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Wednesday Comics is a weekly anthology comic published by DC Comics in 2009. Following other weekly series such as 52, Countdown to Final Crisis, and Trinity, DC decided to take a new approach to a weekly series. Or, rather, an old approach.
This series is a deliberate homage to old style Silver Age stories done in a 14-by-20-inch broadsheet format, like Sunday newspaper comics. Each page is different, with a continuing story, some showing the superheroes as their classic selves, others completely reimagining them.
The stories were:
- Batman by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
- Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth by Dave Gibbons and Ryan Sook
- Hawkman by Kyle Baker
- Deadman by Dave Bullock and Vinton Heuck
- Superman by John Arcudi and Lee Bermejo
- Green Lantern by Kurt Busiek and Joe Quiñones
- Metamorpho The Element Man by Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred
- Teen Titans by Eddie Berganza and Sean Galloway
- Strange Adventures by Paul Pope
- Supergirl by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
- Metal Men by Dan DiDio, José Luis García-López and Kevin Nowlan
- Wonder Woman by Ben Caldwell
- Sgt. Rock by Adam Kubert and Joe Kubert
- The Flash by Karl Kerschl and Brenden Fletcher
- The Demon and Catwoman by Walter Simonson and Brian Stelfreeze
- Alien Invasion: Several of the strips revolve around this.
- Anachronism Stew: Not within any of the strips, but in overall effect: most of the strips are homages to the Silver Age, and some are explicitly set in past decades (Green Lantern, 1950s; Metamorpho, 1960s), but we also have Pa Kent considering the potential of biodiesel and Selina Kyle telling how she "Googled" Jason Blood.
- Anthology Comic
- Art Shift:
- When reality fractures during the Flash storyline, the art style keeps switching to that of other newspaper comics — Peanuts, Modesty Blaise, Blondie, and Dick Tracy — before returning to its own style as reality settles down.
- Some of the stories have what might be regarded as a full-story Art Shift (unless there's another trope that covers it better): for instance, Kamandi is rendered in a style reminiscent of newspaper adventure comics such as Prince Valiant and Tarzan.
- Batman Cold Open: Batman's strip is actually the first one, but the trope is used for Metamorpho.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys:
- The Hecate Sisters: They make an appearance in the Wonder Woman strip.
- I Believe I Can Fly: Diana can't fly like a bird, but can swim through the air.
- Genre Throwback: Several of the strips (Green Lantern and Metamorpho especially) hearken back to The Silver Age of Comic Books. Kamandi plays off of adventure strips like Prince Valiant. Strange Adventures is a throwback to pulp sci-fi like Buck Rogers and John Carter of Mars.
- Jet Pack: Adam Strange always has one on hand.
- Luckily, My Powers Will Protect Me: A distinct lack of, considering all the homages to the Silver Age, but Gaiman still manages to sneak in exposition about Metamorpho's power.
- Mythology Gag: The Strange Adventures strip includes a scene where Adam Strange has a conversation with Doctor Fate about his psychological block on finding the Zeta Beam. Dr Fate tries to help but points out that, like Strange, he's a doctor of archeology, and psychology isn't his forte. In The DCU, the then-current Doctor Fate, grand-nephew of the archeologist, was a psychoanalyst.
- Or Was It a Dream?: The Wonder Woman reimagining starts like this.
- Planetary Romance: Strange Adventures reinvents Rann as a Planetary Romance setting.
- Rival Turned Evil: The astronaut in Green Lantern. Not entirely his fault, and he was a lot nicer than Hal back in the day.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: We don't get to see Diana's lasso or bracelets (until later in the story), but we do see her lesser-known ability to talk to animals (pigeons, in this case).
- Spiritual Successor: A strange example, as Palmiotti and Connor were also simultaneously doing Power Girl, Supergirl's Earth-2 version.
- Sunday Strip: Basically, a Sunday Strip FOR COMIC BOOKS!