The Wednesday Run – May 25, 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!

Strange Adventures
Written by: Various
Illustrated by: Various
Published by: Vertigo Comics

It’s no secret that I like my anthologies and my Vertigo Comics. Put those two things together, and you’re sure to find that mash up on a Wednesday Run.

Well, how about this Wednesday Run?

In a move that seems more out of parent company DC Comics’ playbook, Vertigo Comics, the mature, sophisticated redheaded stepson of the old publisher, is releasing a one off, 80-page homage to…science fiction!

Yes! You read that right! Strange Adventures, which borrows its name from DC’s classic sci-fi comic beginning in 1950 (which advertised “Amazing Science Fiction Tales!”) and ended in a weird, but storied run through to 1973 (giving us memorably strange characters like Deadman, Animal Man and Captain Comet, while showcasing the emerging artwork of the legendary Neal Adams), returns under the Vertigo banner this time.

And what a treat it will be for comic book fans old and new!

The Eisner Award winning writer/artist team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets) are here with a sneak peek at their upcoming, highly anticipated, new series, Spaceman. They’re joined by other writers and artists, both tried and true and up and coming, including: Peter Milligan (Shade the Changing Man, Greek Street, Hellblazer), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Detective Comics), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Essex County Trilogy, Superboy) and Kevin Colden (Fishtown, I Rule the Night) among others, tackling stories featuring fringe characters like Captain Comet and…Ultra, The Multi Alien.

Yeah. It’s weird. But it’s wonderful stuff.

Make the run this Wednesday – and keep it weird!

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