They really ought to just call this book Adventures of Superman or Superman: The Man of Steel or something because Superman/Wonder Woman is a complete misnomer. Since its inception it’s been a Superman-centric book, run by the Superman editorial offices, and it’s spent a significant portion of its tenure tied up in Superman events. Just like Action Comics is the book Lana Lang shows up in and Superman is the book with Lois Lane, Superman/Wonder Woman should be renamed and just be the Super-book that Wonder Woman is a frequent guest star in, because that’s about all she does.
This opening rant is brought to you by the fact that we have a five page preview of Superman/Wonder Woman #20 in which Wonder Woman does not appear nor is she even mentioned. I’m sure she’ll be somewhere in the full issue, but her complete lack of presence here underscores the second fiddle position she’s had in this series since day one. It irks me.
I feel like a crotchety old man saying this, but this isn’t my Superman. He hasn’t been my Superman since the New 52 relaunch four years ago. DC has somehow lost all of the qualities that make Superman super, and that’s very disappointing. I think the only storyline that has captured the essence of Superman for me since the relaunch was the first arc of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s Action Comics. That arc was amazing. Everything else just doesn’t feel like him, and this angry, t-shirt wearing, buzz cutted Superman is the incarnation furthest away from how I see the character.
Anyway, he’s arguing with Steve Trevor in the Oval Office or whatever. All of his friends have been captured. I liked the Lois Lane panel, at least. That was fun. The rest was just tough dude posturing. It all could have used a little bit of Wonder Woman, really.
Superman/Wonder Woman #20 is available in stores and online this Wednesday! Here’s my suggestion: Action Comics Volume 5: What Lies Beneath is the first volume of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s run, and the paperback is only $14.99. It’s KILLER. Take a few months off of Superman/Wonder Woman while this dumb “Truth” storyline plods along and use the money you’re saving to pick up that trade and just have yourself a fantastic time.