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Wonder Woman’s April 2017 Covers and Solicits

January 24, 2017

DC’s solicits were a little bit late this month, but when they finally arrived yesterday they brought a bevy of new Wonder Woman comic books for us to look forward to this April. So let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in a few months’ time, starting with her own series:

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WONDER WOMAN #20
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by BILQUIS EVELY • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“Godwatch” part three! Cale launches a desperate gambit to take control of Godwatch, but her plan hinges on two factors she cannot control: the witch Circe, and Wonder Woman!
On sale APRIL 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #21
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“The Truth” part four! As the reality of Themyscira is revealed, Wonder Woman is forced to make a decision: defy the will of the gods or betray her Amazon sisters to Godwatch!
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The dual narrative continues this April, with Wonder Woman facing off against Godwatch in the even numbered issues and learning the truth about Themyscira in the odd books. Circe’s going to be in Wonder Woman #20, which should be a lot of fun. After her poor portrayal in Superman/Wonder Woman a couple of years back, I’m looking forward to what can only be a better spin on her from Rucka and Evely.

Now onto Trinity:

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TRINITY #8
Written by CULLEN BUNN • Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY • Cover by CLAY MANN • Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
A “Superman: Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! In this essential chapter of the “Superman Reborn Aftermath” epic, Kal-El reveals to Batman and Wonder Woman what had happened to him—and how they all may be in danger!
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

I’ve been enjoying Trinity, but honestly I’m picking it up for the amazing Francis Manapul art and there just hasn’t been much of it. Now eight issues in, it looks like he’ll have drawn half of them at most, and we’re getting a tie-in issue with a Superman event? Not what I’m looking for. Hopefully Manapul is back in full force in May, because otherwise I might be ready to move on, especially with the $1 price hike.

Next up, some Amazon fun:

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THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #4
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by RYAN BENJAMIN and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN
The Amazons are taken to Valhalla, heavenly home of warriors who have fallen in combat. Hessia learns where the Amazons originated and why their numbers have come to be spread throughout the world. But she’s also determined to find a way back to Earth, to rescue her comrades who have been taken by the Storm Giants. As for the Giants, they are getting ready to go to war.
On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T+

This series starts TOMORROW, so we’ll know pretty soon if this is going to be worth picking up in April. While the buzz for it seems to be minimal/non-existent, a lot of great titles fly under the radar so we’ll see what happens. It still just sounds like a Thor book to me, but I’m curious to see what Grievoux, Benjamin, and Friend do. I’ll be checking out the first issue tomorrow and will report back if I have anything interesting to say about it.

Now some classic TV fun:

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BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #4
Written by MARC ANDREYKO and JEFF PARKER • Art by DAVID HAHN and KARL KESEL • Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Ra’s al Ghul has discovered the Amazons’ Elysian Well…better known to Man’s World as a Lazarus Pit! Wonder Woman takes Batman and Robin (and Catwoman!) to confront him, but strange creatures live in the same maze, which the Amazons have used for centuries as a prison!
On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

I’m so down for Catwoman on Paradise Island. You had me there, and you don’t have to sell me on anything else, DC. I’m super on board.

We’ve also got a few Wonder Woman collections announced. They include:

  • WONDER WOMAN VOL. 2: YEAR ONE TP: Collects WONDER WOMAN #2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14. On sale MAY 3 • 168 pg, FC, $16.99 US. If you didn’t read this in single issues, BUY THIS. It’s phenomenal. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott hit this one out of the park.
  • WONDER WOMAN BY JOHN BYRNE BOOK ONE HC: Collects WONDER WOMAN #101-114. On sale MAY 24 • 328 pg, FC, $39.99 US. A nice big collection of Byrne’s work on Wonder Woman, which I found moderately enjoyable when I read it. It’s Byrne before he went full on Internet wacko, which is usually worth checking out.
  • WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC: Collects COMIC CAVALCADE #6-13, SENSATION COMICS #25-48 and WONDER WOMAN #8-15. On sale JULY 5 • 768 pg, FC, $75.00 US. Early Marston/Peter Wonder Woman comics are always a good choice, and this HUGE new collection comes with a gorgeous Darwyn Cooke cover.

So we’ve got a nice selection of books to choose from this April, and some fine collections on the way as well. Should be fun!

