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Wonder Woman #62 Review: Making Peace with the God of War

January 16, 2019

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The first arc of G. Willow Wilson’s run on Wonder Woman draws to a close this week, bringing the war in Durovnia to an end while leaving us with a lot of unanswered questions for our heroine and her divine associates moving forward. This was a storyline that raised a lot of heavy issues, for Wonder Woman herself but also for us as readers as we all grappled with the troubling shades of grey that characterize modern warfare. No matter how good someone’s intentions are, they can still cause harm when they decide to step in with force, and this is especially true in the arena of war. It’s almost impossible not to cause harm in a war, and Wonder Woman comes out of the conflict in Durovnia carrying the weight of that truth. We’ll get into the arc’s conclusion momentarily, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to tell you all of the important things that happened in this issue!

Look away if you haven’t read it yet!

Also, read it! This run has been GREAT so far!

Remember when Diana was the god of war? Oh, the New 52 days. So beautiful in its art, so increasingly troubling in its story choices. For all of that past run’s focus on Diana becoming the embodiment of war, it never really dug into the implications of what that could mean in a deeper, compelling way. War is inherently destructive and damaging. It harms innocents and profits the powerful. In short, it’s everything Wonder Woman hates. And yet, she often finds herself at the center of them. Fighting for peace, yes, but fighting nonetheless.

This arc dug into these contradictions, and fascinatingly so. By the end of this issue, Diana is shook. Yeah, she’s got some other stuff going on with the gods returning, a longing for home and a hope that the Amazons might be accessible again. But the war in Durovnia seems to have thrown her for quite the loop. Ares fashioning himself as a twisted version of her brand of heroism was disconcerting enough, and then the peace talks hit her hard. The president condemned the gods and empires that entered the fray, meaning Ares on the side of the rebels and American military assistance on the side of the government. Diana saw herself as beyond these sides, perhaps even above them, an impartial hero committed to protecting those caught in the middle. When she’s asked to leave with them, painted as part of the problem that exacerbated the conflict rather than part of the solution, it clearly stings.

Now, when an old, white dude whose government has been actively oppressing an ethnic minority calls you out like that, it’s a chastisement worth ignoring. I mean, that guy sucks. He’s blaming his own problems and the failings of his government on outside forces, admitting to past mistakes only once the entire nation nearly fell into chaos. This fool could have nipped all of this in the bud ages ago by not being such a terrible president. I feel like Diana should just brush off his dismissal of her and her efforts because, again, he sucks.

Also, so does Ares! Here’s another old, white dude misusing his power. And because of these two jerks, Diana is feeling a bit down on herself, a bit lost even. Not that there weren’t some interesting points raised over the course of their interactions. War is deeply, deeply terrible and it’s hard to be involved in it without hurting someone. But consider the source here. I’m very curious to see how Wonder Woman processes her feelings over the next few issues. It’s interesting that both men have her questioning herself, while Aphrodite and Etta are both telling her that she did a good job. Friggin’ patriarchy. Dudes tearing down women to make themselves feel better are the worst. What Diana needs right now are some more awesome ladies in her corner.

Which leads us to: AMAZONS. Wilson is teasing us at the end of this issue too much for this not to be happening, right? They’ve gotta be coming back! And I am very on board. First, the Amazons are the best and I miss them. And second, it feels like Diana is in a place where she could use some Amazon guidance. She’s been in man’s world for a while now. Their wars and aggressions are wearing on her, so much so that she’s starting to question herself. What she needs is some rad warrior women to remind her who she is, and to help her grapple with the disquieting questions that the harsh realities of modern warfare have raised for her.

Xermanico was back on art duties for this issue, and I liked it even better than his last one. I don’t know if it was him or Romulo Fajardo Jr. that brought in that Ben-Day Dot shading, but it looked super cool, especially in the night scenes with the battle. There was a bit of that two weeks back, but they really leaned into it here, for a nice effect. Xermanico is a good fit for this book, and I’ve enjoyed his two issues more than Cary Nord’s. His Diana feels more powerful and substantial, which is always good to see. And his art has actually improved from issue to issue, which we didn’t get with Nord owing to what appeared to be the time constraints of a bi-weekly book. I was wary when editorial had to swap artists so soon into the run, but they made a good choice here and I hope that we’ll see more of Xermanico in future issues. He carries on some of the cool style choices that Nord established, melding them well with his more conventional superhero comic style. I’m into it.

