COMICS

Read Grant Morrison's new book WE3 last week and as usual, Grant Morrison kicks my ass. I can't believe the little throwaway things he does that shows how on the ball he is. In the first couple of pages, the bad guy speaks only in speech balloons with ? and ! in them, efficiently communicating exactly what he's saying without slowing the action to read dialogue like 'Hey, what's that' or something similar. He also shows a large closeup on a newspaper headline and then a smaller panel with someone pointing to the paper and their speech balloon goes around the paper, telling you what they're talking about without bothering to use actual dialog. It's those small things that hurt you as a writer, when you see somebody use something so elegant and use it so effortlessly. Curse you Grant Morrison!