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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 19 – 25, 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:

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The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Batman #73

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Michael Janin

Yes, it looks like Batman will be the pick of the week from now until the end of the King run. And that is as it should be. Reading this latest arc underscores what King has been doing all along – that is telling one story, one coherent narrative about Batman. It’s a magnum opus and it is increasingly brilliant.

King decided – as Grant Morrison did before him – that all Batman stories were “true” and that all should be considered part of the continuity of the character. Then he set out to tell a story that brought some of the most disparate and interesting elements together: Thomas Wayne Batman, Kite Man and the list goes on.

As he and his best (in my opinion) collaborator Michael Janin continue to wind up in the run, the reader is the beneficiary of some of the best Batman stories in the last 10 years. If rumors are true that DC cut the planned 100 issue King run short because of criticism by fanboys, that is a shame and a regrettable decision.

Make mine King. And Janin.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 15 – 21, 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 #71

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Jorge Fornes, Michael Janin

The saga that is the latest breaking of the Batman written by Tom King is rapidly approaching its conclusion and the Bat-Band is getting back together… if any of what is seemingly going on can be trusted. So twisty (in a very good way) is King’s writing that it is difficult to rely on what is being presented on the pages. That is just fine. King has developed a vernacular for Batman which incorporates the best of Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder and strikes an impressive middle ground between the two iconic Batman writers.

The art in the King run has been consistently amazing and this month’s edition upholds the standard. Michael Janin gets better with each passing issue, sometimes evolving panel-to-panel. Paired this month with Jorge Fornes’ David Mazzuchelli homages, Janin really shines. This book would be terrific even in the hands of lesser artists. That it is drawn by quality pencillers like these is simply a bonus.

I will read this entire arc again as it concludes so that I can more readily see the pieces fit together. This could be King’s best Batman work yet…

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: April 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:

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The Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Batman #69

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Yanick Paquette

The magic that is Tom King continues in Batman #69. What distinguishes this issue from the highly enjoyable installments that have recently preceded it is that this one begins to be less atmospheric and more plot driven.

Don’t get me wrong – I have been utterly wrapped up in the atmospherics and have selected Batman as the best read of the month more times than not. However, I have noted in most of those reviews that my grasp of the plot of the title has been limited at best.

That changed with the gorgeously illustrated Batman #69. Yanick Paquette, another artist that writer Tom King has managed to add to the stable of incredible pencillers on this run, has outdone himself with an issue that spans the length and breadth of the Batman/Catwoman connection. It looks absolutely amazing and Paquette belongs on Batman in one form or another.

The pieces King has put on the chessboard are coming into focus – their roles and their reasons are becoming clear. And, suddenly, I don’t want the story to end.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: April 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 Batman #68

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Amanda Conner

While I must admit that the current arc (much of which I don’t fully comprehend which is supposed to be part of the fun) is wearing on me a bit, what Tom King does in Batman is better than most of what is out on the market these days and his particular way of twisting painful knives into the readers’ hearts must, on some level, be admired. The set up to a massive downfall for Batman is playing out in a long, slow burn, but it is giving King an opportunity to revisit the many highlights of his time with Batman and that is just fine with me. I don’t have to understand everything as it plays out, I simply want to be able to follow along.

And I can.

Is it possible that Amanda Conner’s art is too pretty for this book? It is surely too pretty for the dark tones and sense of foreboding that accompanies the title these days but, let’s be honest, it’s also perfect, so where is the quibble? Conner is a successor to both Kevin McGuire and Adam Hughes and she combines the best of what each does. I am certain there is not a better humorist drawing comics today. Any time we get a full issue of interiors from Conner is a blessed day!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: March 27 – April 2, 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 Detective Comics #1000

Writer: Various

Artists: Various

DC Comics did right by Batman readers with Detective Comics # 1000. Featuring stories by some of the top artists and writers working in the industry today, Detective Comics #1000 showcased much of what makes Batman arguably the most popular comic book character of all time. With stories delving into aspects of the Dark Knight’s 80 year history and new wrinkles added to that amazing mythos, this issue was a celebration of all things Batman in the best possible way.

I am very much a fan of what is going on in Batman and Detective Comics currently and believe DC has done a great job putting excellent creators on those books, but both tend to present a dark vision of Batman, sometimes a depressing one. Detective Comics #1000 took the opposite approach, providing stories that illustrate the positive and heroic side of the character. It was an excellent approach to take.

Here’s to another 1000 issues!

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Link’n’Blog – 3.29.19: Avenge the Fallen

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

AVENGE.

THE.

FALLEN.

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Link’n’Blog – 3.22.19: Batman’s 80th!

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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as fun or thought provoking as I have.

This week, DC Comics releases Detective Comics #1000! Let’s take a moment to celebrate all things BATMAN!

 

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