So we’re back in two weeks with Diana trying to deal with the successful but somewhat demoralizing outcome in Durovnia. Will there be Amazons? I sure hope so. And I’d love to see more of Aphrodite. That lady knows FAR more than she’s telling anybody, and that is definitely going to come into play in the issues to come. Plus, the search for Athena! She was name dropped this week and now I’m eager for her to join the mix as well. Something is up with the gods, and I’m keen for Wonder Woman to get to the bottom of that mystery. And find her mom! We have so much fun ahead of us, gang.

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Wonder Woman #60 Review: With War on the Sidelines, Will Love Enter the Fray?

December 12, 2018

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We’ll get to Wonder Woman in a moment but first, let’s talk about the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. When Netflix announced that they were bringing back She-Ra with Noelle Stevenson as showrunner, I instantly had an idea of what the show could be. I’m a big fan of Stevenson, from Nimona to Lumberjanes to her early days of hilarious Tumblr comics. She’s got a delightful yet slightly dark sensibility that always comes through in her work. And when She-Ra debuted, it was everything I wanted it to be. It’s charming and hilarious and surprisingly heavy at times, and as queer as they let kid’s TV be these days. Basically, it was what I expected to get in a Noelle Stevenson project, in all of the best ways.

I feel the same way about this run of Wonder Woman. I’m a huge fan of G. Willow Wilson too, and I’ve enjoyed all of her comics and prose work. Her strengths lie in telling fun, action-packed stories that simultaneously dig into deeper, timely themes. I thought that he was the perfect choice to take over Wonder Woman right now, and she’s bringing everything I thought she would to the book. It’s an exciting story with lots of cool fights, but it’s also a deeper meditation on a whole host of issues, from the nature of war and heroism to the limitations and disappointments of supposed allies in these fraught times. Basically, it’s great, and exactly what I hoped it would be. Also, how awesome is it that we’ve got G. Willow Wilson on Wonder Woman in our comics and Noelle Stevenson on She-Ra on our televisions? Truly we live in a golden age of entertainment.

Let’s dig into the issue, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to reveal all of the rad things that happened in this issue!

Look away if you haven’t read it yet!

And make sure you do read it! It’s so good!

So, Ares sucks. I think we all knew that deep down, but I was hoping he’d come around, that he would learn something from Wonder Woman and channel his newfound quest for justice into something actually productive. But no, he’s just a dope. And even when Wonder Woman shows him the error of his ways in the most blatant, impactful way, he still takes the wrong lesson from it. Instead of fixing his mistakes and finding a better way forward, he just decides to leave. Even though he started the war, even though all of these deaths are his own doing, he’s decided he wants no part of it any longer and just steps away.

It’s a fascinating turn. There are so many ways to read it, all of them compelling. The book has felt like it’s about the nature of war and justice over the past few issues, asking whether answering violence with violence is wise or if it’s just perpetuating a vicious cycle. We get more of that here, with a critique of the power structures behind war. So often, those who start wars leave them unfinished, walking away unscathed while scars and lingering tensions remain for those caught in the middle of it. Ares is a global superpower in and of himself, igniting a conflict for his own selfish reasons and then leaving it behind when it gets to bothersome. We’ve seen this too many times in the real world over the past few decades.

But I think there’s another interesting angle here as well. With Ares so inspired by Wonder Woman, I can’t help but see him through the lens of male feminists who position themselves as allies to the cause, only to ultimately prove themselves to be self-serving above all else. Ares wanted to be like Wonder Woman, but not only did he fundamentally misunderstand her from the beginning, he balked when she pushed back and then left full of anger and spite. How often have we seen this with allies for all sorts of causes? These white male saviors who saunter in and spout the lingo only to turn away when the people who have actually been doing the work deign to challenge them in any way? It’s painfully common, unfortunately, and I think we see something similar here with Ares. He’s trying to help a worthy cause, but in the wrong ways and only to make himself feel good. When it feels good no longer, he leaves. It’s a biting critique of male allyship.

And also, the fights are cool! It’s a comic book, after all. Between all of the deep philosophizing, Wonder Woman is battling Ares, deflecting a bunch of bullets, and just generally being her awesome self. It’s a fun read.

