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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 #4
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
Here is what I did not expect when Doomsday Clock was announced: I did not expect that it would be a straight-up sequel to the seminal Watchmen. Rather, I thought DC would focus its energies on a crossover of the Watchmen and DC Rebirth universes. While the later is occurring in Doomsday Clock in fits and starts, the former is much more in evidence.
And that is a shockingly good thing. Don’t misunderstand me: I am looking forward to the universes colliding, but this series has been such a testament to what a good writer Geoff Johns is and has been such a terrific sequel to the source material that I can wait a bit on that.
And, at this point I trust it goes without saying, that Gary Frank is spectacular. His work here is career defining. He is not aping original Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons at all and that is a good choice. Rather, his hyper-realism is the perfect match to the subject.
Doomsday Clock is firing on all cylinders. What a terrific book.