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Wonder Woman #45 Preview OR Wonder Woman Fights An Angry Boy

October 20, 2015

Sometimes I forget that this story is still going. It’s been a month since the last issue came out, and I’ve been reading some really good Wonder Woman ’77 and Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman since then, plus DC announced Legends of Wonder Woman, which looks great. And DC Superhero Girls! I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyable Wonder Woman lately. So when I saw a preview for another Meredith and David Finch story today, my first reaction was, “Oh, they’re still making that?” It was kind of nice to forget that this storyline exists.

But yes, it’s still coming out, and for a long time to come if yesterday’s January 2016 solicits are any indication. So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in DC’s main universe with this preview of Wonder Woman #45:

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Oof. Here’s the thing: I feel like Meredith Finch is trying. She’s going for a cycle of violence thing where Aegeus’ dad hit his mom so now he hits women too. I get it, and while it’s not the most original approach to a character, it could be decent if it was done subtly or in an interesting way. But this is just a million percent on the nose, with characters outright stating what’s happening. It’s tough to read because everything is so painfully obvious in how it’s presented. When I reviewed last month’s issue I went on and on about showing and not telling, and it looks like this month’s Wonder Woman is going to continue the telling to the max.

Anyway, Wonder Woman #45 is a comic book that will be available in stores and digitally tomorrow. Do with that information what you will. Here’s one potential reason to pick it up, though: Claire Wendling’s done a fantastic variant cover for the book for this month’s “Monsters of the Month” variant theme:

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It’s very cool. I love the Medusa aspect, the bandages as bracelets look, the black and white, and how the lasso illuminates her. It’s just lovely and fun all around, and might be worth picking up if you can find one. Open the book at your own peril.

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Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2015 Solicits: 27 Different Female Creators On 22 Different Books

July 16, 2015

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DC’s track record with female creators since their #DCYou mini-relaunch has been odd. On the one hand, they’ve topped Marvel every month thus far, but on the other hand they’ve been far below their pre-#DCYou numbers for female creators for four straight months, and by a considerable margin. It’s not been an impressive run; going backwards is never good, and hiring more women than Marvel really isn’t that hard to do. But now, finally, five months into their mini-relaunch, DC has a list of female creators that that is comparable to where they were for the first half of 2015. Let’s see who’s doing what in October:

  • Amanda Conner: All-Star Section Eight #5 (cover), Harley Quinn #21 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #5 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #5 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #5 (cover)
  • Asher Powell: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #45 (interior art, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #11 (co-writer)
  • Carla Speed McNeil: Sensation Comics #15 (writer, interior art)
  • Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #10 (cover)
  • Claire Wendling: Wonder Woman #45 (variant cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #5 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #5 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #1 (writer), Secret Six #7 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #45 (writer)
  • Jen Wang: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #1 (cover), Grayson #13 (variant cover), Sensation Comics #15 (cover)
  • Kate Leth: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors Club #1 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #12 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #45 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (co-writer, interior art), Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Black Canary #5 (interior art)
  • Ricken: Teen Titans #13 (interior art)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (interior art)

All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 22 different comics in October, a big jump from September’s 19 and 16 and DC’s best month for female creator representation since April. It’s a huge improvement for DC, though still below their best. As always, there remains lots of room for growth.

Plus, there are a lot of one-time gigs here. I’d estimate that at least 7 of these women aren’t likely to be back next month. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s fantastic they’re getting work in October; it just means that DC’s going to have to step it up to keep their numbers from nosediving in November.

However, there are a lot of new names, and that’s always encouraging. I don’t think I’ve seen Asher Powell or Jen Wang at DC before; they’re both on a Vertigo special. This might be Claire Wendling’s first DC gig as well. My pal Kate Leth is doing a variant cover for DC Comics Bombshells, so that’s all kinds of rad! And Jenny Frison and Nicola Scott are back at DC to drop some fun cover art.

In terms of female characters, a few are starring in new books. Cassandra Cain is coming back in Batman and Robin Eternal, there look to be a few gals in the new Titans Hunt series, and an alternate universe Lois Lane headlines Superman: Lois & Clark, though DC is still hurting for a kick ass Lois Lane solo series. I mean, seriously. Get on that, DC. There are also scores of other new books that don’t feature women at all, real or fictional, including six “Darkseid War” one-shots all starring male characters written and drawn by male creators. So that’s not great.

Ultimately, October is looking decent for female creators in what is hopefully a return to form for a slumping DC. November will tell us whether this is an aberration or a new trend, but for now it’s nice to see DC well out of the teens again with a plethora of great female creators across their titles. Things could be a bit better for female characters, but there’s something at least. Here’s hoping for continued growth next month.

Wonder Woman’s October 2015 Covers and Solicits, Plus Monster Variants

July 15, 2015

October is looking like another busy month for our favourite Amazon, with all of the usual fun plus a returning special I’m very much looking forward to. DC is also doing monster themed variants for many of their titles, just like they did in October last year. It’s good Halloween fun, and two of Wonder Woman’s titles will be part of the line. So let’s see what Wonder Woman will be up to in October!