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Wonder Woman’s March 2017 Covers and Solicits

December 30, 2016

DC’s March 2017 solicits came out a while back, but with the holidays and all I’ve just got around to going through them now. March looks to be another busy month for Wonder Woman and the Amazons, so let’s see what the gang will be up to, starting with Wonder Woman itself:

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WONDER WOMAN #18
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art and cover by BILQUIS EVELY
Variant covers by JENNY FRISON
“GODWATCH” part two! Godwatch grows, and Diana has her first encounter with the ghost in the machine known as Dr. Cyber!
On sale MARCH 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #19
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art and cover by LIAM SHARP
Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“The Truth” part three! Diana, Steve and Etta come face-to-face with their newest foes—the deadly group known as Poison! But what do they have to do with the plot to unravel Wonder Woman’s life?
On sale MARCH 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

We’ve got Dr. Cyber in one book and Poison (i.e. a group inspired by the classic Wonder Woman villain Dr. Poison) in another, giving us a greatest hits of iconic Wonder Woman villains. Throw in the Cheetah and they’re all doctors too, a web of villainy that reflects poorly on academia but makes for an enjoyable read nonetheless. One has to assume that Dr. Psycho will show up at some point and give us a quartet of dastardly doctors. Wonder Woman‘s been a fun book since Rucka and company relaunched it, and these March issues look like they should be a good time.

Onto Trinity:

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TRINITY #7
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Art and cover by CLAY MANN
Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
“DIVIDED WE FALL” prelude! America is divided! And now a hero has fallen and it may split the country even more. Can Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman stand against riots while defending a bigoted enemy? Don’t miss the beginning of an epic adventure that will test the ideals of our three heroes!
On sale MARCH 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I’ve been enjoying this book thus far, but it’s got a lot less Francis Manapul art than I anticipated. It looked like he was going to be two on, one off, but that doesn’t seem to be the case now? Clay Mann is decent and all, but Manapul is AMAZING. He brings so much style and heart to the book. DC needs to set him up on a schedule without fill-ins. It’ll take a little longer, but the end result would be so gorgeous. Anyway, it looks like we’re on to a new arc here. I’m not totally sold on the premise, but we’ll see how the execution goes. The book’s been really good, so I’m optimistic.

Now some Bombshells:

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DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #23
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by MATIAS BERGARA, LAURA BRAGA and MIRKA ANDOLFO
Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Wonder Woman is back! Take a quick trip to Themyscira where Wonder Woman and Supergirl are mourning the loss of Stargirl. Then, it’s back to the action in Zambesi as Wonder Woman crashes into the fight between the Bombshells and Cheetah, who’s leading the mechanical gods!
On sale MARCH 1 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

I don’t usually post the DC Comics Bombshells solicits, especially lately since Wonder Woman’s been on the backburner, but she’s front and center in this new issue and I wanted to remind everyone to mark it on their calendar and pick it up. This series is SO GOOD, and if you’ve not been reading it you’re really missing out. Plus it’s set to have a lot more Wonder Woman soon, which is even more exciting!

We’ve got some classic TV antics coming too:

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BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #3
Written by JEFF PARKER and MARC ANDREYKO
Art by DAVID HAHN and KARL KESEL
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Among the world’s greatest secrets is the location of Paradise Island, mythic home of the legendary Amazon warrior women where no man may visit! But what about a BATman? In 1966, the search for Ra’s al Ghul’s trail heats up, and the Caped Crusaders fly to warn Wonder Woman that her hidden home is the villain’s goal!
On sale MARCH 22 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

Batman is going to Paradise Island and I can’t wait. What a fantastic premise, to send the 1960s Batman and Robin to the home of Amazons. This should be hilarious and delightful. I love that this series exists.

Finally, the adventures of the Amazons:

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THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #3
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art and cover by RYAN BENJAMIN and RICHARD FRIEND
It’s Amazons versus Valkyries! Hessia and her warriors are closing in on the Storm Giants who are holding their comrades prisoner when a group of fierce Nordic female warriors misinterpret their intent and launch an all-out assault. Will even the Amazons’ new Viking allies be able to help them against these god-like beings?
On sale MARCH 15 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T+

I remain very much unsold on this mini-series, but the first issue isn’t even out yet so I’ll reserve judgment and hope for the best. The covers haven’t been giving me a lot to look forward to, and Storm Giants and Vikings and Valkyries sounds like a Thor rip-off but again, we’ll see. This could be a surprise treat. It’s got Amazons in it, after all! The potential is certainly there.

Look for all of these comics in March 2017! It’s going to be a busy one!

