Comic Rewriting – SECRET AVENGERS #22

by ryankl

Captain Britain

Art by Garbriel Hardman – Colours by Bettie Breitweiser


The electrical hum made the fight feel like it was taking place in outer space, on a distant planet, somewhere my family would never find my unmarked grave.

But below the crackling energy, there was another noise. And this noise scared me. But it was also why I kept fighting.

The people screamed with every movement of the lumbering creature they were forced to form. These innocent people had no idea what was happening, but they knew I was their only hope.

If only I had any idea what to do.

The bolt slammed me and a moment later I heard the crack of the energy. He was faster than sound, how could I battle that?

The wall turned to dust around me and as it cleared from my facemask I looked up to see an observer. Someone who had always believed in me, the very lady who wielded her sword and granted me this position.

She didn’t move or say a word. She didn’t have to. Her presence was enough to intonate meaning and her face conveys a thousand words. She believed in me.

I was scared, of course I was, I’m no fool. But I had to show those people that even scared people can fight back.

I heard it described once as the ‘fight or flight’ response. I don’t know who said that but I guarantee they didn’t factor me in because I might be scared but that’s what makes me fly into the fight.

And I’ll keep doing it until this guy has no flight or fight left in him.

Comic Rewriting is a task where I take a single page of comics, usually without any words on it, and I rewrite it as prose. I’m mostly using it in my classroom – where I join in – but it’s also a good fun warm up activity to get words flowing and to look at the smaller intent on the page, the character level stuff behind the bombast. I find the best way to do it is in five minutes, it’s flash fiction, and you don’t overthink it. Well, no more than a writer overthinks anything in their whole life 😐

It’s a tonne of fun and I explain its classroom use in more detail here [LINK]