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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If you want a book that guides you through writing a good comic series, then this book is for you.
It is written specifically for the fast-paced, melodramatic writing style of comics, especially action comics, but it's lessons are useful in any story.
He doesn't claim that his way is the definitive way, and if he did anyone who has read more than one book about writing comics would laugh at him.
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 2 days ago by Kevin
Not much to say here, but it's a definite must-have for any comic artist's collection.Published 2 days ago by RONALD DMNKLR SMITH
This book is first in a great series that is definitely necessary for anyone interested in the production of comics. Each is well written and bursting with knowledge.Published 1 month ago by Ron Toth
This was a gift for my son and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Good delivery and on time too. ThanksPublished 2 months ago by Stephanie Atarod
This book is extremely informative. I learned a lot about plot and sub plot set up for comics as well as writing a script. I plan on buying all the DC guides.Published 3 months ago by emcee_square