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Wonder Woman’s January 2017 Covers and Solicits

October 18, 2016

The New Year is set to begin with a variety of comic books and collections starring Wonder Woman and, in one new series, a group of her fellow Amazons. With the Wonder Woman film on the horizon, DC seems to be putting a bit of extra effort into their Wonder Woman offerings and featuring the character more prominently across the line. So let’s take a look at where Wonder Woman is scheduled to be in the January 2017 solicits, starting with her own series:

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WONDER WOMAN #14
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT
Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“YEAR ONE” conclusion! With Steve Trevor by her side, Diana faces the God of War and embraces her destiny as Wonder Woman!
On sale JANUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #15
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art and cover by LIAM SHARP
Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“THE TRUTH” part one! Diana has finally seen the full scope of how her life and history have been transformed…unfortunately, the knowledge has driven her completely insane!
On sale JANUARY 25 • Each 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The cover is Liam Sharp’s, presumably showing an insane Wonder Woman rocked by the revelations of “The Lies.” I like that “The Lies” are going to be followed by “The Truth,” even though it means that it may be a while yet until we get some answers about what’s up with Wonder Woman and her multiple pasts.

Meanwhile, “Year One” is set to conclude with Wonder Woman vs. the God of War, further cementing the fact that Ares will be the “big bad” of the arc as past solicits have hinted. It’s been done before with Wonder Woman origin stories, but it’s also a classic way to go and Rucka and Scott have been doing amazing work thus far.

Onto Trinity #5:

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TRINITY #5
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
“BETTER TOGETHER” part five! Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman must battle for their lives against their greatest foes in an arena of their own making! And the fight won’t be done until they confront each other in this deadly match. The mastermind behind this attack has revealed himself at last: Mongul is back!
On sale JANUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I absolutely LOVED the first issue of Trinity last month. It was gorgeous and fun and just delightful from start to finish, and I’m excited to see where the book goes. January promises our heroic trio facing off against Mongul and Poison Ivy, which is a pairing I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. I’m intrigued!

We’ve also got the print edition of Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1:

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BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #1
Written by JEFF PARKER and MARC ANDREYKO
Art by DAVID HAHN and KARL KESEL
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Variant cover by ALEX ROSS
What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul hired Catwoman to steal? And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane—to his childhood fight against actual Nazis? Witness the Caped Crusader’s first encounter with one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Wonder Woman!
This epic team-up is brought to you by writers Marc Andreyko (WONDER WOMAN ’77) and Jeff Parker (BATMAN ’66), with fantastic artists David Hahn and Karl Kesel (BATMAN ’66 Meets the Man from U.N.C.L.E.). It’s a time- and space-spanning adventure unlike anything you’ve seen before!
On sale JANUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E • Digital first

This looks like it should be a blast. Both Batman ’66 and Wonder Woman ’77 are enjoyable series, and combining the two just seems logical. I’m curious to see how much interaction the heroes will have; Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman vs. Julie Newmar’s Catwoman would be the coolest too.

Onto a new series starring the Amazons:

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THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #1
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art and cover by RYAN BENJAMIN
Variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Don’t miss the start of this new miniseries set in the world of Wonder Woman from writer/actor Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors, Underworld). Years before the birth of Princess Diana, a group of Amazons set out on a globe-spanning quest to find others of their kind, encountering legendary creatures and beings along the way. But their journey soon turns into a rescue mission as two of their own are captured by the legendary Storm Giants of Norse mythology. It’s up to their leader, the stalwart Hessia, to keep them together through the many trials that lie ahead.
On sale JANUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T

I still don’t love this cover. They don’t look like Nicola Scott’s Amazons at all and the crotch shots are rather unnecessary. But a miniseries starring a group of Amazons could be very fun, and I’m hoping for the best here.

Wonder Woman is also front and center on DC’s free guide to their graphic novels:

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DC ESSENTIAL GRAPHIC NOVELS 2017
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL and SANDU FLOREA
Now anyone can experience DC from the best starting points possible with 25 graphic novels vital to anyone’s collection. From there, move on to your favorite characters: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League and more, with listings of the most important books to understanding those particular characters. The DC ESSENTIAL GRAPHIC NOVELS 2017 catalog makes it easy to find the perfect story for everyone!
On sale JANUARY 11 • 96 pg, FC, FREE

I just really like that cover. And hopefully, with so much new Wonder Woman material out lately, Wonder Woman will have a larger presence in this year’s book than she’s had in past editions.

