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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.
I read 9 comics last week: Cyborg #6, Darth Vader #14, Amazing Spider-Man #5, Dark Knight The Master Race #3, Robin: Son of Batman #7, JLA #6, Superman #47, Titans Hunt #3, and Batman and Robin Eternal #12.
The best comic I read last week was Titans Hunt #3.
I chose the first issue of this title two months back feeling overwhelmed by a sense of nostalgia for a DC Comics universe where the Teen Titans had a rich history, stood beside the Justice League as a superheroic institution and were made up of some of the most storied characters in the DC pantheon. The second issue last month was almost as good as the first. This third issue sets the stage for what I hope will be a grand re-introduction of the Robin, Wondergirl, Speedy, Aqualad Teen Titans to the DC Universe.
Things seem to be trending in that direction.
Writer Dan Abnett and artist Pablo Siqueria clearly see this title as a labor of love. Abnett has written some great stories, but he’s at the top of his game here, deftly handling this characters who know and yet don’t know one another. Siqueria’s pencils are terrific and he delineates the characters one from the other in great fashion. Even without the excellent coloring by Hi Fi, Dick, Garth, Roy and Gnark would stand as distinct individuals. Though Siqueria seems to have had an assist this issue, his work really shines.
The story does, too. The mystery of this team in built in such a way that I can begin to guess what’s to come, but I cannot really nail down where the story is going. That’s a lot of fun for a reader like me whose first issue of The Teen Titans was purchased in the late 1970s. I’ve followed most iterations of the group and this is the book I’ve been waiting for since Wolfman and Perez closed up shop (or, at minimum since Johns and McKone did). I want this mini to lead to a new ongoing with this same creative team.
I do have one complaint, however. I want Kid Flash. As grand as this story is, it feels like it’s missing a piece at this point. Will that lightning bolt hole be filled? I don’t know, but a guy can dream!
Great book. Looking forward very much to the next issue.