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.
I read 10 comics last week: Convergence #8, Old Man Logan #1, Convergence: Crime Syndicate #2, Convergence:Action Comics #2, Convergence: Booster Gold #2, Infinity Gauntlet #1, Convergence: Detective Comics #2, Convergence: Infinity Inc #2, Convergence: Justice Society of America #2 and Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1.
The best comic I read last week was ANYTHING CONVERGENCE RELATED… because it’s over. Man. That was a terrible event. I am just glad it’s done. Can I have my regularly scheduled DC Comics back now?
The best book I actually read last week (though Old Man Logan #1 was pretty good, I didn’t love, love it like this) was Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years.
This compilation published last year for Batman’s 75th anniversary is written by and drawn by a Bat-Talion of people and the book covers every era of the caped crusader’s amazing journey. This is a must have for Bat-Fans, casual and otherwise. The worst story in this book far outpaced almost everything I read last week and they were surely more original than re-treading old stories (and down you go, Old Man Logan).