Panel 5: Double panel. Medusa’s dialogue continues in caption, as Karnak, Triton, Sue, et. al. enter a blue-lit metal chamber deep under their city. They look out onto what appear to be two high-tech medical pallets, and a bank of machinery, all seen as though a fish-eye lens.
Medusa (capt.): “…In the end, even though I wanted to, I still couldn’t do what I was supposed to do.”
Karnak: This is it!
Medusa (capt.): “Because I just didn’t have the strength for it.”
Panel 1: Double panel. We are looking into the room over the shoulders of Gorgon and Triton…or perhaps, we are seeing this room from above, the scene on a diagonal with respect to the straight borders of the panel. Karnak has entered and walked past the medical pallets (and the array of high-tech medical instruments we see next to them), to stand in front of a large viewscreen showing a Mercator projection of Earth’s surface just like the one he has back at home, though at the moment the screen is dark. His hands rest lightly on an impressive bank of control consoles at waist height. He is excited.
Karnak: We’ve found it, cousins! I knew this installation would have to be somewhere…
Karnak: …After all, where better for the Kree to coordinate their activities on Earth, than in their own ancient city on the Moon?
Triton: Yes, Gorgon?
Gorgon: I’m afraid it is now my turn to have a terrible suspicion…
Panel 2: Gorgon has moved forward to put his hand gently on Karnak’s shoulder, as the latter bends eagerly over the bank of computers.
Gorgon: …Do you not see where we are? What this place must be?
Karnak: Eh? I don’t take your meaning, cousin. Obviously, we are in the operations centre of the second Kree expedition to…
Panel 3: Karnak looks up, suddenly, a look of horrified realization on his face. Gorgon looks sorrowful.
Karnak: Oh, Agon.
Panel 4: Crystal screams, off-panel. Gorgon and Karnak have twisted around in alarm to look back roughly in the direction of our perspective, with part of Triton’s face also looking our way in the foreground, and perhaps his clenched fist. One or two of the FF are nearby, part of the tableau but not central to it.
Gorgon: Agon’s Genes…!
Panel 5: The three are racing toward Crystal, who stands at an open side door of the chamber, pointing inwards to a darkened space. Rikasa has her hands on Crystal’s shoulders, whether in reflexive shock or reflexive comfort we can’t tell. Another of the FF is standing nearby, again not fully in the centre of the action.
Karnak: What is it, Crystal? What do you see?
Panel 1: Triple panel, with the Inhumans and FF in the fairly distant background, and in front of them a large and eerily low-lit Kree room, all in blue. Maybe this recalls our heroes’ meeting with the Eternals back in issue #1? But possibly that goes beyond cute and right on into repetitive…sounds like an art problem I’m not competent to solve. Anyway, what Crystal is indicating (to the others, who have stepped up to the threshold to join her…Johnny has again ignited one hand, both to provide better light, and to be ready for anything) is a large space loaded with medical equipment, and row upon row of those inclined human test-tube thingies that you only ever see in comics, or science fiction TV shows featuring clones or robots. Most of the tubes are empty, but some are occupied, both with the ancient corpses of early humans, and weirdly-augmented humanoid figures that represent Kree experiments gone wrong. In case you haven’t guessed, this is the original laboratory in which the race of Inhumans was created by the Kree, and at the other end of the room from our intrepid explorers is a raised and inclined platform upon which is pinned, Vitruvian Man-style, and with many tubes and wires snaking in and out and back and forth from his body, the original captive Eternal from whom the Kree’s inspiration was drawn. He has been vivisected, something like twenty-five thousand years ago, but the machinery’s still working. He may be brain-dead, but being an Eternal, his body is still alive. However we don’t see him clearly, yet; that’s for the next panel. In this one he’s at the end of the line, maybe just a silhouette of a pinned hand or foot in the extreme foreground of the image, to the right.
Ben: Holy cats!
Panel 2: Double panel. Now we get our Vitruvian Eternal, and the group is gathered around him.
Sue: …It’s a man! And he’s alive!
Triton: No, Mrs. Richards. No, it isn’t a man.
Panel 3: Triton’s face in moderate close-up, as he reaches out to touch the Eternal. He looks extremely thoughtful, a bit lugubrious.
Triton: Though, I fear, he may be alive…
Triton: Fantastic Four, you should leave us, now. You are our friends…
Panel 4: Triple panel. Triton’s dialogue continues in caption, as we look (perhaps) down onto Sue, Ben, Johnny, and Rikasa waiting uncomfortably in the main chamber outside the lab.
