DC Comics’ full December solicits came out yesterday, so it’s time to check in on what we’ll be seeing from Wonder Woman as we count down the days until Santa comes to bring us more Wonder Woman goodies. Also, for Jewish readers, Hanukkah is very well timed this year and you can get the new issue of Wonder Woman on the second night. Speaking of which, let’s start there.
Here’s what is coming up in Wonder Woman #37:
WONDER WOMAN #37
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
1:100 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Superman arrives on Paradise Island to support Wonder Woman in her darkest hour, but their bond may be breaking apart! No time for Diana to think, though, as a mythological force seemingly tied to Wonder Woman’s role as War attacks the Amazons!
I’m usually a very nice person, but I’ll admit that when I read “Superman arrives on Paradise Island to support Wonder Woman,” I definitely flipped double birds at my computer screen. Wonder Woman has been a refuge from their dull and ridiculous relationship during Azzarello and Chiang’s tenure on the book, but now with the Finches in charge it’s only taken two issues to get Superman not only into the book but on Paradise Island. I am not pleased about this.
Apart from that, we don’t have a lot of information here concerning this issue. Something is going to attack the Amazons, and based on the cover it’s presumably a flock of Clash of the Titans looking birds, but other than that we’re in the dark. Maybe those birds will cart off Superman and Wonder Woman can have her book back.
On to Superman/Wonder Woman #14:
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #14
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s no surprise that after recent events, Superman and Wonder Woman are cautious about the appearance of the new hero who calls himself Wonderstar. But this mysterious hero seems to be asking for nothing more than their guidance in dealing with his strange, erratic powers – and for their help in protecting his loved ones and his secret identity! The only problem is that his past is a blank slate. He doesn’t know who he is, where he comes from – or why is feels a strange connection to the Man of Steel and the Amazon Warrior!
What kind of world are we living in where I am more interested in the new issue of Superman/Wonder Woman than the new Wonder Woman? This actually sounds sort of good. I’m really digging Mahnke’s art; the covers we’ve seen thus far seem like a cool break from his usual style, and I’m very curious to see how that plays out inside the book. And we’ve got a mystery! So Wonder Woman and Superman can actually go investigate together instead of blathering on about their relationship. I mean, obviously Lois and Superman would be the better team up for solving a mystery, but that’s not going to happen. Regardless, I’m intrigued by this new creative team. It’s going to be hard to overcome the lameness of this relationship, but everything I’ve seen so far has me more interested in the book than I’ve ever been.
And finally, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #5:
SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #5
Written by CORINNA BECHKO and GABRIEL HARDMAN
Art by GABRIEL HARDMAN
Cover by LAWRENCE REYNOLDS
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman has accepted a covert mission from Queen Hippolyta: infiltrate Apokolips, find a group of Amazons imprisoned there by Darkseid, and bring them home alive. But a battle with the Female Furies almost proves fatal and throws Diana’s plans into chaos!
This cover looks like a Superman/Wonder Woman back up cover that DC had kicking around and decided to stick on Sensation Comics. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but that’s what it looks like. It’s all very New 52, and Superman is on it despite not being mentioned in the solicit.
However, I enjoy Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, and Wonder Woman vs. the Female Furies on Apokolips is definitely a story I am interested in reading. And seeing as we’ve only got one creative team listed here, it looks like it will be a big tale, spanning three digital issues. I’m optimistic that Bechko and Hardman will make it suitably epic. You can’t go wrong with the evil hordes of Darkseid.
Look for all three books this December, and don’t forget that Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman both have pretty swell Darwyn Cooke variant covers that you might want to pre-order so you don’t miss out.