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Black Panther #8

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(SPLASH) FULL FIGURES: THE BLACK PANTHER LEAPING OUT OF DENSE FOLIAGE, POUNCING ON CAPTAIN AMERICA. CAP IS TURNING TO ENGAGE THE PANTHER, BUT HAS HEARD PANTHER TOO LATE.


NOTE: THIS IS THE GOLDEN AGE CAP, TRIANGLE SHIELD, AND THIS IS T’CHAKA, OUR BLACK PANTHER’s FATHER.
THE GOLDEN AGE PANTHER SHOULD BE CONSIDERABLY THICKER THAN OUR PANTHER. THINK OF FRANK MILLER’s OLD BATMAN IN The Dark Knight Returns AND BORROW LIBERALLY THAT CHARACTER’S ATTITUDE AND MUSCLE. THIS IS A BIG MAN WHO CAN SNAP YOU LIKE A TWIG.
TEX: YOU’VE BEEN DRAWING T’CHAKA TOO MUCH LIKE T’CHALLA. THIS SHOULD BE A DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT PHYSICAL TYPE. A HUGE MAN, MORE LIKE BLACK ODIN.
T’CHAKA’s BLACK PANTHER COSTUME IS MORE TRIBAL THAN OUR CURRENT MODEL, AND CONSIDERABLY LESS MODERN. IT OBVIOUSLY SHOULD REMIND US OF OUR CURRENT BP’s COSTUME BUT IT SHOULD BUNCH UP LIKE FABRIC AROUND HIS ELBOWS AND KNEES (LIKE MILLER’s BATMAN), AND HAVE MORE TRIBAL FLOURISHES ON IT.
THEY ARE IN THE JUNGLE.
COLOR: IT IS DAY.
ROSS’ MONOLOGUE 1:

The story thus far:
Once upon a time there was a guy named HITLER who divided the globe between GOOD guys and BAD guys. And one day, some 20 years before the client was even born, one of the GOOD guys followed a hand-scrawled map into jungle WILDERNESS, looking for a secret kingdom.
He found a lot more than he was looking for.
2 FOOTNOTE: *for the complete story, see Captain America: Sentinel Of Liberty #_______, on sale now! --Matt Idelson, shilling for readers
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WORK THE ACTION ACROSS THE SPREAD, THE PANELS READING LEFT TO RIGHT ACROSS THE TWO PAGES.
BANNER ACROSS TOP: CHAPTER HEADING.

1 TITLE: Just One Will Do

1 CAP TAKES THE BRUNT OF THE ATTACK, GOING DOWN ON HIS BACK, BARELY EVADING THE PANTHER’S CLAWS (OR KNIFE, WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU), AND USING THE PANTHER’s OWN MOMENTUM TO SHOVE THE PANTHER OFF OF HIM.



2 RCAP: T’CHAKA was chieftain of the Wakandan PANTHER TRIBE.

3 CAP: Hold your fire--!!

4 CAP: Hold it-- that’s an order!
2 NEW ANGLE: PANTHER, HAVING BEEN FLIPPED OFF CAP AS PER ABOVE, RECOVERING, HURLING MULTIPLE BLADES AT THE OFF-PANEL CAP. THESE ARE NOT ENERGY DAGGERS BUT ARE ACTUAL TRIBAL KNIVES, CARVED FROM WOOD, BAMBOO, STONE, AND OTHER CRUDE MATERIALS BUT NOT REFINED STEEL.

5 RCAP: That also made him KING.

6 RCAP: Of course, Captain America had no way of knowing that.

7 VOICE: (Off) But, sir-- they’re everywhere--!!
3 ON CAP: USING HIS SHIELD: THE KNIVES IMPACTING ON THE SHIELD. CAP STOIC.

8 CAP: Yes, they are, corporal.

9 CAP: They live here.

10 CAP: And I am ordering you--

11 SFX: KLAK--KLAKK--K-KLAKKK--!!
4 DOWN ANGLE: ESTABLISH THE AREA: CAP FACES OFF WITH THE PANTHER, THE PANTHER IN A LOW, MENACING CROUCH.
NOW WE SEE CAPTAIN AMERICA IS FLANKED BY A SMALL CONTINGENT OF US SOLDIERS, WWII ERA. THE SOLDIERS ARE, IN TURN, SURROUNDED BY AFRICAN WARRIORS IN TRADITIONAL TRIBAL DRESS (AND PLEASE, I AM BEGGING YOU, LOOK THIS STUFF UP. THESE PEOPLE DO NOT WEAR DIAPERS). SHIELDS AND SPEARS AND FEARSOME WAR PAINT. THESE ARE SCARY LOOKING GUYS (THINK MASAI WARRIORS).

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PUT THESE GUYS EVERYWHERE: IN THE TREES, IN THE TALL GRASS, ON A KNOLL BEHIND THEM, WHEREVER YOU CAN PUT THEM. CAP AND HIS BUDDIES ARE OUT OF LUCK HERE; THEY’VE WALKED INTO A TRAP.



