Money shots

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Let’s jump back to pages two and three of Blood­shot 25, writ­ten by the leg­endary Peter Mil­li­gan. They were writ­ten as a dou­ble page ti­tle spread meant to in­tro­duce our hero in ac­tion. I’m para­phras­ing, but the script for the large, main panel reads, “Blood­shot in the mid­dle of a firestorm in Aleppo, Syria. Bombs ex­plode around him. A num­ber of dead fight­ers and ru­ined hard­ware at his feet.” I went with a full body shot, mak­ing sure his trade­mark red chest cir­cle was clearly vis­i­ble, with his mil­i­tary ar­ma­ment and abil­ity to take pun­ish­ment (he’s get­ting shot in the shoul­der). I chose a low an­gle (hori­zon line around his knees) to make him im­pos­ing and larger than life. He’s charg­ing and fir­ing as if he’s about to tram­ple the reader and leap off the page. Tilt­ing the cam­era makes it dy­namic and en­hances the fre­netic feel of the scene.

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