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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 Picard #1
Writer: Mike Johnson and Kristen Beyer
Artist: Angel Hernandez
There is something of a house style for art in Star Trek comics and Angel Hernandez does a terrific job nailing it. He also makes sure that all the characters look enough like the actors who play them that there are no jarring moments. Further, he is able to balance small, dialogue filled moments – and there are many as this is a Star Trek story – with larger action filled ones, and that is absolutely a prerequisite of this kind of book.
I am not typically a big fan of these sorts of comics. I buy them so that I have some background in what is to come – in this case the Star Trek Picard series. But this one is actually very solid.
I suppose it should be as it is written by the preeminent Star Trek comic book writer, Mike Johnson and by one of the Star Trek Picard showrunners, Kristen Beyer.
It does a great job giving readers a sense of what will lead to a show wherein the beloved Captain Picard is out of Starfleet and why he is in the situation he is in.
I am very compelled by this first issue… Well done on all fronts.