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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 Batman #30.
Writer: Tom King
Artists: Clay Mann
Another week, another issue of Batman.
While Batman #30 may have been my least favor issue of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” arc, the overall story has been so very good that the least is, well, better than most.
Tom King continues his expanded and slow-paced look at the epic battle between the Joker and the Riddler that keeps Batman and Gotham City hanging in the balance and, while the conflict is showing signs of winding down, King’s story is, in many ways, just gearing up. I have noted before that I am always impressed when comic books can surprise me and King has surprised in this book both with his treatment of his plot and the manner in which he is developing his characters.
Yes, Kite Man is the focus here again.
And I couldn’t be more happy. What King has done with this character is almost worth the cover price of the book.
Clay Mann is more than up to the challenge of this issue and, if we cannot have Michael Janin on each issue, Mann is an apt substitute for sure. His character work is excellent and it well serves the story King is telling.
I cannot wait (and I do not believe that is an overstatement) to read this entire arc in its totality when it is concluded. It lends itself so well to an extended read and I know I will notice all kinds of things escaping me in my every-other-week connection with the book.