Okay, so today’s dose of comics awesome may seem a little unusual, I have to admit, considering it’s not a character or a concept that I’m all about, but a visual. But it’s no less wonderful for all that…:
The title page of Darwyn Cooke’s The Man With The Getaway Face, ladies and gentleman; a spectacular piece of design – it’s like a comic version of a Saul Bass title sequence – that’s also a spectacular piece of comics as the black gets cut away (It’s bandages, we learn from the next page) to reveal the title. Look at where the color and the white lie in the first two panels; the logo placement is already there, with the credits revealing pieces of it already. But outside the sequential aspect of it, the page is just a beautifully composed piece of design, with the balance between black, white and color completely right and in just the right place to pull the eye down towards the title at the bottom. This is an amazing page, both evocative of the period of the story, and timeless in terms of how damn good it is. More comics should be so stylish when telling you what they’re called.