12 CAP: --to hold your fire.

13 RCAP: Far as the Americans were concerned, this was just some nutty tribesman dressed like Pépe le Peu.

14 SOLDIER: B-but-- Cap-- they could-- they could kill us--!!
5 THE PANTHER LEAPS, CAP’S REARED BACK WITH A FIST COILED TO PUNCH.

15 CAP: They could. But they won’t.

16 CAP: I suspect this is actually more an informal greeting.

17 CAP: If they wanted to kill us--
6 TOUGH ONE, GANG: OLD BLACK PANTHER HAS TO IMPLAUSIBLY CORRECT HIS COURSE IN MID-LEAP. THIS NEEDS TO BE SOME MANNER OF COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED MOVE; THE PANTHER PERHAPS CONVERTING THE ATTACK LUNGE INTO AN ACROBATIC FLIP, FLIPPING OVER CAP INSTEAD OF ATTACKING HIM.
THIS SHOULD BE GRACEFUL AND SUBLIME, LIKE A CAT MIGHT DO, THE PANTHER TWISTING OR FLIPPING SOMEHOW, THE MOVE COMING ACROSS VERY MUCH LIKE A NINJA MOVE.
AS HE PASSES CAP, HE DRAPES A SMALL LENGTH OF SILK CORD AROUND CAP’s NECK.

18 CAP: --we’d be dead already.

19 CAP: This man is obviously their leader. I think we should--
7 FOLLOW THROUGH: THE PANTHER LANDING BEHIND CAP, BRINGING CAP DOWN WITH HIM, YANKING CAP BACK OFF HIS FEET BY THE GARROTE AROUND CAP’s THROAT. CAP WINCING IN PAIN, INSTINCTIVELY REACHING FOR HIS THROAT.

20 CAP: --eeyurrkkk--!!

21 RCAP: The truth was, these GI Joes had stumbled into an ancient kingdom, one hidden from the world for HUNDREDS of years.

22 RCAP: And if they’d ever leave that place ALIVE…
8 FOLLOW THROUGH: CAP HAS TO CONVERT THIS NOW, USING PANTHER’s MOMENTUM AGAIN, CAP FLIPPING OVER PANTHER’S BACK, CAP’S HANDS GRABBING PANTHER SOMEHOW, PERHAPS HOOKING AN ARM UNDER THE PANTHER’s, FORCING PANTHER INTO A FORWARD TUMBLE.

23 RCAP: …it would be because T’Chaka ALLOWED it.

24 SOLDIER: (Off) He’s got Cap-- we’ve got to--

25 CAP: Follow my orders.

26 SOLDIER: (Off) B-but, Cap--!!

27 CAP: (Burst) FOLLOW THEM.
3 SLIVER PANELS: FIXED CAMERA ANGLE:
9 GROUND LEVEL: MEXICAN STANDOFF: PANTHER’s GOT THE CORD TIGHT AROUND CAP’s NECK, CAP’s LOCKED AN IRON FIST AROUND T’CHAKA’s NECK. THE MEN GLOWERING AT EACH OTHER.

28 CAP: Look-- I don’t know if you can understand me-- but we mean you no harm.

29 CAP: I don’t want to kill you-- and I’m convinced you don’t want to kill me--

30 CAP: --so, what say we call a truce here--?
10 STAT.

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11 STAT:

31 PANTHER: [Ital.] Iborzi naga ciobaratta.

32 PANTHER: [Ital.] Kenu sawatzabe tochero se

thwalikizame tuhero.

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1 OVERHEAD: PANTHER HAS RELEASED CAP, THE TWO MEN RISING TO THEIR FEET, KEEPING THEIR EYES ON EACH OTHER.


THE AFRICAN WARRIORS WITHDRAW. THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN THEIR PANTS.
SOMEONE HANDS THE PANTHER T’CHAKA’s SHIELD (SEE FF #53 FOR REF; THIS IS A VERY SPECIFIC AND WELL-ESTABLISHED SHIELD).

1 SOLDIER: Geez-- whadhe-- whadhe say--?!

2 CAP: I don’t know, soldier, but it looks like he’s calling a cease fire.

3 CAP: Safety your weapons. Maybe if he sees we’re trying to communicate, he’ll--

4 PANTHER: I said--
2 ON PANTHER: GRIM. WHO THE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE TALKING TO, WHITE BOY? PANTHER’s HAND POINTING UPWARDS, DIRECTING OUR ATTENTION. GET PART OF T’CHAKA’s SHIELD IN HERE, AND USE THE TWO SHIELDS SYMBOLICALLY.

5 PANTHER: [Ital. quote] “--good news, brothers-- these Americans aren’t as stupid as they look.” Or, perhaps—

6 PANTHER: [Ital.] --vous préféreriez français--?

7 PANTHER: [Ital.] Oder deutsch?

8 PANTHER: [NOTE: THIS WILL BE TRANSLATED INTO LATIN]

[Ital.] Latin--?

