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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: November 15 – 21, 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 The Batman Who Laughs #1.

Writer:  James Tynion IV

Artist:  Riley Rossmo

DC Metal rocks on this week with another tie-in issue featuring a dark Batman doing dark things.

James Tynion IV has made himself into a key Batman writer over the course of the past few years and he shows a talent for the macabre in this issue, the premise of which features a Batman who is not only the fusion of Batman and the Joker, but the mastermind behind much of the invasion of the DC Universe from the so-called Dark Multiverse. Evil and scary, Tynion’s “The Batman Who Laughs” is one hell of a creation and one that will, likely, live on beyond the end of the DC Metal event.

He is just too terrible (and I mean that in the very best way possible) not to.

I am not familiar with Riley Rossmo’s art. His style is somewhere nestled between heavy cartooning and comic book draftsmanship and is more than passable. While not spectacular, Rossmo gets the job done and creates some truly ugly panels, which is what this book needs.

If I have one complaint, it is that there is (and has been in other installments of this series) an awful lot of exposition and unveiling of master plans leading to crowded panels and overlapping art and text. Additionally, the font selected for The Batman Who Laughs when he speaks is actually hard to read.

Or I am getting old.

The Batman Who Laughs is a crazy book and a perfect ramping up to the next issue of DC Metal which I eagerly await!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: November 8 – 14, 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 #4.

Writer:  Tom King

Artist:  Mitch Gerads

We are four-for-four with Mister Miracle being a Pick of the Week and, unless something highly unforeseen occurs, I think we can pencil this book in for the next eight issues as well.

What most surprises me about my reaction to King and Gerads’ Mister Miracle is that my fervent devotion to it cuts against a feeling I typically have about art. There is far more going on in Mister Miracle than I understand. In fact, there is much to decode here and, as a consumer of the comic, I am being asked to decode it.

That normally drives me nuts.

Not in this book. I read it three times last week and marveled at the art, at the structure, at the writing. I also marveled at how little I understand what is going on and how much I love it.

Now that the series is a fourth done, I will re-read the first issues in order to see what I learn. No doubt it will be much.

Mister Miracle is the best comic out right now. I do not think that is in dispute. I am glad I got in on the ground floor. It is not too late for you to jump on, too!

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September November 1 – 7, 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 Captain America #695.

Storytellers:  Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

Do you like your superheroes heroic?

Do you like your Captain American non-Nazi flavored?

Do you like your comic books to read like four-color fantasies?

Then Captain America is the book for you.

Captain America #695 (I LOVE that Marvel Comics has returned to their old numbering… DC Comics, the ball is in your court) marks two returns: the first is the return of Cap to something heroic and special, a character whose patriotism, heroism and wholesomeness are not weaknesses but great strengths. It also heralds the return of the Waid/Samnee creative team and, as previously noted on their tremendous Daredevil run, I wish they could do all the comics.

They credit themselves as storytellers and it is difficult, in terms of writing and plotting, to determine where Waid ends and Samnee begins, but the fluid, cartoon art – a perfect fit for Captain America – is all Samnee. His Cap is tall, broad, square jawed and stunning. He is the perfect counterpart to the story Samnee and Waid are telling: a story about a man who, for about two minutes, questions his place in the modern world and just as quickly puts those questions aside.

His place is in the spotlight, standing up for what is right, taking down what is wrong.

Man, we need THIS VERSION of Captain America in our lives.

I am so thankful Waid and Samnee are delivering it!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September October 25 – 31, 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 Flash #33.

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artist: Howard Porter

It is wonderful to see pencils by Howard Porter. One of the unsung heroes of DC Comics Grant Morrison written JLA, Porter dropped out of the comics scene for quite a while due to health issues. In the last few years, he has emerged with a slightly altered style but with no less command of the page. His work now evokes his prior JLA lines, but is more sleek and confident and he is the perfect artist for The Flash, a book I have not regularly read of late but picked up this month because of its tie-in to DC Metal with this, the first issue of a crossover with Justice League.

“Bats out of Hell” is a terrific title for this arc and writer Joshua Williamson illustrates just why he is on the rise at DC. Tying all but seamlessly into the Dark Nights one-shots and the parent DC Metal book, this issue of The Flash feels like an important but not critical read.

That is something of a difficult line to walk, writing a book that must have its own energy and tension while not making it so critical to the main book that readers feel they must buy it to understand the overall proceedings. This is something DC promised to avoid and, with the first issue, it seems Williamson means to deliver on that promise. His opening chapter is fine, tight, appropriately focused on the Flash (a character he writes very, very well) and sets up the Justice League follow up quite nicely.

If you are enjoying DC Metal (and I very much am), you will want to pick up this crossover.

It is so good, frankly, it may inspire me to begin reading The Flash anew!

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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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