Plus Steve’s adventures with the mythological creatures continue, and lead us to a fun surprise. We meet the leader of these Olympian exiles, and it’s none other than Aphrodite. This should be VERY interesting. First, Aphrodite is key to Wonder Woman’s own history. In her earliest adventures, love was the core of the Amazonian worldview, and Aphrodite was its embodiment. I’m curious to see if Wilson delves into that. Second, the goddess of love is an obvious contrast with the god of war, and having them so near, with conflict abounding, should prove to be compelling. And third, Aphrodite and Ares have quite the history. They were lovers, and in Rucka’s run it was the love of Aphrodite that led Ares to accept his imprisonment in the first place. So yeah, now that he’s free there might be some serious drama here. I’m excited to see where this all goes.

The art, however, remains a bit underwhelming for me. Cary Nord’s work here seems even sparser than the last issue, and the detail is lacking. We see this a lot when people take on a book that ships twice a month. A lovely first issue leads to a rougher second issue and then a bit of a slapdash third. It’s a ludicrous schedule for artists, and editorial would be wise to consider other approaches to ensure that the quality stays high. I got a distinct later Frank Miller vibe from a lot of these pages, and not in a good way. Nord is successfully telling the story and is not bringing down the writing here, but he’s not exactly elevating it either, which is disappointing.

Still, the book remains a great read overall. Wilson is doing some fascinating things, and I can’t wait to see where it all goes next, especially with Aphrodite in the mix. She could be a very fun wild card moving forward.

Wonder Woman #44 Preview OR Aegeus’ Rough Luck

September 14, 2015

Wonder Woman #44 is set to hit comic shops this Wednesday, and David Finch is back on art duties. I’m shocked to say that this is a good thing, but Ian Churchill’s fill-in last month was pretty rough, and Finch has improved his art on the book over his run from god awful at the beginning to not that bad as of late. I’d much rather Finch’s bland renderings than Churchill’s pursed lips and big hair. I’m totally damning Finch with faint praise here, I know. He really has made some smart adjustments to make the book less creepily “sexy”, and he deserves credit for that.

Both Finches are on deck for Wonder Woman #44 this week, and Comic Vine has a preview:

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As you may recall, last month Aegeus shot Wonder Woman with a golden arrow that made her eyes bleed and ultimately knocked her out. It seems she’s shaken that off. I don’t know if she’s going after Aegeus or continuing her search for Donna Troy now, but I suppose we’ll find out on Wednesday.

Speaking of Aegeus, we’ve got more of his backstory here and boy oh boy could I not care less about that. A petulant and entitled villain is annoying enough without having to slog through his backstory every month. These flashbacks really haven’t added much to the story other than confirming that Aegeus is a jackass, which has already been well established in the present. Aegeus-centric pages make my eyes glaze over, which isn’t great because I’m already struggling pretty hard to keep some degree of interest in this book each month.

Wonder Woman #44 is available in stores and online this Wednesday. If every issue of the book that the Finches have done before this are any indication, it’s probably not going to be a very good read. But hey, Terry and Rachel Dodson did a variant cover, so there’s that! They’re always a good time. If you don’t enjoy the inside, at least you can get this lovely cover outside:

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Wonder Woman Looney Tunes Variant Covers For November 2015

August 26, 2015

Generally speaking, I don’t care for variant covers. They’re a non-sustainable way to boost sales and confusing when you’re looking through the stacks. But I’ve really grown to love DC’s variant cover program because they’ve made a lot of fun choices. Plus, Wonder Woman’s main titles haven’t been particularly good for a while, and more often than not I find the variant covers far more enjoyable than the book itself. Broadly speaking, the variant covers across DC’s line each month are a little hit and miss, but the Wonder Woman ones tend to turn out pretty great.

Case in point, DC’s recently announced Looney Tunes variant line! Coming out this November, the covers for Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman are fantastic. Check out this variant cover for Wonder Woman #46 by Terry and Rachel Dodson:

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It’s Wonder Woman dressed as a valkyrie singing “Kill the Wabbit” with Elmer Fudd, from the classic Looney Tunes cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?”. This is literally one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. I want this to be a poster and I want to hang it on my wall. Or maybe buy a hundred and wallpaper my room with it. It’s so cute and hilarious and gorgeously done. You know you’re guaranteed a good Wonder Woman when the Dodsons are involved, but they’ve outdone themselves this time. I absolutely love it.

