We tend to get Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman covers at odd times. For some reason, several times now the book was solicited with interior art instead of the cover. The digital books are their own little world, it seems. It’s like the Wild West over there. But now, thanks to Comics Alliance, we’ve got two Sensation Comics covers at once.
First up is Francesco Francavilla’s cover for Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #9, coming in April, which was originally solicited with some Mike Maihack interior art. Here’s Francavilla’s cover:
I love Francavilla, and his covers are usually amazing, but this is just okay for me. I’m not a big fan of a skinny tiara, or of having forehead between the top of the tiara and her hair. Aesthetically, that look is just not my jam. Plus it’s weirdly busy with that odd background and the stars in her hair and such. It’s all just a bit over the map for me.
We’ve also got the cover for Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #10, coming in May, which hasn’t been solicited yet. It’s going to have a story by Sara Ryan and Christian Duce and another written and illustrated by Aaron Lopresti. Here’s the cover, by Michael Zulli:
I don’t love this one either. This is kind of a downer of a post, really, but this cover doesn’t do much for me at all. Wonder Woman looks sad and haggard, and her bloody sword looks more like a large knife. Also, that’s a weird outfit. I really don’t like anything about this. I’m predicting a situation where someone buys the April issue for the cute, hilarious James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson story and thinks, “This was fun, I’ll totally get the next issue,” and then they show up at a comic shop next month for the May issue and it’s THIS and they just full on recoil away from the shelf.
Sensation Comics’ slogan should be “The covers are hit or miss, but the stories are quite good!” I love the diversity of enjoyable stories we’re getting out of this book, but the inability of the covers to at all match what’s inside the book, and the straight up unattractiveness of several of the covers, seems like a poor publication strategy to me. It’s just going to confuse people.