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Superman/Wonder Woman #16 Preview OR One Seriously Messed Up Double Date

February 17, 2015

It’s a busy week for Wonder Woman enthusiasts. Yesterday I posted the preview for Wonder Woman #39, and today we’ve got a look at Superman/Wonder Woman #16, both of which come out tomorrow. The print version of Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 hits stores tomorrow as well, so at least there’ll be one good Wonder Woman book. This month’s issue of Superman/Wonder Woman pits the eponymous duo against Magog and Circe in pretty much the worst double date of all time. SIDENOTE: How fun would this book be if it was a legit double date with Superman/Wonder Woman and Magog/Circe? What Silver Age style convolutions could bring that together? Now that’s a comic I’d want to read.

Anyway, let’s take a peek at Superman/Wonder Woman #16, courtesy of AV Club:

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The art breakdown appears to be the same as the last issue, with Doug Mahnke handling the present while Ed Benes draws Magog’s past. Benes has drawn the cover as well. Mahnke and Benes strike me as somewhat of an odd pairing, since their styles are fairly different, but I suppose it’s nice to have a contrast.

This is the sort of preview that annoys me because now we’re already a full quarter into the book and we have barely any new information at all. The three page flashback adds very little to what we already know about Magog. Basically the only progress we’ve made from the end of the last issue is that where that ended with Circe attacking, now we’ve hastily reached a standoff. I don’t want to sound like a grousing pennypincher, but this comic book costs four dollars. If you’re going to spend the first five pages on a superfluous flashback and an overblown double page spread, people are going to take their business elsewhere to books that give them more comic bang for their buck.

Superman/Wonder Woman #16 is available in comic shops and online tomorrow, but so is Sensation Comics #7. It’s fun and has some lovely art and well-constructed stories. If you’re going to buy one Wonder Woman book this week, pick up Sensation Comics. If you’re going to buy two or three, you’ll probably end up disappointed. But hey! You can get this lovely Francis Manapul variant cover at least:

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It’s very nice. Though isn’t it sad when a variant cover is better and more interesting than anything in the actual book?

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Wonder Woman’s February 2015 Covers And Solicits

November 18, 2014

It looks like February 2015 is going to be an eventful month for Wonder Woman across her three titles, with big twists and surprises throughout the line. Let’s take a look at what she’ll be up to, starting with Wonder Woman #39:

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WONDER WOMAN #39
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
1:100 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island, and she’s in for a surprise: The Amazons have chosen a new queen to lead them! The identity of this new queen will send shock waves through the entire DC Universe! Guest-starring the Justice League and featuring the introduction of Diana’s craziest new cast member in, well, ever!

So is Hippolyta not a living statue in this run? Because she was “alive” in the last issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s run, albeit not flesh and blood. Whatever the case, the Amazons are going to have a new queen and it sounds like it’s going to be quite a shocking choice. Given the appearance of the Justice League and the sending of shock waves through the universe, I’m betting it’s someone outside of Wonder Woman’s usual circle. Maybe a famous villain, or perhaps a more intergalactic character. I’m curious about who it will be, though not at all in an excited way. More in the manner of, “Oh god, what are they going to do now?”

The cover’s pretty dramatic, so clearly Wonder Woman isn’t excited about what’s going on. While a bit of a downer, it’s one of Finch’s nicer covers thus far just in terms of a not overly exploitive image of Wonder Woman.

On to Superman/Batman #16:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Superman and Wonder Woman come face-to-face with the newest arrival to The New 52: MAGOG!

I sort of feel like Magog is a bit played out. Kingdom Come was a while ago, plus he’s been back in a bunch of other books since, including big arcs in Action Comics and JSA. I’m half wondering if this is a lead-in to Convergence, DC’s multi-universal event that starts this April, given the Kingdom Come connection. Though if it was you’d think they’d play that up to increase the sales.

Finally, Sensation Comics #7:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #7
Written by ALEX DE CAMPI and AMY CHU
Art by NEIL GOOGE and BERNARD CHANG
Cover by SHANE DAVIS
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Venus Rising,” Diana’s conflicted about her current mission: She agreed to represent the Justice League as the first space station for harvesting Venusian fuel gases is brought online. But her arrival doesn’t go smoothly – and then, kaiju attack! Plus: A combat pilot gets a little help from Wonder Woman as a routine reconnaissance mission turns deadly in “Rescue Angel.”

Wonder Woman in space PLUS kaiju? I am very on board for that. That sounds like a lot of fun. I’m also glad to see Amy Chu writing a story; she’s great. And Bernard Chang is back! He drew a few issues of Wonder Woman during Simone’s run on the book, and I’ve always enjoyed his work. This should be a really solid issue.

Look for all of these Wonder Woman comic books in February! And perhaps buy them for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like a Wonder Woman comic!

Check Out The Wonder Woman Covers For February’s Harley Quinn Variant Month

November 14, 2014

In what is a rather smart move to capitalize on the popularity of one of their most successful characters, DC Comics has announced their next variant cover theme: Harley Quinn. The covers will debut in February, and both New 52 Wonder Woman series will be part of the line. With some excellent artists, too!

First up, Phil Jimenez has drawn the variant cover for Wonder Woman #39, with Hi-Fi on colours. Let’s take a look, courtesy of Newsarama:

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Jimenez is beloved by the Wonder Woman fan community for his excellent run on the book years back, and it’s always fun to have him return to the character. This cover is a good laugh, with Harley besting Diana to become the new Wonder Woman with the help of her comically over-sized hammer. It’s very cute.

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #16, by Francis Manapul, courtesy of Comic Book Resources:

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I love Manapul’s art, and this cover is just lovely. Somehow, the Superman/Wonder Woman variants we’ve seen over the past year from a variety of great artists sell me on their relationship more than the comics inside ever have. Manapul’s captured something very nice here, with Harley coming along to spoil the party, as always. This is a great one too!

Finally, just for the fun of it, former Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang has done a variant cover for Batgirl #39, and it’s fantastic. I miss you so much, Cliff!!

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He’s just the best.

Look for all of these variants this February, and as always with variants it’s probably best to talk to your local comic shop ahead of time and get them to set one aside for you if there are any you’re keen on. They tend to go pretty quick.


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