Did you read Wednesday Comics when it was out? If not, here's what you missed: DC decided to put out an old-fashioned newsprint comic in 12 issues, with 15 different serialized features. Masterminded by DC Art Director Mark Chiarello, this project sought out and found a troop of impressive writers and artists, some of whom were willing to find times in otherwise busy schedules for this short, but prestigious project.
Recently DC has put out the collected edition for those who missed out on the comic when it first came out. Since the original comic folded out like a big newspaper, DC didn't want a collected edition to make the great art smaller. Their solution was to collect it in an oversize, hardcover edition that is certain to impress.
The 15 features included are:
Batman by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso
These are the guys who brought you the brilliant Vertigo series 100 Bullets. Batman is cast in a noir-ish style crime drama.
Kamandi by Dave Gibbons & Ryan Sook
That's correct - the artist of the Watchmen is the writer of this feature, and if you haven't read any of Gibbons' stories, you're in for a treat. Sook's art is gorgeous and old-school fans of classic comic strips will recognize this entire feature as a tip-of-the-hat to the old Prince Valiant comic strip.
Superman by John Arcudi & Lee Bermejo
Often Superman fans have noted that his greatest traits aren't his powers, but his nobility and compassion. In this story, an alien incursion causes the Last Son of Krypton to doubt all the things that truly make him a Man of Steel.
Deadman by Dave Bullock & Vinton Heuck
This Deadman story is another one that uses a noir-style hook. Vinton Heuck's art looks a lot like the work of Darwyn Cooke, so naturally this is one of the best-looking of the whole bunch.
Green Lantern by Kurt Busiek & Joe Quinones
Busiek spins a great Hal Jordan story, set in the 1960s, with a vibe very reminiscent of DC: The New Frontier. A rival pilot suffers an accident that tests Hal Jordan's friendship and Green Lantern's power.
Metamorpho by Neil Gaiman & Michael Allred
The biggest rock-star team up in the whole volume is here. The writer of the Sandman, Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, and Coraline teams up with the pop-art creator of Madman and artist on X-Statix and IZombie. This silly, imaginative tale takes Metamorpho into an Indiana Jones-style adventure that doesn't shy away from mystery, betrayal, or the occasional kid's game.
Teen Titans by Eddie Berganza & Sean Galloway
An obscure villain from the Titans past arrives to offer a greater challenge than he ever has before, causing the Teen Titans to reflect on the true strengths of their team.
Adam Strange by Paul Pope
Writer/artist Paul Pope, best known for art-house comics like Heavy Liquid and 100%, takes on DC's pulp-style space hero as he and his wife, Alana, takes on evil baboon invaders. Fans of classic Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon adventures will have a blast with this colorful, bizarre tale.
Supergirl by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
When Streaky the Supercat and Krypto the Superdog start acting out of sorts, who ya gonna call? Supergirl! The Girl of Steel tries to keep her crazy pets under control and shares a funny scene with another famous DC hero before discovering the mystery behind the super-animal hijinx. This fun story will appeal to your internal goofy kid (assuming you don't already wear that hat on the outside).
Metal Men by Dan DiDio , Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, & Kevin Nowlan
Professor Will Magnus and his Metal Men get caught up in a bank robbery that goes from bad to worse to worse again in this fun story written by one of the biggest names in DC comics.
Wonder Woman by Ben Caldwell
One of the most experimental features in Wednesday Comics centers around a secret tale of Wonder Woman's early days, before leaving Themyscira for her adventures in the greater world. This story offers rich reimaginings of Princess Diana, The Cheetah, Dr. Poison, and Etta Candy that just get better and better as the story goes along. You haven't seen a comic like this one.
Sgt. Rock by Adam Kubert & Joe Kubert
The Kubert family show, once again, why their names will always be remembered along with DC's tough-as-nails WWII hero.
The Flash by Karl Kerschl & Brenden Fletcher
Barry Allen thinks he's got his old foe, Gorilla Grodd, taken care of at the beginning of this story, but as time unravels around him, threatening to destroy the love he shares with Iris West, he discovers that this battle is far from over. Without hesitation, I can say this was my favorite amongst this excellent batch of stories.
The Demon & Catwoman by Walter Simonson & Brian Stelfreeze
This unlikely team-up pits these classic DC characters against Morgaine le Faye, in a mystical showdown full of brimstone and burglary.
Hawkman by Kyle Baker
Kyle Baker clearly has a blast in a series of cliffhangers that start out with the Winged Wonder foiling an airline hijacking and end up with a beachside monster fight.
Don't just take my word for how good this is. Check out some of these reviews I've quoted from the back.
- Michael Chabon
- USA Today's Pop Candy
"Nothing can top Wednesday Comics..."
"Amazing...today's freshest creators"
- Publishers Weekly The Beat
"DC Comics is thinking big."
- Scripps Howard News Service