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Justice League Review: It Was Fine, I Guess? Not Good, But Not Awful

November 17, 2017

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Justice League isn’t a terrible movie, and that in itself is a major achievement. Director Zack Snyder’s past two superhero outings were dour, unwieldy affairs that fundamentally misunderstood almost every character who appeared in them. Justice League is a much more conventional movie, leaner and even fun at times. It’s not great by any means. I wouldn’t even say it was good. But I didn’t leave the theater angry, so that’s a plus.

Everyone seems to have learned a few lessons from Wonder Woman, which is the far superior film by leaps and bounds. Justice League is lighter and funnier than its predecessors, though since those films weren’t light or funny in the slightest it really wouldn’t have taken much. But Snyder and his uncredited co-director Joss Whedon appear to be actively trying to set a new tone. There are jokes this time, and considerably less brooding and angst. The team bickers which each other instead of trying to kill each other. People smile sometimes. The success of this new approach is hit and miss, with a lot of corny dialogue and quips, but it’s a far better direction to move the franchise toward than the dark, miserable drama of the past.

In terms of plot, Justice League is a little bit thin. Steppenwolf and his evil plan to terraform the Earth and turn it into a hellscape is pretty standard stuff, and neither he nor his nondescript legion of Parademon minions bring much personality to the movie. Luckily, the good guys are far more endearing and enjoyable to watch. Jason Momoa’s gruff Aquaman is a good time, Ezra Miller’s socially awkward Flash is amusing, and the complicated interpersonal dynamics of bringing a group of very different heroes together for a common cause made for some decent scenes. Everyone is new at this team thing, and several members were new to their powers, so watching them all find their way together makes for an interesting angle. That’s really what the movie is about more so than the possible destruction of the world or how to bring back Superman (SPOILER ALERT: They bring back Superman! I know, I was shocked too).

Between assembling the League and Steppenwolf’s nefarious activities, we get a tour of the franchise as a whole and a peek at where things are going. We stop by Themyscira again, and I missed Patty Jenkins so much. The scenes there highlight that this was a film written, directed, and generally designed by men, as do many of Wonder Woman’s scenes. Nonetheless, the scene is a good reminder of the larger superhero world at play here. As is the visit to Atlantis, peeks into the backstories of the Flash and Cyborg (who was particularly cool; I’m excited to see more of Ray Fisher’s take on him moving forward), and a fun cameo that I won’t spoil. All of this will be fleshed out in solo films to come, and this is a franchise that could grow in interesting ways.

Watching the film, I realized that my main issue above all else was characterization. Having grown up on DC comic books and researched them extensively in my professional life, I feel like I know these characters very well. And as much as Momoa was fun, that wasn’t Aquaman. Ditto for Miller and the Flash. Affleck’s Batman and Cavill’s Superman have been off for multiple films now. No one feels right to me in the way that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman does. She captures the spirit and legacy of Diana so well, in ways that the boys just don’t with their characters. It felt like I was watching Wonder Woman plus a bunch of alternate universe impostors.

In short, while they’ve made an okay movie with the characterizations they’ve decided to go with, it just doesn’t feel like the real Justice League to me. That’s 100% my personal taste, of course. But by not being true to the characters, I found this turn toward the light to be a little bit underwhelming. Composer Danny Elfman even integrated iconic bits of his own 1989 Batman score and John Williams’ Superman theme, which was super clever and cool, and it still didn’t move me because these versions of the characters don’t fit the iconic mold for me. For example, there’s a mid-credits scene with Superman and the Flash that is classic comic book fare and I should have loved it, but because the personalities are so different from my experience of the characters it fell flat. While I appreciated what they were trying to do, it just didn’t land for me in any emotionally resonant way. Meanwhile, I wanted to cheer every time Wonder Woman did anything rad because Gadot’s take on her connects with me so well. With everyone else, I felt a disconnect.

