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Note: this article includes some minor spoilers for Stillwater #1. If you want to get the best experience out of the comic, don’t read anything about it. Buy it and read it first. Then come back here or check out the MFR review.
Setting a scene is important. Not just because it gives the characters a location to inhabit but because it can create a tone for the story. The setting is important for mood, for genre, and for highlighting characters. The location for a story and the way that it is depicted is as much a trope as a trench-coat wearing detective. The opening sequence in The Walking Dead is as much about the world Rick wakes up in than it is about Rick himself.
In a medium where we talk so much about character and action, it is easy to overlook the locations. However, the setting leads the reader through the narrative, signposting the genre through…