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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 #86
Writer: James Tynion, IV
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Talk about your tough acts to follow…
James Tynion, IV takes over Batman after a truly epic and inspiring run by Tom King – a run that reset Batman continuity, redefined relationships for the character and redirected the course of history for the Dark Knight and he knocks his debut issue out of the park.
Making a decision that had to be conscious not to mimic the style of King, Tynion instead takes the situations with which King left him and spins the beginnings of a new Batman story that has all the makings of being just as epic while seeming tonally and pleasing different as King’s run.
And there the comparisons should cease.
Over his years at DC, Tynion has proven himself a deft writer of small beats and big moments, a writer who understands the history of those he’s writing without being slavish to that history. He is setting up at a new angle to Gotham City and to Batman and clearly has his own, grand-scale plans in mind. It will be exciting to watch.
Providing the pencils in one of the most under appreciated artists of recent memory – Tony S. Daniel. His work across the DC Universe has been stunning for years and he is in top form in Batman #86. I believe his command of this character and his world makes him one of the defining Batman artists and he will eventually be mentioned in the same breath as Aparo and Adams. He should be. His work here is tremendous and I hope we have issue-after-issue of Daniel to come.
It’s also worth noting that the coda written by Tynion and illustrated by Guillem March is engaging, chilling and a terrific hook.
Amazing start here, gentlemen. Looking forward to the run!