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Wonder Woman’s January 2016 Covers and Solicits

October 26, 2015

Even though Sensation Comics is set to end in December, there’ll be no lull in Wonder Woman fun with a new digital first series set to take its place beginning in January. That, plus Wonder Woman’s usual outings, make for a busy month for the amazing Amazon. It’s also an even split, with two mainline series and two out of continuity books, so if you’re not into the New 52 Wonder Woman than you’ve got some good options. Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman is up to this January, starting with Wonder Woman #48:

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WONDER WOMAN #48
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
Adult Coloring Book Variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
A mysterious illness that could affect all of Olympus strikes its first victim: Baby Zeke! Can Wonder Woman find the cure in time? It’s the start of a new quest that will redefine the God of War!

Here’s what bums me out: “It’s the start of a new quest.” I assume that means that the Finches are going to be around for at least another arc of remarkably subpar stories. I have no idea what DC is thinking here, especially with Wonder Woman set to make her film debut in March. This book deserves a marquee creative team doing a fun, exciting book, not this jumbled mess of a series. It just seems like bad business. Though I’m also just sad for myself to have to keep reviewing this god awful book for a few more months.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #25:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #25
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE
Cover by ED BENES
Adult Coloring Book Variant cover by AARON LOPRESTI
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“The Savage Dawn” continues! Diana presents a badly wounded Superman to the Greek Gods to see if they will restore him to his former self. But before they can decide, they first must determine if he is truly worthy.

Hey, people from Wonder Woman’s corner of the universe are actually going to be in Superman/Wonder Woman! The whole gods determining if someone is worthy scene does sound like a bit of a cliché, but it’ll be nice to have this not just be another Superman book for a change.

A new digital first series debuts with The Legend of Wonder Woman #1:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JANUARY 13 • 40 pg, FC, 1 of 9 $3.99 US • RATED T DIGITAL FIRST
A new WONDER WOMAN 9-issue miniseries begins here with a story written and pencilled by Renae De Liz (The Last Unicorn)! 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!

I am so excited for this! It sounds amazing: Renae De Liz is fantastic, it’s out of continuity, and it’s young Diana out having adventures. I am ten million percent on board. Plus it’s going to be nine print issues! When it was first announced, it sounded like it would be nine digital issues, but no. Nine print, so 27 digital issues; that’s a solid half year of Wonder Woman fun! This lessens the pain of losing Sensation Comics considerably.

Wonder Woman is also front and center in DC Comics Bombshells #8:

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DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #8
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by LAURA BRAGA and MARIA LAURA SANAPO
Cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JANUARY 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Now serving on the side of the Allies as part of the Amanda Waller’s Bombshells program, Supergirl and Stargirl wonder if they still are being used as instruments of propaganda. Meanwhile, mythological creatures and the undead legions of Tenebrus attack the Allied forces, bringing Wonder Woman into the fray. Can she count on the newest Bombshells to help?

This book is just delightful. I love everything that Bennett and the great art team are doing with all of these female characters in the World War Two setting. It’s so much fun to read. They’ve taken something as simple as a novelty variant cover line and turned it into something huge and expansive and enjoyable. It’s really quite impressive.

Wonder Woman’s also got a role in Justice League #48 and Justice League of America #7 in January, and Donna Troy is in Titans Hunt #4. Look for all of these books in the New Year, and be especially sure to check out The Legends of Wonder Woman. The only way we get more cool Wonder Woman books like this is if we buy them when they come out, so we need to be all over this, gang.

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Wonder Woman #45 Review OR Oh Fun, More Death and Anger

October 21, 2015

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Since the New 52 Relaunch four years ago, Wonder Woman hasn’t been the most upbeat series. Everyone’s mad all of the time, including Diana herself for big swathes of the series’ run thus far, folks are always getting killed, and the world around Wonder Woman is one of constant drama and betrayal. Frankly, it’s exhausting. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang found a way to make the darkness work a lot of the time, turning the Olympian gods into a twisted horror story that was often unique and engaging. Meredith and David Finch have continued the darkness, but with none of the panache. Their stories are both bleak AND badly told, to the point that reading the book each month is a chore. At a time when there are so many fantastic comic books on the stands, I’m becoming increasingly annoyed at plunking down four bucks a month to not be entertained in the slightest. Anyway, let’s talk about this issue or whatever, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!!!

The contents of this month’s Wonder Woman are about to be revealed!!

Look away if you haven’t read it yet!!

