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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 #9.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
Mitch Gerads is a New God.
His work is a perfect blend between the spectacular and the mundane. And that is a compliment. He is the perfect fit for Mister Miracle.
And I know.
It is Tom King. Again.
I know, I know.
But YOU know if you are reading his books.
I may not fully understand Mister Miracle. I may not have given it the time it deserves. But, man, it sticks with me after I have read it.
I have decidedly – arbitrarily – that I will not re-read it until the series concludes. Then I will block out the requisite time, sit down and re-read this epic all over again.
I cannot wait.
This is a team I will follow to any company, any book, any character.