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Wonder Woman’s March 2015 Covers and Solicits

December 16, 2014

Wonder Woman is headlining four different books in March, though she’s doing so in the most annoying of ways with the over-sized, higher priced annual that wraps up the storyline you’ve been reading in the main books. Such a jerk move. “Oh, you’ve been enjoying this story for $3 a month? Well, it’s going to cost you $5 to get the end of it.” Not cool. I assume the rush to the conclusion was because “Convergence” is debuting in April and DC wanted to get stuff wrapped up before then, but still. That’s not classy. Let’s dig into the books.

First up is Wonder Woman #40:

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WONDER WOMAN #40
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
MOVIE POSTER Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
1:100 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
On sale MARCH 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s the penultimate chapter of the series-altering first story arc by the new creative team of writer Meredith Finch and penciller David Finch as Wonder Woman faces a challenger to her throne created solely to defeat her. But how can Diana stop a foe whose every strength is matched to her every weakness?

“First story arc” sort of bums me out because I was hoping that this would be the only story arc we got from the Finches and that we’d get a new creative team post-“Convergence.” That does not seem to be the case. Anyway, Diana’s fighting someone. I doubt it’s going to be a thrilling read, but hey, you never know. Maybe the book will get better after its disastrous first issue. Stranger things have happened.

The storyline line concludes in Wonder Woman Annual #1, at a much higher price:

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WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
Backup story art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Advance solicit • On sale APRIL 1 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US RATED T
A story so big we couldn’t contain it in the monthly title! Wonder Woman faces off with the foe destined to become her ultimate nemesis in a battle that will determine the fate of Paradise Island! And in a backup tale that will alter the course of the Amazon Queen, an old face returns, and we mean VERY old! You couldn’t ask for more from Wonder Woman’s very first annual!

I almost don’t mind this cover. Wonder Woman still looks like a teenager, but at least it’s not all sexy and whatnot. Most of the Finch covers we’ve seen for Wonder Woman thus far have been pretty dull and/or sexy, so this somewhat okay cover is a nice change. As for the returning “old face”, I’m going to guess… Ares, maybe? Get rid of this dumb god of war thing by having him take it back? I’d be down for that. Or maybe Zeus will be back in full force.

Moving on to Superman/Wonder Woman #17:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #17
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by ED BENES
MOVIE POSTER Variant cover by GENE HA
On sale MARCH 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s a bloody showdown as Circe and Magog attack the power couple! And the outcome will bring about a major change in Kal and Diana’s relationship.

Is Wonder Woman wearing hoop earrings on that cover? Wonder Woman doesn’t wear hoop earrings. They look weird. But “a major change” in the relationship sounds promising! Maybe they’ll break up. I must confess, when I heard that DC was cancelling a bunch of titles in March, I really hoped that this one would be on the list. But nope. Still going strong. Dang it.

Finally, the good Wonder Woman book, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #8:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #8
Written by JAMES TYNION IV and HEATHER NUHFER
Art by NOELLE STEVENSON and RYAN BENJAMIN
Cover by JAE LEE
On sale MARCH 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Teenaged Diana comes to Man’s World and discovers a “Wonder World” where she makes new friends. That part’s great, but her Amazon bodyguards are busy tracking her down and scaring everyone she meets! Then, in “Sabotage Is in the Stars,” Wonder Woman aids India’s space program, making it safe for them to launch their new SpaceCrops platform. But when Diana discovers that LexCorp caused the problem, she takes matters into her own hands!

I went on about my excitement for this issue last week, and I remain just as keen to check out this book. What a killer lineup, and a great cover too. This issue should be a blast all around. You’re definitely going to want to pick this up, gang.

Look for all of these Wonder Woman comics this March, except for the annual which is out the first week of April, just before “Convergence” kicks off in full force.

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Wonder Woman’s February 2015 Covers And Solicits

November 18, 2014

It looks like February 2015 is going to be an eventful month for Wonder Woman across her three titles, with big twists and surprises throughout the line. Let’s take a look at what she’ll be up to, starting with Wonder Woman #39:

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WONDER WOMAN #39
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
1:100 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island, and she’s in for a surprise: The Amazons have chosen a new queen to lead them! The identity of this new queen will send shock waves through the entire DC Universe! Guest-starring the Justice League and featuring the introduction of Diana’s craziest new cast member in, well, ever!

