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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: October 2 – 7, 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 #80

Writer: Tom King

Artist: John Romita, jr

And now John Romita, jr is along for the ride? Are you kidding me?

Batman is already and consistently at the top of my virtual pull list and, as anyone who has even a passing familiarity with this blog knows, has been for well over a year. Tom King’s building crescendo in the title has been ably supported by a series of incredible artists. Now one of the best – one of the legends – joins him for an issue that has everything anyone could want from a Batman story.

And the result is all but perfect.

Batman remains King.

Pun intended.

 

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 18 – 24, 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:

CaptureThe Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Detective Comics #1012

Writer: Peter Tomasi

Artist: Doug Mahnke

Lost in the shuffle of just how good Batman is, Detective Comics is all too often left out of the conversation but it should not be. Peter J. Tomasi and a rotating cast of artists and doing very, very good work here. Exceptional, in fact. 

This issue is another master craft in comic book storytelling and I find Tomasi at his best when writing for the criminally underrated Doug Mahnke. A taut tale of super heroics ending with one of the best splash page, cliffhanger moments in recent memory, Detective Comics #1012 continues a great run for Tomasi on this book. If Batman is the book that challenges, deconstructs and changes the legacy of the character, Detective is the book that shows readers who the character ought to be.

Tomasi’s Batman is a fully realized superhero who embraces the role and the work with relish. Scripting capers featuring iconic villains, Tomasi shows in each issue that he knows what makes Batman work. This run should receive a bit more acclaim.

I’ve written before about my love of Doug Mahnke’s art and I remain astounded that he is not spoken of as one of the best artists in the business. He understands action and camera placement and his energy is perfect for Batman. Take a look at the last page and tell me I am wrong.

Detective Comics is a terrific book and not yet receiving the praise it deserves. 

 

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 18 – 24, 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 #79

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Tony S. Daniel

In a week where The Legion of Superheroes made a spectacular return to DC Comics, something very special was going to have to happen in another book to enable it to be a better pick than Superman #15…

Leave it to Tom King and Tony S. Daniel to surpass expectations with Batman #79.

Continuing the City of Bane story line, Batman #79 is amazingly free of Bane himself, but is packed with the character work, the flashbacks and the ret-conning of the entire Batman/Catwoman relationship that has subverted expectations and made this latest mini-arc on Batman so special and so wonderful to read.

King cares about these characters and handles Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as complete personas. All too often, writers of superheroes fall into the trap of suggesting that the alter egos of their characters are separate entities. King does not do this. Rather, he writes them as complete, integrated, fully realized people who know and understand one another and who, in Jerry Macguire fashion, complete one another.

That there is little action and no appearance of the main antagonist of the story and the book is so compelling is testimony to the skill of Daniel and King. They deliver issue-after-issue.

 

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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: 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 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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