Closure and Time Frames: Sophie Dimry

An example of action-to-action from The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan Jr., pg 20-21

For my graphic novel I chose to read The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan Jr. I checked out this book from the Holland/Terrell Library after skimming through many graphic novels. I found this one to be the most intriguing because of its classic comic book style of drawings and the action depicted in the novel. This novel is about an unknown plague that hits the entire world, killing every man on the planet unexpectedly. Only one man survives the apocalypse and no one knows why it is that man in particular.

I chose a scene from the novel that has one of the most exciting action-packed scenes in it. The story varies from viewpoints and tells multiple stories at once, each from different places in the world. This example of closure demonstrates the action-to-action aspect because it shows the progression of an attack taking place. This page is a fight scene where a secret government agent takes on two men as they surprise attack her and another woman. I thought this scene was interesting because it reminded me of an action movie scene. The panels on the first page are easy to follow and very straight forward, while on the second page they are spread horizontally to fit the page. This style shows more of a sudden transition and makes the actions taking place seem very abrupt and intense. The use of lines to indicate motion also add to the dramatic actions as well as the sounds effects and speech bubbles.

An example of time frames from The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan Jr., pg 4-5

The next scene I chose depicts time by explicitly labeling the time and place of where the story is taking place. This is crucial to the story because it is meant to be hectic since there are so many crazy and unusual things happening around the world. These two pages are the beginning pages of the novel that I chose because they give a glimpse into the story and fill the reader with suspense. By putting a time stamp on the pages, it lets the reader know what is going on in that moment so that they can keep track of the story and timeline in this sequence of events. It also works as the exposition for the story because it shows where the main character is at the beginning of the sequence of events.

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