Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Seeing Sound #6: Breaking Bones

Cerebus #136 (July 1990)
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard
(from 'Seeing Sound' in Cerebus The Barbarian Messiah, 2012)
Sim shows the momentary sound of a thumb being broken with fragmented skeletal lettering. As with the snap of Gwen Stacy's neck [in Amazing Spider-Man #121], its size indicates importance, rather than actual volume. In contrast, the lingering scream just continues to grow, stretching out beyond the panel itself, as Mrs Thatcher quietly walks away down a shadowed alley.

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