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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 Action Comics #1004
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Ryan Sook
Brian Michael Bendis’ take on Superman is fresh and new. It is also grounded in a a real world setting that some, I take it from internet traffic, are finding jarring. His treatment of Lois and Clark’s marriage is at the center of this very interesting and, frankly, challenging issue of Action Comics and, like much of what Bendis has done on the character since taking over, I have to say it works for me. The interaction between the couple has verisimilitude and the fact that Bendis makes it the centerpiece of the issue is to be celebrated. Is there another comic that is delving into the challenges of married life while delivering creative and engaging superheroics?
That would be a “no.”
And it is clear that top flight artists want to work with Bendis.
Anyone who can get us a full issue of Ryan Sook interiors should be praised.
Sook’s work here is exactly what we have come to expect from him: expressive, fluid, at once wide screen while respectful of character moments. No one currently working channels Jose Luis Garcia Lopez more than Sook and that is a high compliment, indeed. He is one of the best working and, to see him drop in for a full issue of a monthly is a delight.
Action Comics is as well.