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Wonder Woman’s April 2016 Covers and Solicits

January 25, 2016

DC’s April 2016 solicits went up last week, and we’ve got the usual assortment of Wonder Woman fun plus a fairly surprising collection that’s due out in May. Of all the classic Wonder Woman runs that are currently out of print, I wasn’t expecting to see a spotlight shone on this one. We’ll get to that momentarily, but let’s start out with Wonder Woman #51:

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WONDER WOMAN #51
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art by MIGUEL MENDONÇA
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and SCOTT HANNA
On sale APRIL 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island and the Tartarus Pit in her quest to save baby Zeke. But as she betrays those she loves in her struggle to save Olympus, she slips closer to an abyss in which she may lose Wonder Woman entirely!

Sigh. Still the Finches. Though with the rumours of a DC relaunch in June making the internet rounds as of late, my hopes are up that we’ll see a new team on Wonder Woman soon. But for now, this Zeke story is still rolling along with the Finches at the helm.

I actually don’t mind the cover, if only because it promises a dragon or a basilisk or some such, and Finch is pretty good at drawing that sort of thing. If there’s a big dragon fight in this issue, I might be on board. We’ll see what happens.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #28:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #28
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by ED BENES
Cover by PAUL RENAUD
Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and SCOTT HANNA
On sale APRIL 27 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
In part four of “Super League,” Wonder Woman and Superman encounter the being that was discovered in BATMAN/SUPERMAN #31. But will this person be Superman’s savior—or destroyer? And what is Ulysses’s role in all of this?

Hooboy, this sounds not great. Tomasi’s run on Superman/Wonder Woman has been rough stuff, and Superman is currently the WORST; he’s such a jerk right now. So an event written by Tomasi with Superman at the center does not make this sound like an issue I am keen to read. Plus, the fourth part of a crossover I’m not going to read the rest of is never a great time.

Also out in April, the fantastic Legend of Wonder Woman #4:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #4
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale APRIL 13 • 40 pg, FC, 4 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The seas have extracted a harsh price for Diana’s rescue of the outsider, casting her adrift upon the shores of Man’s World! A kind woman introduces her to this strange new home, and a new friend bolsters her confidence, but throughout the early days of her adventure, strange dreams of violence plague her nights.

I love this book! The digital issues are way ahead of the print, so I’ve already read two of the three digital installments that will be included in this print issue. And they’re GREAT. Etta Candy is in it in all of her classic, Golden Age glory, and it’s so much fun. This title is the best Wonder Woman comic on the stands, and if you’re not reading it, you’re missing out.

And finally, the aforementioned surprising collection:

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WONDER WOMAN BY MIKE DEODATO TP
Written by WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS
Art and cover by MIKE DEODATO
On sale MAY 11 • 376 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Collecting Mike Deodato’s run on WONDER WOMAN from issues #85, 0 and 90-100! In her mother’s eyes, Diana has not lived up to the task of being Wonder Woman, and now the Queen of the Amazons sets in motion a contest where a new Wonder Woman will be crowned. But Diana sees things differently and decides take on any and all comers—until she is bested by Artemis!

This seems like an odd choice. There are so many other books I’d rather see new collections of. Maybe some of Rucka’s run, or Jimenez. But Deodato’s been a pretty hot artist at Marvel lately, so it makes sense that DC would reprint some of his early work. It’s not the best stuff, though. He’s pretty solid now, and I loved his recent Avengers work, but Deodato’s old Wonder Woman art makes me cringe. It’s the embodiment of 1990s hyper-sexualization, plus Wonder Woman ends up with a really dumb costume, even worse than that high collared thing she’s been sporting lately. It’s more an amusing relic than a classic run, though Artemis is kind of fun. Also, the page count seems very long for only 13 issues, so I’d expect a lot of extras with this one.

Look for all of these books this April (and May for the Deodato book) at comic shops everywhere!

Check Out All of the John Romita Jr. Variant Covers Featuring Wonder Woman, Coming This April

January 18, 2016

DC Comics loves its monthly variant cover themes, and last week they announced that their theme for April would be art by John Romita Jr. They’ve done creator specific months before; the Michael Allred and Darwyn Cooke months were a lot of fun, and there’s a Neal Adams month coming soon. Nabbing John Romita Jr. away from Marvel after he’d been there for decades was a big get for DC, so making the most of their acquisition makes sense.

I find that my enjoyment of Romita Jr. varies. He seems better suited to particular characters than others; he was a great fit on Wolverine during a yearlong run with Mark Millar a while back, but his recent run on Superman didn’t do much for me at all. I think I prefer him in a grittier, darker setting; bright and colourful is not my Romita Jr. jam. I was really surprised when DC put him on Superman instead of Batman, because Batman struck me as such a good fit for his style. But now, with these covers, John Romita Jr. gets to draw all sorts of DC’s characters.

So let’s take a look at his various takes on Wonder Woman. We’ll start with Wonder Woman #51, inked by Scott Hanna with colours by Dean White:

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I kind of like this. The flying through a snowstorm angle works well for me. If it was just the straight Wonder Woman image on a sunny day I would probably be less enthused, but the snow on top of it all makes it look cool. And also sort of intriguing, because now I want to know who Wonder Woman is fighting mid-snowstorm. I might pick this one up, if I can.

Next is Superman/Wonder Woman #28, inked by Scott Hanna with colours by Laura Martin:

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This is almost the exact same pose for Wonder Woman as the previous cover, which is kind of a bummer. The busted up machinery is fun and all, but the repetition is uncool. Also, I automatically dislike every Superman/Wonder Woman cover in which Superman is in the foreground and Wonder Woman is in the background (i.e. most of them).

Onto some team fun with Justice League #50, inked by Scott Hanna with colours by Alex Sinclair:

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I’m amused by Superman flying sideways and looking straight out while everyone else is looking ahead. Focus up, Superman! You’re going to fly into a lamp post or something. Also, you’re blocking Wonder Woman! There’s not a lot of Wonder Woman here, just the top of her torso and her head as she grits her teeth and flies with all her might. Weird composition on this one all around.

And finally, JLA #10 with inks by Danny Miki and colours by Dave McCaig:

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And now everybody is flying up instead of to the right. Romita Jr. is being really repetitive with his layouts here, which is making for some dull covers. We get a bit more of Wonder Woman in this one at least, though in a profile similar to the previous cover. I get that drawing 26 variant covers is a lot of work, but I could do with some more imaginative designs across the board here.

These John Romita Jr. variant covers will be available this April, so if you want to pick any up you should talk to you local comic book shop and get them to set them aside for you!


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