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Wonder Woman Steals the Show in New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

December 3, 2015

A brand new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and most of it isn’t particularly good. Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne are being snippy at each other, Lex Luthor is annoying, Superman and Batman fight it out, and Doomsday looks kind of terrible. Plus the trailer gives away basically the entire plot of the movie, unless they’ve got some clever twists up their sleeve. I feel like I could write a fairly accurate synopsis of how everything is going to go down at this point (Batman doesn’t like Superman because of the destruction in Metropolis, they fight, Luthor eggs them on, then sends in Doomsday, Wonder Woman shows up, they all team up to beat Doomsday and Luthor). And, like the dreary Man of Steel, it’s all very bleak and drab and joyless.

Then Wonder Woman shows up, and it gets AWESOME. The dumb boys are all busting each other up and then Doomsday attacks them and they’re like “OH NO!!” But then Wonder Woman comes in looking all cool with her shield and totally handles the situation:

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And the boys are awed by how rad she is and inspired to team up, Justice League style:

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Yet again, Wonder Woman is in a Batman v Superman trailer for all of three seconds but, yet again, they are the best three seconds of the trailer, BY FAR. I have very little hope for the rest of the movie; none of the characters feel right, heroes battling heroes is played out, and oh my lord the man angst. But I think the few scenes with Wonder Woman could be fantastic.  Gal Gadot looks fierce and awesome. I’m not anticipating that she’ll be in it a lot, but everything we’ve seen so far looks ridiculously cool. Here’s hoping for a Lois Lane team up, too! If Wonder Woman and Lois get to do something fun together, I might forgive the movie for it’s stupid looking Zod/Doomsday hybrid thing.

Here’s the full trailer if you’re interested. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out on March 25, 2015. It’s not looking like it’s going to be very good, but WONDER WOMAN, you guys. WONDER WOMAN:

Superman/Wonder Woman #8 Preview OR Superman’s Metamorphosis

May 12, 2014

The “Doomed” crossover is now upon us, and things aren’t looking great for Superman. Superman/Wonder Woman #8 is the second issue in the story, or perhaps the third. It’s got “Chapter 2” on it, and Action Comics #31 sports “Chapter 1”, but there’s also a Superman: Doomedone-shot that’s out this week that maybe you’re supposed to read first? I don’t know. Either way, I hope you don’t have to read the other books to know what’s going on, because I’m not going to.

So let’s take a look at what’s plaguing the Man of Steel in Superman/Wonder Woman #8.  You might want to embiggen that second page:

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Starting off on a positive note, I really like Wonder Woman’s jacket. The one constant for Diana in the New 52 is her fine taste in coats. I also like that the tiara pushed up like a headband look has made it from Wonder Woman to here; that’s a nice Cliff Chiang invention that I really dig. This issue is definitely a sartorial success.

The rest is set-up more than anything else. Superman’s been infected and is turning into some weird Doomsday creature, which we all knew was coming because we’ve seen the cover. It also seems to be making him sort of evil, so much fighting will ensue, I’m sure.

Frankly, this arc just seems like more of the same for this series: Superman-centric stories with Wonder Woman as a side character. If the fact that the story crosses over with other Super-titles wasn’t enough of an indication, Charles Soule’s interview in USA Today, which came out just today, is all about Superman and Doomsday and not at all about Wonder Woman except in passing. This is, first and foremost, a Superman story, and Wonder Woman just happens to be there. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I like Wonder Woman and when her name is on the cover of a book I expect her to actually have a significant role in it. That has not been the case so far, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon; this storyline’s dragging into July at least, and maybe further.

Superman/Wonder Woman #8 is out this Wednesday, as are a couple of other “Doomed” titles. If you get them all, pop by in the comments and let us know if we’re missing anything important by only reading Superman/Wonder Woman!

Superman/Wonder Woman #7 Preview OR Superman’s Nuclear Diet

April 8, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #7 is out tomorrow, and the good folks at Comic Book Resources have put up a preview. When we last saw our superpowered lovers, they were in the midst of a nuclear blast, so they’re probably dead and the series is over, right? Wrong! Surprisingly, they’re okay. Let’s take a look:

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So after a couple of not completely terrible issues, Superman/Wonder Woman is doing that thing where no one talks very much and there’s not much going on artwise, and then when they do talk it’s really inane romance stuff. I’m not super enthused to see that format return. I like when things actually happen. Where are Zod and Faora? And why isn’t this book Zod/Faora instead? I’d be all over that.

