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Marvel Knights The Fantastic 4- Wolf at the Door: Part 2
Marvel Knights The Fantastic 4- Wolf at the Door: Part 2By: Jackie Decker
Abstract: The comic book that I have chosen to analyze is titled "Marvel Knights Fantastic 4, Wolf at the Door.The Fantastic 4 is a very well known comic book series and was the first superhero team created by the legendary writer Stan Lee, as well as famous artist Jack Kirby. The four main characters within this comic are the Invisible Women (Sue Storm), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), The Thing, (Ben Grimm) and the Human Torch (Johnny Storm). They all received their super powers after they were all exposed to cosmic rays during a mission in space. They each discovered their own individual powers once they were back on earth. Together they form marvels first family.
Summary During this issue of the Fantastic Four, you discover that the characters have lost all of their money. Due to the damage they have caused throughout the city they have been ordered to turn over the Baxter building to the city to help pay off their debt. This in return makes them homeless. The comic book begins with the group looking for new apartments to rent, however no one will take them. They eventually find a hotel that will let them stay, however it is a dump. This does not sit well with The Human Torch and The Thing.
Each of the members of the Fantastic Four team set off to make their best to fix the situation they have been placed in. Mr. Fantastic disappears in his books, The Invisible Women starts a new job as a teacher, The Thing gets a job in construction , and The Human Torch seeks comfort in his girlfriend. While Sue is at work, The Things girlfriend comes to inform her that Franking (their son) was left waiting after school for several hours; Mr. Fantastic forgot to pick him up. This leads to a big fight between Sue and Reed. In the end the team works out their issues but still have no idea how to fix their situation. They are in trouble and the episode ends to be continued.
Theme/Focus of the comic Theme: distress and real world issues The main characters of this comic are faced to deal with real life issues of bankruptcy, homelessness, and trying to find jobs
The focus within this comic is on what is the overall solution to their problem Each member of the team has a different problem they are trying to face, so the comic jumps from story line to story line to give you a true feeling of the distress and worry that each different character feels about their current situation.
Panel Transitions: Moment to Moment
Moment to moment: is described by McCloud as a single action portrayed in a series of moments This action is clearly seen through a moment to moment transition with Mr. Fantastic looking at this picture frame throughout several frames.
Action to Action
Action to Action: is a single subject, such as a person, object, etc.. In a series of actions. In this image Mr. Fantastic, is doing many different actions from moving boxes, looking for stuff, as well as organizing his clothing, demonstrating an action to action panel transition
Subject to Subject
McCloud describes subject to subject as a series of changing subjects within a single scene. Subject to subject is clearly seen within this frame of comic, because of the different conversations that are taking place, from person to person.
Scene to scene
Scene to Scene Panel transitions are when there is a transition across significant distances of time and or space. This scene to scene is seen through Franklin waiting at school and The thing ordering coffee at a completely different area in this comic book world.
Aspect to aspect
Aspect to aspect panel transition happens when there is a transition from one aspect of a place idea or mood to another. This is seen through the Thing, as your vision transfers from the car, to the Things face, to the spilled coffee, to him ordering more coffee.
Choice of image
Choosing an image is important in all comics it creates a picture to fill frames and bring the world to life visually. You want to make sure you show specific features of the characters, such as disapproval through facial expressions . This specific features of facial expression can be seen through this image above, it is clear through her face she is frustrated.
Room description in drawing
Within choosing an image you must make the drawing come to life. Being able to show the interior of a room with detail to describe the type of place you are in without words. It can give you an idea of who lives there and the conditions of the area surrounding the characters. This image clearly shows a run down place, showing disgust and low socioeconomic status.
Words Take Center Stage
Choice of words are very important within the world of comics. They can be used to to give more detail to the images, in many cases words take center stage on the comic. They are used to create conversation between characters for more details then just images can provide. This image shoes Mr. Fantastic and The invisible woman talking about serious issues within the comic, stating things that simply pictures can not show.
Choice of Flow
Choice of Flow is how the reader is able to be guided through the scenes within a comic. They direct you from left to right and how to read the comic. This group of panels has you reading the comic from top to bottom, and left to right.
Showing our five senses
Acknowledging that readers are also human and connect to different thing that your characters are reacting to. One example of this is demonstrating your five senses through your scenes. This scene shoes The human Torch starving and the Thing bringing him food. The expression on his face shows his hunger. This also shows the theme of distress throughout the comic.
An establishing shot sets the scenes for the readers to know where the characters are specifically and to start the sequence. This is a clear establishing shot because it shows the city in the beginning of the scene to show its dark and depressing, also showing the overall theme of the comic .
Making sure your comic has visuals that show the dramatic effects and feelings of your characters is important. This helps to give clarity to the comic and show exactly how the character is feeling in that moment. This photo shows a clear amount of intensity within the comic.
Adding different angles and frames within the comic help to make it more diverse and better flow within the comic itself. Depth cues can be used to make great distances or extreme closeness be shown through the characters and story line. This can be seen through the different angles within this scene where The Human Torch rescues a falling window painter.
Birds eye View
Different views within frames can make the character seemed different and make you feel differently about the characters. A birds eye view in many ways can be used to make the character seem weak or small. This is shown in the fantastic four comic, when looking at Mr. Fantastic, looking at a picture frame of his family. At this point in the story he feels defeated and doesnt know what to do.
Having different emotional traits shown within a comic allows the reader to know the emotional territory of each character. One way to show this is through body language. McCloud suggests that a slouch or defeated look can help to show these emotions. This can be seen through the Thing after the ruins the coffee run he went on for his coworkers.
McCloud uses visual communication as another form of facial expressions. Having compulsive facial expressions of fierceness for example can help the reader better understand and connect with the character. The invisible woman shows this through her extreme rage at Mr. Fantastic.
Facial emotions 83-85
There are so many different expressions that can be shown through art. Many think the ones shown above are the only ones you can show, however McCloud says differently. There are numerous equations of adding these key emotions together to create even more facial expressions. This is important when creating clarity for the reader. You can clearly see sadness shown through Franklins face due to the fact that no one picked him up after school.
External sources within facial emotions
When dealing with human expression they can be less balanced and predictable, meaning you need to use all aspects of a person to make sure they show the correct emotion. This panel shows a lot of different emotions of The Invisible Womans disgust of being hit with a spit ball
Conclusion Overall theme of this comic is distress This was due to the fact that the fantastic four were now homeless and trying to figure out a solution to their issues Each character had different things happen to them throughout the story that added to their horrible situation.
Through McClouds concepts it was very easy to see how the comic was able to use different art and word distribution to portray the theme displayed the comic.