Point of View

Figure 1. Morrison, G., & Jones, J. (n.d.). Final crisis. New York: DC Comics.

Point-of-view (POV) is a wonderful panel view in which readers are able to look at the world inside the comic strip or book through the viewpoint of one of the characters in the panel.  The point-of-view technique for comics is similar to and looks the same as the point-of-view technique in film.  The point-of-view does not necessarily have to be the exact view of one of the characters though.  Point-of-view could be looking from over the shoulder of a character, and sometimes it can be a shared point-of-view between a fewcharacters.

Figure 1 depicts a point-of-view shot from the comic Final Crisis, written by Grant Morrison.   Darkseid’s henchman, Symian, is holding and talking at a comic book page.  The reader sees the panel as if he or she is looking through the eyes of Symian.  The point of view shot gives the reader the view of Symian, as if she, herself, were holding the comic book page that the ape henchman is holding.

Figure 2, from Young Avengers

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Figure 2. Gillen, K. (2013). Young Avengers.

gives the reader the point-of-view of one of the Young Avengers characters, looking on at Noh-varr in awe after he cleared out a room full of bad guys.  Noh-varr telling the reader to follow him adds to the effect of the point-of-view.  This really drives home the
feeling to the reader that he or she is looking at him through the eyes of a character in the panel because the character whose point-of-view it is is situated behind some of the other Young Avengers characters, giving the appearance that one could walk forward and actually follow him through the broken window.



Figure 3. Image Source: Binder, O., & Plastino, A. (n.d.). Supergirl (Vol. 38). DC Comics.

In the Figure 3, the reader is allowed to experience a heavy haymaker punch from Superwoman, or Lucy, through the point-of-view of another character, Kara.  In the panel, we see Superwoman as she is rearing back to throw a big punch.  The point-of-view shot in this panel gives the appearance that her fist is going to fly right out of the page at the reader.




Figure 4 is from Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, written by Winsor McKay.  In this panel, the reader is looking up at a group of characters from the ground.  It is very unique because it is the point-of-view of a dead character watching his funeral and burial.  The strip goes to a lower depth, giving the reader the view of being lowered into the grave.  In the end, the character wakesScreen Shot 2015-12-08 at 5.45.49 AM.png up and it was just a dream, however the eery effect of this point-of-view panel will not be forgotten quickly for some readers






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