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The Comic Books To Read After You See Wonder Woman This Weekend

June 1, 2017

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Wonder Woman is hitting theaters tomorrow, with early showings tonight (I’M GOING TO SEE IT TONIGHT AND I’M SO EXCITED I CAN’T EVEN DEAL WITH IT), and soon lots of new Wonder Woman fans are going to be wondering what to read next. While I definitely suggest my book Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, I’ve also put together this list of comic collections that I think best capture the history and the spirit of the character. Start here, new Wonder Woman enthusiasts! You’ve got so many fun comic book adventures head of you.

Here is the list, in chronological order:

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The Wonder Woman Chronicles, Volume 1, written by William Moulton Marston, art by H.G. Peter

It’s always good to start at the very beginning. While Wonder Woman’s early outings are also collected in Archive and Omnibus formats, the Chronicles line is the cheapest option. Marston and Peter imbued Wonder Woman with a unique brand of feminism that was central to the character from day one, and a lot of the core cast and elements in these comics have remained key to Wonder Woman for more than 75 years. The stories are often wacky and fantastical, but that’s part of the charm.

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Wonder Woman by George Perez, Volume 1, written and drawn by George Perez with others

We’re jumping a few decades here, but while Wonder Woman comics were interesting at times in the Silver and Bronze Age, they’re more deeper cuts than Wonder Woman 101. Perez’s relaunch of the character, though, was hugely influential, and remains a touchstone today. Even though it was a total reboot, in many ways it was a modern update of the original Wonder Woman that stayed true to her feminist core. And with fantastic art by Perez, these stories still hold up thirty years later.

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Wonder Woman: Paradise Lost, written and drawn by Phil Jimenez with others

While there were lots of good arcs in Wonder Woman in the 1990s and 2000s, this collection is my personal favourite. The “Gods of Gotham” storyline is just good fun; Batman, the Joker, and Poison Ivy get taken over by gods and Wonder Woman has to sort things out. It’s great. “Paradise Lost” is strong as well, but “She’s a Wonder!” is the best of the bunch, teaming up Diana and Lois Lane in a story that highlights the strengths of each character and shows the respect DC’s two leading ladies have for each other.

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DC: The New Frontier, written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke

This isn’t a Wonder Woman comic specifically; pretty near everyone in the DC universe stars in this story, which is set in the 1950s and explores the dawn of a new era of heroism. But Wonder Woman’s scenes in the book are ALL spectacular. She confronts both Superman and President Eisenhower, assembles a female army in Vietnam, and comes back from a major injury to lead the charge against a foe that threatens the entire Earth. Every single moment with Wonder Woman is fantastic and the rest of the book isn’t too bad either.

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Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, Volume 2, by too many folks to list but they’re all great

We’re getting into recent stuff now, because the past few years have been an embarrassment of riches in terms of great Wonder Woman stories. Any volume of Sensation Comics could be on this list, really. They’re all standalone stories by different creative teams, and the majority of them are great. But this volume is probably the best one. Standouts include James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson’s tale of a young Wonder Woman visiting the outside world for the first time, and Lauren Beukes and Mike Maihack’s adorable tale of make believe. They’re all pretty fun, though.

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DC Comics Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted, written by Marguerite Bennett, art by Marguerite Sauvage and more

This is another ensemble book, and it’s just so much fun. The series is a retelling of World War II with DC’s female superheroes fighting the evil magical forces of the Nazis. No male superheroes are involved at all, and heroines like Batwoman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman take center stage. It’s empowering and action packed and true to the characters, especially Wonder Woman, while being something totally unique and different. It’s also super queer, in all of the best ways. Few books capture the spirit of Wonder Woman as well as this.

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The Legend of Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Origins, written and drawn by Renae De Liz with Ray Dillon

I’m doubling up on recent World War II retellings here, but it can’t be helped. Both are just too good to pick only one. And this one is all about Wonder Woman, starting with young Diana growing up on Paradise Island and following her as she eventually leaves the island to save the world. It spends a lot of time with the Amazons, which is always fun, plus Etta Candy is a key player in the book, too. Also, it’s absolutely stunning. The art is lush and gorgeous and perfect for the era and the story. Do yourself a favour and check out this outstanding book.