So is Hippolyta not a living statue in this run? Because she was “alive” in the last issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s run, albeit not flesh and blood. Whatever the case, the Amazons are going to have a new queen and it sounds like it’s going to be quite a shocking choice. Given the appearance of the Justice League and the sending of shock waves through the universe, I’m betting it’s someone outside of Wonder Woman’s usual circle. Maybe a famous villain, or perhaps a more intergalactic character. I’m curious about who it will be, though not at all in an excited way. More in the manner of, “Oh god, what are they going to do now?”

The cover’s pretty dramatic, so clearly Wonder Woman isn’t excited about what’s going on. While a bit of a downer, it’s one of Finch’s nicer covers thus far just in terms of a not overly exploitive image of Wonder Woman.

On to Superman/Batman #16:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Superman and Wonder Woman come face-to-face with the newest arrival to The New 52: MAGOG!

I sort of feel like Magog is a bit played out. Kingdom Come was a while ago, plus he’s been back in a bunch of other books since, including big arcs in Action Comics and JSA. I’m half wondering if this is a lead-in to Convergence, DC’s multi-universal event that starts this April, given the Kingdom Come connection. Though if it was you’d think they’d play that up to increase the sales.

Finally, Sensation Comics #7:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #7
Written by ALEX DE CAMPI and AMY CHU
Art by NEIL GOOGE and BERNARD CHANG
Cover by SHANE DAVIS
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Venus Rising,” Diana’s conflicted about her current mission: She agreed to represent the Justice League as the first space station for harvesting Venusian fuel gases is brought online. But her arrival doesn’t go smoothly – and then, kaiju attack! Plus: A combat pilot gets a little help from Wonder Woman as a routine reconnaissance mission turns deadly in “Rescue Angel.”

Wonder Woman in space PLUS kaiju? I am very on board for that. That sounds like a lot of fun. I’m also glad to see Amy Chu writing a story; she’s great. And Bernard Chang is back! He drew a few issues of Wonder Woman during Simone’s run on the book, and I’ve always enjoyed his work. This should be a really solid issue.

Look for all of these Wonder Woman comic books in February! And perhaps buy them for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like a Wonder Woman comic!

Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 Preview OR I Have No Idea What’s Happening Here

September 15, 2014

DC’s “Futures End” event is entering its third week, and I haven’t got a clue what’s going on because I don’t particularly care about a hypothetical future that’s not going to happen and that looks, quite frankly, generally bad. But this week we’re getting a double shot of Wonder Woman with both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman coming out in a sort of two-parter written by Charles Soule, and I always read the Wonder Woman books.

We’ve got a preview of Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 from Man Cave Daily; I feel like I’ve complained about putting a Wonder Woman preview on a website called Man Cave Daily before, so I’ll spare you all the redundant tirade. Anyway, here’s a six page look at the book, available this Wednesday with a fancy motion cover:

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First things first, this is inarguably the most boring Wonder Woman costume of all time. It’s jeans and a tank top, drawn as dully and uninterestingly as possible. Moreover, the art seems out of sync with how we know Wonder Woman works. For example, when Wonder Woman manifests her swords we should get a cool, blue Kirby krackle, not flames. The art here is generally uninspiring.

Also, I don’t know what is happening here. I have no idea where or what Koronoor is, I don’t know why Wonder Woman is dressed so badly, I don’t know why she’s fighting alongside a Viking and a World War Two soldier, and I don’t know what those black monsters are. Based on the solicits, I assume the monsters work for Nemesis, the big bad of Wonder Woman’s Futures End arc, but other than that I am all sorts of lost. This may be my own fault, seeing as I’m not keeping up with any of the other books or the weekly series. But as a casual reader of this event, I’m very confused.

What’s worse, I’m not particularly interested in reading the rest of the issue. Six pages is a lot of space to grab a reader, and I am entirely ungrabbed. The art is bland, the writing is not at all helping me understand what is happening and why, and given that this is a story that will never actually happen in real continuity, everything about it is screaming “You don’t need to care about this!” I’ll get it anyway, of course. I’m a Wonder Woman enthusiast, occasionally to my own detriment. But this preview has had the opposite effect on me that a preview should ideally have.

Hopefully the rest of the book picks up from here and things start making sense soon. Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 is also out this week to shed further light on these mysterious circumstances. We don’t have a preview for that yet, but maybe that’ll come tomorrow. Both comics are available on Wednesday, as is the print version of Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #2, so at least I’ve got one Wonder Woman book to look forward to.

