So your comic is coming to end but you still have some small threads to tie up. What better way to bookend the story than with an epilogue? Much like the prologue, the events in the epilogue can take place some time after the concluded events. The main purpose is to provide a sense of closure on the fates of your characters.
A strong epilogue highlights how the events of the narrative went on to impact them in the long run. Take, for instance, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King. We could count the fellowship, or what remains of it, reuniting in Rivendell as the ending. However, it continues on beyond that. Because now we’ve shifted into an epilogue, demonstrating how the war over the Ring impacted each of the characters of Middle Earth. We see their fates, but more importantly, how they were affected. We see how much they had to lose to win.
The epilogue is also a good opportunity to drive home the overall theme of your comic, (if your format allows for one). Drawing on the Lord of Rings example again, the theme, whether intentional or not, is ultimately the effects of conflict on the land and the societal changes that it brings. War resulted in magic withdrawing from the land. It now belongs to the brutal reality of man. Heroes returned home, triumphant, yet some were unable to settle; now forever changed by the experience. Those who were on the frontline will never see the world the same way. It is in the epilogue that this theme is really driven home.
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