Layers allow us to understand what content is supposed to be more important to the reader and usually helps us determine the order of which we are supposed to read the material. They are important in all types of media, ranging from print to screen. “Layers allow the designer to treat the image as a collection of assets, a database of possibilities” as said by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Phillips in Graphic Design: The New Basics. In this specific example from Lynda Barry’s What It Is, there is definitely a collage of layers formed to help convey the message and draw the reader from section to section. There are a lot of physical layers, where objects are stacked over each other such as the newspaper looking boxes appearing to be on top of everything and even the green tab on the right seeming to be below it.
I would love to finish reading Flashpoint because it is based on an alternative universe for all of our favorite DC heroes and has been interesting thus far. This page in particular was an excellent example of layering, from the text boxes using red to establish an angry version of Batman, to the overlapping of characters between frames. There are temporal layers that help convey how Batman apprehends his target after a long rooftop chase. The images are connected through being layered, primarily through the villain character overlapping between every “chase” slide. Luckily the story also goes from top to bottom, but sometimes without proper layering some details could get lost and people might not know where to look to quickly understand what is happening on the page.