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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
Infamous Iron Man #7.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alex Maleev
It was difficult not to select Flash #21 as I am loving the mystery of “The Button.”
But, as good as Flash was, Infamous Iron Man was better.
I miss the Fantastic Four. I miss them badly. It’s clear that Brian Michael Bendis does as well because, for the last few issues, Infamous Iron Man has read more like a book about Marvel’s First Family than a book set in the Iron Man universe.
This reformed Doctor Doom running around in Iron Man’s armor is a very cool character and he’s made all the more cool when he interacts with other members of the Fantastic Four universe like this issue’s Ben Grimm.
I think I could read these two characters dialogue in novelized form.
Thank you, Brian Michael Bendis, for holding us over until Marvel reboots the FF… that’s coming soon, right?
I’ve written about penciller Alex Maleev extensively in the past. I will say, outside his typical brilliance, his line work on the Thing is truly wonderful. I have rarely seen a more expressive Ben Grimm. Excellent work.
This is a great title. I don’t know how long it is of this world, but it’s been a terrific ride.