Wonder Woman ’77 #1 Review OR A Fun Start To This New Digital First Series


Wonder Woman ’77, a new digital first series based on the Lynda Carter television show, was announced this fall at New York Comic-Con, and then was pretty much never mentioned again by DC Comics until yesterday when a preview went up in advance of its release today. So now it’s here! Albeit with little fanfare. You’d think they would have hyped this up some more, especially with the success of Batman ’66. But regardless, we’ve got a fun new Wonder Woman comic book to read and that is always a good thing.

The comic, much like the show on which it’s based, is set in the 1970s, with Wonder Woman fighting crime and Diana Prince working at Inter-Agency Defense Command with Steve Trevor. After a gang of Soviet roller derby ladies tried to kidnap a scientist who defected to America (and were thwarted by Wonder Woman, of course), Diana and Steve set out to rescue another high profile defector. The scientist embraced American life in the 1970s and was a fixture at the city’s hottest discotheque, Studio 52, so Diana and Steve put on their disco finery and hit the club only to find the villainous Silver Swan in a cliffhanger ending.

Obviously, all of that sounds fantastic. I mean, Wonder Woman beating up a Soviet roller derby girl gang? Diana Prince at a disco? That’s just great stuff, and writer Marc Andreyko does a solid job of turning these fun premises into a good story. The book is campy, but not too over the top, and captures the vibe of the television show well. I also like that the series in bringing classic Wonder Woman comic book villains into the show’s universe. The show was usually its own thing, and a lot of elements from the comics didn’t make their way to the small screen, so it’s cool to see Lynda Carter tackling iconic Wonder Woman foes. The Silver Swan is a particularly good choice for a disco-themed story; that outfit screams 1970s.

The art is excellent as well. First, Nicola Scott’s cover is absolutely amazing. Is this going to be a poster? It should be a poster, or at least a print. I want to hang it on my wall. Second, Drew Johnson’s interior art is fantastic too. Johnson is no stranger to Wonder Woman, having drawn her series during Greg Rucka’s run and most recently a fill-in story of his from a few years back was repurposed into an enjoyable two-issue Sensation Comics arc. He transitions from the comic Wonder Woman to television Wonder Woman beautifully, capturing Lynda Carter’s likeness really well. His Lyle Waggoner could still use a little work, but frankly no one has even cared about Steve Trevor.

Johnson also does a good job portraying the era. Everything feels very 1970s, and he really goes all out when it’s called for, like in the scenes set at the disco. Check out the outfits that Diana and Steve are rocking:


They are both era appropriate and character appropriate. Diana’s outfit is nice but somewhat demure for such a happening disco (and the all white is reminiscent of the mod era of Wonder Woman), as befitting her less flamboyant alter ego, while the confident lothario Steve Trevor’s wearing a shirt open almost down to his navel. It’s also a fun switch-up from typical superhero fare; most times, the man is more covered up and the woman’s got the navel plunging neckline.

All together, this is a fun book that captures the television show in a variety of ways while also exploring beyond the limitations of the program. I have a feeling that it will read better in print form than in digital; the pacing is a little slower, and indicative of a team writing and drawing for it to be read all at once rather than to maximize each digital issue. Nonetheless, it’s still an excellent first issue, and a great addition to Wonder Woman’s impressively good and ever-growing digital library.

Speaking of which, it looks like Sensation Comics is going to be on hiatus while Wonder Woman ’77 comes out. As I understand it, Wonder Woman ’77 is going to come out in chunks rather than continuously, and I’m hearing that Sensation Comics will be back at the end of the month, so my guess is that we’ll get the full three parts of this Wonder Woman ’77 and then it will be back to Sensation Comics on Thursday until we get another few weeks of 1970s hijinks. I have no idea when the print issue of this story will available, because I don’t think it’s been solicited yet. It will be April at the earliest, I assume.

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19 Responses to “Wonder Woman ’77 #1 Review OR A Fun Start To This New Digital First Series”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Haven’t read it yet, but I hear tell she exhibits superpowers (a “wonder leap”) while in her Diana Prince guise? Unfortunate, if true: the TV show made it clear on multiple occasions that she had to transform to gain her Wonder Woman abilities. Diana was rendered humanly helpless several times by being bound such that she couldn’t execute “the spin.” I was looking forward to this book — still am, but it would be nice if they would get such basic details right.

    • Vonter Voman (@VonterVoman) Says:

      Well, Andreyko said he did watch the entire series (even the first season) to write this, and Diana being powerless in civilian clothes was the basic motif for the villains capturing or challenging her. So I guess this was just a slip or he wanted to change it, but he probably knows about that.

      Anyway, I loved it, even though I think the soviets using hammer and sickle was a bit too much… and I hope it deals with more neutrality towards the URSS, because one of the things I like about the series is how it’s more neutral about the Cold War than one might think. There are about 4 episodes envolving the Cold War, 1 one of them has Wonder Woman “teaming up” with Chinese and Russian agents to stop the villain who is giving an ultimatum to the world, and another has WW fighting an ultra-patriotic american who wants to destroy the communist countries. She even says he is doing more for destroying democracy than any communist country.

