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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 4 comics last week: Titans Hunt #6, International Iron Man #1, The Coming of the Supermen #2 and Batman and Robin Eternal #24.
The best comic I read last week was Titans Hunt #6.
I’ve enjoyed Titans Hunt as I’ve documented many times in my Comic Book Pick of the Week. I have great fondness for these characters and I very much like the way Dan Abnett has woven this story. I’ve mentioned before that the art has been holding this book back from being a real top-tier read. When Paulo Siqueira is on the book, it’s an almost perfect blend of words and art. When he’s not, the pencils have been less than special.
Titans Hunt #6 was a less than special art issue and the overall product suffers for that. Additionally, it’s clear that Abnett is building to the final two issue of the book and the pacing here feels a bit distended and decompressed. Though the issue packs good moments, it’s not quite as solid as previous issues of the title have been. In a stronger week, this may not have been my pick.
However, it’s always going to be hard for me not to pick a comic that features Nightwing in his Nightwing persona, a great Hawk and Dove mystery, a well written Donna Troy and a heaping helping of Teen Titans nostalgia.
I certainly hope (and believe) this incarnation of the Titans will stick around after DC Comics’ Rebirth. I further hope, as creative teams are announced, that Dan Abnett is writing this one. He knows the characters, has a feel for their interactions and clearly respects the source material.