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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 X-Men/Fantastic Four #1
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Terry Dodson
Is there anything Marvel Comics is not currently doing exactly right with their X-Men re-imagining? I cannot think of one thing. They have allowed one of the greatest living comic writers to redefine the universe in a sweeping expansive way. They have involved other creators – writers and artists- to find corners of the world in which to play. They have slowly rolled out a comprehensive and exciting new status quo.
Now they produce a cross over by fan favorite Chip Zdarsky and all time legend Terry Dodson. Zdarsky knows what he’s doing with the characters ; he knows how to write them. Dodson is one of the greats and his work his does not disappoint.
And it’s terrific.
X-Men/Fantastic Four feels like a perfect story – a logical outgrowth of both titles and an unavoidable clash between two franchises.
The book itself is pitch perfect. Every character’s voice is spot on. The story is compelling. The arc feels essential.
About how many crossovers can one say that?