Author: Chuck Bikle
Plot outline (part 1)
After rescuing a senator’s son from a cult , Agent Enigma discovers that he is possessed by a demonic creature. Deciding to investigate further , he sneaks into the cult’s compound and interrupts a sacrificial ceremony which leads him into a battle with cultists and demons alike.
PANEL 1 ( 1/3rd page)
We see the interior of a large ,empty warehouse. In the center are a table and two-chairs. Sitting in the chairs are Agent Enigma and a teenage-kid wearing dark-grey ceremonial-robes. The kid is tied up to his chair. Both appear to be fatigued. The only illumination in the room is provided by a hanging light-bulb.
1 AGENT ENIGMA (THOUGHT CAPTION): Half an hour ago I rescued this kid from a fanatical cult known as the Primal-Hand.
2 AE (TC): He happens to be the son of a prominent senator.
3 AE (TC): Right now I’m trying to de-program him.
4 AE (TC): I’m called Agent Enigma.
5: AE (TC) I’m what you would call a super-spy.
We see Agent Enigma’s face as he speaks.
1 AGENT ENIGMA: “Jason…”
2 AE: “You’re family sent me to help you.”
3 AE: “They must care for you a great deal…”
We see Jason’s angry reaction.
1 JASON: “You never should have come for me…”
2 JASON: “When the Abyssal Savior learns of your interference , you will be banished to the Abyssal Abyss !”
3 JASON: “Soul-Flayers will feast on your essence and Nether-Hooks will rend your flesh !”
Agent Enigma and Jason stare at each other from across the table. Jason seems tense and angry. Agent Enigma seems relaxed.
Same panel as 4.
1 AE: “So…”
2 AE: “…You like marshmallows in your hot-chocolate ?”
We see Agent Enigma inject Jason with a unique-looking syringe.
1 DESCRIPTION CAPTION( “Dick Tracy” style): Hypno-Tranq
2 AE: “Jason , I’m going to give you something that’s going to make you sleepy.”
We see Jason suddenly become panic-stricken.
1 JASON: “NO !”
2 JASON: “DON’T DO THIS , YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND…!”
We see Agent Enigma speak into a mini-tape recorder as Jason begins to struggle and convulse.
1 AE: “Note to self: Jason seems to be reacting oddly to my hypnotic-formula…”
2 AE: “…Although his file didn’t indicate any unusual medical conditions.”
PANEL 4 ( ½ page)
We see an Blood-Demon emanate from Jason. He is unharmed by it. Agent Enigma is speaking into a tape recorder.
1AGENT ENIGMA: “Events have taken a strange turn , as a demonic-apparition has just emanated from Jason’s body.”
2 DEMON: “RAAAAAAAGGGHHHHHH !!!!!”
3 JASON: “Hggkk !”
4 AGENT ENIGMA: “It appears that my de-programming session has become an impromptu exorcism.”
Agent Enigma takes a defensive martial-arts stance while speaking to the Apparition , which is drooling and looks like it’s about to lunge.
1 AGENT ENIGMA: “Howdy.”
2 DEMON: “sssshhhsss.”
As the demon lunges , Agent Enigma leaps over him.
1 DEMON: “Mortal flesh.”
2 DEMON: “Today , I dine on…”
3 DEMON: “MORTAL FLESH !”
4 AE: “You sound like my ex-wife.”
Agent Enigma draws and fires a sleek , high-tech energy weapon.
1 DESCRIPTION CAPTION: –Laser Carbine with parabolic motion-scope.
2 AGENT ENIGMA: “Time to end this , I have reports to write.”
3 SFX: (energy weapon) Zsssss!
The demon is hit with the energy-beam and it bursts into flame.
1 DEMON: “AAAAA….!”
The demon makes a final threat before incinerating completely.
1 DEMON: “Because of your interference , your fate is sealed…”
2 DEMON: “My master , Exax will hunt you down and subject you to an eternity of pain.”
3 AGENT ENIGMA: “But we’re still friends right ?”
We see Agent Enigma speaking into the tape-recorder.
1 AE: “I’d say that my assignment just became more complicated.”
2 AE: “Just a wee-bit.”
We see an exterior-view of a non-descript truck on the open road.
1 AGENT ENIGMA: “When I agreed to be a guinea-pig for the “Super-Agent” formula it was understood that I would be taking on the more “unconventional” assignments.”
We see the interior of the truck. Agent Enigma is sitting at a conference-table and is speaking to a video screen. On the video-screen is a shadowy-figure.
1 AE: “Power-mad dictators armed with a biochemical weapon based on the Ebola-virus , shape-shifting android saboteurs , beautiful Russian spies and the occasional extra-terrestrial guest to our fair planet.”
2 AE: “All part of my nine-to-five working day.”
3 AE: “However…”
Agent Enigma speaking to the shadowy-figure.
1 AE: “Some things are not part of my job-description.”
2 AE: “demons would be one of them.”
The shadowy-figure on the monitor-screen speaks to Agent Enigma.
1 SHADOWY-FIGURE: “Why didn’t this “demon” attempt to possess you the way it
Agent Enigma speaks.
1 AE: “I don’t know.”
2 AE: “Perhaps there is some sort of “ritual” involved.”
3 AE: “We might find out more from Jason’s interrogation.”
The shadowy-figure speaks.
1 SHADOWY-FIGURE: “How is the senator’s son doing ?”
2 AE: “So far he’s stable.”
3 AE: “But we’ve told the senator that we’ll need more time to deprogram him from the Primal-Hand’s influence.”
1 AE: “Which brings up some disturbing questions.”
2 AE: “How many of the other members of this cult are possessed ?”
3 SHADOWY-FIGURE: “And what is the true nature of the Primal-Hand ?”
Agent Enigma speaks.
