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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 Heroes in Crisis #8
Writer: Tom King
Artists: Mitch Gerads and Travis Moore
It’s force of habit now. Heroes in Crisis will be the pick in a month as well. You can count on it.
I’ve written much about the writing of this series and the intricacies of following this sprawling, Tom King penned epic. And there were ANSWERS in this issue, but the answers, of course generated more questions. When we get to issue #9, perhaps we will know all.
I’ll be sure to report that here.
By-the-way, the art on this series has been incredible throughout. Clay Mann (not featured in this issue), Travis Moore and Mitch Gerads have been utterly incredible and untouchable here. Impressive, impressive stuff!