I think I’d respond to this sequence better as is, if it were a scene within a larger work. Especially one that laid some ground work to show the life of this reporter, and why she’d be singled out by Nemesis specifically.
As a 4 page standalone, by the end I’m not sure if I should be cheering on the charismatic mass murderer for exposing the reporter as a self absorbed unfaithful failure, or if I should feel sorry for the kidnapped reporter who happens to be self absorbed and unfaithful?
Maybe if her story was reversed some? She’s shown to be a dedicated worker who has always been overlooked for accolades. Also maybe her long hours striving to be noticed have led to her husband to go astray. And after all of this is shown, Nemesis continues to prey on her by telling her how she’s much too boring and dreary to ever be noticed by the Pulitzers no matter how many war zones she embeds. Or something like that anyway.
I just think maybe if you showed this evil madman just destroy her whole world slowly, even though she’s doesn’t deserve it that it could add a little touch of pathos and really push this story to stand on its own.
On your panel calls/direction everything seems very clear. I wasn’t ever lost as far as what you were asking to be conveyed. And you’re really solid at making sure what’s called for in the panels can actually be shown in a single image. An idea like this paired with an artist with a strong design sense to REALLY push those running news banners, and station stings could make for a fun short for sure.
Best of luck to you, moving forward.