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Wonder Woman’s April 2017 Covers and Solicits

January 24, 2017

DC’s solicits were a little bit late this month, but when they finally arrived yesterday they brought a bevy of new Wonder Woman comic books for us to look forward to this April. So let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in a few months’ time, starting with her own series:


Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by BILQUIS EVELY • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“Godwatch” part three! Cale launches a desperate gambit to take control of Godwatch, but her plan hinges on two factors she cannot control: the witch Circe, and Wonder Woman!
On sale APRIL 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“The Truth” part four! As the reality of Themyscira is revealed, Wonder Woman is forced to make a decision: defy the will of the gods or betray her Amazon sisters to Godwatch!
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The dual narrative continues this April, with Wonder Woman facing off against Godwatch in the even numbered issues and learning the truth about Themyscira in the odd books. Circe’s going to be in Wonder Woman #20, which should be a lot of fun. After her poor portrayal in Superman/Wonder Woman a couple of years back, I’m looking forward to what can only be a better spin on her from Rucka and Evely.

Now onto Trinity:


A “Superman: Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! In this essential chapter of the “Superman Reborn Aftermath” epic, Kal-El reveals to Batman and Wonder Woman what had happened to him—and how they all may be in danger!
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

I’ve been enjoying Trinity, but honestly I’m picking it up for the amazing Francis Manapul art and there just hasn’t been much of it. Now eight issues in, it looks like he’ll have drawn half of them at most, and we’re getting a tie-in issue with a Superman event? Not what I’m looking for. Hopefully Manapul is back in full force in May, because otherwise I might be ready to move on, especially with the $1 price hike.

Next up, some Amazon fun:


The Amazons are taken to Valhalla, heavenly home of warriors who have fallen in combat. Hessia learns where the Amazons originated and why their numbers have come to be spread throughout the world. But she’s also determined to find a way back to Earth, to rescue her comrades who have been taken by the Storm Giants. As for the Giants, they are getting ready to go to war.
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T+

This series starts TOMORROW, so we’ll know pretty soon if this is going to be worth picking up in April. While the buzz for it seems to be minimal/non-existent, a lot of great titles fly under the radar so we’ll see what happens. It still just sounds like a Thor book to me, but I’m curious to see what Grievoux, Benjamin, and Friend do. I’ll be checking out the first issue tomorrow and will report back if I have anything interesting to say about it.

Now some classic TV fun:


Ra’s al Ghul has discovered the Amazons’ Elysian Well…better known to Man’s World as a Lazarus Pit! Wonder Woman takes Batman and Robin (and Catwoman!) to confront him, but strange creatures live in the same maze, which the Amazons have used for centuries as a prison!
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

I’m so down for Catwoman on Paradise Island. You had me there, and you don’t have to sell me on anything else, DC. I’m super on board.

We’ve also got a few Wonder Woman collections announced. They include:

  • WONDER WOMAN VOL. 2: YEAR ONE TP: Collects WONDER WOMAN #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14. On sale MAY 3 • 168 pg, FC, $16.99 US. If you didn’t read this in single issues, BUY THIS. It’s phenomenal. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott hit this one out of the park.
  • WONDER WOMAN BY JOHN BYRNE BOOK ONE HC: Collects WONDER WOMAN #101-114. On sale MAY 24 • 328 pg, FC, $39.99 US. A nice big collection of Byrne’s work on Wonder Woman, which I found moderately enjoyable when I read it. It’s Byrne before he went full on Internet wacko, which is usually worth checking out.
  • WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC: Collects COMIC CAVALCADE #6-13, SENSATION COMICS #25-48 and WONDER WOMAN #8-15. On sale JULY 5 • 768 pg, FC, $75.00 US. Early Marston/Peter Wonder Woman comics are always a good choice, and this HUGE new collection comes with a gorgeous Darwyn Cooke cover.

So we’ve got a nice selection of books to choose from this April, and some fine collections on the way as well. Should be fun!

Colouring Book Variant Covers For Wonder Woman’s January 2016 Comics

October 19, 2015

I’m not even sure how this is going to work, but DC Comics’ newest monthly variant cover theme is adult colouring book pages for their January 2016 comics. Adult colouring books are all the rage now, and DC’s gotten their artists to draw covers particularly suited for colouring; it’s not just regular comic art without colour, but rather art specifically drawn for colouring. It’s more linework than shading, and there’s lots of outlined details for us to meticulously colour in.

My aforementioned trepidation is multifaceted. What’s the paper going to be like? I like a colouring book with decent, thick pages. Also, is this going to mess up the comics? Like if I’m digging in deep with my coloured pencils to get a solid red in Wonder Woman’s tiara, am I going to have a star indent in the first few pages of my comic? The mechanics of it have me wary, yet I’m also intrigued because colouring is a blast. Unlike most normal people, I just never stopped colouring. I’m not a bandwagon jumper on this fad; I have been a regular colourer for thirty years now, I just had to use kid books a lot. Now there are more options, which is super fun, including these upcoming covers featuring Wonder Woman.

