In an odd move that may irk some customers, DC Comics is continuing the ongoing “Doomed” crossover between Superman/Wonder Woman and Action Comics in a pair of $4.99 annuals this week. So to get the full story, you have to shell out another ten bucks on top of what you’re already paying to get both series each month. It’s a bizarre distribution method. I could see an epilogue or something in an annual, but a middle chapter of the story is unusual.
All that to say, Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 is out this week, written by Charles Soule with art by a team that includes Ed Benes, Tony S. Daniel, Pascal Alixe, and many more. Crave Online has a massive preview of the book, so let’s take a look:
Annuals tend to be almost twice as long as a regular comic, which is probably why we got such a big chunk of the book. In terms of percentage, it’s about what we usually get in a preview.
Anyway, Superman is still all Doomsdayed up, but now he’s fighting Cyborg Superman. I have no idea what’s up with Cyborg Superman in the New 52; the whole past continuity with Doomsday and the Reign of the Supermen doesn’t exist, right? So I don’t know how we ended up with another Cyborg Superman. Or Steel, for that matter.
Wonder Woman is in three panels in this seven page preview, so that’s bothersome. Her name’s in the title, yet we’ve got two Supermen and barely any Wonder Woman at all. That seems a bit unbalanced. Hopefully she’ll have more to do in the rest of the issue. If she doesn’t, just go read Aquaman Annual #2 again; Wonder Woman had a bigger role there than she’s ever had in this series.
Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and online tomorrow, so if you’re following the “Doomed” crossover be sure to pick it up!