Anyway, Tony S. Daniel is taking a month off so there are three different artists for this issue. And it’s a prelude to the “Doomed” crossover, where Superman is going to turn into a Doomsday monster sort of thing. Maybe soaking up all that nuclear radiation messed with his genetics. It certainly thinned him out; the dude is rail thin here. That’s kind of an interesting idea, having solar energy make Superman strong but the energy from a nuclear bomb make him weak. I mean, the sun is basically a cauldron of constantly exploding nuclear energy so maybe it doesn’t make a ton of sense, but still. I like the idea. I’m less excited about four pages of Wonder Woman trying to break through the clouds, though.

Superman/Wonder Woman #7 is out everywhere tomorrow. You can pick it up at your local comic shop or buy it online.

Superman/Wonder Woman #2 Review OR Not A Lot Of Bang For Your Buck

November 13, 2013

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I was hoping that having some of the Greek gods show up might make this issue more enjoyable than the first, but this felt like a lot of filler until the very last page when something actually happened.  Nothing of any real significance occurred in the 20 pages before that.  It’s only the second issue; they shouldn’t have run out of plot yet.  I’ll have more on the emptiness of this issue momentarily, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to ruin EVERYTHING that happens in this comic book!

Granted, it’s not a lot, but still!

Read it yourself first!

So we picked up where we left off, with Wonder Woman fighting Doomsday.  He beats her up for a bit and then disappears when Superman shows up.  Wonder Woman and Superman then visit the Fortress of Solitude to talk about the Phantom Zone and Doomsday, and Wonder Woman gives the Man of Steel a pep talk about how he can defeat that evil beast.  Because he’s so strong in so many ways; that is the theme of this issue, really.

As a sidenote, did Doomsday kill Superman in the New 52 universe?  The conversation he had with Wonder Woman was ridiculously vague.  I had no idea what sort of history Superman had with Doomsday, but Superman dying is a big deal.  If it had happened, Wonder Woman’s reaction probably would have been “Oh look, it’s that big creature who killed you” instead of “Hey, who’s that?”

Carrying on, the duo visits Hephaestus so Superman can get some armour to protect him if Doomsday comes back.  Hephaestus tests Superman strength by swinging his hammer at him, which Superman stops with ease.  See?  He’s so strong.  Then Apollo and Strife pop in, make some disparaging comments about Superman, and Wonder Woman’s taste in men, and then THEY fight.  And because Apollo is the sun, Superman gets turbo charged and tosses Apollo through the mountain.  Because, as you may recall, Superman is very, very strong.  Strife and Diana are all hot and bothered by this masculine display, and thus ends the main story of this issue.

Seriously, that’s it.  Oh, and a page with Cat Grant, trying to call Clark.

Then, in the last three pages of the book, there’s a disturbance in the Sahara Desert and General Zod appears, all red-eyed, blood-soaked, and furious.  I’m assuming that he will soon fight with Superman, which should be a good battle because, and I don’t know if you know this, Superman is quite strong.

Wonder Woman does nothing in this issue except get beat up by Doomsday, cheer up her boyfriend, and take him to visit her family.  Superman, on the other hand, lifts a massive navy ship and beats the hell out of the king of the gods.  I’m not sure why Wonder Woman is in this book, other than that she’s into big dudes who can beat up other dudes.  That they are both superheroes is the only thing they have in common and the entire basis of their relationship, so I suppose it’s good for them that she likes his assertive displays of power.   Lord knows they’ve got nothing else going for them other than dull, awkward conversing.

So the book wasn’t great.  It was kind of bad, really, both because a) nothing important happened until the end, and b) what did happen was dominant displays of aggression by Superman while Wonder Woman looked on and swooned dreamily.  Also, that big thing that happened at the end?  We knew it was coming from the solicits AND even if you didn’t, if you had a decent knowledge of Superman lore you probably guessed it was coming once the Phantom Zone was mentioned.  It was not a surprising reveal.  I mean, Man of Steel is out on Blu Ray this week.  Come on.

