I’m continuing to post, in serialize fashion, the rough pages, along with the final printed pages (and the original if I have them) to my three issue run on Batman Adventures. Today we’ll look at pages 13, 14 & 15 of Batman Adventures #6, published by DC Comics in March 1993. The Story is called “The Third Door”, and it’s written by Kelly Puckett, pencilled by me, inked by Rick Burchett, colored by Rick Taylor, lettered by Tim Harkins and edited by Scott Peterson.
In this 3 page sequence we cross cut between Bruce in his jail cell, trying to piece together the clue he’d seen in the murder room, and Dick, with Mr. Crenshaw in the murder room itself. On each consecutive page the panels in the top tier gradually grow closer until, on panel 15, they are a mere gutter-width apart. This was intended to suggest the weaving together of plot strands until, at the bottom of page 15, the identity of Jacob Brenner becomes clear.
Also, I tried to play up the parallels between the 2 locations, having them mirror each other in the top tier panels. This is especially obvious on page 13, but continues more subtly on all 3 pages. I especially like the top-tier sequence on page 15, where it’s almost as though Bruce and Crenshaw are doing the same gestures, though with opposite hands, and for different reasons. (Note: I probably tried putting the gun in Crenshaw’s right hand, but had to resort to the left for issues of “Eye-Read”, i.e., I wanted the limply held gun-butt in the farthest lower-right corner of the page).