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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 Action Comics #1000.
Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Dini, Marv Wolfman, Dan Jurgens, Geoff Johns, Louise Simonson, Tom King, Scott Snyder and Brad Meltzer
Artists: Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Patrick Gleason, Curt Swan, Olivier Coipel, Clay Mann, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, John Cassaday, Jerry Ordway, Tim Sale, Butch Guice,
It would be all but impossible to choose the best story from Action Comics #1000. This landmark issue, celebrating Superman’s 80th year in continual publication, struck just the perfect balance between nostalgia and forward motion. This star-studded collection of creators each brought her or his A-game to the proceedings and each of the installments in the 80 page giant highlighted a different aspect of the Man of Steel – a different part of the whole that makes him the first and the best superhero of them all.
The best story may well be hard to identify, but my favorite is not. Give “Never Ending Battle” by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason that distinction. Both clever tribute to era-after-era of Superman incarnations and a distillation of what makes the character tick, this story is moving and heroic. Patrick Gleason gives readers Superman after Superman from the original 1930s version to the Super Friends cartoon to the Frank Miller interpretation. “Never Ending Battle” is fascinating and fun.
The whole issue is. If you are a person who does not believe that Superman is an interesting character, think again. The prologue to Brian Michael Bendis’ upcoming run on the character is so full of potential that one can envision Superman on the top of the comic book sales charts.
Where it belongs.