Posts Tagged ‘Faora’

Superman/Wonder Woman #6 Preview OR Teasing Some New Armour

March 7, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #6 comes out next Wednesday, and Newsarama has a preview of the book.  Now, I don’t much care for this series, but what I do like is new outfits.  It’s always fun when a superhero get a special suit for fighting in a particularly treacherous situation; we see them in their regular costumes all the time, so I enjoy when they mix it up.  Hephaestus has been working on some new armour for our title duo, but the preview cuts off at the very first time I was actually curious about what was on the next page of this series:

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Good work leaving me wanting more, I suppose.

So it looks like Zod and Faora are building something evil and terrible to take over the Earth, those nefarious buggers.  And Wonder Woman and Superman talk about their relationship and how much Superman just wants to protect her, which is super not interesting.  Hephaestus looks like Hellboy on the last panel of that fourth page, though.  That’s pretty fun.

And new outfits!  I’m curious to see their fancy, Hephaestean armour.  Really, that’s all I care about at this point.

Also, following up on some of my past criticism of this series, every page of this preview features multiple panels and several lines of dialogue, which is a very nice change of pace.  I’ve been unimpressed with the book’s, shall we say, Spartan approach to storytelling, so I’m glad to see some more effective use of page space.

Superman/Wonder Woman #6 is out Wednesday, March 12 online and in comic shops everywhere.

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Superman/Wonder Woman #5 Preview OR Are Superman And Wonder Woman Breaking Up?! Probably Not

February 7, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #5 is out next Wednesday, and Newsarama has posted a five-page preview of the issue.  Wonder Woman’s visiting Paradise Island (she was just there last month in Wonder Woman #27 as well) and Superman lets Zod and Faora escape the Fortress of Solitude.  Let’s take a look:

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First off, “FAORA — her name means DEATH!” is a great tagline in a classic, pulpy kind of way.  That was definitely my favourite part of the preview.

The rest is what we’ve come to expect from the series.  This preview showcases the book’s, shall we say, spartan aesthetic.  Three of the five pages here have a combined nine words of dialogue and ten panels.  Doing Superman/Wonder Woman must feel like a vacation for Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel, given its impressive amounts of empty space.  It’s no wonder Soule can write a million books a month.

I do like that Wonder Woman is questioning her relationship with Superman, but I’m also rather certain that they’ll stay together.  DC’s gone all-in pretty hard on this relationship, what with giving them their own series and all.

Anyway, this book is not my cup of tea, and my annoyance at this relationship makes me snarky when I talk about it.  If you’re digging the series, Superman/Wonder Woman #5 is out next Wednesday online and in comic shops everywhere.

Wonder Woman Appears In Only FIVE Pages Of Superman/Wonder Woman #4

January 15, 2014

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On several levels, today’s issue of Superman/Wonder Woman perfectly summed up everything that bothers me about this series.  Let’s start with Wonder Woman’s role in the book, or rather her lack thereof.  She’s only in FIVE pages of the book.  Superman is on 13 pages.  Zod is on 10.  Hell, Batman’s got a double page spread in this issue and his name isn’t even in the title.  The lack of Wonder Woman is just ridiculous.

Furthermore, let’s enumerate her sparse appearances:

1) There’s a big, awkward split page to start the book with close-ups of Clark and Diana.

2) On the next page, Diana is getting dressed.  Zipping up her boots and whatnot.  One panel is a close up of her legs.

3) Then Superman and Zod fight for a while while Wonder Woman has a voiceover that explicitly states “The world is as it is. There is no changing it”, which is contrary to the message of Wonder Woman dating back to her very creation.  She finally shows up later on the left side of a double page montage, kissing Superman.

4) She then visits her pal Hessia while wearing some short shorts. In London, where just last issue she was bundled up in a coat and a scarf.  There is a nice panel where she addresses the girls in Hessia’s martial arts class, and I do like her hair on this page, but the random short shorts sort of undercut things.

5) After that, we get a page where Hessia and Wonder Woman have beaten up some robots or some such.  Wonder Woman stands and talks, Hessia saves her from a robot she doesn’t see sneaking up behind her.  Also, yet again a LOT of leg on this page.