On top of these story (or lack thereof) issues, there was another problem: I read this book in about three minutes.  Part of the reason nothing happened in this book is because it’s such a quick read.  I mentioned in my review of the first issue that Tony S. Daniels was a little bit heavy with splashs and two page spreads, but he takes it to a whole new level here.  A full THIRTEEN of the book’s twenty pages contain three panels or less.  That doesn’t give you a lot of space for things to happen.  Wonder Woman gets punched across a ship, two page spread.  Superman picks up said ship, there’s a page.  Superman catches a hammer, full page for that.  Superman punches Apollo, better use up a whole page there.  ZOD!  Full page reveal, following a two page spread that exists solely to set up that reveal (I don’t think those poor Bedouins will come up again).  I’m a little worried that the next issue is just going to be picture book style, one image per page with a bit of text.

This annoying misuse of comic book real estate is exacerbated by the fact that this book costs four dollars.  Wonder Woman is $2.99 for the same amount of pages, with a reasonable number of panels per page, while Superman/Wonder Woman is $3.99 with less story.  Let’s do a quick comparison on how much you pay per panel for the last issue of each series:

Wonder Woman #24: 128 panels at $2.99 =  2.3 cents per panel

Superman/Wonder Woman #2: 67 panels at $3.99 = 6 cents per panel

Not all panels are created equal, of course, but you’re getting way more bang for your buck out of Wonder Woman.  You’re paying almost three times as more per chunk of story with Superman/Wonder Woman, and for about half as many panels.  It’s not a good deal.

All in all, I think this might be the last Superman/Wonder Woman review for now.  I’m going to keep buying it because it has “Wonder Woman” in the title and I’m a sucker like that, and I might post a few thoughts each month if any are warranted, but there’s just not much to talk about so far.  If it gets better, and I very much hope it does, I’ll start back up with full reviews again, but until then I don’t think these reviews are fun for anyone.  I don’t want to complain for a thousand words, and you probably don’t want to read that.  So from here on out, we’ll be following the series in a much less in depth manner.  I just don’t care for it.

Preview Of Superman/Wonder Woman #2

November 11, 2013

It’s a busy week for Wonder Woman on the comic stands, with Superman/Wonder Woman #2 and Smallville Season 11 #19 on sale this Wednesday.  We’ve got a preview for the former (and perhaps one for the latter before Wednesday; I’ll keep my eyes peeled), so let’s take a look.  Tony Daniel is really going to town with the two page layouts, so you’ll probably want to click on some of these images to get a closer look at them:

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So Wonder Woman gets busted up by Doomsday a bit, and then I assume she and Superman are off to investigate and such.  And probably talk about their relationship, and then make out, and then be upset at the puny humans who don’t appreciate them.

I didn’t much care for the first issue, but I’m going to review the second one again this week and we’ll go from there.  If I still don’t like it, I’ll stop reviewing it.  “This isn’t very good” is an annoying review every month.  Much as I have my issues with Wonder Woman, it also has strong moments and always provides lots to talk about.  If the first issue of Superman/Wonder Woman is any indication, my reviews will consist of little more than “I’m not sure why this book exists.”  But hey, it’s only one issue.  This second one could be way better, and I hope it is.

Superman/Wonder Woman #2 is out this Wednesday in comic shops everywhere.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1 Review OR Could Have Been Better, Could Have Been Worse

October 9, 2013

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Given my many qualms about this series, I was expecting to be unimpressed by this first issue.  However, given my love of Wonder Woman, I set my qualms aside in the hope that it would turn out to be a well done, fun book that I enjoyed.  Turns out, neither happened.  It wasn’t bad, but nor was it particularly good.  While I liked a few things and others I didn’t care for, altogether it just felt bland to me.  More on this momentarily, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to tell you about all of the action AND all of the romance in this new series!

You’ll know it all!

So if you want to read it yourself first, run away!

Providing both action and romance, an adventure on the high seas is intermingled with a deep conversation about Clark and Diana’s relationship in this first issue.  Out on the ocean, a huge storm has kicked up, an airplane is in distress, and Doomsday is somehow involved.  Meanwhile, during the date night these aquatic shenanigans interrupted, Clark and Diana talk about whether or not to keep their relationship secret.  Clark likes the secrecy, Diana does not, and ultimately things appear to settle on the secrecy side before a move to the bedroom is postponed by the aforementioned oceanic disruption.

