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2000AD Future Shock - Invasion of the Planet Killers

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I'm posting this in various places trying to get a broad spectrum of opinions before I polish it up and send it to Tharg and 2000AD. Let me know if you think the twist is obvious (well it is because you're privy to info the reader wouldn't be... but well; you know... does the idea hid ehte twist well enough?)

 

Invasion of the Planet Killers!!!

 

Written By Barri Lang

 

Synopsis

 

The human race has destroyed the Earth. Bled it dry of every natural resource and dug so deep for more, that the planet has cracked and cooled. A new home is needed.

 

Looking out into space a suitable replacement is found, it’s green, it’s vibrant… it is inhabited.

 

And so from a dying planet the human race wages war on a peaceful race of “Blob Creatures”, the aim being to take over the world and turn it into “New Earth”

 

This is the mission and with a vicious barbaric efficiency the human race set about exterminating the planets inhabitants.

 

Now the twist isn’t obvious here but the twist will come from the narrative. The narrative will lead the reader to believe that this is a “by the numbers” story about the poor humans being invaded by an alien race for our “bountiful” natural resources… We haven’t got any! What are they on about! We’re the fuel hungry race! If anyone were going to steal another planets energy it’d be the human race.

 

So throughout this story we will see the invasion, we will be led to believe that the humans are on the defensive until the final page reveals waves of human landing craft coming to slaughter the poor helpless alien race.

 

Page 1

 

Panel 1

A blue green jewel of a planet floats in space, similar to earth in the water/land ratio. So much so that the reader will think that this IS earth. (We of course know that this is the peaceful Alien home-world that the humans are about to attack.) A slightly battered and grubby space ship hovers in orbit. (Think rebellion from the original Star Wars)

 

Caption

Our home was one of peace,

 

Panel 2

As above except we’ve pulled out slightly, more space ships are visible and the planet is surrounded. It is a make shift armada of battered and war worn warships. (Again a “hotch potch” fleet like the rebel fleet in Star Wars.)

 

Caption

Generations of peaceful solitude had left us ill prepared for invasion.

 

Panel 3

The ships from panels 1 & 2 plough into a bright blue summers sky, the lower portions of the ships glowing as they are buffeted on entry. They stretch out across the horizon, a force to strike fear into any defenders.

 

Caption

When the attack came…

 

Panel 4

Viewing a similar scene to the above panel from the sky, we look down on the top of the ships as they close in on the ground. Huge sleek buildings rise to meet them. The alien society is obviously at the pinnacle of social evolution. Their world clean, green and peaceful, there is still no sign that this is not earth.

 

Caption

It was without warning.

 

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Page 2

 

Panel 1

We see Earth, a dead planet, smoking chimneys, squat grubby buildings. Again this will look like the alien world but it’s in reality a gutted and exhausted Earth.

 

Caption

We discovered from captured invaders that their world was dying.

 

Panel 2

Wide panel. We view Earth a fair distance up from the ground. The main focus on dust dry ocean beds, huge fissures.

 

Caption

They cracked their planet delving deeper and deeper for the dwindling resources held within.

 

Panel 3

From space we see the Earth of the future in the B/G. In the F/G a huge space telescope, like the Hubble but dissimilar enough to make the reader think it’s alien.

 

Caption

With their planet dead they searched the cold reaches of space for a new home.

 

Panel 4

The familiar warships from page 1 take off on mass. Fuel hungry engines belching flames and smoke and kicking up clouds of dust.

 

Caption

They found ours and slowly and surely they drew their plans against us.

 

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Page 3

 

Panel 1

A grim battle field, the sun is setting but giving enough light for us to easily see the scene. A huge alien (a gelatinous blob with 1 eye) about the size of 3 men, is hammered by fire from the rifles of the Human soldiers that surround it, it bats a soldier away with 1 limb while tearing another in half with another 2 limbs.

 

Caption

Their attacks were ferocious, but we were not as defenceless as they had expected.

 

Panel 2

A man clings to the back of one of the blobs; it is smaller than the last one, about half the size. He has his combat knife plunged deep into the wobbly flesh of the creature.

 

Caption

We fought them tooth and nail for every inch of our home.

 

Panel 3

Ariel shot of a battle field, human soldiers advance on some of the blobs (who advance themselves.) The ground has been pockmarked by explosives. The Humans far outnumber the blobs, the blobs dwarf the humans.

 

Caption

But these grotesque invaders were horrifically efficient killers.

 

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Page 4

 

Panel 1

A nigh-time scene the lighting coming from starburst fired into the air (o/p) guiding the advancing Humans. Hard shadows from the harsh light cast by the flares. The homicidal look in the soldiers eyes being a hint that all may not be as it seems. The crazed human soldiers charge at us (the reader) one waves a flag (the image of earth with a circle of stars around it set on a red background) the others fire their weapons.

 

Caption

With defeat staring us in the face we fight to the last.

 

Panel 2

Same harshly lit scene. A blob bites the arm of a soldier he pushes the jaws with his other arm trying to get the jaws open. 3 other soldiers’ fire weapons point black into its hulking body.

 

Caption

For our wives… our children… we fight.

 

Panel 3

Day has broken on the war ravaged planet, warm light of the dawn sun casting softer, long shadows. In the mud of the battle field 6 soldiers surround a blob firing on it, a ranking officer in the F/G points at the blob. A few men are being hurled through the air the blobs posture showing it was him who put them there.

 

Caption

For our lives we fight.

 

Page 5

 

Splash page.

 

It’s middle of the day, bright sun again. Smoke drifts across the scene. In the extreme F/G a large alien shields and protects two cowering small aliens. It looks over its “shoulder” towards them and we see fear on its face.

 

A ship landing craft from page 1 is on the surface in the middle ground and Human soldiers are pouring out of an open entryway in the front (Like the loading bay of the Serenity from the Firefly series.

 

In the B/G more Human landing craft are coming in to land, flames lick and smoke making the BK and hellish inferno. We see now for certain that it is the humans who are the invading force.

 

Caption

They came from space.

 

Caption

They won’t stop until they have killed us all.

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