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Barbarian: Part II by knoire Barbarian: Part II by knoire
Part 2 is finally out! I'm fairly pleased with the outcome this time. Just working with more interesting panel compositions and color schemes.

I also decided to rename the series "Barbarian" because "The Emperor and the Gladiator" is a boring title and it's too long in my opinion.

The Next release date will be February 15th.
I'm giving myself an extra month to flesh out the series and work ahead, not to mention design the rest of the characters and settings! But I promise to upload sketchdumps and more character sketches as well throughout that time. :)

Again any comments or critiques are greatly appreciated!

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Barbarian: Part I by knoire                 Barbarian: Part III by knoire           Barbarian: Part IV by knoire               Barbarian Part V-1 by knoire     
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The close-ups of objects and the faceless shots effected quite cinematic impact in the proceeding scenes.
The entire mise-en-scene itself exudes the sweeping majesty of the epic film itself.

As we come to the second panel, the vulnerable frown on Commodus's face belies a gnawing trepidation beginning to take root in him.

However, as we reach the third panel, he masks his uncertainty with a frigid if not haughty display of imperious bravado as he swaggers down into the arena with his procession of guards-almost like a weakened lion baring his teeth and claws for a last attempt of intimidation.

His composure is smugly feigned- even his winsome quips as he cruelly taunts Ludovicus betray his impending fear.

Even as he raises his hand to deliver the fatal verdict on Ludovicus's fate, it is all a futile attempt for a power grab- Commodus claws for the final victor of power in this equilibrim.

As Ludovicus states the crowd holds his ultimate fate, in subtlety, he is also declaring the mob holds Commodus' fate as well.

We see Commodus gradually descend into a downward spiral of a man who believed he was a god finally reach the bottom point where his divinity is no longer valid, worshiped or obeyed.

If the mob turns on Commodus, his fate fares no better than the slain beasts rotting the arena in the baking sun.

In the interval panels, as the mob's shout immerse the arena and deafen Commodus in their own terrible power, the wide-eyed terror becomes the head of the boil that was the gnawing fear germinating inside and weakening his imperious impunity.

With the mob's passions reaching new heights, it is evident that passion will dissolve into a pandemonium of chaos- and Commodus's next action will either enact as a latch on the floodgate or serves as the final sever on this brittle tether which will unleash this growing tension.

Prior to this cataclysm, Commodus had grown accustomed in his divinity, his absolute grip on power.

Intoxicated with unfettered authority, Commodus ruled without consequence to his own actions-the world beckoned to him at the snap of his fingers.

However, as the gory and grimy reality of the gladiator's world has invaded his cushioned world of luxury and opulence, Commodus is struck with the bleak epiphany that his power lies on the people's contingency.

As many rulers have fallen to swords and daggers, poison and execution, he too straddles the tightrope of his tyranny weighed against the people's hungering desires.

So now it is he, and not Ludovicus, whose fate hangs by the slender thread of, not the Emperor's decision by whim, but by the people's complacent approval.
Commodus has become nothing more than a puppet controlled by the people's base appetites.
If he cannot satiate their hunger for "free bread and circuses", (including in maintaining their favorite gladiators, now almost akin to celebrities) then his disposal is at hand.

I cannot help but imagine what difficulty Commodus is having by restraining his hand from trembling in that awful silent terror that has now sank its fangs fully into him as he gazes through Ludovicus and onto the roaring mob.

The final image of Ludovicus' composure delineated his clear conscience- he as battled with honor, and has committed no great evil. Now his actions serve as a protection for the mob favors him and acts as his shield against any coup de grace Commodus schemes to deliver as insult to injury.

Peace and security are assigned to Ludovicus, and his gratitude is shown on his weary but calm mien.
But terror and humiliation contort the once proud features of Commodus's face and frame.

P.S. Please forgive me this had taken so long!:forgiveme:
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is intence. Is that Italy and Germany or Italy and Greece?
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knoire Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Italy and Germany! <3
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:iconcloudwilk:
Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
I win!
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tttooohappy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Italy what did Germany do...
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KunoichiH29 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm in love with the last panel!! 
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knoire Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh, thank you very much! I worked the hardest on that panel so I'm glad it paid off! :)
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Kaybug2K Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Panel 8- grumpy cat<<:icongrumpycatplz:
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knoire Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW. THATS STRANGELY ACCURATE xD
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Kaybug2K Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
>< he's so grumpy:D love the comic and all ur art bye. Do u like courage the cowardly dog???
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knoire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do! though I havent done fanart in some time, i really love the show <3
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