That is the sum total of Wonder Woman’s involvement in this issue of a series that bears her name.  Five pages, a lot of her legs, and kissing Superman.

And do you want to know the worst part?  It’s the best issue of the series.  Clark and Diana going on about their relationship is minimal, and Charles Soule does a really good job with the Superman/Zod stuff.  I loved how Zod kept burning Superman because of his poor understanding of all things Kryptonian.  I would totally read a Superman book with Zod and Faora.  The Superman/Zod interactions were a million times more electric and interesting than Superman and Wonder Woman together.  There’s a good book buried inside this series, and it doesn’t involve Wonder Woman.  DC should have given Soule and Daniels one of the Super-books and left Diana out of it.  Or let Soule launch a new Sensation Comics without Superman; I dig Hessia, and Soule captures a decent Diana when Clark’s not around and she’s not all wrapped up in relationship problems.  Superman and Wonder Woman together is, by far, the least interesting part of this series.

Anyway, FIVE pages.  The only way to remedy this is to flip the script and backburner Superman next month while Wonder Woman gets to carry the bulk of the book, but given that the released cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #5 doesn’t even feature Wonder Woman, I’m not optimistic.  I’ve also seen a version of that cover where Wonder Woman is unconscious in the bottom corner, which is hardly better.  I wonder if there’s an issue of Batman/Superman that relegates either character to only 5 pages?  I’m betting not.

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #28 And Superman/Wonder Woman #5

November 12, 2013

DC Comics’ February 2014 solicits have been released, and there are some fun books on the schedule.  I’m particularly excited for the Lois Lane special; I’m hoping it does well enough that a Lois Lane series follows.  Wonder Woman’s got her usual two titles as well, so let’s take a look at what’s on the way this February.  First, Wonder Woman #28:

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WONDER WOMAN #28
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 Steampunk variant cover by J.G. JONES
On sale FEBRUARY 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The last time the First Born came for Olympus, it took the death of the God of War to stop him. And if Wonder Woman is now the God of War…and if the First Born is more determined than ever to claim his birthright…then things are about to get VERY violent indeed!

It looks like the inevitable is set to occur, and the First Born will yet again make a play for the throne of Olympus.  Much carnage will ensue, I’m sure, and it will be beautifully drawn by Cliff Chiang.  And Wonder Woman will win in the end.  She’s Wonder Woman after all.  It should be a fun time.

DC also has several steam punk variant covers this month, and Wonder Woman gets one by J.G. Jones.  I’m not sure why DC is so keen on steam punk; my best guess is that it’s a tie-in to their Infinite Crisis online game, which has a steam punk universe as part of their overall multiverse.  Anyway, J.G. Jones is a great artist, and this might be a cool cover.

Now to Superman/Wonder Woman #5:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #5
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
1:25 Steampunk variant cover by DAN PANOSIAN
On sale FEBRUARY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Faora has joined Zod – and now, Earth must kneel before their combined might! Even Superman and Wonder Woman can’t stop their plan for the Phantom Zone!

So Wonder Woman isn’t even on the cover, which is pretty uncool.  BUT Faora is on the cover, and Faora is super awesome, so that evens things out a bit.  Nonetheless, it shows that this is very much a Superman book and Wonder Woman is a tagalong.  The villains have been Superman villains, Doomsday, Zod, now Faora.  Some of the god are supposed to be in the second issue, out tomorrow, but the book looks to be all in Superman’s world apart from that.  Seeing that the book is under the Superman editorial umbrella, this isn’t a huge surprise, but they could at least keep Wonder Woman on the cover.

Look for both titles this February!

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #27 And Superman/Wonder Woman #4

October 15, 2013

DC Comics’ January 2014 solicits came out yesterday, so let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in the New Year:

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WONDER WOMAN #27
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Diana returns to Paradise Island for the first time since the Amazons were wiped out…but do those ancient stones hold the answers she’s looking for?

