CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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CABAL TWO PART PREQUEL
BY DEATH’S DARK LIGHT
Script: John Freeman

PREAMBLE...

Mega City One, 2116AD. The Exorcist Judges are an elite cadre of warriors
in Mega City One – a special force within Psi Division dedicated to the
defence of the City from supernatural horror. In the aftermath of
Necropolis and Judgement Day, only a token force survived and those
who remain are stretched thin acros the metropolis.
In a foray into the Under City to destroy a vampire race alongside Psi-
Judge Karyn, many of the judges assigned to protect the North West Hab
Zone were wiped out. Now, only four Exorcist Judges remain to wage holy
war against demonic and paranormal incursions, lead by Judge Caliban, a
battle hardened veteran who has seen much horror in his life time. His
sanity in question, he now faces another mission against a dangerous foe...


David – thinking about the McGruder thing, setting this two parter just after
CONCRETE SKY gives the Cabal time to be 'set up' for 'present day' Judge
Dredd stories (2118 by the time we get to one...). Given their 'secret' nature I
imagine re-stocking weaponry etc will be done in a very clandestine manner
and may provide opportunites for stories where big Judge arms shipments
are beig re-routed as the Cabal access the Judge computer Nets, keeping their
existence secret. But someone might notice and investigate...
You could run more than one 'back story' as suspicions are aroused that
something or someone with a lot of power is at work in Mega City One. Volt,
knowing nothing about the Cabal, might suspect a potential coup... and
perhaps the Cabal have started to off 'witnesses' and Shenker can't say
anything, knowing that if he does he'll contribute to a far greater threat – the
breaking of barriers between realities. It might give him a bit of back story
you can use elsewhere as much or as little as you like. He's been around a
long time – it may be worth thinking about bringing him down in a year or
two...


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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CABAL TWO PART PREQUEL
BY DEATH’S DARK LIGHT Part One

Adrian – I may be a little bit more wordy in my panel descriptions in this
script. Feel free to adapt as you see fit. Major things we've talked about:
One head shot per page, pull out more, no head shots the same size side by
side. One panel is the focal point of the page and pick the right one... And
stretch yourself with more overhead shots which I know you can draw!
Have fun... (Oh, I love bullying artists...)

Page One
Frame One
Establishing shot. THE SOLOMON GRUNDY BLOCK, NIGHT TIME. Make
it a bizarre-looking block, Adrian, a little out of kilter in its appearance
compared with its near neighbours. Most of the action should take place
towards the top of the building to give us more compact action. It's a dark
and stormy night. Maybe up angle from the base of this godawful place,
people scurrying by, one looking up, their face caught in the lightning light,
looking worried. Just punching a few buttons and scene setting but this is a
two parter and you'll need to pack a lot of info into one frame.

BX: SECTOR 44, MEGA CITY ONE. 2116AD. NIGHT TIME IN
THE CITY...

BALLOON FROM TOP OF BUILDING: ASMODEUS,
BEZMATAKAL, TRECORUM SATIS DEE..

Frame Two
Largish Interior shot of the flat belonging to mild-mannered DABRON
SCHWITZHER, an archivist from the Mega City Museum of Mid-Eastern
Relics, who is recanting an ancient spell in his flat, the floor marked with a
pentagram from the blood of a dead rat, mixed with his own. A nasty
looking knife is beside him, bloody. He holds his right arm up, energy
flashing from what we will see in the next frame is a ring. In his other hand
he is holding a china plate. Trust me. There's a reason. "Magic Made Easy"
and "How Magic Helped Me Win the Mega City Lottery" Books are also
much in evidence, maybe on a shelf to left or right of frame. This guy is a
simp and he's messing with the wrong sort of hobby. An illegal hobby –
black magic and demon lore.
Lightning crashes past an open window and a curtain blows in a harsh wind,
sending papers and the candles blowing.

DABRON: IT'S WORKING... I CAN FEEL IT...

