As the title of this story promises, this week’s issue of Sensation Comics gives us a day in the life of Wonder Woman, and she’s certainly a busy woman. She’s stopping invasions from different dimensions, protecting disputed territory for the UN, smashing up dams, and officiating a wedding. The latter has made a lot of news this week because the wedding is for two women, and I think Jason Badower, pulling double duty as the book’s writer and artist, handled the moment beautifully.
This isn’t a very special issue of Sensation Comics that makes a big deal about gay marriage and preaches to the reader. Instead, the marriage takes up just a page and a half, and is discussed in a way that is very true to Wonder Woman. One of the brides is a volunteer Wonder Woman had worked with all over the globe, and so she was happy to come officiate her wedding. Plus, as Wonder Woman explains to Clark, “My country is all women. To us, it’s not ‘gay’ marriage. It’s just marriage.” The scene is grounded in who Wonder Woman is while it presents a very common sense approach to an issue some people like to make more complicated than it needs to me. For Wonder Woman, her friends were in love and that’s all that mattered, and there is a lot of wisdom in that simplicity. Then, with the wedding done, Wonder Woman moves on to other things, further cementing the normalcy of two women getting married. It’s not a big deal; it’s just another moment in the day.
The rest of the issue is pretty strong as well. In particular, I liked Wonder Woman stopping a general and his army who were trying to move into disputed Siberian tundra. She didn’t fight the army. Instead, she told them that they had to leave, let them shoot everything that they had at her when they wouldn’t, and then emerged unscathed and reiterated her demands to a general who suddenly seemed more willing to listen. It was a well crafted scene, with an approach to superheroism that I’d like to see more of. Superheroes don’t need to fight back as often as they do. They can take what’s coming at them, and avoiding violence as much as possible strikes me as a much more heroic way to roll. I really liked how Badower had Wonder Woman not only preach a non-violent approach whenever possible, but also had her demonstrate it in a way that made for an exciting, striking scene and that also made a lot of sense.
There were a few moments that fell a little flat for me. Superman lamenting not having any friends as a kid, and then choking back tears when Wonder Woman called him her brother was pretty corny, though one of the panels in that sequence looked like Wonder Woman was rolling her eyes at the sappy Man of Steel. That bit was amusing. Still, it was all a bit schmaltzy.
Badower’s art is quite remarkable. His linework is strong and he colours it beautifully to add a lot of texture and realism. He did an issue of Wonder Woman ’77 a while back that was absolutely gorgeous, and his work here is similarly impressive. I didn’t love some of his costuming choices, though. I prefer a bigger tiara without a forehead gap, and he structured the top of the costume a little weirdly so that red fabric showed over the gold “WW” crest, and did so inconsistently. But that’s just nitpicky stuff based on my own personal preferences. The art is great, plus it looks like he based his Superman on Chris Pine, which is kind of fun.
All together, this was a very good issue of Sensation Comics, and one I’m excited to see in print. The book won’t be out until November 4, but it’ll be paired with that cool, creepy Caitlin Kittredge and Scott Hampton story that came out of a few weeks back, so that should be an excellent issue all around. Keep your eyes peeled for that!