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Too Many 6 Panel Pages From Tom King? Not Possible, Says James Gunn

Tom King posts to Threads, "I am using too many 6 panel pages." James Gunn replies, "Not possible." Bleeding Cool takes a look...

Article Summary

  • Tom King humorously admits his frequent use of 6-panel pages in comics.
  • James Gunn, DC head, endorses King's storytelling approach in a tweet.
  • King shares his current panel layout strategy, mixing humor and methodology.
  • Mark Russell cites Amy Chu's advice on odd panel counts to avoid grid layouts.

Wonder Woman, Penguin and Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow writer Tom King posts to Threads, "I am using too many 6 panel pages." James Gunn, head of DC and who is turning that Supergirl comic into a movie, replied, "Not possible."

Tom King didn't reply to that vote of confidence from his new boss, at least not publicly, but he did reply to a few others. The Lotusland Comics blog asked, "What happened to the nine panel pages?" which is something we were more familiar with in Rorschach, Heroes In Crisis and more. Tom replied, "I'm trying to find them!"

Here you go, Tom, from this week's Penguin and last week's Wonder Woman!

Virbocity Vagabond asked more seriously, "What usually pushes you towards that layout?" to Tom King's response, "Mostly these days it's cause I'm aiming for 5 and realize I stupidly need one more. It's something like 1 to establish the scene, 3 more to set up a pattern, 1 to deliver a punchline that plays with that pattern. I change over time, but that's my current scheme."

Such as these from this week's Penguin and last week's Wonder Woman!

Fellow writer Mark Russell shared one observation, "Amy Chu once told me that she only writes pages with an odd number of panels so that they can't just be drawn as grids and I thought that was one of the smartest things I'd ever heard."

Well, here are some of those from this week's Penguin and last week's Wonder Woman!

Penguin #5, drawn by Rafael De Latorre, was published this week. Wonder Woman #4, drawn by Daniel Sampere and Belen Ortega, was out last week.

(W) Tom King (A) Rafael De Latorre (CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
With the dust settling in the aftermath of the Gotham War, Penguin's gathering the final member of his team before his return to Gotham…but who is this mysterious villain and what's his connection to the Dark Knight?
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 12/26/2023

(W) Tom King (A) Daniel Sampere, Belen Ortega (CA) Daniel Sampere
With the world losing trust in the Amazons, Wonder Woman takes a moment to grant the wish of a dying boy and gives him the perfect day. Meanwhile, the Sovereign constricts his grip on the government. Will Wonder Woman be able to hold out hope as the world around her grows darker? Plus, Trinity spends the night at the Fortress of Solitude with her babysitters, the Super Sons!
Retail: $4.99 In-Store Date: 12/19/2023


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