Assault – Thief to Hero Webcomic page 8
This is a page I am very proud of. Mr. Allar did a stupendous job getting all this action crammed onto one page. My favorite panels are the first two and the last one. The first two help convey the speed at which Randall and Roju are flying through and out of ATLAS Labs. And then when he realizes he doesn’t quite have the flying thing down, his expression is very well done.
Speaking of expressions, Randall’s expression in the last panel shows worry, even with a simple, sparse use of detail on his face. This panel, along with the first two, I think shows off Mr. Allar’s style better than anything. He is showing the full meaning of the image, and all it implies, but in a very clear, and concise drawing.
This goes back to the whole “Which is more important, the artist or a writer” bit I brought up earlier. Does the artwork in this page–just as an example, I am not knocking Josh’s contribution or artistic abilities in any way–outweigh the writing of this page? Does Randall’s dialogue in the last panel, without the image at all, convey enough worry that even if Randall’s face were covered with a mask, the point would still be made? On the flip side, could the image stand alone without Randall’s words to show his concern for his friend that he forgetfully left behind?
I think either of them could work, both the dialogue without his expression, or the artwork alone. That, to me, is what makes comics a great medium. They are both dynamic and static at the same time, with the combination of good art and good writing bringing more to the whole than the sum of its parts.
Art by Josh Allar
Letters and editing by Jay Goldberg
Written by Timm Gillick