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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: September 11 – 17, 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 Batman Universe #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Nick Derington

As regular readers of this feature know, I love what Tom King is doing with Batman in the main Batman title. I love it. And I loved this week’s Batman #78.

But there is an entire flavor of Batman stories with which I grew up that are hard to fit in King’s darker take on the character and Brian Michael Bendis has written them in Batman Universe the only issue with which is the fact that it is not titled Brave and the Bold because I think that is the book the Bendis is paying homage to in this one.

Bendis’ Batman is so unlike the current incarnation of the character in a good and fun way. This Batman is confident, funny and humorous. He doesn’t take any situation too seriously, which is good as the situations in which he finds himself are increasingly ridiculous – and glorious. This Batman is paired with other members of the DC Universe in delightful ways. This Batman is a trip.

Nick Derington is the perfect artist for this book as well, and his work invokes a bit of Darwyn Cooke which is about the highest praise I can give him. He makes Batman’s eyes twinkle even though those eyes are white slits in the bat cowl and his command of the bizarre and over-the-top is spot on for this book.

I am so glad DC is issuing these Walmart books separately and digitally now. The Batman edition of them is special.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 31 – August 6, 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 Batman: Last Night on Earth #2

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist:  Greg Capullo

For their swan song with what has become their signature character, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo apparently got together before they embarked on Batman: Last Night on Earth and said: “let’s do whatever we want.”

And they are doing it.

Bizarre, hilarious, over-the-top and brazen, this Black Label title is everything one expects from two daring creators who know what they are doing and why they are doing it. They seem very much to push one another to the limits of their talent and their imaginations and we, the readers, are the beneficiaries of this collaboration.

It is a collaboration the comic book world will deeply miss.

This post-apocalyptic (I think – you never really know what Snyder and Capullo have in mind) story is a clear culmination of the plot points and themes these two have been developing for over 10 years. What a pleasure to see them pull this off.

And what a pleasure to see DICK Grayson, not the ridiculous “Ric” Grayson running around in the Nightwing title…

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 24 – 30, 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 House of X #1

Writer: Johnathan Hickman

Artist:  Pepe Larraz

To know Hickman is to not understand Hickman, at least in my experience. But to know him is to know that he is going to play the looonggg game, going to surprise with new and innovative concepts and fascinating characters. And to know him is to know that his work is always worth the read.

For a long time now, the Merry Marvel Mutants – the X-Men – have been languishing at the fringes of the publishers’ catalog. It should not be that way. Marvel is better when the X-Men are central.

Hence the earned excitement around Hickman’s return and, if his work is inscrutable to me, it just means it needs another reading.

Pepe Larraz is a very good artist and his work in House of X is serviceable. Nothing he does here offends, but nor does it blow the reader out of the water. And that is okay. The concepts themselves take care of that reaction. Larraz knows his role here and he executes it well.

This book needs another read – or three – and will get one. It will need to be read as part of the whole.

I am thrilled Hickman is back and Marvel and I am along for the ride. I hope it will be long-term.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 17 – 23, 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 Batman #75

Writer: Tom King

Artist:  Tony S. Daniel

I cannot fully write about the writing of recent Eisner Award Winner Tom King before I read the conclusion of “City of Bane.” The first chapter of this final installment of his Batman work clearly illustrates that he will be pulling material from throughout his entire run – a run that will approach 100 issues. There is far too much going on to write about succinctly. I will address this in coming blogs…

So, instead, let us take a moment to praise the amazing line work of Tony S. Daniel who has triumphantly returned to Batman to take on another epic arc. He was a main collaborator in the terrific and gonzo Grant Morrison tales years back and it is wonderful to see him on the title again. I cannot readily think of an artist who has changed his style – honed his style – as much as Daniel. Nor can I think of one so much under the radar. He is tremendous. And he is another amazingly good fit for Batman. He captures the handsome Bruce Wayne, the brooding Batman, the darkness of Gotham and the kinetic energy needed for battle. Clearly, he is having a field day with the rouges gallery King has given him to play with in “City of Bane.”

Batman remains DC’s flagship title for a reason!

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: July 10 – 16, 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 Event Leviathan #2

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  Alex Maleev

This is not actually what is happening, right? Did Event Leviathan really just reveal who the big bad is in the second issue? While I seriously doubt that is the case, I would be pleased if it were for two reasons: first, these event comics play out in such a decompressed manner that, typically, nothing seems to happen and, second, I would be happy with the choice of the big bad. If the suggested big bad is, in fact, the big bad.

Brian Michael Bendis has a unique voice and writing style and I was concerned in his first DC offerings about how it would work in the DC universe. His particular flavor seemed a bit discordant in his early efforts or, more likely, my reaction was about me adjusting to it. Consider my adjustment period over. I know everyone is relived. Bendis is putting together a great book here and the voices he’s writing sound spot on to me.

Alex Maleev is one of the best artists in the game and what I really noticed here is his framing. The issue contains a significant amount of dialogue between two characters interspersed with a ton of flashbacks and Maleev makes it work like a walk-and-talk from The West Wing. When the reveal hits at the end of the issue, the reader did not see it coming and that is a testament to how Maleev set the panels and pages up throughout the issue. Very impressive stuff.

Event Leviathan may well live up to the hype…

 

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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: June 26 – July 1, 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:

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 3.56.34 PMThe Best Comic I Read Last Week Was Flash #73

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Howard Porter

I have been completely hooked by the Flash Year One storyline playing out in the characters’ eponymous title over the last few months. This Barry Allen is fun, on point and engaging – the perfect distillation of the character for the time. Williamson’s handle on his gets better with each passing issue and, while I have not been in love with the Turtle (really, ever) as the main adversary, one cannot deny that Williamson has a plan playing the Flash off him. I am also very much in love with the older Barry Allen both in terms of characterization and in terms of his overall design.

This leads directly into a conversation about penciller Howard Porter. He is back at the top of his game with The Flash and it is wonderful to see. His cartooning is perfect for super-speed antics and Williamson seems to be writing to his artist’s strengths. I love the resonance I (and others of my age) must feel with the classic Grant Morrison/Howard Porter Justice League

This Flash is terrific and terrifically fun. 

 

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