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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 #16.
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Bilquis Evely
Two issues in a row for Wonder Woman. This selection this week is a true testament to writer Greg Rucka’s ability to handle Wonder Woman. His work on this book has been pretty incredible and he’s kept up a standard through these first 16 issues no matter who the artist has been. That he’s been paired with pretty good ones has certainly helped, but I have found in following this book that it is his characterization and his plotting that keeps it at the top of my electronic pile.
The update that Wonder Woman has undergone in this “Rebirth” era of DC Comics has not been substantial, but has served to sharpen all of the elements that have made her such a great character, especially recently. What has happened to the supporting cast has been more significant and some of the threads that Rucka has woven in that regard begin to pull together in this issue. Wonder Woman has served up some very compelling, can’t-wait-to-get-to-the-next-issue cliff hangers and #16 is no exception in that regard. I am glad the book comes out every two weeks.
Bilquis Evely’s work is excellent, reminiscent of Dave Gibbons, and compliments the book nicely. With the departure of Nicola Scott (a real loss), DC could do worse than snag Evely for the near future.
I said this a couple weeks back and I say it again here: the Wonder Woman movie has a great comic book to live up to.