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Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1 Prequel Comic Premieres Today

July 7, 2015

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The massive ramp up to the upcoming animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters continues with a new line of prequel comics. We’ve already had some animated shorts, but it seems like those were meant to give us a taste of the movie’s present. The comics take us into the past, setting up these new versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Wonder Woman #1 debuted today on all of the digital outlets. Three part stories for Batman and Superman have already been released, and Wonder Woman will get two more digital issues over the next two days. The full Wonder Woman book will also be released as a single issue in print form on August 5.

This new Wonder Woman is Bekka of the New Gods, the granddaughter of Highfather, and this first issue reveals that she was transported to Earth via boom tube in the early 1960s. It seems a lot of versions of Wonder Woman are picking up on this idea of her as a hero that’s been around for while; there are rumours that this is the direction Batman v Superman is taking with her as well, a sort of immortal demigod wandering the Earth situation. I like it a lot better in this alternate version of the character than as allegedly the definitive film version.

I won’t spoil the comic, but it starts out with a rad fight with a giant lizard monster so if that’s your jam, and of course it is because everyone loves giant lizard monster battles, then this is the book for you. The story itself is interesting because it starts out hopeful and slowly veers into disillusionment. I’m curious to see where things go over the next couple of issues, and how much of this hope Wonder Woman can retain or restore. The Justice League: Gods and Monsters universe has seemed pretty dark thus far, but the Wonder Woman short was a lot more fun than the Batman or Superman ones, a huge romp of a fight instead of some sort of dark twist. I’m hoping that Wonder Woman will be the more hopeful, fun member of the team.

The comic also touches on something I didn’t love about the short, the sexual focus on the character. It’s such a tricky thing in this medium because while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a woman who likes sex, it’s been done so terribly so many times in the superhero world, ending up far more exploitive than empowering. I’m hoping they can strike a good balance with it, because it’s an interesting characteristic in the boldly taking what she wants sort of way they’ve been playing it. In the comic, it was one quick moment rather than something regularly referenced as it was in the short, and it made for an amusing scene in the comic that also informed the character. It’s a hard line to walk, and hopefully the film and the show that’s set to follow it will do so well.

Overall, it’s a decent comic, nicely written by J.M. DeMatteis and Bruce Timm with some enjoyable art by Rick Leonardi and Dan Green. Also, the cover by Jae Lee and June Chung is pretty dang gorgeous. It’s going to look fantastic on the comic racks, for sure. You can read it digitally now and over the next couple of days, wait for the print issue in August, or just watch the movie cold, I suppose.

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Check Out The New Wonder Woman’s Prequel Short For Justice League: Gods and Monsters

June 15, 2015

Last week, Warner Bros. and Machinima releases three prequel cartoons for the upcoming animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Batman starred in the first one, where he stopped an even more deranged than usual Harley Quinn and then went all vampire on her. Superman got the second one, where he wore a trench coat, sported a goatee, and killed a cute little baby Brainiac who couldn’t control his powers. Wonder Woman is the focus of the third Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles episode, “Big”. Let’s take a look:

I’m on the fence about this short. I like a lot of it. This New Gods-based Wonder Woman is a total bad ass, with a cool sword that comes when she calls it and handy access to a boom tube whenever she needs it. Plus she’s definitely got attitude. Her standing back while Steve Trevor got the crap kicked out of him because he insisted that he could handle Giganta on his own was hilarious and great. I always enjoy a Wonder Woman story where Steve is completely useless and Wonder Woman defeats the bad guys with relative ease. I also liked Tamara Taylor’s take on Wonder Woman. She was aloof and tough in enjoyable ways.

I’m more mixed on the sexual aspects of the short. The costume is a tad too revealing for my taste, treading into defying physics territory in the breast area. I thought that the banter about Wonder Woman hooking up with Steve Trevor the night before was kind of amusing, but when she jumped him after the battle I was less amused. This was partly due to the fact that Steve was a dumb, useless jerk throughout the short. He was rude and arrogant, and just no help whatsoever. I’m not entirely sure what a warrior like this Wonder Woman clearly is sees in him, other than convenience.

There is, I suppose, an interesting angle of dominance that puts a twist on William Moulton Marston’s original vision for Wonder Woman that was rooted in women being in charge. Wonder Woman is in control of all of the various kinds of action in this short, and Steve is just along for the ride. At same time, it’s interesting that neither Batman or Superman’s shorts had anything sexual going on, while it came up a lot in Wonder Woman’s. That’s not a great sign for how they see the characters.

Still, she was super bad ass, and that sword is awesome. I’d happily watch her carve up bad dudes in a feature length animated film. After seeing all of the shorts, though, I’m somewhat less excited for the movie. I’d been looking forward to a new take on the Justice League, but it just looks like they’re going dark and gritty with it. By “new take” I wasn’t hoping for “it’s 1998 and superheroes are wearing trench coats and killing people.”

Justice League: Gods and Monsters will be released on DVD and online on July 28. It might be cool, it might not, but Bruce Timm is behind it all so that makes it worth checking out for me.


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