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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 #11
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
I love the word “penultimate” and am happy to use it here: in the penultimate issue of DC Comics’ Doomsday Clock, the winding narrative and dare I say brilliant homage to the classic Watchmen is almost at an end and writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank have maintained such a high quality narrative that the book can almost be forgiven the lateness in its shipping schedule.
The challenge, especially this week, is that comics that were intended to spin out of Doomsday Clock – such as Millennium – have made the stands before the story is concluded and an already confusing DC continuity is all the more jumbled.
However, judged solely on its own merits, Doomsday Clock remains one of the best books of the last two years and, when its final issue is release, will deserve the kind of trade paperback reverence that other books like this receive.
It will also require a review-in-full. And it will get one.
As it still seems poised to re-make the audience’s understanding of the DC Universe, it will deserve one.