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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #10 Review: “Attack of the 500 Foot Wonder Woman” by Rob Williams and Tom Lyle

October 16, 2014

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Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman has been on a pretty steady run for me lately, putting out a diverse array of issues that I’ve enjoyed. This week’s story, “Attack of the 500 Foot Wonder Woman” didn’t work quite as well for me, but I didn’t dislike it either. I had a mishmash of feelings about it, which is rather appropriate given that it was a real mishmash of an issue.

The story seemed to draw it’s inspiration both from the John Byrne era of the mid-1990s with the Gateway City setting, and classic Silver Age adventures with the giant Wonder Woman and lizard monster. Giant Wonder Women were a common occurrence in the 1950s and 1960s, because Wonder Woman writer Robert Kanigher tended to recycle plots and had a thing for giants.

The story was also a mishmash of characters. It’s a Wonder Woman book, but it co-starred the Atom, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and the villain was Byth, the creature of a thousand shapes, who was a regular Silver Age foe of Hawkman. I find it unusual that Sensation Comics has relied so heavily on guest stars and villains from other hero’s rogue galleries. In the past few weeks we’ve had Deadman, Catwoman, the Atom, a rash of Thanagarians, and Sensation Comics launched with a two-part story full of Bat-villains. I don’t recall DC’s other digital series like Adventures of Superman or Legends of the Dark Knight being so heavy on guest stars. I’d really like some Wonder Woman-centric tales, that dig into her world and supporting cast. The issues we’ve had that fit that mold have been my favourites thus far.

On the plus side, all of the other superheroes quickly disappear once the story gets going and the action centers on Wonder Woman defeating Byth while everyone else is out of commission. If you’re going to do guest stars, having them get their butts kicked to show the awesomeness of Wonder Woman is definitely the best way to go. Rob Williams has created a fun story with some cool elements. I liked Wonder Woman repurposing a bridge cable as a giant lasso of truth, and I always enjoy when a Wonder Woman story ends with compassion. The big Silver Age-style introductions for each character were an amusing touch as well.

Continuing the mishmash theme, while I enjoyed the writing I thought that the art wasn’t well executed. On a technical level, Tom Lyle’s faces were all over the place, proportionally, especially with Wonder Woman. In one panel, her nose would be way oversized, and in the next her nose would return to normal but her mouth was now massive. There were some solid panels, to be sure, but overall the art was very inconsistent.

In terms of layout and style, there was more mishmash. I thought Lyle’s backgrounds were really good, which was especially nice to see given that I’ve been noticing a tendency to phone in the backgrounds a bit in Sensation Comics thus far. He rendered the city, and Themyscira, very well, and the issue had a solid sense of geography. On the other hand, I was constantly distracted by Lyle’s choice to give Wonder Woman some weird bangs. It sounds like a dumb, little thing, but they just looked bad, and regularly so. It took me right out of the story. Wonder Woman’s entire head region in general was a bit of a mess this week.

So there was some good and some bad with “Attack of the 500 Foot Wonder Woman.” Ultimately, it came together as just an average issue for me, and one of my least favourites thus far, though it’s not without its redeeming qualities. I mean, a giant Wonder Woman fights a lizard monster. That’s worth a buck.

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
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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
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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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