Karl Kerschl’s cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #23 is also great:

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Much like the Dodsons, Karl Kerschl is a guaranteed good time as well. I love this cover and I don’t even know who the two Looney Tunes characters are. I just adore how he draws Wonder Woman and Superman. Sidenote: How amazing would Karl Kerschl be on a Wonder Woman comic interiors? Anyway, thanks to google I can tell you that the other character on the left if Witch Hazel, but I don’t know much about that green guy. Drop me a note in the comments if you know who he is.

Wonder Woman’s also part of the Justice League #46 cover, by Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair, and Warner Animation:

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Yes, that’s Lola Bunny from Space Jam as Wonder Woman. So fun. Also, Looney Tunes are sort of terrible in terms of well known female characters, huh? Lola Bunny is probably their most iconic female character, apart from Tweety’s granny or that cat Pepe le Pew is always harrassing, and she wasn’t created until 1996.

Finally, Wonder Woman is a part of this JLA #6 cover by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi:

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It’s fine, but I like the other ones a lot better. They’re far more clever and fun.

Look for all of these covers this November, and be sure to ask ahead at your local comics retailer if there are any specifics ones you’re keen to pick up!

Wonder Woman’s November 2015 Covers and Solicits

August 25, 2015

November is looking like another busy month for Wonder Woman, with a variety of books that could be a lot of fun. Of course, her main series isn’t great, but the rest of her titles sound intriguing. Yes, even Superman/Wonder Woman. I know, I’m surprised too. So let’s see what Wonder Woman will be up to this November, starting with Wonder Woman #46:

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WONDER WOMAN #46
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH
LOONEY TUNES Variant cover by TERRY DODSON, RACHEL DODSON and Warner Bros. Animation
On sale NOVEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Diana finds herself trapped between Donna Troy and Aegeus in a battle that will redefine the role of the Amazon queen!

I really hope that this isn’t the cover, because it’s not great. Finch has used this style for covers before, though, I think. I seem to recall something like this on one of his Batman books. Anyway, I’m not feeling it.

The solicit is very vague, but also predictable. Since Donna Troy and Aegeus are the two primary side characters in the book’s current arc, it would make sense that things come to a head with the both of them in the mix. This issue is the sixth since the DC mini-relaunch began in June, which often marks the end of an arc, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Usually DC’s previews hype up a big finale more. Perhaps the current story will wrap in December, and maybe in January the book will be onto something new.

Next up, Superman/ Wonder Woman #23:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #23
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
LOONEY TUNES variant cover by KARL KERSCHL and Warner Bros. Animation
On sale NOVEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Clark Kent must go to extreme measures to try to restore his power, while Diana, Lois and Lana team up to learn exactly who is behind a new threat to Superman!

I’m kind of looking forward to this? Given the book’s track record, this issue could be absolutely terrible. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if it sucked. But a team up of Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, and Lana Lang has epic fun potential. It’ll be hard to screw up a story with that much awesomeness in the mix. Plus it doesn’t say anything about the overarching “Truth” storyline, which is a good sign, because that whole scene has been uniformly dull thus far. So yeah, this could be cool! I’m mildly optimistic.

Now to Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #16:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #16
Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE and JASON BADOWER
Art by SCOTT HAMPTON and JASON BADOWER
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
On sale NOVEMBER 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The streets of Gotham City are dangerous at night, but not for Diana of Themyscira. When she sees Echidna, Mother of Monsters, attacking a local thug, she jumps into the fray—though she never expected to take Echidna’s side. And stick around as Clark Kent’s exposé “A Day in our Lives” hits the Daily Planet!

This is going to be a really good issue. The Kittredge/Hampton story is creepy but fun, with a good, moody Gotham City and some excellent guest appearances. The Badower story is a well done day in the life of Wonder Woman, with a smart take on Wonder Woman’s approach to avoiding violence. Together, this is one of the better one-two punches in Sensation Comics in a while, and I highly recommend picking it up, even though the Mahnke cover is a little gruesome and doesn’t at all reflect anything inside the book. I really don’t understand how they decide on covers for this series.

Finally, DC Comics Bombshells #5:

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DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #5
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by BILQUIS EVELY, LAURA BRAGA and MIRKA ANDOLFO
Cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale NOVEMBER 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Shipping twice in November! While Wonder Woman leads an American infantry division in an attack on an Axis battalion, Harley makes a none-too-graceful landing in France, where she encounters a woman with a strange affinity for plants. Plus, Supergirl and Stargirl fly home to protect their parents, only to be attacked by a fearsome forest spirit known as the Swamp Thing.