1 AE: “Perhaps I’ll find out when I break into their compound.”
2 SHADOWY-FIGURE: “Be careful Agent Enigma…”
3 SF: “You’ve already infiltrated them once , this time they’ll be prepared for you.”
We see two armed guards standing outside what appears to be a back gate. The cult’s symbol is on the front of their uniforms.
1 AE: ( Dialogue Caption) “No one is ever prepared for me.”
Both guards get struck by tranq-darts. They both keel over.
We see Agent Enigma walk up to them.
1 AE: “Why don’t you guys punch-out.”
2 AE: “I’ll lock-up the temple when I leave.”
PANEL 4 (1/2 page)
We see what appears to be an auditorium “renovated” with occult-trappings. In the center of the room is an altar. Strapped to the altar is a beautiful young woman who is unconscious. Standing above the woman is the leader of the cultists , Master Grasp. Gathered around the altar are cultists wearing ceremonial-robes and wielding ceremonial-swords.
1 MASTER GRASP: “Soon my children , this local weather-girl will be under the icy-control of our Abyssal Savior , Exax !”
2 MG: “Granted , it’s a very small-step in our domination of the media , but a step nonetheless !”
3 THE CULTISTS: “ALL HAIL EXAX !”
We see two of the cultists fall to the floor.
1 CULTISTS: “ALL HAIL EXAX !”
Three more fall to the floor.
1 CULTISTS: “ALL HAIL …!”
2 MASTER GRASP: “WAIT , SOMETHING’S WRONG !”
One of the cultists( cultistA) points at another cultist(cultistB)while two more fall to the floor and other cultists are visibly choking.
1 CULTIST A: “GET HIM , *Koff* , HE’S RELEASED SOME SORT OF KNOCKOUT GAS , *Kaff* !”
2 OTHER CULTISTS: (various coughing noises)
3 CULTIST B: “Wait , NO I …*Koff*…”
We see all the cultist( except for cultist A) pile on top of cultist B.
1 CULTISTS: “GET THE TRAITOR !”
2 CULTIST B: “AGGk… !”
We see Cultist A leap over and sock Master Grasp.
1 MASTER GRASP: “What are you…?”
2 SFX: Whap !
3 MG: “Unkgg !”
We see cultist A pick-up the weather-girl. In the background we see the cultists fighting and falling unconscious.
1 WEATHER GIRL (drowsily) “…And we’re expecting a high-pressure system to come in from the north.”
One of the cultists tears off the robe revealing cultist A to be Agent Enigma. Agent Enigma kicks him.
1 CULTIST: “Look its…!”
2 SFX: Thwack !
3 WEATHERGIRL: “…And that should bring some showers to the Tri-County area…”
While holding the girl , Agent Enigma draws and fires a unique-looking handgun at the cultists.
1 DESCRIPTION CAPTION(“Dick Tracy”-style): Gauss Gatling
2 SFX: ( Gauss Gatling) ThweeEEEEP. ThWEEEeep THWEEEEeep.
3 CULTISTS: Various cries of pain.
4 WEATHERGIRL: “…tomorrow should be sunny…”
We see Master Grasp start to stagger to his feet. His sword is glowing.
1 DESCRIPTION CAPTION: Abyssal Blade imbued with shadow-energy.
2 MASTER GRASP: “Prepare to meet MY maker interloper !”
Agent Enigma shoots Master Grasp.
1 SFX: THweepP
2 AGENT ENIGMA: “No thanks , I hate blind dates.”
We see “Oil Demons” emanate from the fallen cultists.
1 AGENT ENIGMA: “Things seem to have taken an ugly turn.”
2 OIL DEMONS: “You have forced us to hatch earlier than we planned.”
3 AE: “Well , I’m sorry about that …
4 AE: “…You know how it is.”
Agent Enigma runs out of the room and down a hallway while carrying the female. He is firing back at the room.
1 AE: (thought-balloon) I still need to pick up milk.
2 SFX: THWeeeeeeeP
As Agent Enigma continues to run down the corridor , he speaks into his wrist-radio.
1 AGENT ENIGMA: “This is “Uncle Bill” reporting to “Mr. French” , I need back-up.”
2 AE: “Send in “Buffy and Jodie.”
We see an demon rise up out of the floor in front of Agent Enigma.
1 AE: “Oh hi….”
2 DEMON: “We will gnaw on your existence.”
3 AE: “We ?”
PANEL 1( full page)
we see Agent Enigma (still holding the weather-girl) surrounded by demons.
1 AE: “Oh…
2 AE: “I see what you mean.”
3 WEATHERGIRL: “…and here’s Gil with sports.”
4 NARRATION CAPTION: TO BE CONTINUED.
Agent Enigma: Costume is overall black with silver eye-visor , gloves , boots and “utility-belt”. Has a silver shoulder-holster and a silver knife-sheath attached to right leg. Also has a wrist-radio on his left wrist.
Cultists of the Primal-Hand: ( KKK-style) Red-robes with dark-red leather sashes , boots and gloves. They also wear a dark-red leather collar around their necks. They all have odd-looking ceremonial swords tucked into their sashes. On the front of the robe is the insignia of a black shadowy-hand.
The Blood-Demons of Exax: Sinister , shadowy dark-red and liquid-looking with no visible facial-features except for blank-eyes. Their arms extend well beyond their normal-reach.
Master Grasp: His robe looks the same except that it has more bells and whistles. His sword is also more ornate.