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Wonder Woman’s December 2014 Comic Covers And Solicits

September 16, 2014

DC Comics’ full December solicits came out yesterday, so it’s time to check in on what we’ll be seeing from Wonder Woman as we count down the days until Santa comes to bring us more Wonder Woman goodies. Also, for Jewish readers, Hanukkah is very well timed this year and you can get the new issue of Wonder Woman on the second night. Speaking of which, let’s start there.

Here’s what is coming up in Wonder Woman #37:

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WONDER WOMAN #37
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
1:100 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Superman arrives on Paradise Island to support Wonder Woman in her darkest hour, but their bond may be breaking apart! No time for Diana to think, though, as a mythological force seemingly tied to Wonder Woman’s role as War attacks the Amazons!

I’m usually a very nice person, but I’ll admit that when I read “Superman arrives on Paradise Island to support Wonder Woman,” I definitely flipped double birds at my computer screen. Wonder Woman has been a refuge from their dull and ridiculous relationship during Azzarello and Chiang’s tenure on the book, but now with the Finches in charge it’s only taken two issues to get Superman not only into the book but on Paradise Island. I am not pleased about this.

Apart from that, we don’t have a lot of information here concerning this issue. Something is going to attack the Amazons, and based on the cover it’s presumably a flock of Clash of the Titans looking birds, but other than that we’re in the dark. Maybe those birds will cart off Superman and Wonder Woman can have her book back.

On to Superman/Wonder Woman #14:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #14
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s no surprise that after recent events, Superman and Wonder Woman are cautious about the appearance of the new hero who calls himself Wonderstar. But this mysterious hero seems to be asking for nothing more than their guidance in dealing with his strange, erratic powers – and for their help in protecting his loved ones and his secret identity! The only problem is that his past is a blank slate. He doesn’t know who he is, where he comes from – or why is feels a strange connection to the Man of Steel and the Amazon Warrior!

What kind of world are we living in where I am more interested in the new issue of Superman/Wonder Woman than the new Wonder Woman? This actually sounds sort of good. I’m really digging Mahnke’s art; the covers we’ve seen thus far seem like a cool break from his usual style, and I’m very curious to see how that plays out inside the book. And we’ve got a mystery! So Wonder Woman and Superman can actually go investigate together instead of blathering on about their relationship. I mean, obviously Lois and Superman would be the better team up for solving a mystery, but that’s not going to happen. Regardless, I’m intrigued by this new creative team. It’s going to be hard to overcome the lameness of this relationship, but everything I’ve seen so far has me more interested in the book than I’ve ever been.

And finally, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #5:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #5
Written by CORINNA BECHKO and GABRIEL HARDMAN
Art by GABRIEL HARDMAN
Cover by LAWRENCE REYNOLDS
On sale DECEMBER 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman has accepted a covert mission from Queen Hippolyta: infiltrate Apokolips, find a group of Amazons imprisoned there by Darkseid, and bring them home alive. But a battle with the Female Furies almost proves fatal and throws Diana’s plans into chaos!

This cover looks like a Superman/Wonder Woman back up cover that DC had kicking around and decided to stick on Sensation Comics. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but that’s what it looks like. It’s all very New 52, and Superman is on it despite not being mentioned in the solicit.

However, I enjoy Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, and Wonder Woman vs. the Female Furies on Apokolips is definitely a story I am interested in reading. And seeing as we’ve only got one creative team listed here, it looks like it will be a big tale, spanning three digital issues. I’m optimistic that Bechko and Hardman will make it suitably epic. You can’t go wrong with the evil hordes of Darkseid.

Look for all three books this December, and don’t forget that Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman both have pretty swell Darwyn Cooke variant covers that you might want to pre-order so you don’t miss out.

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My 10 Favourite Comic Book Things Of 2012

December 27, 2012

“Things” is rather vague, I know, but this isn’t a list of my favourite books or creators or moments of the year.  It’s all of those things at once!!  I could do a Top Five of various categories, but the overlap would be huge, so I’m just going to pile it all together into one big Top Ten list.

