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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: December 14 – 20, 2016


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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.

I read 6 comics last week: Wonder Woman #12, Poe Dameron #9, Spider-Man #10, Star Trek Boldly Go #3, Action Comics #969 and Detective Comics #946.

The best comic I read last week was Wonder Woman #12.

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Wonder Woman has been a consistently great read since the DC Rebirth initiative unfolded this past summer. It has cleverly told stories on two separate tracks: one taking place in the present and one playing out in the past. They are related stories, most notably tied together by a strong and familiar supporting cast including Steve Trevor, Barbara Minerva (the Cheetah) and a nicely redesigned Etta Candy. They are also linked by a very well written Wonder Woman – a character that writer Greg Rucka knows well from a celebrated run he had on the title years ago.

He has returned to re-define Wonder Woman in this new DC continuity and he was the absolute perfect choice to handle the title.

I’ve been more partial to the “origin” story playing out in the even numbered issues of this book. Told with a definite sweetness and, well, wonder, this origin arc is both updated and familiar. Using the well worn framework and plot points, Rucka recounts Diana’s first contact with “Man’s World” in a compelling and wide-eyed fashion. Wonder Woman is perfectly portrayed. She’s awestruck by all she encounters. She’s loving and friendly. And she tries to avoid violence at every turn which is a core element of her character (take that, United Nations). She is readily connected to her supporting cast and the reveal of the “big bad” at the end of the issue – a big bad which ties this story to the one taking place in the present – was very well delivered.

Rucka knows what he is doing and DC would be wise to avoid interference in his work and tie him to the title for a very long time.

Unfortunately, I read that artist Nicola Scott is leaving the title after this first arc and that is truly as shame. Her work is really incredible and she seems perfectly suited to draw Wonder Woman. Her Diana is striking and commanding while still approachable and compassionate. Scott draws Wonder Woman with a restrained power and a definite grace. Losing her will be significant for the book. There are not many who approach this level of mastery of and connection to a character.

Wonder Woman is a terrific book. Hopefully it can maintain this quality into next year, Wonder Woman’s 76th and, perhaps, biggest yet as the Gal Gadot film opens in the summer. If the film makers can come to striking the tone set in this book, they will be well on their way to delivering a great movie.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 7 – 13, 2016


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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.

I read 9 comics last week: Batman #6, Nightwing #4, Justice League #4, Superman #6, Cyborg #1, Doctor Strange #11, Avengers #14, Poe Dameron #6  and Invincible Iron Man #13.

The best comic I read last week was Superman #6.

 

superman-6There are many good, good things going on with DC Rebirth and one of them is surely Superman. I was a bit skeptical about merging the myriad incarnations of DC Universe characters running around when Rebirth was announced and further dubious when the “Death of Superman” (the New 52 Superman) was rolled out. However, what has resulted is the welcome inclusion the Pre New 52 Superman, Lois Land and, most pleasingly, the young Jon Kent – their son. This Superman had his family have been in the New 52 universe since the Convergence crossover and have now, with the events of Rebirth, become the First Family. This Superman is THE Superman in the DC Universe now.  And the DC Universe is all the better of r it.

Superman, of course, is a character that appearances across DC Comics ‘ titles and he has been written consistently in all of them. Also, he all of them, he’s been used to create conflict with other heroes. This is a Superman whose priorities have changed. He has a wife and child. he’s been trying to lead a quiet and private life. He’s back in the spotlieght and he has things to do. This is a very nice addition to the DC Universe, perhaps the best addition in Rebirth.

Peter Tomasi, the writer of the title, has a great feel for this character from the heroic, “I am Superman” standpoint and the standpoint of this superman being a husband and father. He balances these two perspectives deftly and, most importantly for me as a reader, in a very interesting manner. Tomasi is a talented writer – pulled years ago from the editorial ranks and DC – and he is perfectly suited for this version of Superman.

Likewise, his co-creator Patrick Gleason who handles the penciling chores, is equally in his element here. Having come off a series starring Damian Wayne, the young son of Batman, he’s perfectly in his element illustrating this one. His Superman is big and powerful. His Superboy looks like a kid, not a small adult, and that’s refreshing.

