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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 Doomsday Clock #5.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
This is the first week in a long time that every comic could have been selected as the best of the week – as my favorite read. Momentous issues like Man of Steel #1 and No Justice #4 were excellent and anniversary issue Amazing Spider-Man #800 was spectacular.
None wowed me like Doomsday Clock #5. This is the issue I have been waiting for – the one that clearly weaves the narratives of the Watchmen universe and the DC Rebirth universe together, and the wait was worth it.
Gary Frank continues to amaze and, though I wish he was a bit quicker at the art board so that Doomsday Clock could be monthly (and I do worry about the disruption to the DC line that the delays here will cause) his work is a perfect successor and tribute to Dave Gibbons’ original draftsmanship on Watchmen. He is an artist to follow on any title.
I have written about Geoff Johns frequently in this feature, so I will not repeat myself praising him. What I will say is there is something exciting and liberating about reading an adult-pitched (in tone, plot and language) DC story by Johns. He is so good at Golden Age superheroics that is is something to see him embrace a modern tone so completely.
This is a terrific book and one that will be amazing when collected in trade.