Speaking of Wonder Woman, I enjoyed her role in Justice League for the most part. The franchise painted itself into a corner by having her stay out of the public eye for a century in Batman v Superman, so trying to reconcile that with the engaged, inspirational character we saw in Wonder Woman was a bit awkward but narratively necessary. Her action scenes were excellent, especially her solo outing busting up an attempted bombing; there’s so much bullet deflecting, and it’s glorious. What I enjoyed the most, though, is that she’s the heart and soul of the team. No one particularly likes or trusts each other as the League comes together, but they all respect and admire Wonder Woman. There’s a scene where she and Batman are arguing in front of everyone and she gives him a forceful shove, and the Flash says something along the lines of “If she’d killed you, we would have covered for her.” As much as Batman is the one who works to assemble the team and Superman is set up as some sort of great, inspiring unifier, it’s Wonder Woman who brings them all together.

Another of my favourite ladies, Lois Lane, is in the mix as well, and although she isn’t given much to do, she does have a couple of amazing scenes. When SPOILER ALERT Superman comes back (I still can’t believe it! They pulled the wool over our eyes on that one!), Lois plays a pivotal role in what was the only really emotionally impactful moment in the entire film. Her connection with Superman is shown beautifully, and Adams and Cavill have great chemistry together that really makes for a powerful reunion. I wish that Lois could have had a bigger role, perhaps tracking down a big story or some such, but Adams make the most of the limited screen time she’s given.

Overall, Justice League isn’t awful and I’m glad about that. It’s not good either, and this cinematic universe really isn’t for me apart from Wonder Woman, but there was nothing egregious or terrible about it. I mean, the Amazons should have beaten the hell out of Steppenwolf; they screwed up there. But other than that, it is a run of the mill superhero film that isn’t entirely unpleasant to watch. It’s easily the second best movie from DC’s current superhero line. It’s just far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far behind the first best.

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Wonder Woman and Justice League Trailers Debut at Comic-Con, and Both Look Cool!

July 23, 2016

Today was Warner Bros.’ movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and that video right above this text is the first Wonder Woman trailer. Can we just take a second to appreciate that this finally exists? I mean, dang, it’s been decades of development to get here. We’ve seen a million different Batmans and Spider-Mans and Supermans and now we’ve finally got Wonder Woman on the big screen in her own film. It’s so overdue, but exciting nonetheless.

And, thank the goddesses, it’s pretty fun. This is a trailer in which Wonder Woman infiltrates a fancy party with a sword hidden in the back of her dress. I am SO on board for that. Plus, all of the elements are there. Amazons on a hidden island, a crashed Steve Trevor, a bad ass Diana whooping all kind of dudes, even friggin’ Etta Candy. This is a legit Wonder Woman.

Plus the action looks ridiculously fun. I still don’t love that Wonder Woman has a sword all the dang time, hilarious party subterfuge aside, but the fights here look super rad. And the lasso glows! It also glowed for the 12 seconds she used it in Batman v Superman, and it looked cool there so I’m glad they’re continuing it here. It’s kind of awesome.

We’ve also got a properly mystical and magical Paradise Island, which is key. It’s otherworldly, to be sure. And “They do not deserve you” is my favourite line in the whole trailer. I am all about a Hippolyta who loves her daughter fiercely and has some qualms about sending her out into the barbaric world of men. So often we see that mother/daughter relationship portrayed poorly, and the hints of it we see in this trailer really hit the mark for me.

Also, Steve Trevor is kind of endearing, which is a pleasant surprise. Steve is so often boring, but casting Chris Pine was a smart move. I suppose your enjoyment of Steve will depend on your enjoyment of Pine, but I’ve found his handsome snarkiness enjoyable over the years. He comes off as a good man in the trailer, and that’s all he needs to be really. Then at the end we get Etta Candy! Instantly taking a shine to Diana, like Etta always should. That final scene is a delight.

However, it’s a British Etta Candy during World War One, and that still feels weird to me. It’s a good trailer and I’m cautiously optimistic about the movie, but this is not a Wonder Woman that has ever existed before. Her classic origin is rooted in World War Two, and her successive incarnations have only updated her origin to a more modern setting. There’s never been a Diana in 1910s England, or a British Etta, or Amazons fighting the Kaiser’s troops. It’s Wonder Woman, but it’s not quite Wonder Woman for me. Yet. The change may well grow on me once I see the film. But I still feel a slight disconnect about the change in setting and time, and the ripples that causes in the mythos.

