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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 11 – 17, 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 Batman Universe #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Nick Derington

As regular readers of this feature know, I love what Tom King is doing with Batman in the main Batman title. I love it. And I loved this week’s Batman #78.

But there is an entire flavor of Batman stories with which I grew up that are hard to fit in King’s darker take on the character and Brian Michael Bendis has written them in Batman Universe the only issue with which is the fact that it is not titled Brave and the Bold because I think that is the book the Bendis is paying homage to in this one.

Bendis’ Batman is so unlike the current incarnation of the character in a good and fun way. This Batman is confident, funny and humorous. He doesn’t take any situation too seriously, which is good as the situations in which he finds himself are increasingly ridiculous – and glorious. This Batman is paired with other members of the DC Universe in delightful ways. This Batman is a trip.

Nick Derington is the perfect artist for this book as well, and his work invokes a bit of Darwyn Cooke which is about the highest praise I can give him. He makes Batman’s eyes twinkle even though those eyes are white slits in the bat cowl and his command of the bizarre and over-the-top is spot on for this book.

I am so glad DC is issuing these Walmart books separately and digitally now. The Batman edition of them is special.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 4 – 10, 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 #11

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Gary Frank

I love the word “penultimate” and am happy to use it here: in the penultimate issue of DC Comics’ Doomsday Clock, the winding narrative and dare I say brilliant homage to the classic Watchmen is almost at an end and writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank have maintained such a high quality narrative that the book can almost be forgiven the lateness in its shipping schedule.

Almost.

The challenge, especially this week, is that comics that were intended to spin out of Doomsday Clock – such as Millennium – have made the stands before the story is concluded and an already confusing DC continuity is all the more jumbled.

However, judged solely on its own merits, Doomsday Clock remains one of the best books of the last two years and, when its final issue is release, will deserve the kind of trade paperback reverence that other books like this receive.

It will also require a review-in-full. And it will get one.

As it still seems poised to re-make the audience’s understanding of the DC Universe, it will deserve one.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 28 – September 3, 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 Marvel Comics #1000

Writer: Too Many To Name

Artist:  Too Many To Name

Once I got over the fact that I think the entire “Marvel Comics #1000” is simply a rip off of DC’s Action Comics and Detective Comics anniversary issues – earned by actually reaching issues number 1000 – I settled in and enjoyed what Marvel put together in this 1000th issue.

The accomplishment of stringing together 80 years of history in 80 pages with 80 different creative teams is actually astounding and this book provides some of the best one-page stories since DC Comics late, lamented Wednesday Comics.

Al Ewing ties everything together with a very compelling narrative and the art and writing in the rest of the book is top notch.

In the biggest week of comics I have had in a very long time, Marvel Comics 1000 proves to be the best of the bunch.

And, for the record, I am not over the 1000th issue gimmick…

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 21 – 27, 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 Batman #77

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Tony S. Daniel

I can’t. I can’t go into it. Perhaps when the arc is complete.

Because, if what artist Tony S. Daniel and writer Tom King present as true is, in fact, true, then the world of Batman is forever changed and Batman #77 will be a seminal issue.

I want it to not be true. But it’s so good, I want it to be true.

I am conflicted and need more Batman which is exactly where an uber talented writer and artist want me to be.

Well done, Bat-Team and say it is/ain’t so.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 14 – 20, 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 Event Leviathan #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  Alex Maleev

Let us take this post to appreciate the artistry of Alex Maleev. Not only does he deliver pencils that are amazingly realistic and panels that are beautifully structured, he is also his own inker and colorist. As much as Brian Michael Bendis, superstar writer (and he remains a superstar as remakes much of the infrastructure of DC Comics), is responsible for developing Event Leviathan into, well, an EVENT, Maleev is equally responsible for making it so compelling. While Bendis’ dialogue and plotting here are worthy of The West Wing, the feeling of the book – its ethos – is so entirely Maleev that it is impossible to think of what’s going on here with anyone else illustrating it.

Batman has never looked better and the confidence with which Lois Lane is presented is spot on and perfectly rendered.

Event Leviathan is, perhaps, the best example of a perfect collaboration between writer and artist on the market today.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 6 – 13, 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 Batman #76

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Tony S. Daniel

Batman. Again.

Predictable that I would select this book. That’s okay. It’s almost perfect.

I cannot remember a feat like this, like what writer Tom King is accomplishing in a very long time. This issue has call backs to his first on the title and that’s something else, given that he’s in the midst of over 80 issues (including Annuals and other specials) of Bat-Action. Talk about your basic long-form narrative.

Impressive.

Partnered for this arc with the terrific Tony S. Daniel, King shows other writers and collaborators how comics ought to be done.

It is almost impossible to judge the entirety of the accomplishment here but King’s run on Batman will be discussed for ages.

And it deserves to be.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 31 – August 6, 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 Batman: Last Night on Earth #2

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist:  Greg Capullo

For their swan song with what has become their signature character, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo apparently got together before they embarked on Batman: Last Night on Earth and said: “let’s do whatever we want.”

And they are doing it.

Bizarre, hilarious, over-the-top and brazen, this Black Label title is everything one expects from two daring creators who know what they are doing and why they are doing it. They seem very much to push one another to the limits of their talent and their imaginations and we, the readers, are the beneficiaries of this collaboration.

It is a collaboration the comic book world will deeply miss.

This post-apocalyptic (I think – you never really know what Snyder and Capullo have in mind) story is a clear culmination of the plot points and themes these two have been developing for over 10 years. What a pleasure to see them pull this off.

And what a pleasure to see DICK Grayson, not the ridiculous “Ric” Grayson running around in the Nightwing title…

 

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