Unless you’re one of the many folks who read these reviews instead of the comic!!

If you are, you’ve made a wise choice!!

So the reason I’m particularly down on the book this month, other than the fact that it remains joyless, is because they killed off a new character that I really liked. Last month saw the introduction of Violet, a blue haired London street urchin who befriended the newly escaped Donna Troy. There wasn’t much to the character, really. She hooked up Donna with a new costume, and in this month’s issue they toured London together and Violet gave her some much needed advice. But she was friendly and fun and had blue hair and she seemed like a kind person. In this book, a pleasant character is rare indeed.

And she got killed. She was a thief in the employ of a tough named Link, who slapped her around and then killed her when he threw her to the floor and split her head open. This was all done to further Donna Troy’s angry journey; she flipped out, beating Link soundly before Wonder Woman arrived to stop her from killing him. Wonder Woman tried to dissuade Donna from the violent life she continued to lead, but she was too furious to listen to her.

Even worse, Violet’s death came in an issue that was rife with women getting beaten up by men in graphic ways. The second and third pages of the books were a double page spread of Aegeus punching Wonder Woman in the face, with her head snapping back and blood flying out of her mouth. He continued to punch her on the next page, with similar gore. Then Violet got viciously backhanded by Link before being thrown to the ground. It’s all just so unpleasant. These aren’t things I want to see over and over, much less in a double page spread.

So Violet is dead and Donna is angrier than ever. Oh, and also turned to stone. Aegeus showed up at the end of the book and shot her with an arrow, trying to help Wonder Woman, oddly enough. She and Donna were fighting in the street, so Aegeus took down Donna because he’d realized the error of his ways and wanted Wonder Woman’s help in escaping the hold of the goddess he was working for.

As the book’s final page revealed, this goddess was Eirene, the goddess of peace. It’s a bit of a deep cut, Greek pantheon-wise. Eirene’s not an Olympian, though in some stories she’s the daughter of Zeus, and she doesn’t play a huge role in Greek mythology. She’s more a goddess that’s invoked because of her association with peace rather than a goddess that actually gets involved with the stories as a character. She was big in Athens, with a statue and everything, but again, that was mostly a symbolic thing about peace in Athens rather than a monument to any great Eirene story.

Anyway, she’s the big bad. The Finches seem to be setting up a connection between her and Ares, perhaps in a romantic way that plays on an “opposites attract” dynamic. And boy oh boy, is she ever mad that Wonder Woman killed Ares and took the mantle of god of war.

I don’t know if this is a coincidence of not, but Eirene played a key role in those terrible Futures End one-shots DC put out last September. After failing to beat the mythological foe Nemesis through her god of war tactics, Wonder Woman merged with the remnants of the dead goddess Eirene to become the goddess of peace herself, with a new white costume to go along with the change.

In that story, Eirene still represented peace. In the world of Meredith and David Finch, the goddess of peace seems to be all about anger, murder, and vengeance, because why not? Everybody else is.

At the very least, we got some story progress in this issue after the absolute standstill of a book we got last month. We know who’s behind Aegeus now, Donna’s got herself in a real pickle being turned to stone and such, and Wonder Woman is in the middle of it all. It’s never a good sign when the best thing you can say about a comic is, “Well, something happened.” But that’s a big plus for Wonder Woman. The plot moved forward! In extremely unpleasant ways, though. So long, Violet, one of the only not terrible people in this book! You’ll be missed.

Wonder Woman #45 Preview OR Wonder Woman Fights An Angry Boy

October 20, 2015

Sometimes I forget that this story is still going. It’s been a month since the last issue came out, and I’ve been reading some really good Wonder Woman ’77 and Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman since then, plus DC announced Legends of Wonder Woman, which looks great. And DC Superhero Girls! I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyable Wonder Woman lately. So when I saw a preview for another Meredith and David Finch story today, my first reaction was, “Oh, they’re still making that?” It was kind of nice to forget that this storyline exists.

But yes, it’s still coming out, and for a long time to come if yesterday’s January 2016 solicits are any indication. So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in DC’s main universe with this preview of Wonder Woman #45:

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Oof. Here’s the thing: I feel like Meredith Finch is trying. She’s going for a cycle of violence thing where Aegeus’ dad hit his mom so now he hits women too. I get it, and while it’s not the most original approach to a character, it could be decent if it was done subtly or in an interesting way. But this is just a million percent on the nose, with characters outright stating what’s happening. It’s tough to read because everything is so painfully obvious in how it’s presented. When I reviewed last month’s issue I went on and on about showing and not telling, and it looks like this month’s Wonder Woman is going to continue the telling to the max.

