Fantastic Four #22: Nova Time 6

Fantastic Four #22, page 21, panel 6 Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: Sam Rosen

Johnny going nova should be a big moment. It should be the peak of a battle scene, a moment where, if this were a movie made in the wake of The Matrix, the camera would be whirling around him capturing that explosion of energy and heat in glorious bullet time. It certainly should not be panel 6 on a 9 panel page, with so much inking it threatens to drown out the colours.

If this panel were drawn ten issues later, Chic Stone's fine-line inking would have enhanced the panel by allowing the colours and action to shine through more. But as it is, the small panel size, wide perspective, and heavier inking of George Roussos drowns the image.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #22 on our twenty-second episode: Going Underground.