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:
WONDER WOMAN #24
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
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:
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
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.