Anyway, Wonder Woman #45 is a comic book that will be available in stores and digitally tomorrow. Do with that information what you will. Here’s one potential reason to pick it up, though: Claire Wendling’s done a fantastic variant cover for the book for this month’s “Monsters of the Month” variant theme:

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It’s very cool. I love the Medusa aspect, the bandages as bracelets look, the black and white, and how the lasso illuminates her. It’s just lovely and fun all around, and might be worth picking up if you can find one. Open the book at your own peril.

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:

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WONDER WOMAN #47
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art by MIGUEL MENDONÇA
Cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
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:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #24
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
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:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #2
Written by KEITH CHAMPAGNE and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by YANICK PAQUETTE, CHRISCROSS, MATTHEW CLARK and others
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
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:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #17
Written by TRINA ROBBINS
Art by CHRIS GUGLIOTTI
Cover by ANNA DITTMAN
On sale DECEMBER 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST • FINAL ISSUE
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:

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HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #1
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by AMANDA CONNER and a bunch of people who owe her favors
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
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:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #47
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:

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TITANS HUNT #3
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by PAOLO SIQUEIRA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
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.

Wonder Woman #42 Review OR It’s Got A Dang Pegasus In It And It’s Still Not Very Good

July 22, 2015

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Remember when Wonder Woman Annual #1 came out and it wasn’t terrible, and I was mildly optimistic that the Finches’ second arc might be not too bad? Well, that optimism was ill placed. We’re two issues in and while this new arc isn’t as aggressively terrible as the first, it doesn’t have a lot going for it. It’s traded being offensively bad for just being boring, which isn’t much better. The Finches have fixed a lot of the problems of the first arc; the Justice League isn’t around, Wonder Woman isn’t complaining all the time, and she isn’t drawn like a sexy adolescent anymore. But the poor storytelling remains, and that’s really the most important element. Let’s discuss the issue, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to reveal ALL OF THE THINGS that happen in this comic!

If you haven’t read it, turn away!

Okay, carrying on. We’ve got a couple of new developments in this issue. The first ten pages are devoted to Diana and Hessia living it up at a dance club and Diana then chasing that new dude who’s trying to kill her through London. Nothing actually happens; the dude tries to kill her, misses, and ultimately gets away. He rides a pegasus, which is pretty rad, I suppose.

SIDENOTE: Pegasus is the classic winged horse, but I don’t know if this is THE Pegasus or another winged horse, or if we call all winged horses pegasuses or just Pegasus. I’m going to go with calling it a pegasus for now, and you can correct me in the comments if I’m wrong.

Anyway, not a lot goes on in the first half of the issue, but then we get a flashback and learn that the mysterious would-be assassin is Aegeus, a descendant of Thesus and thus Poseidon, and he’s trying to claim what he thinks is his rightful place as a god. We still don’t know who he’s working with, but there are hints that it might be Strife. Speaking of Strife, she shows up a little later to free Donna Troy after Wonder Woman has a long and boring conversation with her imprisoned sister about forgiving herself. Strife convinces Donna to go see the Fates.

And that’s about all that happens. In terms of changes from where we were at the end of last month’s issue, Wonder Woman knows Aegeus is after her, we know Aegeus’ backstory, and Donna Troy is free.

Rather than dig into various aspects of a story I don’t particularly care about, I’m going to focus on one scene to try to articulate why I find this comic so bland. It’s the opening scene, with Diana and Hessia at a dance club. When I posted the preview for this issue on Monday, I talked a bit about the cliché of the woman who’s harassed by a guy and then decks her harasser. It’s been done a bunch of times, with diminishing returns, and this is one of the most clichéd versions I’ve seen. The actual scene in the book is longer than the preview, with the dude hitting on Diana for a page beforehand and Diana clearly stating she’s not interested. The guy is a walking caricature, Diana’s reaction is exactly what you’d expect, and her speech afterwards aims for empowered anger but just reads as tacky. I understand what Meredith Finch was going for here, but it all just comes off as stale.

