The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 22 – June 28, 2016


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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 6 comics last week: Doctor Strange #9, Action Comics #958, Flash #1, Aquaman #1, Wonder Woman #1 and Detective Comics #935.

The best comic I read last week was Action Comics #958.

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First, I love that DC Comics has returned Action Comics to its original numbering. This will be the first American comic book to reach 1,000 issues. That’s 1,000, continuously published issues. That is something of an accomplishment. One hopes that pop culture is paying attention when this happens.

I have enjoyed Dan Jurgens as a writer for many, many years. Jurgens scripted some of the largest Superman events of the last 30 years and it makes all kinds of sense to have him on this title. Jurgens handled the well-received Lois and Clark series that leads directly into this iteration of the adventures of the Man of Steel and he has a terrific sense of what makes the character work.

Not that the entire story as told here makes sense… but blame none of that on the clean lines of Patrick Zircher. We’ll get to the confusion of the book in a moment.

It’s good to see him get a shot on this book – which should be a top-tier book. Zircher draws in a more realistic and less cartoon-ish style that fits Superman and, one of the things I very much appreciate about his art, his Jon Kent looks like a kid, which is always nice to see. He’s solid and more than serviceable and a great counterpoint to Jurgens’ scripting here. His Superman is heroic without being out-of-portion as some like to draw Superman. Rather than overwhelming us with his brawn, Zircher draws him with simple heroism. It’s nice to see.

Less coherent is the story Jurgens and Zircher are telling but that is not a bad thing here. They are setting up future stories (a Clark Kent on the ground who is not Superman? Two Lois Lanes? Doomsday?) that show much promise. One hopes the energy brought on by Rebirth continues in the title for a very long time!

 

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