PAGE ONE (six panels)
Panel 1. Daytime. Bird’s eye view of a government research facility.
Panel 2. Four computers are set up inside a lab at the facility. Two scientists are working at this station, their backs to a large screen showing a view of Earth from a satellite. A scaled, 3D replica of a satellite sits on a large table in the center of the room. On the walls to the left and right are white, dry erase boards with writing and various unsolved equations scribbled across them. A third scientist is at this station working on a new equation. Another scientist is leaning down examining the model. The fifth, and lead, scientist is observing the work being done with a clipboard in hand.
Panel 3. A side view of the first scientist looking at his computer screen. He wears glasses and is smoking a cigarette. In the background, the scientist at the dry erase board is looking over his shoulder in panic.
SCIENTIST #1 (OP):
Let's fire it up, gentlemen
SCIENTIST #2 (burst):
Panel 4. Close up of the screen showing the satellite perspective. It shows the beam of another satellite as it hits the earth,
Panel 5. The lead scientist is on the phone in the foreground. He looks nervous and is sweating. Behind him, the other scientists are gathered around to look at the satellite perspective screen.
Sir, we've encountered a--
What is that?
Panel 6. Insert. Two scientists stand before one of the dry erase boards. The first is the scientist who was working at this station. He’s explaining, in a panic, the now completed equation. Several of the numbers have been changed. The other scientist is the one who fired the beam prematurely. He’s sweating nervously and is grabbing at his hair with one hand. The other hand hangs loosely at his side holding his cigarette; ash has built up at its end.
PAGE TWO (four panels)
Panel 1. Another close up of the perspective screen. The scientists have zoomed in on the screen to view the earth more closely. A strange, black, cloud-like substance has begun to swirl around the earth and a greenish static electricity crackles here and there.
Panel 2. Somewhere on the continent of Antarctica, a polar bear is devouring a seal. The same black cloud is spreading out across the sky in a storm; green crystals rain down from the sky.
Panel 3. On the surface of the Pacific Ocean, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) scientists are taking samples of the water in the afternoon rain. More green crystals are falling here and they're puzzled by the readings they're getting from the water.
Panel 4. Deep under the surface, something similar in appearance to ink is spreading through the water. Here, it is the thickest and seems to be spreading more quickly as green particles deposit on the ocean floor. From the center of the substance, two reptilian eyes are staring back.
PAGE THREE (one panel)
Panel 1. A blend of various scenes: a piece of a glacier breaking off, tsunami, blazing heat, Katrina, forest fires, etc.
As time went on conditions on Earth began to change drastically.
PAGE FOUR (four panels)
Panel 1. Inside the oval office, the President is on a startling phone call with the head of the research facility. A female secretary stands to the side of his desk holding a clipboard and looking concerned.
Naturally the United States government took immediate action
RESEARCH DIRECTOR (electronic):
Yes, Mr. President. You heard correctly.
So what, exactly, does this mean?
RESEARCH DIRECTOR (electronic):
It means, sir, that doorways are beginning to open between our dimension...and whatever others are out there.
Panel 2. The President has just hung up the phone; his hand is still on the receiver and is gripping it tightly. He is turned toward his secretary who now has the point of her pen ready to write on her clipboard.
Yes, Mr. President?
Schedule a meeting.
Panel 3. Inside a private briefing room. The outer edges of the room have various maps and different satellite videos of unnatural lightning storms and the black cloud in different areas of the world. The President, military officials, and representatives from other countries are sitting around a large oval table. On the outskirts of the table, cast in shadows, various religious figures are seated. A man is passing out file folders to those at the table. In large, red letters, the folders read "Global Warming".
to cover up the incident.
Panel 4. A representative of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is standing at a podium on a stage facing the reader. Two security guards stand on either side of him. Down in front, the backs of the heads of reporters can be seen. Some have their hands raised; others have cameras or microphones up.
Our research team has recently made a startling discovery.
Certain habits of the world's population are leading to a major crisis.
What better facade than a global, environmental issue.
PAGE FIVE (one panel)
Panel 1. Various representatives from governments around the world deliver the same press conference to their media.
EPA REP. (OP):
We are making it our duty to spread this knowledge to governments across the globe.
PAGE SIX (four panels)
Panel 1. At a Toyota dealership, a man is being handed the keys to his new Prius.
As time went on--
Panel 2. An advertisement for alternative energy.
--the population did what they could to save their beloved planet.
Panel 3. People planting trees for Earth Day. A small radio is on the ground near a group in the foreground.
The world was a relatively peaceful place.
During a roadside patrol last week, 14 US soldiers were killed by an IED. No names have been released as of yet...
Panel 4. A busy street in Europe. The air is filled with the familiar black substance; it's heavy in the air like a thin fog and has concentrated in a large cloud in the street. Lightning seems to come from within it and, at the bottom, a small deposit of green crystals has formed. A vicious, hairy, twelve-foot-tall monster has partially emerged from it.
