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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 and Superman #10
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Clayton Henry
Without question, the best part of Batman and Superman is the dynamic between DC’s two oldest and most famous characters. Writer Joshua Williamson nails the relationship in panel-after-panel and in issue after issue of this latest reboot of the series. His take on the icons is that they are friends with history, not just begrudging allies. His take is that they know each other perhaps better than they know themselves. His take is they are the cornerstones of their respective universe.
It’s a great take.
Clayton Henry is a terrific fit for the tone of the book. His Superman is grand. His Batman is moody. His layouts are solid and the expressions he renders are distinct and clever. He’s not yet a star, but he’s on his way.
The story is greatly aided by the use of a villain I really enjoy: the Ultra Humanite. Williamson has a great sense of this character, too. And UH should be a formidable opponent to the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Hopefully, this will be a start to an ongoing place of menace within the DC Universe.