Title "Who Is Like Unto the Beast" Part I
Credits Created by Broadway Comics
Written by Janet Jackson, Joseph A. James, Jim Shooter, Pauline Weiss
Cast of Characters
Donna, Fatale's mother, at age 16
J. P. Fitzgerald ("Fitz"), a rich industrialist and cult member
Donny, a retarded 14-year-old boy
Duke, Fitz' Man Friday, a former Green Beret
Ms. Ogun, another daughter of the beast and Fatale's half sister
Reynolds and Smith, Ogun's former and future chiefs of staff
FATALE and all characters herein are trademark and copyright ©
1995 Broadway Comics. All Rights reserved.
Page 1 3/14/95
Panel 1 1/6 flapjack
A 1970 Plymouth Duster is coming towards the camera. All we see is
the highway, woods, car approaching, headlights blazing.
Caption: Route 222, outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.
December 23, 1971. 11:35PM.
Panel 2 1/6 flapjack
The car has just passed the camera, taillights going away, a swirl
of leaves in its wake. We can see a sign that says "Kutztown 29 miles"
and an old-style gas station with lights on in front of them, way in the
distance. Car is not quite as far away as it was in panel l.
Panel 3 2/3 page
Inside the car. There is a 16-year-old girl, Donna, in the passenger
seat, and a 50-year-old man, J. P. Fitzpatrick, at the wheel. Shoot 3/4
past the girl.
She's wearing his large trenchcoat. Underneath, she's got on a scanty,
diaphanous ceremonial outfit. He's wearing a turtleneck and a sport coat.
They're both kind of ruffled up. She used to have a fancy hairdo, but it's
falling down, jewelry in her hair, trenchcoat so large and loose we can
see a bit of the ceremonial outfit underneath, jewels around her neck.
She's an incredibly beautiful girl who has sustained a shot to the head...
black eye, swollen. He's got a lot of dried blood on his shirt and a cut
above his eye. He's been very quiet, because he's been busy thinking.
Fitz: You know, you're a very brave little girl. How old are you, seventeen?
Page 2 3/17
Panel 1 1/3 page horizontal
The car is approaching gas station, in the middle distance. Some
plaid-clad guys are standing by their pickup, which has a gunrack. Shoot
as if from the back seat from behind Fitz.
Fitz: You’ve held up pretty well through all of this. I think we're
safe for the moment.
Panel 2 1/9 page
Fitz is leaning forward a bit, now looking at gas station guys, who
are looking at his car. We can clearly see the pickup's gun rack, which
holds several rifles or shotguns. Shoot from 3/4 behind him.
Fitz: We probably lost them at the bus station in Dayton.
Panel 3 1/3 page
Fitz reaches for a gun, which is lying on the seat between them.
He just places his hand on it, ready to pick it up, but doesn't pick it
up. Silent. Shoot from straight on side, so we see the truck and rednecks
through Fitz' window. The car is passing the gas station. The guys are
looking straight at him.
Panel 4 1/9 page
Straight on shot of Fitz; we can see the gas station behind them
now. His hand has returned to the steering wheel.
Fitz: There's not much time to talk. I know you must be exhausted, Donna,
but there are some things that are important for you to know.
Panel 5 1/9 page
Focus on Donna. We can see a bit of Fitz. He's cropped, so we see
a bit of his arm and shoulder, gun on the seat. She has her head down,
but her eyes are open, looking up. It's that "Oh my god, what is going
to become of me" expression.
Fitz: We're going to a little house in the hills. I own it, but it can't
be traced back to me. You'll be safe there.
Panel 6 1/9 page
Shoot from just outside of his window. He's looking straight ahead,
resolutely. She's looking at him, supplicatively.
Donna: Can't you just take me home, Mister Fitzgerald?
Fitz: No… if you surface anywhere, they'll kill you in minutes.
Panel 7 1/9 page
Close up of her face starts to scrunch up to cry, as if every time
she thinks about this tears pour out.
Donna: Why? Who are those people?
Fitz [op]: Bunch of humanitarians...