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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 #44
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Joelle Jones and Michael Janin
Another triumph for the Batman team of Jones, Janin and King.
While King and Janin give readers a glimpse of the Bat/Cat relationship over the years – including a terrific triptik through Catwoman’s many, many costumes, King and Jones introduce us to a silent, late-night quest for Selina to find the perfect wedding dress.
Wedding dress and costume changes at the crux of a Batman comic book. Yes, you bet. And it is all handled so well in terms of words (or lack thereof) and illustration that I challenge anyone to find a better example of what comic books can do.
I think that is what I have really enjoyed about the King run on Batman (which he said this week would last another 50 plus issues) is that, issue-after-issue, King is showing what the potential of the form is and what it can be. That is so very exciting; it is exciting beyond his ability to tell excellent Batman stories.
And his Batman stories are truly excellent.