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Superman/Wonder Woman #20 Preview OR Five Pages And No Wonder Woman To Be Seen

August 18, 2015

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.

Anyway, here’s some Superman stuff in Superman/Wonder Woman #20, courtesy of The AV Club:


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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.


Aaron Kuder And Cliff Chiang Variant Covers For Superman/Wonder Woman #1

September 17, 2013

Last week, Comic Vine posted an exclusive look at two variant covers for the upcoming Superman/ Wonder Woman #1, which I had totally forgot about until today so we’re going to look at them now.  We’ve seen the Tony Daniel cover several times already, but here are some alternatives for you to track down if you are so inclined.

First up is this Paradise Island themed cover by Aaron Kuder:


I think the layout of this is very striking, with the shattered vase and Superman posed like a statue behind Wonder Woman.  It well captures the sadness Diana must associate with her home since her family was wiped out.

If you want something a little cheerier, Cliff Chiang has the duo flying through Metropolis:


It’s very retro, and feels like an old movie poster.  It almost reminds me of posters I’ve seen for Metropolis, the 1927 film, which would be rather fitting.

So we’ve got two very nice variant covers for the series no one demanded and no one seems particularly enthused about.  I will say this though: I think the art will be good.  Tony Daniel has been growing as an artist over the past several years, evolving from a solid Jim Lee impression to having more of his own style and vibe.  I was genuinely excited for his run on Action Comics with Andy Diggle until that blew up spectacularly, and I think he could be a good fit for Superman/Wonder Woman.  So maybe it’ll be okay to look at least.  We’ll soon find out, because the book is out October 9, just three weeks from tomorrow.

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