Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dipping a toe in the swamp

Okay, just wanted to check in with any lost souls shambling in a muck-encrusted way to this here site and give a very quick update. Finished reading Saga of the Swamp Thing, and will be posting something in greater detail soon (I hope). But, I wanted to get one thing out there first.

What really struck me in the first issue was the contrasting panel layouts between Swamp Thing’s story and Sunderland (or whoever the old man is in the story). Swamp Thing’s story is told in organic panels without borders that grow and merge into one-another, while the old man is presented in hard, sharp angled frames that are both slightly off kilter and confining.

Both feel slightly threatening in different ways, but a wonderful visual metaphor for what I’ve seen as a theme being established in the first few stories. The connected whole of the organic earth struggling against the conscious constructions of man.

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