Wednesday, July 8, 2015

24:00:01 – Subtextual – MK Stangeland Jr.

(6 Panels)

Panel 1: THE QUESTION (VIC SAGE) stands on a rooftop overlooking a prominently displayed BILLBOARD designed as an art piece in the style of 24:00:01.

QUESTION (1): People throw a lot of theories at novelty pieces.

QUESTION (2): Most do it for the mere novelty of the idea.

QUESTION (3): Some even like to see what ideas stick.

Panel 2: The BILLBOARD – half of it is made up of panels that, when combined together, form an image of THE QUESTION’S face. Ideally, it should be done in a way that suggests this is a ‘reflection’ of QUESTION looking and concentrating on the BILLBOARD.

QUESTION (1): Sometimes it’s the least novel ideas that have the most merit.

QUESTION (2): Such as the idea that this particular piece merely has a hidden message.

Panel 3: A continuation of PANEL 2. The BILLBOARD now has the words ‘THE END’ on it.

QUESTION: The real trick is taking the least novel suggestion and finding the novelty behind it.

Panel 4: Continuation of PANEL 3. The words on the BILLBOARD now read ‘T END S COMING’.

QUESTION: Like a message hidden inside a hidden message.

Panel 5: HUNTRESS (HELENA BERTINELLI) stands next to QUESTION, looking at him.

Panel 6: Continuation of PANEL 5.

HUNTRESS: Who are you talking to?

QUESTION (1): You’re not asking the right question.

QUESTION (2): What you should be asking is…

QUESTION (3): …‘Who am I not talking to’?



  1. Oh, how I miss Vic Sage. This would be right at home with any of his incarnations, Denny O'Neil, Greg Rucka, or the JLU cartoon. Really captures the mood superbly well, especially the philosophical bent. Cool piece.

  2. I like the imagery and idea behind this piece. Some interesting ideas burrowed away in both of those elements. I will admit that I found the dialogue a little hard to follow at times, but that could on me.


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