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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 7 comics last week: Batman # 10, Justice League #8, Nightwing #8, Avengers #1, Superman #10 and Champions #2.
The best comic I read last week was Champions #2.
Okay, Champions is 2 for 2. I selected its initial issue last month and issue 2 is even better. Perhaps it’s my affinity for teenagers. Perhaps it’s because I like Humberto Ramos’ art. Perhaps it’s because I love writer Mark Waid.
Anyway you slice it, Champions is a terrific book. The makeup of this team is dynamic and exciting. It’s a great mix of characters, most of which are relatively new characters. The youth vs. age dynamic works very well here and the book reminds me of the hey day of Young Justice or Geoff Johns’ Teen Titans. As I said last month, this team knows how to handle teenagers and it really shows in this second issue.
There are two truly amazing moments, however, and both involve a character I didn’t know before this book: Viv, the daughter of the Vision. She is such a compelling (and heartbreaking) character in Champions, that she makes me want to read the Vision series. There are two standout scenes I won’t spoil but, I promise you, if you read Champions #2, you’ll know when you hit them.
Terrific scenes. Terrific team – creative and characters. Terrific book.