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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #9 Review: “Morning Coffee” by Ollie Masters and Amy Mebberson

October 9, 2014

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What I’m enjoying most about Sensation Comics thus far is the variety of artists we’ve gotten. There have been a few standard, superhero art types, but for the past few weeks especially we’ve gotten a more eclectic range of styles. Largely owing to her minimal comic book presence, the Wonder Women we’ve seen for the past few decades have been pretty normal superhero fare. Whereas characters like Batman and Superman have had a variety of books aimed at different audiences, and a wide range of styles therein, Wonder Woman has mostly just had Wonder Woman. There hasn’t been a lot of mixing it up. With Sensation Comics now showcasing Wonder Woman in different styles, I think the versatility of the character is really shining through.

This week’s digital issue of Sensation Comics features another unique take on Wonder Woman, this time from Amy Mebberson. She’s done work for Disney and drawn My Little Pony comics, so her style here is cute, fun, and cartoony. I’m not up on the nomenclature for exactly how to describe the art; chibi doesn’t quite seem right, but there are exaggerated proportions in that vein so as to achieve maximum cuteness:

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The story matches the art well. I don’t know much about Ollie Masters, apart from the fact that he’s got a Vertigo book out soon that’s drawn by Ming Doyle and sounds pretty cool. He’s constructed a fun story here, and brought in another of my favourite characters. Catwoman steals the Golden Fleece (yes, THAT Golden Fleece) from a museum in London, knowing full well that Wonder Woman will show up to stop her. Catwoman’s plan is to sneak away while Wonder Woman defeats the dragon she automatically summoned when she stole the Golden Fleece, killing two birds with one stone, and she almost gets away with it. But not quite! Wonder Woman is just too good at dragon wrangling, and has enough time to capture Catwoman before she hops a ride out of town.

The story is simple but enjoyable and well paced. It highlights both Catwoman’s cleverness and Wonder Woman’s strength, and is a fun showcase for both characters. Despite the short length, the story doesn’t feel rushed; Masters does a good job of using the limited page count effectively and setting up Catwoman’s plan. I’ve been critical of past dragon fights in Sensation Comics, only because they felt like filler in a two-parter, but this one is both entertaining and integral to the plot.

It’s also nicely drawn. It looks like Mebberson had a lot of fun with the dragon fight. Wonder Woman rips a street sign out of the pavement and then busts the dragon squarely in the chops with it before trussing the dragon with her golden lasso. It’s cartoony and fun, and I’d love to see it as an animated sequence. This whole issue would make for a great animated short, really.

Mebberson does a lot of good things with this issue. Her Catwoman has a definite Darwyn Cooke vibe, right down to how she illustrates the shine on her leather suit. Her Wonder Woman is good, though perhaps not as finely rendered as Catwoman. Mebberson went with a classic version of Wonder Woman’s suit that comes off a little basic next to Catwoman’s shiny finery. Her Wonder Woman’s not bad in any way; she just draws a really good Catwoman.

She also captures a lot of humour with her art, using her expressive characters to communicate great bits like Catwoman’s sneakinesss or the lackadaisical ease with which Wonder Woman captures her. All together, the issue was very cute and a fun read, and I think it will be a hit with younger readers.

Finally, we follow last week’s programming note with ANOTHER programming note. This story was originally scheduled for the print issue of Sensation Comics #3, but it bears the cover of Sensation Comics #4 and Mebberson’s website says the story will be in that issue as well. So I’m not sure what’s happening here, printwise. The book’s not out until the end of the month, so I suppose we’ll find out then!

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Wonder Woman’s November 2014 Covers And Solicits, With All New Creators

August 19, 2014

All three Wonder Woman titles have new writers and artists in November, which marks the first major creative change for the character since the New 52 began. Sensation Comics always has different creators, being an anthology book and all, but both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman have had the same creative teams, with slight variations here and there, since each title began. Let’s take a look at what the new creators are doing with Wonder Woman.

We’ll start with Wonder Woman #36:

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WONDER WOMAN #36
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Lego variant cover
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
1:100 variant cover by DAVID FINCH
Blank variant cover
On sale NOVEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Please welcome the new superstar creative team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch! As this new epic begins, the fate of the Amazons is about to be revealed, major new characters will be introduced and a new villain will arrive with enough power to defeat the combined might of Wonder Woman and her Justice League teammates! Don’t miss the start of this story that guest stars Swamp Thing! It will define what it takes for Diana to fulfill her destiny as Wonder Woman!

