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Wonder Woman’s October 2016 Covers and Solicits

July 19, 2016

There’s some cool stuff on the way for Wonder Woman this October, from her regular bi-monthly series to a fun special to some intriguing collections. Between Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary and the upcoming film, the character’s profile is sky high and we’ve been getting a pretty nice selection of Wonder Woman products announced each month. It’s an exciting (and often expensive!) time to be a Wonder Woman fan.

So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in October, starting with her regular series:


Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant covers by JENNY FRISON • “Year One” part four! The world is finally introduced to Wonder Woman, and adversaries—both ancient and new—take note.
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant covers by JENNY FRISON • “THE LIES” part five! Diana takes another step closer to discovering the truth…and the mysterious Godwatch responds!
On sale OCTOBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

As usual, we’re only getting one of the covers, and this month it’s the Sharp one. I don’t love it, to be honest. Is it just me, or does Steve sort of look like a creep here? He’s weirding me out a little.

But, in fun news, Frank Cho is no longer doing the variant covers, and in his place we’ve got Jenny Frison, which is a huge upgrade. Cho’s covers weren’t terrible, but Cho’s a twit who seems to love to stir up sexist anger among his followers, so I’m not sad to see him go. His brand wasn’t a good fit for the book. And Frison is an amazing cover artist, so this should be very cool!

As for the insides, Rucka sure does love vague solicits. Wonder Woman is set to meet the world for the first time in “Year One”, while in “The Lies” Wonder Woman is moving slightly closer to the truth. Not a lot of information, but the series has been solid so far so I’m looking forward to it all nonetheless.

Next up, the second issue of the gorgeous looking team up, Trinity:


Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Variant cover by FRANK CHO
“BETTER TOGETHER” part two! Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have uncovered a window into their very souls: and the power of temptation proves to be stronger than any villain they could battle! The bonds of friendship and trust between the most formidable heroes on the planet will be tested to their breaking point, with the lives of innocents hanging in the balance!
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I mean, look at that cover! I am going to buy this book based on the cover alone; it’s just so pretty. And Manapul’s doing the insides too! It’s going to look so nice. The story sounds weird in ways that could be cool. I like that the book focuses on their friendship and testing them all together; it’s a premise I can get behind. I’m keen for this book to start.

Hilariously, Frank Cho seems to have landed here with a new variant cover gig. We can’t catch a dang break! But really, who’s going to want a Cho cover when they can get that Manapul cover? It’s just too good.

We’ve also got an exciting special:


Story and art by various • Cover by JIM LEE • Variant cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant cover by LIAM SHARP
An immense special issue celebrating seventy-five years of the Amazing Amazon, through phenomenal new stories, art, and stand-alone illustrations! Featuring a roster of incredible creators—some who’ve laid down legendary runs with the character, and some who’ve never drawn her before—including Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Renae De Liz, Brenden Fletcher, Adam Hughes, Karl Kerschl, Gail Simone, and many, many more to be announced!
On sale OCTOBER 26 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

Eighty pages of Wonder Woman fun, by some killer creative teams! I’m particularly excited for Fletcher and Kerschl to do a Wonder Woman story, though more Renae De Liz is super awesome, and Adam Hughes always does a great Diana. Plus Cliff Chiang! I love Cliff Chiang so much. I’m curious to see who else gets announced; it’d be great to see some more women in the mix here. I think this book could be a blast, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Now to some collections, including a fancy absolute edition:


In these tales from the start of DC—The New 52, Wonder Woman learns that Queen Hippolyta has kept a secret from her daughter all her life—and when Diana learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera—so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told? This Absolute edition collects WONDER WOMAN #1-18 and #0.
On sale FEBRUARY 1 • 484 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $125.00 US

I have mixed feelings on this. While the first six issues of this run are AMAZING, it does go downhill somewhat after that. I’d say that about 90% of my affection for this era of Wonder Woman is tied directly to Cliff Chiang’s spectacular art, and seeing it oversized like this would be so fun, but there were a lot of fill ins too that were often only just passable. I’m not sure whether I’ll pick this up or not, especially at such a steep price. But I might; I just love Chiang too much, you guys.