First up, Wonder Woman #45:

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WONDER WOMAN #45
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Monsters Variant cover by CLAIRE WENDLING
On sale OCTOBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
With the Fates dead and Donna Troy still on the run, Wonder Woman must confront the sins of her past and a new, growing threat that’s closing in on the Queen of the Amazons!

I don’t imagine that the Finch cover is actually the final cover, but you never know. It just looks like a panel, and those blue bars don’t look great. I’m not sure whether Claire Wendling’s variant is the final cover or just a sketch either, but I’m super into it. I hope it is the final cover; I like the rougher aspects of it.

Anyway, the Finches carry on with their uninspired tenure on Wonder Woman. Apparently the Fates are dead. Thanks for the spoiler alert, because they haven’t even shown up in the comic yet. Also, Donna Troy hasn’t broken out of prison in the comics that have been published so far, but several solicits have told us she’s going to. You almost don’t have to read the comics, really. Just follow along with the solicits and you’ll get all the highlights.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #22:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #22
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by CARY NORD
Monsters variant cover by J.P. LEON
On sale OCTOBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Following a shocking betrayal, Kal has lost faith in justice. Now, he’s embarking on a dangerous quest to restore his powers, while Wonder Woman makes unexpected allies of Lois Lane and Lana Lang.

The insides of this series have never done anything for me, but what I do love is it’s proud tradition of excellent variant covers. This one by John Paul Leon is fantastic. It’s a great idea for the monster theme, and is just all sorts of gorgeous. I’ll be glad to put this with my collection of Superman/Wonder Woman issues I’ll never read again but I keep to enjoy the lovely covers.

Man, Superman is really out of sorts, eh? Losing his faith in justice?! That’s a third of what he stands for! In theory I’m excited for a Wonder Woman/Lois/Lana team up, but being familiar with the quality of this book I’m not overly optimistic that it will go well.

We’ve also got Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #15:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #15
Written by ADAM BEECHEN and CARLA SPEED McNEIL
Art by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, KEVIN NOWLAN, SCOTT HANNA and CARLA SPEED McNEIL
Cover by JENNY FRISON
On sale OCTOBER 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Our Little Dance,” when the well-meaning members of Debbi Domaine’s family argue that Cheetah needs rehabilitation more than incarceration, Wonder Woman is dragged into court! And Diana teaches a young thug a lesson about how having a pet forces you to train “Both Ends of the Leash.”

To be honest with you all, I wasn’t a big fan of either of these stories when they came out digitally, but I do love this cover. It’s lovely work by Jenny Frison, and will look amazing on the stands. The stories inside are pretty average, but neither of them are bad. They’re also very different stories, so chances are you might find something you’ll like.

Finally, Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman is back with Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2:

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WONDER WOMAN ‘77 SPECIAL #2
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by CAT STAGGS, RICHARD ORTIZ, DREW JOHNSON and JASON BADOWER
Cover by NICOLA SCOTT
RETROSOLICIT • On sale SEPTEMBER 30 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Get ready for three new stories based on the classic television series starring Lynda Carter! A scientist who is intensely jealous of Wonder Woman becomes empowered by an ancient artifact and Cheetah is born! A woman with the powers of both fire and ice seeks revenge against a corrupt politician. And, Halloween finds the princess up against an undead adversary.

So many stories! Plus the Cheetah and zombies, presumably. This should be a fun book. None of the stories have been released digitally yet, though I anticipate that they’ll be out soon. That’s a great lineup of artists, and Marc Andreyko did a fine job with the first few Wonder Woman ’77 stories so I’m glad to have him back. Nicola Scott’s cover looks fantastic as well. This will actually be out at the end of September instead of October, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

There’s a lot of Wonder Woman fun to be had this fall, and a lot of great covers. Remember to ask your local comic shop ahead of time if you’re keen to get a variant cover; they can go quickly.

Women At DC Comics Watch – May 2015 Solicits: 26 Different Female Creators On 25 Different Books

February 23, 2015

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As the second and final month of “Convergence” wraps up, DC Comics’ female representation ticks down somewhat from the numbers in the April solicits to their second lowest total of the year thus far. Nonetheless, it’s still far better than where they were at any point in 2014, or several years previous. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC Comics in May 2015:

  • Alisa Kwitney: Convergence: Batgirl #2 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Convergence #6 (variant cover), Convergence #7 (variant cover), Convergence: Action Comics #2 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Convergence: Superboy #2 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Convergence: Aquaman #2 (cover), The Kitchen #7 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #18 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #9 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Amoung Us #5 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Convergence: Green Arrow #2 (writer)
  • Claire Wendling: Convergence: Catwoman #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Convergence: Titans #2 (cover)
  • Gail Simone: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (writer)
  • Jan Duursema: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (penciller)
  • Jill Thompson: Convergence #8 (variant cover), Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 (cover)
  • June Brigman: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #2 (penciller)
  • Kai Wu: The Flash Season Zero #8 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #8 (writer)
  • Lauren Ceto: The Flash Season Zero #8 (co-writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #18 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #5 (interior art)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #7 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Convergence: New Teen Titans #2 (art and cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #2 (cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Convergence #5 (inker)
  • Sara Ryan: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #10 (writer)
  • Yishan Li: Convergence: Blue Beetle #2 (interior art)