Covers And Solicits For Wonder Woman #31, Superman/Wonder Woman #8, And Batman Beyond Universe #10

February 19, 2014

DC Comics’ May 2014 solicits have been posted, and Wonder Woman is front and center on three titles yet again.  Let’s take a look at what the Amazing Amazon will be up to this May, starting with Wonder Woman #31:

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WONDER WOMAN #31
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
An unlikely ally arrives on the eve of the Battle for Olympus… but standing by Wonder Woman’s side is a deadly place to be!

A Michael Allred cover is cool!  Allred is doing a bunch of Batman ’66 variants across the DC line in May.  I sincerely hope he’s drawing other characters in the Batman ’66 style, because I’d love to see Wonder Woman alongside Adam West’s Batman.

Anyway, to the comic itself.  This solicit doesn’t give us a ton of information, but the cover sure is nice.  This is the 31st in a series of ridiculously fantastic Cliff Chiang covers for this series; the guy has been absolutely killing it since day one.  We can talk about our issues with the story until we’re blue in the face, but with Chiang it’s always a gorgeous book.  Sudzuka is on interior art for this one, and he’s been one of my favourite fill-in artists.

Now onto the always eye-roll inducing Superman/Wonder Woman:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #8
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Continued from this month’s SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1! Wonder Woman must deal with what Superman is becoming. Will she have to slay her lover to save him?

This whole Doomsday thing has turned into a big event that will spill into the other Super-books, so that’s a little annoying.  Hopefully we don’t have to read them all to know what’s going on.

Apparently “Superman turns into Doomsday” is the angle they’re taking for this re-invention of the Doomsday story, which seems a little silly to me, but oh well.  Superman looks ridiculous, but that’s a decent Wonder Woman on the cover.  Daniel seems to be getting better at drawing Wonder Woman after a bit of a shaky start.

Also, I’m with Liz Lemon when it comes to the word “lover”, ie. “That word bums me out unless it’s between the words meat and pizza.”

Finally, Wonder Woman is front and center on the cover of Batman Beyond Universe:

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BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #10
Written by CHRISTOS N. GAGE and KYLE HIGGINS
Art by DEXTER SOY, THONY SILAS and MATEO GUERRIRO
Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
On sale MAY 21• 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
“JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND” continues! As Batman’s journey through the dystopian world of the Justice Lords takes an unexpected and deadly turn, the true meaning of Wonder Woman’s return is revealed – you must not to miss this!

In the April issue, Wonder Woman returned to this future world, and I guess in May we’re going to learn why.  I haven’t been keeping up with this book at all, so I’ve got no idea what’s going on, but I did love the TV show and Wonder Woman definitely looks cool on the cover.  When the Wonder Woman arc starts in April, I’ll pick up the book and see what’s going on.

You might remember that last month Wonder Woman teamed up with Batman in Batman and Wonder Woman #30, but it seems that was a one-time gig.  Wonder Woman is gone, and replaced by Frankenstein in May.  Nonetheless, she’s starring in three different titles, plus she’s always around in Justice League and whatnot.  Look for all of these comics this May at comic shops or online.

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #29 And Superman/Wonder Woman #6

December 13, 2013

Everyone’s beaten DC to the punch with solicits this week, which may be why they’re announcing everything on a Friday instead of on Monday like they usually do.  I expected the solicits to come out last Monday, but we’ve got them now.  Wonder Woman’s in two books in March, so let’s take a look.

First up is Wonder Woman #29, with a cover by Cliff Chiang:

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WONDER WOMAN #29
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 Robot Chicken Variant cover
On sale MARCH 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
If the helmet fits…then it’s time to play God!

This isn’t the most detailed solicit, but it sounds like Wonder Woman is finally embracing her new role as the god of war.  Why she’s doing so is the bigger question, whether it’s to fight the First Born, fight the Olympian gods, or for some other purpose.  My money’s on something First Born related, but we’ll have to wait until March to find out.

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #6:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #6
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
1:25 Robot Chicken Variant cover
On sale MARCH 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
When the Phantom Zone is breached by Zod, Superman and Wonder Woman are forced to do the unthinkable to stop the tyrant from global destruction. But can they do what must be done – and will the world forgive them?

At least Wonder Woman is on the cover this time.  When the book started out with Doomsday in the first issue, Apollo and Strife in the second, and Zod in the third, I thought we’d be getting a back and forth sort of thing between Superman and Wonder Woman villains, but this Zod storyline seems to be sticking around for a while.

Wonder Woman #29 is available on March 19 and Superman/Wonder Woman #6 is out March 12.  Both have a Robot Chicken variant cover, so that probably means action figures with a goofy mouth stuck on their face, so keep your eyes peeled for those if that is your sort of thing.

