Throughout Lemire and Smallwood’s Moon Knight: Lunatic, the dramatically different artistic styles being utilized serve to draw attention to the crucial question that people suffering from mental illness regularly ask themselves: What’s real? In other words, what course of action does a person take when he/she becomes aware of his/her mental illness and struggles to distinguish between reality and fantasy? These are the tribulations that Marc Spector, the protagonist, must deal with throughout the book. Smallwood’s intriguing and visually exciting page layouts along with the dazzling variation between color and artistic style work together in different ways to generate significance and shape the reader’s experience as well as meaningfully function to influence the way the reader sees the objects and people portrayed.
On page 1, Smallwood’s use of closure and unique layouts enable the reader to form his/her own perception of the kinetic and temporal aspects of the scene. By formatting the scenes in the shapes of circles and having particular scenes change color entirely, the reader witnesses the sequence of events unfold in the order in which he/she views it and therefore fills in the blanks. Simultaneously, Smallwood’s further use of these unique layouts stems from the deliberate intention to make readers feel disorientated and therefore relating to Spector’s current state of mind. The varying color palette invokes a change of state because the scenes involving direct