Finally, the collection we’ve all been waiting for:


Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art and cover by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
The new WONDER WOMAN 9-issue miniseries written and pencilled by Renae De Liz is collected here! In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future—and eventually her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 288 pg, FC, $29.99 US

BEST OF WONDER WOMANS!! If for some reason you were crazy enough to not read this digitally and THEN not read this in single issues, pull yourself together and mark December 7, 2016, on your calendar because you need to get this book. It’s the best Wonder Woman story I’ve read in ages; it’s gorgeous and fun, and simultaneously classic and fresh. It’s just ridiculously good on every level. You’ve got to check it out, and if you’ve got the single issues already, get some of these for your friends. I mean, talk about a perfect holiday gift!

So October should be a lot of fun for single issues, and the collections that come out further down the road are looking cool too. Remember a few months back when all we got was the Finches on Wonder Woman and a terrible Superman/Wonder Woman series? We are living the high life now, gang!


Wonder Woman’s December 2015 Covers and Solicits

September 21, 2015

Let’s jump into the books straight away because Wonder Woman stars or appears prominently in about 843 different comics in December. Actually, now that I look at the list again, it’s 7. But still, it’s a lot of books! So let’s see what she’s doing to be up to during the festive season, starting with Wonder Woman #47:


Variant covers by AMANDA CONNER
On sale DECEMBER 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
As her duties as God of War draw Wonder Woman into battle, the Cheetah resurfaces to strike!

The Finches are still here, so that’s disappointing. But David’s got the month off for interior art. I’m not familiar with Miguel Mendonca, but it looks like a lot of his work has been done at Zenescope, which isn’t a terribly encouraging sign. But you never know; he could be great! We’ll find out in December.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #24:


Written by PETER J. TOMASI
On sale DECEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s the team-up you never expected, as Superman and Parasite take on those other energy suckers, the Pale Riders, to free Firestorm! Meanwhile, Wonder Woman fights an unstoppable behemoth that can contain—and consume—her powers!

Firestorm is still in the book? He just showed up last week. He must be sticking around for a while. I’m glad to see Superman and Wonder Woman on separate adventures this month. I’m totally on board for keeping them apart.

Superman/Wonder Woman has an annual out in December too:


On sale DECEMBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Forged in the fires of battle, their union is one the world fears and hates—and some have tried to tear it asunder! Now witness the trials of the romance of Kal and Diana, and how it all came to be. See the first kiss and last breath of Superman and Wonder Woman in this epic tale that recounts the most dangerous love story of all.

Hooboy, this sounds awful. Highlights of one of the lamest romances of all time seems like a terrible idea for a comic. But Yanick Paquette is drawing some of it, so it should like nice, at least. I’m going to be so annoyed shelling out $5 for this.

Next up, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #17:


Diana’s compassion is tested when Dr. Barbara Minerva appears, begging for assistance as she seeks out the last remaining source of urzkatarga, the plant that supplies the serum that transforms her into the Cheetah. And if she can’t use it to replenish her supply, she’ll die. But when the Amazon princess/super-hero and the scientist/super-villain make their way to the “Island of Lost Souls,” they find more is at stake than expected!

The final issue!! I’m so upset. I know that these digital books never last that long so I expected that the ax would be falling on Sensation Comics soon, but I love this book! It’s Wonder Woman’s only decent regular showcase, and so many great stories have come out of it. I’m glad to see that Trina Robbins is writing the final installment. She’ll bring it, for sure, and end the book with a bang.