As the solicit points out, this book is double shipping in November. This issue has Wonder Woman on the cover, though, so that’s the one we care about more. Wonder Woman in the middle of the second World War was fun in the 1940s and it’s still fun now! Plus it sounds like they’re bringing in Poison Ivy, which is very cool. This should be an enjoyable read all around.

Look for all of these comics this November! Though if you’re jonesing for those Sensation Comics stories, you can just read them now digitally at Comixology.

Wonder Woman’s September 2015 Covers and Solicits, Plus Green Lantern Variants

June 19, 2015

Wonder Woman is keeping busy yet again in September. It’s nice to have Wonder Woman showing up in a variety of books as of late. While the quality of these books may be hit and miss, more books means a higher likelihood of good stories. A couple years ago, Wonder Woman had just one book, and if you didn’t like it you were hosed for the month. Now she’s got four books, and every fan should be able to find something they like in at least one of them. So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in September.

First up is Wonder Woman #44; here’s the regular cover and a variant cover celebrating Green Lantern’s 75th anniversary:

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WONDER WOMAN #44
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
GREEN LANTERN 75 Variant cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale SEPTEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman is on the trail of Donna Troy, who seeks refuge in London from both Diana and her past. But a new friend may be more trouble than help for the fleeing Amazon outcast!

Strife! I enjoy Strife, so to see her shadow on the cover is a good sign. Whether the Finches’ can do her justice is a whole other question, but Strife brings some potential for fun, at least. Also, Donna Troy is on the lam and Diana makes a new friend, which isn’t a terribly exciting solicit, but hey, Strife!

What I really want to talk about is how rad the Dodsons’ variant cover is. I love that it’s Green Lantern month but the Dodsons stuck him way in the back and just focused on Wonder Woman looking cool in her invisible jet. The Dodsons drawing Wonder Woman is always a good time, and I’m glad that DC’s constant variant lines bring them back to the character on a regular basis.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #21 and it’s Green Lantern variant:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #21
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
GREEN LANTERN 75 Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale SEPTEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T
The epic “Truth” arc hits close to the heart as dark secrets come to light, forcing Superman and Wonder Woman to question whether their relationship can work in this new world of identities revealed and questionable actions.

That costume doesn’t do a whole lot for me. I feel like the god of war’s outfit should be cooler; more bad ass than warrior hobo. The solicit isn’t giving us a lot to go on, which has been the case ever since the “Truth” storyline began. They keep teasing us with a possible break up, but it’s turning into the boy who cried wolf at this point.

However, the variant cover is a lot of fun! Sometimes the variant covers are the only enjoyable part of Wonder Woman’s mainline books. A lot of times, lately. It’s been fun to watch Joe Quinones blow up over the past year, and I like his Wonder Woman a lot.

We’ve also got Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #14:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #14
Written by KAREN TRAVISS
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and RAUL FERNANDEZ
Cover by NEI RUFFINO
On sale SEPTEMBER 16 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
It takes “Nine Days,” the gods say, for an anvil to fall to Earth from Olympus. But what happens when it strikes the world of men? Nyx, primordial goddess of night, is indifferent to the fate of the mortals below when she decides to teach her daughter Strife a lesson. Diana has nine days to step between two warring factions of godhood and stave off a disaster for those caught in the crossfire.

It looks like we’ve got another three parter digitally, which will comprise a whole print issue. That’s always a bit of a risk for an anthology book. If the story isn’t great, it’s all you’re getting! But Sensation Comics has been far more hit than miss, and Karen Traviss is a really good writer. The story sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m excited to check it out.

Finally, Wonder Woman co-stars in DC Comics Bombshells #2:

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DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #2
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by BILQUIS EVELY and STEPHEN MOONEY
Cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by KEVIN WADA
On sale SEPTEMBER 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman defies her mother’s orders and attempts to break Captain Steve Trevor out of his prison cell on Themyscira. But to accomplish this, she’s going to summon a little help from the deep in the form of Mera, Princess of Atlanta. Meanwhile, in Russia, two new heroes are about to be created to serve the Soviet Union: Supergirl and Stargirl!

Wonder Woman and Mera are teaming up for a prison break, so this issue sounds like the best thing ever. Also, I’m assuming that Mera is the Princess of Atlantis, not the Princess of Atlanta like the solicit suggests, unless they’ve radically changed her origin story. I’m intrigued that there are new artists on board. I love Marguerite Sauvage, but rotating artists could be cool too. I’m looking forward to this book a lot.

