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Wonder Woman’s April 2017 Covers and Solicits

January 24, 2017

DC’s solicits were a little bit late this month, but when they finally arrived yesterday they brought a bevy of new Wonder Woman comic books for us to look forward to this April. So let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in a few months’ time, starting with her own series:

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WONDER WOMAN #20
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by BILQUIS EVELY • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“Godwatch” part three! Cale launches a desperate gambit to take control of Godwatch, but her plan hinges on two factors she cannot control: the witch Circe, and Wonder Woman!
On sale APRIL 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #21
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“The Truth” part four! As the reality of Themyscira is revealed, Wonder Woman is forced to make a decision: defy the will of the gods or betray her Amazon sisters to Godwatch!
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The dual narrative continues this April, with Wonder Woman facing off against Godwatch in the even numbered issues and learning the truth about Themyscira in the odd books. Circe’s going to be in Wonder Woman #20, which should be a lot of fun. After her poor portrayal in Superman/Wonder Woman a couple of years back, I’m looking forward to what can only be a better spin on her from Rucka and Evely.

Now onto Trinity:

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TRINITY #8
Written by CULLEN BUNN • Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY • Cover by CLAY MANN • Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
A “Superman: Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! In this essential chapter of the “Superman Reborn Aftermath” epic, Kal-El reveals to Batman and Wonder Woman what had happened to him—and how they all may be in danger!
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

I’ve been enjoying Trinity, but honestly I’m picking it up for the amazing Francis Manapul art and there just hasn’t been much of it. Now eight issues in, it looks like he’ll have drawn half of them at most, and we’re getting a tie-in issue with a Superman event? Not what I’m looking for. Hopefully Manapul is back in full force in May, because otherwise I might be ready to move on, especially with the $1 price hike.

Next up, some Amazon fun:

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THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #4
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by RYAN BENJAMIN and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN
The Amazons are taken to Valhalla, heavenly home of warriors who have fallen in combat. Hessia learns where the Amazons originated and why their numbers have come to be spread throughout the world. But she’s also determined to find a way back to Earth, to rescue her comrades who have been taken by the Storm Giants. As for the Giants, they are getting ready to go to war.
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T+

This series starts TOMORROW, so we’ll know pretty soon if this is going to be worth picking up in April. While the buzz for it seems to be minimal/non-existent, a lot of great titles fly under the radar so we’ll see what happens. It still just sounds like a Thor book to me, but I’m curious to see what Grievoux, Benjamin, and Friend do. I’ll be checking out the first issue tomorrow and will report back if I have anything interesting to say about it.

Now some classic TV fun:

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BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #4
Written by MARC ANDREYKO and JEFF PARKER • Art by DAVID HAHN and KARL KESEL • Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Ra’s al Ghul has discovered the Amazons’ Elysian Well…better known to Man’s World as a Lazarus Pit! Wonder Woman takes Batman and Robin (and Catwoman!) to confront him, but strange creatures live in the same maze, which the Amazons have used for centuries as a prison!
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

I’m so down for Catwoman on Paradise Island. You had me there, and you don’t have to sell me on anything else, DC. I’m super on board.

We’ve also got a few Wonder Woman collections announced. They include:

  • WONDER WOMAN VOL. 2: YEAR ONE TP: Collects WONDER WOMAN #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14. On sale MAY 3 • 168 pg, FC, $16.99 US. If you didn’t read this in single issues, BUY THIS. It’s phenomenal. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott hit this one out of the park.
  • WONDER WOMAN BY JOHN BYRNE BOOK ONE HC: Collects WONDER WOMAN #101-114. On sale MAY 24 • 328 pg, FC, $39.99 US. A nice big collection of Byrne’s work on Wonder Woman, which I found moderately enjoyable when I read it. It’s Byrne before he went full on Internet wacko, which is usually worth checking out.
  • WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC: Collects COMIC CAVALCADE #6-13, SENSATION COMICS #25-48 and WONDER WOMAN #8-15. On sale JULY 5 • 768 pg, FC, $75.00 US. Early Marston/Peter Wonder Woman comics are always a good choice, and this HUGE new collection comes with a gorgeous Darwyn Cooke cover.

So we’ve got a nice selection of books to choose from this April, and some fine collections on the way as well. Should be fun!

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The Time Wonder Woman Was A Space Pirate OR The Early 1990s Were Weird

November 29, 2012

I’ve been rereading early 1990s Wonder Woman comics, and came across a bizarre story I had forgotten all about.  After William Messner –Loebs took over the writing duties from George Perez, his first major story sent Wonder Woman into space.  Beginning in Wonder Woman #66 with artist Paris Cullins, Wonder Woman wasn’t just an astronaut, she was a space pirate!!

When a Russian cosmonaut was trapped in space and running out of air, Wonder Woman was her only hope.  So she spacesuited up in this classy outfit:

And took to the stars to rescue her.

But it was a trap!!  Wonder Woman had been set up.  Her ship exploded after she’d docked with the cosmonaut’s vessel, sending them hurtling into the depths of space.  And things just got worse from there.

