Star Witch comic script 1

Very rough draft of a script for a comic introducing the universe, the ship & its crew.

PAGE 1 & 2 (1 panel)
A double page exterior establishing panel showing the Star Witch (a Peregrine class-military-light cruiser converted into salvage ship) against the backdrop of space. She lies in a sea of debris and rocks orbiting a gas giant planet.

1 NARRATOR      2437 CE –  FOR OVER A DECADE HUMANITY UNITED TO COMBAT A FACELESS ALIEN ENEMY. NO ONE KNOWS WHY WE WERE ATTACKED. IN THE END WE HAD PULLED FAR BACK FROM THE FRONTIER…ABANDONING COLONIES, ORBITAL STATIONS, MINING PLATFORMS, ASTEROID HABITATS AND A VAST ARRAY OF WRECKED STARSHIPS – MILITARY AND CIVILIAN. DESPITE ALL THIS SALVAGE, FREE FOR THE TAKING, FEW DARE TO TRAVEL BEYOND THE PALE OF DEFENDED TERRITORY. THE WAR TAUGHT HUMANITY A LESSON IT HAD FORGOTTEN: SPACE IS A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT.

PAGE 3 (1 panel)
Location for this page – interior of the Star Witch, the airlock.

PANEL 1:  Sora Masters drops a jumpsuit to her bare feet and stands in a bikini. Ajax (tough, competent ex-soldier) leans with his back against the bulkhead, a toothpick in his mouth. There is no lust in his look despite Sora being incredibly hot in her bikini.

1 AJAX      YOU CAN’T GO OUT THERE IN THAT.

PAGE 4 (2 panels)
Location continues.

PANEL 1:  Sora is pulling on a soft-suit (looks like a wet suit).

1 SORA      I’M ONLY DOING A LITTLE SCOUTING. SOFT SUIT LETS ME MOVE.

2 AJAX      WOULDN’T CATCH ME IN THAT MESS WITH MY JUNK HANGING OUT IN A SOFT SUIT.

PANEL 2:  Sora has on thick knee-high boots, plus thin, hard-shell elbow, shoulder and knee pads over the soft suit. She is securing a small, long-barreled pistol into a locking shoulder holster. A video monitor over her shoulder reveals the face of Doc Rao – who is on the bridge – watching her.

3 DOC      YOU HAVE 183 MINUTES UNTIL THE NEXT PATCH OF DEBRIS.

PAGE 5 (3 panels)
Location – interior ship bridge and airlock.

PANEL 1:  Doc Rao on the bridge speaking to the monitor displaying Sora and Ajax.

1 DOC      I CAN’T TAKE THE WITCH ANY CLOSER WITHOUT RISKING A HIT.

PANEL 2:  Ajax effortlessly holds up an EVA unit (backpack with air, nozzles that point several directions around her hips and control sticks that wrap from behind to put the controls in front of her at waist level) that Sora straps on.

2 AJAX       I’LL RENT YOU A BEER IF YOU TAKE A REAL GUN.

PANEL 3:  Sora smiles at Ajax through her helmet as she stands in the airlock with the door sliding closed. Ajax looks forlorn, cradling a short, heavy, chunky-looking rifle in his arms. She isn’t taking it.

PAGE 6 (1 panel)

PANEL 1:  A massive cargo vessel and the much smaller Star Witch (a Peregrine class-military-light cruiser converted into salvage ship) against the backdrop of space. The cargo vessel lies within the field of debris and rocks, preventing the Star Witch from getting any closer.
Sora is emerging into space from the Star Witch airlock.

Tony Graham


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