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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 11 comics last week: Obi Wan and Anakin #1, Batman: Europa #3, Captain America White #5, Chewbacca #5, Amazing Spider-Man #6, Justice League #47, Superman Annual #3, Superman: Lois and Clark #3, Superman/Wonder Woman #24, Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #2, and Batman and Robin Eternal #13.
The best comic I read last week was Justice League #47.
Yes, Justice League again.
I don’t know what to say. Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok are the best writer/artist team in comics right now and they understand, in a way that Marvel doesn’t seem to at the moment with their flagship team The Avengers, that the top team title should have high stakes/wide screen action month-in-and-month out. As I’ve selected this title almost each month it’s been published since the so-called “Darkseid War” began, I don’t need to go into too much detail about the story line.
What I will say this month is what I’ve been saying each month: Johns’ grasp of the history of the DC Universe (both the “New 52” universe, the post-Crisis universe and the DC multiverse), his love of these characters and the fact that editor leaves him alone to do what he wants (he is a DC vice-president, after all) means he is the most important writer for any major comic book company. That he is also one of the best is obvious and has been for years.
It was great to have Jason Fabok return to his penciling duties this month. He is at George Perez level for handling a team book and I hope he is with the title a very, very long time.
These are the characters that will have the spotlight on them this spring with the opening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Unlike the Avengers over at Marvel, they will look like the characters in the movie. That’s a good thing. That Johns is writing installments of a big budget movie every month is so much the better.