THE COMIC BOOK BEAT SHEET
DOOM PATROL #1 (TANGENT) WRITER: DAN JURGENS ARTIST: SEAN CHEN ©DC COMICS 1997
X-O MANOWAR #1 WRITER: JIM SHOOTER & STEVE ENGLEHART ARTIST: BARRY WINDSOR SMITH & BOB LAYTON ©VALIANT COMICS 1992
PAGE ONE. THE OPENING IMAGE. YOU HAVE ONE CHANCE TO GRAB YOUR READERS ATTENTION!
X-O MANOWAR: A bare naked barbarian, smashes an alien in the head with an axe! Marvelous green bloodshed! DOOM PATROL: Earth, in the future, and it’s total Armageddon! Fissures of fire! THE LEGION: The protagonists of the book are dead! A solemn monument to dead heroes!
LEGION #1 WRITER: DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING ARTIST: OLIVER COIPEL ©DC COMICS 2001
PAGE TWO. STATE THE THEME! THIS IS THE HOOK OF YOUR STORY.
X-O MANOWAR: Even the most primitive of mankind has more humanity than the advanced alien race of the spider aliens. Aric is just as strong, just as smart as the spider aliens. What sets them apart is his drive, his principles. He alludes to a map that will lead him to the X-O Manowar, but the map is a part of him. The armor is a metaphor for his strength and resolve to avenge himself and his people.
THE LEGION: The heroes are returning, but they’ve taken a beating and it won’t be easy! DOOM PATROL: This is a book about special people, who do what they want, who have no use for rules, whether they be authority or time itself!
We see the Legions ship, and exposition on the state it’s in. This is not an easy homecoming, this is a difficult rebirth as illustrated by M’ONEL. We learn later in the book, that the heroes won’t be welcomed back with open arms by everyone.
PAGE THREE (Usually.) THE BIG BAD NEWS! or THE INCIDITING INCIDENT! NEWS IS DELIVERED OR AN
EVENT REQUIRING ACTION HAS OCCURRED. TOWARDS THE END OF PAGE 3 THE TANGIBLE GOAL IS RECOGNIZED.
DOOM PATROL: We learn the whole world is going up in flames. Literally. Firehawks mother has a plan to evade the disaster. The way out, Deylight labs, so far untouched by the cataclysm.
THE LEGION: The pacing is a bit slower here. Page 4 and 5 run into each other. The news is: THE LEGION’S back!
X-O MANOWAR: Aric has found the Manowar armor. It’s about to get heavy!