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Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1 Preview, Print Edition In Stores Today

August 5, 2015

The ramp up to the Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated film was substantial, including animated shorts and prequel comics, and now Wonder Woman’s comic has been collected in print form after coming out digitally a few weeks back. The timing is a little bit odd for a prequel comic, seeing as the film is out now, but the comic really has no bearing on the movie so it’s more of an extra story than anything key to the film itself. The movie provides a more detailed origin for Bekka that delves into her past on New Genesis, and the comic serves to fill some of the gap between the film’s past and present. Here’s a big preview of Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1, which hits comic stores in print form today:

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Here’s a variant cover by Darwyn Cooke that looks pretty nice too. Between this and the killer Jae Lee primary cover, I imagine folks are going to have a hard time picking which cover to go with:

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This is a book that takes some turns. I liked the first third the best, or what would have been the first digital issue, as Bekka explores her new world. After that she settles down into a commune scene and it’s fine but sort of predictable. The opening where she’s seeing the world was more fun, though I suppose it lacked much in the way of fights, supervillains, and the usual superhero flare after the dramatic beginning above. All together, it’s a decent comic with some cool, alternate universe takes on some classic Wonder Woman elements. It’s worth checking out.

The film itself was okay for me. I was thinking about writing a full review, but I don’t really have much more to say about it than that it was fine and I enjoyed it well enough. Wonder Woman was pretty cool, and though it was all a little dark for my taste, I liked it better than any of DC’s recent New 52 styles animated movies. That may be largely because Wonder Woman actually had a decent role in this one, even if it was a completely different version of the character. I’m split on whether to watch the follow up series when it begins because while I enjoy seeing new takes on characters, the movie didn’t leave me particularly keen to learn more about this new universe. Again, it was all fine. But there was nothing that I really got excited about.

Anyway, Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1 is in stores today, and is still available digitally in three parts if you prefer to get your comics that way. For print buyers, I don’t envy you the cover choice! I have no idea which way I’m going to go.

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1 Prequel Comic Premieres Today

July 7, 2015

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The massive ramp up to the upcoming animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters continues with a new line of prequel comics. We’ve already had some animated shorts, but it seems like those were meant to give us a taste of the movie’s present. The comics take us into the past, setting up these new versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1 debuted today on all of the digital outlets. Three part stories for Batman and Superman have already been released, and Wonder Woman will get two more digital issues over the next two days. The full Wonder Woman book will also be released as a single issue in print form on August 5.

This new Wonder Woman is Bekka of the New Gods, the granddaughter of Highfather, and this first issue reveals that she was transported to Earth via boom tube in the early 1960s. It seems a lot of versions of Wonder Woman are picking up on this idea of her as a hero that’s been around for while; there are rumours that this is the direction Batman v Superman is taking with her as well, a sort of immortal demigod wandering the Earth situation. I like it a lot better in this alternate version of the character than as allegedly the definitive film version.

I won’t spoil the comic, but it starts out with a rad fight with a giant lizard monster so if that’s your jam, and of course it is because everyone loves giant lizard monster battles, then this is the book for you. The story itself is interesting because it starts out hopeful and slowly veers into disillusionment. I’m curious to see where things go over the next couple of issues, and how much of this hope Wonder Woman can retain or restore. The Justice League: Gods and Monsters universe has seemed pretty dark thus far, but the Wonder Woman short was a lot more fun than the Batman or Superman ones, a huge romp of a fight instead of some sort of dark twist. I’m hoping that Wonder Woman will be the more hopeful, fun member of the team.

The comic also touches on something I didn’t love about the short, the sexual focus on the character. It’s such a tricky thing in this medium because while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a woman who likes sex, it’s been done so terribly so many times in the superhero world, ending up far more exploitive than empowering. I’m hoping they can strike a good balance with it, because it’s an interesting characteristic in the boldly taking what she wants sort of way they’ve been playing it. In the comic, it was one quick moment rather than something regularly referenced as it was in the short, and it made for an amusing scene in the comic that also informed the character. It’s a hard line to walk, and hopefully the film and the show that’s set to follow it will do so well.

Overall, it’s a decent comic, nicely written by J.M. DeMatteis and Bruce Timm with some enjoyable art by Rick Leonardi and Dan Green. Also, the cover by Jae Lee and June Chung is pretty dang gorgeous. It’s going to look fantastic on the comic racks, for sure. You can read it digitally now and over the next couple of days, wait for the print issue in August, or just watch the movie cold, I suppose.

