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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: Wonder Woman # 10, Detective Comics #944, Action Comics #976, Avengers #1.1, Poe Dameron #8, Star Trek: Boldly Go #2, Spider-Man: Clone Conspiracy #2 and All Star Batman #4.
The best comic I read last week was Star Trek: Boldly Go #2.
Star Trek: Boldly Go is 2-2. The second issue of this new series spinning out of Star Trek: Beyond is just as good as the first. It builds on the dramatic reveal of the first issue (Kirk and crew versus the Borg?!?) and continues with a nice pace, not anticipating the climax of the story too soon, but leaving the reader in great anticipation of what is to come.
When I understood after experiencing it in the first issue, I found the choice to break up the Enterprise crew interesting. Writer Mike Johnson and his editors could have set this new series on the Enterprise A which we saw built in rapid fashion at the conclusion of Beyond. Choosing, instead, this interstitial time frame, Johnson gets to do something fun – reassembling the crew. The manner in which the characters are coming together in issue 2 has a very Star Trek The Motion Picture feel and the book is all the better for that. “Great choice” as a waiter in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home once remarked.
As I read this issue, I found myself thinking “anyone who is waiting for the next movie or the new television series should be reading this… that’s high praise of the work that Johnson, artist Tony Shasteen and the rest of their team are doing.
Star Trek: Boldly Go is a very fun book – so fun I’ve not mentioned the implied split infinitive… until now.