It was an odd year for comics, with a lot of big events you’re not going to see on this list, but there were a bunch of cool things too.  Let’s get to listing:

10) Gail Simone’s Rehiring on Batgirl

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I’m not naïve enough to think that Gail Simone’s rehiring on Batgirl signals some kind of big change at DC Comics where they suddenly care about fan reactions and female creators, but it was still a great moment.  Firing Simone was just absolutely ludicrous, and the reaction was strong, to say the least.  I can’t think of another creator who has as much of an association with a company owned character as Simone does with Barbara Gordon.  Simone doesn’t own Barbara, but Barbara IS Simone’s character, really.  And even more so now.  Her return to the book after her inauspicious firing was one of my very favourite moments of the year.

9) Marco Checchetto

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I honestly couldn’t care less about the Punisher, but I checked out the first collection of new series because Greg Rucka is pretty great.  I might have come for Rucka, but I stayed for Marco Checchetto.  While his art is gritty, as befits a Punisher book, it doesn’t have that muddled sort of effect that a lot of gritty, noir style artists have.  Checchetto is a cool hybrid of grit and crisp detail, and I absolutely love it.  I think this dude is going to be big.

8) Noelle Stevenson

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Noelle Stevenson, aka. Gingerhaze, is a ridiculously good time.  Her webcomic, Nimona, is fantastic, and her “Broship of the Ring” is an internet classic.  My absolute favourite thing she does, though, is her mini-strips after she watches a movie or TV show she’s particularly enthused about.  Right now, I’m loving her Hobbit-inspired Thranduil as an elk-riding dad embarrassing Legolas strips.  Noelle is hilarious and great.

7) Goliath by Tom Gauld

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Sometimes you randomly check out a book from the library and it turns into one of your favourite things of the year.  I ADORED Tom Gauld’s Goliath.  I’m always up for a good riff on a Bible story, and Goliath is both super clever and well drawn.  Gauld’s art style fits the tone of the book perfectly.  I usually talk about the Big Two on this site, but do yourself a favour and go grab a copy of this book.

6) Scott Pilgrim IN COLOUR!!

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The first two volumes of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series came out in bigger, coloured editions this year, and they’re just amazing.  The Scott Pilgrim books were already one of the absolute best books of the past decade, and they’re even better oversized and in colour.  Nathan Fairbairn, in close consultation with O’Malley, really takes the books to a whole new level of awesome with his colouring, and they’re an absolute pleasure to read even if, like me, you’ve already read the first editions like fifty times.

5) Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers

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This book just launched a few weeks ago, and when I read the first issue I thought “Wow, I REALLY dig this… this might even sneak in at tenth in my Top Ten list!”  The second issue is out now, and here it is at fifth.  Avengers is great storytelling, but even more than that it feels SO epic.  You can tell that Hickman is building something massive and cool and I’m ridiculously excited to get in on the ground floor of what will be years of crazy stories.  Jerome Opena’s art is great, and Marvel’s got lots of other cool artists lined up to meet the book’s bi-monthly schedule.  It’s loads of fun already, and it feels like it’s just going to keep getting better.

4) Diana’s Coat in Wonder Woman #11

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I liked this so much that I now own this page!!  While I’ve had my share of problems with Wonder Woman in 2012 (the Amazons as rapists and murderers, in particular), Cliff Chiang is still killing it on every level with his art.  I spent a full third of my Wonder Woman #11 review going on about this coat and how it represents everything good about this new take on Wonder Woman in terms of modernizing the character with respect for what came before.  This may not have always held true for me with the story, but it absolutely does with the art.

3) Captain Marvel, the Book and the Reaction

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I’ve been following comics for a long time, and I’ve never seen such an enthusiastic reaction to a redesign of a character.  There was tons of fan art and various custom items months before the first issue even hit the newsstands!!  And when the first issue did hit, it was fantastic.  Kelly Sue DeConnick had a HUGE year, and has done an excellent job relaunching Captain Marvel, while artists Dexter Soy and Emma Rios make the book look great and distinct from the usual superhero stylings.  While a year ago I knew barely anything about Carol Danvers, I’m very glad that she’s now one of my favourite characters starring in one of my favourite books.

2) Saga

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I was over the moon excited for a new Brian K. Vaughan book, and then even more excited that Fiona Staples would be drawing it.  As a huge fan of BKV, I had a rough idea in my head of what the book might be like, and then I got the first issue.  Saga was NOTHING like what I expected, in the absolute best way possible.  It was bigger and more bizarre and more interesting and enjoyable than I ever imagined.  I think it’s the best thing BKV’s ever written, and Staples’ art is a perfect match for the story.  Even the letter column is fun.  Saga is an absolute blast to read each month.