Check Out The New Wonder Woman’s Prequel Short For Justice League: Gods and Monsters

June 15, 2015

Last week, Warner Bros. and Machinima releases three prequel cartoons for the upcoming animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Batman starred in the first one, where he stopped an even more deranged than usual Harley Quinn and then went all vampire on her. Superman got the second one, where he wore a trench coat, sported a goatee, and killed a cute little baby Brainiac who couldn’t control his powers. Wonder Woman is the focus of the third Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles episode, “Big”. Let’s take a look:

I’m on the fence about this short. I like a lot of it. This New Gods-based Wonder Woman is a total bad ass, with a cool sword that comes when she calls it and handy access to a boom tube whenever she needs it. Plus she’s definitely got attitude. Her standing back while Steve Trevor got the crap kicked out of him because he insisted that he could handle Giganta on his own was hilarious and great. I always enjoy a Wonder Woman story where Steve is completely useless and Wonder Woman defeats the bad guys with relative ease. I also liked Tamara Taylor’s take on Wonder Woman. She was aloof and tough in enjoyable ways.

I’m more mixed on the sexual aspects of the short. The costume is a tad too revealing for my taste, treading into defying physics territory in the breast area. I thought that the banter about Wonder Woman hooking up with Steve Trevor the night before was kind of amusing, but when she jumped him after the battle I was less amused. This was partly due to the fact that Steve was a dumb, useless jerk throughout the short. He was rude and arrogant, and just no help whatsoever. I’m not entirely sure what a warrior like this Wonder Woman clearly is sees in him, other than convenience.

There is, I suppose, an interesting angle of dominance that puts a twist on William Moulton Marston’s original vision for Wonder Woman that was rooted in women being in charge. Wonder Woman is in control of all of the various kinds of action in this short, and Steve is just along for the ride. At same time, it’s interesting that neither Batman or Superman’s shorts had anything sexual going on, while it came up a lot in Wonder Woman’s. That’s not a great sign for how they see the characters.

Still, she was super bad ass, and that sword is awesome. I’d happily watch her carve up bad dudes in a feature length animated film. After seeing all of the shorts, though, I’m somewhat less excited for the movie. I’d been looking forward to a new take on the Justice League, but it just looks like they’re going dark and gritty with it. By “new take” I wasn’t hoping for “it’s 1998 and superheroes are wearing trench coats and killing people.”

Justice League: Gods and Monsters will be released on DVD and online on July 28. It might be cool, it might not, but Bruce Timm is behind it all so that makes it worth checking out for me.

A New Wonder Woman’s New Gods Origin In The Upcoming Animated Justice League: Gods And Monsters

May 11, 2015

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Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett’s Justice League: Gods and Monsters is turning into quite a big to-do. The original animated film isn’t out until July 28, 2015, but it’s already got a further series of animated shorts scheduled, a prequel comic book on the way, and a full animated series set to launch in 2016. DC Entertainment seems to be going all in on this alternate universe tale, which makes sense seeing as Bruce Timm is behind it. Once you’ve created Batman: The Animated Series, folks are going to be keen to back whatever else you want to do.

The alternate universe angle is intriguing. The film’s Superman is the son of General Zod, Batman is Kirk Langstrom, aka. the Man-Bat in most comic book universes but here he’s a vampire, and Wonder Woman is Bekka, one of the New Gods from the planet New Genesis. General Zod and Kirk Langstrom are relatively known characters, but Bekka is a bit more obscure.

She was created in 1984 when Jack Kirby returned to his New Gods with The Hunger Dogs. Bekka’s father was Himon, the creator of the Mother Box, and the two lived in secret on Apokalips, working with insurgents against Darkseid. Bekka fell in love with Orion, Darkseid’s son, and the two returned to New Genesis together. The character was pretty much forgotten for more than twenty years before she appeared in a 2007 arc of Superman/Batman. Bekka has a bit of a romance with Batman as he treks through space to save Superman; the romance is in part fueled by Bekka’s powers, because as the goddess of love she has the ability to induce love from others. Ultimately, she returns to Orion but is then killed in DC’s Death of the New Gods event.

Bekka has been brought back in the New 52 universe, primarily in the Green Lantern lineup. This Bekka is a warrior for Highfather, the ruler of New Genesis, and her emotional manipulation powers come in handy on the battlefield. She’s currently playing a key role in Sinestro as part of the line’s “Godhead” crossover, where she has become a member of the Sinestro Corps.

Bringing in Bekka is a bit of a deep cut for Justice League: Gods and Monsters, but it’s not too surprising since the film’s co-writer Alan Burnett was the writer of the aforementioned Superman/Batman arc. I’m curious to see if the film taps into more of Bekka’s current warrior incarnation. She looks like quite a bad ass in the trailer:

So that’s a fun sign, though the film’s promotional materials have said that she was the wife of Orion, which ties more into her older incarnation. Intentional or not, what we’ve seen thus far looks like a sort of hybrid of the two.

Bekka will be voiced by Tamara Taylor, who is probably best known for her regular role on Bones. She’s also Canadian, so you know she’s cool. I’m curious to see this new take on Wonder Woman, and to find out if Bekka can fill Diana’s shoes in this new universe. The ambition of this project is intriguing, and it will be interesting to see if this new take on these classic characters will catch on with fans. If anyone can make something like this work, it’s Bruce Timm. And it certainly sounds like we’ll have a lot of opportunities to get to know these new characters and this new world.


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