Wonder Woman’s February 2017 Covers and Solicits

November 22, 2016

This February looks to be another busy month for Wonder Woman and her wider world, both in terms of single issues and some fun new collections. It continues to be an excellent time to be a Wonder Woman fan; the movie on the horizon really seems to be ramping up comic production at DC. So let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman is up to in February 2017, starting with her own series:

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WONDER WOMAN #16
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by BILQUIS EVELY • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“GODWATCH” part one! Since the moment Wonder Woman arrived in our world, Godwatch has been waiting. But who are they, and what do they want? Diana’s journey to the truth continues with the origin of what may prove to be her greatest enemies.
On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #17
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“THE TRUTH” part two! As Wonder Woman picks up the pieces of her shattered psyche, Barbara Ann Minerva walks into the devil’s lair to defend her…or is she being led into Godwatch’s trap?
On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

How great is that Bilquis Evely cover? She did a spectacular job on the Barbara Ann Minerva special issue last month, and I’m so excited that she’ll be taking over the odd-numbered issues for “Godwatch” after “Year One” ends. Nicola Scott is going to be a tough act to follow, but Evely’s already shown that she’s got the goods to hold her own. We’ve got some gorgeous comics in store for us.

In terms of the plots, it will be fun to dig into Godwatch and find out what they’re all about. We know a few of the players now from “The Lies” but clearly there’s something large and sinister at work here. As for “The Truth,” the solicit is a bit vague, but I enjoy that Barbara is remaining a key player in the book. Between her and Etta, it’s great to see Wonder Woman have some female pals.

Onto the always gorgeous Trinity:

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TRINITY #6
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
“Better Together” part six! The horror that kept our heroes trapped in nightmares of their own making is now loose in the world, and it’s taking possession of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman! When the spawn of Mongul holds the keys to the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe—no one is safe!
On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I love this book. I’ve only read the first two issues, but they’re so stunningly gorgeous. The story is a lot of fun too. It’s kind of a chill team up, with the three heroes just being pals. I’m super into it. And it sounds like it’s building to something quite epic. Manapul’s knocking it out of the park so far with this series, and I’m looking forward to where it’s going.

Next up, The Odyssey of the Amazons:

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THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #2
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by RYAN BENJAMIN and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN
In the frigid lands to the north, Hessia and her Amazons find new allies: a band of Norsemen led by none other than Jon, the Viking Prince. Meanwhile, their captured Amazon sisters learn of the fate planned for them by Groa, Queen of the Storm Giants. And as Hessia and Jon prepare to launch a rescue, a new faction appears! Will these new players prove to be friend or foe?
On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T

There’s still a lot of question marks on this one, and it very much feels like a book that should have come out a few years ago, before Rucka and co. revamped the Amazons. But still, it’s Amazons vs. Storm Giants, and that could be cool. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully the book is a pleasant surprise.

We’ve also got Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77:

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BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #2
Written by MARC ANDREYKO and JEFF PARKER
Art by DAVID HAHN and KARL KESEL
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Bruce Wayne is only ten—and he’s already being hunted by Nazi soldiers and Ra’s al Ghul’s mysterious League of Shadows! Join the chase as he makes a discovery vital to his bat-future and watch what happens when Wonder Woman comes to the rescue!
On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

The comic appears to be picking up on the split nature of the Wonder Woman TV show; the first season was set in World War Two, while the second and third picked up in the 1970s. So we’ve got young Bruce interacting with season one Wonder Woman here, which is very cool. This is such a clever way to merge these different universes. I’m really looking forward to this series.

Finally, there are a couple of cool collections on the way:

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WONDER WOMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 1 TP
Written by DAN VADO and CHUCK DIXON
Art by MIKE COLLINS, KEVIN WEST, RICK BURCHETT, MARC CAMPOS and others • Cover by MIKE COLLINS and JOSE MARZAN JR.
In these never-before-collected stories from the 1990s, Wonder Woman takes over as leader of the Justice League of America, whether Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle like it or not. Acting at the behest of the United Nations, the team must respond to a human rights crisis in a remote African nation, only to find the populace under the thumbs of the super-powered Extremists. The team then must jet to Norway, where the young superhero called Ice struggles to keep the nation out of the hands of her older brother. Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #78-85, JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA ANNUAL #7 and GUY GARDNER #15.
On sale MARCH 15 • 264 pg, FC, $24.99 US

I often forget about Justice League America and Wonder Woman’s time leading the team, and I’m an expert on the character! Everyone remembers Justice League International and Morrison relaunching JLA, but in between that Justice League America ran for a long time and Wonder Woman was a key player. It’s very cool that this run is getting collected; it’s a fun period of Wonder Woman’s history that sometimes gets overlooked.