BX; MEET DABRON SCHWITZER, ARCHIVIST FOR THE
MEGA CITY MUSEUM OF MID-EASTERN ANTIQUITIES. A
MAN OBSESSED WITH THE OCCULT...


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page One CONTINUED...

Frame Three
Pull in on him, now, so we can see the ring, inscribed with a pentagram
fashing with arcane power as he scrapes it across a plate. Dabron should
look completely manic and crazed. Spikey hair, weird glasses perhaps. A real
fruit loop.
In front iof his face a break in the barrier between realities is beginning to
open, a vospinning vortex will form from one small light point which casts
strange shadows across Dabron's face.

BX: – AN OBSESSION SUPPORTED BY THE THEFT OF
UNCATALOGUED RELICS.

BX: HE SCRAPES THE STOLEN RING ACROSS A CHINA
PLATE. A PLATE HIS MOTHER LEFT HIM IN HER WILL.

BX: A TREASURED OBJECT ABUSED IN PURSUIT OF
POWER.

Frame Four
A spinning vortex opens in front of him – a shape forming within it –

BX: POWER THAT WAS NEVER HIS TO COMMAND.

DABRON: YES!

Frame Five
He screams in horror as a clawed hand rips into him from through the
vortex. With all these stories, try to keep the X-Files/good Doctor Who
approach, Adrian (maybe have a look at how Charlie Adlard does it in the
comic?) – as much horror and violence as off screen as possible. Lights going
out, overheads exploding, everything but the actual act those fourteen year
olds really want to see... but by leaving it to their imagination and having the
occasionally creepy visual and a lot of face reaction shots, we'll give the strip
a stronger edge...

DABRON (OPEN CASE, RUNNING INTO FRAME SIX):
YEEEEARGH*

Frame Six
Exterior Shot (doesn’t need to be big, see how it works) of the Block as
lightning hits the top of the building, blowing the top off it with an almighty
explosion – really impressive!

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Two
This is a talkie page. Vary it by changing angles, moving
around the charcaters and coming up with different angles to
keep it moving. The action on the screens with the Exorcist
Judges provides a strong action visual to keep it interesting, I
hope.

Frame One
Cut to: Exterior, Justice Central, same night, same weather. Use a similar shot
to one you used in the Karyn stories to keep things consistent.

BX: ELSEWHERE IN THE CITY...

MCGRUDER: WHAT THE HELL'S WRONG WITH WEATHER
CONTROL? I'M TRYING TO THINK HERE...

SHENKER: CHIEF McGRUDER, IF I COULD HAVE A BRIEF
WORD...

Frame Two
Overhead interior. McGruder's office. Lightning crashes across the sky from
a window, illuminating her harsh, Cursed Earth scarred features. McGruder
is poring over the schematics of the second stage robo judges who caused so
much trouble for Dredd last year. Shenker is in the doorway to the office, his
figure casting a long shadow into it.

MCGRUDER: YOUR BRIEF WORDS ALWAYS GIVE ME
STOMACH ACHE, SHENKER.

SHENKER: IT'S ABOUT THE EXORCIST JUDGES.

Frame Three
Shenker stands in front of a major viewing screen in the room, a shot of
Exorcist Judges in action with CALIBAN in command, up against a demon
that looks like a cross between a giant scorpion and one of those godawful
TV Gladiators. McGruder is standing to Shenker’s right or second in frame, in
foreground sneering.
The Exorcist Judges will not do well in these visuals and we see Caliban's
apalled look as he loses some of his team towards the end of the page. have
some small screens alongside the big one to show individual reactiuons and
other shots, 'live from the fight'.

McGRUDER: THOSE ARROGANT MUNCE SUCKERS...
WHAT ARE THEY UP TO?

SHENKER: NOTHING LESS THAN THEIR OWN
DESTRUCTION...

MCGRUDER: GRUD SPARE ME ANOTHER GLOOM AND
DOOM PREMONITION FROM THE HEAD OF PSI DIVSION –

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Two CONTINUED...

