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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 9 comics last week: Batman #6, Nightwing #4, Justice League #4, Superman #6, Cyborg #1, Doctor Strange #11, Avengers #14, Poe Dameron #6 and Invincible Iron Man #13.
The best comic I read last week was Superman #6.
There are many good, good things going on with DC Rebirth and one of them is surely Superman. I was a bit skeptical about merging the myriad incarnations of DC Universe characters running around when Rebirth was announced and further dubious when the “Death of Superman” (the New 52 Superman) was rolled out. However, what has resulted is the welcome inclusion the Pre New 52 Superman, Lois Land and, most pleasingly, the young Jon Kent – their son. This Superman had his family have been in the New 52 universe since the Convergence crossover and have now, with the events of Rebirth, become the First Family. This Superman is THE Superman in the DC Universe now. And the DC Universe is all the better of r it.
Superman, of course, is a character that appearances across DC Comics ‘ titles and he has been written consistently in all of them. Also, he all of them, he’s been used to create conflict with other heroes. This is a Superman whose priorities have changed. He has a wife and child. he’s been trying to lead a quiet and private life. He’s back in the spotlieght and he has things to do. This is a very nice addition to the DC Universe, perhaps the best addition in Rebirth.
Peter Tomasi, the writer of the title, has a great feel for this character from the heroic, “I am Superman” standpoint and the standpoint of this superman being a husband and father. He balances these two perspectives deftly and, most importantly for me as a reader, in a very interesting manner. Tomasi is a talented writer – pulled years ago from the editorial ranks and DC – and he is perfectly suited for this version of Superman.
Likewise, his co-creator Patrick Gleason who handles the penciling chores, is equally in his element here. Having come off a series starring Damian Wayne, the young son of Batman, he’s perfectly in his element illustrating this one. His Superman is big and powerful. His Superboy looks like a kid, not a small adult, and that’s refreshing.
This one ended on a cliffhanger of sorts, and I look forward to the resolution in two weeks!