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

 

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The best comic I read last week was Infamous Iron Man #10

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis

Artists: Alex Maleev

The story of Victor Von Doom trying to reform himself and to make up for a lifetime of terrible deeds has been complex and compelling. The latest issue of Infamous Iron Man is, perhaps, the best yet.

Brian Michael Bendis has, somehow, slipped from top-line status at Marvel Comics and I don’t understand why. He’s handling terrific books in this one, Invincible Iron Man and Spider-Man and he is telling stories in each that are unlike much else on the market. Perhaps one can only be on top of the heap for so long, but if there is some kind of negative reaction to Bendis that is keeping people away from Infamous Iron Man, that is really unfortunate.

This is a terrific book and one that makes me believe that Marvel intends to keep Victor Von Doom squarely in the hero column.

They should. Doctor Doom has never been as compelling as he is here. This issue has some heartbreaking moments, some heartwarming moments, some confusing moments and a cliffhanger that really cooks.

It goes without saying that Alex Maleev, Bendis’ frequent collaborator, is a special artist. While I was not sure that his style was a perfect match for this book, the moodiness with which he renders his characters works very well here. I have found myself loving it more-and-more with each issue.

Infamous Iron Man is a terrific read. I only hope, as I mentioned last time I picked it, that it is not overwritten by the Generations soft re-boot of the Marvel universe.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: January 6 – January 12, 2016


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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.

I read 8 comics last week: Star Wars #14, Doctor Strange #4, Invincible Iron Man #5, Darth Vader #15,  Detective Comics #48, Action Comics #48, Amazing Spider-Man #1.2 and Batman and Robin Eternal #14.

The best comic I read last week was Invincible Iron Man #5.

 

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This new Iron Man title completed its first arc with this issue and I can say that I like the direction here very, very much. Though there is a critique to be made that this version of Iron Man/Tony Stark adheres almost too closely to the Marvel Studios/Robert Downey Jr. version, that doesn’t feel like much of an issue. The comic itself is too good to ignore.

I haven’t selected a Brian Michael Bendis title in months for this blog but Invincible Iron Man deserves it. Bendis, as is his wont, does a wonderful job creating characters, making them interact and putting them in interesting situations. He does all those things here. Tony Stark’s interactions with the surprising addition of Mary Jane Watson are terrific. His banter with Madame Masque is sharp and funny. His ongoing dialogue with his Iron Man suit A.I. Friday is wonderful. Bendis makes Tony less a jerk and more a rogue and that’s a good thing. It’s hard to root for a jerk.

David Marquez is a very tight artist. His lines are very clear and he doesn’t overwhelm with his inking. I like his Tony and it is clear he’s going to have a lot of fun with the new, ultra adaptable Iron Man armor. He and Bendis were a good match on Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man and they are a good match here.

Story wise, this is fun stuff and I really like the addition of a new, scar-less Victor Von Doom (though I don’t understand it because Secret Wars STILL ISN’T OVER) as a foil for Tony. I hope we see much more of him. All-in-all, this was a great start to what promises to be a great title.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 6 – May 12, 2015

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.

I read 9 comics last week: Convergence #5, Secret Wars #1, Amazing Spider-Man #18,  Convergence: Batgirl #2, Convergence: Batman and Robin #2, Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #2,  Convergence: Titans #2, Convergence: Justice League #2 and Convergence: Superman #2. 

The best comic I read last week was Secret Wars #1

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I cannot believe this is my pick of the week. I have been reading, suffering through and – infrequently – understanding the universe collapsing saga that has been Avengers and New Avengers under the direction of Jonathan Hickman. To call the last, I don’t know, YEAR of Avengers titles a “slow burn” is doing a disservice to slow burns everywhere. This thing hasn’t been on simmer; it’s been in the freezer.

So I was shocked when I found myself really digging the opening issue of Secret Wars. Though the overall concept has some similarities to DC Comics’ Convergence (bringing together story lines and versions of characters from the past to interact and, because it’s comics, fight) the execution here is so much better than what the Distinguished Competition is putting out that this may well be why I was compelled to choose it.

No, it’s more than that. Secret Wars #1 is a good read. The stakes are high, the characters compelling and the story moves in a way that Hickman’s Fantastic Four run moved – quickly and tautly. That Doctor Doom, a character who can be terrific in the right hands, is at the center of the story makes it all the more fun. What’s been clear over the course of the buildup to Secret Wars is that Hickman got to write a good Avengers story, too drawn out for my tastes, but good. In the midst of it, however, he wrote a great Fantastic Four story.

The writing is good. The art is terrific. Secret Wars #1 is a great debut issue. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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