Apart from the harassment bit, the writing in the scene feels incredibly flat on several levels. There are more clichés with Diana spouting the usual “This was just what I needed”, dancing her troubles away line that you can see in pretty much any scene sat at a dance club in any form of media. Moreover, the club is in London, and you can’t tell at all. Nothing captures the locale in the slightest. I’m not saying that there should be Union Jacks everywhere and that Diana’s fellow dancers should be talking about tea and crumpets and the queen, but there should be some sense of setting and instead there’s none. It’s all just generic. In Azzarello and Chiang’s run, when Diana needed to blow off steam she went to a punk club. It had atmosphere and a sense of place and said something about the character. Meanwhile, this scene is just completely nondescript.

The art doesn’t help matters. David Finch dresses Diana and Hessia in generic club dresses. There are no designs, no textures, nothing unique about them. They are a red and a grey dress of the same construction. Also, Diana’s only got one move: hands in the air, hips sticking out to one side or another. She does it over and over. Plus there are actual music notes in the background to let the reader know that music is playing:

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It is all so very bland and nonspecific. Finch is not good at investing clothing and settings with any kind of mood or characterization. Because of this, he fails to set a scene properly, and also fails to communicate anything about the character and who she is through his art. This scene is like the clip art version of a dance club, everything boiled down to a simple, dull, non-detailed version of things.

I suppose we should be thankful that Finch didn’t try to come up with more creative outfits for Diana and Hessia, because he does so for Hera later in the issue and the result is a belly top and a loin cloth. It’s not great. His Zola is much improved, though! I’ll give him credit for that. He’s got her back in plaid and looking a bit more like herself.

Ultimately, this hopelessly bland and generic club scene is indicative of the Finches’ run as a whole. They’re not investing the characters with unique attributes that make them more than cardboard cutouts, and they’re not putting them in situations that speak to who they are in some way. Plus, they’re spending four pages on a clichéd dance club scene that really adds nothing to the book when they’ve got a dang pegasus in the mix. Pegasuses are SO COOL. How do you not have four pages of rad pegasus fun instead?

I feel like everyone in this book needs to push a little more. Dig into each scene, figure out why it’s in the book, what it’s saying about the characters, how you can bring out a bit more of everyone, add some excitement to the book, or do something unexpected. It all just feels boringly surface level and shallow, without much thought put into it. A pointless club scene, unfruitful chase, hints of backstory, and a moderately shocking ending is a really dull formula, doubly so when poorly executed. It’s hard to get invested in a book when there’s so little to get invested in.

Wonder Woman #42 Preview OR It’s 11:30 and the Club is Jumpin’, Jumpin’

July 20, 2015

I almost made the subtitle for this post the entirety of Destiny’s Child “Jumpin’, Jumpin'”, but that seemed a bit excessive. It is, however, a fun and enjoyable jam, unlike Meredith and David Finch’s plodding Wonder Woman run thus far. I was hoping they’d return after the “Convergence” break with something fresh and moderately interesting, but last month’s issue was a real dud, with an ugly costume thrown in the mix too. Wonder Woman #42, out this Wednesday, picks up with that weird dude from June’s issue who is trying to kill Wonder Woman. Unsurprisingly, it’s not going well for him. But first, the club! Here’s a preview, courtesy of Comicbook.com:

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First off, why is Wonder Woman saying “Hi yah”? That’s an Asian martial arts thing, and she was trained in Amazon fighting styles. It just doesn’t seem like something Wonder Woman would say. Unless they were going for a Miss Piggy reference, in which case, cool beans.

Second, this club scene is not great. I understand what they’re going for here, sticking it to sexist dudes as some kind of empowering moment where the audience can cheer, but it’s all just so cliché. A guy harasses a girl and she beats him up? Seen it. So many times. Plus the guy is such a caricature, and Meredith Finch doesn’t have a good enough handle writing Wonder Woman to not make her follow up speech not read like an after school special. I appreciate what they’re trying to do here, but it doesn’t work well. Plus Azzarello JUST did this a little while ago, when Wonder Woman almost ripped Orion’s balls off.

Anyway, the rest of the issue is that dude from last issue trying to kill Wonder Woman and missing. I mean, a bow and arrow from that distance? That’s bound to go wrong, mysterious dude. And now Wonder Woman’s going to kick your ass.   There’s a lot of book left after this preview, so I doubt that scintillating conflict will play out over the whole of it. I’m expecting some Donna Troy stuff in there too, and maybe more background on this dude and who he’s working with. The Finches have talked about that a bit in interviews, but I won’t spoil it here until it’s officially out there in the comics.

