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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 Doomsday Clock #7
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
It turns out that Gary Frank is a brilliant artist but his work is increasingly exacting which makes him an increasingly slow draftsman. But, wow, when one views the results, one should just be thankful that he is illustrating comic books. His work on Doomsday Clock is a tour-de-force, at once recalling the classic Dave Gibbons work on the original Watchmen while, at the same time, carving out new territory for himself. It is truly stunning, best-work-of-one’s-career type stuff.
And it should be.
Doomsday Clock is an important title.
Geoff Johns knows this and is turning in some terrific, broad, powerful writing. This series could and should be a major turning point for DC Comics for years to come.
What remains to be seen is if it will be.
The publishing schedule influenced by Frank’s pace has blunted its impact.
But very little could limit the effectiveness of this issue. It is the best of the series and is almost on par with the original Watchmen itself. And that is saying something.
I cannot wait to read this thing as a complete story.
(By-the-way, I was fairly certain going into the week that Tom King and Clay Mann’s Heroes in Crisis #1 was going to give this book a run for its money. It did not. I am not sure I understood Heroes in Crisis…)