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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 5 comics last week: Titans Hunt #5, Amazing Spider-Man#8, Star Wars #16 and Batman and Robin Eternal #20.
The best comic I read last week was Titans Hunt #5.
The big news of the week was DC Comics revealing its “Rebirth” initiative wherein the publishing company is bringing back part of the old, pre-New 52 continuity to mesh with the newer stories that have been told over this last few years. I am thrilled by this news because I have missed titles like The Teen Titans and/or The New Teen Titans or, frankly, just Titans – stories featuring Dick Grayson, Donna Troy and a more classic line up of the iconic DC sidekicks turned into super team.
Of course, this is want Dan Abnett has been supplying in Titans Hunt for the last five months – a line up of the classic Teen Titans who’ve forgotten (as, apparently, has everyone else) about their shared and heroic past. I’ve been loving this story and this series and my fond hope is that Abnett is writing the Titans book that was announced last week as a part of “Rebirth.”
This issue has been my favorite issue of the series to date. It has been the most clever, too. I have more than a passing familiarity with the Teen Titans stories of the 1960s and 1970s having amassed a pretty solid back-issue bin collection of the title and I can say that Abnett is filling the story with enough shout-outs to keep the fanboy in me interested while not overwhelming the narrative with too much of the stuff. He’s struck a careful balance here and it works. I suspect that one needs not to have known much about the original Teen Titans to enjoy the series, though a little knowledge helps.
The return of Paulo Siqueira, who handles the majority of the pencilling this issue, really makes the book sing… and, if you’re read Titans Hunt, you know that’s an intended pun.
Hey, DC, please keep Abnett as a part of the Titans future in the “Rebirth-ed” universe. He gets it!