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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 3 – 9, 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: Up in The Sky #1

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Andy Kubert

Without question, this is one of the best comic books I have read in a long, long time. It is a perfect, 21st Century Superman story. It is a perfect 20th Century Superman story. It is a perfect story.

I have sung the praises of Tom King over-and-over on these blog pages and I will not bore anyone be covering ground I have covered before now. What I will say is that King’s command of Superman is as good as his of Batman and I would love to see him on a Superman title before long.

Andy Kubert is one of the best artists in the business and he brings his A-Game to the proceedings here. Illustrating a powerful Superman, a determined Lois Lane and insane science fictions concepts, Kubert reminds why he is special. I love his work.

Superman: Up In The Sky is part of the Walmart released comics that DC is partnering with the retail giant in producing. It was said that they were putting top creators on these books and they would tell great stories. How were we supposed to know they would be this good?

Pick this one up. It’s tremendous. Best comic read in a very long time!

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 26 – July 1, 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:

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 3.56.34 PMThe Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Flash #73

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Howard Porter

I have been completely hooked by the Flash Year One storyline playing out in the characters’ eponymous title over the last few months. This Barry Allen is fun, on point and engaging – the perfect distillation of the character for the time. Williamson’s handle on his gets better with each passing issue and, while I have not been in love with the Turtle (really, ever) as the main adversary, one cannot deny that Williamson has a plan playing the Flash off him. I am also very much in love with the older Barry Allen both in terms of characterization and in terms of his overall design.

This leads directly into a conversation about penciller Howard Porter. He is back at the top of his game with The Flash and it is wonderful to see. His cartooning is perfect for super-speed antics and Williamson seems to be writing to his artist’s strengths. I love the resonance I (and others of my age) must feel with the classic Grant Morrison/Howard Porter Justice League

This Flash is terrific and terrifically fun. 

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 19 – 25, 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 Batman #73

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Michael Janin

Yes, it looks like Batman will be the pick of the week from now until the end of the King run. And that is as it should be. Reading this latest arc underscores what King has been doing all along – that is telling one story, one coherent narrative about Batman. It’s a magnum opus and it is increasingly brilliant.

King decided – as Grant Morrison did before him – that all Batman stories were “true” and that all should be considered part of the continuity of the character. Then he set out to tell a story that brought some of the most disparate and interesting elements together: Thomas Wayne Batman, Kite Man and the list goes on.

As he and his best (in my opinion) collaborator Michael Janin continue to wind up in the run, the reader is the beneficiary of some of the best Batman stories in the last 10 years. If rumors are true that DC cut the planned 100 issue King run short because of criticism by fanboys, that is a shame and a regrettable decision.

Make mine King. And Janin.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 12 – 18, 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 Event Leviathan #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  Alex Maleev

First, I do not understand the title. 

Second, I do not need to.

Event Leviathan promises to be the event of the summer and is written by a dude who knows something about constructing summer events. With a goal of streamlining the covert agencies of the DC Universe as a backdrop, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev take on the DC characters – specifically a group of DC detectives – in what is labeled a “mystery thriller” and the first chapter delivers on all cylinders.

Maleev is the perfect artist for the kind of street-level story the first issue of Event Leviathan seems to be. He clearly is enjoying this high profile DC event and is reveling in working with his frequent collaborator Bendis. The two seem to play to each others’ strengths and that bodes well for this title.

The joy of the book is found in the most quiet moments and the best – by far – is the dialogue between Batman and Lois Lane. In a book that suggests high stakes are afoot, this type of small scene is welcome and brilliant.

This is Bendis at his best. This is events comics at their best. This is the oddly titled Event Leviathan. It might be the best book of the summer.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 5 – 11, 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 Young Justice #6

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  John Timms

There were more “important” issues this week. There were more classic issues this week. But no comic this week made me smile as much as Young Justice #6. I was not a major fan of Young Justice during its heyday, I will admit, but I simply love what Brian Michael Bendis is doing with the characters. While I certain he has a plan to re-introduce them to the world and to the other heroes in the DC Universe, he has decided to drop readers and the team into the middle of impossible action and sort things out later.

Awesome.

The art by John Timms is absolutely the perfect counterpoint to the story and he captures young people amazingly well which I have noted in other installments must be harder to do than one might think as so many artists seem to have so much trouble doing so. I hope Timms stays around on the book.

And I hope readership is solid. Young Justice is fun, funny and over-the-top. It’s a perfect summer comic book!

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 29 – June 4, 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 Doomsday Clock #10

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artists:  Gary Frank

This is the issue I have been waiting for. This issue redefines how the DC Universe functions, how we look at it and how it will proceed for years to come. This is Geoff Johns at the top of his game and Gary Frank turning in the best art of his amazing career. This is what we all signed on for and, if we can allow for the amount of time between issues, we can embrace Doomsday Clock as, perhaps, the best book of the year. Maybe of the last five.


Geoff Johns’ encyclopedic knowledge of the DC Universe has never been on better display than it is here. The manner in which he treats the various retconned origins of Superman and the ramifications of each action of Dr. Manhattan is breathtaking. If the plan was not present before this issue, it surely is now.

Gary Frank should be nominated and win an Eisner for his work on Doomsday Clock. Yes, it has taken time. YES, it is worth it.

This is the seminal book of the DC Universe at the moment. I hope the publisher follows through on the promise of it.

 

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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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