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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 17 – 23, 2017


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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

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The best comic I read last week was

Super Sons #4.

Writer: Peter Tomasi

Artist: Jorge Jimenez

This comic book is intended to be a fun read filled with the kinetic energy that teens and preteens have in abundance and the team of Jorge Jimenez and Peter Tomasi are delivering. Of the books I read monthly, this one brings a smile to my face more often than others and is, frankly, the most enjoyable comic I read. It is not overly complex. It does not take itself too seriously. It knows what is it and what it is is joyful.

The dynamic between Robin (Damian Wayne) and Superboy (Jon Kent) is just what it ought to be. Jon is something of a naive do-gooder, always ready to call in the “super dads” to assist the boys while Damian is an arrogant know-it-all, always ready for the boys to go it alone no matter the risks. Essentially, Tomasi as broken down and magnified the traditional relationship between Batman and Superman and is playing it out in broader strokes with the boys.

Tomasi must be a father himself or have spent plenty of time around kids because he nails both the mindset and the dialogue of teenagers. Give this guy Teen Titans when it is looking for a new writer.

Jorge Jimenez’s art is wonderful. His predilection for cartoonish expressions which brim with manga influence is the right match for the tone of the book. Jimenez’s kids look like kids and there is great contrast between them and the adults in the book. I have noted this in prior reviews: drawing children seems to be a difficult task for many artists. Not for Jimenez. One of the things that truly shines in this issue is that Jimenez is able to contrast the fun of the book with the fairly terrible actions of the villain, Kid Amazo. The juxtaposition is powerful.

Super Sons is great. It hearkens back to the comics of my childhood, feeling very World’s Finest in its approach and execution. I loved that book as a kid. I love this one as a kid-like adult.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week – December 3 – December 9, 2014

I am a comic book collector and happy to be sure. 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 5 comics last week: Batman Eternal #35, Action Comics #37, Detective Comics #37, Gotham Academy #3 and Grayson #5.

The best comic I read last week was Detective Comics #37.

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For the last few issues, Detective Comics, one of DC Comics’ Batman titles, has been written and drawn by the team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato and they are a quite a team. Having made a name for themselves as an art team on Superboy as written by Geoff Johns in the “old” 52 and then on The Flash as a writer and artist team in the New 52, Manapul and Buccellato have been so consistently solid that they have fallen below the radar.

Their writing is good, sometimes very good, but rarely so great that it causes one to say “that was a really wonderful story” or “I’ve got to read that comic again.” As writers, they have been simply reliable, telling good stories that are competent but not memorable. Until Detective Comics #37. Reintroducing a classic “old” 52 antagonist to the DC Universe has been done before, but this team brings back Batman’s old foe Anarchy in a barn burner. They have grown in writing Batman and his cast of characters and this story is arresting in its pace and structure in a way other issues haven’t been.

What has always been arresting about these two is their art. There really is no one else like them drawing and coloring comics today. I love what they do with covers and splash pages – they are Carmine Infantino-like (you can see a bit about this master HERE) in their creativity. From color to composition, they are terrific visual storytellers and, when they can match up a great script with hot tremendous they always are on art, the result is something very good indeed…

like Detective Comics #37.

 

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Man of Steel Days Away

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The family and I will be partaking in an early screening of Man of Steel on Thursday night. I can say I am hopeful that director Zack Snyder got this right. Though I’ve thrown myself fully into a complete media black out at this point – I am not even watching commercials – it’s hard to avoid the stills and the commentary on the film. I have been trying.

As we approach the movie’s release, there will be many an offering like this one.

Click HERE to see The Small Screen History of the Man of Steel. Even the most ardent Superman fan may have forgotten some of these…

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