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FFC, Meet BWS

The only thing that gets close to capturing the mood and beauty of your homework assignment movie clip, but already in comic book form:

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art: Barry Windsor Smith book: Weapon X publisher: Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

art: Barry Windsor Smith book: Weapon X publisher: Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

art: Barry Windsor Smith book: Weapon X publisher: Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

art: Barry Windsor Smith book: Weapon X publisher: Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

art: Barry Windsor Smith book: Weapon X publisher: Marvel Comics Group © Marvel Comics Group

Notice how the images can often be read in nearly any order, and the odd-shaped, interlocking layout encourages this.  Smith also finds unusual visual connections between panels.  Have a look at the masterful transition from Wolvie’s hair, to cables, to skeletal claws.  Even without the well-written words, the delusional, feverish juxtaposition of disturbing imagery already puts one in mind of the apocalypse that is coming.

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2 thoughts on “FFC, Meet BWS

  1. I remember reading this story as it came out in Marvel Comics Presents and being so pissed that I could only get 8 pages at a time with another 20 pages of crap.

    However Barry Windsor Smith’s work in this series is epic. I never thought about how one can transition to any panel in any order on these pages and the flow, sense of time and readability works beautifully no matter which way the eye wants to travel.

    Awesome stuff.

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