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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 Spider-Geddon #1
Writer: Cristos Gage and Dan Slott
Artist: Jorge Molina
Off the wall, gonzo, over-the-top action. That’s what Spider-Geddon #1 delivers. With a title like that, it better, right?
Cristos Gage is working from ideas put in motion by Dan Slott in the neo-classic “Spider-Verse” story line (which also inspired this winter’s motion picture Spider-Man: Edge of the Spider-Verse animated film) and, in this case, good ideas are quite the fruitful playground. Focusing on the engaging Miles Morales Spider-Man, Gage connects the reader to a story that seems made to please. After establishing Morales as the Spider-Man of record, Gage introduces a handful of other Spider-People, giving each and identity and raison d art making the audience care about each. He handles the Superior Octavius very well.
And Jorge Molina is perfectly suited to the world of Spider-Man. His fluid characters blend seamless into creative panelling and the kinetic nature of the story matches what he is doing visually. This is a terrific example of the right artist being on the right book and character (in this case, characters) and Molina’s Spider-Man is a classic rendition. He is key to the success of this book.
Spider-Geddon looks as though it will be a fun ride and one that I am looking forward to taking.