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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 #83
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
I need to stop choosing Batman as the best read of the week. I have tried. I need to give someone other than Tom King and Mikel Janin (or whatever other, stunning artist with whom King is working) a chance in my heart.
But I cannot. Not until further notice.
The King run is coming to an end and I am very sorry to see that, but the achievement is truly amazing. What he has done – the threads he has woven together in these last issues, the story he has told – it should be and will be a defining run on the character, the type of run comic fans talk about for decades.
I will miss it.
Not as much as I will miss Alfred, though…