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3 NEW ANGLE: UP IN THE TREES: AFRICAN WARRIORS IN WAR PAINT AIM WWII VINTAGE RIFLES DOWN AT US.


NOTE TO JOE/TEX: SET THIS SHOT UP WITH THE PRESENT-DAY RIOT SCENE (LATER IN STORY. HERE THE WHITE SOLDIERS ARE SURROUNDED, THIS SHOT SHOULD FORESHADOW LATER ONES).

9 PANTHER: (Off) Had your men fired, they would all be dead now.

10 CAP: (Off) I-- I am Captain Am--

11 T’CHAKA: (Attach To His Previous) I read all about you in the New York Times--
4 CAP AND PANTHER: PANTHER AGGRESSIVELY STABS CAP WITH TWO FINGERS, THE INDEX AND MIDDLE FINGER FORMED TOGETHER, HIS THUMB STICKING UP SO THE NET RESULT IS A SORT OF PISTOL-LIKE GESTURE, AND AN INADVERTENT 90’S STREET-WISE IMAGERY (THE KIND OF MOVE YOU MAKE WHEN YOU’RE CALLING SOMEONE A PUNK, CALL ME IF I’VE LOST YOU).
CAP IS A LITTLE OFFENDED BY THE SUGGESTION.

12 T’CHAKA: --which still does not explain what gives you the right to invade my lands.

13 CAP: A handful of men is hardly an invasion--

14 PANTHER: A handful of armed men wearing flags, Captain. Don’t be so blasted naïve.
5 OVERHEAD: THE PANTHER, HIS TRIBAL SHIELD IN HAND, NOW WALKING IN A SLOW CIRCLE AROUND CAP, LOOKING HIM OVER. CAP STANDS HOLDING HIS OWN SHIELD.

15 PANTHER: Our kingdom has been hidden for centuries. That’s no accident. We do not allow outsiders here.

16 CAP: But-- then how could you know the

language--

17 PANTHER: Refugees, Captain, from conquered kingdoms and ruined dynasties.

18 PANTHER: And I send agents regularly to the south for news of your war.

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IMPORTANT: REMIND ME TO FAX YOU A SEQUENCE FROM STEEL THAT SHOWS YOU EXACTLY WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT HERE! THANKS!!


FIVE HORIZONTAL PANELS: NO BACKGROUND.
1 MEDIUM: FACE OFF: THE BLACK PANTHER AND CAPTAIN AMERICA CONSIDER EACH OTHER. BOTH HAVE GRIM EXPRESSIONS.
USE THE SHIELDS. T’CHAKA HOLDING HIS, CAP HOLDING HIS.

1 CAP: Forgive me, but the world is at war. It’s hardly mine--

2 PANTHER: Calling this a “world” war is just nationalist bigotry, Captain. It means [Ital quote] “The parts of the world that count.”

3 PANTHER: We are not at war. Switzerland and the lesser Antilles are not at war.
2 STILL MEDIUM: THE CAMERA NOW MOVING, ORBITING THE TWO MEN AS THEY STARE AT EACH OTHER.

4 CAP: But this region could be drawn into—

5 PANTHER: Allied forces will soon sweep through Oran and Algiers, pressing Rommel and Von Arnim.

6 PANTHER: The war effort is costing Germany 72 points of their GNP, aggregate per capita. Your war will never reach these lands.*

7 PANTHER: So why are you here, Captain?

8 FOOTNOTE: *GNP = Gross National Product. Stop reading comics and go to school --J&J

(More)

3 STILL MEDIUM: THE CAMERA ALL THE WAY AROUND BACK NOW SO WE'RE LOOKING OVER CAP'S SHOULDER AT GLOWERING PANTHER, WHO MAY HAVE MOVED IN VERY CLOSELY NOW. LOTS OF HOSTILITY AND THREAT.



9 CAP: We have reason to believe the Nazis will be coming here. A scout brought back a sample of an unusual metal discovered in your hills--

10 CAP: --something we call Vibranium. If the Nazis get their hands on it, I assure you, sir—

11 CAP: --this will become your war, too.

12 T’CHAKA: Give me one reason why I should trust you.
4 STILL MEDIUM: CAMERA ORBITED ALL THE WAY AROUND SO NOW THIS SHOT IS A 180º FLOP OF PANEL ONE, CAP AND PANTHER ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE PANEL.

13 T’CHAKA: Just one will do.
5 BREAK THE SPELL: OVERHEAD: FULL FIGURES. PANTHER STALKS OFF, HIS BACK TO CAP WHO WATCHES HIM GO.

14 PANTHER: Very good, Captain.

15 PANTHER: Insulting my intelligence would definitely have been the wrong way to go.

16 PANTHER: Follow me to the city. You and you alone.




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