Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #48 Review: “A Day in our Lives” by Jason Badower


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!

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

3 thoughts on “Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #48 Review: “A Day in our Lives” by Jason Badower

  1. So…I hate to crap on the parade here but I can’t be the only one that noticed that this story is basically a copy of Phil Jiminez’s excellent and famous story “Day in the life” except he’s taken away Lois’s role and given it to Superman. That was a famous story about two women connecting and Lois, as another woman, being a voice for Wonder Woman. The end of the comic where he writes “Superman has Lois Lane but I need Clark Kent” is particularly bothersome. I get what he’s going for but the person who represents what Wonder Woman is talking about and serves the people without superpowers is NOT Clark Kent:::it’s Lois. And it’s a way better story if it’s a woman serving to document Wonder Woman’s life then basically stealing something from Lois and giving it to Superman. The brother/sister emphasis to Wonder Woman/Supes was welcome and perfect given how cringeworthy the romance is and I love so much of this story. But I couldn’t shake that this writer took the concept of a very famous WW story and basically replaced a woman’s role in it with Superman. And once I noticed it I couldn’t unsee it. I also thought the characterization of Superman was more than a little off. But I know these are nitpicks. Beggars can’t be choosers and we get so few good WW stories these days that sometimes you have to celebrate what you do get. The overall message of the story is great and I enjoy the art–I think it’s pretty.

  2. I loved this issue. I do wish we’d seen WW deflect the hail of bullets with her bracelets instead of just wading through them like Superman, but other than that — a win for me!

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