This one ended on a cliffhanger of sorts, and I look forward to the resolution in two weeks!

 

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 6 – 12, 2016


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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.

I read 8 comics last week: Justice League Rebirth #1, Amazing Spider-Man #15, Han Solo #2, Invincible Iron Man #11, Poe Dameron #4, Batman #2, Superman #2 and Rise of the Supermen #6.

The best comic I read last week was Justice League Rebirth #1.

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The DC Universe is better with a well written, well drawn Justice League and the Justice League is better when it stars the biggest of  DC’s heroes. The company has understood this fact in recent years and has kept the Justice League stocked with its most powerful, more epic and, in almost all cases, most recognizable superheroes. This new, Rebirth incarnation of the League is a perfect example of this fact.

With a membership including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – the so-called Trinity – this Justice League has much of what it needs in place. While the dynamics among the characters has changed – this Superman is a refugee from a different universe, taking the place of a Superman who died, this Batman a younger version of the character with whom readers might be most familiar, this Wonder Woman the God of War and former lover of the deceased Superman – their stature has not. They are the examples by which all other heroes are judged and they are central to the Justice League itself. They are central to comics.

Writer Bryan Hitch, who will be continuing from this title to the newly restarted Justice League, knows this to be true and, though he also plays knowingly with the changed dynamics among his team, he puts together an impressive spin not only on the characters but their roots in Justice League Rebirth #1. Spinning of a typical Justice League origin story, Hitch shows his heroes at the most heroic if not their most unified. This league feels both the same and different from other incarnations of the league. It is the same in the superheroic, wide-screen adventure that Hitch is know for as an artist. It is different in the manner in which the characters are going to relate to one another.

They don’t trust each other. They are not sure they like each other. They are made up of heroes with recognizable names and costumes who do not come with long history. Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz are Green Lanterns. But they are not Hal Jordan or John Stewart or even Guy Gardener. Cyborg is all but a kid and though he’s been ret-conned into the origin of the Justice League, he is as inexperienced at hero-ing as he is at life. This League is younger than we expect, less accomplished than we remember and more fun to watch.

Oh, and as drawn by Hitch in this issue, it’s more fun to look at, too. Hitch the artist does a great job supporting Hitch the writer. The action explodes from the pages and the quiet character moments, especially those shared by Lois Lane, Clark Kent and their son Jon, are equally powerfully rendered. He’s a great artist for this issue, though his speed of composition makes it impossible for him to transition on to the regular book.

This is a terrific re-introduction to the Justice League. It portends great things for the future.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – LESS THAN 1 DAY! BONUS COUNTDOWN 1

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Counting down the LESS THAN ONE DAY until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

THE TALENTED OSCAR ISSAC (POE DAMERON) CHANNELS BILL MURRAY CIRCA 1977.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 119 DAYS

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Counting down the 119 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

NEW PHOTOS FROM THE FORCE AWAKENS –

I NEED A HERO (OR TWO)

As part of their Fall Movie Preview, Entertainment Weekly released new images from The Force Awakens. We’ll feature a few a day for the rest of the week!

Poe Dameron Hero

Poe Dameron

Tie Crash Finn

Finn runs from a Tie Fighter crash

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 223 DAYS

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Counting down the 223 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

GOT IT COVERED PART IV

Poe Dameron and his X-Wing fighter. Oscar Isaac certainly seems to have the bravado part down, doesn’t he?

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Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron from Vanity Fair.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 316 DAYS

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Counting down the 316 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…

January 5 was Star Wars Episode VII star Oscar Isaac’s 30th birthday. An actor of some repute already after celebrated roles in Inside Llewyn Davis and A Most Violent Year (not to mention his work as a silent killer in The Bourne Legacy), Issac’s name recognition is going to sky rocket in his role as Poe Dameron in Episode VII and his upcoming work in X-Men: Apocalypse as the title villain of the piece won’t hurt either.

Little is known about the character he plays in Episode VII other than he files an X-Wing fighter. That will all change soon enough!

Welcome to Star Wars, Mr. Isaac. Hope you enjoy the ride!

Poe Dameron

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