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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
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Humberto Ramos
I am not sure I can think of an artist working monthly currently who is better suited for her or his title than Humberto Ramos is for Champions. The energy he brings to the book is such a spot on match for the teenage characters, for the writing and for the subject matter. Ramos is not a photo-realistic artist by any means and that is just fine. He’s an incredibly talented one.
This book is such fun and has been since its first issue. I hope that it is not swallowed up by whatever inevitable reshuffling follows Secret Empire and Generations. It captures the teenage voice in a way very few books do which is a testament to writer Mark Waid.
I don’t think there is any genre of comic book that Waid cannot write. Champions follows the cloak and dagger Black Widow which followed the high flying Daredevil. All three of these books feature B List characters who operate in very different corners of the Marvel Universe. None of the three characters (or, in the case of Champions groups of characters) are my favorites. I read every issue of each.
That’s the draw of Mark Waid. I would follow him to any character.
This comic book features the most authentic father-daughter relationship I’ve ever seen featured in comics. That it is between two androids is completely beside the point.
Read Champions. It is a great book (and beat out some other very heavy hitters this week!)