I really enjoyed the first part of this story last week, with its non-linear narrative and various mysteries, but the conclusion this week was a little more straight forward and telegraphed. However, this is a comic where Wonder Woman says, “The lasso compels truth, but it can’t stop mansplaining,” and that’s just fantastic. All together, this was a decent issue of a story that I think will read very well all together. While the opening was stronger than the close, it’s still a lot of fun.
Everything worked out like I thought it would in this issue. After last week’s story, I was worried about the fans getting VIP passes, and it turns out they could have died were it not for Wonder Woman. I was also pretty sure the skeevy head of security was up to something shady, and today we find out that he’s the one behind the VIPs near-death dilemmas. There really wasn’t much in the way of surprises or twists in this conclusion.
It’s also a much quicker read than last week’s issue. Part one had a lot for the reader to unpack and put together as they went through the book and figured out who was who and how they were connected. It was all very cleverly structured. The structure this week is a lot simpler and far more linear. There are no time jumps and the scene changes are much more organic. It’s also less dense, with far less dialogue and no real mystery to the words being spoken. Several of the scenes last week started not just mid-conversation but mid-sentence. Everything about this issue is much more straight forward.
That’s not to say that this issue was bad in any way. It was just put together differently than I expected, and it was still a lot fun. I particularly enjoyed the head of security’s speech about why he sabotaged the concert. There was a bit of nuance to it where he ALMOST had a decent point to make about how our culture sexualizes and objectifies young stars and how he didn’t want Esperanza to go in that direction, but then it turned into a weird puritanical angle where he wanted girls to stay girls so that men could stay men and it got gross again. I enjoyed that Sara Ryan gave him a slight smidge of a halfway decent point to make before taking the turn into him just being a patronizing ass with antiquated ideas about gender. Then Esperanza punched him out, which was fun.
Christian Duce’s art was solid again. This may seem like a weird, random thing to focus on, but I like that Duce make’s the star on Wonder Woman’s tiara big. I find a lot of artists make it too small or too skinny; I am bizarrely particular about her tiara, and Duce does a very nice job keeping the star prominent.
Ultimately, this week’s Sensation Comics is a decent end to a great beginning. Once all of the pieces were set up in part one, it makes sense that part two would be less twisty as everything came to a close. One fun thing to come out of this issue is that I’ve got a new author to check out! Sara Ryan’s written a bunch of comics as well as some YA novels, and her work here has me intrigued so I’m definitely going to check out some of her other stuff.
For all of you print folks, this story will be available in comic shops on May 20. It’s a fun one; I recommend checking it out.