And, the EYES have it!
It’s said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. With them we see the world and in them the world sees us. So, what do they show us here..?
In Dracula’s eyes we see the last remnants of an ancient EVIL fade out in hollow eye-sockets. The greatest monster the world has ever known is gone. All that remains is a pathetic pile of smoldering bones. And Meanwhile, in Joe’s eyes we see TERROR, as Docula commences an impromptu surgery to pluck the eye he hides under his eye patch, and with it their friendship and any hope of Doc’s redemption. Heavy stuff, indeed.
However, let me digress from the main point for a moment. Even with all that going on, my favorite bit on this page is Abigail in panel 3. Her body language and expression are a veritable master class on storytelling. All you need to know is right there in the illustration…she looks tired, hurt, and on the verge of collapse. She can’t move another inch, let alone stop Doc from hurting Joe. All of that comes through clear as day without the need for any exposition. Brilliant work, Danilo.
In fact, it is so clear that it even translated perfectly to my 3 year-old daughter, Jean, who crawled into my lap as I was writing this blog. She took a look at the page and Abigail jumped right out at her. She pointed at Abigail and asked, “Is she sick, Daddy?” I said, “Yeah, she had a big fight with Dracula and broke her arm and is really tired.” To which she replied…
“She made a very big BOOM BOOM with Dracula and broke her arm? I make her feel better, Daddy. I’ll drive her to doctor’s office and make her get lots of rest. She can sleep in my bed. She feel better NEXT WEEK, Daddy.”
Now, now Jeannie…no SPOILERS please. Ha! But seriously, in just 7 days one of the most PIVOTAL pages of the entire story hits the blotter. Trust me, Daredevilers; you DO NOT want to miss this one! I don’t want to give too much away, but if I were you I’d have some tissues handy next week. In the meantime, make sure to RSS, Like, or Follow.
Welp, I’m running long this week and I’ve probably lost most of you at this point, but if you made it through this mess you’ve got about a 50/50 chance of making it through the Sunday Bonus Lunch.
Anyways, till next week!
P.S. 1990s bonus points to anyone who though of THIS while reading this week.