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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 Wonder Woman #15.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Liam Sharp
Every other issue with Wonder Woman, I’ve become more taken with Liam Sharp’s art. He has a graceful style that suits one part of the dichotomy that is Wonder Woman – she is grace personified. He also can render some particularly monstrous images and action that suits the other part of the Wonder Woman dichotomy – her warrior side. Sharp has improved over the course of the series and I really like his work. I have begun looking forward to it each issue.
Speaking of the dichotomy of Wonder Woman, I don’t think any writer handles it as well as Greg Rucka. I’ve selected this book a number of times since its relaunch in “Rebirth” and the manner in which Rucka has balanced two timelines every other issue is truly impressive. I am heavily involved and interested in both stories. His Diana is peaceful, committed, kind and ready for battle. No one writes Wonder Woman this well.
I can only hope this team remains in place (since the title has lost the brilliant Nicola Scott!) through the premiere of the Wonder Woman movie this summer. New readers will likely look into Wonder Woman’s comic book adventures following the movie and they will find something special if this team is still in play.