We’ve also got more collected George Perez:

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WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Written by GEORGE PEREZ and others • Art by CHRIS MARRINAN, JILL THOMPSON, COLLEEN DORAN and others • Cover by CHRIS MARRINAN and GEORGE PEREZ
Following the events of INVASION, Wonder Woman and Captain Atom must locate the missing Steve Trevor, while the citizens of Themyscira witness the arrival of a new man on their island. This volume also includes the origins of both Cheetah and Silver Swan, the appearance of a lost tribe of Egyptian Amazons and more! Collects WONDER WOMAN #25-45 and ANNUAL #2.
On sale MAY 10 • 552 pg, FC, $99.99 US

I was hoping that DC would continue their omnibus collection of Perez’s Wonder Woman run past the first volume, and they are! Nearly two years after the first collection, but oh well. It’s continuing on, and that’s exciting, plus it bodes well for a third omnibus to finish the run. Save your pennies and clear some shelf space because this is going to be expensive and massive.

Well, that’s quite a month! It’s nice to have a slew of new Wonder Woman comics to look forward to.

Wonder Woman #37 Review OR What Did I Do To Deserve A Book This Bad?

December 17, 2014

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I don’t even know where to start with this hot mess of an issue. This is an astonishingly bad comic book in general, and an even worse Wonder Woman comic. The last page should make me so happy, but it just makes me sad. All of the pages before it are no better, and for SO many reasons. I’m having trouble recalling a Wonder Woman comic that was ever this bad, and I’ve read ALL of the Wonder Woman comics. These people do not know what they are doing. It’s a train wreck, but not the kind where you can’t look away. I’d be glad to run as far away from this book as possible, if Wonder Woman wasn’t my beat here. Anyway, let’s talk about this catastrophe, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!!

I am fixing to tell you all of the ridiculous things that happened in this comic, so be warned!

Though I know a lot of you are reading this instead of the comic, which I can understand!

It’s a really bad book!

Let’s start with some small things and then get to the big things. Wonder Woman has a lot of feelings, gang. She’s just overwhelmed by everything. Check out this panel from her conversation with Clark, where she reacts strongly to the his suggestion that she may have reached her breaking point:

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This is not how Wonder Woman rolls. She’s a damn warrior princess. She handles her business and keeps on trucking because that’s what an Amazon does. It’s not that Wonder Woman can’t have emotions or get overwhelmed by stuff. She’s not a robot. But she IS Wonder Woman. She doesn’t need to flip out and unload her troubles on a dude in every single issue.

Add to that this storyline where some random old Amazon lady is trying to make her choose between being a superhero and an Amazon queen, and you’ve basically got a book about a woman struggling to have it all. Which is ridiculous when that woman is Wonder Woman. If anyone can balance a myriad of responsibilities, it’s her. This plot is such a flawed approach to the character. Plus it reeks of a ridiculously dated take on female characters generally; this sort of thing was getting old when it was the angle of every female-led television show in the 1990s. Wonder Woman is SO much better than the story they are giving her.

Aside from the bad story, the art is a rough scene too. When David Finch was announced as the book’s artist, me and pretty much everyone familiar with his work was concerned that his style might be too sexy for Wonder Woman. And guess what? Yeah, it really is. I was hoping he’d tone things down a bit for a feminist icon, but not so much. There’s a scene where Wonder Woman goes into battle in special armour, and the chest plate doesn’t even cover her belly. It’s ARMOUR. It has a very specific purpose. Armour that bares your midriff is useless armour. Finch also poses Wonder Woman in odd ways; even when she’s just standing around, her hips are cocked slightly so as to stick her rear out a little bit.

Worst of all, we’ve got Amazon butt crack. I’m not even kidding. There’s an Amazon gal wearing little more than a loincloth around her nether regions, and in one panel we see her from behind and we can see some definite butt crack, bent over plumber style:

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This is a WONDER WOMAN comic book. We should not be getting butt crack.

