Graphic Novel Review: Blaine Casil

The comic book I read was “Iron Man: Armor Wars” by Joe Caramagna and Craig Rousseau. This specific story of the Iron Man collection took me through the struggles of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Tony is a character, not only in this comic story but in many others, who is cocky and has a big head, but in this story he had a lot of doubt about what he did. It was explained in a few parts of it that he stopped doing what he does best, which is creating new and better weapons, because people had mixed emotions about it. Many said that he built weapons to kill others not to make peace. This hit him because as he was trying to prove them wrong, his Iron Man suits were stolen and causing danger to the public. This proved the public’s view of him correctly, that he is solely to be blamed for endangering people. However, at the end, he realized that people kill people and that his technology did not. Of course it was used, but it was used out of ill intentions. 

In Scott McClouds book “Understanding Comics” he wrote a chapter about “living in line” which was about how emotions can be used within comics. This can vary between lines, images, colors and text bubbles. A few of the ways that Joe Caramagna and Craig Rousseau used to show emotions were through the facial expressions of the characters, the scenery, as text bubbles. For facial expressions, throughout the comic, all the characters had different expressions depending on the situation, whether they were panicked, happy, or angry. For the scenery, when the villains were portrayed, they were in a lair which had very little color to it, mostly black, grey or white. If it was outside or a happier scene, there were brighter colors like red, yellow, and blue. One of the most unique things that showed expression were the text bubbles. There were the normal text bubbles while the characters were talking, however, when what they were saying had anger behind it, the text bubbles became rigid and spiky. Another example is also when the characters had a hard time breathing, the text bubbles were curvey and also more spread out to show that they could hardly get their sentences out. 

Iron Man: Armor Wars by Joe Caramagna and Craig Rousseau

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