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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: Star Trek: Boldly Go #1, Infamous Iron Man # 1, Amazing Spider-Man #20, Black Widow #7, Doctor Strange #13, Batman #9, Justice League #7, Nightwing #7, Dark Knight III #6, Black Panther #7, Superman #9 and Trinity #2.
The best comic I read last week was Trinity #2.
I have said this before, but it bears repeating: I’d like Francis Manapul to write and draw ALL the comics. Not only does he create beautiful art (which he pencils, inks and colors), he writes what can only be described as beautiful stories.
Manapul’s stories from Flash to this title illustrate an incredible amount of hopefulness and of heart. I am not one to rail against the DC Cinematic Universe. Frankly, I have enjoyed all 3 films so far. I haven’t been offended by their darker bent. However, I will note that the very brightness and energy of Manapul’s work here visually and thematically is an incredible draw.
His story in the first two issue of Trinity is about friendship, about fatherhood and about opportunities lost… and found. The best comics read with the themes of great literature and, while Trinity may not be that yet, just give it time.
This is shaping up to be a book that, when it’s collected, comic readers will be handing to their non-comic reading friends. It’s simply that good.
Stay on this title forever, Mr. Manapul. Comic readers, do yourselves a favor and buy this one.