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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!

A Look At Wonder Woman’s August 2015 Bombshell Variant Covers, Plus A New Bombshells Comic Series

May 15, 2015

When DC announced their Bombshells variant cover line for June of last year, I wasn’t overly enthused. The covers were lovely and generally classy, but they featured only female characters and I didn’t think that DC really needed to showcase women in a pin-up manner given their poor track record with female characters generally. The only time DC Comics seems to shine the spotlight on women is when they do so in a sexy way, and as well done as those covers were, I just didn’t find them necessary.

Now DC is set to launch another Bombshells variant line in August, and I’m much more onboard because several things have changed. First, the line-up includes men this time! I’m very glad to see an equal opportunity pin-up situation. Second, the Bombshells are getting their own comic book. These women are no longer posed objects but full characters with their own World War Two era storyline. Furthermore, the book will be written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Marguerite Sauvage, two fantastic female creators who I’m sure will tell a great story. You can’t beat the double Marguerite!! (Feel free to borrow that awesome rhyming slogan, DC). Finally, female fans seem to have really embraced the Bombshells, and that’s just hard to argue with. While it’s somewhat disheartening that pin-up gals are among DC’s best options for enjoying female characters, they’ve gone over well with many women and have taken on a life of their own in merchandising.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at Wonder Woman’s many cover appearances across the Bombshells variant line, starting with the cover to DC Comics Bombshells #1:

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I’m glad to see that Wonder Woman will have a primary role in the series, and Supergirl and Batwoman are fun choices for spotlight characters as well. The book will premiere digitally first in July and then the print version will be out in August.

Up next is Justice League of America #3:

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I’m always glad when Terry and Rachel Dodson get to draw Wonder Woman, and this is no exception. I really like this cover, and would totally buy it as a print.

Wonder Woman also shows up on the cover of Justice League #43:

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Emanuela Lupacchino is another one of my favourites, and I dig the uniform angle here. I also like that several of the covers in the line seem to me moving from pin-up poses to war propaganda posters. That’s a lot more fun.

Wonder Woman #43 focuses on a classic Wonder Woman villain:

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It’s the Cheetah, drawn by Ant Lucia. This one has more of a pin-up feel, what with the rather buxom Cheetah here, and using the scarf to look like a tail is a clever touch.

Finally, Wonder Woman and Superman team up for the cover of Superman/Wonder Woman #20:

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This cover is also by the Dodsons, and I sort of dig mustachioed welder Superman. This variant cover continues a long line of Superman/Wonder Woman variant covers where I’d much rather read a story based on the variant cover than what’s in the actual book.

All of these covers will be available this August, so maybe check ahead with your local comic shop if you want to pre-order any. The Bombshell variants were a very popular line last time around, and they may go quickly.

January’s Flash Variant Covers For Wonder Woman #38 And Superman/Wonder Woman #15

October 24, 2014

Every month, DC Comics has a variant cover theme for twenty or so of their titles. We’ve had selfie variants, Batman variants, Halloween variants, and now in January we’re going to get Flash variants. I assume this has something to do with the wildly successful Flash television show, which premiered to great ratings a couple weeks back and which I have been enjoying thoroughly thus far. The concept for the Flash variants is fun: Artists recreate classic DC covers, with the Flash running through them.

The Flash variant cover for Wonder Woman #38, drawn by the always excellent Terry and Rachel Dodson, is a recreation of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito’s cover to Wonder Woman #155 from July 1965:

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It’s a lovely cover, and a lot of fun. Wonder Woman marrying a monster is classic Silver Age ridiculousness, and the Dodsons always draw an amazing Wonder Woman. I’m going to try to pick up this one for sure.

As a sidenote, the yellow lines all over the New 52 Flash costume irk me. They always look slapped on, like the artists didn’t want to draw them so the colorist has to figure out where to put them. The Flash costume is so iconic and great, and doesn’t need all of those superfluous lines. Especially when he’s running fast and lightning is crackling around him anyway.

