The first arc of the digital-first Wonder Woman ’77 wrapped this week, and it was a solid ending that carried on most of the pros and cons of the two issues that preceded it. The conclusion wasn’t overly involved; Wonder Woman freed Steve from the Silver Swan’s hypnosis, defeated the Silver Swan, and celebrated with a dance party as Diana Prince. It was a lot of fun all around, if somewhat of a quick read.
Marc Andreyko writes a lot of great moments into this issue, as he has during this entire first arc. It’s all classic Wonder Woman fun, with lassoing and a boomeranging tiara and secret identity hijinks. It turns out that Diana was trapped in a broom closet for the entire time that Wonder Woman was fighting the Silver Swan and her mind-controlled horde; she always missed out on the excitement. The Silver Swan was defeated in a very era-appropriate manner as well, with Wonder Woman smashing the gem that powered the villain’s abilities by throwing a record at it, discus style. The book is silly and fun in all of the right ways.
The pacing is still not great, however. Like with the previous two issues, you burn through the book pretty quick. There’s not a whole lot of story here, but as I’ve said before it should all read better together in print.
There are some art changes in this issue as well. Drew Johnson is replaced by Matt Haley and Richard Ortiz, and it’s an odd change. Haley mimics the realistic style established by Johnson to some degree, as he did in the latter half of last week’s issue, though he doesn’t capture Lynda Carter as well and his pages lack a bit of life compared to past issues. Ortiz’s pages take a turn toward a more cartoonish style. The linework is thicker, the features are more exaggerated, and the difference is very noticeable. His Wonder Woman doesn’t really look like Carter, though his Lyle Waggoner is actually pretty good. All together, it’s an average outing on the art side of things, and it’s disappointing that Johnson couldn’t finish the whole storyline for whatever reason.
The book also has three different colourists, and it shows. The colouring starts smooth and nicely blended and gets rougher as the book goes on. It never veers into bad, however, though the changing lights in the disco make for a few odd choices, such as a Silver Swan whose skin appears to be bright pink at one point.
All together, it’s an enjoyable end to a pleasant first arc with a few problems here and there, some technical and some structural. While there are things that could be improved for the second arc, all of the fun of the television show definitely comes through and it captures that spirit well. I’m excited to see what other villains and adventures Andreyko and the rest of the team have in store when Wonder Woman ’77 returns.
Speaking of scheduling, it looks like Sensation Comics will return next Thursday, and run for at least two weeks; there are two issues available for pre-order on Comixology right now for the following two Thursdays. After that, it continues to be a crapshoot. I assume that Wonder Woman ’77 will be back for a second arc, probably three issues again, before the print edition comes out in April, but that’s a big window. Either way, there should continue to be some sort of Wonder Woman digital fun each week, and for that I am very glad.