Assault – Thief to Hero Webcomic page 10
And here is the last page, a splash page, something I prefer to use sparingly. I have mentioned elsewhere why I prefer a splash page as either the first or last page, but think it bears repeating.
One thing I’ve studied a lot of over the past 20 years isn’t just writing for comics, but also photography and cinematography, well filmmaking in general, but cinematography applies the most here.
The main thing I learned from cinematography as it could apply to comics is the establishing shot. One thing you see over and over again in films and TV shows but probably don’t realize it, is the establishing shot. It is usually the first shot of the scene, usually to show not only the location of the scene, but also to establish (hence the name) where the characters are in relation to each other and the location. After that is set up, viewers will have an internal map of where everything and everyone is so that the ensuing conversation or action doesn’t get confusing.
A splash page used on a first page will help as an establishing shot, it can serve the same purpose. If you look back at page one of this story, you will see three panels, the main one is the establishing shot of the lab, with the tank in the extreme foreground, and the trapdoor Randall and David use in the back. The next two panels then focus on that.
A splash page at the end, like this one, will tie things up, if the actual end of the story, or will show some big plot twist that will continue in the next issue. If you’ve ever read Kick Ass, you’ll know what I mean by the bit plot twist, especially at the end of issue one.
Art by Josh Allar
Letters and editing by Jay Goldberg
Written by Timm Gillick