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Wednesday Comics [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman , Kurt Busiek , Paul Pope , Walter Simonson , Kyle Baker , Dave Gibbons , Dave Bullock , Kevin Nowlan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Book Description

June 1, 2010
This oversized hardcover edition collects the entire critically acclaimed anthology series that reinvented the classic weekly newspaper comics section. It features 16-different stories starring the World's Greatest Super Heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash, as well as lesser known characters including Metamorpho and Metal Men written and Illustrated by the comic industry's top talents including including Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN), Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (JOKER), Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN) Eduardo Risso (100 BULLETS), Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK) and Paul Pope (BATMAN: YEAR ONE HUNDRED). The 11" x 17" trim size best approximates the oversized reading experience from the weekly periodical which was spearheaded by DCU Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello, whose past editing credits include BATMAN BLACK and WHITE, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER. The full list of featured stories and creators is as follows:

BATMAN, by the Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso

ADAM STRANGE, by writer/artist Paul Pope (BATMAN: YEAR 100) METAMORPHO, written by New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman with Art by Eisner Award-winner Michael Allred (Madman)

THE DEMON AND CATWOMAN, written by Walter Simonson (Thor, MANHUNTER) with Art by famed DC cover artist Brian Stelfreeze

DEADMAN, written by Dave Bullock and Vinton Heuck, Art by Dave Bullock

KAMANDI, written by Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) with Art by Ryan Sook (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL)

SUPERMAN, written by John Arcudi (The Mask) with Art by Lee Bermejo (JOKER)

WONDER WOMAN, written and illustrated by Ben Caldwell (Dare Detectives)

GREEN LANTERN, written by Kurt Busiek (TRINITY, ASTRO CITY) with Art by Joe Quiñones (TEEN TITANS GO!)

TEEN TITANS, written by Eddie Berganza with Art by Sean Galloway

SUPERGIRL, written by Jimmy Palmiotti (JONAH HEX) with Art by Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL)

HAWKMAN, written and illustrated by Kyle Baker (PLASTIC MAN, Special Forces)

SGT. ROCK, written by Adam Kubert (SUPERMAN: LAST SON), ilustrated by legendary comics artist Joe Kubert

THE FLASH, written by Karl Kerschl (TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE, THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE) and Brenden Fletcher, illustrated by Karl Kerschl

METAL MEN, written by Dan DiDio with Art by Ian Churchill (SUPERGIRL)


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Starred Review. The spirit of wide-eyed adventure that has been largely missing from today's comics world comes back with a vengeance in this compilation of DC's 2009 retro-themed series. Originally printed on newspaper broadsheets, appropriate to its prewar pulp roots, each of the series' dozen issues featured one-page installments from 15 different original tales with heroes culled from the DC back catalogue. Though selections range from the preadolescent goofy (Dan Didio's Metal Men, Jimmy Palmiotti's Supergirl) to the surreal (Neil Gaiman's tongue-in-cheek Metamorpho, Paul Pope's Adam Strange), the operative word is action. With few exceptions, the Wednesday Comics feature enough two-fisted, exclamation-heavy action to satisfy any easily bored kid or adult—Dave Gibbons's take on Jack Kirby's Kamandi (The Last Boy on Earth!) is particularly rousing, heroic stuff, a postapocalyptic Prince Valiant. Some of the comics do less well; Joe and Adam Kubert's Sgt. Rock is particularly rote, as is Brian Azzarello's thin Batman story, which is at least energetically drawn by Eduardo Risso. But on the whole, this is a thrilling piece of work, re-energizing past classics without losing the spark that made them special in the first place. (May)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227470
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.7 x 17.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kurt Busiek is the New York Times bestselling author of ASTRO CITY, MARVELS, ARROWSMITH, SHOCKROCKETS and dozens of other comics, including such well-known titles as SUPERMAN, IRON MAN and AVENGERS, and his own creations, including THUNDERBOLTS, THE WIZARD'S TALE, TOOTH & CLAW, SUPERSTAR and more.

He's won over two dozen industry awards, including the coveted Eisner Award for Best New Series, Best Series, Best Single Issue and more, and the Harvey Award for Best Writer, Best Series and others. He even won Wizard Awards for Comics' Greatest Moment...twice.

Born in Boston, he now makes his home somewhere in the vast Pacific Northwest, with his wife, two children and a Welsh corgi.

On the web:
busiek.com
twitter.com/kurtbusiek
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Official-Kurt-Busiek-Page/201264465828
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Let me start off by saying this is an incredibly beautiful and large book. The art is some of the best and truly unique I've seen in comics to date. To me, the only real downfall is how the stories fit in with the rest of the book. Wednesday Comics ran for 12 weeks (one page per week per story). So basically each story is only 12 pages long and each page needed to sustain the reader each week. I never felt like it was enough time to flesh out anything meaningful. I don't blame the writers as there were some amazing talent on this project (i.e Brian Azzarello). I blame the format. If it wasn't for the giant artwork, I don't think any of these stories would have been worth the time to read. Especially individually. This book is really just the sum of its parts.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Quality, Amazing Characters June 2, 2010
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If you are a fan of any of the characters in this book you should really do yourself a favor and check this out. These stories are all told in a great narrative unique to the different stories, the unique page structure builds on top of that. The book itself is great quality the pages are crisp, the binding is sewn and the book can lie flat perfectly. Finally some of these pages really take shape when you sit them next to each other. When they were being released in issues you only got one page and unless you took your comics apart the pages never truly lie next to each other. The most prominent case of this is with the Metamorpho chapter, the periodic table of elements looks just great.