Now we move to some non-Wonder Woman books that feature her prominently, starting with Harley’s Little Black Book #1:


Art by AMANDA CONNER and a bunch of people who owe her favors
Variant covers by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
On sale DECEMBER 2 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
It’s the sensational debut of a bimonthly, overstuffed, oversized team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! First up? The incredible Wonder Woman! There’s a plot to assassinate Wondy, and Harley is convinced that only she could possibly stop it! (Hey, you want to tell her about all the other options? We tried.)

Harley Quinn’s got a new series and Wonder Woman is the first guest star! I don’t love them putting Wonder Woman in a tiny outfit on the cover, but the inside of the book will probably be fun. Harley Quinn is an odd but enjoyable book, and I’m sure this new title will carry on in the same vein. And Amanda Conner drawing Wonder Woman could be a good time.

Wonder Woman’s front and center on Justice League #47 as well:


Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Variant covers by JIM LEE
On sale DECEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Super-star artist Jason Fabok returns as the second act of “DARKSEID WAR” begins! As the members of the Justice League struggle with their new Godhood abilities, Wonder Woman must turn to the beings that have fought the Anti-Monitor before: the Crime Syndicate! Plus, what secret does Grail hold that will change Diana’s world forever?

The Anti-Monitor is in this? I haven’t been following “Darkseid War” at all, though I’m looking forward to reading it when it’s collected because I really like how Jason Fabok draws Wonder Woman. Plus, Fourth World stuff is usually pretty fun. Isn’t Batman now Metron or something? The occasional tidbits I hear about this storyline always sound super weird, but sort of intriguingly so.

Finally, Donna Troy is stopping by to visit Titans Hunt #3:


Written by DAN ABNETT
On sale DECEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 12, $3.99 US RATED T
Haunted by a past they no longer recognize, Dick Grayson and Roy Harper hunt for the truth. Somehow, somewhere, there must be someone who can explain the memories that obsess them but don’t belong to them. Their search has unleashed the rage of Atlantis, but that’s nothing compared to the fury of the Amazonian outcast waiting for them in the shadows.

I’m not 100% on what the premise of this book is. Is it that the New 52 versions of the old Teen Titans are being haunted by memories of themselves in the old universe, or are the old universe Teen Titans back somehow? Whatever the case, Donna Troy’s in this one, wearing her rad new costume. And it sounds like she’s going to be angry because Amazons are always angry these days. Man, Yanick Paquette’s having a busy month!

Look for all of these titles this December in comics shops and online! Or ask Santa to bring them to you.

Jim Lee And Dan DiDio Declare That DC’s June Mini-Relaunch Is Just The Beginning Of A New Direction For The Publisher

March 10, 2015


Way back in July 2011, after the mess that was DC’s discussion of female characters and creators at that year’s Comic-Con, co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio released a joint statement promising that DC would do better on both fronts. The New 52 was about to debut with only 2 female creators in the mix, and preview pages were showing female characters in all sorts of objectified ways and sexy scenarios. It wasn’t a good scene, some fans got vocal about it, and DC promised to do better. And then they didn’t, really. Female creator numbers improved marginally, but the books stayed about the same and nothing really changed substantially for a couple of years. So that promise from July 2011 was, basically, a bunch of crap. They said all the right things, and then did very little about it.

Now Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are saying the right things again, but I’m feeling much more optimistic about where DC is heading. This is largely because we know where DC is heading: In June, they’re debuting 24 new series that feature many female creators and characters, and are diversifying their lineup generally in terms of style and tone. Here are a few highlights from their discussion about the new line-up, courtesy of Comic Book Resources.

Jim Lee acknowledged the rise in female readership in this discussion of DC’s audience:

I think a big part of the June launch was really a recognition that the audience has changed. It’s more fragmented than it was before. The original direct market was perceived as a monolithic fanbase. You see a lot more women that are into comics, at comic book shops and conventions. Our own studies have shown there’s a lot more people that are looking for a lot more flavors and diversity in our line than we’re currently doing.

