So okay I have been saving the explanation as to what is going on in these pages for the finished two page spread as it makes more sense that way
so heres the page finished
and the double spread
So in a rather rare off duty moment O'neil and Monotone decide to slug it out on the squash court, a great place to work out stress for sure
But despite appearances O'neil's eye is figuratively not on the ball or the game as he uses this as a opportunity to ask those tough questions of Monotone
Monotone is immediately forthcoming and matter of fact there is no hint of any real regret or attempt to mislead, Montone basically says it's straight "I am being paid to look the other way"
Its clear from O'Neil's spoken reaction to this that he thinks this basically means Montone is a coward lacking backbone and on that basis decides he is not worth bothering about in terms of any real punishment
as he is more interested in the bigger fish in the shape of Shepherd
But like a few other things this does not seem to really make sense given what happens subsequently…
This aside for a moment the game of squash is being used to introduce drama to a moment where not much really exists as such, I mean when is the last time you saw a cutting edge cop tv show that had such questioning?
Quite interestingly (and this says probably a lot about the failings of the movie and by inferral what the adaptation has to try and deal with) there is no good cop / bad cop here its a plain matter of fact discussion little emotion here, almost as it the confession didn't matter and the game did
but as we have clearly seen the game is more or less meaningless - it seem to exist just to inject some variety and a change of pace into the movie..
anyway O'neil's decision to leave Montone does not seem to really make sense given what happens subsequently…
As we will find out starting next week
Tomorrow we will have a bit of a breather as I have made it around half way through the Outland project, so I will spend a little time to have a look back and reflect and see if I have progressed
Yes it's that infamous line from "Jaws" paraphrased for this drawing here...
This in reaction to the Steranako's stylistic depiction of a squash ball which even accounting for the perspective is almost looming like a planet, especially compared to the tiny figure of Monotone (who one wonders if he would be knocked clean through the wall wrecking ball style when the ball comes his way... )
Perhaps this is slightly deliberate, the ball representing Outland itself (90% shadow) and the two opposing forces fighting over it "as if their lives depended on the outcome"
Well - okay this analogy almost completely falls apart - why? Find out more tomorrow
But this Outland after all, so let's go down the check list:-
Lots of Shadow - Check - But it has to be said this page has the contrast between a fine lined background and oversized thick lined characters
Pipes - yep - Even though this is a squash court, somehow the pipes get in
Company name / Logo - Absolutely!
The Company name / Logo is not something I think I have mentioned that much before, but it is fairly ubiquitous throughout Sterankos adaptation.
For example in the page above alone - behind O'Neil are what must be 3 foot high letters spelling out "CON - AM" all the way down the length wall of the court, Followed by "27"and the company logo itself on the next page
A lot more subtle use appears on the T-shirt of the other person playing Squash - the number "27"...
Still add this all up and its enough to make wonder where the Merchandising outlet is - where you would probably get the CON AM 27 Flamethrower (and possibly even Toilet paper) (a prize for anyone who remembers which movie infamously featured both)
Anyway shameless internal product placement aside - the other person playing O'Neil at squash "as if his life depended on it" - is none other than Monotone..
Could this be the strangest place for a confession ever?
Maybe - find out more - next week
Speaking of logos..
Meanwhile in some weird parallel dimension is this - what relevance does this have to this blog?
Have I sold out? Does this mean any faithful reader now will see lots of adverts?
Well If anyone wants to know the answers to any of these questions (yes it does have some relevance to this blog), just ask - post a comment or zap a email... in the meantime..
So we have O'Neil behind the computer console asking questions and pointing the CCTV over Outlands suitably seedy bar area - to discover a convocation of people together - with Yario and Spota popping up on the computer console as having prior arrests for drug related offences...
If that was not enough to chew over their arrangements seem to be in conjunction with not only Monotone but also Shepherd itself
The full extent of the current nastiness is now revealed and goes all the way from the to right down to the bottom
This is where all the setup has lead to, O'Neil is up against the entire establishment
Monotones previous "error of judgment" in shooting the no longer knife wielding man is beginning to look a whole lot more premeditated....
and Montone himself has suddenly got a whole other side to him
Tough questions are sure to be asked - starting tomorrow
Now its my turn at a stylistic statement of sorts..
As in Sterankos original, we have monitor screens superimposed over the big bottom panel to indicate that those are the things that O'neil is looking at through the camera - and each monitor has tiny immaculate white lines across it
My best guess is Sternako drew the picture and then put the white lines on afterwards - well I am no good with white line, certainly not that good as the lines are so thin they are almost invisible
Last time I tackled the problem, I decided to do my own thing - so I have done similar here...
Only this time I thought it would better if i did the lines consistently as each screen over laps each other and kind of form panels within panels
Thats left it looking like everything is happening behind a bunch of half opened blinds
Will it turn out any better after the liberal pouring of a lot of black ink?
So says Lazarus - who as she says so is finally truly "reborn"...
But let's step back a bit for a moment and look at the bottom panel...
As with the previous page - for the first time ever it is one solid long panel
In fact if we look at both pages together we see the panel actually carries across both pages, just like the top one:-
If you remember I pointed out how the traditionally tiny and multiple panels in the bottom half of the page had got bigger , just on the previous two pages - well I guess this was done to lessen a bit of the change to one almighty two page 2 panel spread
All this is done to totally emphasise the story on this particular two page spread, story telling by layout and panels
and in the bottom panel, amongst all the machinery Lazarus and O'Neil both experience major revelations that change the path of both of their courses for the rest of the story
Lazarus discovers that she is despite the gruff exterior not only actually clever or qualified but does actually care after all - to coin a phrase her heart gets 3 sizes bigger and from this point on becomes a lot more involved in things overall
Whilst O'Neil discovers that the reason for the sudden dramatic increase of deaths on Outland is not too do with the scenery or the relentless work ethic but due to the workers being drugged with a drug that makes them work like horses before they literally explode..
O'Neil now has a definitive mission, someone is supplying these drugs, but whom and why he has yet to find.
As previously mentioned this moment is a lot more compelling in Steranko's vision of Outland than the movie as there is absolutely no real clues beforehand that this is where things are headed - while the movie almost goes out of its way to explain whats going on to the audience before O'Neil even knows anything
Tomorrow - we revisit the land of CCTV - this time O'neil is the one behind the camera...