not the struggle to keep him from getting stabbed again. NO DIALOGUE

Panel 4. FOUR’S right hand (KYLE’S left) is being held at the wrist to keep the blade from stabbing FIVE’S face. There is a scratch down the front of the mask ending at the tip of the blade. NO DIALOGUE. PAGE SEVENTEEN (7 panels) Panel 1. The view is from the side. The situation is the same as before, except that FIVE’S other hand has his wrist blade retracted and the blaster extended. The energy blaster is pointed at FOUR’S head. 1 KYLE (narration box) HE NEEDED TO THINK HE WAS WINNING. THAT HE WAS GOING TO KILL ME WITHOUT A DOUBT. Panel 2. FOUR is moving to the side dodging FIVE's blast. The blade that had punctured FIVE'S shoulder is being pulled out. An arc of blood is trailing out of the wound. 1 KYLE (narration box) DAMN IT, HE'S FAST! Panel 3. FOUR is pulling his left hand back to stab FIVE one final time. The view is from below with FOUR looking as menacing as possible. Really emphasize wrist blade as an be all, end all. 1 KYLE (narration box) THIS IS MY LAST CHANCE. Panel 4. Close up on FIVE'S mask. His eye lenses are lit up orange instead of blue.

Panel 5. The explosive blast is ricocheting off of a glacier behind them, sending itself back towards the two fighters. NO DIALOGUE Panel 6. The view is from the side, FIVE is holding FOURS hand to keep it from stabbing him. The orange blast is about five feet away from FOUR'S back. 1 KYLE I JUST HOPE THIS DOESN'T KILL US BOTH. DETONATE!

Panel 7. Two silhouettes can be seen inside of an orange explosion. NO DIALOGUE PAGE EIGHTEEN (5 panels) Panel 1. FIVE is on his back smoking, but sitting up slightly. Ice chunks are falling all around and the ground is melted and cracked around FIVE. FIVE'S mask is charred and dented; one half of one of the lenses is missing. FIVE'S white, pupil-less eye can be seen through the hole. FOUR is lying on top of FIVE. FOUR'S face is resting on FIVE's shoulder. Just from FOUR'S back, you can tell that FOUR took 85% of the blast, basically acting as FIVE'S shield. NO DIALOGUE. Panel 2. FIVE is pushing FOUR off of the top of him. FIVE is not looking at FOUR. He doesn't notice the missing lens in his helmet yet. The reader cannot see the front of FOUR'S mask. 1 KYLE GET OFF ME, ROBO-JERK. Panel 3. FIVE is getting up. He is on one knee and is using his fist to prop himself up. Some of the mesh from his right arm has become disconnected from the armor and is hanging freely (this is also true for his helmet). This exposes portions of his organic arm. FIVE’S right eye lens is cracked as well as some of his stabilizer circles/panels. His is scorched and looks to have trouble forcing himself to his feet. Panel 4. FIVE is removing his helmet while standing up. The parts of the mesh are hanging off of the mask, these portions do not retract into the mask. The undamaged portions are pulling themselves into the mask (molecular compression is the term). This exposes parts of FIVE/KYLE'S head. His skin is pale and cybernetic components are attached to parts of his face. His hair is white and frazzled. Panel 5. KYLE/FIVE is dropping his mask and looking slightly into the distance (not directly at the reader). He has blood trickling out of the corner of his mouth and out of his left nostril. 1 KYLE WELL THIS IS TRASHED. PAGE NINETEEN (2 panels) Panel 1. FIVE is on his feet walking toward FOUR’S body. FIVE’S wrist blade is not extended. What can be seen of FOUR is far worse than FIVE’S damage. None of his kinetic panels are lit up, most are cracked. Parts of his armor are littered around his body. None of his skin is exposed to keep the surprise of the last panel.

1 KYLE FUCKING ROBOT. Panel 2. FIVE has his wrist blade extended. The panel shows the front of FIVE’S armor from the waist up. FIVE’S left arm is bent so the wrist blade is in view. 1 KYLE (narration box) THAT’S WHEN I NOTICED IT. THAT’S WHEN I NOTICED ITS EYE LENS WAS SHATTERED IN THE BLAST.

PAGE TWENTY (1 panel) Panel 1. Close-up on FOUR’S mask. A human eye could be seen through the lens looking at FIVE. The brown eye is fearful, but not completely terrified as FOUR’S emotions are suppressed. 1 KYLE (narration box) THERE WAS A MAN INSIDE THERE. HE WASN’T A SYNTH. HE WAS LIKE ME.

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