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See how we burn: A contrast study 
5th-Aug-2007 06:14 pm

I'd like to say that my area of the internet has been rife with discussion about the most recent issue of Dark Tower, but really, it's mostly been people gawping in shock.

Compare and contrast then, this page from The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born issue 7:

With this from Righteous, a short story in the Graphic novel Tales of the Slayers by Joss Whedon, drawn by Tim Sale:

The next panels contain the lines:
She cried out "Father! Help me Lord!"
But kept her eyes on me

You see comics, there are ways of doing it that make me want to cry in the good way.

Thanks to fire_and_a_rose and weaverandom for drawing the first to my attention.

5th-Aug-2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh wow... not that second pic was... wow... I really need to read that.
5th-Aug-2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you know where to look.
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5th-Aug-2007 05:30 pm (UTC)

She cried out "Father! Help me Lord!"
But kept her eyes on me
5th-Aug-2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
I really have no words for how offensive that first image is.

However, I'd like to take this moment to boggle at how much that version of the Slayer looks like Hayden Panettiere, and specifically Claire Bennet.

I mean - seriously, that's just eerie, and I never noticed it until now.
5th-Aug-2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
That is because the artist who painted Isaac's paintings in Heroes, including the image of Claire on Fire, is in fact Tim Sale, the same artist as in Righteous.
5th-Aug-2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
No, I know that.

But that was done way before he ever got the HEROES assignment, you know?

And - well, it's weird to see him nailing Claire's appearance before Hayden even looked like that, in a story about a girl very much like Claire.
5th-Aug-2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Really? Dude! You are a font of awesome knowledge.
5th-Aug-2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
... And it took seeing the Slayer to kick this one into my head-- Susan is softly lit from above. The Slayer is harshly underlit. No wonder (aside from all the other stuff) it doesn't look like Susan is being burned at the stake!

(That's actually my biggest problem with it. You want to sexualize death, fire, sacrifice, being burned at the stake, go on and do it. Make it worse by making it titilating, if you do it right you can only add to the horror of the thing-- it's something Stephen King is good at, if you've read much of his other work. But whatever technical merit that image possesses is totally lost in the fact that it looks like Susan is playing sexy games against a garish background, not like she's been firmly lashed to a stake and set ablaze. The feel is wrong, the layout is wrong, and there's just no sense of urgency or fear or horror to match the words.)
5th-Aug-2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
This is actually my problem with it: I don't mind the idea of sexualizing the burning at the stake thing, if it had been done like you said, in a way that would make us feel more horrified. This... just makes me facepalm, a lot.

The sad thing is that I really like parts of the first image. If this had been a panel that were part of an image where Susan breaks free, I might've found it cool looking. But as a death, it sucks.
6th-Aug-2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Someone had just recently posted that first picture on another journal, but I want to thank you for posting Whedon's.
6th-Aug-2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Why is Susan blind?

What is up with her skirt??

Where's the fucking fire???

And in conclusion, The Dark Tower comics have my love because they exist and clumps of my torn out hair because of...well, pictures like that.
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