Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #7 Review: “Bullets And Bracelets” By Sean E. Williams And Marguerite Sauvage


Hot dang, you guys, this book is pretty. I haven’t been overly impressed with a lot of the art we’ve gotten thus far in Sensation Comics, but this week’s digital issue is absolutely gorgeous. Plus, it’s got Wonder Woman in a rock band, so what more could you want out of a comic? It was a fun, one and done issue that made excellent use of the series’ eschewing of continuity to present a cool new take on Wonder Woman.

Rock star Wonder Woman is something we’ve seen a lot of here and there over the past few years, though just in sketches and prints. Cliff Chiang’s done a couple of great pieces, and other artists have followed suit. It’s a big month for superhero rock stars generally; the new Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 is in a rock band called The Mary Janes.

I’m glad that someone’s finally picked up on the concept’s popularity and done a story about it, though there’s not much to the band part other than beginning the show at a concert. After a couple pages, Wonder Woman’s off without her band, having her own adventures. Nonetheless, the first few pages were pretty rad.

Sean E. Williams’ has crafted a fairly simple story with some nice moments. Wonder Woman meets some fans and they have dinner together, before Wonder Woman takes down a dude who’s harassing her. I liked the way the story addressed Wonder Woman’s autonomy and self-confidence. When a heckler told her that she corrupting children with her skimpy outfit, another guy told him to back off because Wonder Woman was hot. She then informed them both that she doesn’t care about either of their opinions and that she dresses for herself, not to impress or provoke anyone. Later, the guy who called Wonder Woman hot returned and got aggressive, and when he touched her she made very clear that you should never touch a woman without her permission.

Both of the scenes were perhaps slightly on the nose, but they worked for me. I think these kinds of stories that flat out declare the rights of women and the importance of being yourself for yourself are important. While adults might not always like this more blatant approach, these are good messages to communicate directly to younger readers, and they suit the book. This is a story with fun art where Wonder Woman is in a rock band; this book is made for little girls.

The handling of the girl who can’t eat at the diner because she’s too poor was less effective for me because Wonder Woman’s solution was far too basic. Buying her a meal was a momentary solution, not any kind of meaningful, impactful change, and I think Wonder Woman would be the type of gal who went a little deeper into things. The girl’s mom worked three jobs and could barely make ends meet; buying her one dinner is not particularly helpful. I know ending a comic book with something like a rally to increase the minimum wage is hardly exciting superhero adventures, but that would be the kind of response this problems needs, not a free meal.

The book tells a small but enjoyable story, but the art is what really makes this a stand out issue. Marguerite Sauvage absolutely killed it, both with the art and the colouring. The line art itself is fantastic. Sauvage’s characters are expressive and beautifully rendered, and while this is a different take on the character with the whole rock star angle, Sauvage definitely captures the grace and power of Wonder Woman. Plus, the clothes are really cool. A lot of comic book artists aren’t great with casual clothes, but Sauvage nailed it. She tweaked Wonder Woman’s costume to give her more of a rock star vibe, but also gave her a cool jacket for walking around. And the kids looked like kids, wearing fun outfits that you’d see anywhere. It all felt very modern and fresh.  Take a peek:


The colouring is lovely as well. The characters were all well done, but even more interesting was how Sauvage did the backgrounds. Rather than colouring each individual thing in the background, she used a blanket colour over everything and it worked really well, especially against the more detailed colour work in the foreground. She also used this background colour to communicate the mood of the scene, at times even bleeding it into the characters. When the man touched Wonder Woman in an unwanted way, Wonder Woman had more of a red tone. Sauvage used red again when the man pulled out a shotgun, capturing his anger, but when Wonder Woman bent back his fun and sent him running, the panel was coloured yellow to show his fear. It’s really beautiful work, and the whole issue was quite stunning to look at.

This was definitely one of my favourite issues of the series thus far, in large part due to the gorgeous art. If you’ve got daughters or nieces or what have you, I think this would be a great Wonder Woman story to show them. The story is a lot of fun and the art is modern and cool, plus it’s got some good messages as well. I was really pleased to see such a different take on Wonder Woman, and I hope that Sensation Comics continues to mix it up like this.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

6 thoughts on “Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #7 Review: “Bullets And Bracelets” By Sean E. Williams And Marguerite Sauvage

  1. “If you’ve got daughters or nieces or what have you, I think this would be a great Wonder Woman story to show them.”

