You probably noticed that brand spanking new image on the front page. Long promised and I finally delivered. I kept my black trilogy going. This was a pretty hard one to get done. I wanted to show the pivotal scene in the book. But keep it vague enough not to give away the reasoning or how Tommy got to that spot. Believe me, it doesn't give away the ending, just where I'm headed for the ending of this book.
Issue #3 is not like the other two issues. It moves a little quicker with more dramatic spots. As you can notice, Tommy's grown a bit. But is he any more prepared?
Each issue I've tried to mold my main story into self contained chapters leading with a main story. Issue #1 was a overview of the origin of the mask. It let me fit a golden/silver age feel to the book while introducing the main elements.
Issue #2 was an introduction to the main character and his path. It was intended to be a romp and adventure (meaning plot light) while introducing some of the parts of the story that will continue to echo on throughout issue #3.
Issue #3 is a little more serious and a little more story heavy. This culminates Tommy's initial journey in a way he never saw coming. And those that think the above image telegraphs anything more than what was established at the end of issue #2, might be surprised. Remember this is meant to read as a graphic novel, so anything you might have felt was missing from the earlier two parts, I hope you find it in this.
Working away to finish it. Starting my initial layouts to BOOK TWO. I can't wait to get started on that part.
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.