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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September October 11 – 17, 2017


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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 Mister Miracle #3.

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Mitch Gerads

From structure of story, structure of visuals, structure of characterization, everything about Mister Miracle #3 is perfect… and I cannot even be sure I know exactly what is going on!

The narrative that Tom King and Mitch Gerads are putting together is functioning on an entirely different level than most comics are today… on a miraculous level. With an all-but-perfect synergy on display, Gerads and King are simultaneously honoring and deconstructing one of the greatest and untapped mythos in comics: Jack Kirby’s New Gods.

Others have tried. Others have written great story arcs and produced updated and astonishing visuals.

No one has come close to what King and Gerads are accomplishing here. Not within a mile.

Their story takes place in world at once comfortably recognizable and totally bizarre. Playing within the New Gods concept, Mister Miracle is a rumination on love, family, life, death, the power of art and the importance of self knowledge. It has been called “next level” comics and it surely is.

It is stunning and breathtaking.

Did I refer to it as a “miracle” last month when I selected it?

I should have.

This one will deservedly win all the awards…

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September October 4 – 10, 2017


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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: White Knight #1.

Writer: Sean Murphy

Artists: Sean Murphy

DC Comics is stretching some boundaries…

The release of pages of a major Superman book where cursing in prevalent suggests that DC Comics is ready to, at least in part, embrace the reality that comic book readers are okay with harder content featuring their major character. The release of Sean Murphy’s breathtaking Batman: White Knight moves that dial to 11.

Writer/artist Murphy takes a cannot miss proposition (what if the Joker were cured and Batman was the villain?) and spins it beyond curiosity into something truly wicked, clever and potentially grand. The only – ONLY – downside to this book is its release schedule: it comes out during the Dark Nights stories which are on-shot-ing alternate Batman histories and that is too bad.

This book stands on its own and stands apart.

Murphy take great pleasure with all the Batman supporting cast, spinning them into versions that a long-time reader can recognize as possibilities… possible ways they might have turned out. This includes the titular Batman, whose violence and brutality can be too readily overlooked in the character’s history.

Not here. Not now.

If it takes the Joker… er… Jack Napier to point out the reality of how bad Batman has become, he will be the herald of the truth…

… a truth about which any Batman fan should be reading.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 27 – October 3, 2017


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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 Detective Comics #965.

Writer: James Tynion IV

Artist: Eddy Barrows

I love Eddy Barrows’ artwork. There is something about his verisimilitude, the manner of his panel composition, the loving way he renders characters that feels classic and new simultaneously. My assumption is the level of detail he puts in his work paints him into the slower end of artists (pun intended) but that is okay. That makes his pages all the more special.

“Special” is the right word for this issue. Kicking off a story arc entitled “A Lonely Place of Living” (a title which must make long-time Batman fans take notice), ridiculously underrated writer James Tynion IV tells the origin story of ridiculously underrated character Tim Drake – Red Robin. Red Robin has been “off the board” for months, the captive of the mysterious Mr. Oz, and is about to break big.

That the story (along with the latest issues of Action Comics) reveals the identity of Mr. Oz is not what makes the story special, nor is the science fiction heights for which the narrative reaches.

What makes it special is the treatment of Red Robin, the respect paid to the works of Wolfman, Perez and Aparo and the promise of a return that is both important and is woven into the fabric of the rebirthed DC Universe.

I am glad Tim Drake is back and I am glad his return is being handled by these particular creators. Drake, Tynion IV and Barrows are all superstars.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 13 – 19, 2017


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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 DC Metal #2.

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artists: Greg Capullo

DC Metal is simply the most bizarre, most out-there, most fun comic book I have read in a very long time. The superstar team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are putting together a story for the ages – a book that is going to be referenced for years to come. They are also tying up loose plot threads from their previous work… threads that most fans did not even realize were dangling!

I cannot begin to explain all the proceedings here. They are too complex – too crazy – to try to distill for this review. Rather, what I can say is this is a comic book lover’s comic. It is an ode to the 1970s, a time where all kinds of unhinged things could happen in a comic, where dinosaurs and space-women and Challengers of the Unknown existed side-by-side in vibrant four colors.

