I love the way Robinson is able to use exposition–not to mention Enrique’s internal monologue–the draw the reader’s attention to particular facts. In the most extreme examples, it’s the thought process–showing the reader what they missed by not paying enough attention (though, if the reader did pay enough attention, the pleasure of the lesson wouldn’t be there). But he also uses it for the cliffhanger this issue. He agitates the reader quietly, then ends the comic. It’s a neat device.
Keeping the reader focused on how Enrique experiences the comic’s events also helps with the suspension of disbelief. He changes his mind about something being true between two panels and Robinson’s able to sell it with the presentation of the follow explanations. It’s kind of like Robinson understands how to do an educational comic and applies those rules to Five Weapons.
It’s a rather neat reading experience.
Tyler’s Revenge; writer, artist and letterer, Jimmie Robinson; colorist, Paul Little; editor, Laura Tavishati; publisher, Image Comics.
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