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Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One, by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott

Greg Rucka has penned several excellent Wonder Woman stories, but this is far and away his best. It’s a modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origins that draws from past incarnations of the character while simultaneously doing something fresh and exciting. And it’s straight up gorgeous, too. Nicola Scott was born to draw this book, and the heart and beauty she puts in every panel is an amazing thing to behold. This volume is the perfect gateway to the current Wonder Woman series, and is one of the best Wonder Woman stories ever told.

So definitely dig into all of these great collections! Most are still easy to find in print, and anything that’s not is available digitally (plus the bulk of them are on sale right now at Comixology!). And after you’ve checked out these books, keep digging! Wonder Woman’s got a fascinating history with more than 75 years of great comic books, and there are so many other fantastic volumes out there.

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Women at DC Comics Watch – October 2016 Solicits, 28 Women on 24 Books

July 29, 2016

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NOTE: This post has been substantially edited because I am a dope who missed Cecil Castellucci while doing my first count. It is now accurate and correct.

DC finally had some solid female representation in their September solicits, their first relatively decent month since “Rebirth” relaunched in June. For whatever reason, whenever DC knows they’ll be selling a lot of comics with a new initiative, they want to have as few women as possible in the mix; this has been the trend with every big move they’ve made since the New 52 relaunch. But now we’re several months in and things are beginning to improve. The number of women working on DC books in October hit the same level as September, and stayed well above their previous “Rebirth” levels. Let’s take a look at who is doing what this October at DC Comics:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #5 (cover, co-writer), Harley Quinn #6 (cover, co-writer), Harley’s Little Black Book #6 (cover, co-writer)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 (co-writer), Shade, The Changing Girl #1 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Astro City #40 (interior art)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Girl #1 (writer)
  • Claire Roe: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: The Vigilante: Southland #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #8 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #9 (variant cover), Superwoman #3 (penciller)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #13 (writer), Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #11 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Batgirl #4 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #13 (cover), Wonder Woman #8 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #9 (variant cover)
  • Joelle Jones: The Lost Boys #1 (variant cover)
  • Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (co-writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #18 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #18 (writer)
  • Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Girl #1 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #12 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #18 (interior art)
  • Msassyk: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 (color)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman #8 (art and cover), Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 (variant cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Superwoman #3 (variant cover)
  • Renae De Liz: Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Sandra Hope: Cyborg #2 (inker), Cyborg #3 (inker), Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 (inker)
  • Sarah Vaughn: Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 (writer)
  • Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 (co-writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #2 (cover), Shade, The Changing Girl #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 28 different female creators set to work on 24 different comic books in October, matching September’s 28 different women and gaining on September’s 21 different books. Basically, there’s some slight growth in representation here, which is good news considering how poor the “Rebirth” solicits had been in the months previous. More female creators would always be better, of course, but not falling back to past levels is a plus. Hopefully things have stabilized and now can continue to move forward.

We’ve got a few returning, and perhaps new, names in the mix this month. Elena Casagrande is drawing a new mini-series; I’m sure if she’s worked on DC before, but she’s done a lot of Marvel stuff. Sarah Vaughn may be new to DC as well, though she’s written elsewhere, and Cecil Castellucci has done some stuff for DC is back with a new gig now on Shade, the Changing Girl (she did a story for Sensation Comics a while back, and perhaps more?). Joelle Jones and Marley Zarcone are returning to DC after brief absences, and Jones especially should be around a lot more in the future because she’s just signed an exclusive deal with DC.

In terms of new female characters, Gerard Way’s “Young Animal” imprint is continuing to unfold, and has brought with it Shade, the Changing Girl. The books also features a handful of female creators, and there should be more coming as new books debut. We’ve also got a new Teen Titans title that appears to be predominantly male, as most teams are, but Starfire and Raven are also in the mix. We’re also getting a special over-sized issue celebrating Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary with a lot of great creators in the mix. And a bunch of books starring dudes, but meh.

Overall, it looks to be an okay month for women at DC. A bit higher in total than September and better than the months previous, but still below DC’s past highs and Marvel’s current levels. DC’s penchant for dropping their numbers considerably every year or so is making long term growth a frustrating process; it’s two steps forward and one step back, over and over. So DC’s now back up to where they were a while ago. Ideally, they’ll grow and get even further ahead before the next inevitable step back.

Wonder Woman’s October 2016 Covers and Solicits

July 19, 2016

There’s some cool stuff on the way for Wonder Woman this October, from her regular bi-monthly series to a fun special to some intriguing collections. Between Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary and the upcoming film, the character’s profile is sky high and we’ve been getting a pretty nice selection of Wonder Woman products announced each month. It’s an exciting (and often expensive!) time to be a Wonder Woman fan.

