Graphic Novel Review: Sydney Seay

Representation of moment-to-moment closure in The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan, adapted by Robert Venditti.

I chose to read The Lightening Thief in graphic novel version. The story is about a twelve-year-old named Percy Jackson, and him finding out that his father is Greek God Poseidon. Percy is given a task to stop a war between the Gods by retrieving a lightning bolt that belongs to Zeus. He embarks on this journey with his best friends, Grover and Annabeth to have many ups and downs. Percy completes the quest, and goes to Olympus to create a peace offering between the Gods. The iconography of the novel is very detailed which gives a more realistic feel to the storyline. The transitions between panels often require closure on behalf of the reader. There are almost all types of closure discussed by McCloud within the novel. There are bright colors and intense line use throughout, creating a realistic and relatable connection for the readers.


Screenshot from web comic The Right Numbers Part 2 by Scott McCloud.

Reading web comics is a much different experience from reading regular comics. There is a lifelike experience to reading the online comics as they are actually moving through the story, versus just in your imagination. Web comics create different kind of closure than physical comics, because they are more interactive. They can show the reader pictures, words, or ideas while they are in transition between frames. Those ideas are usually left to the readers imagination in physical comics that are working between frames. Web comics feel more realistic to me because they can guide and interact with the reader in a much different way.

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