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Wonder Woman’s July 2015 Covers And Solicits

April 24, 2015

July is going to be a very busy month for Wonder Woman. Between her own titles, team books, and guest appearances, it sounds like she’s going to be around a lot. This could get expensive for all the completist collectors out there! Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in July, starting with her eponymous series:

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WONDER WOMAN #42
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by BEN CALDWELL
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
To replace Ares as the God of War, Wonder Woman must better understand him – and that means a journey to Ares’ home! You can just imagine what that entails! Plus, learn who is behind the attacks on Paradise Island!

This costume still does nothing for me. Nor does Wonder Woman getting into a fight with this heavily pouched soldier person. Ares’ home is a thing that could be cool in theory but probably won’t in execution. And the attacks on Paradise Island must be a new thing we haven’t gotten to yet, unless it’s the attacks on the Manazons from last issue, but we already know who did those. Anyway, not much to look forward to here, but such will be the case so long as the Finches are on the book, I fear.

Onto Superman/Wonder Woman #19:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #19
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The Superman epic you never expected – “TRUTH” continues! Is there truth in madness? Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad guest-star!

Details are still very sparse on this “Truth” storyline, though some spoilers have come out this morning that might shed some light on things. And it sounds awful. I won’t spoil it here, but go check out Bleeding Cool. Anyway, Wonder Woman seems involved not just in this book, but in most of the Superman line as “Truth” crosses over with at least four series. Technically I could list all of Super-books, really, but the solicits are all equally vague. If this is a story that piques your interest, just buy all the books.

Now to Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #12:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #12
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS and MATTHEW K. MANNING
Art by TOM FOWLER, GEORGES JEANTY and KARL STORY
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JULY 15 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Diana’s visit to Paradise Island’s harvest festival is interrupted by monsters! Typhon, the last son of Gaia, is breaking free of imprisonment and his minions have already begun wreaking havoc. Help is coming from another woman with connections to the Earth Mother, but will Wonder Woman accept aid from Poison Ivy? Then, Batman sends Diana on a vacation in the mountains, hoping that “A Moment of Peace” will help her adjust to life in Man’s World.

The Fridolfs/Fowler story started digitally yesterday, and it is GREAT. So be sure to pick up this issue. It sounds like it’s going to be a good one, plus that Emanuela Lupacchino cover is pretty rad. She always does great work.

Wonder Woman is also front and center on the cover of Justice League #42:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #42
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by DAN HIPP
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The epic “Darkseid War” event storyline continues with the critically acclaimed team of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! As Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor maneuver toward inevitable war, Wonder Woman leads the Justice League against a force that holds the answers on how to stop it – but the price might be Batman’s soul! Meanwhile, Mister Miracle faces off against a mysterious hero who has been fighting in the shadows for decades!

Wonder Woman is in the book every month, but I usually only spotlight it when she gets a good cover spot. I’m not reading the series, but from what I’ve seen of Jason Fabok’s take on her and her costume, I really like it. He seems to have a good grasp of the character. Also, in further spoiler news, it sounds like the Amazons may have a role in the upcoming “Darkseid War”, though not in a good way. Again, no direct spoilers here; head over to Bleeding Cool if you want to know what’s up.

Finally, Wonder Woman has a few guest spots lined up in July, but the one where she’s most prominently featured is Deathstroke #8:

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DEATHSTROKE #8
Written by TONY S. DANIEL and JIM BONNY
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY
On sale JULY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Godkiller” continues! Get ready for divine brutality when Slade’s contract on the Gods sends him smashing into combat against the one and only Wonder Woman!

The book is written and drawn by Tony Daniel, who spent some time with Wonder Woman when he helped launch Superman/Wonder Woman a while back. It’s not a terribly auspicious association with the character, and she looks oddly crazed here, but at least it’s nice to see Wonder Woman getting so much exposure in July. Weird she’s not in the new costume, though.

You better start saving up now to buy all these Wonder Woman comics in July! It could put a serious dent in your wallet.

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DC Comics Villains Get Tattooed On Ink Master, Including A Killer Catwoman And A Poor Poison Ivy

September 11, 2013

Last night on Spike’s tattooing competition show Ink Master, the artists had to tattoo DC Comics villains for their main challenge in front of special guest judge and Batman artist Greg Capullo.  It was a rather clever tie-in to Villains Month, and not coincidentally all of the villains tattooed last night also have their own Villains Month issue (or, in the case of Catwoman, their own regular series).

Oddly, the show seemed poorly advertised for such a cool tie-in.  DC had a press release on their website, but that’s about it; I didn’t find out about the show until Bleeding Cool did a post about it a few hours before it aired.  And here’s the thing: I’m nothing if not inundated with comics news ALL day, AND I actually watch Ink Master, and I STILL had no idea this was happening.  Maybe I missed the coverage elsewhere, but from my perspective it feels like a missed promotional opportunity across the board.

Regardless, it was a good show.  There was the usual fighting and yelling that takes up far too much time on Ink Master; they always pick such volatile contestants.  But the tattoos turned out really nice for the most part.  And they’re all online, so we can take a look.

