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Wednesday Comics: Wonder Woman

Earlier this week I reviewed Wednesday Comics, a rather spanking anthology from DC Comics. I kinda figured, however, it might be worth my while to break out some of those fifteen stories on their own (but not all of them) and discuss them, as it’s easy to lose sight of a particular writer/artist’s work in an anthology. Now it’s time to discuss the most controversial (or, at least, divisive) of the bunch: Wonder Woman.

When you discuss the ambition of DC Comics’ wonderful Wednesday Comics series, the argument inevitably comes back around to Ben Caldwell’s Wonder Woman strip, which seems to be the most divisive of the bunch. Everyone hates Teen Titans and loves The Flash, but Caldwell’s take on the iconic Amazon has served to split readers down the middle. It shouldn’t be too surprising, though, since the strip is really one of the handful to play with the extra space the book was allowed. While I’m not exactly overjoyed with the story, I certainly respect it a great deal for having the guts to follow through on some fascinating design ideas.

Wonder Woman fans should get a kick out of it...

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Wednesday Comics

Hawkman unsheathes his knife and crawls into the gasping T-Rex’s jaws, thinking “Sadly, this is not the craziest thing I’ve ever done.”

– Hawkman

Wednesday Comics is an amazing little experiment, a bit of comic book nostalgia delivered by some of the most talented people in the business with a smile on their face and a skip in their step. For those who don’t know, DC Comics – always the more boldly experimental of the two major companies – ran a twelve-week collection of newspaper comic strips. Fifteen strips bundled together, the reader was offered one page of a given comic at a time on a super-sized newspaper sheet, with a full story told week-on-week. It was a bold little experiment and while the whole is almost certainly greater than the sum of its parts, there’s much to love here.

There in a Flash...

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