Saturday, January 29, 2011

DMZ #31

Blood in the Game: Chapter 3
By Brian Wood (writer) and Riccardo Burchielli (artist)

The speed at which this story moves and should be read varies quite a bit. This chapter, for example, opens up with a splash page and moves along fairly quickly until Matty gets interviewed by Liberty News. At that point the story hits rush hour traffic and slows down considerably. The dialogue and narration up to this point have been sparse and the story has in large part unfolded visually.

The interview portion of the chapter, in which Matty is asked about his associations with Parco Delgado, is very dialogue heavy. Unlike the rest of the chapter, it isn't possible to get the picture by breezing through the visuals in this part of the chapter. Even if one is reading the visual narrative slowly, it takes a different skill or ability to process the interview portion. It is more than just a matter of slowing down but a matter of switching gears or possibly even vehicles because the terrain has changed.

DMZ is published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics.

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