1) Hawkeye

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When Marvel announced that Matt Fraction and David Aja were teaming up to do a Hawkeye book, I was kind of upset.  They’re two of my favourite creators so I HAD to pick up the first issue, but I didn’t give a hoot about Hawkeye.  At all.  There were SO many characters I’d rather have seen them work on.  So I begrudgingly bought the first issue, and it was AMAZING.  Far and away the most enjoyable, amusing, kick ass superhero story I’d read all year.  Then Hawkeye #2 was even better, as was the next issue after that.  It just keeps getting more fun every month, and I’m astounded to love a book about Hawkeye as much as I do.  It’s unequivocally the best comic out there right now, and I can’t recommend it enough.

So those are my favourite things from this year, but let’s take a peek into the crystal ball and see what I’m looking forward to in 2013:

  • Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.  A dystopian response to the Occupy movement?  Sign me up.
  • Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios.  Anytime DeConnick and Rios get together, it’s a good time.  I’m very excited they’re doing a Western.
  • Man of Steel by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee.  Snyder is doing a great job with Batman, and Jim Lee is always a good time.  I’m jazzed to see what they come up with for Superman.
  • New Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting. As I mentioned above, I LOVED Avengers, and New Avengers is poised to be a sort of companion book more than a direct tie-in.  I’m going to be all over it.
  • Movies!!  Iron Man 3!!  Thor 2!!  Man of Steel!!  It’s going to be another big year for cinematic superheroes, and all of these movies look great.
  • Amazon, Allan Heinberg’s Smallville-esque Wonder Woman show for the CW.  It’s still in the early stages, but it would be really fun if this ended up happening, and doubly so if it was good too.  Arrow’s been pretty enjoyable, and Heinberg has skills.  It could be really great, if it happens.

Hawkeye #7 To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief OR Are You Seriously Not Buying This Book Already?

November 28, 2012

Hawkeye writer Matt Fraction recently announced that the schedule for the series had been moved around some to include a new special issue about Hurricane Sandy.  Out in January, Hawkeye #7 features art by Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm, along with a fantastic cover by David Aja.  Hawkeye is Marvel’s “regular guy” sort of hero, and the series is about what he does when he’s not being an Avenger, so of the many New York-based heroes he seems ideally suited for a Hurricane Sandy story.

And here’s the best part: Matt Fraction is donating his paycheck for Hawkeye #7 to the Red Cross.  And it gets even better: Marvel paychecks are performance based, so the more issues the book sells, the more money the Red Cross is going to get.  If you like Hawkeye, get a couple.  If you hate Hawkeye and Matt Fraction with the fiery fury of a thousand suns, buy a bunch and dance while you burn them, gleeful in the knowledge that you’ve screwed Fraction out of a lot of money AND helped a good cause in the process.

The best way to be sure to get a copy of Hawkeye #7 (or several) is to tell your local comic shop to order it for you.  If they don’t know you want it, they might just get their normal amount and you’ll show up all keen to help out and OH NO they’re sold out already and you feel like a schmuck.  So pop in or email or smoke signal your shop and tell them you want Hawkeye #7 and that the order code is NOV120725.  They’ll know what the means, and they’ll get you one (or several).  The deadline for ordering is December 17th, so get on it.

Now, if you’re smart you’re getting this book already.  It’s FANTASTIC.  But maybe you aren’t getting it.  Maybe you’re all “A book about Hawkeye?  The archer guy?  Lame.”  That’s what we all thought when it was first announced too.  There were about 8 people who were all “HELLS YEAH HAWKEYE!!”, and everyone else who bought it just couldn’t say no to a Fraction and Aja team-up.  I certainly purchased the first issue in a somewhat begrudging fashion.  And guess what?  It’s the BEST BOOK, you guys.  It’s absolutely spectacular.  There is no better comic on the stands right now, and this whole Hurricane Sandy charity thing is just classy icing on the awesome cake that is Hawkeye.  Definitely pick up Hawkeye #7, but do yourself a personal favour and pick up the earlier issues too.  Your shop should probably have them… they reprinted the first issue like 87 times.

So yeah, Hawkeye #7!!  Order it now at your local comic shop, pick it up on January 16th, and make Matt Fraction write a HUGE check for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Hey, here’s some Steve Lieber art from the issue:


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