DC Comics recently announced that all of their New 52 comics in September would feature villains taking over the title for the month. The distribution so far has been a little odd, with several titles getting multiple villains books (four each for Batman, Batman and Robin, Batman: The Dark Knight, AND Detective Comics, for example) and other titles nowhere to be seen. As DC released new solicits each day this week, I was starting to worry about Wonder Woman getting any books, but lo and behold she’s got two.
Courtesy of Uproxx’s “Gamma Squad” section, we’ve got a look at the two Wonder Woman titles we’ll see in September. First up is Wonder Woman #23.1: The Cheetah, written by John Ostrander with art by Victor Ibanez:
Ostrander is an old pro, so he’s an interesting choice for the book. Given that we’ve seen the Cheetah in Justice League already, I’m assuming this book will tie more into that take on Wonder Woman than what Azzarello and Chiang are up to on the monthly series. Here’s a plot description:
The Cheetah has clawed her way out of Belle Reve, and is hungry for blood—but before she steps up as one of the Secret Society’s most powerful generals, she has a personal score to settle! Learn the truth about the cult of Hippolyta, her vendetta against Wonder Woman, and just how far she’ll go to prove that she’s the most dangerous predator on Earth!
Part of the reason I think the Cheetah book will have more of a Justice League vibe is because the second issue, Wonder Woman #23.2: First Born ties directly into the monthly book. Written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Alex Cal, Azzarello says that the issue was an organic outgrowth of what they’ve been doing with Wonder Woman this year that will fill in some backstory:
And here’s the plot:
The First Born son of Zeus—Wonder Woman’s oldest brother—has returned to claim the throne of Olympus! But it’s been a long and bloody road to reach his destiny…and you won’t believe the horror when you meet the rest of Wonder Woman’s extended “family”!
Both issues should have the fancy 3D covers DC’s been going on about that could actually be quite cool if they turn out as good as they sound, but how do you have sweet 3D covers and not get Cliff Chiang drawing them?! Ball dropped there, majorly. Chiang’s covers are one of the best parts of Wonder Woman each month. Also, if these issues match the rest of the “Villains Month” books, the price will go up to $3.99 each instead of the usual $2.99. I guess 3D isn’t cheap.
I’m not sure on release dates yet, but they’ll be out in September. I’d assume the first and third weeks, but that’s just a guess. They didn’t post full solicits. Anyway, it should be an interesting little experiment.