Lee later trotted out the usual line about the publisher wanting to tell the best stories, which has often been used to dismiss focusing on a more representative creator base. The story is key, not who’s telling it! But while Lee said, “You want to have diversity, but you don’t want it to be prescriptive”, he then added:

I think it’s as diverse a group of creators, characters, stories and approaches to storytelling that I’ve seen in the history of DC, at least in my years that I’ve been here.

Dan DiDio then explained how DC is looking to the future after the early days of the New 52 got away from them:

When we launched, it was so pressed up against this hard-driving continuity for so long, people had a hard time recalibrating and rethinking how to approach our characters. So they started to fall back into old habits, and looking in the past, of where they were going to get their ideas from. Now I can tell you that we’ve changed it. We’re actually looking to the future for where our ideas are.

I think this “old habits” comment applies to the creators they hired as well, which were a lot of the same old in the early days on the New 52. Many of the creators at the helm of June’s mini-relaunch are relatively new faces, bringing bold new ideas to their books.

So now, three and a half years later, DC’s co-publishers are saying the right things about their changing audience and diverse creators, and this time they’re backing it up. I think this bodes well for the future of DC Comics. They’ve steadily grown their ranks of female creators and improved the depiction of their female characters. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, DC finally appears to understand that the game has changed and that they need to adapt accordingly.  Time will tell if it sticks, but they’re moving in a positive direction.

January’s Flash Variant Covers For Wonder Woman #38 And Superman/Wonder Woman #15

October 24, 2014

Every month, DC Comics has a variant cover theme for twenty or so of their titles. We’ve had selfie variants, Batman variants, Halloween variants, and now in January we’re going to get Flash variants. I assume this has something to do with the wildly successful Flash television show, which premiered to great ratings a couple weeks back and which I have been enjoying thoroughly thus far. The concept for the Flash variants is fun: Artists recreate classic DC covers, with the Flash running through them.

The Flash variant cover for Wonder Woman #38, drawn by the always excellent Terry and Rachel Dodson, is a recreation of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito’s cover to Wonder Woman #155 from July 1965:


It’s a lovely cover, and a lot of fun. Wonder Woman marrying a monster is classic Silver Age ridiculousness, and the Dodsons always draw an amazing Wonder Woman. I’m going to try to pick up this one for sure.

As a sidenote, the yellow lines all over the New 52 Flash costume irk me. They always look slapped on, like the artists didn’t want to draw them so the colorist has to figure out where to put them. The Flash costume is so iconic and great, and doesn’t need all of those superfluous lines. Especially when he’s running fast and lightning is crackling around him anyway.

The Flash variant cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #15, drawn by DC’s superstar artist Ivan Reis, is a recreation of Jim Lee’s cover to Justice League #12, the kiss heard round the world:


It’s an amusing take on a cover I’ve never been fond of, more for its implications than it’s art. I like that the Flash has tied up Wonder Woman and Superman with the lasso, and generally stunned them out of their romantic revels. It lacks the classic fun of the Wonder Woman cover, but Superman and Wonder Woman’s pairing only goes back so far. It’s not like there’s some great Silver Age cover with the two of them.

Both covers will be available this January, along with many more across a variety of other DC comic books. I’d suggest talking to your local retailer ahead of time and get them to set aside one for you if you’re interested in picking one up. The variants go fast sometimes, and perhaps even faster in January seeing as the Flash is on them!

Wonder Woman Has A New Look In Justice League: War Animated Movie

September 2, 2013

The animated version of the New 52 universe made its debut at the end of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox this summer, and now DC is adapting Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s first Justice League arc from the New 52 era as Justice League: War.  Despite the many costumes changes brought by the New 52, Justice League: War looks to be mixing things up even further, including a new costume for Wonder Woman, voiced by Michelle Monaghan:


Here’s another shot that I saw on Tumblr that looks like an official design, but I’m not 100% sure:


She’s got sleeves, though not all the way up to her shoulders, and the top of her torso is covered.  This is rare; the Flashpoint movie replaced Wonder Woman’s full-bodied armour with a much more revealing outfit, and now they’re moving in the other direction.  Now that I think about it, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox basically copied her New 52 costume, so maybe that’s why we’ve got an adapted outfit now.

