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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 #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.