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Wonder Woman’s June 2015 Covers And Solicits

March 17, 2015

June is a big month for DC Comics, with 25 new series debuting and surprising changes for the rest of their ongoing series. We’ve already seen Wonder Woman’s new costume, which has gotten mixed reviews thus far, but let’s take a look at the solicits for Wonder Woman’s comics and find out what is up with the Amazing Amazon this June.

First up is Wonder Woman #41:

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WONDER WOMAN #41
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and
JONATHAN GLAPION
THE JOKER Variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T
A daring new direction begins with the arrival of a brand-new villain! But while he may be new to us, he’s not new to the world he seeks to tame. And speaking of villains, Donna Troy’s quest to destroy Wonder Woman ratchets up another gear (if that’s even possible!), while the games of the Gods bring dark portents to the ultimate Amazon!

So apparently Wonder Woman is $3.99 now. I hope that’s a misprint; Wonder Woman has been $2.99 since the New 52 relaunch.

We’re getting a new villain, and it sounds like it’s an original creation from the Finches with the whole “new to us” bit. That’s sort of ominous. Given how poorly they’ve done with beloved, established characters, I’m worried about what sort of new character the Finches will bring into Wonder Woman’s world. It also sounds like the gods will have a bigger role, which will be a big change. After being a constant presence in the Azzarello/Chiang run, the gods haven’t been much of a role since the Finches took over.

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #18:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #18

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and others
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
THE JOKER Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JUNE 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The epic new storyline “TRUTH” continues! As the pressure mounts, a relationship is tested!

While I don’t love the idea of Superman just wearing a t-shirt, I really like the t-shirt. I’d definitely wear that. The Fleischer’s Superman is all sorts of fun.

As for the story, this is a very vague solicit! The “Truth” storyline is running through Action Comics, Superman, and Batman Superman as well, and none of those solicits give any hints as to what this truth may be. Superman’s got some sort of secret, and that’s all we know. I’m not at all surprised to have Superman/Wonder Woman focusing on Superman and tying into the other Super-books again, though. God forbid they focus on Wonder Woman for any length of time.

We’ve also got Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #11:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #11
Written by JOSH ELDER
Art by JAMAL IGLE and JUAN CASTRO
Cover by STEPHANE ROUX
On sale JUNE 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman has always been both warrior and diplomat. Now she must stand against Ares, the god of war himself, if she is to bring peace to the central African nation of Itari, where a centuries-old tribal “Vendetta” threatens to plunge the nation into a bloody civil war.

It looks like we’ve got another three-part digital story that will become one full issue of the print version of Sensation Comics. That can be fun, if the story is able to carry the whole book. It worked great for Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman’s Apokalips story; that was great, and definitely warranted a full issue for itself. Hopefully this new story is similarly good. The creative team is decent, and a trip to Africa to fight Ares could be fun.

Finally, here are a couple of scheduling notes. First, Wonder Woman Annual #1, originally scheduled for April 1, has been moved to June 3. The annual is set to wrap up the current arc on Wonder Woman, but it looks like it won’t be done in time to be published before “Convergence” takes over DC for a couple of months.

Second, the Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus Volume 1 has been solicited, though it’s not out until August 19. It’s 640 pages for $75, and includes the first 24 issues of Perez’s legendary run. I’m also encouraged to see it listed as the first volume; it would be great to get more of Perez’s run in omnibus form. I’m really looking forward to this beast of a book!

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Check Out These Wonder Woman Covers From DC’s Joker Variant Line For June 2015

March 13, 2015

DC Comics sure loves its monthly variant themes. From steam punk to movie posters to “Hey, let’s just let Darwyn Cooke do a bunch”, their variant cover themes have been a generally fun promotion. There are some stinkers in the mix, sure, but a lot of them have been quite nice, especially on Wonder Woman comics. Frankly, given the rough patch Wonder Woman’s been in as of late, there have been a lot of months where I’ve enjoyed the variant cover more than the actual book.

