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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 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.
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.