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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 17 – 23, 2019

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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 Batman #75

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Tony S. Daniel

I cannot fully write about the writing of recent Eisner Award Winner Tom King before I read the conclusion of “City of Bane.” The first chapter of this final installment of his Batman work clearly illustrates that he will be pulling material from throughout his entire run – a run that will approach 100 issues. There is far too much going on to write about succinctly. I will address this in coming blogs…

So, instead, let us take a moment to praise the amazing line work of Tony S. Daniel who has triumphantly returned to Batman to take on another epic arc. He was a main collaborator in the terrific and gonzo Grant Morrison tales years back and it is wonderful to see him on the title again. I cannot readily think of an artist who has changed his style – honed his style – as much as Daniel. Nor can I think of one so much under the radar. He is tremendous. And he is another amazingly good fit for Batman. He captures the handsome Bruce Wayne, the brooding Batman, the darkness of Gotham and the kinetic energy needed for battle. Clearly, he is having a field day with the rouges gallery King has given him to play with in “City of Bane.”

Batman remains DC’s flagship title for a reason!


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