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Wonder Woman’s May 2016 Covers and Solicits

February 23, 2016

May is going to be another busy month for Wonder Woman, and will mark the end of her two mainline series. Wonder Woman is set to relaunch in June with a new #1 issue, while Superman/Wonder Woman will be done forever, thank goodness; that book never even got close to decent, despite three years of trying. But that’s June. In May, both series are wrapping up, plus Wonder Woman’s got a few other things in the mix, including a very cool surprise. Let’s take a look at what she’ll be up to in May, starting with Wonder Woman #52 and its two covers:

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WONDER WOMAN #52
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art by MIGUEL MENDOÇA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and MATT BANNING
On sale MAY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Hecate’s true motivations are revealed and Wonder Woman’s dream of a happy ending is called into question by the Amazon warrior herself. You can’t afford to miss the epic conclusion of the quest to save baby Zeke and the Olympians.

While we don’t have official confirmation on the new Wonder Woman creative team, all signs point to this being the last issue for Meredith and David Finch. And there was much rejoicing throughout the land. Their final outing wraps up the storyline of Zeke’s illness, and it sounds like Hecate might be up to no good. Really? The creepy looking witch goddess with the spikes coming out her head doesn’t have the purest of intentions? I did not see that coming (I actually did, in my review of the start of this arc last week. I think I was sarcastic about her then, too. That sounds like me).

Anyway, the Finches will be done and maybe the series will be good for a change from now on. Here’s hoping!

Onto Superman/Wonder Woman #29:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #29
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
On sale MAY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s the penultimate chapter of “Super League”! When all the Supermen have fallen, it’s Supergirl to the rescue! But can Kara and Wonder Woman stop a villain who wants to end Clark’s hope for future Supermen?

This is a whole big crossover scene with all of the other Super-books, and seeing as I don’t buy any of those than I’m guessing this issue won’t make a lick of sense to me. But it’s a Wonder Woman/Supergirl team-up, and that could be fun. Plus a Karl Kerschl cover! This issue has some stuff going for it, certainly. Though it also sounds like a fitting end to this series that has consistently focused on Superman over Wonder Woman, with a Super-crossover that’s yet again all about the Man of Steel.

We’ve also got a double shipping Legend of Wonder Woman in May:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #5
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale MAY 4 • 40 pg, FC, 5 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Double shipping in May! In issue #5, the Holliday Girls are off to Boston! But while the girls go shopping, Etta and Diana have more dangerous errands to run. Diana visits the newspaper that published tales of the Duke of Deception…and discovers a new mission—perhaps she can save Themyscira by saving the people of Man’s World from him!

THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #6
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale MAY 18 • 40 pg, FC, 6 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Double shipping in May! There’s a war devastating the outside world, and while Diana tries not to care, she cannot help but want to protect the many who are suffering. As she finally confronts the Duke of Deception and his minions, she must decide whether to chase her answers of home, or use her new strengths to defend the outsiders.

Double the shipping, double the fun! Two issues of the Legend of Wonder Woman sounds like a good deal to me. This book is so good, I’d gladly pay for it twice in one month. It’s the best Wonder Woman comic in years, by a considerable margin. We’ve seen the contents of the fifth issue already in digital form, and it’s super good; Diana and Etta hijinks are the best. And the next issue will finally have Diana going off to the war to battle the Duke of Deception, which should be an excellent time. It’s the best comic, gang. Buy it!

Finally, a fun surprise: A Wonder Woman coloring book!

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COLORING DC: WONDER WOMAN TP
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, PHIL JIMENEZ, DAVID FINCH and others
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JUNE 29 • 96 pg, B&W, $15.99 US
DC’s Amazon princess stars in a new coloring book focusing on her greatest covers, splash pages and more by some of comics’ top artists!

This sounds SO cool. Wonder Woman art by her classic artists will be so much fun to color, plus the book is 96 pages long! That’s a lot of coloring bang for your buck. I’m excited to see what pages and covers they include in the book, and I’m definitely going to pick this one up.

The solicits also listed several new Wonder Woman figures. We’ve discussed most of them before elsewhere on the site, but here are the details of when you can get them:

  • The DC Comics Icons Wonder Woman figure designed by Ivan Reis is out in September 2016 for $28 US.
  • The DC Designer Series: Greg Capullo line Wonder Woman figure is also out in September 2016 and also sells for $28 US.
  • The September 2016 fun continues with a Wonder Woman 3-pack of figures that includes her first Golden Age appearance, the Terry Dodson figure, and the New 52 figure. It sells for a surprisingly steep $75US.

