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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 The Terrifics #1
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Ivan Reis
I love the way Ivan Reis draws a comic book. His style – somehow a cross between Jose Luis Garcia Lopez and Kevin Maguire – is so well suited to DC Comics in general and team books in particular. He is a perfect choice for The Terrifics. My concern is whether or not he can keep up with the book. All too often, he is announced as the penciler for a book and then drops off it all too quickly. I sure hope he stays with this one.
The Terrifics has been described as DC’s answer to the Fantastic Four and, since Marvel is not currently publishing a Fantastic Four title, I am more than happy to have a book that seems like it. However, I am not sure that this one really is a stand-in for the FF. As written by Jeff Lemire, it seems much more its own thing than a Fantastic Four homage or retread.
And that is very good.
This book features a great cast and sets up a fine quest for them. Lemire nails characterization of long-time DC characters like Metamorpho and Plastic Man right out of the gate and gives readers a version of Mr. Terrific that is spot on as well.
This is a promising beginning. Here is hoping the book (and Reis) continue in this vein for a long time!