On several levels, today’s issue of Superman/Wonder Woman perfectly summed up everything that bothers me about this series. Let’s start with Wonder Woman’s role in the book, or rather her lack thereof. She’s only in FIVE pages of the book. Superman is on 13 pages. Zod is on 10. Hell, Batman’s got a double page spread in this issue and his name isn’t even in the title. The lack of Wonder Woman is just ridiculous.
Furthermore, let’s enumerate her sparse appearances:
1) There’s a big, awkward split page to start the book with close-ups of Clark and Diana.
2) On the next page, Diana is getting dressed. Zipping up her boots and whatnot. One panel is a close up of her legs.
3) Then Superman and Zod fight for a while while Wonder Woman has a voiceover that explicitly states “The world is as it is. There is no changing it”, which is contrary to the message of Wonder Woman dating back to her very creation. She finally shows up later on the left side of a double page montage, kissing Superman.
4) She then visits her pal Hessia while wearing some short shorts. In London, where just last issue she was bundled up in a coat and a scarf. There is a nice panel where she addresses the girls in Hessia’s martial arts class, and I do like her hair on this page, but the random short shorts sort of undercut things.
5) After that, we get a page where Hessia and Wonder Woman have beaten up some robots or some such. Wonder Woman stands and talks, Hessia saves her from a robot she doesn’t see sneaking up behind her. Also, yet again a LOT of leg on this page.
That is the sum total of Wonder Woman’s involvement in this issue of a series that bears her name. Five pages, a lot of her legs, and kissing Superman.
And do you want to know the worst part? It’s the best issue of the series. Clark and Diana going on about their relationship is minimal, and Charles Soule does a really good job with the Superman/Zod stuff. I loved how Zod kept burning Superman because of his poor understanding of all things Kryptonian. I would totally read a Superman book with Zod and Faora. The Superman/Zod interactions were a million times more electric and interesting than Superman and Wonder Woman together. There’s a good book buried inside this series, and it doesn’t involve Wonder Woman. DC should have given Soule and Daniels one of the Super-books and left Diana out of it. Or let Soule launch a new Sensation Comics without Superman; I dig Hessia, and Soule captures a decent Diana when Clark’s not around and she’s not all wrapped up in relationship problems. Superman and Wonder Woman together is, by far, the least interesting part of this series.
Anyway, FIVE pages. The only way to remedy this is to flip the script and backburner Superman next month while Wonder Woman gets to carry the bulk of the book, but given that the released cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #5 doesn’t even feature Wonder Woman, I’m not optimistic. I’ve also seen a version of that cover where Wonder Woman is unconscious in the bottom corner, which is hardly better. I wonder if there’s an issue of Batman/Superman that relegates either character to only 5 pages? I’m betting not.