But there is always a calm before the storm.
PAGE SEVEN (three panels)
Panel 1. Cars are crashed into each other from attempts to avoid the now fully emerged monster. People run down the streets in terror. Dead bodies lie in the street. Some are victims of the monster, others are victims of trampling or car crashes.
Panel 2. A massive, hairy claw has broken through the passenger window of one of the cars and has grasped the face of the woman sitting in it. Her entire face is covered by the monster's hand except for one eye that stares out in fear from between two claws.
Panel 3. The monster has gotten the woman out of the car through her window. It's gripping her by an arm and around the waist as it chews on her other arm. Her body is covered in scratches from both the monster and broken glass. In the background, people are running around in chaos as more monsters emerge from the storm.
PAGE EIGHT (four panels)
Panel 1. Six-legged monsters are feasting on the remains of fallen soldiers within the city. Their weapons lay beside them, unfired. In the background various other monsters can be seen roaming around and wreaking havoc.
Modern technology was virtually useless against the otherworldly beasts.
Panel 2. At an English research facility, a new group of scientists are studying the green crystals.
Sir, they appear to react only to the storms…which we have found to be largely composed of oxygen and nitrogen.
Panel 3. The inside of a military weapons hold showing various new age weapons.
Before long, British Intelligence took action and designed a series of new age weapons.
Panel 4. The top view of a military formation.
Anyone willing to take back the world they knew as theirs was specially trained.
PAGE NINE (two panels)
Panel 1. The front view of the formation reveals that the "soldiers" are actually shabby looking civilians. They're dirty and dressed in civilian clothes; hardly fit for combat. The sky can be seen in this panel and, though it is day time, the sky is cloudy with the ominous black fog.
Panel 2. Closing in on the face of this formation's commanding officer. In the background one of the soldiers, an extremely young man, has lost his balance and is just about to fall over into the man next to him. The commander is glancing at him over his shoulder with a look of fading hope.
God, help us all.
PAGE TEN (four panels)
Panel 1. A group of these makeshift soldiers head out to make a stand against a group of monsters in a neighborhood.
Panel 2. A wide shot showing the fight. Some men have fallen as the residents scramble for their cars, carrying whatever belongings they can manage.
Panel 3. Close up of one of the men being attacked.
Panel 4. A close up of a monster dragging a man away from his car. Two children scream and watch in horror from the backseat.
But it seemed not even He was on their side--
PAGE ELEVEN (seven panels)
Panel 1. A young man, about 17-years-old, is cowering behind an overturned car. His fear is obvious and he's clutching his weapon as if that simple act will keep him safe. Behind the car, men are being killed by monsters.
--as unlikely soldiers were plunged into battle.
Panel 2. The man is still behind the car; his eyes are clenched shut now. On the other side of the car, one of the monsters has stopped attacking and is sniffing the air.
Panel 3. He peeks around the side of the car to see if it's clear for him to come out of hiding. We see that the area within his sight is clear of monsters, but what little remains of their victims still remains.
Panel 4. Comforted that he can finally move, the young man leans his head back against the car for a moment and sighs.
Panel 5. The young man's feet and legs are thrashing frantically at the bottom of the panel as some unseen force holds him suspended in midair. His weapon is falling to the ground.
Panel 6. His body has disappeared from the shot and his weapon is now lying on the ground.
Panel 7. From a wider view his body is shown on the hood of the car, all but torn to shreds, as the monster snacks on his entrails. Off to the left of the panel, the other monsters can be seen eating more people and ambling around.
PAGE TWELVE (four panels)
Panel 1. Various monsters are wreaking havoc on what's left of a small, village. At this point, the black clouds have become so thick in the sky that it is nearly impossible to distinguish between night and day. The only indication that it is daytime is the dull glow from the sun’s attempt to shine through.
Europe, 2150...at least what's left of it.
After over a century, hardly anything is left of the world.
Panel 2. Another shot of monster havoc.
But even in all the darkness--
Panel 3. An unsure man stands between what's left of two houses and watches the mayhem from a bit of a distance (younger Sam). He is about 29-years-old with very short, dark brown hair (much shorter than in his concepts). His collar is pulled up around his neck. He holds a double barrel shotgun down by his side.
--there are those few who find the courage--
Panel 4. A man shields his wife and son, desperately trying to protect them from an approaching monster. The unsure man stands in the background. It's visible that his weapon is raised.
PAGE THIRTEEN (three panels)
Panel 1. The armed man is firing his weapon. The bullet is shown flying from the barrel.
Panel 2. The monster lays dead a few feet away from the now confident man (foreground), inches away from the family; smoke trails from the barrel of his weapon.
--to bring back the light.
Panel 3. The family embraces one another and the father is looking up thankfully at the man with the gun. The young boy looks up at the stranger in awe.