July 22, 2009
Wednesday Comics Report
So I did go out and snag Wednesday Comics, as I mentioned. My verdict? Beautiful, inventive, and fatally flawed.
But the flaw is so simple! You see, Wednesday Comics #1 is comprised of sixteen giant pages. And each of those pages is a separate story. This renders it almost completely unreadable. Just as you build up a modicum of reading momentum—TO BE CONTINUED. And they’re not even good to-be-continueds, because really, how could they be? Nothing has happened yet!
It’s only worth mentioning because the whole thing would have been so sublime if they’d simply focused each issue on two or four stories instead of sixteen. I’m sure there’s some sort of production logic at work here—Paul Pope is still madly scribbling out the back half of his Adam Strange story somewhere—but even so. The product, as is, is broken. It’s fine fodder for “trends in media!” talk—and you know I love that—but as an actual reading experience it’s no fun. Fresh formats are great, but you gotta get the fundamentals right, too.
However! A super-jumbo-sized trade paperback, collecting all of the issues, released around Christmastime, would be a fine thing indeed. I’ll wait for that—and buy it with relish.