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Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #38 Review: “A Moment of Peace” by Matthew K. Manning, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, and Dexter Vines

June 11, 2015

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I’m not entirely sure how I feel about today’s digital first issue of Sensation Comics. It’s a decent story that’s well told, but I have mixed feelings about its take on Wonder Woman. The issue digs into some interesting territory, exploring what happens after Wonder Woman’s had a particularly bad day. I just don’t know if I’m on board with the conclusion.

The story is fairly straight forward, in a good way. Matthew K. Manning does solid job of not overstuffing this one-shot story and allowing some necessary room for quiet as Wonder Woman deals with a rough case. Dr. Destiny had kidnapped and linked tons of people, many of which appeared to be children and teens, into some sort of apparatus that fed him their dreams like a drug. When Wonder Woman finds the scene, the prisoners look like dead eyed zombies, grimacing and emaciated. It’s a horrible sight that hits Wonder Woman hard. Batman can tell she’s upset about it, so he suggests a vacation in a mountain retreat. There she finds Solomon Grundy, who has been terrorizing the local town. She tries to deal with him politely, but has to throw some punches when he refuses to leave. It turns out that excising her frustrations through a supervillain brawl was exactly what Wonder Woman needed to move past her Dr. Destiny encounter, and that Batman had sent her there specifically so she could do so.

Manning does a nice job telling the story. It’s not verbose at all, but there’s a lot going on in the silence. You can tell that Wonder Woman is very much in her own head and sort of suffering for it. I found the set up a little odd; Batman is there at the beginning of the story, but waits for Wonder Woman and lets her handle Dr. Destiny. I’m not sure why he just didn’t do it himself, but perhaps we were meant to assume this was a case she was investigating, thus the impact of finding all of those missing people like that hit her even harder.

The art is good too. Jeanty, Story, and Vines convey Wonder Woman’s shock and pain well, and also capture her fury upon finding Dr. Destiny in an interesting way. She only gets to hit him once, because after that he’s out and Wonder Woman’s not the sort to beat an unconscious man, but there’s a coiled rage to her that suggests that just one punch was not enough for her.

This, of course, leads to the cathartic Solomon Grundy fight at the end, which is where my mixed feelings begin. I understand the story the creative team was telling, and I think it all comes together fine as a story. I just don’t know if Diana is the type to need to beat the hell out of something to feel better. She’s clearly beating up Grundy because she couldn’t beat up Dr. Destiny, and beating up Grundy is fine because a) the dude’s a beast and can take it, and b) he was busting up a local town and needed to be brought in. But to me, Wonder Woman isn’t the sort of person who carries a rage inside her like that. While the issue is striking in its silences, I feel like Wonder Woman would recognize that she was upset and go talk to someone about it, Etta or her mother or whoever, and then channel that negative energy into something more positive. “I’m angry and so I need to hit something” strikes me as a little bit primitive for her. She’s a warrior, yes, but she’s much more than that.  I just think she’d have a variety of better releases instead of more violence.

That’s just my opinion on the character, of course, and doesn’t change the fact that this is a well told story and a good read. The story will be out in print on July 15 in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #12, along with the awesome Wonder Woman/Poison Ivy team up from a few weeks ago. That’s going to be a great issue all around, so definitely pick that up if for some odd reason you’re reading detailed reviews of a digital comic you haven’t read yet.

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Wonder Woman’s July 2015 Covers And Solicits

April 24, 2015

July is going to be a very busy month for Wonder Woman. Between her own titles, team books, and guest appearances, it sounds like she’s going to be around a lot. This could get expensive for all the completist collectors out there! Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in July, starting with her eponymous series:

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WONDER WOMAN #42
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by BEN CALDWELL
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
To replace Ares as the God of War, Wonder Woman must better understand him – and that means a journey to Ares’ home! You can just imagine what that entails! Plus, learn who is behind the attacks on Paradise Island!

This costume still does nothing for me. Nor does Wonder Woman getting into a fight with this heavily pouched soldier person. Ares’ home is a thing that could be cool in theory but probably won’t in execution. And the attacks on Paradise Island must be a new thing we haven’t gotten to yet, unless it’s the attacks on the Manazons from last issue, but we already know who did those. Anyway, not much to look forward to here, but such will be the case so long as the Finches are on the book, I fear.

Onto Superman/Wonder Woman #19:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #19
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The Superman epic you never expected – “TRUTH” continues! Is there truth in madness? Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad guest-star!

Details are still very sparse on this “Truth” storyline, though some spoilers have come out this morning that might shed some light on things. And it sounds awful. I won’t spoil it here, but go check out Bleeding Cool. Anyway, Wonder Woman seems involved not just in this book, but in most of the Superman line as “Truth” crosses over with at least four series. Technically I could list all of Super-books, really, but the solicits are all equally vague. If this is a story that piques your interest, just buy all the books.

Now to Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #12:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #12
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS and MATTHEW K. MANNING
Art by TOM FOWLER, GEORGES JEANTY and KARL STORY
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JULY 15 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Diana’s visit to Paradise Island’s harvest festival is interrupted by monsters! Typhon, the last son of Gaia, is breaking free of imprisonment and his minions have already begun wreaking havoc. Help is coming from another woman with connections to the Earth Mother, but will Wonder Woman accept aid from Poison Ivy? Then, Batman sends Diana on a vacation in the mountains, hoping that “A Moment of Peace” will help her adjust to life in Man’s World.

The Fridolfs/Fowler story started digitally yesterday, and it is GREAT. So be sure to pick up this issue. It sounds like it’s going to be a good one, plus that Emanuela Lupacchino cover is pretty rad. She always does great work.

Wonder Woman is also front and center on the cover of Justice League #42:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #42
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by DAN HIPP
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The epic “Darkseid War” event storyline continues with the critically acclaimed team of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! As Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor maneuver toward inevitable war, Wonder Woman leads the Justice League against a force that holds the answers on how to stop it – but the price might be Batman’s soul! Meanwhile, Mister Miracle faces off against a mysterious hero who has been fighting in the shadows for decades!

Wonder Woman is in the book every month, but I usually only spotlight it when she gets a good cover spot. I’m not reading the series, but from what I’ve seen of Jason Fabok’s take on her and her costume, I really like it. He seems to have a good grasp of the character. Also, in further spoiler news, it sounds like the Amazons may have a role in the upcoming “Darkseid War”, though not in a good way. Again, no direct spoilers here; head over to Bleeding Cool if you want to know what’s up.

Finally, Wonder Woman has a few guest spots lined up in July, but the one where she’s most prominently featured is Deathstroke #8:

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DEATHSTROKE #8
Written by TONY S. DANIEL and JIM BONNY
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY
On sale JULY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Godkiller” continues! Get ready for divine brutality when Slade’s contract on the Gods sends him smashing into combat against the one and only Wonder Woman!

The book is written and drawn by Tony Daniel, who spent some time with Wonder Woman when he helped launch Superman/Wonder Woman a while back. It’s not a terribly auspicious association with the character, and she looks oddly crazed here, but at least it’s nice to see Wonder Woman getting so much exposure in July. Weird she’s not in the new costume, though.

You better start saving up now to buy all these Wonder Woman comics in July! It could put a serious dent in your wallet.


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