Friday, April 19, 2013

A Perfect Moment

I recently came across the following random page from the tenth issue of All Star Superman (2008), the amazing twelve-issue series by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely:

There's just so much to love about this self-contained set of words and pictures:
  • the first panel's vertical drop that makes it abundantly clear what the young girl is planning to do
  • the way that Superman materializes, literally between the 2nd and 3rd panels, and, God-like, already knows what's brought Regan's to the ledge even though they've never met before
  • the fact that Regan's bizarre appearance matters not one bit to the completely non-judgmental Kryptonian
  • the body language of Regan in each panel, as it moves from despondency to commitment to surprise to freak-out and finally to child-like relief that someone actually cared enough to stop her
  • how incredibly few words of dialogue Morrison employs to convey all of the context that the reader needs for the scene
  • the final panel's up-shot, echoing the first panel's POV but now no longer scary because the Man of Steel has once again saved the day
I absolutely adore art that manages to be this perfect.

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