All in all it really is another successful DC experiment and really shows and reminds us that DC can still be a lot of fun.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best purchases June 4, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I ordered a copy of Wednesday Comics and was amazed at how big the box is it came in. An absolutely beautiful book well worth the money I spent on the book. Well worth the price Amazon is asking. A must for any comics lover and especially those that appreciate the artistic nature of the books themselves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This was a really great concept by DC comics, but I wasn't about to pay $4 a week for a newspaper formatted book. I knew to wait for the collected edition. This book is spectacular! There are hit or miss stories in this, but the hits outweight the misses. Some of the art is spectacular as well. I only have one real problem with it and that is one of the reasons it works so well... the size! It is really hard to read a book this size comfortably, except sitting down at a table with the book in front of you. I know that it defeats the purpose, but I'm hoping they put out a smaller trade size edition. Some of the stories will lose their impact, but it will be an easier way to enjoy it. What I loved most about this book is the use of some of the lower tier DC characters you don't normally see used. To break down the individual stories, my favorite had to be Kamandi. He's a character I love, the story was pretty stock, but well done and the art was fantastic. Speaking of fantastic art, the Adam Strange story had the look of a European graphic novel. Beautiful stuff! The story was very engaging as well. Other standouts for art and story were the Superman and Supergirl ones. Supergirl was a very light hearted story. It was funny and a joy to read, with some beautiful art as well. Another one in that same camp is the Metal Men story. Both are great ones for kids of all ages. Ones I thought missed the mark are Wonder Woman. I didn't even read it. The pages were a mess of word balloons and poor page layout that had me wanting to skip it. Also, I thought the Teen Titans was a miss. There were some average ones, like Batman and Metamorpho (which surprised me being that the great Neil Gaiman wrote it), but all in all, most of this book is enjoyable and well worth a read and definitely worth a purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wednesday Awesome-ness July 4, 2010
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The stories contained in this Huge and Beautiful collection were originally presented in a "newspaper" like format. Each character featured in this experiment had an entire giant page devoted to thier story. The stories themselves were great, but what captured my attention the most was how great the art looked in this oversized format. The detail and craftmanship that went into these stories, both written and drawn, was amazing. I own all 12 of the original single issue releases, but when I saw that this run was being collected in an oversized, hard cover edition... I couldn't resist! The collected edition maintains the size, and beauty, of the individual issues. If you are looking for a fun and unique way to introduce yourself to some of DC's coolest charachters, from the ever popular Superman and Batman to the lesser known Metamorpho and Adam Strange, presented by hottest writters and artists of today, this collection will not dissapoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath-takingly Amazing! July 7, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I just got my copy (perfect condition by the way - Thanks Amazon) of Wednesday Comics - and it exceeded all of my expectations! I remember reading these stories in 2009, as each issue came out over the course of 12 weeks, and thinking to myself "Thank you DC for taking a chance on this format and Thank you Mark Chiarello (Edititorial Art Director) for intelligently driving this vision forward - masterful!" And now I find myself saying "Thank you" again for having the courage and insight to collect this fantastic experiment in a HUGE hardcover that does a great job of replicating these oversized adventures an all their colored glory! Not only is this a giant book but it's also so well designed - the colors are bright, the pages crisp, the binding is tight (yes, the pages are sewn), even the end pages are eye catching. Do yourself a favor, and buy this book! You will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by RIcardo Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my comic art class
I bought this to share with my students as part of my comic art class. Warning - this book is HUGE as in OVERSIZED, lol. But man is it incredible. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. A. Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars Superhero comics are super again!! Huge format!! Traditional and...
This is a fantastic experiment in simultaneously breaking new boundaries and going back to the traditional adventure comic tabloid format, and the end result is stunning to look at... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Surferofromantica
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Huuuuuuge Book.
I can literally prop up my bed with this thang. You're sure to find a strip in here that you'll love and will probably start a cult over. Remember cults? Read more
Published 15 months ago by iMikos
4.0 out of 5 stars Bent corners
The box didn't have cushion to prevent the book from moving around so the corners are bent but my hubby likes it
Published 20 months ago by ~Idid&Ucan2~
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
While the volume itself is admittedly unwieldy, the overall presentation and scale which it allows the artists to present their work on is excellent. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Mark McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars was a gift and they loved it!
it's large and awesome! was a perfectly birthday gift and totally looks like a collectors item. it's something you definitely want if you enjoy comics especially marvel. Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by ShoeHeaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Wednesday Comics
To the point, this was a really fun read. I read these when they were being released in their newsprint form. The collection is beautifully done. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by J. Pellegrin
4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous looking comic
Well, the presentation and the artwork here was just incredibly good throughout. I like the fact that they retained a unique look for each different comic character strip. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by danny boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
The stories contained in this trade have all of the fun and energy that most modern comics seem to lack. Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by S. Fox
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Will this ever be avaiable as a paperback??
I kind of doubt it.
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