Comic treatment--subject--James encounters Jesus' first enemy and His prophesy is fulfilled.
(0) Intro page. Title of comic--"The Prophesied One". Nazareth street scenes: women returning from well, dogs, houses, old man pointing further down street to stranger wearing brown mantle, synagogue, credits at bottom of page (total of 8 pages).
(1) A man enters a carpenter's shop that is advertised "Joseph & Sons". He is wearing a brown hooded mantle that shows the hint of a Pharisee's headwear (no phylacteries seen). (2) The man working at the table sets down the small hammer he is using to make a decorative box which would fit inside a dowry box, for smaller items. He appears 26-32 years old, bearded, muscular. (3) He looks up--his face reveals a person decent, kind and hard-working, but stressed--and asks, "What can I do for you, Rabbi?" (4) The visitor (back view) makes a self-deprecating gesture, saying "Just teacher, I'm not one yet," while the carpenter (front view head/shoulders) appraises him and replies, "Alright--how may I help you?" (turn page)
(5) "I'm looking for Jesus, Joseph's son -- are you him?" asks the Pharisee as the carpenter sets down the small nails on the box lid (detail of hand and box, dialogue from Pharisee's direction). (6) "I am James, son of Joseph and head of this house since he passed. What is your business?" (James' back, a ring on his hand as he gestures, the Pharisee appraising him with cunning). (7) "I am Bildad, you may know of my brother Caiphas who just became High Priest in Jerusalem." (flash of rings, phylactery further up his forearm) (8) Caution enters James' face. "Yes, I heard of that. Jesus is not here now." (dialogue box-Bildad asks "Will he be back soon, then?" (turn page)
(9) James (back view) moves chisel beside hammer, other hand below table is tensed but not clenched. "No. He is a teacher without a synagogue like yourself. I do not know when he will return, but I have heard he is in Capernaum." (Bildad is rubbing his beard). (10) Bildad, looking pleased, "Then, you may be able to help me. I have heard you have a sister who is older but not married--" (11) Forthright expression from James. "My sister Miriam is younger than me, and is not spoken for. You wish to meet her to consider betrothal?" (12) "It is not necessary, if you deem my proposal acceptable. I understand your rabbi will retire soon and needs a successor, and he is willing to accept me, as long as I marry a girl from Nazareth." "Is that so?" (James' view of top of Bildad's head and sky behind it, sun streaming through cloud, dove flying past). (turn page)
(13) "I have authority, indeed, to betroth my sister to you," James tells Bildad, frowning, "but first tell me why I should." (14 & 15) "Is it not obvious what you would gain?" asks Bildad, gesturing expansively. "I can provide for her, and your family, and your village would have a young rabbi who is connected to Jerusalem. You would not have to work so hard to support your mother, and we could be friends, as brothers, in these hard times." (16) "I see, you do offer much, my 'friend', much that benefits yourself." (Bildad is trying to look sincere in his appeal, but it fails--seen from James' back) "Tell me more, such as why--" (turn page)
(17a) (dialogue only, black background) "--You choose Miriam to wed, and Mary as your mother?" (17b) Bildad's oily expression disappears. The same cloud has now hidden the sun and is somewhat darker. A feather remains of the dove's presence. (18) Bildad recovers composure, holding thumb & forefinger together, beginning to reach for his belt. "I thought you would be eager to marry your sister off, seeing as she is past the age most marry, especially since she has been put aside once. Would it not be a relief to wipe any doubt from her reputation, as I would gladly do by accepting her as a rabbi's wife?" (19) James' hand clenches under table. "My sister remains pure, your charitable offer comes without need. On second thought, it would be best if you were to speak with Mary first about Miriam. And be sure I will advise her of what you've alleged." (20) "Oh, I don't think it will be necessary for that" (James' POV of Bildad from chest down, placing bag of coins on table). "It would be in everyone's best interest, after all it was said-- (turn page)
(21) "that Joseph did the same for Mary--" (dialogue, coins, fist). (22 & 23) James flings table aside while stepping forward, knocking Bildad back two steps (fear in Bildad's eyes), and with one punch James sends Bildad flying outside of shop to land in street (startling dove into flight, water puddles reflect sun-rent clouds, another dove flying off) (24) James stands over Bildad, hands on hips. "Jesus warned me about you. Now I know--" (turn page)
(short 25) "He spoke the truth. He told me some son of Satan like yourself in priest's garb would come to usurp his place when he was gone." (James over Bildad, Bildad cowering). (short 26) James steps back toward store, leaning over table's remains. Dialogue from his turned back: "That you'd speak lies about my family clothed in pretend kindness." (middle 27) Dumps coins on Bildad's chest. "But what gets me most, is that you speak daggers about my mother, whom you've never met." (between 27 & 28)"I have a right to charge you for your words, but let that be." (28 bottom left) Bildad getting up, clutching money bag, phylactery fallen around wrist. Fear still in his eyes but now hatred also. (James words between 28 & 29) "Get out of my sight and don't ever come back." (29) Pharisee leaving, street scene. (30) (James' back view, his final words) "Jesus, I just hope you were right about the rest of it."