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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.
Then I read them.
Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.
Comics I Read Last Week:
The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Superman #23
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Kevin Maguire and John Timms
Superman has come back to life in this new era of publishing and has not missed a beat. With the steady, creative and, somehow, always surprising hand of Brian Michael Bendis at the helm, I should not be particularly surprised. Leading the Man of Steel from one plot driven crisis to another is exciting in-and-of-itself, but the real magic here is found in Clark’s interactions with the other denizens of the DC Universe.
This month, Doctor Fate and Superman converse for the first (not really) time and their chemistry is terrific. Bendis has consistently delivered these moments and they have been wonderful to read. They bring a smile to my face each time I read one. The exchange throughout this issue is particularly fun.
John Timms is rapidly becoming one of my favorite artists and, though his style is radically different from bookmate Kevin Maguire here, he more than holds his own.
Maguire is a master. Has been for years. This month, he delivers the single best panel I’ve seen in… forever. Way to go dad or mom taking the picture (if you’ve read the issue you know what I mean) and way to go Kevin McGuire!