Closure and Time Frames: Kirk Brown

I chose a Marvel comic, G.I. Joe An All American Hero Volume 5, for this blog entry. The first image I found was an example of action-to-action closure. In the story the chief of police is jumping in front of a missile to save a family trapped in their car. We know this is action-to-action because in the first panel we see the chief of police yelling “I won’t permit it” as he leaps in front of the missile. The next panel illustrates an explosion creating the word “BOOM” as we see the chief of police take the blow. This all together creates an example of action-to-action closure.

G.I. Joe An All American Hero Volume 5, page 60.

The next photo shows an example of time frames. Both the panel with the letter and the one with the yellow man have very abstract representations. Up until this point in the story we are not aware of the character in the yellow. This has left the viewer to have to interpret what type of character is being introduced. We don’t know what history and placement this character holds in the novel. Another part of the final panel that creates confusion is the characters background. This makes it hard to interpret if this was from the future, past or present time in the story.

Time frame example from page 26 in G.I. Joe An All American Hero.
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