Also, as I’ve mentioned several times, situating Wonder Woman so far in the past may limit her relevance. It’s easy to make Wonder Woman look cool and feminist against sexists dudes from a century past, and to poke holes in the inequality of those days; this is a world where women couldn’t even vote yet! But we’re dealing with 2016 sexism these days, and lots of it. Pitting  Wonder Woman versus straw men ideologies everyone today agrees was bad is weak sauce. Wonder Woman should be confronting the issues that face women today.

Still, Gal Gadot is a GREAT Wonder Woman, and she’s amazing in this trailer. She captures the character so well, and I love the strength and regality and power she brings to the role. Patty Jenkins looks to have a good handle on Wonder Woman as well, and on a big action film. Everything felt like Wonder Woman, to a certain extent, and it was all suitably epic and action packed and exciting. They seem to be an excellent team.

I still have no idea what this movie is about, other than that it’s Wonder Woman’s origin. The bad guys appear to be Danny Huston and maybe that gal in the mask, but I have no idea who they are or what their objective is. Or what the plot is more broadly. It clearly involves the first world war, and it seems that the Amazons are going to get dragged into it, but this was more a teaser than anything overly specific in terms of plot.

It’s a dang good looking teaser, though, and I’m excited to learn more. I still have little to no faith whatsoever in DC’s cinematic universe after Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and there are choices here with Wonder Woman that I’m not yet sold on. But the trailer looks very cool, and has definitely increased my optimism about the film as a whole.

And here’s something even crazier: We got a Justice League trailer as well, and it actually doesn’t look terrible:

Zack Snyder and company seem to have learned from the poor reception of Batman v Superman, and have actually given this film some humour and fun. The Flash seems poised to steal the movie, though bad ass Aquaman is clearly going to be a fan favourite as well. Wonder Woman doesn’t get a lot to do, but the tone in general is light and pleasant, even with an alien menace on the horizon. Affleck’s Batman seems like less of a psychotic jerk, and the trailer as a whole feels more like a DC property than anything the studio’s put out over the past decade or so. I am so pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. If they can figure out how to turn this franchise around from its bleak dourness, so one will be happier than me.

So HOORAY we’ve got a Wonder Woman trailer and DOUBLE HOORAY it doesn’t suck! Fingers crossed that they can pull off something cool here and reset the board for a more enjoyable universe with this and Justice League. These trailers are an excellent start.

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!

Wonder Woman’s February 2016 Covers and Solicits

November 18, 2015

DC’s February 2016 solicits went up on Monday, and it looks to be a fairly busy month for Wonder Woman, with all of her usual series plus a special and a couple of team books. It’s been good to see Wonder Woman having an increased presence across the DC universe lately, even if her two mainline titles have been not so great. Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to this February, starting with Wonder Woman #49:

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WONDER WOMAN #49
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and SCOTT HANNA
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Wonder Woman Triptych variant cover by • KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman confronts what the return of Ares and Apollo will mean for her, and how it will impact her role as the God of War.

The return of Ares and Apollo is a surprise, but also not a surprise at all once you think about it. They’re gods. They never go away for good. Their return could really shake things up, both for Wonder Woman as the God of War and for Hera controlling Olympus, though neither of these things have been a huge part of the book as of late. In fun news, Wonder Woman’s back in her old costume! Hopefully that’s a change that sticks. Her new one outfit was not great.

Next up is Superman/Wonder Woman #26:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #26
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by ED BENES
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Superman Triptych variant cover by KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“Savage Dawn” continues! Suffering a terrible loss, Wonder Woman comes to the aid of the Kryptonite-charged Man of Steel to face the terror of the twins of Vandal Savage!

