Every New 52 comic this month has a foldout cover that’s supposed to reveal some sort of shocking scene. It was originally called “WTF Certified”, with a logo and everything, but then DC realized how spectacularly stupid that sounded and canned that idea. Nonetheless, “WTF?!” is the theme they’re going for.
And we’ve seen some big surprises. Not necessarily good, but big… Carrie Kelley as Robin on Batman and Red Robin #19, Bruce Wayne pointing a gun at Commissioner Gordon on Batman #19, Superboy’s parents potentially being Superman and Lois Lane on Superboy #19 (whatever happened with that? I didn’t care enough to read it). There have been shocking revelations and big guest stars. Wonder Woman #19, however, is so, so, so lame.
Here’s the first half of the cover that we’ve had for a few months now:
Wonder Woman and Orion battling it out! It’s very exciting. Wonder Woman will kick his ass, of course. I wasn’t sure what the other half would bring. Maybe it would be more New Gods, coming to Orion’s defense? Perhaps it would be the First Born, whose arrival forces Wonder Woman and Orion to work together? There were some cool options.
But this is what we got, via Bleeding Cool:
I’m sure there’s a very good reason she’s kissing him, but it’s such a tacky, stereotypical reveal. Wonder Woman deserves much better. And you KNOW it’s going to turn into a whole big thing when her boyfriend, Superman, finds out. Which I’m sure will be handled with aplomb by Scott Lobdell in one of his many Super-titles (he said with the most sarcasm a human could possibly muster).
Plus, Wonder Woman’s been kissing a lot of dudes lately! She was making out with Superman all over the place back in August and sporadically since, kissing Apollo on the cover of Wonder Woman #12, and now she’s all over Orion. Are Batman and Superman making out with scores of ladies on their covers? I think not. But Wonder Woman’s a girl, so I guess we need romance and kissing and the like.
Again, ugh. Lamest reveal ever.
I was really hoping for Big Barda.
Oh man!! Wonder Woman kissing Big Barda!! Now that would have been a surprising reveal. Big missed opportunity there, DC.