This is Bob from the Weekly Comics Spotlight podcast with short reviews “by the #s” (with a rating out of 5) of the books we review on our weekly show. We’re also including the “price per page” of the comics we review.
Remember, you can hear full audio reviews on the Episode page at ComicBookPage.com.
DC: Wednesday Comics #1 (W: various A: various)
Bob: 3/5 John: 2/5
$3.99 – 15 over-sized pgs (color)
This is going to be long…..
I think it was pretty typical for an anthology. Some stuff I absolutely loved, some stuff I hated, the rest in the middle. While I respect DC for trying something new here, what this really boiled down to was a set of 1-page comics printed really big…..innovative for comics? Yes. The greatest thing since Jack Kirby picked up a pencil? Certainly not.
Given that the writers were well aware of the “page a week” format, I would have expected more of them to structure their stories in such a way that the all-important 1st page was a real “grabber” and this just did not seem to be the case for most of the features.
Metal Men - Didio did good. The art was really nice too.
Kamandi - This was channeling an old Hal Foster Prince valiant page if anything was.
Metamorpho - Wow! Allred draws a nice Saphire Stagg.
Adam Strange - Very nicely done! A lot of story packed into this page
Supergirl - Nice art, not much story yet, but with this creative team, should be fun when it gets going.
Green Lantern - Nice setup, mostly for people familiar with the characters, though. I have high hopes for this once it gets going.
Flash - Some people were loving the “split page” with Iris in a “Juliet Jones” kind of strip along the bottom. That was not working for me, I’d rather have seen Flash for the whole page.
Sgt. Rock - Not much of a story here yet. Good art, seems like this will get better.
Catwoman/Demon - Not much of a story here yet. Good art, seems like this will get better.
Batman - Seems like Azzarello could have done a 1st page with a bit more “punch”
Superman - Really weak 1st page, the alien looks goofy, not really in step with the general painted art style.
Deadman - Art was really off-putting for me for some reason. kept me from getting into the story, just a personal thing, though, seems like the story will be decent enough.
Hawkman - I’m thinking that a story narrated by a bird, while interesting conceptually, is not going to work for me.
Teen Titans - Not only was this muddled, Galloway could not even be bothered to draw facial features on Wonder Girl in the top row.
Wonder Woman- I could not even make it through reading the entire page….
The Format - I really don’t like this format. I’m certainly not going with the popular opinion on this one though, I lot of people are heralding this as brilliant & innovative. I think they want to evoke being a 10-year-old laying on the floor to read the Sunday comics, but I’m not 10, and I don’t want to lay on the floor to read this. This was difficult to read while sitting up on my couch (my preferred reading location) so that was a detractor for me.
If I average all this out, Wednesday comics gets a 3/5 from me. Some people are calling this brilliant, but different people like different things. I also suspect certain proponent of this title overlook the parts they don’t love and concentrate on the parts they do. If I did this, it would certainly get a higher rating, but I am rating it based on ALL the content.
Marvel: Ms. Marvel #41 (W: Brian Reed A:Sergio Arino)
Bob: 4/5 John: 4/5
$2.99 – 22 pgs – 13.6 cents/page (color)
I had dropped Ms. Marvel several issue ago when Carol Danvers was replaced by Karla Sofen (Moonstone) as part of Marvel’s “put bad guys ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE” Dark Reign event. I picked it up here and I’m glad I did, as it looks like they are working Carol Danvers back into her own book. I liked the various guest stars (Wolverine & Spider-Man, while used as guest stars in different books a lot) were handled quite nicely here and seemed to have a decent reason for being featured. All-in-all I’m glad I picked this book up and will be adding Ms. Marvel back onto my pull list.
DDP: Drafted: 100 Days One-Shot (W: Mark Powers A: Chris Lie/Junaidi&Faisal)
Bob: 3/5 John: 3/5
$5.99 – 48 pgs – 12.5 cents/page (color)
On first glance, what one would think of this book is high price, average art, Obama opportunism. If I had just seen this on the rack at the comics shop & had not been reviewing it for this episode (hey, Episode 100 à “100 Days”, we HAD to review this one) I would have definitely left this one sitting on the rack at the LCS. That said, upon reading it, I found it to be a pretty good story, a bit of human drama set in an obligatory post-alien invasion world that’s been decimated, with Barack Obama thrown in to spice things up…… Brilliant? Certainly not, but a decent story, more of a “must read” for people who have read & enjoyed previous “Drafted” comics, though.