One more page from Wednesday Comics
My favourite feature (shockingly, not one of the ones I was really waiting for!) wasn't posted in the last Wednesday Comics post, so, I'm posting it....
Several things about this one really pleased me. The art, of course, is gorgeous. Writing wise, I think the team make much better use of the limited space than any of the others - this doesn't feel overloaded with exposition (Deadman and Kamandi were really bad about that), and stuff is happening.
But, mostly, I love the fact that it's done as two features, for various reasons. First, of course, it plays into the resemblance to newspaper comics - a full broadsheet page will have at least 2 strips on it. And Kerschl and Fletcher's signature on the Iris West strip is very comic-strippy. Second, it's a lot of why I think the story is paced differently - by treating the page as 2 pages (albeit, for 2 separate but interlocking features) instead of a jumbo sized single page, they're able to do more with less.
But, the biggest reason I love it is the subtle changes in the storytelling and art between the two strips - Iris's strip has a much more soap-operatic feel to it - check out Iris in the second to last panel for the strongest example of what I mean. Yes, they're clearly drawn by the same person (people? I wish I knew how the duties on this one were divided up), but they're also working in slightly different genres, and adapting to them.
All told, while the whole book (well...collection of pages) was very good, Flash is definitely my favourite of the features - this week at least. Now that the exposition is out of the way, I'm hoping the ones I was waiting for will catch up.