Look for all of the comics in May, the coloring book in June, and the figures in September. Also, maybe start saving your pennies now because that’s a lot of things to buy!

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Wonder Woman’s May 2015 Covers and Solicits

February 20, 2015

May is the second half of DC’s two month “Convergence” event, so Wonder Woman’s solicits remain a little wonky. Instead of the usual Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman, she’s starring in only one “Convergence” title, though she appears to be guest starring in a bunch as well. First up, let’s take a look at Convergence: Wonder Woman #2:

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CONVERGENCE: WONDER WOMAN #2
Written by LARRY HAMA
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT BANNING
Cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T
STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Diana Prince gets blood on her jumpsuit as she takes on vampire versions of The Joker and the rest of the Red Rain ghouls!

When we looked at last month’s solicits, I was very excited to have two issues of Joshua Middleton drawing Wonder Woman because I quite like his work. Turns out, he’s only doing the first one and Aaron Lopresti is drawing this issue. It’s not a bad change; I quite like Lopresti. But I’ve seen him do Wonder Woman before and I was really looking forward to seeing Joshua Middleton do it up.

I’ll be honest, though, the cover doesn’t look great and I’m not super curious about the story either. Wonder Woman vs. weird vampire versions of the DCU could be fun, but this looks all dark and moody and serious. Hopefully the book turns out to be entertaining and not just a violent bloodbath.

Versions of Wonder Woman are also popping up in several other “Convergence” titles. They are:

  • Flashpoint Wonder Woman in Convergence: Speed Force #2.
  • Red Son Wonder Woman in Convergence: Action Comics #2.
  • Kingdom Come Wonder Woman in Convergence: Justice League International #2.
  • DC One Million Wonder Woman in Convergence: Crime Syndicate #2.

And I wouldn’t be surprised if a few other versions pop up elsewhere across the line.

Also in May we’ve got Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #10:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #10
Written by SARA RYAN and AARON LOPRESTI
Art by CHRISTIAN DUCE and AARON LOPRESTI
Cover by MICHAEL ZULLI
On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Very few people know how to reach Wonder Woman directly, and when Clarice Anthony reaches out, Diana can’t deny her old friend the help she needs. But when that means going undercover as a pop-country starlet’s trainer, the world isn’t sure what to make of this new “VIP” persona! Then, the dragons of Sostratos became “Casualties of War” in a battle between Amazons and humans. Now, the sole survivor is taking his revenge on Diana!

Oof, that cover is rough stuff. But it’s a big month for Aaron Lopresti! He’s writing and drawing a story here, along with another by Sara Ryan and Christian Duce. The solicit says something about dragons, so you know I’m on board. I love a good dragon.

Look for all of these comics in May at comic shops everywhere!

Superman/Wonder Woman #9 Preview OR The Doomed Get Doomedier

June 10, 2014

I’m taking a break from lounging on the beach to put up this preview of Superman/Wonder Woman #9, partly because I always put up previews of Wonder Woman books and partly because the site DC Comics has given the exclusive preview to looks so hilariously bad that it merits comment and scorn. The site is called Man Cave Daily, with headers that feature such illuminating topics as “Sex”, “Women”, and “Swagger.”” From the sidebar (which is as far as I’ve gone… I can’t bear to explore the rest of the page) we’ve got great articles like the “Hottie of the Day” and “5 Reasons Why Boobs Fascinate Guys.” Really great stuff; this is definitely a site that should host a preview of a Wonder Woman comic book.

Anyway, let’s look at said preview, courtesy of Man Cave Daily:

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Well, it seems that the Doomsday virus is not going well for Superman. And that the events of the last issue of Action Comics have him in Brazil under a Kryptonite sky. Wonder Woman’s there to sort it out, though, with her pal Hessia and a cool Amazonian weapon of some sort. I’m sure Wonder Woman will have Superman trussed up and carted off to S.T.A.R. Labs before the issue is over.

Wait, what’s that? This crossover is running through the summer? Then never mind. There will probably be a fight, some expressing of feelings, and then Superman will continue to rampage until the story ends. And, if this preview is any indication, there’ll be a lot of double page spreads so that you can read the issues in three minutes. Fun!

Ah, sarcasm. I’ve been relaxing a lot lately, and thus have not been snarking much at all. It’s nice to get back in the groove. Look for Superman/Wonder Woman #9 in comic shops and online this Wednesday. It’s also got a “Bombshell” variant cover, so if you’re interested in those keep your eyes peeled or ask your local shop to set one aside for you.

