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Between the years 2000 and 2001 I had an idea for a Graphic Novel about the SMURFS ®. As always, I didn't even start a script, just did some sketches for the heck of it. Other day I discovered that the small sky blue creatures complete 50 years in 2008 and decided to put this plot here, which as many others ideas, could one day turn into something... ...or maybe not.
The story starts after the Smurfs invasion of Gargamel's Castle. They finally captured and killed him, as well as his cat Azrael. As a trophy, the cat's preserved body was put at the center of the village's main square, as a reminder of Dark Times forever gone, or so they thought...
There was a period of peace and prosperity, everything went well until a disease took over the weakened body of Papa Smurf. Shortly before he died, Papa asked Hefty, the strongest Smurf, to take care of his children in the hopes that they never suffer from the lack of anything in his absence. Hefty, now living with Smurfette, his fiance, accepted this responsibility and, even with very little experience, lead his people with great wisdom. What he didn't know was that envy was always growing in the heart of Brainy Smurf. He, with his thick glasses, and enormous intelligence was the new leader's adviser and suffered deeply by the unrequited love of the only girl in the tribe: Smurfette. Also, he felt that he should be the new leader. After all he was the smartest Smurf and second-in-command behind Papa Smurf.
Jealous and envious, Brainy breaks away from Hefty and starts to preach a new ideal for his brothers: a Democracy! Educated and persuasive, he convince nearly half of the village with his revolutionary ideas. The Smurfs are now divided into two groups: those who support the Hefty centralized regime, and those who defend the democratic ideals of Brainy. Gradually, that which was only a debate heated on ideologies becomes a serious conflict. With tensions running high, a Civil War is declared and Brainy and his followers are expelled from the village and forced to live in the forest. Exiled, humiliated and angry, Brainy plots his revenge against Hefty. Knowing that Hefty and Smurfette had never had sex because they are not married, he orders a surprise attack at the village under a cold and rainy night.
Silently sneaking into town from the other side, Brainy enters Smurfette's tent, but she doesn't recognize him. Without his glasses and with a fake heart tattoo in his arm, he looks exactly like Hefty. Smurfette realizes something is wrong since the battle is raging outside of the tent, but her lover simply stands there, starring at her. Everything happens very fast, and she doesn't understand why he attacks and rapes her so fiercely and violently. Had the war turned Hefty into a monster? It wasn't suppose to be like this. She wants to explode, to cry, to die. Her screams aren't heard by anyone during the battle. After Brainy's silent escape, Hefty returns wounded and tired, says nothing and falls to bed completely oblivious to the pain on Smurfette's face.
Without a word about that horrible night, Hefty goes. And Smurfette, thinking that her lover has gone crazy or worse, thinking she's been shown a side of his soul that she wouldn't dare imagine, flees from the village requesting asylum from her former brother and enemy: Brainy. Assuming the role of protector he receives her with great affection and respect, making her all the necessary arrangements to stay close to him.
Everything goes as planned by Brainy. With his beloved by his side and his army's reinvigorated moral by successive victories over the village, the war's end seems closer every day.
Hefty, now an experienced warrior, feels also ashamed and confused for not keeping the promise made to Papa Smurf. With his heart flooded by hate and moved only by revenge he leads his men to the bloodiest battle of the Smurf's history. He could never forgive those who betrayed him. Not his brother and not even Smurfette, who was to become his wife ... Fear, despair, suffering and blood on his Smurf's hands was definitely not what Papa Smurf hoped for his children ...
Now I just have to get rich, buy the Copyrights and spend a year or two drawing the book.
Thanks to Stephen Lindsay, for the big help with the text!
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