More than two years after the Amazons were turned into snakes and her mother was turned into a statue, we’re finally getting some follow up on Paradise Island.  I thought this might have come up sooner, but I suppose that Wonder Woman’s been busy with Hades, Orion, the First Born, and now her role as god of war.  Perhaps this will lead to the return of the Amazons?

Speaking of returns, Cliff Chiang is back on interior art!  Goran Sudzuka is drawing the three fall issues, but Chiang will be back inside the book in January, and hopefully he’ll be around for a while.  No one draws Wonder Woman, and her New 52 universe, as well as Chiang.

Onto Wonder Woman’s other title:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #4
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, BATT and SANDU FLOREA
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED variant cover
On sale JANUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The secret of Superman and Wonder Woman’s relationship is out and the world’s reaction is mixed, but that’s the least of the power couple’s worries as Zod seeks to release Faora from the Phantom Zone!

Faora!  When they mentioned Zod in the December solicit, I had my fingers crossed that Faora would show up, and lo and behold she has.  That’s super exciting; Faora could be a great character, for this book and the DC universe generally.

Also, the relationship secrecy that Clark and Diana talked so dully about in the first issue hasn’t lasted, and it looks like they’ll be outed as a couple in Superman/Wonder Woman #3, with the fallout in this issue.  I hope this issue is one page of handling that and nineteen pages of Wonder Woman fighting Faora.

Finally, I’m betting this isn’t the final cover.  This is the preview image DC released when they announced the book last summer, and it might just be a placeholder because the actual cover wasn’t ready for the solicits and/or there’s something cool on the actual cover they don’t want to show yet.  It could be the actual cover, but I doubt it.  Know who should be on the cover?  Faora.

Look for Wonder Woman #27 and Superman/Wonder Woman #4 this January.  Chiang is back!  And so is Faora!  Wait, now I want Chiang to draw Faora.  How fun would that be?

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #26 And Superman/Wonder Woman #3

September 10, 2013

DC Comics released their December 2013 solicits yesterday, breaking the big news that Geoff Johns is leaving Aquaman as well as a few other creative shuffles.  The Wonder Woman titles stayed about the same, though, so let’s take a look at what we’ll be reading in December, starting with a fantastic Cliff Chiang cover for Wonder Woman #26:

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WONDER WOMAN #26
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale DECEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman’s brother and sister are being held hostage by none other than Cassandra, the sadistic sibling she hasn’t even met yet! And speaking of hostages, we’re taking bets on how long chains can hold the First Born!

Oh, wait, what? The First Born might escape?  Even after Wonder Woman killed Ares and became the God of War to save the universe from his evil machinations?  A shocking development to be sure.  Seriously, though, she should have killed the First Born.

Anyway, my issues with the end of Wonder Woman #23 aside, good lord that is an amazing cover.  Cliff Chiang’s art skills are just ridiculous.  However, Goran Sudzuka is on interiors again for the third issue in a row, and I’m starting to wonder if this is a permanent change or if Chiang will be back in the new year?  I’m glad to have Sudzuka consistently on the title as opposed to the mishmash of artists we had earlier this year, but my first choice is always Chiang.

And now to Superman/Wonder Woman #3:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #3
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
1:25 Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
1:100 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
On sale DECEMBER 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Zod unleashed! Can Superman and Wonder Woman stop this madman before he gains full power under the Earth’s yellow sun? Guest-starring the JLA, and featuring a shocking conclusion that could mean the end of Superman and Wonder Woman together!

First Doomsday, now Zod.  They’re certainly bringing the heavy hitting villains to this book.  As much as I’m not looking forward to Superman/Wonder Woman, that Zod is appearing gives me hope that Faora might be in it, and I LOVE Faora.  If this issue features some sort of Faora/Wonder Woman fight, I’ll take back several of the bad things I’ve said about the series.  Not all of them, but a bunch for sure.

I’m assuming that break up talk is just a bunch of baloney to insert some conflict into the story and their relationship will stay intact, so I’m not even going to get excited about “the end of Superman and Wonder Woman.”

Look for Wonder Woman #26 on December 18 and Superman/Wonder Woman #3 on December 11.  Buy them for yourself, and maybe grab a few as holiday gifts!  They’d make great stocking stuffers.


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