Frame Four
Standing in front of visuals of the four remaining Exorcist Judge as the battle
continues. CALIBAN is one of them. as the Scorpion thing grabs one of the
Exorcist Judges, weapons fire bouncing off it and laughing at upraised
crucifixes etc. Shenker is gesturing towards the screen as McGruder looks on,
frowning and sceptical of what she’s hearing from her chief psi.

SHENKER: THEY’RE SIMPLY AREN’T ENOUGH EXORCISTS
TO DEAL WITH THE DANGERS THIS CITY FACES FROM
OTHER REALITIES, MA’AM. ...

SHENKER2: – AND REPLACEMENTS ARE INCREASINGLY
HARD TO FIND.

Frame Five
Shenker, Close up. He’s touching a wrist communicator with one finger. Big
agonised shot of Caliban behind him (up shot, maybe) as off-screen blood
spurts all over him.

SHENKER: BUT I HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE...

WRIST COMMUNICATOR (JAGS); PSI-CONTROL TO
SHENKER...

WRIST COMMUNICATOR (JAGS) 2: SOLOMON GRUNDY
JUST WENT CRITICAL, AS PREDICTED, SIR. STREET
JUDGES ARE CALLING FOR EXORCIST SUPPORT...

SHENKER: ACKNOWLEDGED.

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Three
Frame One
Largish panel. Shenker, McGruder in foreground (McGruder gesturiung
back towards the tabel covered with the robot schematics etc.) as on screen
we pull back to see one dead disgusting scorpion thing, lots of dead Exorcist
Judges and one very distressed looking Caliban looking dowanwards,
shoulders slumped. The Exorcist Judges are already hurryiong towards an
H-Wagon, one of them calling to Caliban as he stares down at his dead
comrade.
Adrian – the idea behind these back visuals is to show Caliban him leading a
squad of Exorcist Judges in a battle and losing one of their number –
anything that will generate a little sympathy for the character in these two
episodes. One should definitely die and there should be a look of appalled
horror on Caliban’s face.

McGRUDER: SHENKER... I’M A VERY BUSY CHIEF JUDGE...
THESE DESIGNS FOR THE NEW ROBOT JUDGES STILL
NEED APPROVAL–

SHENKER: WITH RESPECT, MA’AM – ALLOW ME ONE
HOUR FORTY THREE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME...

SHENKER2: – AND I WILL OFFER YOU A WEAPON THE
LIKE OF WHICH THIS CITY HAS NEVER SEEN.

Frame Two
Pullout, Justice Central Shot – and Shenker’s personal H-Wagon screams
from it. Oh come on, please tell me there’s a Shenker’s personal H-Wagon,
just like Bill’s Airforce One. There isn’t? Well, Adrian, it’s your lucky day...
big psi symbol on it...

MCGRUDER: YOU’D BETTER NOT BE SASSING ME ABOUT
THIS, BOY...

SHENKER: CHIEF McGRUDER – I NEVER SASS. NOT EVEN
AT WEEKENDS.

PAGE THREE CONTINUED OVERLEAF....

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Three CONTINUED...

Frame Three
DEMONIC MAYHEM IN SOLOMON GRUNDY! The demons rip their way
through the block’s largest shopping mall in a tribute to Rmoero’s Night of
the Living Dead, delighting in the death they are causing. Citizens are being
killed left right and centre! They’re capable of blasting people and things
(they don’t care which) with lancing beams of energy. It’s bloody murder
and no mistake! Judges in the foreground are blasting away to no effect.
Maybe they’re side by side with block defence guys, who can look terrified.
The lead street judge is screaming into a hand mike with one hand, shooting
demons with his Lawgiver with the other, his face away from the demons
looking directly at the audience.

BX: SOLOMON GRUNDY BLOCK...

DEMONS, VARIOUS (SPLIT UP BALLOONS INTO SINGLE
WORDS): RENEW... ABSORB... CONSUME...

TERRIFIED BLOCKDEF GUY: WHERE ARE THESE THINGS
COMING FROM?

TERRIFIED BLOCKDEF GUY: WHERE ARE THEY COMING
FROM?! WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?!

