Graphic Novel:Golden Handshake, Part 1
| Golden Handshake, Part 1|
|Issue #: ||43 ||Released: ||July 23, 2007 |
|Story by:||Steven T. Seagle & Duncan Rouleau|
|Art by:||Michael Gaydos|
|Colors by:||Chris Sotomayor|
|Produced by:||Invisible College|
|Easter Egg:||Behind-the-scenes image of Hayden Panettiere and Jack Coleman|
|Previous:||Betty, Part 4|
|Next:||Golden Handshake, Part 2|
|The invisible man's first partner.|
|For years, Claude, the invisible man, worked side by side with Noah Bennet, the man in horn-rimmed glasses. Together, these "company men" risked their lives to save the world. Or so they thought. Claude grew uneasy with his assignments, questioning who benefited from their work. Discovering this, the company gave Bennet his most difficult assignment: kill Claude.|
But before Bennet, Claude had a different partner, the man called Haram...
17 years ago, Claude Rains and his partner, Haram, are at a harbor in Côte d'Azur, France in pursuit of Rollo Fusor--an extortionist and murderer with the ability to rapidly dehydrate water from whatever he touches. They are both on a bridge over the harbor, and Haram appears nervous, clutching his heart and shaking an open bottle of pills. Claude calms down Haram and directs him to follow their plan.
While Haram negotiates with Rollo Fusor to release two people they believe are held hostage, Claude sneaks aboard Rollo Fusor's yacht. When Rollo Fusor appears to have left the two hostages handcuffed to each other on the docks, Haram approaches them. Monsieur Pizet is lying on the ground and a lady has a scarf tied to cover her mouth. When Haram removes her blonde wig and her scarf, she reveals that she is Rollo Fusor's accomplice. She swaps her cuffs off herself and onto Haram, linking him to a dead Monsieur Pizet and pushes them both into the sea.
- A golden handshake is a severance agreement offered to an employee as an inducement for early retirement. In an interview, Duncan Rouleau added, "We felt like Claude's handshake, his word, was as good as gold to Haram."
- For images from Golden Handshake, Part 1, see images from Golden Handshake, Part 1.
- For other uses of golden, see golden (disambig).
- For an interview in which Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle discuss the Golden Handshake series, see Interview:Golden Handshake.