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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 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…