O'Neil explains three-act story structure and examines subplots, characterization, and methods for developing drama and suspense. He then applies these concepts to comics' specific forms: graphic novels, miniseries, maxiseries, and the rare megaseries (such as Batman: No Man's Land, a year-long über-narrative played out across five comics titles). As in good comics, words and images work together in this book. Every idea is illustrated by panels or pages from great moments in DC Comics lore. Especially illuminating are the script excerpts that come paired with the comic book pages they describe.
Strangely, the book ignores the visual side of comics writing. Modern comics scripts specify shots, angles, and blocking in movie-director fashion, but that craft is never addressed. (DC has a good opportunity here for a second volume.) However, what this book sets out to teach--storytelling--it does quite well. Aspiring comics writers won't just learn theory, they'll be empowered, because O'Neil provides a framework for crafting new tales. --J.B. Peck
Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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a good book for those wanting to get into or are interested in knowing how a story is put together.Published 27 days ago by 2gnthry
Excellent reading from Dennis O`Neil -highly recommended for anyone wanting to do their own book or as a hobby.Published 1 month ago by The Mark Cater
I love the examples given, very helpful for a beginner and It's recommend it!Published 4 months ago by ivan
I won't get too deep into the book during this review. But as someone venturing into the world of writing comics for the first time, this was an excellent read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin
Not much to say here, but it's a definite must-have for any comic artist's collection.Published 4 months ago by RONALD DMNKLR SMITH