The action side of things is fine.  Superman gets punched straight out of the ocean and through an airplane, Wonder Woman angrily dismantles the guns on a naval ship, and then Doomsday shows up and fights Wonder Woman for a bit.  There’s no real explanation for the storm or Doomsday, but this is a set-up issue.  I’m sure we’ll learn more about that next month.  The action is nothing new or innovative, and they go a little hard with the splash pages and two-page spreads, but it’s not bad or anything.  Standard superhero fare, really.

The relationship side of things didn’t work as well for me.  I’m not a fan of the relationship in general because I just don’t find it interesting, and hearing them talk about it, Diana to a friend and then both Clark and Diana together, was kind of dull.  I just have no investment in it, so their issues and insecurities surrounding the relationship don’t do much for me.  The writing and art didn’t help either.  Again, it’s not bad by any means, but it lacked spark.  I wanted this book to sell me on this relationship, to show me what I’m missing in terms of why and how this is an interesting pairing, and I didn’t get that at all.

What’s worse, the way the relationship was discussed ultimately made me rather annoyed with both of them.  The New 52 has set up a universe where superheroes aren’t particularly beloved, and they’re out saving the world while humanity is more afraid and wary than grateful.  This can’t be fun, obviously, but Superman of all people should not get bogged down by this.  He’s SUPERMAN.  He should be able to let it go, and to understand the importance of rising above it.

Instead, he’s kind of antagonistic about it.  When Diana mentions sharing the wonders of his Fortress of Solitude with the world, segueing into a discussion of sharing their relationship with the world as well, Clark wants none of it.  He replies:

We give them everything.  This is ours.  At least for now.

There’s an irksome self-pity and self-aggrandizement in “We give them everything”, and a certain degree of entitlement in “This is ours”, like the world doesn’t deserve to know about his fortress or his relationship.  They’re too good and special for “them.”  To me, Superman is the last person in the universe who would have an us vs. them mentality when it comes to the rest of humanity, no matter how little he may be appreciated.

A similar frustration, and the us vs. them framework, show up again with Wonder Woman later in the issue.  When the naval ship shoots down the plane, thinking that Superman and Wonder Woman had attacked it, she angrily tears the guns off the deck, yelling:

WHY? We try to help you, and you fire on us?

Frankly, the naval crew just saw Superman blast through an airplane.  How were they to know he was punched out of the ocean by Doomsday?  It’s a reasonable mistake to make.  And yet there’s Wonder Woman losing her cool, furious at “them” for shooting at her and Superman.  Who the missile wouldn’t even hurt, by the way.  She’s a demigod and he’s the goddamn Man of Steel.  They would be FINE.  If she was mad that the pilots she rescued might have been injured, that would be understandable, but clearly that’s not the “us” she was referring to.

The rest of the issue was average, blandish superhero romance/adventure, but this antagonism towards humanity, this seeming inability to understand where they’re coming from and why they might be scared of superheroes, really rubbed me the wrong way.  When Diana offered to train Clark in combat because he’s more a wrecking ball than a fighter with any sort of finesse, she said:

You have things to learn, and I’m just the woman to teach you.

Initially I read that as a reference not just to combat but to Clark’s relationship with humanity and penchant for keeping secrets, that Diana would help him open up and share more with the world.  But then she flips out and starts wrecking a boat, furious at the stupid humans who dared misinterpret what was going on.  I know it’s not a huge component of the book, and I’ve blathered on about it longer than it deserves, really, but I hate when superheroes are dicks.  Both of them kind of were in this issue.

Of course, there’s much more going on in the book.  We get a look at the supporting cast, starting with Cat Grant, Clark’s website pal.  Clark Kent’s website is perhaps the least interesting Clark Kent story that’s ever been done (though on the plus side it did make me think of @CK1Blogs, an absolutely hilarious Twitter account), and the whole content/number of viewers discussion was just plain dull.  Cat is pals with Aaron Lord, though, who I think is a new character.  If he’s any relation to Max Lord, that could be interesting.  In the old DC universe, Max Lord took over Superman’s mind so Wonder Woman killed him.  In this universe, I have no idea what Max Lord has been up to, but perhaps some of the animosity will carry over.

What I did love was Diana’s supporting cast, an Amazon named Hessia who appears to be based in London.  It’s great to have another Amazon around, and I’m curious to hear the story of why she’s not on Paradise Island and turned into a snake like the rest of her Amazon sisters.  I think she could be a fun character, and I hope she gets more to do than dole out relationship advice to Diana.

