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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 Two-in-One #3
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Vallerio Schitti
I love the Fantastic Four and I very much miss their presence in the Marvel Universe. Marvel Two-in-One is the closest we can come presently to a Fantastic Four comic and I am happy to say that the book understands its responsibilities. It is setting up as a quest to find Susan and Reed Richards and their children to re-unite the family that is the Fantastic Four. I cannot wait for that reunion.
Writer Chip Zdarsky has the banter of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm down pat. He also is doing a wonderful job lacing this series with appropriate call backs to classic FF stories. Though his writing, for my tastes, sometimes tends a bit too comedic, his work here is very good and I am enjoying both the character development and the progression of the plot. And he gets extra points for making a logical and compelling addition to the Fantastic Four mythos in the sense of how their powers operate.
I am less familiar with Vallerio Schitti as a penciller. His work here is more than competent though he is not on-par with Jim Cheung, the artist who pencilled the first two issues of the series and who, I thought, was the regular penciller on the book. Though Schitti is fine, I did miss Cheung’s work in this issue.
Marvel Two-in-One has been a fine book and one I have enjoyed very much. I hope it is leading quickly to the full team coming together. That is a fate to be wished!