Superman/Wonder Woman #8 Preview OR Superman’s Metamorphosis

May 12, 2014

The “Doomed” crossover is now upon us, and things aren’t looking great for Superman. Superman/Wonder Woman #8 is the second issue in the story, or perhaps the third. It’s got “Chapter 2” on it, and Action Comics #31 sports “Chapter 1”, but there’s also a Superman: Doomedone-shot that’s out this week that maybe you’re supposed to read first? I don’t know. Either way, I hope you don’t have to read the other books to know what’s going on, because I’m not going to.

So let’s take a look at what’s plaguing the Man of Steel in Superman/Wonder Woman #8.  You might want to embiggen that second page:

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Starting off on a positive note, I really like Wonder Woman’s jacket. The one constant for Diana in the New 52 is her fine taste in coats. I also like that the tiara pushed up like a headband look has made it from Wonder Woman to here; that’s a nice Cliff Chiang invention that I really dig. This issue is definitely a sartorial success.

The rest is set-up more than anything else. Superman’s been infected and is turning into some weird Doomsday creature, which we all knew was coming because we’ve seen the cover. It also seems to be making him sort of evil, so much fighting will ensue, I’m sure.

Frankly, this arc just seems like more of the same for this series: Superman-centric stories with Wonder Woman as a side character. If the fact that the story crosses over with other Super-titles wasn’t enough of an indication, Charles Soule’s interview in USA Today, which came out just today, is all about Superman and Doomsday and not at all about Wonder Woman except in passing. This is, first and foremost, a Superman story, and Wonder Woman just happens to be there. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I like Wonder Woman and when her name is on the cover of a book I expect her to actually have a significant role in it. That has not been the case so far, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon; this storyline’s dragging into July at least, and maybe further.

Superman/Wonder Woman #8 is out this Wednesday, as are a couple of other “Doomed” titles. If you get them all, pop by in the comments and let us know if we’re missing anything important by only reading Superman/Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman’s Many July 2014 Solicits OR The Usual Fun, Plus Annuals And Scooby-Doo

April 23, 2014

Wonder Woman has got a very busy July ahead of her. There’s her own series, of course, plus the team-up book with Superman, an annual for the Superman book, a guest spot in an Aquaman annual, AND a super cool Scooby-Doo team-up. The gal is all over the place.

Let’s start with her own series first:

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WONDER WOMAN #33
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s the beginning of the end as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang kick off the astonishing finale of their epic run! Olympus must fall, and its rightful ruler must be restored – but in Diana’s depraved family of demigods and gods, who can be trusted to rule with decency and justice?

If things go like they have for the past two years, Wonder Woman’s yearlong arc should wrap up in August, and that could make this possibly the penultimate issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s run. In typical fashion, we’re not getting a lot of hints from the solicit and the cover, while gorgeous, isn’t giving us much information either. We’re moving toward the inevitable final conflict with the First Born and a new Olympian ruler, and I guess we’ll just have to pick up the book to see what happens.

Now onto Superman/Wonder Woman:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #10
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and MATT BANNING
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Twelfth level intellect Lois Lane uses all her new Psi Power against the God of War, Diana, in the ultimate showdown! And Superman must go up against the new Cyborg Superman as an invading armada arrives in space!

So yeah, that sound you just heard was me sighing heavily. It was so loud and heartfelt that you all could hear it even though it was coming all the way from Canada. Wonder Woman fighting Lois Lane over Superman; that’s a new one. Also, what is up with Lois? Is she Brainiac now? Lois being taken over by a bad guy is also a startling new and innovative idea. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

Anyway, there’s no mention of the “Doomed” crossover in this solicit, but that does look like Doomsday in the background so I assume it has something to do with all of that jazz. On the one hand, I’m always glad to see Lois Lane, but on the other hand, this sounds sort of terrible.

But wait, there’s more! Superman/Wonder Woman has its first annual in July:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Only an Annual could contain this chapter of “SUPERMAN: DOOMED”! It’s an all-out assault by the heroes of Earth (superpowered and not) on the God of War, Wonder Woman, who’s leading the charge against all manner of alien attackers. The monstrous Superman smashes through everything friend or foe as his de-evolution reaches a critical stage. It all leads to their best hope: the Phantom Zone?!

I’m curious as to why the solicits are hitting so hard on the God of War thing this month. Wonder Woman must be going to town busting up people in a warlike manner in this “Doomed” story. Anyway, all of the excitement continues here in an issue that costs an extra buck, though I suppose you’re getting 50% more book. That’s not a bad deal.

Ed Benes is drawing the annual, which could go either way. Benes goes into T&A territory often, but I think that when he reins that in he’s actually a pretty good artist. I’ve liked a lot of his less brokeback stuff.