    I think there is a pretty darn good message in this story for our sons and nephews too!

  2. Marguerite Sauvage is a great artist. Her artwork is absolutely magnificent and fits very well with a “Wonder Woman” story destined for teenagers and young adults (especially female readers because there’s assuredly a lack of comics for this particular public) in the style of the new “Batgirl” or “Gotham Academy”. That reminds me the fabulous work of Ben Caldwell on “Wednesday Comics” and his “Wonder Woman Manga” project that DC Comics has sadly rejected (I still can’t forgive them because I don’t understand why! If only the project resurfaced…).

    But concerning the story… I made a face all along of my reading. That was easy to see through and that starts to annoy me! In particular this ridiculous idea that every “Wonder Woman” story is obliged to treat the question of misogyny. Consequently, almost every issue of “Sensation Comics” until now has introduced a male character who attacks both physically and verbally Wonder Woman because she’s a woman. That sort of tokenism is really tiresome!

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m feminist and I like that social issues, in particular sexism, appear in comic books (if they are seriously treated!) but parsimoniously and with more subtlety. Wonder Woman is an indisputable feminist icon (spread the word!) but she’s a superhero too. And it seems that some editors and writers have forgotten this small detail! I want read thrilling adventures where Diana fights against her wily foes, against big mythological creatures, etc. instead of violently putting some misogynist mortal dudes in their place. In my humble opinion, by fighting against supervillains and monsters, Wonder Woman demonstrates with much more efficacy that a woman with superpowers is as competent as a man with superpowers, contrary to what believes the patriarchal world. The misogynist mortals are accessible to feminist mortals (I want to believe!), but not her great rogues. Wonder Woman and feminist humans fight the same sexism but at different levels!

    The thing is: Wonder Woman is not in the Man’s World just to protect it such it is, like Superman or Batman, but to change it, because this a sexist world that doesn’t treat women with a complete respect and that perpetuates the old fashioned stereotype: “women are more weak and less competent than men”. And for that reason, Diana has to prove that, with her superpowers, she’s as strong and competent as male superheroes, like the strongest man on Earth: Superman. And fighting against supervillains and big monsters, that’s precisely what Superman does! Wonder Woman is not just a feminist icon with a good right hook. Wonder Woman is a superhero!

    We already have a Warrior Caricature in many stories of The New 52, with a Wonder Woman portrayed like a violent, reckless, bloodthirsty beast, her damn sword eternally in her hand (Geoff Johns, I look at you!). And now we are very close to have a Feminist Caricature, with a Wonder Woman who constantly wastes her precious time to ridiculise, brutalise or argue with misogynist pathetic bastards…

    Imagine a comic book where Superman is a boy-scout first, and a superhero second. I like to see Clark helping an older lady to use the crosswalk, or saving a kitten stuck in a tree, but frankly, imagine if that was his only adventures, all the time! That would be super cute but even in “Superman Family Adventures”, he is a superhero first! So instead, I like better to see him fight against supervillains and extraterrestrial creatures… but without ever forget to help the old ladies and the kittens between every apocalypse, of course!

    “Sensation Comics” is a superhero book, right? So where is my superhero princess and her superhero adventures? (And without Superman or any other male superhero in it, please!)

    1. Thanks for the thoughtful post, Lettie. I agree with what you’re saying. Positive messages are great, and it’s always fun to stick it to misogynists, but Wonder Woman comics should be more than just that. Just by being a great superhero and fighting bad guys like a superhero does, Wonder Woman is making an inherently feminist statement; the message doesn’t have to be so on the nose. I thought that the story’s more blatant message sort of fit with the art and the general vibe of the issue, but I’m with you in wanting to see more superhero adventuring in the future. I’m optimistic that, given the anthology format of Sensation Comics, we’ll see an ever increasing range of Wonder Woman stories as the series progresses.

  3. Sounds like a great issue to buy for my 6-year-old niece! My wife and I try to get her books with positive messages about girls and strong female role models, and this issue seems like it would fit right in with that. Thanks!

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