Nor should we be getting Amazons colluding with evil witches to sacrifice babies, but here we are. The degradation of the Amazons is a pet peeve of mine. I hated what Azzarello did to them, turning them into rapists and murderers, but at least in their present interactions they didn’t behave like monsters to each other. There were quarrels, but ultimately they all worked together. Now, there are factions of the Amazons full on rebelling against Diana. The weird old lady Amazon and her associates are actively working with a sorceress to take down Wonder Woman, though we have yet to see a really good reason why other then they’re not happy to have the Manazons around. I hate when Amazons are jerks, and I hate when Amazons backstab each other. They are supposed to be better than us; it’s kind of their thing. Making them cackling, conniving villains is the worst. And also very 1990s. This book would have been ALL the rage with fanboys in 1993.

This sorceress collusion leads us to the big reveal at the end of the issue: The return of Donna Troy. I love Donna Troy, so I should be happy to have her back, but bringing her back buck naked via the cauldron of an evil sorceress bent on destroying the Amazons is pretty much the last way I wanted to see her return, especially with such a subpar creative team at the helm. The return of Donna Troy should be exciting. It’s been years since we’ve seen her! And yet my only reaction was, “Oh no, now she’s been dragged into this mess of a book too.” I could not possibly be less excited about this turn of events. All that I can hope for at this point is that she comes out of this storyline relatively unscathed and can find a home somewhere else in the DC universe with writers and artists who will do her justice. Secret agent Donna Troy might be fun in Grayson, perhaps.

So basically, I liked nothing about this comic book. I actively hated most of it, to be quite frank. I have seen nothing in these first two issues that suggests that Meredith and David Finch have any understanding of Wonder Woman, much less the ability to tell an interesting and engaging story. The whole thing is a mishmash of clichéd ideas about female characters, sexy adolescent Amazons except for the one super old one who is of course evil, and senseless shock value. It’s rough all around, and I really can’t see how it could get any better. I can’t believe I have months of this ahead of me.

Wonder Woman #37 Preview OR A Bunch Of Teenage Girls Fight Robot Owls Or Something? I Don’t Know

December 15, 2014

The second issue of Meredith and David Finch’s run on Wonder Woman is set to hit stands on Wednesday, and Newsarama has an exclusive preview. I pretty much hated the first issue, and I honestly can’t imagine this arc getting a lot better. The writing was poor and the art was bad and creepily exploitive; oddly, there’s nowhere to go but up, and yet I’m not at all optimistic that they can make the book any better. So with that ringing endorsement, let’s check out this preview:

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I really don’t understand why Finch has drawn all of the Amazons to look like curvy adolescents. It creeps me out so bad. They are WOMEN. Grown adults. Make them look like that. Also, all of the mouths agape are only making the creepy factor worse. It’s all just kind of gross.

Furthermore, only a creative team this inept could ruin robotic owls with Amazon in-fighting. There’s barely any actual owl fighting. There’s a massively unnecessary double page spread though, which is not surprising.

I will say that I do like the Amazon with the undercut. That’s nicely played. And the armour she’s wearing is well rendered. If she didn’t look like a sexy teenager and the shot didn’t have her mouth agape and her cleavage so prominently exposed, this might actually be a decent take on an Amazon. But alas, it is not. Finch can draw well, he just seems to choose not to and instead focuses on making everything look all sexy.

Wonder Woman #37 is out this Wednesday is comic shops and online. Honestly, I understand if you don’t want to buy it. I’ll have a review up on Wednesday and you can read that instead of dropping a few bucks on what should be a rather subpar comic book. It’s up to you. Go buy Bitch Planet instead. It’s the BEST.

Wonder Woman #36 Preview: A Peek At Meredith And David Finch’s First Issue

November 17, 2014

After more than three years of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang giving us a good, albeit up and down, run on Wonder Woman, it’s time for a new team to take over. Writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch debut this Wednesday in Wonder Woman #36, and Buzzfeed has a preview of the first few pages of the book. I’ve included the variant cover because we’ve all seen the regular cover a bunch of times already:

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Like everything I’ve seen or heard or read from the Finches since DC announced they’d be the new creative team on Wonder Woman, this preview is not making me particularly optimistic about the book. I’m doing my best not to prejudge and to keep an open mind, but I’m not very excited for this and I’m seeing nothing here to pique my interest.

Some dude is talking about the rain for three pages, and then Wonder Woman fights Swamp Thing across a double page spread, mouth agape the entire time. I will say that for David Finch art, Wonder Woman is slightly more covered up than you’d expect, but that’s really not saying a lot at all. Luckily for us, the costume doesn’t lend itself to navel-range necklines. Based on the covers, though, it seems that Wonder Woman has excellent posture, with her chest jutting out prominently.

