spriteless wrote:I think it would flow better if instead of 12 panels of talking heads, it was some bigger panels with lots of text balloons in them.
So you'd lose so much of the significance of the expressions, the relative positions, the body language and the camera angles? The medium here is primarily visual, not textual. You want visuals, especially in such an important conversation.
The text update today only underscores what a crucial scene this is. Consider: Trammenis is not
doing what GK expects, at all. He's calling Charlie, for one, when GK assumes that they aren't speaking. For another, Parson's plan assumes that Jetstone will offer insulting terms of surrender, but Trammenis wants to talk and he's a skilled negotiator, meaning that he will demand, and get, Parson's full attention. In short
order, he should discover that Ossomer is not the Chief Warlord for GK; that Wanda isn't either. He is likely to find out that Parson is, and to get a good sense of what he's up against. We found out today that Charlie is being cagey about Parson, which means he's treating Parson's existence as valuable information, which means that if Trammenis finds out about him, and finds out that Charlie is being cagey about him, he has significant negotiating leverage over Charlie. He's likely to find this out because Parson has no idea that Charlie is doing this, and will likely show himself readily, just as he did to Ansom. If Trammenis twists Charlie's arm, we might not have seen the last of Jillian in this fight--she should have more than enough move to get back to the scene, and she's already in a delicate position with him.
On top of all that, GK's entire strategy assumes that Slately is in command, and will go through with his stuffy boilerplate tactics in his stuffy boilerplate way. This comic conveys, powerfully, the shift in influence to Trammenis, who's not going to think the way they expect him to think. I doubt Ossomer will be any help; I don't think he ever understood his brother. Trammenis also has the considerable pressure of time. This has to resolve quickly, or Jetstone will implode into its empty treasury. Jillian would be the obvious choice to tip things in his side's favor--except that he doesn't know how close she came to betraying his side. Neither does Parson.
Now, obviously this is speculation. I don't know that any of this will
happen. But it demonstrates how much everything is on a knife's edge right now, and every word is profoundly significant. Every side has an ace, a serious information deficit and a critical vulnerability. One slip could spell disaster for any of them. This strip goes a long way toward setting up a perilous situation; how is it filler, or inefficient?