While recently reading Batman and Robin #16 I was so impressed with the artists cooperation with the writer in establishing a definite sense of time passage during dialogue. You may recall seeing an older page from Spider-man during class wherein during a 10 store-or-so fall Spider-man is able to have a full blown conversation with himself, a surprising feat to accomplish in such a short amount of time. One has to wonder if this can be attributed to the characters super fast cognition or a difficulty the creators had in combining dialogue and action on the page.
Take a look at what writer Peter J. Tomasi and Artist Patrick Gleason did in Batman and Robin #16 and how they married dialogue and time. I love how erratic Joker seems and how calm and cool Robin is. As Robin’s back is turned he defiantly says, “I’ve got nothing to say to help you”. But, Robin is hanging by his feet, allowing him to spin, how nice it is to see the artist take advantage of this and bring this defiant line to life through Robin’s positioning.
As the joker speaks, Robin spins. The dialogue isn’t left stagnant because of a dull scene with no action, but it also isn’t dialogue that is strewn over a scene with far to much fast-paced action for it to be possible. Gleason sets the tone of the scene well and firmly establishes a realistic passage of time in relation to dialogue.
While a little gruesome at times I definitely recommend the new issues of Batman and Robin by DC. #1-#12 are a great read and the art throughout has been consistently fantastic.
And if you are interested in more, check out this interview with writer Tomasi on the psychological relationship between Joker and Robin in recent issues of this comic. And please, share your thoughts on the passage of time in comics and any good examples you have come across, see you in the comments!