For comparison with the comics, here’s how the scene with Steve Trevor first looked in Justice League #3:


Obviously, the movie version is covering a lot more skin, and we’ve lost that weird tiara that Jim Lee tried to make happen, to no avail.  Cliff Chiang drew the classic tiara from the get-go in the New 52 Wonder Woman series, and Jim Lee’s jacked up headband fell by the wayside as soon as he left the book.  I’m also glad to see the armband and choker are gone.  I don’t much care for them.  And Wonder Woman in a ponytail is not only a cool look, but sensible as well.

The only thing I don’t like about the new costume is its lack of detailing.  I quite like the lines and stars in the torso of the New 52 outfit, though more so when Chiang draws it; Lee makes it a little too busy.  I think it’s a cool look, especially with the simplification of the top of the bustier to a smaller, less obtrusive design from the past ornate eagles or stylized WWs.  In this new movie design, the breast design is even simpler, with just a plain sea of red underneath it.  I think I little bit of detailing there could have gone a long way.

Overall, it’s a cool new look for Wonder Woman, and I’m excited to see her in action in Justice League: War.  The Flashpoint movie, while weirdly dark and gory, felt like a big step up for the animated line in various ways, and I’m curious to see how they translate this story.  The new Wonder Woman costume is certainly going over well from everything I’ve heard thus far.  Everyone on Tumblr and Twitter seems rather enthused, and I’ve seen a substantial amount of fan art already for something that just was announced.

The Wonder Woman And Superman “The Kiss” Statue OR I’m Legitimately Curious: Is Anyone Planning To Buy This?

April 9, 2013

Last August, Wonder Woman and Superman became an item in Justice League #12, and the cover featured them kissing way up in the clouds.  It was, and continues to be, a dumb and poorly done storyline, but it sold a few more books than usual which was, I’m sure, DC’s primary objective.  I don’t think I saw any reaction to this new romance that was in the ballpark of positive, though a few people probably liked it.  And now, months later when no one is really talking about it anymore because they haven’t done much with the Wonder Woman/Superman romance since, DC is commemorating that majestic kiss with this new statue:


If this picture isn’t enough detail for you, head over to DC’s site where they have a video that is literally a full minute of the camera spinning around the statue.  Interestingly, the statue isn’t based on the actual cover, which looked like this:


But rather the second printing, which looked like this:


The first cover was the one that was plastered everywhere in August, but I guess they didn’t like its statue potential.  Maybe they thought it was too bondagey.

So now, this September you can buy this glorious recreation of this famed kiss and display it proudly in your home.  It’s over 14 inches tall, has that weird metallic look DC’s been doing with a lot of their statues and toys lately, and is finely crafted by sculptor Tim Bruckner.  Also, it costs $249.95.

Wow, that’s a lot of money.

Which leads me to this question: Is anyone actually planning to buy this statue?  I completely understand the appeal of statues and toys and such.  My place is riddled with action figures, and I have a super cool Jim Lee-designed Batman Black and White statue too.  But all of my superhero collectibles are doing cool, superhero things, not fixing to make out in the clouds.  That strikes me as an odd moment to capture forever and place on your mantelpiece.

I’m actually very curious whether people are going to buy this statue.  If you are, let me know in the comments.  I completely fail to see the appeal, so tell me what I’m missing here.  DC clearly thinks that a fair number of people will gladly pay $250 for this statue, and I’m just not seeing it.  Enlighten me in the comments, if you are so inclined.