LEAD JUDGE: CONTROL! WHERE’S THAT EXORCIST
SQUAD? WE NEED THEM NOW!

OFF FRAME, FROM ABOVE: STOP SCREECHING, BOYS –

Frame Four
Largest panel on page. Establishing shot of the same four Exorcist Judges
looking mean assed and well hard, as per the uniforms from The Concrete
Sky., lead by Caliban, who we saw in Shenker’s visuals. They’re armed to the
teeth with all the accoutrements you’d expect from this specialist judge
squad – holy water grenades, crucifixes, stakes, etc.
Caliban carries a Holy Sword – a bloody vicious looking weapon which
crackles with arcane energy. Arm ECKHART, SAMUELS and BRAUN as
you see fit but Braun is the team’s scout, and will be carrying a Psi Scanner
which amplifies his own innate psi abilities to detect trouble.
The way you could play this is to have the Ex Judges dropping from the roof
or from a level above so we’re looking up at them from the lead street
Judge’s pov, shooting at the demons as they come – maybe the H-Wagon
hovers in the sky above them (the top of the block open to the sky)
NB A small, spherical SPY IN THE SKY CAMERA, Shenker’s ears and
eyes, floats near one of the Ex Judges throughout the whole story. Suggest
it’s Eckhart as he’s the last bar Caliban to go. The Judges know it;s there –
it wouldn’t be abnormal proceedure.

CALIBAN: ... IT’S BEED A BAD ENOUGH DAY ALREADY
AND I DON’T NEED A HEADACHE ON TOP OF IT!


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Four
Frame One
The Ex Judges land alongside the lead Judge who isn’t impressed with this
grandstand entrance. The Ex Judges are still firing as they go.

LEAD JUDGE: CALIBAN! WHAT KEPT YOU?!

CALIBAN: YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW. BRAUN, GIVE
ME A FINAL TARGET. SAMUELS, EKHART – YOU’RE WITH
ME...

CALIBAN: HIT THESE SCUM HARD AND FAST – NO
QUARTER ASKED, NO QUARTER GIVEN!

Frame Two
The Exorcist Judges weigh into the front line of demons, cutting them down
with all the righteous fury they can muster. Braun is scanning ahead with
some sort of hand lef device, a hand to his head to indicate he’s using a psi
talent to detect the source of the intrusion.

BRAUN: EVENT SOURCE IS FIFTY METRES BELOW US,
CALIBAN... AND GROWING...

SAMUELS: ONLY THREE FLOORS OF RAMPAGING
DEMONS? THE NETHERWORLD MUST BE SLIPPING...

Frame Three
Caliban slices through a demon with his sword. Samuels blows a smaller
demon away as it goes for him. SPY CAMERA IN SHOT over shoulder.

CALIBAN: SPARE ME, SAMUELS – I’VE ALREADY LOST
ONE GOOD JUDGE TODAY...

SAMUELS: LIGHTEN UP, WILL YOU? ALL I’M SAYING IS –
TWO INCURSIONS IN ONE DAY?

SAMUELS 2: ... MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT’S BROUGHT
IT ON.

Frame Four
Caliban watches with his team, all in tight, weapons still firing. A demon
grabs a citizen – a young citizen, a woman.

DEMON: NO FURTHER – OR THE HUMAN DIES...

CALIBAN: WE ALL HAVE TO DIE SOMETIME...

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Four CONTINUED...
Frame Five
Caliban jumps at the demon, who looks stunned – even it can’t beleive a
judge would disregard the safety of the citizen he’s sworn to protect...

CALIBAN: – IT’S THE WAY WE GO THAT COUNTS.

Frame Six
... and His quick move pays off, as the demon goes down, knocked away
from the citizen with an apparently effortless blow from Caliban. The
woman, clutching her throat, falls the other way.

DEMON: SKREEEE!



CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Five
Frame One
The Exorcist Judges, Braun with his psi scanner in the lead, head down a
flight of wide stairs, the woman still clutching her throat behind thm,
crumpled on the floor, the demon dead. Samuels is alongside Caliban as they
continue to blow their way through the other worldly opposition.The spy in
the sky camera trails behind the group as they run.

