Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #24 And Superman/Wonder Woman #1

It was solicits day yesterday, so we’ve all got a look at what’s coming out from DC including, for the first time in ages, two books with “Wonder Woman” in the title.  First up is Wonder Woman #24:


1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale OCTOBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
After the shocking events of issue #23, Wonder Woman’s life has changed forever…but what if she refuses to walk the path the gods—and her mentor—have laid out for her? A strange new era of WONDER WOMAN begins here!

I’m perhaps more concerned about this than I should be, but after the rollercoaster of quality we’ve seen on Wonder Woman since the relaunch, “a strange new era” gives me more of a feeling of trepidation than excitement.  It might also be because Wonder Woman is riding a creepy horse over a bunch of skulls, wearing what looks to be Ares’ cloak, as if she’s taken on the mantle of god of war.  That would just be weird.  It’s well drawn cover, but it just doesn’t feel like Wonder Woman to me.  I’m curious to see what’s going on inside the book.

And now, the book I’d been hoping was just some bad dream I had but it’s actually real, Superman/Wonder Woman #1:


1:25 Superman Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 Wonder Woman Variant cover by AARON KUDER
1:100 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
“We Can Be Heroes” Blank variant cover available
On sale OCTOBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Beginning a bold new series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess as rising star writer Charles Soule is joined by fan favorite artist Tony S. Daniel to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it—and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday!
This issue features an amazing wraparound gatefold cover that opens up to a triptych with Superman and Wonder Woman in the center!

Yep, it’s happening.  Let’s start with a good thing: Cliff Chiang is drawing a Superman variant cover and I love when Cliff Chiang draws Superman.  He captures him so well.  So that’s a plus.

Now to what I am concerned about.  First, if this fancy triptych cover is any indication, they’re combining the wider universes of the books here.  Superman’s got Lois and Jimmy while Wonder Woman’s got Zola, Hermes, and what looks like Orion.  So all of the cool things Azzarello has built are going to be mashed into what’s been a rather subpar, sloppily handled Superman universe since the relaunch, which I’m not looking forward to.

Second, the bad guy is Doomsday.  It’s REALLY hard to make Doomsday interesting.  You just have to punch him a lot, and Superman and Wonder Woman trading flirty banter over a brawl with Doomsday is something I really don’t want to ever read.

Third, UGH this is just the worst idea.

Fourth, “love is a battlefield”?  Come on.

Anyway, rather than allaying my fears, this solicit has only exacerbated my concerns about this book.  Of course, you never know what it’s going to be like until you actually read it and I’ll withhold any judgment until then, but a solicit is supposed to get you excited for a book and this is decidedly not doing that.

Look for Wonder Woman #24 on October 16 and Superman/Wonder Woman #1 on October 9.  I’ll be reviewing both of them, Wonder Woman as always and Superman/Wonder Woman if I can handle it.  I hope it’s good, but I’m not super optimistic.

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12 Responses to “Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #24 And Superman/Wonder Woman #1”

  1. Carol Says:

    Brian Azzarello when are you going to STOPPED the incest in Wonder Woman and return her to be normal?

    In true Greek Mythology Zeus is the grandfather of Queen Hippolyta.

    Queen Hippolyta having sex with her grandfather Zeus was not done in their Greek Mytholgy.

    In Greek Mythology Zeus does not have sexual intercourse with his own children, grandchildren, great grandchildren etc.

    In Greek Mythology Zeus and Hera is the parents of Ares the god of war. Ares is the father of all Amazons and the father of Queen Hippolyta. Ares is the only son of Zeus and Hera.

    In Greek Mythology Hera is the mother Eris the goddess of Strife and Hera’s male lover is unknown. She is an aunt to Queen Hippolyta. Eris is the half-sister of Ares. Zeus has never punished Hera for cheating on him.

    • Carol Says:

      In Greek Mythology Hera is the grandmother of Queen Hippolyta.

      Any Greek teen, Greek adult will wonder in why Hera is so cruel to her own granddaughter Queen Hippolyta.

