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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 Mister Miracle #7
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
Mister Miracle is back!
After taking a couple months off, this amazing title roared back with a beautiful, powerful seventh issue. There is so much to love about this issue from the way it did not pick up right where the sixth issue concluded to the brilliant art that continues to amaze to the emotions of the main characters to the stunning, fish-out-of-water guest stars.
Mister Miracle #7 shook up the status quo not only of the title but of the DC Universe in more ways than one and I cannot wait to see how the fall out develops in this title and across the DC line.
Tom King is in this Best Sequential post every week, it seems, and Mitch Gerads is the type of artist to follow from title-to-title (and both are great follows on Twitter).
This book is all but perfect and I am hanging by a thread waiting for the next issue.