About As I Opened Fire Roy Lichtenstein As I Opened Fire is a triptych with verbal and temporal continuity. In 1972, it was regarded as Lichtenstein's most ambitious exercise in strangely uniting, visually warring elements." Depicting a short few seconds during an aircraft battle, the painting is based on three panels of the original narrative which Lichtenstein has altered to improve its formal coherence. This piece represents his affinity towards " highly emotional content, yet detached impersonal handling" As I Opened Fire exhibits Lichtenstein's "formal imagination". We see successive tighter views of the gun muzzles in action accompanied by an onomatopoeia, which provides cinematic flow despite the varying skies. As I Opened Fire is regarded as a "very uncompromising military triptych".