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #28 And Superman/Wonder Woman #5

November 12, 2013

DC Comics’ February 2014 solicits have been released, and there are some fun books on the schedule.  I’m particularly excited for the Lois Lane special; I’m hoping it does well enough that a Lois Lane series follows.  Wonder Woman’s got her usual two titles as well, so let’s take a look at what’s on the way this February.  First, Wonder Woman #28:

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WONDER WOMAN #28
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 Steampunk variant cover by J.G. JONES
On sale FEBRUARY 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The last time the First Born came for Olympus, it took the death of the God of War to stop him. And if Wonder Woman is now the God of War…and if the First Born is more determined than ever to claim his birthright…then things are about to get VERY violent indeed!

It looks like the inevitable is set to occur, and the First Born will yet again make a play for the throne of Olympus.  Much carnage will ensue, I’m sure, and it will be beautifully drawn by Cliff Chiang.  And Wonder Woman will win in the end.  She’s Wonder Woman after all.  It should be a fun time.

DC also has several steam punk variant covers this month, and Wonder Woman gets one by J.G. Jones.  I’m not sure why DC is so keen on steam punk; my best guess is that it’s a tie-in to their Infinite Crisis online game, which has a steam punk universe as part of their overall multiverse.  Anyway, J.G. Jones is a great artist, and this might be a cool cover.

Now to Superman/Wonder Woman #5:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #5
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
1:25 Steampunk variant cover by DAN PANOSIAN
On sale FEBRUARY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Faora has joined Zod – and now, Earth must kneel before their combined might! Even Superman and Wonder Woman can’t stop their plan for the Phantom Zone!

So Wonder Woman isn’t even on the cover, which is pretty uncool.  BUT Faora is on the cover, and Faora is super awesome, so that evens things out a bit.  Nonetheless, it shows that this is very much a Superman book and Wonder Woman is a tagalong.  The villains have been Superman villains, Doomsday, Zod, now Faora.  Some of the god are supposed to be in the second issue, out tomorrow, but the book looks to be all in Superman’s world apart from that.  Seeing that the book is under the Superman editorial umbrella, this isn’t a huge surprise, but they could at least keep Wonder Woman on the cover.

Look for both titles this February!

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #27 And Superman/Wonder Woman #4

October 15, 2013

DC Comics’ January 2014 solicits came out yesterday, so let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in the New Year:

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WONDER WOMAN #27
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Diana returns to Paradise Island for the first time since the Amazons were wiped out…but do those ancient stones hold the answers she’s looking for?

More than two years after the Amazons were turned into snakes and her mother was turned into a statue, we’re finally getting some follow up on Paradise Island.  I thought this might have come up sooner, but I suppose that Wonder Woman’s been busy with Hades, Orion, the First Born, and now her role as god of war.  Perhaps this will lead to the return of the Amazons?

Speaking of returns, Cliff Chiang is back on interior art!  Goran Sudzuka is drawing the three fall issues, but Chiang will be back inside the book in January, and hopefully he’ll be around for a while.  No one draws Wonder Woman, and her New 52 universe, as well as Chiang.

Onto Wonder Woman’s other title:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #4
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, BATT and SANDU FLOREA
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The secret of Superman and Wonder Woman’s relationship is out and the world’s reaction is mixed, but that’s the least of the power couple’s worries as Zod seeks to release Faora from the Phantom Zone!

Faora!  When they mentioned Zod in the December solicit, I had my fingers crossed that Faora would show up, and lo and behold she has.  That’s super exciting; Faora could be a great character, for this book and the DC universe generally.

Also, the relationship secrecy that Clark and Diana talked so dully about in the first issue hasn’t lasted, and it looks like they’ll be outed as a couple in Superman/Wonder Woman #3, with the fallout in this issue.  I hope this issue is one page of handling that and nineteen pages of Wonder Woman fighting Faora.

Finally, I’m betting this isn’t the final cover.  This is the preview image DC released when they announced the book last summer, and it might just be a placeholder because the actual cover wasn’t ready for the solicits and/or there’s something cool on the actual cover they don’t want to show yet.  It could be the actual cover, but I doubt it.  Know who should be on the cover?  Faora.

Look for Wonder Woman #27 and Superman/Wonder Woman #4 this January.  Chiang is back!  And so is Faora!  Wait, now I want Chiang to draw Faora.  How fun would that be?


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