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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 3 – 9, 2019

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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 Superman: Up in The Sky #1

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Andy Kubert

Without question, this is one of the best comic books I have read in a long, long time. It is a perfect, 21st Century Superman story. It is a perfect 20th Century Superman story. It is a perfect story.

I have sung the praises of Tom King over-and-over on these blog pages and I will not bore anyone be covering ground I have covered before now. What I will say is that King’s command of Superman is as good as his of Batman and I would love to see him on a Superman title before long.

Andy Kubert is one of the best artists in the business and he brings his A-Game to the proceedings here. Illustrating a powerful Superman, a determined Lois Lane and insane science fictions concepts, Kubert reminds why he is special. I love his work.

Superman: Up In The Sky is part of the Walmart released comics that DC is partnering with the retail giant in producing. It was said that they were putting top creators on these books and they would tell great stories. How were we supposed to know they would be this good?

Pick this one up. It’s tremendous. Best comic read in a very long time!

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: May 22 – 28, 2019

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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 Action Comics #1011

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artists:  Steve Epting

Brian Michael Bendis has been building his Superman stories to the Event Leviathan and this installment is top notch. Plot threads are coming together and the stakes feel appropriately high as we reach the start of the Event Levithan miniseries. 

What I really enjoy about Bendis’ take on Superman is that his interpretation of the character is grounded. This seems to be a very difficult balance to pull off but Bendis handles it beautifully His Superman is Clark Kent in costume and Clark Kent is a husband, father and hero. Approaching the character in this fashion is something that few authors can handle. Bendis makes it look easy.

Steve Epting is a tremendous addition to both Action Comics and to the DC Universe. His realistic style goes hand-in-hand with this story. But when superpowers are in play, he delivers and the contrast between the more talky panels and his approach to action is wonderful. 

Superman hasn’t been in this good of hands in years.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: March 12 – 19, 2019

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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 Superman #9

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artists: Ivan Reis, Brandon Peterson

Ivan Reis remains one of the very best pencillers working in comics today. And his command of the Man of Steel is all but perfect. His work defines Superman for this generation of comics readers very much in the way Curt Swan did in the 1970s. This Superman is strong but human, heroic but approachable, calm but with a simmering passion. Reis, who is not the fastest worker in the business, is well paired with Brandon Petersson whose flashback pages are both in keeping with the style Reis has established and visually distinct enough to indicate the time shift. They are a great team.

What writer Bendis is doing in the Superman titles is fascinating to watch as he somehow balances the “super” and the “man” seemingly with ease and makes Lois Lane and Jon Kent critical players in the stories he’s crafting, not bystanders who feel shoehorned into the proceedings. His Superman stories are destined to be classics. Get on board!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 20 – 26, 2019

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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 Justice League #18

Writer: James Tynion, IV 

Artists: Pasqual Ferry

This is the best TWO team book on the market right now. Bar none.

It’s a two team book because it features the exploits not only of the eponymous Justice League, but also of their foes, the Legion of Doom and in this 18th issue, it also resurrects one of the most feared and historic villain teams of all time: the Brainiac/Luthor Team Up. Like everything else in Justice League this version of the team up plays out differently than any other before it. And it’s great.

The art by Pasqual Ferry, who doesn’t do many interiors, is not my favorite and, in my estimation, not quite on par with series artists Jimmy Cheung and Jorge Jimenez, but that’s not quite fair. Those are two of the best artists working today. Who exactly is on par with them? As I re-read the issue (and one must re-read Justice League quite frequently because there is so much going on, I liked the work better.

I was concerned that the alternating writing of Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV would be jarring or off putting, but it simply has not been the case. They are in sync so much they could be a boy band and they compliment each other amazingly well.

This is the best team book on the market, though Avengers is getting better. I love this book.

(On a nasty side note, I am about to drop Nightwing, my favorite character’s title because he is unrecognizable as the character I love. Hey, DC, can we just leave Nightwing alone?)

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: February 12 – 19, 2019

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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 Superman #8

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis 

Artists: Ivan Reis and Brandon Peterson

It is about risks for me, taking risks with big properties, in this case, the biggest.

Brian Michael Bendis is taking risks with the Superman narrative. He is taking Superman in very new, very complex and cool directions. I defy anyone to read his Superman or Action Comics and say “this is more of the same; we’ve seen this before.”

We haven’t.

While I cannot say that I agree with every choice he’s making or that I like every place he’s taken the plot, I can say that I am hooked. This Superman is more grounded, more relatable and more adult that previous incarnations. He is also more fun.

It did take me a few issues to adjust to the tone that Bendis employs. It seemed somehow out of place, perhaps too Marvel. But that period is over. I am in on his Superman. And I am glad Bendis is at DC.

Ivan Reis remains one of the best if most frustrating artists in the business. He is the best because, man, just look at his stuff. His work is cosmic when it needs to be, toned down and drawn in when the story requires it. It is excellent and, typically, top-of-the-line.

It is also, usually, late. So, while Brandon Peterson’s work in this and other issues to keep the train running on time is appreciated, I would love to see Reis complete a full issue or Peterson do the same.

Overall, however, this is a minor complaint with a truly terrific book.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: October 24 – 30, 2018


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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 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.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 29 – September 3, 2018


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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 All Star Superman #1 – 12

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Frank Quitely

Eagle-eyed readers of this feature will note something very odd about the Comics I Read Last Week section above: there is only one – Nightwing Annual #1. Here is a comic book particulars lesson. During months with five weeks, the fifth week is normally a light shipping week. As comic book publication schedules are based on one issue per month (or, recently, two issues per month in many cases) a fifth week wrecks havoc with the schedule. So, in this fifth week, publishers often put out special events or issues like annuals and, in the case of DC this week, a smattering of team up books between DC and Loony Toons characters. I am not reading the DC/Loony Toons books, so I literally had 1 comic to choose from for The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week.

Nightwing Annual #1.

It was fine. But it was not good enough to be the “best” of anything.

Instead, I selected All Star Superman, which, thanks to a crazy sale (like 89% off) on Comixology, I picked up for a song, though I already have the impossible-to-read-in-bed Absolute Edition of this book.

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All Star Superman is one of the best comics published in the last 25 years. This is not in question. It is by the incredible team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely and both are at the tops of their respective games as they weave the story of the Seven Feats of Hercules in the Superman mythos, spinning the story of Superman’s death.

You read that right: Superman’s actual death.

It is a spectacular read, insightful, heartwarming and brilliant.

Thank you, Comixology, for enticing me to buy digitally those things I have in collected editions so that I can readily revisit them. Spending time with this version of Superman is like coming home.

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