DC’s newest variant line, set for June, is based on the Joker. The Clown Prince of Crime will appear alongside many of DC’s heroes, including Wonder Woman. Let’s take a look, starting with Wonder Woman #41 by Brian Bolland:

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The use of black is kind of clever here. I like that. It doesn’t do much for me, generally, though. I’d much rather see the inevitable end of this scene, where Wonder Woman punches out the Joker. Also, her hair is super flat. Did she just come in from a rain storm or something?

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #18 by Cliff Chiang:

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I’m always a sucker for a Cliff Chiang Wonder Woman, but this is just fantastic all around. The children’s book vibe is clever, and the art captures everyone perfectly. Plus of course the Joker would love Wonder Woman! Who wouldn’t. This is super cute and fun, and I look forward to picking it up.

Wonder Woman is also on the cover for Justice League #41 by David Finch, Jonathan Glapion, and Brad Anderson. Oh great, more David Finch. Just what Wonder Woman needs:

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It’s the Justice League with Joker smiles. A little obvious. I mean, compared to what Bolland and Chiang came up with, this is pretty unimaginative.

Finally, Wonder Woman’s on the cover for Justice League of America #1 by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi:

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Again, a little unimaginative with the giant Joker and such. You’ve got to think outside of the box a bit, gang. Do something fun with it.

All of these covers will be available in June, but maybe make sure you to talk to your retailer before they come out so that they can set aside a copy for you if there’s any you really like. Variants can go quickly. You don’t want the joke to be on you!

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: And The Winner Is…

February 15, 2011

After ten weeks of preliminary round voting, two weeks of semi-finals, and then one final poll for all the marbles, the cover you all voted as the best Wonder Woman cover of all time is Brian Bolland’s Wonder Woman #72:

It led the final poll from day one, and ultimately beat out H.G. Peter’s Wonder Woman #1 by twenty votes, finishing with a solid 58.6% of the vote.  People seemed to respond to the strong, iconic pose, and to Bolland’s fine technique.  Congratulations Brian Bolland and Wonder Woman #72!!!

And thanks to everyone who voted… the response for all of the polls was great, and it was through the roof for the finals!!  Keep your eyes peeled for a new series of polls starting in a couple weeks, where we’ll choose Wonder Woman’s best interior artist.

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: The Best Wonder Woman Cover EVER!!

February 8, 2011

Finally, after hundreds of votes in twelve polls, we have arrived at our final two covers which will now compete for the honour of being named the best Wonder Woman cover of all time!!

All of the semi-finalists were great covers, but it seems that “iconic” was the main focus for voters in the two semi-final rounds.  One cover is a classic Wonder Woman image dating back to the early days of her existence, while the other is a more recent image that has been captured in various statues, shirts, posters, and prints.  Both polls were fairly close throughout the voting period, but both winners led the entire time as well.  Ultimately, no other covers could top these two iconic images.

So here are our two finalists, as voted by you!!  The poll at the bottom of the page will stay open for a week, and then we’ll crown the champion.  Thank you very much to everyone who has voted already… it’s been lots of fun!! 

Semi-Final #1 Winner – Wonder Woman #72 by Brian Bolland: Terry Dodson’s Wonder Woman #13 put up a strong fight, but Bolland’s classic cover never relinquished the lead.  This regal depiction of Wonder Woman captures her dignity and warrior spirit, and is far away the most well-known and widespread image of Wonder Woman from the modern era.

Semi-Final #2 Winner – Wonder Woman #1 by H.G. Peter: Despite a strong showing by Adam Hughes’ Wonder Woman #184, the voters went old school and selected the very first Wonder Woman cover.  It is a classic image, and Wonder Woman leading the charge into battle with her lasso twirling in the air never goes out of style. 

Cast your vote for the best Wonder Woman cover ever here:

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: Semi-Final Round #1

January 25, 2011

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The next semi-final vote begins February 1st, and the final vote starts February 8th.

For the past ten weeks, I have posted my top five picks of Wonder Woman covers in various categories, followed by a poll so readers could vote.  Now, with a top ten finalized, we begin the semi-finals!!