SAMUELS: YOU DON’T BELIEVE THAT, DO YOU?

CALIBAN: FRANKLY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I BELIEVE
ANYMORE. I’M JUST DOING MY JOB...

CALIBAN: STAY ALERT, ALL OF YOU – I’VE A BAD
FEELING THERE’S MORE TO THIS THAN WE KNOW!

Frame Two
Cut to Shenker’s H-Wagon approaching Solomon Grundy
block.

MCGRUDER: THE STORM’S GETTING WORSE.

Frame Three
Interior. Gloomy, dark, just like everything else in this strip. Shenker looks
more grim than ever as we seem them watching a visual of the last panel to
the flying craft.

SHENKER: YES.

McGRUDER: SO, YOU THINK THE EXORCIST JUDGES HAVE
OUTLIVED THEIR USEFULNESS?

Frame Four
Close up on Shenker, a man weighing up the odds, considering how many
have died already to bring about what is soon to happen. A man who will
carry this burden for the rest of his days and never will be able to tell anyone.

SHENKER2: THEIR VERY EXISTENCE CREATES FEAR AND
WEAKNESS IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OUR
CITIZENS...

SHENKER: WEAKENING THE BARRIERS BETWEEN OUR
WORLD AND OTHERS...

SHENKER: – AND EXTRA-DIMENSIONAL ENTITIES FEED
ON THOSE FEARS, BREAKING THROUGH INTO OUR
REALITY.


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Five CONTINUED....

Frame Five
We see the Ex Judges blowing away some demons on screen, Shenker
turning away, looking grim. The penny’s dropped for McGruder – she takes
the logical path...

SHENKER: JUDGE DEATH, THE SCORPION AMALGAM
THIS MORNING – WE’RE SEEING MORE OF THEIR KIND
EVERY PASSING DAY.

McGRUDER: BUT WE CAN’T LET THESE DEMONS DROP IN
ANY TIME THEY WANT...

Frame Six
Close up on Shenker. Grimmer than grim. Very grim. The visual behind
them wil be the first frame of Page Six, with the Judges outside the door of
the apartment of Dabron Schwitzer.

SHENKER: AGREED – BUT WE DO HAVE TO CHANGE THE
WAY WE FIGHT THESE CREATURES. BEFORE IT’S TOO
LATE...

SHENKER: – AND THAT MEANS THE END OF THE
EXORCIST JUDGES




CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Six
Frame One
The Judges outside the Dabron’s apartment, the door open, black stuff
ooozing from the place which can only be blood. Crackles of energy lance
outwards.
Braun with his Psi Scanner closest too it, about to go in, gun riased. They're
tired, off balance but they have a duty of fulfil and by Grud they're going to
fulfil it. Silly of them, really...

BRAUN: THIS IS THE SOURCE!

CALIBAN: BRAUN! KEEP TIGHT!

Frame Two
A clawed hand grabs Braun

BRAUN: ACK!

Frame Three
And pulls him through the door, the rest of the team in close pursuit.

CALIBAN: NO!

Frame Four
Interior of flat, the wall gone and open to the outdoors. A demon looking
very like Dabron Schwitzer holds Braun above the ground in one hand, his
feet hanging uselessly, the Psi Scaner dropped to the floor. It has already
plunged its other hand, Judge Death style, into Braun’s chest except it
down’t do it in any pleasant ‘no blood way’. Try and suggest this is what has
happened, don’t let the reader see it in any detail. It’s clear Braun is very
dead. The vortex we saw on Page One is much bigger now and a shape
looms from it, roughly humanoid.

DABRON DEMON: TOO LATE, HUMANS... THE SACRIFICE
HAS BEEN MADE. MY MASTER APPROACHES...

