This is not my picture. It is the opening frame (post-prologue) of the Joss Whedon comic book Fray, which is (ring high concept gong) Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but cyberpunk.
This is a great opening frame, and worth emulating in beginning a novel.
- It opens on action. Not just action, but conflict. Shooting.
- It opens on character; we get a close-up of the main character, and she looks interesting.
- It opens in character; we get one character’s thoughts, and that immediately tells us who the protagonist is.
- It puts the protagonist immediately in danger, generating sympathy and interest. Will she be shot? Will she survive the fall?