Superman/Wonder Woman #12 Preview OR Charles Soule Says Goodbye With Flower Power

This week’s issue of Superman/Wonder Woman is an epilogue to the “Doomed” storyline that I assume ended at some point in a book that was not Superman/Wonder Woman. I didn’t follow it in any of the other titles, so I missed half of what happened and the entire ending it seems. If someone wants to spoil the ending in the comments for those of us who only buy this book because it says “Wonder Woman” on it, I’d be much obliged.

Anyway, the “Doomed” stuff seems sorted, Superman is rocking a beard, and it looks like Wonder Woman and Superman are set to fight a flower creature. Let’s take a look at this preview of Superman/Wonder Woman #12 from Comicosity:






That’s a lot of recapping and scintillating romance. These two just do not work together for me at all. I find the romance stuff so awkward. But a fight against a giant plant creature might be fun. I’m always game for a cool fight.

On the behind the scenes side of things, this is Charles Soule’s last issue of Superman/Wonder Woman. He’s signed an exclusive deal with Marvel, where’s he writing books like She-Hulk and The Death of Wolverine, so all of his DC work is wrapping up. Soule’s last issue is also artist Jack Herbert’s first issue on the series proper. He worked on the annual this summer, and drew bits of the “Doomed” storyline in other books. They’ll both be replaced next month by the series’ new creative team, Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke.

Look for Superman/Wonder Woman #12 in comic shops or online this Wednesday as we all bid a fond farewell to Charles Soule. Superman/Wonder Woman hasn’t been my cup of tea, but Soule seems like a swell guy and I wish him all the best at Marvel!

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.

15 thoughts on “Superman/Wonder Woman #12 Preview OR Charles Soule Says Goodbye With Flower Power

  1. This seems more romance comics than [sic] Action Comics lol. Too much talking and not nearly enough drama.
    This relationship has never felt good to me.

  2. I wonder if the Superman keychain was Soule’s idea or the artist. What I’m I suppose to read out of that little, yet very obvious detail? I’m I just meant to take it at face value and go Awww… “She’s got the Superman diamond as her keychain, how sweet?” Or I’m I meant to read it symbolically, in which case this scene feels like something you’d do when you want to imply sex without showing any. I mean the Superman key being inserted into Wonder Woman’s (apartment’s) keyhole is not exactly subtle as fare as symbolism goes. But we know there is not going to be any sex happening because there is a big vagina dentata plant-monster waiting for them in the apartment and… oh fuck it, who cares?

    1. I’m sorry but whenever people refer to these two as “the super power couple” I roll my eyes and laugh. It’s just so childishly forced.

      These two characters have zero sexual chemistry. Soule is trying so hard and it’s just comical.

  3. “bid a fond farewell to Soule” “he seems like a swell guy”. Alright, thank you Soule for deliberately destroying Wonder Woman and showing nothing but total contempt for the fans. It’s as though Soule cast the tsukuyomi jutsu onto the moon which got everything thinking oddly highly of him though I’m quite sure he shat on the character you love, my god this is sad

    1. I don’t want to personally insult Soule. I’m sure he is a nice guy. That said, I have to agree that he’s a rather problematic guy as well. He, like many powerful male creators, is very dismissive of feminist critique of his work and he’s been condescending and essentially ignoring the women (and men) who have expressed concerns over this book from the start. Now, he’s in a tough spot. He was hired to do a job and he has to do it. That said, there have been several instances in the last year where he’s made me uncomfortable and when it actually seems like he’s kissing up to some of the most problematic men in comic book fandom while simultaneously ignoring the feminist conversation. Do I think he’s probably a nice person ? Yes. Do I think he’s a good writer? Yes. Do I think he actually has true respect for feminist debate and understands the nuances of that debate and how it relates to this relationship and this book? No. I don’t.

  4. Well sometimes I worry that he might’ve been strategically hired to do that which he has done because it looks as though DC’s trying to sever WW’s ties with feminism which they probably perceive as an handicap. Soule would be the right person to achieve this because he’s very cunning and artful and people are in awe of him right now. I also think it’s possible that Tony Daniel’s the man behind sm/ww because while I’ve never read a book by Charles Soule that I consider good, this one is uniquely awful like the plot is rubbish, the relationship is awkward to say the least, the dialogue is quite amateurish so I honestly haven’t the smallest idea what people like about it. And you’re right, Soule is very dismissive of feminist critique while he also tweets some serious pro-feminist bullshit sometimes so at the very least he’s a hypocrite. Good riddance I say and no “fond farewell”.

  5. Charles Soule obivously hates all women and should be hanged for his crime of writing this book. Hitler pales in comparison. 😉

    1. @Rollo, what you are doing here is called derailment.

      No one said that Charles Soule hated women nor did anyone suggest he deserved violence. I stated above that I’m sure he’s a good person and he is probably well intentioned.

      That doesn’t change the fact that he’s been rather dismissive since this book took shape to the feminist critique that surrounds the concept. He has actively, on his personal blog, pretended that it doesn’t exist when, in reality, he has just chosen to ignore it and only pay attention to the people who praise him.

      Soule is a very smart, popular, talented writer and because of that he’s gotten away with a lot of things on this book. DC knew exactly what they were doing when they put him on the book. DC knew they had an unpopular and controversial concept to sell and they needed a writer that was popular, well-liked and yes, one of their “rising stars” to sell it. Soule did exactly what he was hired to do. But that doesn’t change the fact that he has pandered for over a year to some really problematic people (some of the most problematic fans in comics fandom history) and he has talked over women who expressed concerns. He was very skilled at doing it—like a true lawyer. It doesn’t make him a bad person. It does, in many respects, make him a problematic one when it comes to true, thoughtful discussions of gender and why a lot of people find this book and this relationship disturbing.

  6. So, at some non-specific time prior to narrowly escaping a black hole, Super-player ‘Clark’ casually gives Diana a flower that turns into a petroleum devouring plant-beast if she forgets to ‘oil’ it.

    And naturally, Diana very rudely puts the safety of the world ahead of her gardening chores resulting in environmental chaos so egregious only the avatar of the Green can save the planet. Thank you Swamp Thing.


    I can’t make this stuff up.

    Charles Soule can though.


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