So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in October, starting with her regular series:

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WONDER WOMAN #8
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant covers by JENNY FRISON • “Year One” part four! The world is finally introduced to Wonder Woman, and adversaries—both ancient and new—take note.
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #9
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant covers by JENNY FRISON • “THE LIES” part five! Diana takes another step closer to discovering the truth…and the mysterious Godwatch responds!
On sale OCTOBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

As usual, we’re only getting one of the covers, and this month it’s the Sharp one. I don’t love it, to be honest. Is it just me, or does Steve sort of look like a creep here? He’s weirding me out a little.

But, in fun news, Frank Cho is no longer doing the variant covers, and in his place we’ve got Jenny Frison, which is a huge upgrade. Cho’s covers weren’t terrible, but Cho’s a twit who seems to love to stir up sexist anger among his followers, so I’m not sad to see him go. His brand wasn’t a good fit for the book. And Frison is an amazing cover artist, so this should be very cool!

As for the insides, Rucka sure does love vague solicits. Wonder Woman is set to meet the world for the first time in “Year One”, while in “The Lies” Wonder Woman is moving slightly closer to the truth. Not a lot of information, but the series has been solid so far so I’m looking forward to it all nonetheless.

Next up, the second issue of the gorgeous looking team up, Trinity:

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TRINITY #2
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Variant cover by FRANK CHO
“BETTER TOGETHER” part two! Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have uncovered a window into their very souls: and the power of temptation proves to be stronger than any villain they could battle! The bonds of friendship and trust between the most formidable heroes on the planet will be tested to their breaking point, with the lives of innocents hanging in the balance!
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I mean, look at that cover! I am going to buy this book based on the cover alone; it’s just so pretty. And Manapul’s doing the insides too! It’s going to look so nice. The story sounds weird in ways that could be cool. I like that the book focuses on their friendship and testing them all together; it’s a premise I can get behind. I’m keen for this book to start.

Hilariously, Frank Cho seems to have landed here with a new variant cover gig. We can’t catch a dang break! But really, who’s going to want a Cho cover when they can get that Manapul cover? It’s just too good.

We’ve also got an exciting special:

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WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1
Story and art by various • Cover by JIM LEE • Variant cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant cover by LIAM SHARP
An immense special issue celebrating seventy-five years of the Amazing Amazon, through phenomenal new stories, art, and stand-alone illustrations! Featuring a roster of incredible creators—some who’ve laid down legendary runs with the character, and some who’ve never drawn her before—including Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Renae De Liz, Brenden Fletcher, Adam Hughes, Karl Kerschl, Gail Simone, and many, many more to be announced!
On sale OCTOBER 26 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

Eighty pages of Wonder Woman fun, by some killer creative teams! I’m particularly excited for Fletcher and Kerschl to do a Wonder Woman story, though more Renae De Liz is super awesome, and Adam Hughes always does a great Diana. Plus Cliff Chiang! I love Cliff Chiang so much. I’m curious to see who else gets announced; it’d be great to see some more women in the mix here. I think this book could be a blast, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Now to some collections, including a fancy absolute edition:

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ABSOLUTE WONDER WOMAN BY BRIAN AZZARELLO AND CLIFF CHIANG VOL. 1 HC
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by CLIFF CHIANG, TONY AKINS, DAN GREEN and KANO
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
In these tales from the start of DC—The New 52, Wonder Woman learns that Queen Hippolyta has kept a secret from her daughter all her life—and when Diana learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay. The only one more shocked than Diana by this revelation? Bloodthirsty Hera—so why is her sinister daughter, Strife, so eager for the truth to be told? This Absolute edition collects WONDER WOMAN #1-18 and #0.
On sale FEBRUARY 1 • 484 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $125.00 US

I have mixed feelings on this. While the first six issues of this run are AMAZING, it does go downhill somewhat after that. I’d say that about 90% of my affection for this era of Wonder Woman is tied directly to Cliff Chiang’s spectacular art, and seeing it oversized like this would be so fun, but there were a lot of fill ins too that were often only just passable. I’m not sure whether I’ll pick this up or not, especially at such a steep price. But I might; I just love Chiang too much, you guys.