The semi-finals will consist of two rounds of five covers each, one this week and then another the next.  The two winners will ultimately go head to head to determine the best Wonder Woman cover of all time.  The two rounds were divided based on rank.  I made a list of all of the winning covers in order of the percentage of the vote they received and, to get the fairest distribution possible, that list was then divided into evens and odds.  This week will be evens, so we’ll have 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th face off for a ticket to the finals.  The vote will last for one week, and will close as soon as the odds poll begins a week from today.

Here are your choices for five of the top ten Wonder Woman covers… be sure to vote in the poll that follows:

2nd Place, 50.9% – Wonder Woman #72 by Brian Bolland:  I had a good feeling that this cover would make it in to the finals.  It’s a very iconic image that captures Bolland’s style well.  It took a while for this cover to take the lead, but once it did the lead grew impressively.

4th Place, 43.5% –  Wonder Woman #230 by José Luis Garcia-López:  There were some great covers in the “Egregious Snubs” list, but I figured it would come down to one of the Garcia-López covers… the man is just too good.  He’s the only artist with two covers in the top ten, but the other won’t appear until next week.

6th Place, 35.9% – Wonder Woman #43 by Irv Novick:  To be honest, I was pulling for the cover with the two trains, but this one was definitely by second favourite of the Novick covers.  You really can’t go wrong with Wonder Woman swooping in to take out a submarine.

8th Place, 30.6% – Wonder Woman #13 by Terry Dodson:  I was hoping that this cover would win the “Best of the Rest” poll, but was worried it wouldn’t… it was up against some serious competition!!  But Dodson won out in the end.  Warrior Wonder Woman is always a good time.

10th Place, 28.3% – Wonder Woman #25 by Aaron Lopresti: The Post-Crisis poll was close for a long time, and the lead kept changing between this cover and the two J.G. Jones covers.  Any of them would have been great choices, but I quite like the layout of this one.  Plus it’s cute with the little girls.

So there you have it… half of the top ten Wonder Woman covers as voted by you!!  Please vote below to ensure that your favourite cover makes it to the finals:

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: Your Egregious Snubs List

January 18, 2011

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The two semi-final votes begin in new threads on January 25th and February 1st, and then the final vote starts February 8th.

Last week, I asked for nominations of covers that you thought should have been included in my past lists, and after several discussions in various forums I have arrived at these five egregious snubs covers!!

The parameters were fairly simple… any cover I hadn’t already nominated was fair game.  You all seemed pretty keen on the 1970s and 1980s.  No covers from before 1970 made the list, and only one cover from the post-Crisis era came up.  You also seemed to like José Luis Garcia-López, and I certainly can’t fault you there.

This week is the last week for voting in these preliminary polls, so if you haven’t voted on my past lists, now is the time to go check them out!!  All of the polls will close at midnight Eastern time, next Monday night (January 24th).  The next day I’ll post the first semi-final poll, and then another semi-final a week after that, and then the two winners from those polls will face off to determine the best Wonder Woman cover of all time!!  But first, we must get to this week’s poll. 

Here are you selections for the egregious snubs I was foolish to leave out:

Wonder Woman #212 (Bob Oksner): CarolStrick said of this cover: “Bob Oksner gives one of the all-time best renditions of the Wondie suit. So clean, so modern!”  And I agree (as did you all)… it’s a great cover.  His Wonder Woman is fantastic, AND you get some of the Justice League too!!

Wonder Woman #230 (José Luis Garcia-López): Vaffrey wrote: “So beautifully composed, the cover features WW v. Cheetah during the return-to-WWII period,” and DisneyBoy seconded the nomination, declaring: “That IS cool! WWII reference AND the Cheetah :)”  This cover very nearly made my pre-Crisis list, and I’m glad it got a second chance here… it’s pretty fantastic.

Wonder Woman #240 (José Luis Garcia-López): Another killer Garcia- López!!  JK Carrier called it “an unusual, almost subdued piece, compared to the typical action scenes — but definitely packs a dramatic punch.”  That wanted poster is so well done, and the whole cover is very ominous!!