      In Greek Mythology Hera, Zeus are great grandparents to Wonder Woman.

      In Greek Mythology Zeus would never demand sex from his own great granddaughter or granddaughter or daughter or great grandson, grandson or son.

      Why is Zeus thinking he can demand sex from Wonder Woman his own great granddaughter – daughter?

      Brian Azzarello as a reader of Wonder Woman since 1974, I demand you free the Amazons and Queen Hippolyta of incest, and their bondage of Queen Hippolyta being a stoned statute and Amazons from being snakes.

  2. Karl Says:

    At least the horse on the cover is well drawn.

  3. dingo Says:

    Yo hanley when are you going to make Carol stop ranting about incest in wonder woman it’s like every post now.

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      I’ve contacted Carol about her comments, so hopefully things will tone down. As for whoever did that Brian Azzarello prank post in reply to her, it’s been deleted. There’s no need for any of that.

  4. Your Senior Drill Instructor Says:

    As for the cover for WW #24, I’d take it with a grain of salt considering that we’ve already seen that the covers can be misleading. I’m actually intrigued about this new direction. If I’m not mistaken, Azz said at a recent con that there will be an arc which delves into why she left Themyscira.

    I have to agree with you about this SM/WW thing. Its become a nightmare I can’t wake up from. I wasn’t going to pick this up anyway, but after Soule’s juvenile comments on Twitter and this solicit, I’m convinced that this series is going to be the great sh*tstorm of our time. I respectfully disagree with you about Doomsday. Its not really hard to make him interesting. Its IMPOSSIBLE to make him interesting.

    By the way, have you seen the preview for JL #22? I know its comics but there is no way that this WW can be the same one that we see in her solo.

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      Very true. The covers are often misleading. It just seems very dark to me, and I’m leery of where they might be going with it.

      I’m still going to read Superman/Wonder Woman… at this point, my expectations are so low that maybe it will end up pleasantly surprising me🙂 And you’re right about Doomsday. My bad.

      I haven’t looked closely at the JL #22 preview, though I’ve heard the rumours about Superman. I dropped the book a while back. But generally, the JL and WW versions of Wonder Woman have been bizarrely different. Superman/Wonder Woman seems poised to try to reconcile the two worlds, but it also seems poised to be a bit of a trainwreck.

  5. Titong Says:

    So maybe that’s Ares’ plan all along, to pass the mantle to her protégé. Suits her current incarnation I suppose (her being a goddess of truth would be a total miscast this time around), begging comparison to that other god of war, Kratos, in Sony’s popular video game series.

    The romance tale…with a tagline “love is a battlefield” one can sing, that does make me tingly all over; if the solicit write-up is any indication, likely, painful/embarrassing to read, and hilarious (or maybe, the horror, the horror!) at the same time.🙂

  6. beccalikestoast Says:

    The new era? My money’s on the potential spoiler they um, hilariously posted in plain sight on a presentation at some con ages ago that you posted about here. Which actually I’m…potentially fine with, depending on how it’s handled though I can understand and respect views to the contrary. And I certainly haven’t liked how everything’s been handled in Azz’s run (OHGODTHEAMAZONS), though in general I’ve enjoyed it more than not.

    On the other hand SM/WW. Yeesh. Ugh. Argh. Urgh. Other things ending in gh. Wake me up when the nightmare is over. o.O

  7. Karl Says:

    And something else Ive only just noticed as well…
    Not that I like them [no] but this illustrates that DC are trying to integrate WW’s comic into the regular DCU, as it seems completely divorced from the rest of it since it began. Having these two guest stars would certainly raise the profile of Diana’s own book.

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      I actually enjoy Zola and Hermes quite a bit, but I think seeing them integrated into the wider DC universe will be odd. Seeing anything from the current WW crossover into other books just feels weird to me. They feel like completely different universes. Also, Hermes is a bad guy right now, so he seems an unusual choice for the cover.

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