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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 4 – 10, 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 Batman #50.

 

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Mikel Janin and Various

In a week where Ta-Nehisi Coates’ and Leinil Francis Yu’s Captain America debut hit the stands, something very special was going to have to beat it as the best pick of the week. Batman #50 did just that.

I was not entirely surprised.

Tom King’s run on Batman, as I have mentioned time-and-again, has been utterly unexpected, exhilarating, emotional and breath-taking. This 50th issue was no exception. The final issue and culminating chapter of the story of the wedding of Batman and Catwoman, Batman #50 goes places that most comic books do not have the courage to go. Beyond the fact that it is a beautiful book – ace artist Mikel Janin is joined by some of the greatest artists of this (and past) generations who supply a series of full-page spreads – and is perfect on almost every technical level with twists and turns that amaze and delight, Batman #50 does something readers have come to expect from King, it wallops them emotionally.

In a series of scenes leading up to the nuptials, readers are presented with distillations of two of the most critical relationships in Bruce Wayne’s life: with Selina Kyle and with Alfred Pennyworth. It is pointless to rank which is the more affecting. Both are poignant. Both are heartwarming. One is affirming, the other shocking.

The total effect of Batman #50  and this arc overall is to redefine the character and set him up for the next series of issues and this is brilliantly accomplished.

I have read that many anticipate a darker, more sinister Batman to be the result of the events of this story. I, for one, do not believe that King would go anywhere so obvious.

He has not done so on this run at all.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 6 – 12, 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 Batman #48.

THIS WAS A HARD WEEK TO PICK! SO MANY GREAT BOOKS –

ALL OF THEM, IN FACT!

 

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Mikel Janin

While I am running out of original things to say about Tom King’s Batman run, he is – fortunately – not running out of new twists and turns. Each issue and arc seems to add something new, something different and something fascinating to the Batman mythos. This is not hyperbole. It is as if, we he pitched for the job, he told the powers the be at DC Comics that he would write status quo changing moments in story-after-story.

With Batman #48, he continues this run.

As the build up to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman continues (and I believe this is the first issue wherein I understood that the marriage is decidedly of the costumed not secret identities of the characters), the Joker is becoming more-and-more unhinged at the thought of losing his best adversary (or… is Batman something more to the Clown Prince of Crime?) to someone else. This issue features the Joker at a wedding, executing guests and participants alike to draw Batman out and draw him out he does.

The ensuring action and dialogue is fascinating and is one of the best scenes between the two characters. Ever. What is equally interesting to this Catholic in particular are the overtones, both overt and covert, of the Joker’s thoughts on religion.

Daring, scary and powerful stuff, Mr. King.

I have written of Mikel Janin’s line work before. He is a crisp as Kevin Maguire, as detailed as Neal Adams and as brutal as Steve Dillon. He is a master and so very well suited to this book.

Batman remains, by any measure, one of the best books on the market. As long as King reigns, it will be a top-of-the-pile, must-read every time it is published.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 15 – 22, 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 Batman #47.

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Writers: Tom King

Artist: Tony Daniel

After reading only 4 comics last week, I had a more typical number this week and the books were all very good. There were a number of compelling titles this week including New Challengers and No Justice, but the conclusion of the arc entitled “The Gift” in Batman was too perfect (and heartbreaking) to pass up.

Tony Daniel belongs on Batman. His refined style and expressive work is a terrific compliment to the caped crusader. That he is back on the book with a more developed and confident approach than he used when he was working with Grant Morrison a few years back in one of the craziest of Batman heydays serves to establish him as one of the best Batman artists of a generation. His work alone is reason to buy the book.

Tom King wraps up the penultimate chapter of the wedding of Batman and Catwoman by doing something that I would have thought was impossible: he made Batman’s origin even more gut wrenching. The addition to the story, for as long as it lasts before some other writer comes along to continuity wipe it, is so perfectly Batman and so deliciously tragic. King’s Batman has been spot on and, what I most like about what he is doing, is that each arc he has written offers a different flavor and different take on the character. With King writing, the reader never knows what to expect.

That is a very good thing and this is a very good and very consistent book.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 2 – 8, 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 Batman #46.

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Writer: Tom King

Artist: Tony Daniel

The delightful, bizarre and, in this issue, disturbing arc “The Gift” continues in this week’s Batman #46. Tom King has breathed new life into DC Comics’ goofball, man-out-of-time Booster Gold and this particular take on an alternate vision of the Batman is really out there.

And that is great.

A nature versus nurture story, “The Gift” is genuinely surprising. Though these types of stories can be overly concerned with fan service, this one is laser focused on what would happen if Batman’s parents had not died. Would the Dark Knight sacrifice them to become what he once was? Or would he keep a life of leisure and anonymity?

Good question.

The answers from King have been shocking in the best possible way. I will never look at a “meet cute” the same way again.

Tony Daniel has developed as one of the top artists in comics and he does not let down DC’s flagship title here. He is wonderful. His work is vibrant and cutting.

What a great title Batman continues to be.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: April 4 – 10, 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 Batman #44

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Joelle Jones and Michael Janin

Another triumph for the Batman team of Jones, Janin and King.

While King and Janin give readers a glimpse of the Bat/Cat relationship over the years – including a terrific triptik through Catwoman’s many, many costumes, King and Jones introduce us to a silent, late-night quest for Selina to find the perfect wedding dress.

Wedding dress and costume changes at the crux of a Batman comic book. Yes, you bet. And it is all handled so well in terms of words (or lack thereof) and illustration that I challenge anyone to find a better example of what comic books can do.

I think that is what I have really enjoyed about the King run on Batman (which he said this week would last another 50 plus issues) is that, issue-after-issue, King is showing what the potential of the form is and what it can be. That is so very exciting; it is exciting beyond his ability to tell excellent Batman stories.

And his Batman stories are truly excellent.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: March 21 – 27, 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 Batman #43

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Michael Janin and Hugo Petrus

Broken Record. Batman. Again.

Tom King. Again.

Michael Janin. Again.

This month Janin is joined by the utterly complementary Hugh Petrus and their work together is as seamless and King’s work has been with each of his artists since he took over the book.

What he is doing with Batman is not some minor exploration. He is making major changes to the mythos and good on DC for allowing him to do so.

Month-after-month, King’s books are the best I read.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: March 7 – 13, 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 Batman #42

 

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Michael Janin

I know, I know, I know.

Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel.

I get it.

I’ve never done this before (and I did not scan the page myself) but read the below and tell me how you might come up with a better page or comic this week.

Batman-42-page-4

 

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