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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 Star Trek Boldly Go #5.
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Tony Shasteen
There was great competition for the Best Sequential Art of the Week from my electronic pile and not just because I had SO MANY comics to read this week, but because there were so many good ones. Justice League #15 was my favorite issue yet and Super Sons #1 was a comic I’ve been looking forward to and really enjoyed.
But Star Trek Boldly Go #5 was just so perfect. Coming on the heels of the Kelvin universe’s encounter with the Borg, this issue was a great breather from the excitement facing Kirk and Company and tells a story that we’ll never see on the screen: the origin of Jaylah, the breakout character from Star Trek Beyond.
Tony Shasteen continues to impress with his art. He captures likenesses without being slavishly devoted to them. What I really noted in this issue is how he has grown at depicting emotion. In this story, there is action, sure, but the emotional moments are far more important than the shooting and fighting. While Shasteen handles these moments very well, he really delivers on the emotional side.
And this story by Mike Johnson needs that. The story of Jaylah is one part heart warming, one part heartbreaking and all parts Star Trek. This book is considered “canon” and fans are lucky to have talented creators like Johnson and Shasteen giving us Star Trek on a monthly basis.