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Issue 1, Page 7 - Hero for Hostages.

Issue 1, Page 7 - Hero for Hostages.

April 26, 2011 in Issue 1
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Caley Tibbittz Collopy 22nd Mar 2012, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
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ProfEtheric 29th Dec 2015, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
Nice bit of action here. I like the fact that we have not yet gotten a good solid look at Smiley here. It builds antici... pation.

And taking apart four blokes with automatics? Badassery established!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 3rd Jan 2016, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
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I enjoy writing/drawing this somewhat rare character type: the completely ridiculous total badass. It was fun delaying the reveal of his face 'til the next page. (The original art wasn't totally successful in this, but I zoomed panel 5 slightly to crop out his mask before the coloring was done. I love how webcomics give one time to fix one's boners.)
Wargyrl 6th Feb 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
I like the idea of this page. Who would not like the idea of a hero entering through a window and stabbing four bad guys full of holes? However, the page could still be even better. At this point the page still seems too compressed. Too many events are squeezed into too short a space.

Let me explain my experience of the page. First I read the page from top to bottom, but I did not understand it; so then I had to run my eye over the page a few times to figure out what was happening. Eventually I realized that the 'hero' is the character in the first panel, and that the hero is wearing black leather with spikes coming from his shoulders and his calves. This allowed me to recognize the hero in other panels. Going back the second and the third time I realized that the hero appears again in the fourth and the fifth panels, as indicated by the spikes. I also realized that the hero has been shot several times. I am sure we are all glad that our hero can 'take a licking and keep on ticking.'

This leaves several mysteries for next week. For example, the criminal in the seventh panel says that he himself has been shot. Who shot him? Did the hero? If so, how? The hero seems to be using a long bladed instrument, not a gun. One of the criminals gets cut in the eighth and final panel, we are not sure how, because we don't see the cutting.

In this case, I would give the artist the same advice that I give my artists when they turn in sketches for pages which come out like this. That is, give the story as much space as the story needs. In this case I suggest that you go ahead and split one page into two pages, and spread these seven panels across two new pages. The top three panels can and should fill a new page, and the new panels can be drawn with figures big enough to tell the story clearly. Then, the bottom four panels can be put onto a completely new page. These four panels can be expanded so that each of these panels can be big enough so that the reader can see the complete action. The reader will see how the hero is stabbing the criminal in the panel which is presently the fourth. Then the reader will see enough to understand what is happening in the panel which is presently the fifth, and so forth with the remaining panels. If you try it that way you will see the arrangement is much easier on the reader.