Finally, the collection we’ve all been waiting for:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN HC
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art and cover by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
The new WONDER WOMAN 9-issue miniseries written and pencilled by Renae De Liz is collected here! In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future—and eventually her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 288 pg, FC, $29.99 US

BEST OF WONDER WOMANS!! If for some reason you were crazy enough to not read this digitally and THEN not read this in single issues, pull yourself together and mark December 7, 2016, on your calendar because you need to get this book. It’s the best Wonder Woman story I’ve read in ages; it’s gorgeous and fun, and simultaneously classic and fresh. It’s just ridiculously good on every level. You’ve got to check it out, and if you’ve got the single issues already, get some of these for your friends. I mean, talk about a perfect holiday gift!

So October should be a lot of fun for single issues, and the collections that come out further down the road are looking cool too. Remember a few months back when all we got was the Finches on Wonder Woman and a terrible Superman/Wonder Woman series? We are living the high life now, gang!

The Legend of Wonder Woman #27 Review: All Good Things Must Come To An End

June 2, 2016

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It’s the grand finale of The Legend of Wonder Woman! Or, perhaps more accurately stated, it’s the grand finale and a tease of what’s to come, since a sequel is now in the works. And good thing, too; I’d have been very sad that the book was over if I didn’t know that there were more adventures with the whole gang coming. This has been the best Wonder Woman story in ages, and I’m delighted that we’re going to get more of it. I’m also glad to report that the final digital installment is a fitting end to this fantastic series, the last scene especially.

When we last left Wonder Woman, she was punching through the heart of the Manhunter that was bent on destroying the Earth, saving the planet and defying the gods in the process. That turned out to be the final blow, because this issue opens up with the complete destruction of the Manhunter, as well as the return of an old friend. The destruction of the Manhunter momentarily knocked out Wonder Woman, and in her unconscious state she was visited by the spirit of Alcippe, who gives her a pep talk and tries to tell her that a mace would be a better weapon than a lasso. Wonder Woman decides to stick with the lasso, though.

Burdened by her new powers and the responsibilities they bring, an awakened Wonder Woman decides to leave her friends behind to be the champion of Gaea full time, which doesn’t set well with Etta Candy and the Holliday Girls or Steve Trevor. But there’s not much they can do after she zooms off.

The rest of the book catches us up on other characters and teases potential future storylines. We return to Themyscira briefly, where we see Hippolyta caring for a comatose Alcippe and a bunch of Amazons turned into stone. Clearly something terrible has happened to the Amazons, and with Alcippe giving Wonder Woman a tip on how to return home, I’m guessing that Diana will get to the bottom of it all in the sequel.

There are also some villains still on the loose. Priscilla Rich survived, like I hoped she would, but it seems a dark feline force has taken a hold of her. I’m crossing my fingers for a lot of fun Cheetah adventures in the next series! The Duke of Deception is torn between his past life and his new powers, and we seem him sitting at the temple of Ares on the planet Mars, which I LOVE. In the Golden Age Wonder Woman comics, the gods lived on the planets that corresponded with them, so Ares and his minions were based on Mars, and it’s so fun that Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon are continuing that here. Plus it’s a gorgeous panel.

The menace of the universal darkness remains as well, with many more Manhunters at the ready and a mysterious new character seemingly behind them all. I can’t quite put my finger on who this is; at first I thought it might be a guardian, like Krona or some such, but they’re more purple than blue. Someone with more knowledge of the Manhunters might be able to enlighten us. If you know who it is, hit the comments!

Finally, we get the best scene in the issue and the perfect ending to the book. It’s eight months later, and after following Wonder Woman’s outings and triangulating her location, Etta Candy arrives in a boat at Diana’s isolated island home. And she’s coming to stay. Wonder Woman’s costume is all torn up and needs some fixing, and it’s clear that there’s no way that Etta is letting Diana run off and leave her again. New powers or no, they’re a team, and Etta will be beside her every step of the way. It’s a fitting end to the book, because the real heart of the series has been the friendship between Diana and Etta. So often in Wonder Woman stories, we see Steve Trevor set up as her connection to the outside world, and he plays an enjoyable role in this series, but I love that Etta is Diana’s home base here. Friendship and sisterhood, not romantic love, define this Wonder Woman; not that the latter is bad, but the former is what’s always been special about the character, and Etta’s stubborn refusal to leave Diana alone brings everything back to that in the end.

