Wednesday Comics #1
Editor: Mark Chiarello
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US
One of the most eagerly anticipated comic-book projects of the year has arrived, and the result is entertaining and intriguing. I was surprised to find that DC turned to a rougher newsprint for this unusual book, but it’s a smart move. It unfolds much more cleanly than the thinner, slicker glossy paper normally used in printing comics today.
This broadsheet collection of 15 different one-page strips, while radically different in format, is pretty much like just about any other comic-book anthology project. The diversity in style and storytelling approaches one of the strengths of the project, as it spotlights different techniques. The creators embrace modern new ideas while some pay tribute to the comics of yesteryear. Of course, like other anthologies, this one is something of a mixed bag as well. A couple of the strips don’t quite exhibit the same strength one can find in the others. Furthermore, the creators working with the better-known characters aren’t burdened by the need to introduce the players in their dramas, allowing them to get their stories rolling right off the bat.