      • Anonymous Says:

        I would venture to say he didn’t watch too closely if he made a “slip” like that in the very first issue: as you say, it’s a basic motif in the series. (Specifically, her Amazon strength in man’s world is tied to her girdle; remove it, and her power’s gone. And no costume transformation = no girdle.) As for consciously changing it, why would you do that in a book specifically designed to recapture the classic show?

        Eh, enough fanboy obsessiveness. I’m going to read the thing anyway, and fully expect I’ll enjoy it. Just would have been nice if Andreyko, or any of his artistic and editorial collaborators, would have caught this.

      • Vonter Voman (@VonterVoman) Says:

        It’s not supposed to be exactly like the series, though. There are differences. And maybe he found other motif (like a real weakness for WW) and so it isn’t necessary for her to always change in order to use powers, though she would need to protect her identity. I mean, it also strike me the wrong way, but I think it’s a really fun story and this detail could be ignored.

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      Yeah, it’s an odd shift from the series, but fairly minimal I think. Like not even in the ballpark of a deal breaker for me. And the rest of the book captures the feel of the show very well while also doing it’s own thing in some respects. It’s a good time.

  2. Ainhoa Cadena Says:

    Johnson, Scott and Andreyko do a great work together. I wish them replacing the Finches in WW’s monthly comic!!

  3. merryjest Says:

    Slip aside, I found it enjoyable. Between this and Sensation, I find it bizarre that the best of Wonder Woman currently being written is not in current continuity.

    • Green Says:

      That says a lot about how DC lee/didio/johns doesn’t get WW. This is digital and the editors are different

      • merryjest Says:

        Agreed. Lee/Didio/Johns don’t seem to ‘get’ most of DC properties nowadays, or the fact that it’s fine to make a fun book. Johns seems to have succumbed to Cerebus syndrome, perhaps- which is a pity. I loved a lot of the work he did with the Titans back in the day.

  4. Ben Herman: In My Not So Humble Opinion Says:

    I’m definitely looking forward to getting this when the print edition comes out (as I’ve written on my own blog, I am unapologetically an old school luddite who wants to read his comic books on paper). Thanks for posting a panel of interior art. Nice work by Drew Johnson.

    I am really hoping that the great Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, who actually drew Wonder Woman on a number of occasions in the 1970s (as well as subsequently), is asked to contribute to this series.

  5. az25blue Says:

    This was a nice start but I agree that it will probably read better collected than in individual issues. I can’t wait for next week!

    I really wish Sensation wasn’t on hiatus. God forbid we have TWO Wonder Woman digital titles released at the same time. Why not just release them on different days of the week? If we can have multiple Batman digital titles released weekly surely we can have the same for WW.

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      Yeah, I agree with you. I think DC is still leery of Wonder Woman, and just don’t believe she can sustain two digital series at once. And maybe she can’t; DC doesn’t release digital sales data, so it’s hard to have an educated opinion here.

      • Jeppe Dittmer Says:

        I wonder if DC will try to do any cross media promotion or comic tie-in when/if the Wonder Woman movie comes out in 2017. They are not going to get a better chance at translating all that public awareness WW still holds into actual sales.

      • merryjest Says:

        I agree that WW can’t sustain two series at once… with the kind of support that DC is giving her. We’ve had Batman and Superman shoved down our throats, but DC can’t seem to showcase Wonder Woman anywhere in a main title without putting her in a supporting role to one of the two other pegs of ‘The Trinity’- so insecure are they about the character. Heck, they’re doing this to her in the movies, too! Batman and Superman got their movie, but Diana has to ‘earn’ it by being a cameo first? Give me a break.

        The editors obviously don’t get her, it is something that is plain to see when you see the devolution of her main book from the Azarello/Chiang team to the Finch/Finch atrocity.

        As long as DC editorial doesn’t understand what Wonder Woman is, or as long as they can’t fully agree on what she *should* be, they’re not going to believe in her as intellectual property, and she will never be promoted and moved on the same level as Batman and Superman. Batman and Superman are easier properties to get, they require very little to understand (which is good, since with Didio at the helm…)- Wonder Woman is not straightforward nor simplistic, even when Marston created her. There is a greater room for nuance with Diana, and that requires a very special editorial direction and a very special creative team. DC had that team for three years, but they did very little to promote the book or give Diana more solo venues… while the diarrhea of Superman and Batman books continued.

    • Vonter Voman (@VonterVoman) Says:

      That has nothing to do with not having two WW books at the same time. DC only published one digital-first book per day of the week. If WW ’77 doesn’t go on hiatus after the first arc, I suspect Sensation Comics might go monthly for a while, on wednesday.

      • az25blue Says:

        Teen Titans and Batman ’66 both release on the same day each week.

        I just got an email from comixology that the new issue of Sensation is available. Downloading now (just after midnight east coast time). Now I’m really confused. Happy, but confused. Sensation was pulled from the digital release schedule and replaced with ’77 on Thursdays. Now Sensation magically appears on Tuesday, same day that Flash usually releases. I can’t figure DC out.

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