First up, is the variant for Wonder Woman #48 by Emanuela Lupacchino:


I LOVE this. It’s so cool. I’m a huge fan of Emanuela Lupacchino generally, and this piece is especially gorgeous. The tweaks to the costume are fun, and her Wonder Woman looks both fierce and lovely. It also looks like a great colouring page, with a lot going on in the costume and some good balance with a background that’s not too sparse or too busy. I’m definitely going to pick this up.

Next up, Aaron Lopresti on Superman/Wonder Woman #25:


This one’s only okay for me. The characters look fine, but they’re a little bit bare. I’ve coloured Superman about a million times in my life, and apart from getting the “S” shield just right, it’s kind of dull; filling in all of that blue gets old quick. The background is jam-packed in that style folks seem to be into with the current spate of adult colouring books, but personally it’s not my jam. I like to colour things, not patterns.

Wonder Woman also appears on the cover of Justice League #48 by Scott Kolins:


We get to colour all of the Justice League! That’s fun. I’m not a huge Kolins fan, and the background is a little sparse, but I like that his linework is such that it’ll be easier to do some shading and colour variation.

Wonder Woman’s on the cover of Justice League of America #8 as well, by Cullen Bunn:


I like this one even better! The artwork is more my preferred style, and it hits a good level of detail for potential colouring. The background will probably get tedious and will take real commitment to finish, but it’s doable. If I got this cover, I’d probably mix it up with weird colours to fill them all in, just for fun.

Look for all of these variant covers this January, and as always with these variant covers be sure to talk to your local comic shop ahead of time if you want to reserve a specific one. And, of course, post pictures of your covers once you’ve coloured them in!

Marvel Launches New Female Team Title Fearless Defenders, But Where Are Marvel NOW!’s Female Creators?

November 8, 2012

It was announced today that a new Marvel NOW! title hitting the stands in February features an all-female team AND a new female villain for the first arc.  Written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Will Sliney, Fearless Defenders has Valkyrie creating a new female team of Valkior with Earthbound heroines instead of Asgardian heroines.  The first two to join are Misty Knight and Dani Moonstar, with more to come.

The book sounds really cool, and you should check out this interview with Bunn over at Newsarama.  I dig the premise, and I’m excited to check it out.  Marvel’s done a great job of including female characters in their new Marvel NOW! books, and this all-female team is a fun addition to the line-up.  If you read my “Women at Marvel Watch” posts for the December and January solicits, you saw that there were tons of female characters in the new books, and very few new books without female characters as well.  On the fictional side of things, Marvel NOW! is killing it with the ladies.

But on the real world side of things, these new series all seem to have something in common.  Let’s take a look at all of the new Marvel NOW! series announced so far:

  • Uncanny Avengers by Rick Remender and John Cassaday
  • A + X by various (Jeph Loeb, Dale Keown, Dan Slott, and Ron Garney did the first issue)
  • All New X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen
  • Captain America by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.
  • Deadpool by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, and Tony Moore
  • Fantastic Four by Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley
  • FF by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred
  • Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu
  • Iron Man by Keiron Gillen and Greg Land
  • Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic
  • X-Men Legacy by Si Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat
  • Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena
  • New Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting
  • Avengers Arena by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker
  • Cable and X-Force by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca
  • Thunderbolts by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon
  • Morbius: The Living Vampire by Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson
  • Savage Wolverine by Frank Cho
  • Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman
  • Uncanny X-Force by Sam Humphries and Ron Garney
  • Young Avengers by Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
  • Fearless Defenders by Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney
  • Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven
  • Nova by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness
  • Secret Avengers by Nick Spencer and Luke Ross
  • Uncanny [Something] by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo

Whew, that is a LOT of books… 26 to be exact.  Featuring 44 different creators, all with one thing in common: They’re dudes.  The entire lot of them.  There’s not a single female creator in the new Marvel NOW! titles that have been announced so far.

Now, there’ll be women on some of the books, colouring and editing and such.  Mike Allred on art pretty much guarantees us Laura Allred colouring, for example.  But in terms of the names they put on top of their innumerable teasers, like this latest one:

There have been no ladies yet.

To be fair, two of the titles included in the Marvel NOW! family do feature female writers.  Kathryn Immonen starts her run with Journey Into Mystery #646 and Kelly Sue DeConnick starts with Avengers Assemble #9.  But here’s the thing: All of those books listed above are new #1 issues.  That means extra sales and extra attention, because the comic market just loves a brand new series.  Taking over an existing title comes with far less fanfare.  It’s awesome they’re doing these books, and they both sound fantastic, but 2 ladies taking over existing titles compared to 44 guys launching brand spanking new shiny series is a huge difference.

However, Marvel NOW! isn’t over.  There may be new titles yet, and maybe one of them will feature a female creator.  A gal drawing a book might be fun for a change.  But so far, while Marvel NOW!’s new series have been great for female characters, there’s been an epic lack of female creators.

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