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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.
COMICS I READ LAST WEEK
The best comic I read last week was Superman #14.
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Artist: Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Ever since DC Rebirth, the comic giant has embraced its roots. It has embraced its legacy characters and it has embraced the idea that stories which appeared in the past can have influence on stories being published today.
Further, and, perhaps, counter intuitively, the company has taken risks with longstanding characters and sacred cows – the inclusion of the Watchmen in the standard DC universe being a great example of this.
Now, in Superman, arguably the best title of the Rebirth bunch, readers are treated to a bevy of Supermen, none of whom the New 52 version, and all of whom come from different realities. They band together because some force is trying to eliminate or capture specific Supermen – a force that seems tied to Rebirth itself.
Very, very cool, stuff, even noting the similarities to Marvel’s Spider Verse from a few years back. The writing is solid. The art is grand. The story is fun.
Superman has been a great and fun title. It’s been an unexpected pleasure. It’s great to see the Man of Steel’s eponymous title as a must read twice a month.