For a long time – for over a decade – creators have been trying to make comics into something new. Writers and artists of great skill have deconstructed the genre to develop something different, something deep, something important. And I have loved many of those books and embraced many of those experiments.

But, bravo Snyder and Capullo for making a comic that looks like a comic, smells like a comic and reads like a comic.

DC Metal is an awesome ride. It is the kind of ride that, if you do not get on, it will surely run you over.

Get on Metal!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 5 – 12, 2017

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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 #30.

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Clay Mann

Another week, another issue of Batman.

While Batman #30 may have been my least favor issue of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” arc, the overall story has been so very good that the least is, well, better than most.

Tom King continues his expanded and slow-paced look at the epic battle between the Joker and the Riddler that keeps Batman and Gotham City hanging in the balance and, while the conflict is showing signs of winding down, King’s story is, in many ways, just gearing up. I have noted before that I am always impressed when comic books can surprise me and King has surprised in this book both with his treatment of his plot and the manner in which he is developing his characters.

Yes, Kite Man is the focus here again.

Kite.
Man.

And I couldn’t be more happy. What King has done with this character is almost worth the cover price of the book.

Clay Mann is more than up to the challenge of this issue and, if we cannot have Michael Janin on each issue, Mann is an apt substitute for sure. His character work is excellent and it well serves the story King is telling.

I cannot wait (and I do not believe that is an overstatement) to read this entire arc in its totality when it is concluded. It lends itself so well to an extended read and I know I will notice all kinds of things escaping me in my every-other-week connection with the book.

Batman rules.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 30 – September 5, 2017

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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 Secret Empire #10.

Writer: Nick Spencer

Artists: Steve McNiven

Last week, it was Secret Empire #9 and I just did not have the heart to leave #10 out this week if only because it’s all over!

And that is a good thing.

Frankly, Secret Empire ends up acquitting itself very nicely. And while it seems, if I am reading between the appropriate lines, that the status quo of the Marvel Universe is largely unchanged at the conclusion of the story line – which we have come to expect from these events – the ride was a good one.

Yes, heroic Cap seems to be back, though he has a lot of explaining to do and no amount of angst to work through. Yes, the heroes have triumphed, but there is much rebuilding to be done – both physically and psychically.

As it turns out, Nick Spencer has delivered a surprisingly self-contained narrative. I read only the tie-ins to which I was already subscribed and feel I got a full scope and sequence of the story. That is a good thing.

And so is returning Steve Rogers to being Steve Rogers. Though some good stories were had with Hydra Cap, it never felt right. This does.

The return of Steve McNiven to finish this off is a good choice and, even though he is not quite at Fantastic Four and Civil War standards, his line work is crisp and his character work more than serviceable. One wishes he was on the full series.

Secret Empire may not be my favorite Marvel-wide crossover, but it is far better than the last few we have received. That, in-and-of-itself, is a noteworthy accomplishment.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 23 – 29, 2017

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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 Secret Empire #9.

Writer: Nick Spencer

Artists: Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis, Joe Bennett

Okay, perhaps Secret Empire #9 becomes the pick of the week this week because this is the penultimate issue of the series. I may be suffering event fatigue here.

know it is suffering from artist fatigue. The rotating list of pencillers has hurt the series overall. There is no doubt of that in my mind. Had there been one, solid, superstar artist, Secret Empire may have been a tremendous book. As it is, it has been a good one.

The stability provided by the Rod Reis prologues and epilogues has been great. The return this issue of Leinil Francis Yu helps. And Joe Bennett is solid if not uninspiring. A regular artist would have helped.

But Nick Spencer has surely delivered in his writing and the best of what he has done in Secret Empire is on display this issue. This issue is taut, delivers twists and turns and capitalizes (finally?) on the promise of the Hydra-Cap. Though it seems clear where things might resolve, I am enjoying the ride overall and this issue is clearly the best of the bunch.

Spencer understands that he must bring together the heavy-hitters and stars of the Marvel Universe as the series wraps and he does so here: all the plot threads (including the pro/epi-logues) are draw tightly together and the last showdown is foreshadowed for issue 10. I read this issue more than once – always a sign of a good and complex book – and am looking forward to the conclusion.

In a good way.

 

 

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