They were picked up by an alien vessel, sent to a prison camp, and forced to do slave labour.  Of course, Wonder Woman wasn’t having any of that.  After a few initial scuffles, she launched a successful attempt to seize a ship.  Once off the planet, did Wonder Woman and her cosmonaut pal head home to Earth?  Nope, they set out to shut down the entire slave labour organization.  Wonder Woman declared:

The KREEL made their empire out of DEATH and RAPINE and CHATTEL SLAVERY… and I mean to stop them!!

Thus was born Wonder Woman, space pirate:

Wonder Woman traced the slave trade back to the Sangtee, a race that had previously been all male but who were now producing females too.  They sent the females away when they were kids to train them to be like men and use them as slaves, and Wonder Woman was not at all pleased with this.  But instead of busting up the emperor, she explains how the Sangtee’s hatred of women had led them down a dark path to slavery and genocide that was rotting the empire from within.  And just like that, the emperor decides to end the slave trade, and Wonder Woman returns home.

Amusingly, Messner-Loebs followed up this epic space adventure with an extremely down to Earth tale.  When Wonder Woman returned, she learned that the Amazons had disappeared during her long absence.  Not wanting to impose on her friends, Wonder Woman got a job at the local fast food restaurant, Taco Whiz, so she could support herself:

It was quite the juxtaposition.  Comics from the early 1990s were bizarre.

Going from space pirate to taco jockey in the span of just three issues was an impressive turnaround.  And there was more to come in the Messner-Loebs era, including Wonder Woman losing her title to Artemis and the debut of artist Mike Deodato Jr. and his penchant for having the briefs of female characters pulled up to about their ribcage.  After her time gallivanting through the stars as a space pirate, Wonder Woman spent a good chunk of the 1990s dealing with a perpetual wedgie:

Luckily that didn’t last for too long, and John Byrne soon took over the series.  Byrne is his own special kind of crazy, but that’s another story for another day.

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: Post-Crisis Faceoff

December 28, 2010

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The two semi-final votes begin in new threads on January 25th and February 1st, and then the final vote starts February 8th.

Our first six lists featured cover artists with substantial runs on Wonder Woman, but now we move to the intermediate stage.  Instead of instant entry into the finals, three artists must compete and only one will emerge victorious.  This week we have the next three prolific post-Crisis artists after Bolland, Hughes, and Pérez: John Byrne vs. J.G. Jones vs. Aaron Lopresti!!

John Byrne is a comic book legend, known for his runs on Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Superman, and many other series.  He is now a cantankerous fellow with an unintentionally hilarious message board.  His tenure on Wonder Woman ran from Wonder Woman #101-136, with a couple breaks.  J.G. Jones has drawn such books as Wanted and Final Crisis, as well as all of the fantastic covers for 52.  He did covers for Wonder Woman #200-226, with a couple covers off.  Aaron Lopresti has worked on several series, most recently Justice League: Generation Lost and the upcoming Weird Worlds.  His time as cover artist lasted from Wonder Woman #20-41.

Here are my picks for the top two covers from each artist, with the poll at the end: 

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Wonder Woman #117:  To be super honest with you, I find John Byrne’s depiction of Wonder Woman a little odd.  She seems rather mean and intense, with very bizarre hair.  This, however, is a nice cover.  It is strong and iconic, and somewhat of a departure from his usual style with the character.

Wonder Woman #131:  Speaking of departures, this cover is a fun throwback to the old days of the Justice Society in the 1940s.  Byrne successfully adapts his style to both capture the vibe of the old Justice Society and maintain a modern aesthetic.  Plus it’s always fun to see a more old school Wonder Woman. 

J.G. Jones

Wonder Woman #200:  J.G. Jones is a killer cover artist, and his first outing on Wonder Woman was no exception.  It is simultaneously athletic and feminine, and established Jones’ unique style in the wake of the departure of Adam Hughes, one of the most beloved Wonder Woman cover artists of all time.

Wonder Woman #222:  The lasso AND the Cheetah is a damn good time!!  I also enjoy the pose… there is a slight awkwardness to Wonder Woman’s pose that suggests she has just emerged from a fierce battle and that wrapping up the Cheetah like that took some serious effort.

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Wonder Woman #25:  How cute is this cover?  Little girls and Wonder Woman is always a fun combination.  Plus, integrating the title art through the poster is a nice touch… I always dig when artists mix it up that way, as you may have noticed from previous lists.

Wonder Woman #39:  Here we have Wonder Woman channelling some sort of energy, through her bracelets it seems.  It must be static electricity, as her hair is standing up on end.  Anyway, it’s fun… it looks all cosmic and bizarre, and make me curious to find out what’s going on inside the book.

So there are my six picks for Byrne, Jones, and Lopresti… only one will make it to the finals!!  Join me next week for the pre-Crisis covers, and be sure to keep track of any covers you think I was crazy to leave out for the “egregious snubs” list coming up soon.  Also, if you haven’t voted in the other polls yet, give them a look.  Vote in the Byrne vs. Jones vs. Lopresti battle here:


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