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Wednesday Comics #3

Wednesday Comics #3

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 22, 2009

Cover date: July 22, 2009


Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: Lee Bermejo


Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Amanda Conner

Reviewed by: Barry Freiman

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In this week's Superman, by John Arcudi and Lee Bermejo, the Man of Steel continues feeling like an outsider - even to Lois - so he goes to visit his parents in Smallville. There's not much new added to the story this week. I'm guessing that the telepathic alien did something to Superman's head to make him feel this way. But until such a revelation is made, this story is continuing to make the Man of Steel the Man of Whine. Step it up DC.

It would also help to understand the continuity context in which the story takes place. He refers to Lois and we see her but we don't know if that's Lois Lane or Lois Lane Kent. If it's Mrs. Superman, then the feelings of alienation from her would be even more troubling. We clearly aren't dealing with current comic book continuity since Pa Kent is alive so it would help to know at what point this story takes place in Superman's career.

Over in Supergirl, by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, Kara catches up to Krypto and he calms down long enough to help Supergirl save a minivan that apparently went out of control after Streaky scratched it. Kara sees Streaky chasing an airplane that has a picture of a cartoon mouse on it.

This story is slipping a bit this week. The scene with the minivan is very confusing. Did Supergirl just happen onto the damaged vehicle or did Streaky do it? The vehicle owner says he only heard the sound of a buzz saw and then the vehicle went out of control. Not being a cat owner, I'm left wondering if this is something that cats just do. But, let's be real, I'm overanalyzing this simple strip. Or am I? If I don't quite understand the plot from the dialogue and art, will a kid reading the strip be confused as well? If reading is truly fundamental, literary coherence is indispensable even in a children's comic strip.

See ya next week in the funny pages.

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