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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 #10
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Gary Frank
This is the issue I have been waiting for. This issue redefines how the DC Universe functions, how we look at it and how it will proceed for years to come. This is Geoff Johns at the top of his game and Gary Frank turning in the best art of his amazing career. This is what we all signed on for and, if we can allow for the amount of time between issues, we can embrace Doomsday Clock as, perhaps, the best book of the year. Maybe of the last five.
Geoff Johns’ encyclopedic knowledge of the DC Universe has never been on better display than it is here. The manner in which he treats the various retconned origins of Superman and the ramifications of each action of Dr. Manhattan is breathtaking. If the plan was not present before this issue, it surely is now.
Gary Frank should be nominated and win an Eisner for his work on Doomsday Clock. Yes, it has taken time. YES, it is worth it.
This is the seminal book of the DC Universe at the moment. I hope the publisher follows through on the promise of it.