What Superman Unchained Can Learn From Django Unchained

March 5, 2013


Yesterday, DC Comics announced that Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s much anticipated new Superman comic is set to debut this June and that it will be called Superman Unchained.  I guess because Superman’s always busting out of chains and stuff?  It seems like kind of a dumb name to me.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that DC also publishes a comic adaptation of Django Unchained.  With this new Superman book, they seem to be horning in on all of the Unchained buzz from this past award season as well as the general hip cache of Quentin Tarantino.  If they’d launched a new Superman book a few years ago, they probably would’ve called it Inglourious Superman.  I actually like that way better than Superman Unchained.

Anyway, I think Snyder and Lee can learn a very important lesson from Django Unchained.  While at first glance Superman and Django might not seem like they’ve got a lot in common, there are some similarities.  For example, both of them know what it’s like to deal with a mean, rich white dude who doesn’t care for people who are different than him.  Calvin Candie is totally an antebellum Lex Luthor.

What’s fascinating about Django Unchained is that it sets out to tackle racial issues in ways we’re not used to seeing.  A revenge flick where a black slave takes down a white plantation owner is not at all a common trope in American cinema.  Slavery is, obviously, a rather touchy subject, usually addressed with the utmost solemnity and seriousness.  Django Unchained does get into the brutality of the slave trade, and realistically so, but it’s not Roots.  It turns into an epic, almost fantastical shoot ‘em up of the sort that we’d expect from Tarantino.  Opinions on the film have ranged from decrying it as racist garbage to praising it to the high heavens (personally, I liked it and thought it worked), but regardless of where you land on the film’s effectiveness, it was certainly thought provoking and tackled a tricky subject matter in an innovative way.

However, there’s a significant problem with Django Unchained.  While it’s all about addressing stereotypes and issues surrounding race head on, it completely fails to do the same for gender.  It is a straight up, full on damsel in distress narrative.  The entire plot of the film revolves around rescuing Django’s wife, Broomhilda.  Kerry Washington has little to do but cry, look scared, scream sporadically, be told how pretty she is, and fearfully whisper her few lines.  She is in no way a party to her own rescuing.  Django and his associate Dr. King Schultz are behind it all.  The few other female characters in the movie amount to a group of house slaves and Candie’s sister, who has very little to do.  Django Unchained does a ton of interesting things with race, but gender falls by the wayside.

Now, I’m not saying that Tarantino is some sort of misogynist.  The dude made Kill Bill.  What I am saying is that there’s a valuable lesson for Superman Unchained in Django Unchained.  Scott Snyder is a great writer and Jim Lee is a great artist, and I’m sure they’re both going to do a lot of interesting and fun things with this book.  Snyder always approaches characters from a cool angle, and I’ve heard that Lee is really pushing himself and trying new things with his art.  All of this is awesome.

My only friendly suggestion is that while they do all of these fun things that they don’t fall into the same trap as Django Unchained.  Cool stories and great art are a good time, but no one wants a damsel in distress narrative, or a book where female characters are treated like they have been elsewhere in the New 52.  Like when we saw a page of Catwoman’s breasts before we saw her face in Catwoman #1.  Or when Voodoo was a stripper for most of Voodoo #1.  Or the epic fail that was Starfire in Red Hood and the Outlaws #1.  Keep gender in mind.  Know the tropes and stereotypes that are so easy to slip into and avoid them.  Think of female characters as characters and not plot devices.  Or pin-ups.  While you’re bringing a fresh, new take to Superman, don’t forget to invest some time in Lois Lane too.

I’m very optimistic that they will, and that Lois will be much more than a damsel in distress for Superman Unchained.  Everything I’ve heard about the book so far sounds great, and I’m excited to check it out this June.  It’s just that Django Unchained stumbled by focusing ALL of its attention on being new and progressive and interesting in just one area, and I wouldn’t want to see its Kryptonian namesake make the same mistake.  I have a lot of faith that it won’t.  I still don’t love the name, though.

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