Frame Five
Stepping through the vortex in all his glory comes ASMODEUS. He’s
dressed in a pin stripe suit and looks human bar the merest flicker of
hellspawn energy crackles from one eye. Yes! It’s your BANK MANAGER –
the very epitome of evil in its purest form! He looks as malevolent as hell
He’s the focus of the panel with the three remaining Ex Judges, weapons
partly raised, looking very grim and concerned. The Dabron Demon, its
victim still in hand, laughs loud, throwing its head back with delight at this
turn of events. Braun now lies dead on the floor.

ASMODEUS:. I TRUST I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION,
GENTLEMEN... MY NAME IS ASMODEUS.

ASMODEUS2: I HAVE BEEN IGNORED BY YOUR KIND FOR
OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS. AND I DO SO HATE TO BE
IGNORED...

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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BY DEATH'S DARK LIGHT
PART TWO
Page One

Frame One
Asmodeus laughs as the Exorcists try everything in their arsenal to get rid of
him - the full bell, book and candle treatment but he seems to be shielded by
the vortex opening he’s standing in and nothing gets near him. Dabron
Demon beside Asmodeus, Braun dead on the floor. Lightning crashes across
the sky through the gaping hole in the outside wall.
Don’t forget the spy in the sky camera. Also see Frame Five for tricky bit to
page which may reduce size of this first panel.

ASMODEUS: BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE? SILVER BULLETS?
HOLY WATER? HOW VERY QUAINT... HOW VERY
PREDICTABLE...

ASMODEUS2: GENTLEMEN, GENTLEMEN – ADMIT
DEFEAT! YOU REALLY SHOULD MOVE WITH THE TIMES...

Frame Two
Samuels shoots DABRON DEMON as CALIBAN and ECKHART give
covering fire.

SAMUELS: COCKY, AREN’T YOU?

SAMUELS: MAYBE WE CAN’T STOP YOU DIRECTLY – BUT
IF I CAN BREAK YOUR LINK WITH THIS WORLD...

DABRON: AIEEEEEEE!

Frame Three
Asmodeus looks down at his fallen soldier, energy crackling from one hand.
The demon begins to revert to Dabron.

ASMODEUS: YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE THAT, BOY.

ASMODEUS: YOU’VE MADE ME ANGRY.

DABRON (SMALL): UUURGH...

Frame Four
Arms upraised, Asmodeus lets fly with crackling bolts of energy, one of
which leaves the room and the other envelopes Samuels, blowing him
backwards towards the reader. Samuels in foreground, lifted off the ground,
Caliban and Eckhart watching in horror.

ASMODEUS: VERY ANGRY.

SAMUELS: YAAAAAAAAARGH!

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page One CONTINUED...

Frame Five
The beam caries on out of the room, striaght through panicking citizens etc. –
there’s no stopping it. Maybe split this up into several thin panels?

Frame Six
Caliban and Eckhart look down in horror at what the reader can only
imagine is the smoking remains of their fellow Exorcist Judge, one twisted
broken arm and hand, the gun fused to it, jutting from the corner of frame.

ASMODEUS: NOW SEE WHAT YOU’VE MADE ME DO.


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Two
Frame One
Cut to Shenker’s H-Wagon approaching the storm rocked Solomon Grundy
Block. Small panel, the ship small the block big to give an idea of scale.

BALLOON: WE’VE GOT AN ESTIMATED THREE HUNDRED
DEAD AND TWO THOUSAND INJURED BLOCKSIDE,
MA’AM...

McGRUDER: YOU CERTAINLY KNOW HOW TO PROVE A
POINT, SHENKER.

Frame Two
Shenker, McGruder, Pilot in foreground studying controls. Visual of
Asmodeus in the background. Shenker is clutching his head, feeling a wave
of mental agony.

SHENKER; IT’S KILLING EVERYONE IN THE BUILDING.
SNUFFING OUT THEIR LIVES ONE BY ONE LIKE THEY
WERE CANDLES...

SHENKER; McGRUDER... MA’AM – THE VERY PRESENCE
OF THE EXORCIST JUDGES AT A SUPERNATURAL EVENT
ONLY MAKES IT WORSE!

MCGRUDER: SOME PARTY... WE SHOULD BRING UP
REINFORCEMENTS...