I didn’t know that Vandal Savage had twins. I must be out of the Vandal Savage loop. He’s always been a weird character for me. He sounds cool; an immortal dude constantly trying to take over the world and such. That should be fun. But I’ve yet to read a really good Vandal Savage story. Anyway, his twins are in this one and Superman’s all jacked up with Kryptonite and, if EVERY issue of this series that has come out already is any indication, this probably won’t be terribly good.

And now, a comic that is fantastic, The Legend of Wonder Woman #2:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #2
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale FEBRUARY 10 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
As their training sessions grow more intense, Alcippe teaches Diana about life as well as battle while the island they both love continues its fall. When the festival of Anthesteria dawns, so too does the possibility of an Amazonian revolt against Queen Hippolyta!

We’re only one issue into this book, digitally, but DANG it’s so good. And it looks like there’s a ton of fun stuff coming up as well. It’s a fresh take on Wonder Woman that’s iconic and true to her roots, and the first issue knocked it out of the park. I’m so excited for the second digital issue to come out tomorrow! This is going to be gorgeous in print, too. Definitely add this series to your pull list, gang.

Wonder Woman also looks to be playing a key role in Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR SPECIAL #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by OSCAR JIMENEZ
Cover by JASON FABOK
Variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
Batman triptych variant cover by KIM JUNG GI
On sale FEBRUARY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The massive “Darkseid War” epic continues to set the stages for the future of the DC Universe as we reveal the secrets behind its newest major player: Darkseid’s daughter, Grail! And if the Justice League is not careful, the spoils of war will all end up with her! See the truth behind Grail’s role in this war and the future of the DC Universe as she tears her way across it. Don’t miss this extra-sized special offered at the regular price of $3.99!

This Darkseid War situation has been going on for ages! I don’t know much about it, but I do know that Darkseid’s daughter Grail is half-Amazon, and that Wonder Woman supposedly has played a decent-sized role throughout the event. I’m actually looking forward to reading it all once it’s collected; Jason Fabok’s been doing most of the art, and he draws a fantastic Wonder Woman. If you’ve been keeping up with the main Justice League book, be sure to pick up this special.

Elsewhere at DC, Wonder Woman is part of the team in Bryan Hitch’s Justice League of America #8, she’s fighting World War Two with some other lady superheroes in the wonderful DC Comics Bombshells #9, and Donna Troy is a regular part of Titans Hunt #5.

Look for all of these books this February, online and in comic shops everywhere! If you’re on a budget, I’d recommend the digital-first books above the rest; both The Legend of Wonder Woman and DC Comics Bombshells are excellent, enjoyable showcases for Wonder Woman.

Colouring Book Variant Covers For Wonder Woman’s January 2016 Comics

October 19, 2015

I’m not even sure how this is going to work, but DC Comics’ newest monthly variant cover theme is adult colouring book pages for their January 2016 comics. Adult colouring books are all the rage now, and DC’s gotten their artists to draw covers particularly suited for colouring; it’s not just regular comic art without colour, but rather art specifically drawn for colouring. It’s more linework than shading, and there’s lots of outlined details for us to meticulously colour in.

My aforementioned trepidation is multifaceted. What’s the paper going to be like? I like a colouring book with decent, thick pages. Also, is this going to mess up the comics? Like if I’m digging in deep with my coloured pencils to get a solid red in Wonder Woman’s tiara, am I going to have a star indent in the first few pages of my comic? The mechanics of it have me wary, yet I’m also intrigued because colouring is a blast. Unlike most normal people, I just never stopped colouring. I’m not a bandwagon jumper on this fad; I have been a regular colourer for thirty years now, I just had to use kid books a lot. Now there are more options, which is super fun, including these upcoming covers featuring Wonder Woman.

First up, is the variant for Wonder Woman #48 by Emanuela Lupacchino:

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I LOVE this. It’s so cool. I’m a huge fan of Emanuela Lupacchino generally, and this piece is especially gorgeous. The tweaks to the costume are fun, and her Wonder Woman looks both fierce and lovely. It also looks like a great colouring page, with a lot going on in the costume and some good balance with a background that’s not too sparse or too busy. I’m definitely going to pick this up.

