Comic books are filled with beautiful artwork and captivating stories, where readers take pleasure in flipping the pages to see what's coming next. Being mostly a visual medium, comic books often feature stories with artwork that can get a bit cringy, or even frightening.
A panel that indicates something truly compelling is going to be on the next page has to elicit an emotional response in the reader, and that's not an easy thing to do. Every panel or splash page is a work of art, but it also has to tell a story, and not every one of them can stop a reader in their tracks.
Reading a comic and coming to a splash page or final panel that makes you stop for a moment, not wanting to turn the page to see what happens next, is pretty rare. After all, the story has to be particularly amazing to get to that point, and not every comic qualifies.
The ones that do often make up some of the best stories in the medium, and when you get to a page that causes you to stop for a moment, you're probably holding one hell of a book.
These panels and splash pages feature points in the story that makes the reader hesitate - if only for a moment - because turning that page might mean your favourite character isn't going to survive beyond it.
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