Frame Three
Shenker, wracked with pain, his teeth clenched, his hand gripping a console
to reamin standing, fighting off the psychic pain that’s bombarding him.
SCREEN VISUAL behind him – Caliban shooting at Asmodeus behind him,
Eckhart at his side.

SHENKER: NO... IT ENDS SOON.

SHENKER: BUT THE AGONY... IT’S THE PRICE OF
CARVING A NEW BEGINNING...

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Two CONTINUED...
Frame Four
Back at Solomon Grundy Block, larger visual of above video pic. Asmodeus
laughing with glee. The Dabron demon, between Caliban and Eckhart on the
floor, begins to crackle with energy and Eckhart is pointing at it.

ASMODEUS: FOR EVERY BULLET YOU FIRE, I TAKE A LIFE
JUDGES... MY POWER EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THE
PHYSICAL BARRIERS OF THIS ROOM...

ECKHART: CALIBAN! LOOK!

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Three
Frame One
The demon which let Asmodeus into the world begins to revert
to Dabron who summoned it originally, still hanging onto life
by a thread.

ECKHART: MUST BE THE SAP WHO STARTED ALL THIS –
THE DEMONS TOOK OVER HIS BODY...

CALIBAN: HE’S TRYING TO SAY SOMETHING...

DABRON (SMALL) The ring...

Frame Two
Hand outstretched, Dabron handing the ring, clearly visible to
the reader and crackling with energy to Caliban, Caliban
looking grim. Asmodeus in the background, furious as Eckhart
continues to shoot at him.

DABRON: Solomon's ring. He'll have to respect that... he has no
choice...

ASMODEUS: NOT NOW, HUMAN!

Frame Three
Asmodeus blasts Eckhart to smithereens

ASMODEUS: NOT WHEN I AM SO CLOSE!

Frame Four
Caliban stands up as Asmodeus lashes out at him, but the enrgy
sprays off, having no effect.

ASMODEUS: DROP IT! DROP IT!

CALIBAN: YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE, ASMODEUS. NOW
IT’S MY TURN...

CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Four
Frame One
Badly wounded, Caliban raises the ring in front of him and
begins to speak a mantra adapted from a holo-vid ad for
MunceFlakes.

CALIBAN: MUNCE FLAKES ARE THE BEST, THEY ALWAYS
BEAT THE REST...

ASMODEUS: AN ADVERTISING JINGLE? YOU’RE TRYING
TO DISMISS ME WITH AN ADVERTISING JINGLE?

CALIBAN: IT’S THE ONLY THING I BELIEVE IN THESE
DAYS...

Frame Two
Caliban, close up, but room for some expo boxes. The ring
builds in power, some sort of FX that are very different to those
used by Asmodeus.

CALIBAN: AND YOU DID SAY WE SHOULD MOVE WITH
THE TIMES.

BX: THE WORDS DON’T MATTER, HE TELLS HIMSELF. IT’S
THE FOCUS THAT COUNTS. WITH THE FOCUS COMES
MEMORIES...

BX: NOT HIS – BUT THOSE OF SOLOMON’S RING ITSELF...
A RING BELIEVED LOST FOREVER...

Frame Three
Asmodeus is thrown from the building, out into mid-air by the
blast from the ring. H-Wagon in shot, high above.

BX; A GIFT FROM THE ANGELS TO AN ANCIENT KING... A
RING THAT COULD SUMMON DEMONS...

Frame Four
Caliban stands at the shattered wall, imbued with power from
the ring, Asmodeus cowers in mid air, screaming with rage.

BX: SUMMON THEM. CONTROL THEM.

BX2: AND DESTROY THEM...

ASMODEUS: USE IT THEN! BUT BE PREPARED... BE READY
TO SET ON A PATH WITH NO TURN

ASMODEUS: A PATH TO YOUR OWN IGNOBLE DEATH!


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Frame Five
Caliban, gritting his teeth, eyes blazing as power mounts inside
him – power he's never felt before.

ASMODUES: SEE IF I CARE...