The Flash variant cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #15, drawn by DC’s superstar artist Ivan Reis, is a recreation of Jim Lee’s cover to Justice League #12, the kiss heard round the world:

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It’s an amusing take on a cover I’ve never been fond of, more for its implications than it’s art. I like that the Flash has tied up Wonder Woman and Superman with the lasso, and generally stunned them out of their romantic revels. It lacks the classic fun of the Wonder Woman cover, but Superman and Wonder Woman’s pairing only goes back so far. It’s not like there’s some great Silver Age cover with the two of them.

Both covers will be available this January, along with many more across a variety of other DC comic books. I’d suggest talking to your local retailer ahead of time and get them to set aside one for you if you’re interested in picking one up. The variants go fast sometimes, and perhaps even faster in January seeing as the Flash is on them!

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!

The Wonder Woman #34 Selfie Variant Cover Is The Best Thing

July 30, 2014

DC’s doing a line of selfie variant covers in August, and a lot of them look pretty fun. The Superman/Wonder Woman one, which I posted a few weeks back, is very cute, and Joe Quinones’ Batman ’66 selfie cover is hilarious. But my favourite so far, and I’m admittedly biased, is Terry and Rachel Dodson’s variant for Wonder Woman #34. If this doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will:

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It’s great to have the Dodson back drawing Wonder Woman again. They did a fantastic job during Allen Heinberg and Gail Simone’s runs on the book, and this cover is gorgeous and so much fun. If I’m not mistaken, Wonder Woman is taking a selfie with the statue of Athena that stands atop a pillar in front of the Athens Academy in Athens, Greece. The Dodsons draw a beautiful, regal Wonder Woman, but with this cover they’ve proved they can kill it with a silly Wonder Woman as well.

It’s so nice to see Wonder Woman having fun. Wonder Woman’s been a rather dark series, and Superman/Wonder Woman’s been angsty and now Diana’s all worried about Doomsday Superman. It’s a pleasure to see her goof around for a change. Sure, she’s a fierce warrior, but she can have a good time as well.

The New 52’s been so heavy and serious; DC seems to have forgotten that superheroes can be fun, too. I hope that these selfie variants are a first step in bringing some joy back to the DC universe. They’re just straight up silly, but that’s sort of why they work and why I’m enjoying them so much. The new Batgirl team and books like Gotham Academy, both out this October, seem to have a lighter tone, so maybe the tide is starting to turn somewhat and things won’t be so serious all the time.

This Wonder Woman #34 selfie variant will be available August 20. Talk to your local comic shop about getting a copy, because it will ship in smaller quantities than the regular (and also lovely) Cliff Chiang cover.

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: Semi-Final Round #1

January 25, 2011

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The next semi-final vote begins February 1st, and the final vote starts February 8th.

For the past ten weeks, I have posted my top five picks of Wonder Woman covers in various categories, followed by a poll so readers could vote.  Now, with a top ten finalized, we begin the semi-finals!!

The semi-finals will consist of two rounds of five covers each, one this week and then another the next.  The two winners will ultimately go head to head to determine the best Wonder Woman cover of all time.  The two rounds were divided based on rank.  I made a list of all of the winning covers in order of the percentage of the vote they received and, to get the fairest distribution possible, that list was then divided into evens and odds.  This week will be evens, so we’ll have 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th face off for a ticket to the finals.  The vote will last for one week, and will close as soon as the odds poll begins a week from today.

Here are your choices for five of the top ten Wonder Woman covers… be sure to vote in the poll that follows:

2nd Place, 50.9% – Wonder Woman #72 by Brian Bolland:  I had a good feeling that this cover would make it in to the finals.  It’s a very iconic image that captures Bolland’s style well.  It took a while for this cover to take the lead, but once it did the lead grew impressively.

4th Place, 43.5% –  Wonder Woman #230 by José Luis Garcia-López:  There were some great covers in the “Egregious Snubs” list, but I figured it would come down to one of the Garcia-López covers… the man is just too good.  He’s the only artist with two covers in the top ten, but the other won’t appear until next week.

6th Place, 35.9% – Wonder Woman #43 by Irv Novick:  To be honest, I was pulling for the cover with the two trains, but this one was definitely by second favourite of the Novick covers.  You really can’t go wrong with Wonder Woman swooping in to take out a submarine.

