Wednesday Comics Is The Best Thing DC has Ever Done
Today marks the release of the second issue of Wednesday Comics from DC and I am here to tell you that it is totally amazing. Wait a minute, aren't Wednesday already comic days? Yes. But this is a series of single page stories of superheroes like you would find in your daily newspaper for spider-man and the likes. Think of it as a Sunday comic strip section of any news paper.
This weekly book contains one page stories and will run for 12 weeks. The editor of Wednesday Comics is Mark Chiarello, the editor of the Solo series. He spearheaded both projects. He seems to be DC's 'outside-the-box' guy since Solo comics was just an amazing piece of work that anyone should rush out and try to pick up.
On the creative side of things you have the writers and artist here
Batman - Azzarello and Risso
Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth - Gibbons and Sook
Hawkman - Baker
Deadman - Bullock and Heuck
Superman - Arcudi and Bermejo
Green Lantern - Busiek and Quinones
Metamorpho: The Element Man - Gaiman and Allred
Teen Titans - Berganza and Galloway
Adam Strange - Pope
Supergirl - Palmiotti and Conner
Metal Men - Dido, Lopez, and Nowlan
Wonder Woman - Caldwell
Sgt Rock - Kubert and Kubert
The Flash - Kerschl and Fletcher
The Demon and Catwoman - Simonson and Stelfreeze
First, let me say that the thing is huge. Full newspaper size with full color. The printing is fantastic. Something about reading it on newsprint in this giant size really makes it a lot more fun. The art doesn't miss a step. Every page looks like something that could be framed and it matches the tone of the writing perfectly.
The only problem I can see with what DC is trying to do is that people with short attention spans are going to get bored reading one page of a story a week. You are going to hear a lot of people complaining that "nothing happened" but I think they are missing the point. This is the best thing DC has done since Solo and letting these writers and artists tell a story in this format is going to be awesome and I can't wait to see what next week looks like.
I suppose the only other problem is how am I going to store this? I mean, it's slightly bigger than a comic book and when I first saw it on the shelf I thought I was going to be disappointed because it looked like a little newspaper or a thick copy of Comic Shop News. But once I opened it up I was pleasantly surprised. I'm also not sure how DC will collect it in hardcover eventually.
While I'm typically excited and pleased to hit up my local comic shop on Wednesdays, this just gave me an extra reason to look forward to the on Wednesday. It took DC 2 years, but we finally got another good weekly comic. Countdown and Trinity were complete garbage. And yes, at the start it's only 15 pages of all set up, which may be off putting to some and may not get or like the idea of getting a piece of the puzzle one week at a time. but think of the last few issues as 15 pages of payoff.
I suppose the only bad thing to come out of all this is something that has nothing to do with Wednesday comics itself. It's that the quality of these stories about these characters aren't going to translate in their regular comics. Strange Adventures was awesome, but that has everything to do with Paul Pope being the talent behind it.
If you go and pick up the latest comics you see with Adam Strange in them, you'll find someone absolutely mediocre bullshit done by someone who is nowhere near Paul Pope. God help anyone who buys Teen Titans comic after reading the Wednesday strip. Which wasn't anything remarkable, but akin to classic literature when compared to the current Teen Titans creative team.
On the other side of the coin, if you find yourself liking any of these stories or especially the art on them, then you can and should look into other things that the creators have done. If you liked the Batman story, the same creative team did a six issue arc of the main Batman title collected in TPB called Broken City, Which maintains the same great quality.
On the whole, Wednesday Comics is some of the best stuff possible. Go pick it up.