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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 22 – 28, 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:

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The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Action Comics #1011

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artists:  Steve Epting

Brian Michael Bendis has been building his Superman stories to the Event Leviathan and this installment is top notch. Plot threads are coming together and the stakes feel appropriately high as we reach the start of the Event Levithan miniseries. 

What I really enjoy about Bendis’ take on Superman is that his interpretation of the character is grounded. This seems to be a very difficult balance to pull off but Bendis handles it beautifully His Superman is Clark Kent in costume and Clark Kent is a husband, father and hero. Approaching the character in this fashion is something that few authors can handle. Bendis makes it look easy.

Steve Epting is a tremendous addition to both Action Comics and to the DC Universe. His realistic style goes hand-in-hand with this story. But when superpowers are in play, he delivers and the contrast between the more talky panels and his approach to action is wonderful. 

Superman hasn’t been in this good of hands in years.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 20 – 26, 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 Justice League #18

Writer: James Tynion, IV 

Artists: Pasqual Ferry

This is the best TWO team book on the market right now. Bar none.

It’s a two team book because it features the exploits not only of the eponymous Justice League, but also of their foes, the Legion of Doom and in this 18th issue, it also resurrects one of the most feared and historic villain teams of all time: the Brainiac/Luthor Team Up. Like everything else in Justice League this version of the team up plays out differently than any other before it. And it’s great.

The art by Pasqual Ferry, who doesn’t do many interiors, is not my favorite and, in my estimation, not quite on par with series artists Jimmy Cheung and Jorge Jimenez, but that’s not quite fair. Those are two of the best artists working today. Who exactly is on par with them? As I re-read the issue (and one must re-read Justice League quite frequently because there is so much going on, I liked the work better.

I was concerned that the alternating writing of Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV would be jarring or off putting, but it simply has not been the case. They are in sync so much they could be a boy band and they compliment each other amazingly well.

This is the best team book on the market, though Avengers is getting better. I love this book.

(On a nasty side note, I am about to drop Nightwing, my favorite character’s title because he is unrecognizable as the character I love. Hey, DC, can we just leave Nightwing alone?)

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 12 – 19, 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 Superman #8

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis 

Artists: Ivan Reis and Brandon Peterson

It is about risks for me, taking risks with big properties, in this case, the biggest.

Brian Michael Bendis is taking risks with the Superman narrative. He is taking Superman in very new, very complex and cool directions. I defy anyone to read his Superman or Action Comics and say “this is more of the same; we’ve seen this before.”

We haven’t.

While I cannot say that I agree with every choice he’s making or that I like every place he’s taken the plot, I can say that I am hooked. This Superman is more grounded, more relatable and more adult that previous incarnations. He is also more fun.

It did take me a few issues to adjust to the tone that Bendis employs. It seemed somehow out of place, perhaps too Marvel. But that period is over. I am in on his Superman. And I am glad Bendis is at DC.

Ivan Reis remains one of the best if most frustrating artists in the business. He is the best because, man, just look at his stuff. His work is cosmic when it needs to be, toned down and drawn in when the story requires it. It is excellent and, typically, top-of-the-line.

It is also, usually, late. So, while Brandon Peterson’s work in this and other issues to keep the train running on time is appreciated, I would love to see Reis complete a full issue or Peterson do the same.

Overall, however, this is a minor complaint with a truly terrific book.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: October 24 – 30, 2018


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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:

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The best comic I read last week was Action Comics #1004

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Ryan Sook

Brian Michael Bendis’ take on Superman is fresh and new. It is also grounded in a a real world setting that some, I take it from internet traffic, are finding jarring. His treatment of Lois and Clark’s marriage is at the center of this very interesting and, frankly, challenging issue of Action Comics and, like much of what Bendis has done on the character since taking over, I have to say it works for me. The interaction between the couple has verisimilitude and the fact that Bendis makes it the centerpiece of the issue is to be celebrated. Is there another comic that is delving into the challenges of married life while delivering creative and engaging superheroics?

That would be a “no.”

And it is clear that top flight artists want to work with Bendis.

Anyone who can get us a full issue of Ryan Sook interiors should be praised.

Sook’s work here is exactly what we have come to expect from him: expressive, fluid, at once wide screen while respectful of character moments. No one currently working channels Jose Luis Garcia Lopez more than Sook and that is a high compliment, indeed. He is one of the best working and, to see him drop in for a full issue of a monthly is a delight.

Action Comics is as well.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 22 – 28, 2018


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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:

CaptureThe best comic I read last week was Action Comics #1002

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Pat Gleason

I love Brian Michael Bendis, okay? Even when he is not at the absolute top of his game or when he is feeling out a new character. I would argue he is not quite comfortable with Superman just yet, but he is getting close and I am really enjoying the story he is weaving here. He is an incredible talent and the DC flagship character deserves him.

But the real star – so far – of this latest Action Comics run is penciller Pat Gleason. Wow. He has remade his style in Action as if he is aware (and I am sure he is) of how important this particular pairing on this particular title his. Eschewing what was becoming somewhat of a cartoony, though pleasing, take, Gleason has grounded this run of Action in a realism that benefits the character and the story Bendis is telling.

Superman is super in this short run and I hope he continues to be.

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Link’n’Blogs – 7.20.18: Superman’s Record Breaking Feat of Literature?


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

It is now official and American literature scholars should pay attention: Comic books are a true form of literature, one of the purest forms of literature born in this country and feature the longest running American fictional character continuously in print. But do not believe me, believe the Guinness Book of World Records. Click the iconic cover to Action Comics #1 below for full details…

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: April 18 – 24, 2018


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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 Action Comics #1000.

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Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Dini, Marv Wolfman, Dan Jurgens, Geoff Johns, Louise Simonson, Tom King, Scott Snyder and Brad Meltzer

Artists: Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Patrick Gleason, Curt Swan, Olivier Coipel, Clay Mann, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, John Cassaday, Jerry Ordway, Tim Sale, Butch Guice, 

It would be all but impossible to choose the best story from Action Comics #1000. This landmark issue, celebrating Superman’s 80th year in continual publication, struck just the perfect balance between nostalgia and forward motion. This star-studded collection of creators each brought her or his A-game to the proceedings and each of the installments in the 80 page giant highlighted a different aspect of the Man of Steel – a different part of the whole that makes him the first and the best superhero of them all.

The best story may well be hard to identify, but my favorite is not. Give “Never Ending Battle” by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason that distinction. Both clever tribute to era-after-era of Superman incarnations and a distillation of what makes the character tick, this story is moving and heroic. Patrick Gleason gives readers Superman after Superman from the original 1930s version to the Super Friends cartoon to the Frank Miller interpretation. “Never Ending Battle” is fascinating and fun.

The whole issue is. If you are a person who does not believe that Superman is an interesting character, think again. The prologue to Brian Michael Bendis’ upcoming run on the character is so full of potential that one can envision Superman on the top of the comic book sales charts.

Where it belongs.

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