Next up, Aaron Lopresti on Superman/Wonder Woman #25:

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This one’s only okay for me. The characters look fine, but they’re a little bit bare. I’ve coloured Superman about a million times in my life, and apart from getting the “S” shield just right, it’s kind of dull; filling in all of that blue gets old quick. The background is jam-packed in that style folks seem to be into with the current spate of adult colouring books, but personally it’s not my jam. I like to colour things, not patterns.

Wonder Woman also appears on the cover of Justice League #48 by Scott Kolins:

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We get to colour all of the Justice League! That’s fun. I’m not a huge Kolins fan, and the background is a little sparse, but I like that his linework is such that it’ll be easier to do some shading and colour variation.

Wonder Woman’s on the cover of Justice League of America #8 as well, by Cullen Bunn:

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I like this one even better! The artwork is more my preferred style, and it hits a good level of detail for potential colouring. The background will probably get tedious and will take real commitment to finish, but it’s doable. If I got this cover, I’d probably mix it up with weird colours to fill them all in, just for fun.

Look for all of these variant covers this January, and as always with these variant covers be sure to talk to your local comic shop ahead of time if you want to reserve a specific one. And, of course, post pictures of your covers once you’ve coloured them in!

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.

Jason Fabok Draws A Fierce, Rad Wonder Woman In Justice League

September 8, 2015

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I’m late to the party on this, I know. Jason Fabok took over the art duties on Justice League way back in November, and has been doing a stellar job since then. But the first collection featuring his artwork just came out recently, and I read it the other day. The stories were fine, if a little generic. I liked the Amazo virus arc better than the Luthor trying to join the Justice League bit. I mean, we all knew that was going to go sideways, but the Amazo virus allowed for a fun Justice League vs. zombies thing.

But the best part of the book was Jason Fabok’s art. While I’d seen previews of the issues and had glimpses of the book, and also read some of his other books before, I was nonetheless blown away when I saw his new stuff up close. Drawing the entire Justice League well is a tough gig, and he absolutely kills it. Fabok’s got a great feel for classic superhero action, and his style strikes me as sort of a combination of Jim Lee and Phil Jimenez. He does a solid job with every Justice League member, but his Wonder Woman is just fantastic.

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First, Fabok’s tweaked her costume, and seems to have combined the good bits of her New 52 outfit with the good bits of her costume in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The mix works beautifully. She looks like a warrior, which is appropriate for Justice League; when she’s out with the Justice League, she’s on duty and needs to be ready to stop some serious threats. Plus Justice League is DC’s action blockbuster title, and there are going to be a lot of fights. Fabok’s Wonder Woman is well prepared for whatever comes up.

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I like the small changes to each element of her costume. Her bullet deflecting bracelets are more heavy duty now, almost gauntlets. The new skirt allows for a lot of movement while covering her up a bit more than the classic briefs. The tweaks to the eagle crest on her chest are minor but add character to the costume. Fabok’s also altered the tiara, adding a little step down for the top point that looks kind of cool. The list of changes is lengthy once you sit back and think about it, but Fabok has retained everything that makes Wonder Woman’s look iconic, just with some updates for a more martial scenario.

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Fabok also draws her fighting well. She’s strong and fierce, but also agile. His Wonder Woman isn’t just brute force; she’s got a lot of movement and obvious training behind her actions. The Amazo virus arc was a strong showcase for Wonder Woman all around. As one of the few Justice League members not infected, she got to play a bigger part in the story than usual, and was a more significant factor in the battle scenes. With Geoff Johns finally giving her something to do and Fabok drawing it so well, the storyline was DC’s best mainline showcase for Wonder Woman over the past year, including the two series she actually headlines.

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Fabok is still the primary artist on Justice League, but I’m again behind the times and won’t know a whole lot about the “Darkseid War” event until the collection comes out. I’m quite looking forward to it now, though. Fabok’s clearly but a lot of effort into his Wonder Woman, redesigning her costume and choreographing cool fight scenes for her. It’s nice to see someone put such obvious care into the character, and with such quality results. I’m excited to see more, and I hope he stays with Wonder Woman for a long while.


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