The last major comic book release to employ 3D was Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, which used the divisive process to distinguish "the real world" from those visited by Superman and his companions in a quest to save the multiverse. Your results may vary, but it was if nothing else a creative use of the technology. Image Comics thinks they have something better in Captain Wonder 3D, a new one-shot by Brian Haberlin (Witchblade, Spawn) and Philip Tan (Green Lantern, Batman and Robin) that the creators promise will elevate the use of 3D in comics.3D glasses are included with the 48-page Captain Wonder, which goes on sale in February for $4.99.

With CAPTAIN WONDER, we developed an all-new 3D process, making this hands down the best 3D in comics," exclaims Haberlin. "We're sure we put the wonder back into comics with this book, and comics fans of all ages will not be disappointed."

With respect to the actual story, there's not much to go on at the moment.

Captain Wonder is the superhero of this world - he's saved millions of people during his 24-year career. But now everything is going to Hell in a hand basket: Captain Wonder has been missing for the last two months, and the harmony he so carefully protected is beginning to crumble. What happened to Captain Wonder, and when will he return? The answer may lie with Billy Gordon, a 10-year-old boy who may be in danger himself and may be the world's only hope!

While it's really too early to judge fairly, the genericness of the name, cover and the synopsis suggests Haberlin and Tan created Captain Wonder mainly to explore the possibilities of three-dimensional comic book storytelling, and, in any event, to capitalize on the enduring 3D craze that has dominated motion pictures in recent years. It wouldn't be the first time Image Comics pioneered a new artwork trend, so we'll be keeping our strained eyes on this project come February.