In Cell by Cell, I look deeply into the panels of an issue, appreciating and analyzing the story and artistic composition.
Pages 15-16 Overview
Switching back to the double page spread, De Landro once again employs the bilateral symmetry to emphasize the two sides of the game. But unlike the previous score of the game, this one shows the clear power imbalance. Though the layout is symmetrical, the guards have the judge on their side, and it allows them to get away with illegal plays and unnecessary violence.
Centralized in the page is the battle of wills between Kamau and Operative Whitney, but the battle is entirely one-sided. Kam has almost no power in this situation. Still, she stands up for her team and makes her voice heard.
Cell 1 spans the two pages. On the left side, taking up the bulk of the panel, is Penny getting tackled by two guards at once, double-teaming her. One appears to throw a punch. She yells in response. On the right side, Kam calls a foul. Her partial crouch shows her attention to seeing all of what’s happening to Penny down on the floor. This is the most important moment of the page and thus gets the largest panel. The extra-wide panel transitions the reader out of the small, enclosed spaces of offices and bathrooms in the parallel storyline and into the large expanse of the A.C.O. gym turned arena.
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