The book that used to be called Batman and Robin has been touring the DC universe, filling Robin’s spot in the title with other characters in the wake of Damian Wayne’s death over a year ago. This month, Wonder Woman is the guest star, and Batman has chased Ra’s al Ghul to Paradise Island. Apparently Ra’s stole Damian’s body and is trying to bring the little bugger back to life; I haven’t been following the book, but that seems to be the gist of things. Wonder Woman’s issue is out next Wednesday, and 13th Dimension has posted a preview. You might want to click that double page spread so you can read it:
This does not look great. I’m not super into Patrick Gleason’s art generally, but I remember not minding it too much when he and Tomasi were on Green Lantern Corps. That was the last time I’ve seen his stuff, and it seems far less good now. His anatomy is all jacked up, as is his perspective. Aleka looks like a grotesque giant, and his take on Wonder Woman is different, to say the least. Plus, he didn’t put pointy tops on the boots. That’s Wonder Woman 101. These are not an artistically pleasant assortment of pages, and three panels on a two page spread of people standing around talking is hardly great story structure.
Now, it’s only four pages. Maybe it picks up nicely from here. But this preview has actually lessened my interest in the book. I’m all about a Wonder Woman and Batman team-up, and was excited when the issue was announced, but what I’ve seen so far is quite a letdown. It just looks weird, both in terms of the art itself and the layout more broadly. Here’s hoping it gets better.
Batman/Wonder Woman #30 is out next Wednesday, online and in comic shops everywhere. If there’s anything fun or interesting to talk about, I may put up a review later in the week. There’ll definitely be a review of Wonder Woman #30, and look for that preview probably Monday or Tuesday; it’s not up yet.