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Wonder Woman Looney Tunes Variant Covers For November 2015

August 26, 2015

Generally speaking, I don’t care for variant covers. They’re a non-sustainable way to boost sales and confusing when you’re looking through the stacks. But I’ve really grown to love DC’s variant cover program because they’ve made a lot of fun choices. Plus, Wonder Woman’s main titles haven’t been particularly good for a while, and more often than not I find the variant covers far more enjoyable than the book itself. Broadly speaking, the variant covers across DC’s line each month are a little hit and miss, but the Wonder Woman ones tend to turn out pretty great.

Case in point, DC’s recently announced Looney Tunes variant line! Coming out this November, the covers for Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman are fantastic. Check out this variant cover for Wonder Woman #46 by Terry and Rachel Dodson:

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It’s Wonder Woman dressed as a valkyrie singing “Kill the Wabbit” with Elmer Fudd, from the classic Looney Tunes cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?”. This is literally one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. I want this to be a poster and I want to hang it on my wall. Or maybe buy a hundred and wallpaper my room with it. It’s so cute and hilarious and gorgeously done. You know you’re guaranteed a good Wonder Woman when the Dodsons are involved, but they’ve outdone themselves this time. I absolutely love it.

Karl Kerschl’s cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #23 is also great:

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Much like the Dodsons, Karl Kerschl is a guaranteed good time as well. I love this cover and I don’t even know who the two Looney Tunes characters are. I just adore how he draws Wonder Woman and Superman. Sidenote: How amazing would Karl Kerschl be on a Wonder Woman comic interiors? Anyway, thanks to google I can tell you that the other character on the left if Witch Hazel, but I don’t know much about that green guy. Drop me a note in the comments if you know who he is.

Wonder Woman’s also part of the Justice League #46 cover, by Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair, and Warner Animation:

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Yes, that’s Lola Bunny from Space Jam as Wonder Woman. So fun. Also, Looney Tunes are sort of terrible in terms of well known female characters, huh? Lola Bunny is probably their most iconic female character, apart from Tweety’s granny or that cat Pepe le Pew is always harrassing, and she wasn’t created until 1996.

Finally, Wonder Woman is a part of this JLA #6 cover by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi:

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It’s fine, but I like the other ones a lot better. They’re far more clever and fun.

Look for all of these covers this November, and be sure to ask ahead at your local comics retailer if there are any specifics ones you’re keen to pick up!

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Check Out These Wonder Woman Covers From DC’s Joker Variant Line For June 2015

March 13, 2015

DC Comics sure loves its monthly variant themes. From steam punk to movie posters to “Hey, let’s just let Darwyn Cooke do a bunch”, their variant cover themes have been a generally fun promotion. There are some stinkers in the mix, sure, but a lot of them have been quite nice, especially on Wonder Woman comics. Frankly, given the rough patch Wonder Woman’s been in as of late, there have been a lot of months where I’ve enjoyed the variant cover more than the actual book.

DC’s newest variant line, set for June, is based on the Joker. The Clown Prince of Crime will appear alongside many of DC’s heroes, including Wonder Woman. Let’s take a look, starting with Wonder Woman #41 by Brian Bolland:

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The use of black is kind of clever here. I like that. It doesn’t do much for me, generally, though. I’d much rather see the inevitable end of this scene, where Wonder Woman punches out the Joker. Also, her hair is super flat. Did she just come in from a rain storm or something?

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #18 by Cliff Chiang:

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I’m always a sucker for a Cliff Chiang Wonder Woman, but this is just fantastic all around. The children’s book vibe is clever, and the art captures everyone perfectly. Plus of course the Joker would love Wonder Woman! Who wouldn’t. This is super cute and fun, and I look forward to picking it up.

Wonder Woman is also on the cover for Justice League #41 by David Finch, Jonathan Glapion, and Brad Anderson. Oh great, more David Finch. Just what Wonder Woman needs:

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It’s the Justice League with Joker smiles. A little obvious. I mean, compared to what Bolland and Chiang came up with, this is pretty unimaginative.

Finally, Wonder Woman’s on the cover for Justice League of America #1 by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi:

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Again, a little unimaginative with the giant Joker and such. You’ve got to think outside of the box a bit, gang. Do something fun with it.

All of these covers will be available in June, but maybe make sure you to talk to your retailer before they come out so that they can set aside a copy for you if there’s any you really like. Variants can go quickly. You don’t want the joke to be on you!

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #28 Review: “Casualties of War” by Aaron Lopresti

March 12, 2015

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I love dragons and I love Wonder Woman so I was particularly looking forward to this issue of Sensation Comics, but the book didn’t do a lot for me this week. While nothing was particularly bad, nothing was particularly exciting or well executed either. It was a ho-hum issue all around that failed to deliver on an interesting premise.

The story begins with a dragon attacking New York City, killing a bunch of people, and then hiding in a subway tunnel. Wonder Woman is on the scene, and learns that the dragon is in fact after her. Centuries earlier, the Amazons wiped out the people and dragons of the island of Sostratos, and the dragon was the sole survivor. Spurred by a vision of the dragon god, the dragon set to get his revenge. It turns out that the people of Sostratos were murderous pirates who refused all of the Amazons attempts at peaceful negotiation, and the dragon god was just Ares in disguise trying to stick it to Wonder Woman, but the dragon didn’t believe Wonder Woman when she tried to explain what happened. So battle ensued, and Wonder Woman slayed the dragon.

Aaron Lopresti is well known to Wonder Woman fans from his time drawing the series during Gail Simone’s run, and he wrote and drew this issue. The story is fairly bland and kind of a downer, with the dragon failing to listen to reason and ultimately getting killed. Lopresti’s going for an angle where the dragon tries to paint Wonder Woman as just as much of a monster as he is, what with her warrior background and the Amazons’ body count over the centuries, but it really doesn’t work. Maybe if the dragon was more sympathetic and less obviously dumb and deceived this approach may have come off better, but as is he just comes off as a big dopey dragon who won’t listen to reason and gets himself killed.

I don’t love Wonder Woman killing the dragon either. If anyone should know how to dispatch a mythological creature in a safe, non-lethal manner, it’s Wonder Woman. Plus the dragon is sentient; it’s not some raging beast, lashing out based on animal extinct. Killing it should have been a last resort, not a speedy end to the situation. I feel like Wonder Woman would have been able to figure out a better way to resolve the situation.

The art is okay, but subpar for Lopresti. His work on Wonder Woman in the past was a lot more crisp and detailed. This feels a little rushed, and lacks his usual sharpness. With his Wonder Woman in particular, she looked fine but somewhat generic. During Lopresti’s Wonder Woman run, his Diana always had spark and detail, and that’s missing here. The dragon was okay, but pretty standard, run of the mill stuff. Lopresti really didn’t bring much new to the table with it.

The dragon wasn’t helped by the colouring, done by Hi-Fi Colours. It was all red and blue and yellow, with little in the way of blending or texture. It looked not terrible down in the shadows of the subway, but flying out in the light of day it came off rather garish.

Also, the dragon god was literally a dragon in a robe. Like a basic human form in a robe, with a dragon head and hands and a tail coming out the back. It was a particularly uninspired touch, and just sort of ridiculous. I feel like Lopresti is capable of much more interesting and innovative work.

Ultimately, this one wasn’t great, and Sensation Comics has hit a bit of a rut these past few weeks. Hopefully things turn around next week. It’s the beginning of a two-parter that seems to involve a band or something. Could be fun!

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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