Thus ends The Legend of Wonder Woman, my favourite Wonder Woman story in I don’t know how long, and inarguably one of the best Wonder Woman stories of all time. Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon have done an amazing job here, and I can’t wait for them to return to tell more stories in this wonderful universe they’ve created. The Justice Society is coming! And Gateway City! It’s going to be so much fun.

Women at DC Comics Watch – August 2016 Solicits: Rebirth Still Low, 20 Women on 21 Books

May 24, 2016

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DC Comics’ big “Rebirth” initiative has not been great for women thus far. Even though they’re adding new series every month, the numbers aren’t really changing for female creators at DC, plus the current level is far below where DC was before “Rebirth.” I don’t know what it is with DC and big events, but anytime they do a new publishing initiative, they do so with considerably fewer women than they had beforehand. It’s a troubling trend. Let’s see who is doing what at DC in August:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #1 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #2 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #5 (cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #5 (co-writer, variant cover), Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 (variant cover), The Flintstones #2 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy Annual #1 (co-writer)
  • Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #6 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #4 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #5 (variant cover), Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (art and cover), The Flintstones #2 (variant cover)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #11 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #9 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Batgirl #2 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #11 (cover)
  • Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 (co-writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 (variant cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #16 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #16 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #10 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #16 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman #4 (art and cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1 (cover), Superwoman #1 (variant cover)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #9 (writer, art, and cover)
  • Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 20 different female creators scheduled to work on 21 different books in August, more books and the same number of women as July’s 20 and 17, respectively. In the “Rebirth” era thus far, we’ve got female creator totals of 19, 20, and 20, far lower than earlier in the year when DC was consistently in the mid-20s and even topped 30 different women on occasion. These numbers aren’t great.

We’re also seeing a lot of grouping. There are two DC Comics Bombshells books in August, and they make up a full quarter of the women working at DC. I love the Bombshells comic and that it’s such a fantastic outlet for female creators, but it’s sad that DC has so few women working for them that two books can account for so much. Also, Amanda Conner makes up 6 of the 21 different issues listed above, almost a third. Amanda Conner is amazing, but it again speaks to how poor DC is at distributing work to women that one woman accounts for such a huge number of books.

On the character side of things, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey officially launches in August after their “Rebirth” special in July, and the new Superwoman, starring a superpowered Lois Lane, debuts as well. A new Harley Quinn book will be hitting shops as well, but it appears to be just a relaunch of the current series without much in the way of changes or revamps; why mess with a good thing? We’ve also got some fun annuals, including a DC Comics Bombshells Annual that introduces Barbara Gordon to this alternate universe and a Gotham Academy Annual that should be a blast because that book is always a good time.

So “Rebirth” has been rather underwhelming so far. I was hoping that the numbers would grow as more books came out, but that does not seem to be the case.  Things are steady and low, with few signs that this will change on the superhero front. The fall should tick up, with Gerard Way’s new line starting up, but that may be a couple of months off yet, and that will do little to address DC’s mainline superhero problem. Put more women on your books, DC! It’s not hard.

The Legend of Wonder Woman #26 Review: The Heart of the Titan

May 19, 2016

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Let’s start with some excellent news: We no longer have to be sad that The Legend of Wonder Woman is almost over, because it’s coming back! In a surprise move, DC has greenlit a sequel! We got reports a while back that a sequel wasn’t happening, but DC has changed their mind. I’m guessing the steady sales and universally positive reviews swayed them into reconsidering, and rightly so. The book is fantastic, and Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon have built a fascinating world that clearly has many more stories left to tell.

So hooray we’ve got that to look forward to, but today we’ve got the penultimate digital installment of the series. And it’s mostly all brawl, with a newly repowered Wonder Woman taking on the Titan in hopes of stopping it from destroying the planet. Given that we’re getting a sequel, I’m going to guess she succeeds, but it’s a superhero comic and that was sort of a given anyway. It’s the how of it all that makes superhero comics fun; we all know the bad guys are going to lose eventually.

The action throughout the issue was nicely done, with some fun twists and turns along the way. Diana’s new superpowers are swell and all, but the Titan is a formidable foe so this wasn’t a one punch and done situation. Moreover, the Titan is crafty, and seems to recognize that it can distract Wonder Woman by threatening others. Creating a tidal wave to threaten a Scandinavian coastal town (to be honest, I’m just guessing it’s Scandinavian) was a clever move, though Wonder Woman handled it well, of course.

