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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.

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When Wonder Woman And Superman ALMOST Hooked Up In The 1970s

August 24, 2012

The internets are still abuzz with the news that Wonder Woman and Superman are going to hook up in Justice League #12 in an annoying bit of stunt storytelling.  But did you know that they almost hooked up in World’s Finest #204 in August 1971?  This was during the mod era, when Wonder Woman gave up her superpowers to become the human Diana Prince, and the issue is pretty bonkers.

It’s got a sweet cover by Neal Adams (how can that not grab you?) and was written by Wonder Woman’s writer at the time, Denny O’Neil, with art by Dick Dillin and Joe Giella.  It appears to be a response to the Kent State shootings that had happened a year before when the National Guard opened fire on unarmed students who were protesting the invasion of Cambodia, killing four and wounding several others.  This sort of real world tie-in was pretty common at the time, especially in Denny O’Neil books… he had Speedy addicted to heroin over in Green Lantern/Green Arrow too, and thus got into issues surrounding drug use.

Apparently the gravitas of a campus massacre wasn’t enough, though, so they added a computer from the future to tell Superman that someone killed at this shooting would be the person who could have saved the planet from turning into a barren wasteland 200 years later.  It seems like a bit of an odd addition to a very somber, real world subject, but so it goes.

And then it gets SO heavy.  The future computer tells them to stop the shooting so they go and try to do so, but a car explodes and someone dies, and they’re not sure if it’s the person they were supposed to save because the future computer wasn’t very specific.  This is literally how the issue ends:

See you next month, kids, when Superman teams up with your pals the Teen Titans, even though the planet could be DOOMED.  Oh, 1970s attempts at relevance… you were so hilarious.  How many kids had nightmares from this comic, do you think?  Good lord.

ANYWAY, back to the hooking up.  Sorry for the tangent but this issue was pretty epic.  In the middle of the story, Superman saves Diana from some goons and she’s all grateful and they embrace, and the sexual tension is just palpable.  Here’s how it plays out:

Superman says they probably shouldn’t, Wonder Woman agrees, and so they don’t kiss.  The end.  They don’t mention it again for the rest of the issue, they just get back to trying to save the world.  They both realize that hooking up is such a completely stupid idea that they pretty much forget about it.

The best part is that they don’t say WHY they shouldn’t.  They just both know that it’s a really dumb idea and so they don’t kiss.  What did Superman and Wonder Woman know in the 1970s that Geoff Johns and Jim Lee don’t know now?  Where’s a time-traveling computer when you need one… that would come in handy right about now.

Anyway, I just wanted to point out that these two crazy kids used to be smarter than they are these days.  So if Justice League #12 is bringing you down, go check out World’s Finest #204 instead!!


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