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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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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 24 – 30, 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 House of X #1

Writer: Johnathan Hickman

Artist:  Pepe Larraz

To know Hickman is to not understand Hickman, at least in my experience. But to know him is to know that he is going to play the looonggg game, going to surprise with new and innovative concepts and fascinating characters. And to know him is to know that his work is always worth the read.

For a long time now, the Merry Marvel Mutants – the X-Men – have been languishing at the fringes of the publishers’ catalog. It should not be that way. Marvel is better when the X-Men are central.

Hence the earned excitement around Hickman’s return and, if his work is inscrutable to me, it just means it needs another reading.

Pepe Larraz is a very good artist and his work in House of X is serviceable. Nothing he does here offends, but nor does it blow the reader out of the water. And that is okay. The concepts themselves take care of that reaction. Larraz knows his role here and he executes it well.

This book needs another read – or three – and will get one. It will need to be read as part of the whole.

I am thrilled Hickman is back and Marvel and I am along for the ride. I hope it will be long-term.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 17 – 23, 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 #75

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Tony S. Daniel

I cannot fully write about the writing of recent Eisner Award Winner Tom King before I read the conclusion of “City of Bane.” The first chapter of this final installment of his Batman work clearly illustrates that he will be pulling material from throughout his entire run – a run that will approach 100 issues. There is far too much going on to write about succinctly. I will address this in coming blogs…

So, instead, let us take a moment to praise the amazing line work of Tony S. Daniel who has triumphantly returned to Batman to take on another epic arc. He was a main collaborator in the terrific and gonzo Grant Morrison tales years back and it is wonderful to see him on the title again. I cannot readily think of an artist who has changed his style – honed his style – as much as Daniel. Nor can I think of one so much under the radar. He is tremendous. And he is another amazingly good fit for Batman. He captures the handsome Bruce Wayne, the brooding Batman, the darkness of Gotham and the kinetic energy needed for battle. Clearly, he is having a field day with the rouges gallery King has given him to play with in “City of Bane.”

Batman remains DC’s flagship title for a reason!

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 10 – 16, 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 #2

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  Alex Maleev

This is not actually what is happening, right? Did Event Leviathan really just reveal who the big bad is in the second issue? While I seriously doubt that is the case, I would be pleased if it were for two reasons: first, these event comics play out in such a decompressed manner that, typically, nothing seems to happen and, second, I would be happy with the choice of the big bad. If the suggested big bad is, in fact, the big bad.

Brian Michael Bendis has a unique voice and writing style and I was concerned in his first DC offerings about how it would work in the DC universe. His particular flavor seemed a bit discordant in his early efforts or, more likely, my reaction was about me adjusting to it. Consider my adjustment period over. I know everyone is relived. Bendis is putting together a great book here and the voices he’s writing sound spot on to me.

Alex Maleev is one of the best artists in the game and what I really noticed here is his framing. The issue contains a significant amount of dialogue between two characters interspersed with a ton of flashbacks and Maleev makes it work like a walk-and-talk from The West Wing. When the reveal hits at the end of the issue, the reader did not see it coming and that is a testament to how Maleev set the panels and pages up throughout the issue. Very impressive stuff.

Event Leviathan may well live up to the hype…

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 3 – 9, 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 Superman: Up in The Sky #1

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Andy Kubert

Without question, this is one of the best comic books I have read in a long, long time. It is a perfect, 21st Century Superman story. It is a perfect 20th Century Superman story. It is a perfect story.

I have sung the praises of Tom King over-and-over on these blog pages and I will not bore anyone be covering ground I have covered before now. What I will say is that King’s command of Superman is as good as his of Batman and I would love to see him on a Superman title before long.

Andy Kubert is one of the best artists in the business and he brings his A-Game to the proceedings here. Illustrating a powerful Superman, a determined Lois Lane and insane science fictions concepts, Kubert reminds why he is special. I love his work.

Superman: Up In The Sky is part of the Walmart released comics that DC is partnering with the retail giant in producing. It was said that they were putting top creators on these books and they would tell great stories. How were we supposed to know they would be this good?

Pick this one up. It’s tremendous. Best comic read in a very long time!

 

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