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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 Batman #15.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
Another week, another Batman title.
What can I say? DC is hitting it out of the park with their Batman comics. They are doing it consistently across the line and it’s very difficult to say which is the best of the bunch.
This issue features the conclusion of the very compelling, very adult story that has served as a bridge between two massive arcs. Featuring Batman and Catwoman as I’ve actually never seen them portrayed, this issue – as has King’s entire run – stays true to the core of the characters while adding impressive layer and nuance. It’s a terrifically compelling story that resolves in a very satisfying fashion.
Tom King belongs on Batman and I hope he’s here for a long time.
I was not as familiar with Mitch Gerads, but he is certainly paired well with King. His Batman and Catwoman are wonderful – in costume and out – and his homages to earlier artists and titles are brilliantly and lovingly rendered.
Batman is a solid book, issue-in-and-issue out. DC has figured out that it needs top talent on its top characters.
I hope King is here a long, long time.