The Time Ripple swirls our heroes through the Time Vortex!
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I’d like to take a moment to highlight the wonderful composition of today’s comic. Why? Because I think Shawn did a deceptively fantastic job of crafting a compelling image that fits both the tone of the moment and the progression of the plot.
Check out this stripped-down version of today’s strip that showcases the positions of the characters on the page:
Awesome, right? The characters fall towards you through the Time Vortex! But, see, there’s a lot more to it than that. Take notice of who’s in the foreground and who’s in the background.
Pete is the most prominent character in the mix, and he looks like he’s about to land on your face. He also happens to be the cause of all the Time Log shenanigans.
Paige is floating behind him, back in her normal non-brainwashed attire. She was the surprise catalyst for a lot of the horrible future happenings in the story. She’s also responsible for defeating the evil monster… a monster she helped create.
Shawn trails in the back, representing how she was swept up by the events of the story. Rarely was she a direct cause of the story’s conflicts, nor was she much of a force for change. Rather, she often exemplified reason and knowledge when there was a great lack of those crucial qualities.
Of course, Nick is missing. But he’s already had his Time Ripple appearance… not to mention the fact that we’ll be catching up with him at the start of #56.
Anyway, I say all of that to say this: the composition of this image isn’t just visually appealing — it’s also very symbolic. Characters receive placement and positioning in a way that lends itself to both their personalities and their development. Specifically, they’re lined up based upon their associations with action and change.
And — though you’ll have to wait until next week to find out why — this page is also a fantastic thematic transition from the chaos of the Time Ripple into the impending resolution of our story. So kudos to Shawn for drawing this incredibly rich image.
NEXT: Paige and Justique return!!!