CALIBAN: I’M TOLD DEATH IS BUT A DOOR

CALIBAN: LETS’ SEE, SHALL WE?


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Five
Frame One
With that, Caliban lets fly a blast of power coming not from the
ring but from inside himself, the ring just a focus. he doesn't
know the how or why but it seems to be working. Asmodues in
foreground, lanced with energy, H-Wagon high above, smal.

Frame Two
Seen from the vantage point of Shenker’s H-Wagon, Shenker
falling backwards in total pain, everything explodes around
them and the Block itself begins to fall apart – and nearby
blocks tops explode as energy lances outwards from the battle,
two figures small in the windscreen of the flying craft.

McGRUDER: GRUD!

Frame Three
Asmodeus fights back, eyes blazing, throwing out lightning
bolts and beginning to transform into his true demon form – a
ferocious looking bastard and no mistake. Caliban still fighting,
arm outstretched his clothes burning, in foreground with
Asmodeus at a greater height above him, giving the impression
of a higher power.

ASMODEUS: I WILL KILL YOU FOR YOUR ARROGANCE,
LITTLE MAN!

CALIBAN: WE HUMANS ALL DIE SOMETIME...

CALIBAN2: IT’S A HANDICAP I’VE LEARNT TO LIVE WITH
– AND I’M NOT AFRAID OF IT!

Frame Four
With that, there's an almighty whiteout explosion. Caliban is a
silhouette in it and Asmodeus' consciousness streams away up
out of frame, distorted, screaming with rage and crying
revenge.

ASMODEUS: I WILL HAVE MY REVNGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Six
Frame One
Aftermath, daytime, dawn as the sun comes up on Mega City
One. Shenker’s H Wagon amongst the chaos of a major all-out
rescue attempt to try and save any survivors from the block
disaster. A Judge spokesperson talking to the press.

BX: DAWN.

JUDGE: YES, WE’RE CERTAIN THE INCIDENT WAS
CAUSED BYA TERRORIST BOMB FROM A RIVAL BLOCK...

JUDEG2: UNFORTUNATELY THE JUDGES CALLED TO
DEAL WITH INCIDENT WERE ALL KILLED IN THE FINAL
EXPLOSION.

Frame two
H-wagon, interior. Shenker and McGruder watch as Caliban's
battered and bandaged body is carried aboard the H Wagon.

McGRUDER: HE’S STILL ALIVE? I’M IMPRESSED!

SHENKER: OUR FIRST SOLDIER IN A NEW KIND OF WAR...

Frame Three
Caliban, bandaged, gripping at Shenker’s offered hand as
Shenker listens to him, McGruder, arms folded in the
background, grinning from ear to ear.

CALIBAN: MISSION COMPLETED... SIR.... BUT MY TEAM...

McGRUDER: WILL BE REPLACED...

SHENKER: REST, SON. WE'VE GOT SOME IMPORTANT
WORK FOR YOU...

Frame Four
Shenker snaps at the pilot, who punches controls infront of him.

SHENKER: STATION SIX, AND FAST...

SHENKER: HE'S NO USE TO US DEAD, PILOT – DON’T FAIL
ME NOW!

PILOT: NO, SIR!


CABAL – TWO PART OPENER

Written by John Freeman (www.downthetubes.net) in 1995 for Judge Dredd Megazine 3.07-3.08. It was drawn by Adrian Salmon and
colured by Pete Smith. This script is © 2014 Rebellion
This story was re-published in Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 349

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Page Six CONTINUED...
Frame Five
The H-Wagon takes off, screaming out of the city towards the
Cursed Earth.

McGRUDER: WILL HE MAKE IT, SHENKER?

SHENKER: I DON’T KNOW – BUT HE HAS TOO. HE MUST...

Frame Six
Interior, Shenker, McGruder in background not looking at
caliban who lies on the bed his arm out stretched with the ring
flashing with a gleam of arcane energy...

SHENKER: THE ALTERNATIVE IS TOO TERRIBLE TO
CONTEMPLATE...