Multitasking of Evil is a one page story focusing on the Dark Matrix Entity, the final villain of the Regeneration One series. Our intent is to tell that there's a long time plan developing behind the scenes.
- To be precise, the "energy windows" refers to:
Panel 1, Window #1: Megatron and Optimus Prime last fight on Washington D.C.. [R1 #85]
Panel 1, Window #2: Kup and Starscream stand near the sled made with Ratchet's head. [R1 #85]
Panel 1, Window #3: the Ark is located in Yukon since it crashed. But someone overtaken it. [Megatron changes the World]
Panel 1, Window #4: on Nebulos, Scorponok is towing an off-line Grimlock. [after the events in R1 #82]
Panel 1, Window #5: Soundwave, on Cybertron, enters the Hall of Silence (where are located Thunderwing's remains). [R1 #84]
Panel 2, Window #1: Kup, assisted by First Aid, shoots Ratchet in the head, killing him. [R1 #85]
Panel 2, Window #2: Optimus Prime kills Megatron. [R1 #85]
- The Dark Matrix emanation first appeared in "Dark Creation", when Thunderwing took possession of it. [US #65]
- The Dark Matrix emanation possessed Megatron in "Megatron changes the World".
- After the Ark crash landed on Earth, Fortress Maximus neutralized Galvatron and thrown his body in into a frozen lake. [US #79]
We're working to fill the gaps left by Furman, in particular during the #80-80.5-81 period.
And our stories set during this period, in the end, will collide with our stories set on the Marvel era, to an epic (at least I hope) finale!
So, to make your reader/audience care, you should show the action, the drama, the emotions, the decisions, what's at stake... whatever engages the reader/audience. If you just tell them, they know the information, but they haven't experienced it, so they don't care that much.
Obviously you can't show everything. You should tell some things to set up those things your story is about, the things you really want to show and have the reader/audience care. It's about priorities.
In this comic I get on the intellectual level that it covers a lot of time, but having read one page doesn't make me feel like I was there (even though I was, since I read the whole Regeneration 1). So on the emotional level it's unsatisfying. For me, at least. It's feels just like a recap.
But then I see hat you changed it to "tell" in the description. Typed this stuff for nothing, I guess.
And, to be honest, I've never heard before "show, don't tell" (unless I've felt this sensation several times watching movies/reading comics).
I'ts interesting to read your comment and, definitively, reflecting on it.
I can agree with you that a 1 page comic is a "quick reading" so for a reader it could be difficult to "enter" in the story.
In conclusion, this is a comic for hardcore TF readers, assuming that they have got a read on the full R1 series and they know all the events.
We realized this page to explain better something Furman don't told explicitely. Now it's put on paper.
I don't have idea if you know who Fabio Aru is but, recently, he stated something like this: "I don't need somoeone who says me how a great rider I am" to people who only congratulates him.
This phrase is very significative for me.
I'm not interested to simply count the faves, I prefer interesting comments like yours who makes me reflect on my "work".