8th Place, 30.6% – Wonder Woman #13 by Terry Dodson:  I was hoping that this cover would win the “Best of the Rest” poll, but was worried it wouldn’t… it was up against some serious competition!!  But Dodson won out in the end.  Warrior Wonder Woman is always a good time.

10th Place, 28.3% – Wonder Woman #25 by Aaron Lopresti: The Post-Crisis poll was close for a long time, and the lead kept changing between this cover and the two J.G. Jones covers.  Any of them would have been great choices, but I quite like the layout of this one.  Plus it’s cute with the little girls.

So there you have it… half of the top ten Wonder Woman covers as voted by you!!  Please vote below to ensure that your favourite cover makes it to the finals:

Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: The Best of the Rest

January 11, 2011

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The two semi-final votes begin in new threads on January 25th and February 1st, and then the final vote starts February 8th.

So far, in the quest to find the best Wonder Woman cover of all time we have looked at the six most prolific cover artists in Wonder Woman history, H.G. Peter, Irv Novick, Ross Andru, George Pérez, Brian Bolland, and Adam Hughes, as well as a selection of slightly less prolific cover artists from the pre-Crisis and post-Crisis eras.  Today, in the last of the lists selected only by me, we have the best of the rest!!

This list was pretty much wide open, and the only stipulation was that the cover couldn’t be drawn by an artist I’ve already included in a previous list.  Ultimately, I settled on three covers from the 1970s-1980s era, which was rife with different cover artists, and two from the post-Crisis period.  I’ll mention each artist in the write-ups following their cover.

Simultaneous to this list going up is an “Egregious Snubs” post, where you can nominate your favourite cover that I didn’t include on any of my lists.  It is the very next post on the blog, and lists ALL of the covers I have selected so far.  Based on the nominations in the comments there and on the Comic Book Resources and DC Comics forums, and on the support the nominations garner, I will compile a list of the five or six top covers YOU nominated, and that will make up next week’s polls.  Then we’re on to the finals!!

But for right now, we still have this week’s poll to vote on, so here are my top five covers that comprise the best of the rest:

Wonder Woman #219:  This cover was drawn by Dick Giordano, who we have come across before as an inker but never as a penciller.  What I love about this cover is the look on Wonder Woman’s face as she taunts the many bad guys with their guns pointing at her, confidently daring them to shoot her while knowing full well that she can totally take them all down.  There is no fear whatsoever in this image… just epic bad assery.

Wonder Woman #253:  I am a sucker for Wonder Woman with a sword.  Drawn by Jose Delbo, this cover depicts Wonder Woman ready for battle in the foreground and various images of her beating the hell out of people in the background.  It’s a striking layout, and really caught my eye when I was looking through all of the covers.

Wonder Woman #305:  This cover was drawn by Gil Kane, a comic book legend who created characters like the Silver Age Green Lantern and Atom.  The layout is what really sold me on this cover, with the Wonder Woman symbols going down the side against the bright blue background.  Also, the pose is all sorts of iconic, just some classic lasso fun for Wonder Woman. 

Wonder Woman #36:  While this cover was from the Pérez era, and is actually inked by Pérez, it was pencilled by Chris Marrinan.  It has a great serenity to it… so many Wonder Woman covers have her fighting bad guys or swinging the lasso to capture someone, but this one has her in a more casual outfit, barefoot, soaring over Paradise Island.  It’s a peaceful moment we rarely get to see on Wonder Woman covers.

Wonder Woman #13:  I won’t fault this cover for referencing the much-maligned “Amazons Attack” storyline (you can see Lincoln’s head from the destroyed Lincoln Memorial in the bottom right corner) because it’s such a great cover.  I’m not only a sucker for Wonder Woman with a sword, I am a sucker for a caped Wonder Woman too, and here Terry Dodson gives me both with a heroic, regal pose.  Wonder Woman stands in the midst of destruction, but remains resolute and strong… it’s a great image.

So there are my top five picks for the best of the rest… you can vote for your favourite below, and don’t forget to nominate your left out favourites in the “Egregious Snubs” post!!


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