Also, as a totally random sidenote, what happened to the Swamp Thing with antlers and wings and stuff? It was bonkers and cool! Lately, he’s just looked like regular old Swamp Thing.

Anyway, Wonder Woman #36 is out Wednesday online and in comic shops everywhere. I’m concerned, but also my expectations are so low that it being not entirely terrible will be a win for me. I can’t imagine how it will be in the ballpark of good, but you never know! Stranger things have happened. For all my snark, I really do hope it’s decent. I love Wonder Woman and I want her to have a good comic book. Plus, I hate writing review of books I don’t like. That’s not fun for anyone. So fingers crossed for a pleasant surprise! I’ll have a full review on Wednesday, and I’m hoping for the best!

Wonder Woman’s January 2015 Comic Covers And Solicits

October 21, 2014

DC Comics’ full January solicits went up yesterday, and Wonder Woman’s got a lot on the go with her three regular series. I thought that we might see the print version of the new Wonder Woman ’77 set for January as well, but it’s not on the list. Perhaps in February.

But we’ve got three other books I am looking forward to on a scale that ranges from “Not At All” to “Quite A Lot.” Let’s start with the book I’m least looking forward to, Wonder Woman #38:

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WONDER WOMAN #38
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
THE FLASH 75 Variant cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
1:100 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale JANUARY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With her people against her, Wonder Woman has left Paradise Island more uncertain of her intentions than ever before! And with only the mantle of God of War to turn to, she’s challenged to give that up!

Well, that’s certainly an interesting cover. A berserker, blood spattered god of war Wonder Woman. Yeesh. That is not an appealing image.

As for the story, it sounds like Wonder Woman and the Amazons are having a bit of a spat. We’ve seen that sort of story done about 78 times before, including in the run that immediately preceded the Finches taking over, so that seems like an odd choice. It’s hard to have a fresh take on something that’s been done to death. Some month, I’d like Wonder Woman to have a really nice time in her own book for a change. Things go well, her family and friends are kind and helpful, and she takes out a bad guy and saves the day. No rage, no blood, no betrayal, just a pleasant day of superheroing. I know, it’ll never happen.

Onto Superman/Wonder Woman #15, which I remain very curious about:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #15
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE
THE FLASH 75 Variant cover by IVAN REIS
On sale JANUARY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Wonderstar’s destiny is starting to become clear – and his path may lead to the end of humanity! Will Superman and Wonder Woman be able to prevent him from becoming what – or who – he’s meant to be?

I love that Superman is getting blasted on the cover while Wonder Woman remains unharmed. That’s a fun change from what we’ve seen in past Superman/Wonder Woman covers.

Also, random sidenote, is it just me or does Wonder Woman look like the gal from The Blacklist on that cover?

I know absolutely nothing about this run or the new Wonderstar character on account of Tomasi and Mahnke don’t even start on the book until next month, but here’s my theory on what’s going down: Wonderstar is either Superman and Wonder Woman’s kid from the future and/or an alternate universe, or it’s some kind of mixed clone thing that’s half Wonder Woman and half Superman. Either way, I think they’ll have some parental connection to this new character, and that’s why they’re so involved with him. We’ll see how it plays out over the next few months. I’m probably absolutely wrong, but you never know.

Finally, the book I am most excited for, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #6:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #6
Written by MICHAEL JELENIC and ADAM P. KNAVE
Art by DREW JOHNSON, RAY SNYDER and MATTHEW DOW SMITH
Cover by PAUL DAVEY
On sale JANUARY 21 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Hippolyta’s first rule of war is demonstrated in “Generations,” as Diana and Cheetah battle over a phoenix egg – and its promise of immortality! Then Diana and Big Barda fight the awesome menace of robot gorillas in “Not Included.”

This cover isn’t doing much for me, but here’s what I’m excited about: BIG BARDA. I LOVE Big Barda, and a Big Barda/Wonder Woman team up is everything I could possibly want in a comic book. Plus they’re fighting ROBOT GORILLAS. Sign me up. This is already THE comic book of 2015 for me.

And there’s a Cheetah story too! Talk about bang for your buck. In a world of New 52 darkness, Sensation Comics is the gift that keeps on giving.

I will say that I’m a little bit disappointed at the lack of female creators, though. Usually Sensation Comics is good for at least one somewhere in the mix. Hopefully there’ll be some in February.

Look for all of these Wonder Woman comics in January online or at fine comic book shops everywhere!


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