All together, I feel pretty ambivalent about this book.  Charles Soules’ writing was okay, but just okay.  The pacing was sort of interesting, flipping back and forth in the story timeline and occasionally interweaving the date night/fight narratives.  He didn’t sell me on the relationship, or even pique my interest in it a bit, but the story moved along.

The art was fine, with occasional flashes of impressive work and occasional duds.  I don’t think that Tony S. Daniels quite has a handle on how he’s drawing Diana yet, and his work with her felt a little inconsistent, but that should come with time.  He also got saddled with a lot of scenes with people just standing around talking at each other, and it’s hard to make that exciting.  The action scenes were better, though they went to the splash page well a lot, and in close succession.

Overall, the issue added up to a fairly bland read for me.  I was neither enthused or outraged, and everything balanced out into a neutral, meh sort of feeling.  I hated the antagonism towards humanity and the us vs. them mentality, but I really like Hessia.  The action scenes were mildly interesting, and the romance scenes were mildly dull.  It all leveled out into an issue I neither cared for nor disliked.  I’m really curious to hear what everyone else thought about it, so please let me know in the comments.

This Is Not How The World Ends: Why The May 21st, 2011, Doomsday Is Sad, Not Funny

May 21, 2011

So the world is supposed to end very shortly… or rather, start to end, if you get into the details of it.  All the Christians get raptured on May 21st, and then the rest of us endure five months of horrible calamity until the world REALLY ends in October (providing we survive that long).  The whole thing is being treated as a joke by most of the world, as it should be, but there are a few things about this that are distinctly unfunny.

First, the organization behind the massive campaign to make us aware of judgement day, Family Radio, spent $100 MILLION on billboards and TV ads and the like.  Instead of feeding the hungry or helping the homeless or aiding the sick, they launched the world’s most ridiculous ad campaign.  Do you know how much useful stuff you can do with $100 million??!!  It’s appalling that so much money has been sunk into this.

Second, the man behind the doomsday prophecy, Harold Camping, previously predicted that the world would end in 1994.  It didn’t, yet thousands of people believe him THIS time, and believe in him enough to give the dude $100 million.  I don’t know whether to be sad or angry at how stupid people can be.

Third, Camping’s theories are based on some SUPER ridiculous math.  I strongly suggest you go check out this lovely summary on Wikipedia so you can get a sense of just how crazy it is.  The man’s just pulling numbers out of his ass, and dating things from a mythical global flood.  And people gave him $100 million.

Fourth, the idea of the rapture as part of the Biblical end of days didn’t even exist until the 18th century.  It’s based on a VERY sketchy interpretation of ONE verse in the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4:17) that anyone with any real Biblical knowledge would call absolutely foolish.  While many Christians would have you believe differently, the Bible offers no definitive blueprint for the end of the world, and even the bit that has some fun apocalyptic imagery, the book of Revelation, doesn’t mention the rapture AT ALL.

Fifth, although most churches are distancing themselves from Camping’s theories, the majority of them agree with him in general.  They may make light of his specificity, but they definitely believe the rapture is coming.  In fact, 41% of all Americans believe that Jesus is coming back in the near future.  Any Christian who believes in the rapture is just as much a whackadoodle as Camping and the folks at Family Radio… the only difference is that they don’t put a definite date on when the rapture will occur.  I know we’re all having fun laughing at the Family Radio people, but they really aren’t on the fringes of Christianity.  This is a VERY mainstream theory, and that’s pretty frightening.

So yeah, the parties all the heathens are planning for this weekend should be great, and the back pedaling all of Family Radio’s supporters will have to do is going to be a hoot, but overall this is just a sad situation.  The EPIC waste of time and resources is completely appalling… $100 million down the tubes is pretty much unforgivable.  You know how in the Bible, Jesus got all pissed off when people were selling things in the temple and not focusing on the things that actually mattered, and he ended up flipping over tables and kicking some ass?  If Jesus were real, THAT is what he’d be doing with everyone at Family Radio.  And probably most other evangelical organizations too… Camping is not some radical weirdo, relatively speaking.  Most evangelicals believe that Jesus is coming back VERY soon, and the money and time wasted on books and movies and pamphlets to that effect most likely dwarfs the $100 million Family Radio flushed away.  So good work everyone!!  You’ve accomplished nothing.


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