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Six by 6 | Six strips we’d love to see in a second Wednesday Comics

mazing-manI was chatting with some friends the other day about DC’s Wednesday Comics series, which led to the inevitable “So which strips are your favorites?” conversation. It was also interesting to see such a wide variety in the ones people named as their favorites — for instance, one of my favorites is probably “Metamorpho,” which was on another person’s list as being one of the weakest. And I noticed that in this week’s Splash Page feature on the CBR home page, Chad, Tim and special guest Matthew J. Brady all listed “Kamandi” in their top five (with two of them putting it in the top spot), but I don’t think any of the folks I was talking to listed it as one of their favorites. So maybe there’s something in it for everyone.

In San Diego, there was some discussion at the Wednesday Comics panel about a second edition of the weekly series, and a few creators even talked about other people they’d like to see work in the format and what characters they might want to tackle next time. So I asked the Robot 6 crew what they’d like to see in the not-yet-announced-but-hopefully-inevitable Wednesday Comics II. Here’s what we came up with …

1. ‘Mazing Man by Bob Rozakis, Stephen DeStefano, and Karl Kesel: ‘Mazing Man‘s characters and subject matter are fairly well-suited for the “newspaper” format. It wouldn’t even have to be a continued storyline, just 12 standalone pages. Maybe Maze interacts with Denton one week, Guido the next, and Brenda and Eddie the week after that. (Tom Bondurant)

2. Oracle by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake: Tapping into the fact that Ostrander revamped Barabara Gordon’s character path, in conjunction with the late great Kim Yale, plus Mandrake’s style makes him perfect for noir. (Tim O’Shea)

3. Jonah Hex by Sergio Aragones and Darwyn Cooke: We’ve seen Aragones tackle DC’s western characters with the recent Batlash mini-series, and readers of the current Jonah Hex series have already seen what Cooke can do with the character. But I’d love to see Cooke simply go to town on the larger canvas offered by the Wednesday Comics format. (JK Parkin)

4. Blackhawk by Greg Rucka and Chris Samnee: Blackhawk is a time-honored DC feature that could be done quite convincingly as a Steve Canyon tribute, and I think Rucka and Samnee (who worked together on Checkmate) could pull that off while bringing their own sensibilities to it. (Tom Bondurant)

5. Doom Patrol by Charles Burns: I believe Mike Allred suggested Charles Burns at the Wednesday Comics panel in San Diego, which would be awesome. In Black Hole, Burns examined the anxieties and alienation of being a teenager through a sexually transmitted virus that mutated a group of high school students. His work is both creepy and cool, which would work perfectly on something like Doom Patrol. (JK Parkin)

6. Elongated Man by Mark Waid and Rick Burchett: It’s another strip which could work well as a newspaper-style serial. I’m thinking specifically of Rex Morgan, M.D. (which by the way is drawn by ex-Bat-artist Graham Nolan), but that’s just because it features married leads. Waid is a no-brainer to write it, and I think Burchett’s style would fit the characters. Actually, though, Graham Nolan wouldn’t be bad either…. (Tom Bondurant)

So what would you guys want to see in the next Wednesday Comics?

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Lobo by Grant Morrison and Simon Bisley

Aquaman by Peter David and Alan Davis.

Swamp Thing by Stephen King and Bernie Wrightson.

Also, Superman written by someone other than John Arcudi.

I did something similar to this, but for Marvel comics.

Here’s the first ideas: http://www.stinkbrown.org/2009/07/13/just-an-idea/

Then came the d-list ideas: http://www.stinkbrown.org/2009/08/06/wednesday-comics-the-college-years/
Which you’ll notice included a Brand and Beast S.W.O.R.D. proposal before it was announced.

And my mate at Weekly Crisis put one together as well: http://www.weeklycrisis.com/2009/08/wednesday-comics-marvel-edition.html

It certainly is a fun game to play!

Swamp Thing is the one character that NEEDS to be in the book. One of the most recognizable characters that DC owns.

my picks would be ragman for he never got the chance to become a strong character and be done by geof . defintily oracle by ostrada for babs is too good a character to be in limbo. and swamp thing time to go back to the dcu uniniverse. plus i would also would want to see the changing man lets see grant use his genius to make characters look like they are on acid work his magic on that one.