Look for all of these comics this September in comic shops and online!

Wonder Woman’s August 2015 Covers And Solicits

May 25, 2015

August will put us three months into DCYou, the recently revealed branding for DC’s June mini-relaunch, and Wonder Woman has a lot on the go. Along with her three regular series, she’s helping to launch a new book and is sort of the focus of a special one-shot. Let’s dig into the August 2015 solicits and see what Wonder Woman is up to, starting with Wonder Woman #43:

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WONDER WOMAN #43
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale AUGUST 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Donna Troy’s fate becomes more clear as she embarks on a journey that will either end her life or begin a new one, while Wonder Woman draws closer to the Amazon who tried to depose Diana as queen!

Is that Donna Troy out in the world of men, or is Wonder Woman just wearing a terrible outfit? Either way, this is a bit of a drab cover. And if it’s Donna, if her feelings on the Manazons are any indication, she’s going to HATE it in the world of men.

It’s hard to glean a lot from solicits, but the three solicits we have for DCYou Wonder Woman seem rather disconnected. Something different is going on every month, with no stated ties to what happened the month before. I’m sure it’ll tie more together in comic form, but it seems a little bit all over the place right now.

Moving onto Superman/Wonder Woman #20:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #20
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
Bombshells Variant cover by TERRY DODSON
On sale AUGUST 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“Truth” continues—and as Superman and Wonder Woman deal with the ramifications of his secret identity being blown, they dig deeper into the disappearance of Lana Lang and Steel, which force them to team up with an unexpected and dangerous nemesis.

This “Truth” storyline looks to be long and involved, spanning all of the Super-books for months, and it’s irksome to have this book so wrapped up in a Superman-centric story. There’s been barely any Wonder Woman-related stuff over the past twenty issues. We now know that the “Truth” storyline is about Superman’s secret identity being exposed, by Lois Lane no less, so the Super-books aren’t doing great with all of their female characters, basically.

And now, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #13:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #13
Written by BARBARA KESEL
Art by IRENE KOH, EMMA VIECELI and LAURA BRAGA
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
On sale AUGUST 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Besties,” three artists take on the challenge of a lifetime as a trio of high school track stars face Wonder Woman in a foot race—and the afternoon gets even scarier when Superwoman shows up! By the time the epic battle concludes, Superwoman and the girls learn an important lesson: Nobody beats Diana!

This sounds very cool. Three different artists for what I’m assuming are the three different digital issues that will comprise the print book. Plus Superwoman! That’s very interesting. A couple of characters have had that mantle over the years, though they never stuck around for long, so I’m curious to see who and what they’re going with here. This could be a fun story.

Onto some new stuff:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS – WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS and BRUCE TIMM
Art by RICK LEONARDI and DAN GREEN
Cover by JAE LEE
1:10 Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale AUGUST 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Prequel to the DC Universe movie Justice League: Gods & Monsters!
Earth in the 1960s—where a woman-warrior from a faraway world finds herself among a group of young idealists, seeking peace and love in a time of turbulence and upheaval. But Bekka of the New Gods finds her Aquarian dream abruptly shattered when she encounters the monstrous genius of Doctor Psycho and the Shock Exchange!

So it’s Wonder Woman, but not quite. This book is a prequel to Bruce Timm’s upcoming Justice League: Gods & Monsters animated film, a re-imagining of the DC universe that recasts all of its major players. Superman is the son of Zod, Batman is Kirk Langstrom, and Wonder Woman is Bekka of New Genesis. I like that even with a different Wonder Woman they’re playing off classic Wonder Woman villains by including a new take on Doctor Pyscho. I’m curious to check out this new world and see how it goes over with fans. The new Wonder Woman will also take part in a few other prequel comics with the whole team; they’re really going all out for this.

And finally:

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DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #1
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale AUGUST 12 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The ultra-popular statues from DC Collectibles come to life in their own ongoing comic book series! Learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

The Bombshells are spinning off into their own book, with Wonder Woman as one of the lead characters. I’m encouraged by the great creative team, and I love the idea of a new take on World War Two where female heroes are the originals and not derivatives of male heroes. This could be very cool, and I’m excited to check it out.

Look for all of these books this August in comic shops everywhere!


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