This page is based on an example in Scott McCloud’s book Making Comics of what not to do—an example of a page that’s so chaotic the eye doesn’t know which direction action travels through the panels. So, I thought that sort of layout would be appropriate to depict a span of several months in the war.

I’m still (December 2010!) thinking of adding some sort of stabby scene in row 1 in between panels 2 and 3. I’ve learned I’m not very good at drawing stabby scenes.

Historical info: In addition to trying to bring down a city’s walls with battering rams, Roman legions might build a wooden structure higher than the battlements, which would then be ignited and collapsed down over the fortifications. This, of course, required a good supply of wood, and also a flammable city. Many cities obliged by burning quite dramatically.