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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 12 comics last week: Titans Rebirth #1, Superman#1, Batman #1, Civil War II #2, Star Wars #20, Justice League #51, International Iron Man #4, Green Lantern #1, Han Solo #1, Amazing Spider-Man #14 and Black Widow #4.
The best comic I read last week was Titans Rebirth #1.
I have read that some regard artist Brett Booth as “too 1990s” in his style to consider as one of the upper echelon of comic book illustrators. I couldn’t disagree more. I think Booth is significantly underrated and I find myself drawn to his work in general and his style in particular. Like a Kevin Maguire in his ability to draw expressions and like a George Perez in his attention to detail, Booth composes some pretty cool looking pages normally. On Titans Rebirth #1, he goes above and beyond and turns in one terrific looking book. I especially love the Wally West Flash redesign. It incorporates the past look of the character while looking current and cool. I hope he’s on the book a while. He seems to be an artist who is a quick drafter, so there is, in fact, reason to hope!
He’s well paired with writer Dan Abnett here. Abnett is, one the one hand, continuing the story he unfolded in Titans Hunt but he is, on the other hand, writing the most direct continuation of DC Universe Rebirth that the company has published. This makes some good sense given the fact that Wally West is the central character in both stories.
Abnett has such a great feel for these characters and, even as they are reinvented a bit for this new DC universe, they seem very much like the Titans we’ve come to know and love.
They are very much the Titans I’ve come to know and love and I am hooked.