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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 8 comics last week: Star Wars #24, Wonder Woman # 9, Titans #4, Action Comics #966, Avengers #15, Civil War II #6, Poe Dameron #7 and Detective Comics #943.
The LEAST best comic I read last week was Civil War II #6.
This is kind of cheat this week. I normally say what I like best, not what I enjoy least.
Consider this a public service: if you think about buying Civil War II as a trade paperback in a few months, don’t do it.
There are many bad comics. I read too many of them.I stick with them too long. I stick with bad stories too long.
Civil War II is one of these. I should have dropped it long ago, but now I feel I am pot committed.
Billed as a story that would shake up the Marvel Universe, this delayed book has not done much of that (unless Bruce Banner was your favorite character or you really enjoyed Jim Rhodes). Its delays have been significantly felt in recent weeks as titles that were supposed to launch after the conclusion of the story reflecting a new status quo for Marvel have launched prior to the end of the story, muddying their initial attempts to capture audience.
I wanted to like this book. I like Brian Michael Bendis a lot. I like David Marquez. I liked (used to?) line-wide crossovers.
But this one makes me long for the days of Siege and I really, really didn’t like Siege.
Wrap it up, Marvel. Move on.
This was a total misfire.
(Best book this week, though? Detective Comics #943!)