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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:

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WONDER WOMAN #8
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

WONDER WOMAN #9
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:

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TRINITY #2
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:

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WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
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:

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ABSOLUTE WONDER WOMAN BY BRIAN AZZARELLO AND CLIFF CHIANG VOL. 1 HC
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by CLIFF CHIANG, TONY AKINS, DAN GREEN and KANO
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
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:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN HC
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!

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Wonder Woman #10 Review OR Is This Wonder Woman Or An After School Special?

June 21, 2012

Based on the preview for Wonder Woman #10 that came out a few days ago, this looked like it was going to be a pretty kick ass issue.  Wonder Woman was done with Hades’ weird marriage games and was about to bust out of Hell and ride her undead horse to freedom.  So after I read the preview, I was pretty jazzed to read the rest of the issue today.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be SUPER lame.  I’ll elaborate momentarily, but first…

SPOILERS!! 

LOTS OF THEM!!

I’m going to spoil every single thing that happened in this book, so if you haven’t read it then please look away. 

Once you’ve read it, you can’t unread it and the book will be forever ruined.

So SPOILERS, okay?

Carrying on, when we last left our intrepid heroine in Wonder Woman #9 she was about to marry Hades but first had to submit to an unusual test.  Unconvinced that she actually loved him, Hades had Wonder Woman tied up in her lasso, hangman’s noose style.  Because the lasso makes you tell the truth, if she said she loved him then hooray they’d get married.  If she couldn’t, then she’d be hanged.  Not a bad cliffhanger really.

In this issue, Wonder Woman successfully says she loves Hades and the two are about to be wed, but Hades’ need for proof doesn’t sit right with her so she takes off, Runaway Bride style.  This is followed by some cool pages where Wonder Woman flees through Hell, with Hades’ voice following her at every turn until he finally catches up to her in the guise of a wave of blood that then takes corporeal form as a giant skinless beast that tries to eat her.  Luckily, Strife helps her out, and the battle then turns from creepy epic monsters to heartfelt conversation.  And it’s SO lame, you guys.

First off, it turns out that Wonder Woman could say she loves Hades because her heart is so big and her affection for the entirety of creation is so all-encompassing that:

So she got out of the lasso trick on a technicality.  She doesn’t LOVE love Hades… she loves him like she loves any other random person in the universe because she’s just that kind of girl.

But what about Eros’ love bullets?  Why isn’t Wonder Woman madly in LOVE love with Hades?  Well, it turns out that the fault isn’t with Wonder Woman, but with Hades himself:

Poor twisted, sadistic Hades just doesn’t love himself!!  Awwwwwww.  Poor little guy.  Sure, he kidnapped a pregnant lady and trapped her in Hell, and sure, his weird harpies were fixing to kill anything that stood in their way, and sure, his entire realm is made of TORTURED SOULS, but let’s all feel bad for the little god with low self-esteem.

And then EVERYBODY talks about love.  Hephaestus is sad that the gods don’t love each other even though they’re family, and he tells his son Eros that he loves him more than the vain boy could ever love himself.  Wonder Woman again tells Hades that she loves him, reaching out tenderly to touch the sad little god, but he can’t handle that kind of affection and tells them to leave Hell.  Again, poor Hades… he doesn’t even know how to accept love!!

Oh, but they fix this.  Hephaestus gave Hades a mirror as a wedding gift, and just as he looks at his own reflection, Wonder Woman shoots him straight through the heart with Eros’ love gun.  Now Hades can love himself!!  What a beautiful ending!!

So yeah, LAME.  And bizarre.  Just structurally, the abrupt turnaround from busting out of Hell and fleeing a sentient river of blood to an after school special level discussion about how it’s important to love yourself ground the book to a halt.  This Hell storyline already feels like it’s been going on for ages, and then this last bit made it feel even slower. 

And it’s BRIAN AZZARELLO!!  Have you ever read any other Brian Azzarello books?  I’m pretty sure he’s never EVER written a character who loved themselves.  They’re always really dark, screwed up people, and that’s why they’re interesting.  Imagine 100 Bullets if there were speeches about how you need to love yourself!!  I know Wonder Woman isn’t 100 Bullets, but Azzarello’s turned the series into a pretty dark and weird horror book.  All this love talk just feels really out of place when the book’s been wall to wall hatred and rage simmering below the surface since the relaunch. 

The book was so odd to me that I almost feel like I’m missing something.  Maybe Azzarello was being ironic, and all the love talk was supposed to juxtapose with the giant, skinless monster and be sort of amusing.  Maybe this was yet ANOTHER case of Wonder Woman being ridiculously naïve.  Perhaps the scene at the end where Hades takes a love bullet while gazing at himself is meant to suggest that Hades is tragically incapable of loving himself without some sort of artificial assistance, that his hatred and self-loathing and evilness are so deep and ingrained that on his own he could never crawl out of that abyss. 

Or maybe it was just sort of a bad issue, and the Hell storyline didn’t really come together or accomplish much.  What’s really happened since Zola got kidnapped, storywise?  They got Zola to jump ahead near the end of her pregnancy, so I assume the baby’s coming soon.  That’s productive.  But what else?  We learned that Wonder Woman loves everyone… that’s nothing new.  We learned that Hades is an evil, loveless bugger.  Also not new information.  And we learned that the Amazons like to rape and murder dudes to get babies and that Hephaestus is an awesome adopted father.  It’s new information, I suppose, but I’m not seeing its relevance to the overarching plot.  There were some cool visuals, especially in Hell, and Kano and Tony Akins acquitted themselves decently here in Wonder Woman #10, but all of this feels like a long digression that didn’t accomplish a lot overall. 

So yeah, this wasn’t my favourite issue.  I feel like the book’s losing its sense of purpose.  But maybe things will get back on track next issue… the solicit says that Apollo is making a play for the throne, so that should pick up the war of the gods story we’ve left hanging for a few issues.  Plus it looks like Cliff Chiang is back!!  Cliff Chiang always makes everything better.  Let’s cross our fingers and hope things get moving again, and that there are fewer love-related speeches in Wonder Woman #11 next month.

Wonder Woman #10 Preview OR It Looks Like We’re Busting Out Of Hell!!

June 18, 2012

Comic Book Resources has posted a preview for Wonder Woman #10, and finally Wonder Woman is getting the hell out of dodge.  And by dodge, I mean Hell.  She’s getting the hell out Hell.  Let’s take a look:

First off, Comic Book Resources is the BEST with previews.  They’re big and clear and easy to nab and put on your own site.  I think they’re the gold standard for previews.

Second, this is really interesting.  It’s only four pages so clearly we don’t have the whole story, but it sort of looks like Eros’ love guns really DID affect Wonder Woman.  She DOES love Hades, but his not trusting her and trying to tie her down, metaphorically, has killed that love and now she’s fixing to bust out of Hell.  That’s kind of cool… I was thinking the whole thing was an elaborate ruse.  I’m curious to see how the escape plays out.

Also, Tony Akins is joined by Kano on this issue, and they’re splitting the art duties pretty evenly.  Seeing another take on the world Azzarello and Chiang have built could be fun!!

Finally, I LOVE that cover.  It’s so creepy and cool.

You can get Wonder Woman #10 this Wednesday, June 20, at your local comic shop!!


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