By Ricardo Delgado
Comics, like movies, are a visual media. They are a form of storytelling intimately tied to images. Words alone will never suffice, they must be illustrated in some fashion. This is one of the reasons I love silent film as much as I do: it gets to the heart of cinema’s uniqueness, telling a story through moving pictures in the way that only it can. Comics are capable of something similar, as my colleague Dean has discussed previously. Free the images from the limitations of words, and watch a whole new visual language develop.
These thoughts passed through my mind as I read the first issue of Ricardo Delgado’s new Age of Reptiles series. Set in the pre-historic period, it abandons all written language in order to fully immerse the reader in the world of dinosaurs. A more traditional creator would have employed some type of narration, or at the very least, provided occasional text boxes to clue readers into the time and place. Delgado avoids even the latter, giving no context beyond the series subtitle: Ancient Egyptians. In theory this might sound intimidating, but in practice it is quite thrilling.
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