Triton: “…But what we have unearthed here today…it is a family matter.”
Ben: So…they gave you the boot, too, huh Rikasa?
Rikasa: I am not a member of the Royal Family, Mr. Grimm. They can only speak freely in front of each other.
Sue: Rikasa…I don’t want to put you in a difficult position, but…what is that room, in there?
Johnny: Come on, Sis. You’re married to Reed…
Panel 1: Double panel, a diptych. We’re at eye-level now (that is, if we weren’t already), as Johnny turns to Rikasa.
Johnny: …You should know what a lab looks like, by now!
Johnny: It’s a lab, right?
Rikasa: I…believe so, Johnny Storm.
Ben: Okay, but the question oughtta be, what kinda lab?
Sue: Isn’t that obvious, Ben? It’s some sort of genetic research facility…
Ben: Well if it’s that blamed obvious, Suzie, why ya gotta do a whole buck-an’-wing about it then?
Ben: Aw, c’mon. We’re smart enuff to figger this out, ain’t we?
Panel 2: Ben gestures at Rikasa from the right or left foreground. She has her arms crossed.
Ben: Ain’t we, Rikasa?
Rikasa: I…I think it’s very likely that you are, Mr. Grimm.
Ben: So mebbe we don’t need to give ya the third degree about it here, huh kid?
Rikasa: Well…I am curious, myself…
Panel 3: More talking, and rotating around the scene. probably we see Rikasa facing away from us now, in the foreground, and towards the FF.
Rikasa: …So I suppose I was looking forward to hearing you three speculate…
Ben: Haw! Too bad Reed’s not here, you’d get all the speculatin‘ you could handle!
Ben: Us three are usually lucky ta get a word in sideways…
Karnak: (off-panel) Rikasa.
Karnak: (off-panel) Fantastic Four. Friends.
Panel 4: Double panel. We’re looking up at the Inhumans as they emerge from the lab, Karnak in front, the others behind him. Gorgon carries the shrouded body of the vivisected Eternal.
Karnak: It is time for us to go. Black Bolt must be informed.
Panel 1: Triple panel, no caption, no dialogue, no people. Attilan, seen from approximately street level, maybe a little higher, stands in the golden sunshine…blue shadows everywhere, of course.
Panel 2: Triple panel. Karnak waves Rikasa into a large living room, with many couches, an almost Roman Emperor-like area for entertainment, but deserted.
Karnak: Please come in.
Rikasa: Thank you, Karnak.
Panel 3: Rikasa looks around her.
Rikasa: I had heard that Gorgon kept apartments in the city…
Panel 4: Rikasa and Karnak sit.
Rikasa: …But I suppose I thought that was just something people said.
Karnak: He’s graciously consented to let me have the use of them, for…
Panel 5: Karnak leans back in his seat. Behind him, on a table, there’s a bust of the Thing. Rikasa is in the foreground.
Karnak: …For a little while.
Karnak: By all the stars, what an exhausting day...
Panel 1: Double panel. Rikasa has gotten out of her seat and come over to kneel on the divan beside Karnak; we see her as though we’re situated just behind the bust of Ben. She’s smiling excitedly as she reaches out to touch it delicately. Karnak is to the left, leaning slightly left, turning his head to the right to look at her with tired amusement, and a little bit of growing affection.
Rikasa: Why, it’s an Alicia Masters!
Karnak: Yes, it is.
Rikasa: Just imagine, Karnak — this is just how she does it. Just her hands, straight onto the clay…
Panel 2: Close-up of Rikasa as she turns to look at Karnak, very winsomely. He’s almost not even in the panel.
Rikasa: Don’t you think it’s marvellous?
Karnak: Well, yes…as it happens, I…
Rikasa: Feel it.
Panel 3: This time it’s Rikasa who’s almost out of the frame, as we see Karnak resting his head on one fist, and smiling a little.
Karnak: Feel it?
Rikasa: Yes, feel it. Why not?
Panel 4: Double panel. Rikasa and Karnak, each with a hand on the sculpture, side-by-side and looking at it.
Karnak: …Why not, indeed?
Rikasa: You could be a sculptor, Karnak. Have you never thought of that?
Karnak: No. I never have.
Karnak: Does that seem strange?
Panel 5: Close-up of Rikasa, perhaps mainly even just her right eye, turned now to look appraisingly at her companion.
Panel 6: Her hand has found its way to Karnak’s.
Rikasa: …Perhaps, just a little strange…
Panel 7: In the cool dark of Gorgon’s living room, Karnak and Rikasa embrace.