Look for Wonder Woman #42 in comic shops everywhere and online this Wednesday! Or, as I suggested with Superman/Wonder Woman last week, just buy Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #12, which is also out on Wednesday. It’s got some GREAT stuff in it. The Poison Ivy team up is really good.

Wonder Woman’s October 2015 Covers and Solicits, Plus Monster Variants

July 15, 2015

October is looking like another busy month for our favourite Amazon, with all of the usual fun plus a returning special I’m very much looking forward to. DC is also doing monster themed variants for many of their titles, just like they did in October last year. It’s good Halloween fun, and two of Wonder Woman’s titles will be part of the line. So let’s see what Wonder Woman will be up to in October!

First up, Wonder Woman #45:

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WONDER WOMAN #45
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Monsters Variant cover by CLAIRE WENDLING
On sale OCTOBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
With the Fates dead and Donna Troy still on the run, Wonder Woman must confront the sins of her past and a new, growing threat that’s closing in on the Queen of the Amazons!

I don’t imagine that the Finch cover is actually the final cover, but you never know. It just looks like a panel, and those blue bars don’t look great. I’m not sure whether Claire Wendling’s variant is the final cover or just a sketch either, but I’m super into it. I hope it is the final cover; I like the rougher aspects of it.

Anyway, the Finches carry on with their uninspired tenure on Wonder Woman. Apparently the Fates are dead. Thanks for the spoiler alert, because they haven’t even shown up in the comic yet. Also, Donna Troy hasn’t broken out of prison in the comics that have been published so far, but several solicits have told us she’s going to. You almost don’t have to read the comics, really. Just follow along with the solicits and you’ll get all the highlights.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #22:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #22
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by CARY NORD
Monsters variant cover by J.P. LEON
On sale OCTOBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Following a shocking betrayal, Kal has lost faith in justice. Now, he’s embarking on a dangerous quest to restore his powers, while Wonder Woman makes unexpected allies of Lois Lane and Lana Lang.

The insides of this series have never done anything for me, but what I do love is it’s proud tradition of excellent variant covers. This one by John Paul Leon is fantastic. It’s a great idea for the monster theme, and is just all sorts of gorgeous. I’ll be glad to put this with my collection of Superman/Wonder Woman issues I’ll never read again but I keep to enjoy the lovely covers.

Man, Superman is really out of sorts, eh? Losing his faith in justice?! That’s a third of what he stands for! In theory I’m excited for a Wonder Woman/Lois/Lana team up, but being familiar with the quality of this book I’m not overly optimistic that it will go well.

We’ve also got Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #15:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #15
Written by ADAM BEECHEN and CARLA SPEED McNEIL
Art by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, KEVIN NOWLAN, SCOTT HANNA and CARLA SPEED McNEIL
Cover by JENNY FRISON
On sale OCTOBER 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Our Little Dance,” when the well-meaning members of Debbi Domaine’s family argue that Cheetah needs rehabilitation more than incarceration, Wonder Woman is dragged into court! And Diana teaches a young thug a lesson about how having a pet forces you to train “Both Ends of the Leash.”

To be honest with you all, I wasn’t a big fan of either of these stories when they came out digitally, but I do love this cover. It’s lovely work by Jenny Frison, and will look amazing on the stands. The stories inside are pretty average, but neither of them are bad. They’re also very different stories, so chances are you might find something you’ll like.

Finally, Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman is back with Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2:

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WONDER WOMAN ‘77 SPECIAL #2
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by CAT STAGGS, RICHARD ORTIZ, DREW JOHNSON and JASON BADOWER
Cover by NICOLA SCOTT
RETROSOLICIT • On sale SEPTEMBER 30 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Get ready for three new stories based on the classic television series starring Lynda Carter! A scientist who is intensely jealous of Wonder Woman becomes empowered by an ancient artifact and Cheetah is born! A woman with the powers of both fire and ice seeks revenge against a corrupt politician. And, Halloween finds the princess up against an undead adversary.

So many stories! Plus the Cheetah and zombies, presumably. This should be a fun book. None of the stories have been released digitally yet, though I anticipate that they’ll be out soon. That’s a great lineup of artists, and Marc Andreyko did a fine job with the first few Wonder Woman ’77 stories so I’m glad to have him back. Nicola Scott’s cover looks fantastic as well. This will actually be out at the end of September instead of October, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

There’s a lot of Wonder Woman fun to be had this fall, and a lot of great covers. Remember to ask your local comic shop ahead of time if you’re keen to get a variant cover; they can go quickly.


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