Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week I'm saluting the killer visual technique of contrasting the development of plot or character by mimicking the composition of its earlier state.
Whose book-end brilliance am I going to use as an example? Who else but Jimmy Cheung - kicking butt and taking names in the pages of Avengers: The Children's Crusade. First up - Enter Magneto...
And as if that wasn't imposing enough, the rise of his daughter - The Scarlet Witch - repowered and with her memory fully restored;
In one simple step, Jim indirectly conveys Wanda's power and possible threat level, contrasting her with her father, the man who has held his own against the X-Men united. Incase you missed it;