Wonder Woman #315 (Paris Cullins):  Vaffrey called this the “Best. Cover. Ever. Diana Prince in a hall of mirrors, with lots of distorted Wonder Women looking back at her,” and Frank-Fournier agreed, nominating the cover as well.  It’s wonderfully weird, and most definitely an eye-catching piece.

Wonder Woman #0 (Brian Bolland):  This is, by far, the cover that got the biggest response when I didn’t include it.  Franklin wrote “Tim, you’ve left the best Bolland cover out of your poll, and I can’t help but think you were under the influence when omitting this fabulous Bolland cover. I’ll forgive you, but you must one day see the errors of you ways and right this wrong.”  Consider the wrong righted!!

So there are YOUR top five egregious snubs covers… thanks so much to everyone who nominated covers!!  You can vote for your favourite below, and remember to do so quickly… there’s only one week left!!

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: Brian Bolland

December 14, 2010

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The two semi-final votes begin in new threads on January 25th and February 1st, and then the final vote starts February 8th.

Thanks to everyone who voted last week on the Ross Andru covers poll… all polls will stay open until we do the ultimate, best Wonder Woman cover ever list.  Today we return to the 1990s with legendary artist Brian Bolland!!

Bolland became famous in the British comic book scene in the 1970s, and was part of the “British Invasion” of DC Comics in the early 1980s.  He did artwork for famous books such as Camelot 3000 with Mike Barr and Batman: The Killing Joke with Alan Moore, and covers for several series, including Animal Man and The Invisibles.  His tenure as the Wonder Woman cover artist spanned Wonder Woman #63-100, and the end of his run included a new costume for Wonder Woman (which was strongly disliked by fans AND Bolland himself… you won’t see it in the covers here).  You can see a retrospective of Bolland’s work in The Art of Brian Bolland, and pre-order Brian Bolland: Cover to Cover, a collection of his best DC covers.

Here are my choices for Bolland’s top five covers, in chronological order… vote for your favourite in the poll at the end:

Wonder Woman #63:  This was Bolland’s first cover on Wonder Woman, and one of his best.  Following George Pérez is a tall order, but Bolland established his take on Wonder Woman with this strong, simple image.  I dig the detail he puts into her hair… no one is ever perfectly coiffed with Bolland.  There are always a few hairs out of place, and he goes to town with Wonder Woman’s hair.  It’s a random thing to like, I know.

Wonder Woman #72:  This cover is SUPER famous… it was a poster and everything.  It’s so famous, it made me want to be a rebel and not include it, but it’s a damn good cover.  The pose is tough and regal, perhaps inspired by Britannia, the female embodiment of Great Britain (sort of a British Uncle Sam, but with more weaponry).  It’s all sorts of iconic.

Wonder Woman #73:  When Themyscira disappears, Wonder Woman is forced to find a new home and a job so she can pay her rent.  In this hilarious cover, Wonder Woman has found a gig at Taco Whiz, a purveyor of fine Mexican cuisine.  I don’t know who drinks coffee with a taco though… that’s an odd flavour combination.

Wonder Woman #80:  It’s Wonder Woman in the mouth of a HUGE dinosaur, propping its jaws open as it tries to devour her… do I really need to explain why this cover is on the list?  I love the nonchalance with which she is fighting the dinosaur, as if it’s no big deal at all.  Is that a dinosaur or a dragon?  I don’t have this issue… it’s got a bit of a dragon vibe to it.  If anyone has the issue and could tell me, I’d appreciate it.

Wonder Woman #92:  Who but Wonder Woman would take on Medusa, eyes closed, with nothing but a net and a trident?  This is why I love Wonder Woman.  No mirrored shield or anything, just going at her with her eyes shut tight.  Also, that is a cool looking Medusa… very Clash of the Titans, but creepier.

Those are my top five… feel free to disagree enthusiastically in the comments section!!  You can click here to vote on past top five lists, and vote for the best Brian Bolland cover in the following poll:


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