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Wonder Woman’s February 2016 Covers and Solicits

November 18, 2015

DC’s February 2016 solicits went up on Monday, and it looks to be a fairly busy month for Wonder Woman, with all of her usual series plus a special and a couple of team books. It’s been good to see Wonder Woman having an increased presence across the DC universe lately, even if her two mainline titles have been not so great. Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to this February, starting with Wonder Woman #49:

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WONDER WOMAN #49
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and SCOTT HANNA
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Wonder Woman Triptych variant cover by • KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman confronts what the return of Ares and Apollo will mean for her, and how it will impact her role as the God of War.

The return of Ares and Apollo is a surprise, but also not a surprise at all once you think about it. They’re gods. They never go away for good. Their return could really shake things up, both for Wonder Woman as the God of War and for Hera controlling Olympus, though neither of these things have been a huge part of the book as of late. In fun news, Wonder Woman’s back in her old costume! Hopefully that’s a change that sticks. Her new one outfit was not great.

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #26:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #26
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by ED BENES
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Superman Triptych variant cover by KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“Savage Dawn” continues! Suffering a terrible loss, Wonder Woman comes to the aid of the Kryptonite-charged Man of Steel to face the terror of the twins of Vandal Savage!

I didn’t know that Vandal Savage had twins. I must be out of the Vandal Savage loop. He’s always been a weird character for me. He sounds cool; an immortal dude constantly trying to take over the world and such. That should be fun. But I’ve yet to read a really good Vandal Savage story. Anyway, his twins are in this one and Superman’s all jacked up with Kryptonite and, if EVERY issue of this series that has come out already is any indication, this probably won’t be terribly good.

And now, a comic that is fantastic, The Legend of Wonder Woman #2:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #2
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale FEBRUARY 10 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
As their training sessions grow more intense, Alcippe teaches Diana about life as well as battle while the island they both love continues its fall. When the festival of Anthesteria dawns, so too does the possibility of an Amazonian revolt against Queen Hippolyta!

We’re only one issue into this book, digitally, but DANG it’s so good. And it looks like there’s a ton of fun stuff coming up as well. It’s a fresh take on Wonder Woman that’s iconic and true to her roots, and the first issue knocked it out of the park. I’m so excited for the second digital issue to come out tomorrow! This is going to be gorgeous in print, too. Definitely add this series to your pull list, gang.

Wonder Woman also looks to be playing a key role in Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR SPECIAL #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by OSCAR JIMENEZ
Cover by JASON FABOK
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Batman triptych variant cover by KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The massive “Darkseid War” epic continues to set the stages for the future of the DC Universe as we reveal the secrets behind its newest major player: Darkseid’s daughter, Grail! And if the Justice League is not careful, the spoils of war will all end up with her! See the truth behind Grail’s role in this war and the future of the DC Universe as she tears her way across it. Don’t miss this extra-sized special offered at the regular price of $3.99!

This Darkseid War situation has been going on for ages! I don’t know much about it, but I do know that Darkseid’s daughter Grail is half-Amazon, and that Wonder Woman supposedly has played a decent-sized role throughout the event. I’m actually looking forward to reading it all once it’s collected; Jason Fabok’s been doing most of the art, and he draws a fantastic Wonder Woman. If you’ve been keeping up with the main Justice League book, be sure to pick up this special.

Elsewhere at DC, Wonder Woman is part of the team in Bryan Hitch’s Justice League of America #8, she’s fighting World War Two with some other lady superheroes in the wonderful DC Comics Bombshells #9, and Donna Troy is a regular part of Titans Hunt #5.

Look for all of these books this February, online and in comic shops everywhere! If you’re on a budget, I’d recommend the digital-first books above the rest; both The Legend of Wonder Woman and DC Comics Bombshells are excellent, enjoyable showcases for Wonder Woman.

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The Amazons Are Up To More Troubling Shenanigans In DC’s Free Comic Book Day Divergence Special

May 6, 2015

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I hope that everyone had a lovely Free Comic Book Day and got loads of great stuff. I had no idea that Drawn and Quarterly was putting out a preview of Kate Beaton’s upcoming Step Aside, Pops, so that was a delightful surprise. Plus I got a Doctor Who comic, some Bob’s Burgers fun, and a peek at some of my favourite characters in Marvel’s All New, All Different Avengers preview. They really need a better name for that, but it looks like it’ll be a fun book. All in all, I picked up a lot of enjoyable comics.

DC’s “Divergence” special is also a comic book. It has words and pictures and things like that. The Batman story was fine, I guess, if you like Batman stories without Batman in them. The Superman story is just straight up ridiculous; don’t even get me started on what DC is doing to Lois Lane right now. It’d be generous to call the final story a Wonder Woman story because she’s only in two panels of it, but it’s definitely an Amazon story. It is also not great.

The New 52 has not been kind to the Amazons. What used to be a feminist utopia in past incarnations is now a cesspool of violence, death, and terrible people. First we learned that the Amazons reproduce by rowing out in their boats and seducing, raping, and murdering male sailors.   Also, the made from clay Wonder Woman origin was all a big lie because Hippolyta just hooked up with Zeus. Currently, the Amazons are in the midst of a civil war, with a murderously inclined Donna Troy battling a more peace loving Diana. Paradise Island is in no way living up to its name these days.

“Divergence” gives us another look back at the Amazons past, and it seems that Hippolyta wasn’t the only one to hook up with a god. An Amazon named Myrina apparently had relations with the evil ruler of the New Gods of Apokalips, Darkseid, because on the same night that Diana was born, Myrina gave birth to Darkseid’s daughter. Her birth gave the oracle Menalippe a vision of the future and what the child will bring, specifically the horrors that will visit the Justice League during DC’s upcoming “Darkseid War” event. Myrina is unfazed by Menalippe’s prophecy, and swiftly kills Menalippe and another Amazon named Penelope after they helped her with the birth. She leaves Paradise Island to raise her daughter, Grail:

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So, more murdering from the Amazons. Plus more getting it on with bad dudes. Plus more death and violence because of the actions of the Amazons. It’s disheartening to see the Amazons denigrated like this over and over again in this new universe. The Amazons haven’t always been perfect, of course. There have been schisms and fights in the past. But the current Paradise Island is relentlessly bleak. Literally the only good thing to come out of it is Wonder Woman, and even she’s not been so great since the relaunch. It’s frustrating to have the Amazons play a big role in “Divergence”, an important comic that tens if not hundreds of thousands of fans will read because it’s free, and have them be like this.

The new universe is almost four years old now, and a new generation of readers who aren’t familiar with the old DC are going to think that this is who the Amazons are, and that’s just sad. Geoff Johns has said repeatedly that Wonder Woman is set to have a big role in the “Darkseid War” event, which was exciting news initially, but now we know that her increased presence will likely be due to the fact that the offspring of Darkseid is half-Amazon. I’m anticipating a lot of “Oh no, sister, how could you?” when they inevitably clash, and I am not looking forward to it in the slightest. The Amazons deserve so much better than this. Wonder Woman deserves so much better than to be dragged into this poor treatment of the Amazons. During a time when so many female characters are getting such fantastic reboots, it’s frustrating to have Wonder Woman and her mythos be so dark, bleak, and unpleasant.


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