What I’m enjoying most about Sensation Comics thus far is the variety of artists we’ve gotten. There have been a few standard, superhero art types, but for the past few weeks especially we’ve gotten a more eclectic range of styles. Largely owing to her minimal comic book presence, the Wonder Women we’ve seen for the past few decades have been pretty normal superhero fare. Whereas characters like Batman and Superman have had a variety of books aimed at different audiences, and a wide range of styles therein, Wonder Woman has mostly just had Wonder Woman. There hasn’t been a lot of mixing it up. With Sensation Comics now showcasing Wonder Woman in different styles, I think the versatility of the character is really shining through.
This week’s digital issue of Sensation Comics features another unique take on Wonder Woman, this time from Amy Mebberson. She’s done work for Disney and drawn My Little Pony comics, so her style here is cute, fun, and cartoony. I’m not up on the nomenclature for exactly how to describe the art; chibi doesn’t quite seem right, but there are exaggerated proportions in that vein so as to achieve maximum cuteness:
The story matches the art well. I don’t know much about Ollie Masters, apart from the fact that he’s got a Vertigo book out soon that’s drawn by Ming Doyle and sounds pretty cool. He’s constructed a fun story here, and brought in another of my favourite characters. Catwoman steals the Golden Fleece (yes, THAT Golden Fleece) from a museum in London, knowing full well that Wonder Woman will show up to stop her. Catwoman’s plan is to sneak away while Wonder Woman defeats the dragon she automatically summoned when she stole the Golden Fleece, killing two birds with one stone, and she almost gets away with it. But not quite! Wonder Woman is just too good at dragon wrangling, and has enough time to capture Catwoman before she hops a ride out of town.
The story is simple but enjoyable and well paced. It highlights both Catwoman’s cleverness and Wonder Woman’s strength, and is a fun showcase for both characters. Despite the short length, the story doesn’t feel rushed; Masters does a good job of using the limited page count effectively and setting up Catwoman’s plan. I’ve been critical of past dragon fights in Sensation Comics, only because they felt like filler in a two-parter, but this one is both entertaining and integral to the plot.
It’s also nicely drawn. It looks like Mebberson had a lot of fun with the dragon fight. Wonder Woman rips a street sign out of the pavement and then busts the dragon squarely in the chops with it before trussing the dragon with her golden lasso. It’s cartoony and fun, and I’d love to see it as an animated sequence. This whole issue would make for a great animated short, really.
Mebberson does a lot of good things with this issue. Her Catwoman has a definite Darwyn Cooke vibe, right down to how she illustrates the shine on her leather suit. Her Wonder Woman is good, though perhaps not as finely rendered as Catwoman. Mebberson went with a classic version of Wonder Woman’s suit that comes off a little basic next to Catwoman’s shiny finery. Her Wonder Woman’s not bad in any way; she just draws a really good Catwoman.
She also captures a lot of humour with her art, using her expressive characters to communicate great bits like Catwoman’s sneakinesss or the lackadaisical ease with which Wonder Woman captures her. All together, the issue was very cute and a fun read, and I think it will be a hit with younger readers.
Finally, we follow last week’s programming note with ANOTHER programming note. This story was originally scheduled for the print issue of Sensation Comics #3, but it bears the cover of Sensation Comics #4 and Mebberson’s website says the story will be in that issue as well. So I’m not sure what’s happening here, printwise. The book’s not out until the end of the month, so I suppose we’ll find out then!