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Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 Preview OR Now That Wonder Woman Issue Makes A Little More Sense

September 17, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 is on sale today, along with Wonder Woman: Futures End #1, and Comic Book Resources has a peek at the book. The preview sheds a lot of light on the mysterious Wonder Woman preview I posted on Monday, but none of it yet sounds particularly interesting. Let’s take a look:



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So all of that craziness in the Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 preview was just a weird dream that Wonder Woman was having. That seems like a waste of an issue, though I haven’t read it yet. Perhaps there’s more to it.

It sounds like Wonder Woman and Superman’s relationship went south at some point between now and five years in the future, which is the one thing I like about this “Futures End” thing so far. However, Superman’s still got some feelings for Wonder Woman, so perhaps their love will be rekindled as they escape Tartarus together. We can only hope.

This issue was originally solicited to have art by Tom Raney, but instead Bart Sears has taken over the interiors and Raney has only drawn the cover. From what I’m seeing here, neither look particularly great, which is a shame. For all of its faults, Superman/Wonder Woman‘s usually had decent art. It seems silly of DC to throw a big event and then have lower tier artists draw most of it. That’s got to hurt the brand on some level.

Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 is available in comic shops and online today! I’ll be back on Friday with a combination review of both issues, seeing as they tie together (tomorrow will be the usual Sensation Comics review. Why Sensation Comics first? Because I like it better).

Cover For Futures End: Superman/Wonder Woman #1

May 27, 2014

We saw the Futures End: Wonder Woman #1 cover a week or so ago, and now we’ve got the cover for Futures End: Superman/Wonder Woman #1. The covers consist of two images, which will morph back and forth with amazing, early 1990s technology. Tom Raney drew the Wonder Woman cover, and drew the Superman/Wonder Woman one as well. Let’s take a look:



And here’s the solicit, with the creators added, to refresh your memory:

Art and cover by TOM RANEY
The battle between the God of War and Nemesis can only spell doom for humanity – but can Kal restore Diana to her senses before it’s too late?

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with timeline of these Futures End books. I’ve seen several Superman covers where someone claiming to be Superman is wearing a mask, but here we’ve got a regular Superman who looks just like his present, New 52 incarnation. Wonder Woman, meanwhile, is all hopped up on her God of War powers, as we saw on the Wonder Woman cover as well. The books are all supposedly jumping five years ahead, but maybe there’s some wiggle room in there. Or there’s two Supermans flying around. We’ll find out in September, I suppose.

I’m still not enthused about a comic where Superman has to restore Diana to her senses, but I’m never enthused about this book so my reaction is par for the course. I remain curious about what form Nemesis will take, though. It’s a familiar name to Wonder Woman fans, the code came for Tom Tresser, Wonder Woman’s love interest and secret agent partner back before the second last revamp, but he’s certainly not powerful enough to merit a battle with the God of War. I assume this Nemesis is a new threat, something big and possibly mythological. Again, we’ll find out in September.

Cover And Creative Team For Wonder Woman: Futures End #1

May 16, 2014

A few weeks back we got the solicit for Wonder Woman: Futures End #1, the special issue that’s part of DC’s line-wide five year jump this September, but the details were sparse. We didn’t know who was writing or drawing it, or what the book would look like. My best bet was that Brian Azzarello would write the issue, given that he’s working on the Futures End weekly series, but that’s not the case.

First, here’s the cover for the book. It consists of two images, and one will turn into the other using that weird, tacky thing they do and charge an extra dollar for. So here’s part one:


Which will morph into:


That’s Tom Raney on the cover art, which is rather generic. After a few years of Cliff Chiang covers, this is a pretty big yawn for me.

Here’s the solicit for some context, along with the creative team:

Cover by TOM RANEY
Her humanity lost forever, Wonder Woman embraces her true nature as the God of War to battle the armies of Nemesis!

So Charles Soule, of Superman/Wonder Woman, is writing the book, along with art by Rags Morales, who was on the book briefly years ago when Greg Rucka was writing it. Soule is certainly familiar with Diana, though his take on her thus far has been little more than playing second fiddle to Superman. Morales was a fan favourite at DC a decade ago, but has been bouncing around a lot since then. Personally, I’m not really into his stuff, but he’s a capable artist.

Soule writing the book doesn’t mean that Azzarello’s run on Wonder Woman will end this August, though. While he and Chiang’s tenure is coming to a close soon, Azzarello confirmed on Twitter this afternoon that August won’t be their last issue. So we’ve got October at least, and possibly longer.

We also got the creative team for Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1, but no cover yet. Charles Soule is writing the book, while Tom Raney is on art and cover. Busy month for Soule and Raney!

Wonder Woman: Futures End #1 was originally solicited for September 17, but it’s been lumped with the Week Two cover releases, which should be out September 10, so the date may have changed. Perhaps it switched spots with Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1. Either way, it’ll be out in September and if Wonder Woman is already on your pull list, I’m sure you’ll local shop will put one away for you.

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