The basic colors of a location or scene help keep the reader grounded. If the visuals make the audience lose their bearings, your storytelling has failed. Establishing location with color is a good way to keep this from happening.
Getting too fancy with panel layouts is risky, in my opinion. Use the fancy stuff sparingly. No one likes to read books where the writer is showing off their wordplay with every paragraph.
In this series of pages from my upcoming book, Gunship Thunderpunch 2 (still available on Indiegogo), there are three separate locations at play. 1) Inside the alien base, 2) Inside the cockpit of Thunderpunch, and 3) The out-of-doors planet setting that Thunderpunch is in.
The base is all red. The cockpit of Thunderpunch is all blue. The outdoors is the full range of color. It’s help keep things straight for the reader, even if only on a subconscious level.
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