As with a lot of solicits, that is a lot of words to say pretty much nothing. New story, new characters, new villains, all rather vague at this point. We do know from the preview pages that came out around ComicCon that the Justice League will appear in this issue, their first appearance in this book since the series began. And it looks like Swamp Thing will have a big role. Leaning so heavy on guest stars right away is an odd choice, but so is everything about this title. I still can’t believe that DC hired David Finch to draw Wonder Woman.

I’ve got serious qualms about the new creative team, but my plan is to try to forget my misgivings and approach the book with an open mind. We’ll see how that goes come November. It could be good, maybe? Probably not. But stranger things have happened.

Now to Superman/Wonder Woman #13:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #13
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE
Lego Variant cover
On sale NOVEMBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Welcome the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN AND ROBIN) and Doug Mahnke (JUSTICE LEAGUE)! The unity between Superman and Wonder Woman will be tested as never before as a mysterious group of villains make their New 52 debut – but first, Atomic Skull and Major Disaster cause trouble for our favorite heroic couple!

We’ve got a couple of specifics with this solicit, at least. Atomic Skull and Major Disaster are going to be the bad guys, though Tomasi has said in interviews that they’re merely a prelude to a more serious foe. I’m always up for testing the unity of this relationship because it’s dumb and I want them to break up, and maybe Tomasi and Mahnke will be the folks who do it. Fingers crossed.

As I said when the news of the new creative team broke last Friday, I’m cautiously optimistic about Tomasi and Mahnke. The book has nowhere to go but up, and they might be a fun change. I’m much more excited for this than the Finches on Wonder Woman, that’s for sure.

Now the Wonder Woman book I actually look forward to, Sensation Comics #4:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #4
Written by NEIL KLEID, ROB WILLIAMS and OLLIE MASTERS
Art by DEAN HASPIEL, TOM LYLE and AMY MEBBERSON
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
On sale NOVEMBER 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman appears in a trio of tales with some offbeat guest stars! First, Diana and her friend Etta Candy are captured by Ra’s al Ghul, but he’s not the most surprising soul they meet. Then, a Thanagarian menace returns to Earth, and you won’t believe what Diana must do in her battle with Byth! Plus, the London police are confused as to why they caught Catwoman so easily. Fortunately, Wonder Woman is in town to take charge of the situation!

First off, this is not the cover. I’m guessing it’s Dean Haspiel art from the first story. The cover will be drawn by Adam Hughes, but it clearly wasn’t ready in time for the solicits. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it as the release date approaches; I’m sure it will be gorgeous. Hughes has a knack for drawing a fantastic Wonder Woman.

As for the inside of the issue, it sounds SUPER fun. Diana and Etta vs. Ra’s al Ghul? Don’t mind if I do! Wonder Woman vs. winged Thanagarians? Sign me up! Wonder Woman and Catwoman, in London? Please, sir, I want some more! I like things that are fun, and this issue should be a blast. No moody relationship stuff, no serious destiny heaviness, just Wonder Woman and her pals taking out bad guys and being awesome. I am very into that, and I can’t wait to read these stories.

Finally, as a bonus, a flashback, Earth 2 Wonder Woman is on the cover of Worlds’ Finest #28:

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WORLDS’ FINEST #28
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by JED DOUGHERTY
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale NOVEMBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The secret history of Earth 2 continues! In this issue, jump back in time to a point when Superman and Batman were children! When a visitor from Apokolips attempts to confront the boys as part of a galactic prophesy, only one being can stand in their way: Wonder Woman!

This is a great cover by Emanuela Lupacchino. Really lovely stuff. I’m so glad she’s been getting so much work at DC lately. She’s one of my favourites.

Now, I have next to no idea what’s going on in the Earth 2 world, or why Wonder Woman is so much older than Superman or Batman, but based on the cover and solicit alone, I am intrigued. I might have to check this out. She looks a little different from the Wonder Woman I usually see in Earth 2 stuff; maybe it’s Hippolyta? We’ll find out in November, I suppose!

Look for all of these titles this November! It should be an interesting month.


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