In all the Villain Month excitement, with all of its new fiendish protagonists and lack of female creators or characters, I completely forgot that Wonder Woman is guest starring in a Smallville Season 11 arc. I got The Cheetah and First Born issues up, but missed the one that actually has Wonder Woman front and center on the cover. Let’s right that now:
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #17
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER • Art by JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale SEPTEMBER 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Superman and new ally Diana race to stop magickal terrorist Felix Faust from launching an attack on the nation’s capital. Meanwhile, Lois launches an attack of her own by digging into the shadowy connection between Faust and the new Department of Extra-Normal Operations.
Aside from spelling magic with a “k” at the end, this sounds like a lot of fun. Felix Faust as the villain should be a good time, and it should also really allow Diana to shine seeing as Superman doesn’t do well with magic.
I’m also curious to see the Smallville take on Felix Faust. He usually looks like quite a doofus, with his robes and his weird hat. There’s lots of interesting ways they could contemporize him and give him a more mainstream look.
Speaking of which, we’ve got a better look at Diana’s outfit here, and they definitely haven’t retained much of the classic Wonder Woman outfit. I didn’t expect they would; after all, it took nine years to see Clark put on the Superman costume. While there’s no tiara, lasso, or star spangled briefs, the bracelets are there, and there’s a “W” on her shirt that hints at her future role. Perhaps by the end of the arc we’ll see a full costume.
Finally, I just want to point out that the cover is by Cat Staggs, one of the few female creators working at DC in September, and the only one doing any art whatsoever outside of Vertigo (where Yuko Shimizu does covers for The Unwritten).
Look for Smallville Season 11 #17 on September 11 in comic shops everywhere, and digital versions before then if you can’t stand the wait. I’m excited to check this arc out. I think it could be fun.