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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 14 – 20, 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 Marvel Two-in-One #3

Writer: Chip Zdarsky

Artist: Vallerio Schitti

I love the Fantastic Four and I very much miss their presence in the Marvel Universe. Marvel Two-in-One is the closest we can come presently to a Fantastic Four comic and I am happy to say that the book understands its responsibilities. It is setting up as a quest to find Susan and Reed Richards and their children to re-unite the family that is the Fantastic Four. I cannot wait for that reunion.

Writer Chip Zdarsky has the banter of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm down pat. He also is doing a wonderful job lacing this series with appropriate call backs to classic FF stories. Though his writing, for my tastes, sometimes tends a bit too comedic, his work here is very good and I am enjoying both the character development and the progression of the plot. And he gets extra points for making a logical and compelling addition to the Fantastic Four mythos in the sense of how their powers operate.

I am less familiar with Vallerio Schitti as a penciller.  His work here is more than competent though he is not on-par with Jim Cheung, the artist who pencilled the first two issues of the series and who, I thought, was the regular penciller on the book. Though Schitti is fine, I did miss Cheung’s work in this issue.

Marvel Two-in-One has been a fine book and one I have enjoyed very much. I hope it is leading quickly to the full team coming together. That is a fate to be wished!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 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 #40

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Joelle Jones

Batman #36 is the best Valentine’s Day comic book I have ever read. No, strike that: it is the best comic about love I have ever read. No kidding.

Joelle Jones’ work is all but perfect and she is comfortable with characters in costume and out. The choices she makes in staging her scenes are ever inventive and compelling. Her figures have scope and scale. They look like she wants them to look and their appearances do not alter panel-to-panel. I would love to see her on a big-team book, a top tier title. She deserves that kind of exposure.

Tom King continues his love letter to Batman and his love letter to, well, love in the “Super Friends” arc. I am so heavily invested in things working out for Batman and Catwoman that I am surprised. He has such a handle on both of them and they speak in distinct voices. One could read his scripts without attribution and know whose dialogue is whose. That is not something one can say of every book on the market. This is impressive.

The storyline itself is compelling, but the themes raise King’s Batman to an entirely different level. If he is not the best writer working in comics today, he is in the top five.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: January 31 – February 6, 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 DC Metal #5

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Greg Capullo

The penultimate chapter of DC Metal is just as INSANE as all the issues leading up to it and, man, if I do not love it! Promised to be a rock’n’roll, dinosaur fighting, wild ride through a new understanding of the DC Universe, man do Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder deliver!

I have written about this book month-after-month with good reason: it is fun! And should comics not be fun?

Today, I want to focus on the amazing art of Capullo and collaborators Johnathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia. What these three have done in terms of wide-screen battle is one thing. What they have done in terms of character design in something else all together. I have lost track of the amount of new characters that have crept into the pages of Metal. Forget the simulacrums of the DC heroes (or do not forget them, because they are very cool) and focus on the incredible array of characters here, how they are differently rendered, realized and dressed.

It is really something else.

DC Metal is a tour-de-force. I wish more comics were like it.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: January 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:

 

One

The best comic I read last week was Doomsday Clock #3

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Gary Frank

All comics should feel as weighty. All should be as well drawn. All should take as many risks. All should be as smart. All should have consequences. All should involve readers as readily.

All comics should be as good as Doomsday Clock.

They are not. I read ten comics this week and none of them came close (though Marvel Two-in-One is pretty damned good). Doomsday Clock is expertly illustrated, brilliantly written and constructed in such a taut, engaging fashion that I greeted the news that (released earlier this week) that it is moving to a bi-monthly schedule with an audible “oh, no.”

It is the best comic I have read in a long-long time. And it is a comic I am already excited to read over-and-over again.

While I am having a very hard time placing it within the confines of the current DC Universe (and that is, likely, part of the point) and while I am sure I do not comprehend all the allusions, twists and turns, I am sure of one thing: it is an instant classic.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: January 10 – 16, 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:

One

 

The best comic I read last week was Titans #19

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artist: Paul Pelletier 

(Okay, the BEST comic book I read was actually Mister Miracle #6, but even I am tired of picking it every month!)

