Cult Classic Lovers And Government Agencies Chasing Down Superheroes Tops The (Belated) Wednesday Run – December 28, 2011

Once a week, every Wednesday for the past year, Biff Bam Pop! has been pushing you out the door and into your local comic book shop to pick up an interesting release. In terms of interesting, this Wednesday, the final Wednesday of the 2011, is no different.

Run! Run now and head out to your local shop and pick up the trade compilation called, simply, Chase.

Written by: D. Curtis Johnson and J.H. Williams
Illustrated by: J.H. Williams and others
DC Comics

Chase is a bit of a cult-classic these days. The main character, Cameron Chase, first appeared within the pages of Batman back in 1998 – an appearance used to promote her own monthly series which lasted all of ten, brief issues. Still, that series has resonated within the minds of a loyal fan base and now, with creator/writer/illustrator J.H. Williams working magic on the amazing Batwoman series, Chase has returned to the forefront of the DC Universe.

Cameron Chase, a former private detective, is recruited into a shadowy government agency called the Department of Extranormal Operations (D.E.O.), a division of government that deals with the investigation and apprehension of metahumans (both superhero and supervillain) as well as any supernatural threats to national security. In the pages of Chase, you’ll see and read just how ingrained the D.E.O. is within the DC Universe: Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Teen Titans, Justice Society and many other characters make their appearance in this 352-page softcover compilation.

Although the various field assignments that Cameron Chase is given within the ten issues make for fun, pulpy, superhero reading, it’s J.H. Williams’ masterful art that is the real draw here. He’s the foremost comic book draftsman of his time, revolutionizing the art form in terms of panel and page layout – work that has to be seen to be believed. It’s really something to fall in love with. And if you love Chase, pick up Williams’ recent work on the monthly Batwoman series – where you’ll see the government agent attempt to apprehend the titular character. Hell, you really should be reading that series regardless. It’s that good.

So make the run this Wednesday and, like the rest of us cult-classic lovers, get acquainted with Cameron Chase. If you’ve got any hidden super talents, you can bet her and the D.E.O. are already acquainted with you!

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!

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