Wonder Woman’s visiting another annual as well. July is going to be expensive!

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AQUAMAN ANNUAL #2
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art and cover by YVEL GUICHET and JASON GORDER
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
During his battle with Hercules, Aquaman unleashed an ancient evil from the days of the Greeks — so he’s called in Wonder Woman to help him clean up the mess! You can be sure the Queen of the Amazons and the King of Atlantis have plenty to talk about…if they can hear each other over the bloodcurdling screams of the Giant-Born!

I haven’t been following the New 52 Aquaman very closely, but I’m excited to read Jeff Parker writing Wonder Woman. I’ve enjoyed a lot of his stuff, and I’m betting he’ll have a good take on her. Wonder Woman and Aquaman teaming up for an underwater mythological battle is a story I can definitely get behind. I’m looking forward to this one.

And finally, what should be the most anticipated book of July:

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SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #5
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Wonder Woman’s homeland is under attack by mythological monsters that vanish into thin air before the Amazon warriors can fight back! Scooby, Wonder Woman and the gang must work together to solve this mystery…assuming Daphne and Velma complete their Amazon training in time!

If this is the actual cover, I’m going to be a little disappointed. But regardless, this should be FANTASTIC. A Wonder Woman/Scooby-Doo team-up sounds like an absolute blast. My current 28 year old self and my past 10 year old self are high-fiving so hard right now. I really hope that the monsters on Paradise Island turn out to be dudes in masks, because that would be so hilarious. Perhaps a corrupt land developer who’s trying to scare away the Amazons so he can turn Paradise Island into a resort? That would be so fun. Whatever they do with the book, I’m crazy excited to read it.

July is going to be a five-week month, and we’ll be able to get a Wonder Woman-starring comic every single week but the fourth one. That’s a fun change of pace. I could get used to having more than one and a half Wonder Woman comics every month. Plus, there’s something for everyone, from mythological enthusiasts to Superman shippers to undersea fans to kids and the young at heart. July should be a good time.

Superman/Wonder Woman #6 Preview OR Teasing Some New Armour

March 7, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #6 comes out next Wednesday, and Newsarama has a preview of the book.  Now, I don’t much care for this series, but what I do like is new outfits.  It’s always fun when a superhero get a special suit for fighting in a particularly treacherous situation; we see them in their regular costumes all the time, so I enjoy when they mix it up.  Hephaestus has been working on some new armour for our title duo, but the preview cuts off at the very first time I was actually curious about what was on the next page of this series:

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Good work leaving me wanting more, I suppose.

So it looks like Zod and Faora are building something evil and terrible to take over the Earth, those nefarious buggers.  And Wonder Woman and Superman talk about their relationship and how much Superman just wants to protect her, which is super not interesting.  Hephaestus looks like Hellboy on the last panel of that fourth page, though.  That’s pretty fun.

And new outfits!  I’m curious to see their fancy, Hephaestean armour.  Really, that’s all I care about at this point.

Also, following up on some of my past criticism of this series, every page of this preview features multiple panels and several lines of dialogue, which is a very nice change of pace.  I’ve been unimpressed with the book’s, shall we say, Spartan approach to storytelling, so I’m glad to see some more effective use of page space.

Superman/Wonder Woman #6 is out Wednesday, March 12 online and in comic shops everywhere.

Superman/Wonder Woman #4 Preview OR I Think This Zod Fellow Might Be Up To Something

January 14, 2014

Nerdist has posted a five page preview of Superman/Wonder Woman #4, out this Wednesday in comic shops everywhere and online.  The book’s sales aren’t doing so well, and I’ll have more on that later in the week, and while I really don’t care for this series at all, I’m going to try very hard to find something positive to say about this preview:

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Okay, here’s something I liked!  The bit where Zod can tell that Superman learned Kryptonian from a machine because he doesn’t have an accent was cool.  It was a nicely done, little moment that captured Superman’s alienation from his home planet, that as much as Superman tries to learn about Krypton and his heritage there will always be something missing.  I like that line a lot.

Other than that, Superman and Wonder Woman talk about their relationship and who they are some more, and Zod obviously has some kind of sinister plan.  This book is not my cup of tea, so none of this is doing much for me.

Also, Wonder Woman’s boots zip up now, which is a new development, to the best of my knowledge.  I can’t remember Wonder Woman zipping her boots before; I think they’ve always been the pull on kind.  Perhaps they’ve got advanced Amazonian zipper technology.

Anyway, Superman/Wonder Woman #4 is out tomorrow.  General Zod has a decent, incisive panel, so it’s got that going for it.  That, and zip-up boots.


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