This one actually sucked.  Jime Litwalk did Poison Ivy in his own style instead of making the tattoo look like comic art, plus he went way too heavy on the green.  Each week the group of people who get tattooed vote on the worst tattoo, and he got the nod this week:

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Tatu Baby (yes, she actually wants people to call her that) did the Joker, and it was pretty good apart from her running low on time and having to truncate the torso oddly:

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Joshua Hibbard recreated a Secret Six cover with his Bane tattoo, which went over very well with the judges and nearly won him best tattoo of the night:

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However, Joey Hamilton took top honours with this fantastic Catwoman tattoo that Greg Capullo absolutely loved:

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Jason Clay Dunn’s Deathstroke tattoo was decent, though he ended up in the bottom three due to a lack of colour saturation:

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Jackie Jennings’ tattoo was SPOILER ALERT the worst of the night and she was sent home, partly due to some shaky lines but also because she flipped the tattoo and had Two-Face burned on the wrong side:

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Finally, Kyle Dunbar’s Darkseid turned out really well, and the judges loved the detail in the face though they were less pleased with the background (he also had a time issue):

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All in all, it was a strong group of tattoos from what has been a sketchy group of artists this season.  There’s been a lot of rough work, and I’d say that this episode was the best they’ve done yet as a group.  Plus it was a cool Villains Month tie-in, and I was far more interested in the tattooing adventures than I am for any of the Villains Month comics.  It wasn’t quite as fun as when the contestants on Syfy’s Face Off got to create a new DC villain, but it was still a good time.  I’m curious to see what creative reality show DC ends up working with next.  Maybe they’ll design some alternate costumes for Wonder Woman on Project Runway.  I’d definitely watch that.

DC Comics’ New 52 Rundown: What Books I’m Excited For

September 6, 2011

Even though the DCnU began last week with Justice League #1, the real fun begins tomorrow with the first full wave of new books.  So I figured I’d throw in my two cents about what I’m most looking forward to and what I think might flop.  Going through all 52 titles would just be a tedious read for you all, so I’ve picked out out a few key books: the five titles I’m most looking forward to, five titles I’m not sold on yet but that I’m curious enough to try, and  then five titles that I think won’t survive.  Here we go!!

Five Titles I Am Crazy Excited About

I’m just super jazzed for these books and can’t wait to buy them.  NOTE: I’d have put Justice League here, but since it’s out already I’ll just stick with upcoming books.  Here they are in no particular order:

Wonder Woman: Obviously.  It’s Azzarello and Chiang… I’m over the moon excited for this book.

Batman: Synder’s run on Detective Comics was great, and I’m excited to see what he’s going to do with Bruce Wayne as Batman.  I’m going to miss Jock and Francavilla, but Capullo’s art looks cool so far.

Justice League Dark: I wasn’t totally sure about bringing Constantine back into the DC universe, but putting him on an awesome team like this sounds kind of great.  Plus I love Deadman, Zatanna, and Madame Xanadu, and DC’s weird magical things in general. 

Batwoman: It’s just going to be GORGEOUS.  I’m mildly concerned about the writing, as neither writer has done a lot, but J.H. Williams’ art is just insane… the preview pages are ridiculously good.

Aquaman: Johns and Reis are always a good combination, and no one can start a franchise like Johns… he made the Justice Society interesting, then turned Green Lantern into a must-read for years.  I think he’ll do the same with Aquaman.

Five Titles I’m Not Entirely Sure About But That Look Worth Checking Out

I am less confident in these books, but something about them intrigues me enough that I’m going to give them a shot.  Again, in no particular order:

Swamp Thing: Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing is epic, and I really don’t know what else you could do with the character.  But I do know that Snyder is an awesome writer, and that he’s one of the few people I would trust to take on Swamp Thing.  I have no idea what he’s going to do, but I’m curious.

Stormwatch: So far it looks like the Authority plus the Martian Manhunter, and that’s sort of cool.  It’ll be interesting to see how they try to fit that into the DC universe, and how much of the Authority’s edginess they can keep now that they aren’t at Wildstorm.  I can see this one going either way, but Cornell is usually good.

Supergirl: Supergirl is a character I always want to be interesting but who so rarely is.  This new angry Supergirl with what appears to be some disdain for humanity sounds like it might be fun… it’ll definitely be different, anyway.  I really dug Green and Johnson’s run on Superman/Batman, and the art looks cool, so I think it’s worth a shot.

Legion Lost: I find the Legion hard to get into… there’s SO many of them and the 31st century stuff often seems like bad sci-fi, but I think this could be a good gateway book.  It’s only seven Legionnaires AND they’ve travelled back in time.  Maybe this’ll be a good introduction to the Legion for me.

Demon Knights: Hey, another Cornell book!!  Middle Ages magic stuff can either be really cool or really lame, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this book.  I’ve always liked Etrigan and Jason Blood, too, which helps a lot… I hope he talks in rhyme.

Five Titles That Seem Doomed From The Beginning

DC’s said that every series in the New 52 will get at least to prove itself, but I doubt that these books will make it much past that:

OMAC: I know it’s Didio’s book, but OMAC is played out.  The guy has a mohawk, for goodness sake.

Hawk and Dove: Only because of Liefeld.  Apparently it’s sold out, but you can’t have superheroes without feet.

Voodoo: Yay for female characters and all, but have you seen the art?  Basri is a really good artist, but those are some seriously unclassy pages.  I sincerely hope you need more than T&A to sell a book these days.

Suicide Squad: Speaking of which, what’s up with Harley Quinn?  This is the weirdest team-up I’ve ever seen.  I wonder who said “Okay, we’re relaunching everything… know who we HAVE to include?  King Shark.”

Deathstroke: If you’re into comicly large swords, you might like this book.  But I just don’t see how they’re going to make a series out of Deathstroke.  Now a Ravager series I would have bought.


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