I love the Titans and have since I was a younger – much younger – comic book collector. I have read every incarnation of the book, including those that were published prior to my birth. I am a sucker for the team and the characters who comprise it.

And I have really enjoyed the latest Titans title. Dan Abnett has done a terrific job since he began with the soft-reboot of the characters (and the DC Universe) in Titans Hunt a few years back. Now he is really hitting his stride on the title and #19 is one of the best issues yet.

Abnett takes a fairly tired trope (the team is DISBANDED!) and makes it feel fresh, new and in keeping with what has been happening in the book. The Titans have screwed up in recent adventures and the Justice League have problems with how they have handled their work. Abnett does not let this story – which could be incredibly note-by-note predictable, become cliched. Rather he creates another in a solid line of character studies of the Titans and handles, as he typically does, Nightwing remarkably well.

This is a great read with solid art by the ever-improving Paul Pelletier. His line work evokes the art of Alan Davis and that is surely not a bad thing. Pelletier has been drawing comics for a long time and it seems he is poised to break big.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: January 3 – 9, 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:

One

 

The best comic I read last week was Batman and the Signal #1

Writers:  Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick

Artist: Cully Hamner

There is a reason Cully Hamner was tapped to redesign many of the iconic looks of DC’s heroes in the recent re-booting craze: he is simply a terrific designer and artist and his mastery is on full display in Batman and the Signal #1. His design for The Signal’s costume is in perfect keeping with the subject of the book. His Batman is somehow realistic and vulnerable, hulking and invulnerable at the same time. With fine action and solid characterization, Hamner’s work makes me wish he was on monthly titles more often (or that I followed him more closely … which I will!).

The Signal is a (kind of) new hero in the DC Universe. He is Duke Thomas who has been in Batman’s orbit for a few years now. Rather than make Duke another Robin, Batman mastermind Scott Snyder (one of the writers here) has made him something different: a member of the “Bat-Family” who specifically confronts issues in the daytime. That is a nice twist.

Also very nice is the work on Duke as a character. Time has been taken with him, time to build a unique and distinct backstory and one that has legs. He is not a copy of anyone or anything else going on in comics and that is a good thing. Also good is that DC is launching him in a good, old-fashioned limited series. If he connects, we will see more of him in a solo book.

This is a well-handled debut that has me looking forward to more.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: December 20 – 26, 2017


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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:

 

One

The best comic I read last week was a TIE between Batman #37 and Marvel Two-in-One #1.

BATMAN:

Writer:  Tom King

Artist: Clay Mann

No shock here, I have selected Batman again but, hey, I told you I would! The double date between Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle and Clark Kent/Lois Lane was even better than I thought it would be. When the hero couples show up at “Super Fair” at which everyone must wear costumes they realize they have three costumes among them. How ever will they get in? The solution? Bruce as Superman, Clark as Batman (complete with glasses over the top of the cowl!), Lois as Catwoman and Selina as… well, who in their right mind would try to keep Selina Kyle out of an event? That humorous start leads to a brilliant and, dare I write, beautiful story highlighting the new dynamic duo of the DC Universe: Lois and Selina. Give me more of these two! What a terrific issue (bracketing, for the second installment in a row, the overly sexualized interpretations of women by otherwise stellar Clay Mann)! What a great team, and by this I mean King and Mann, Bruce and Clark and, of course, Selina and Lois!

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE

Writer: Chip Zdarksky

Artist: Jim Cheung

The other dynamic duo of the week was the Human Torch and the Thing as written by Chip Zdarsky and illustrated by Jim Cheung. I so much want Marvel Two-and-One to be the Fantastic Four reboot we deserve. In this heartfelt, moving and pitch-perfect first issue, Johnny and Ben are back together (so we have the Fantastic Two!) and so well handled that I believe I can certainly take a series of arcs with just these two. Zdarsky’s style is well suited here. He has a light touch that is just what this book needs. Cheung is one of the best pencillers in the business and his work is just as good here as it Zdarsky’s. I loved this book and I cannot wait for more… and for FOUR!

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