Marvel Family (THE battle for the Rock of Eternity)

Spectre (12 weeks of revenge fun) by Stephen King

Suicide Squad written by John Ostrander

Sugar and Spike

Plastic Man by Kyle Baker

Golden Arrow (set in 1942 protecting US Manhattan Project)

black canary by howard chaykin…set in 50s new york

green arrow by mike grell

Animal Man- James Robinson and Cully Hamner

Huntress- Gail Simone and Nicola Scott

Jimmy Olsen- Mike Allred

Black Lightning/Tattooed Man- Greg Rucka and Kevin Maguire

Plastic Man- Ethan Van Sciver

Cyborg- Sterling Gates and Freddie Wiliams III

Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover on Mary Marvel.
Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman on Green Lantern.
Howard Chaykin and David Hahn on Blackhawk. (This one needs to happen immediately.)
Dan Mishkin and Dylan Meconis on Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
Greg Rucka and Carla Speed McNeil on Mlle. Marie.

AMETHYST!!!! YES! …there are sooo many option i’d buy in any format, why suggest new ones until i see these? thanx people!! oxoxoxo

Could we get THE NIGHT OWLS or HIGH MOON in Wednesday Comics!
Or, Bobby & Peter Timony on PLASTIC MAN? Please?

It seems to me that you can’t do a project like this without the big five. Flash, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman occupy five of your sixteen slots no matter how you cut it. So:

J, Michael Straczynski and Mauro Cascioli on Superman
Mike Carrey and Bill Sienkiewicz on Batman
Joss Whedon and Amanda Conner on Wonder Woman
Darwyn Cooke on The Flash
Grant Morrison and Ron Lim on Green Lantern

The original Atom in a science-based adventure

Star Girl and Cyclone team up in “Crisis at the Mall”

Ambish Bug by Giffen and Flaming

Awesome choices, there at the top!
And following!

My one change to the format would be to request at least two strips be complete stories on the one page, every issue. The first issue SUFFERED from the repetition of ‘once upon a time': I know every story needs a beginning but so many beginnings in a row were really tiresome.

Writing the one-page story is quite a feat, and probably lends itself best to the funny guys: Ambush bug indeed, ‘Mazing Man (yes!), Plas, Sugar & Spike… And Sergio A? The man probably whips off those incredible one-pagers ten a minute.

Swampthing by King & Wrightson, Dario? You genius, son! And the only Lobo I’d probably ever read would be by Morrison and Bisley. Everybody done good here! How to get the word to DC/Warner?

Anything by Darwyn Cooke.

Anything by J.H. Williams III.

Anything by Frank Quitely (but let’s aim big and say a Superman strip written by Morrison).

A NEW GODS strip by Paul Pope.

A THE QUESTION strip by Dave Gibbons. Well, anything by Gibbons, but a THE QUESTION strip would get a lot of headlines.

More Risso & The Azz BATMAN, please.

And anything at all by Brendan McCarthy, who has something of a history of doing great one page strips for weeklies.

I would love to see Cloonan and Lolos do something with the Legion of Super-heroes – any version they’d like.

Also, it would be great to see Brandon Graham do anything at all.

Other artists that would make good use of the format might be Brendan McCarthy and Damion Scott.

If there is a Wednesday Comics II, I’d like to see them switch up the length of the stories a little – have some 1, 2, or 3-parters, so that with almost every issue, there’s something new to check out. I’m enjoying the current run, but I keep wishing there was something new in every issue.

WARLORD by Grell

MANHUNTER by Walter Simonson (heck, ANYTHING by Simonson)

The second series should be ongoing.

While I know the format was chosen to showcase the artwork, I would like to see some half-page comics.

Some of the strips should be by new talent.

At least one strip would include an artist from a foreign country.

Some of the strips should be by established professionals who haven’t worked in the DCU before.

Half of the strips in each issue must be by writers who have never written that character before.

Phil Foglio. Perhaps an Angel & Ape / Inferior Five / Stanley and His Monster crossover? Or a half-and-half page, with Sam Simeon how-to-draw instruction on the bottom.

Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer doing the Super Twins. (Or maybe Frank Cho.)

Michael T. Gilbert

Don Rosa (probably wouldn’t draw, but maybe write?)

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