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Editor Mark Chiarello had a great idea. What fun it is to unfold this book twice to tabloid size and enjoy the giant pages of comics. Makes me feel like a kid again with the Sunday funnies. As then, it’s a mixed bag, some things I loved, some that did nothing for me, but there’s enough I liked to make it well worth reading.
Some of the creators treated this unusual format as a chance to try their hands at a real Sunday-style comic strip, while others handled it as a typical page of comics, and a few went for experimental styles divergent from either. The Batman page by Azzarrello and Risso is most like a comics page, but with about two pages of material (only partly shown here), and the story is coming along nicely.
Kamandi by Gibbons and Sook goes the Sunday strip route, and reads like a Prince Valiant page, with all the text and dialogue in floating captions. Like Valiant, the art is beautiful and epic, and the story is fun. Great page!
Superman by Arcudi and Bermejo is a comic page, but one with painted-style art. Coming along nicely, looks good.
Deadman by Bullock and Heuck falls somewhere between strip and comic page, with good use of the space, but not a lot of story per page. Interesting, but I’m waiting to see where it goes.
Green Lantern by Busiek and Quinones is closest to a comic page, though again with about two pages of material. I’m enjoying both the story and the art.
Metamorpho by Gaiman and Allred is a wacky and wonderful Sunday page that might have fit right in with strips like Krazy Kat and Alley Oop. Love the big art, the characters, the writing, and especially the small mini-strip running along the bottom of each page.
Teen Titans by Berganza and Galloway is a comic page in an animation style that is not my cup of tea, but may be yours.
Strange Adventures by Paul Pope is a strange, experimental comic page indeed. I like Pope’s art on his own creations, but have a hard time accepting his Adam Strange and Alanna, who look like zombies here. And, while I like to see artists doing their own lettering, Pope’s is hard to read.
Supegirl by Palmiotti and Conner is just the cutest comic page ever, with Krypto and Streaky creating havoc, and Supergirl trying to pick up the pieces. Fun stuff.
Metal Men by Dan Didio, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez and Kevin Nowlan is gorgeous, wonderful, perfect art in comic page style. The story is pretty good, but I don’t know if jumping into the middle of things is a good idea in a format like this. Still confused on some points.
Wonder Woman by Ben Caldwell goes the experimental route, and crams lots of tiny panels full of tiny figures and too much tiny, poorly designed lettering. Looks like it tells a lot of story, but I found it unreadable.
Sgt. Rock by Adam and Joe Kubert is a well-done comic page, just larger than usual. Good story, great art, but I’d almost rather wait and read it all together.
Flash by Kerschl and Fletcher is a superbly written and drawn two-strip Sunday page, with one featuring Flash and the other Iris West, his wife. The strips are in similar but different styles, both well done, the story is intertwined between them brilliantly, and this is my pick for best page and best use of the format.
The Demon and Catwoman by Simonson and Stelfreeze is a nicely done hybrid of comic page and Sunday strip, leaning toward the former. I’m enjoying the story and art.
Hawkman by Kyle Baker is another hybrid that leans toward an action-filled Sunday strip like Rip Kirby or Secret Agent Corrigan. Haven’t seen this kind of heroic art from Kyle in a while, and I like the art and story both.
There you have it. Something for everyone? Well, enough for me to recommend it.