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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: Action Comics #51, Titans Hunt #7, Lois and Clark #7 and Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1.
The best comic I read last week was Lois and Clark #7.
I don’t think I realized how much I missed the “Pre New 52” era until these last months. Titans Hunt (almost selected this week) and the announcement of Rebirth have both kindled in me the stirrings for the “old” DC, but I think it’s Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks’ Lois and Clark that really has me looking forward to some kind of amalgam of the old and the new.
Jurgens understands Superman and Lois so very well. As one of the architects of the Superman titles of the 1990s (a terrific era for Superman fans), Jurgens has a grasp of the character that exceeds other writers’. Able to create conflict and tension, Jurgens is the standard by which other Superman writers should be judged. One wonders how well he could have handled the New 52 Superman if given that character. I am hopeful that Jurgens is a strong voice in the Rebirth era.
Lee Weeks has been terrific on this series. His Superman is heroic and commanding. His Lois is realistically rendered – and that’s a feat that many artists seem not to be able to accomplish. He also draws Jon as more than just a tiny version of an adult. Jon looks like a kid which is refreshing. Stephen Segovia pitched in this month and his style blended very well with Weeks’. The transitions weren’t jarring at all.
This series has been so good, I wish that more characters had made it into the New 52 Universe following Convergence. In fact, I don’t think it’s too big a claim to say that Lois and Clark is the best thing to come out of Convergence.
As this series draws to a close, I look forward to these characters’ stories being told, by these creators, following Rebirth.