All together, there are 26 different female creators scheduled to work on 25 different books, a drop from April’s 32 female creators but the same number of series. A big part of this drop was that the Vertigo quarterly special pumped up the April numbers, so without it the May numbers fell off a bit. Vertigo’s also got Strange Sports Stories #3 coming out, and while the second issue had two female creators listed last month, this month the only credits are “Various.” So things are about the same for the regular books.

Of course, all of these regular books will be gone next month, when “Convergence” ends and DC returns to its regular titles. June should be very interesting, seeing as DC is debuting 24 new series with some new creators in the mix. While several of the women who worked on “Convergence” probably won’t be back at DC in June, it looks like there are a lot of ladies set to take their place. I’m curious to see if DC can top their record total yet again; that would certainly be a good way to kick off a bold new direction for the publisher.

There’s not much new for female characters in May, seeing as it’s just more “Convergence”. The crossovers are starting to expand, though, so female characters from random universes will probably be showing up haphazardly across the line. I counted 5 or 6 different Wonder Womans in various titles, and she’s only headlining one book.

Overall, May isn’t a record breaking month for DC, but it’s a solid showing. I remain pleased to see so many women involved in an event like this; past events at DC, like their regular September stunts, usually result in a big drop for female creators, so it’s great that there are so many in the mix for “Convergence”. June’s going to be a whole new ball game, and I’m cautiously optimistic that DC will be up in the 30s again to launch their new direction.

Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2015 Solicits: 32 Different Female Creators On 25 Different Comics

January 27, 2015

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DC’s 2015 solicits have been quite good for female creators thus far, but I’ve been worried about April. With the regular New 52 books replaced by “Convergence” event titles, a lot of regular creators would be gone and DC generally doesn’t have the best track record for bringing in female characters on event books. But it turns out that there was no need to worry. The April solicits have lots of female creators, including some new names and almost a stealth cover event with several ladies drawing “Convergence” covers. Here is who’s doing what at DC Comics in April 2015:

  • Alisa Kwitney: Convergence: Batgirl #1 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Convergence: Action Comics #1 (cover)
  • Amy Chu: Strange Sports Stories #2 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Convergence: Superboy #1 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Convergence: Aquaman #1 (cover), The Kitchen #6 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #17 (writer)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #8 (cover), Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #4 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Convergence: Green Arrow #1 (writer)
  • Claire Wendling: Convergence: Catwoman #1 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Convergence: Titans #1 (cover)
  • Erica Schultz: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer, art)
  • Jan Duursema: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (art)
  • Jill Thompson: Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 (cover)
  • June Brigman: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #1 (art)
  • Kai Wu: The Flash Season Zero #7 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #7 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Beukes: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #9 (writer)
  • Lauren Certo: The Flash Season Zero #7 (co-writer)
  • Lauren Petty: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Laurie Penny: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel #1 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #17 (cover), Wolf Moon #5 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #4 (art)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #6 (art)
  • Nicola Scott: Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 (art, cover), Wonder Woman ’77 Special #1 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (cover)
  • Robin Furth: Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1 (writer)
  • Tana Ford: Strange Sports Stories #2 (art)
  • Yishan Li: Convergence: Blue Beetle #1 (art)

All together, there are 32 different women set to work on 25 different books in April. That’s 9 more female creators than in March, though one less book, but it looks like DC isn’t putting out as many books this month as last so having women on fewer books is to be expected. Plus, 32 different female creators breaks DC’s record yet again. DC’s broken their record three times already with their 2015 solicits, and we’ve only had four months of them! So that’s ridiculously good.

We’ve also got a lot of new names this month, especially throughout the “Convergence” titles. It’s great to see so many first time DC creators getting a shot during this event, as well as many of the usual crowd and some returning favourites. It’s a solid mix of new, current, and classic female creators.

In terms of new books, there’s a ton of them on account of “Convergence.” Like forty of them. There’s also a number of female characters in the mix, including much missed characters like Stephanie Brown as Batgirl and Renee Montoya as the Question. If you’ve got a favourite female character at DC, chances are she’s in at least one of the books. There’s definitely a lot to choose from.

Overall, April’s got female creators across the board, from “Convergence” to digital first titles to Vertigo, adding up to the highest number of different female creators that DC Comics has had since I started keeping track of them. They’re at 32 now, so hopefully they’ll hit 40 soon. Things are moving in the right direction and at a record setting pace, but there’s still lots of room to grow.


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