The Wednesday Run – March 2, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

Sweet Tooth #19
Written and Illustrated by:
Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Nate Powell and Emi Lenox
Vertigo Comics

This week is a pretty special week on the Wednesday Run.

It’s the week that beloved indie comic book creators finally break down the iron gates of the New York offices of DC/Vertigo Comics, take command of the conference room (kicking their feet up on the big oak table whilst chomping on fat Cuban cigars), and snap their now mighty fingers at an industry wherein they were once acclaimed, but niche players.

Well, maybe it doesn’t happen exactly that way…

Sweet Tooth, the very-well received, post apocalyptic monthly comic about half boy/half deer hybrid, Gus, takes an indie turn this week and features short stories by a pantheon of critically acclaimed and highly gifted independent storytellers. Jeff Lemire, series creator, is here, of course, but so are his contemporaries: Matt Kindt (3 Story: The Secret History of Giant Man, Revolver), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) and Emi Lenox (Emitown).

The issue proves to be a creative hallmark in a brave series that has typified small-scale, humanist storytelling within the auspices of a larger, pop culture narrative.

Sweet Tooth is my first pick-up at the beginning of each month–but never more so than this Wednesday.

Even if you haven’t been reading the series in regular, monthly intervals or in the two softcover collections that have been released thus far (what are you waiting for?), take my word for it and run and buy and read.

Oh! And enjoy the artistic sweets, of course!

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