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Wednesday Comics #5

Wednesday Comics #5

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 5, 2009

Cover date: August 5, 2009


Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: Lee Bermejo


Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Amanda Conner

Reviewed by: Barry Freiman

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Almost halfway into the 12-issue strip's run and Superman, by John Arcudi and Lee Bermejo, remains a gorgeously drawn strip but one without a clear plot defined. This week's strip is simply a recap of Superman's secret origin that combines elements of current continuity, Superman: Birthright, "Smallville", "Superman: The Movie", and the Silver Age. No matter which Superman you're most familiar with, this version of the origin should be familiar. This sort of begs the question of why Superman's origin is running at all let alone in week five - by this point, the readers should know who Superman is. It would have worked much better as the first strip and would have helped establish that Superman in the strip was still questioning his humanity.

In Supergirl, by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, there's just as little plot as in the Man of Steel's strip, but its light tone is very forgiving to the enjoyment value of the Girl of Steel's strip. Supergirl and Krypto land the airplane that Streaky disabled. Everyone onboard is safe. Streaky and Krypto start playing like nothing happened. An exasperated Kara declares she's taking the pets to the doctor. Seems they could also use one of them Super-Prozac's Batman was talking about in week two.

See ya next week in the funny pages!

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