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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 All Star Batman #6.
Writer: Scott Snyder
This might be the best comic I’ve read in months. It is certainly the most creative main stream, superhero comic I’ve read in months. Written by the all but peerless Scott Snyder in prose, this book would be more short story than comic if not for the gorgeous art by Jock.
Let me come back to the style here: this comic was in prose, quoted Robert Frost, played two or three clever narrative tricks and demanded a re-read as soon as I’d finished it.
This is the type of work that should win awards. Anyone who thinks superheroes and comic books are for kids has not picked up a book like this.
Outside of Love Is Love, which was in a class by itself, this is the absolute best thing I’ve read in quite a while.