What I particularly enjoyed about the fight, and about all of the fights in The Legend of Wonder Woman, is that Diana takes the time to understand who she’s fighting and why they’re doing what they’re doing. She uses her lasso to see each villain’s history and the core of what motivates them, and responds with compassion or violence, depending on the situation. Here, the Titan was created to protect the universe, but the darkness corrupted its mission. However, the Titan now revels in the darkness and enjoys destruction, wholly embracing evil, so it gets all of the punches instead of a heart to heart convo to steer it into the light. As the issue ends, it looks like all of the punching paid off because Wonder Woman is about to disable the alien rock that powers the Titan. We’ve got a whole issue left, though, so there may be some twists yet.

Elsewhere, Etta and Steve are sidelined as the epic battle rages. Steve wants to help but, in a hilarious turn of phrase, Etta calls him a “sweet idiot” and explains that this is a job for Wonder Woman. It’s better they stay out of the way and let her handle it rather than put themselves in harm’s way and distract Wonder Woman from her mission. I know I’ve said it a million times, but I love this Etta so much. She’s fun loving and adventurous, but she’s not haphazard. She knows when to hang back, even though she probably hates doing so. This Etta is the perfect best friend for Diana, and so key to the success of The Legend of Wonder Woman overall.

So we’ve got one issue left! And then a whole new series, which is just the best news. I can’t wait to see where the book goes next. But I also can’t wait to see how this story concludes. Things are looking grim for the Titan, but Priscilla Rich is still out there; might she be a Chekhov’s Cheetah in the story? (EDIT: As Jeppe points out in the comments, Priscilla Rich got magically disintegrated a couple issues back, so she’s likely out of play here, though hopefully not for good because I’m all about the classic Cheetah) Or will Wonder Woman bust up the Titan and just spend the rest of the issue celebrating with her friends? I’d be fine with either, really. We’ll see how it all ends, next week!

Wonder Woman’s August 2016 Covers and Solicits

May 17, 2016

August looks to be a fairly quiet month at DC on the Wonder Woman front, with just a handful of new single issues. The past few months of solicits have included a variety of cool new Wonder Woman collections and reprints, but the only collection set for August is another volume of the Finches’ tenure on Wonder Woman, and nobody needs that. Seriously, spare yourself and buy literally anything else. But we’ve got a few new issues, so let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in August, starting with the bi-monthly series:

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WONDER WOMAN #4
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT • Variant covers by FRANK CHO
“Wonder Woman Year One” part two! Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen.
On sale AUGUST 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #5
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant covers by FRANK CHO
“The Lies” part three! Steve Trevor finds himself trapped in the heart of Urzkartaga’s darkness, with Wonder Woman and Cheetah the only hope of rescue for him and his men. But how far can Cheetah be trusted?
On sale AUGUST 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I don’t know why we’re only getting one cover from DC’s bi-monthly books in the solicits lately, but that’s the way it’s been going. This looks to be the Liam Sharp cover from Wonder Woman #5, and it’s fun to see that Steve Trevor has a beard. I think he’s pulling it off. I also like that Rucka is bringing in classic Wonder Woman villains like the Cheetah; she’s been rather poorly handled since the 2011 relaunch, and I think Rucka’s got a good shot to make her interesting again.

Over in the “Year One” storyline, the Amazons need to find a champion. Who could it possibly be?! It’s a mystery. But seriously, I can’t wait to see Rucka and Scott retell Wonder Woman’s origins. I’m so excited to see the Amazons depicted properly for a change. Rucka is a dude who gets the Amazons perfectly.

We’ve also got the final print issue of The Legend of Wonder Woman in August:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #9
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
The Titan has awoken, forcing Wonder Woman to confront her most powerful foe. Her friends would stand behind her, but they’ve got their own battles to fight! And as
Diana tries to keep the Titan from destroying the families in the battle zone, she calls upon the magic of Gaia.
On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, 9 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

I’m so sad that it’s going to end, but so delighted that we’ve gotten such a fantastic Wonder Woman tale. This has been the best Wonder Woman story in AGES, and it’s definitely set to end on a high note. We’re one digital issue into this finale right now, and things are getting crazy. The issue begins with Diana still without superpowers, but then some rad things happen and now she’s punching the Titan and it’s all so fun and so good! You’re all reading this book, right? If you aren’t, go fix that.

Look for all of these fun Wonder Woman adventures this August!


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