Wonder Woman’s starring in some new collections as well, including this one:

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WONDER WOMAN: HER GREATEST BATTLES TP
Written by GEORGE PEREZ, JOHN BYRNE, GREG RUCKA, GAIL SIMONE, GEOFF JOHNS and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, JOHN BYRNE, JIM LEE, CLIFF CHIANG and others
Cover by FRANK CHO
This new collection brings together the biggest and most unforgettable battles in Wonder Woman’s history as a DC Comics superhero, as she battles Ares, Cheetah, Medusa and more!
On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 168 pg, FC, $9.99 US

Ugh on the Frank Cho cover, and I’m definitely side-eying DC’s choice to focus on the warrior aspect of Wonder Woman. But that a great group of creators so I’m sure some excellent stories will be reprinted in this one. Plus it’s only $10, which is rad. There were a variety of other Wonder Woman collections in the January 2017 solicits as well, including the trade paperback collection of “The Lies,” the trade of the Finches’ last run on Wonder Woman, and another volume of Wonder Woman ’77.

Finally, Wonder Woman’s got some toys on the go, too, including this fancy figure:

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DC BLUELINE WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURE BY JIM LEE
Inspired by the art of Jim Lee, this new black-and-white action figure captures Wonder Woman in all her Amazonian glory!
Measures Approximately 6.75” Tall
$40.00 US • On Sale MAY 2017

While $40 is a lot for an action figure, she does look pretty cool. I’ve seen some other figures from this “Blueline” run and they’re kind of neat. The solicits also listed the Wonder Woman movie statues I mentioned last week, which are lovely and very, very expensive.

So it was a busy round of solicits for Wonder Woman! With the movie on the way, we Wonder Woman enthusiasts may find ourselves going broke to keep up with all of the fun new comics, collections, and collectibles. It’s a fun problem to have.

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Wonder Woman’s July 2015 Covers And Solicits

April 24, 2015

July is going to be a very busy month for Wonder Woman. Between her own titles, team books, and guest appearances, it sounds like she’s going to be around a lot. This could get expensive for all the completist collectors out there! Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in July, starting with her eponymous series:

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WONDER WOMAN #42
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by BEN CALDWELL
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
To replace Ares as the God of War, Wonder Woman must better understand him – and that means a journey to Ares’ home! You can just imagine what that entails! Plus, learn who is behind the attacks on Paradise Island!

This costume still does nothing for me. Nor does Wonder Woman getting into a fight with this heavily pouched soldier person. Ares’ home is a thing that could be cool in theory but probably won’t in execution. And the attacks on Paradise Island must be a new thing we haven’t gotten to yet, unless it’s the attacks on the Manazons from last issue, but we already know who did those. Anyway, not much to look forward to here, but such will be the case so long as the Finches are on the book, I fear.

Onto Superman/Wonder Woman #19:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #19
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The Superman epic you never expected – “TRUTH” continues! Is there truth in madness? Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad guest-star!

Details are still very sparse on this “Truth” storyline, though some spoilers have come out this morning that might shed some light on things. And it sounds awful. I won’t spoil it here, but go check out Bleeding Cool. Anyway, Wonder Woman seems involved not just in this book, but in most of the Superman line as “Truth” crosses over with at least four series. Technically I could list all of Super-books, really, but the solicits are all equally vague. If this is a story that piques your interest, just buy all the books.

Now to Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #12:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #12
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS and MATTHEW K. MANNING
Art by TOM FOWLER, GEORGES JEANTY and KARL STORY
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JULY 15 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Diana’s visit to Paradise Island’s harvest festival is interrupted by monsters! Typhon, the last son of Gaia, is breaking free of imprisonment and his minions have already begun wreaking havoc. Help is coming from another woman with connections to the Earth Mother, but will Wonder Woman accept aid from Poison Ivy? Then, Batman sends Diana on a vacation in the mountains, hoping that “A Moment of Peace” will help her adjust to life in Man’s World.

The Fridolfs/Fowler story started digitally yesterday, and it is GREAT. So be sure to pick up this issue. It sounds like it’s going to be a good one, plus that Emanuela Lupacchino cover is pretty rad. She always does great work.

Wonder Woman is also front and center on the cover of Justice League #42:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #42
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by DAN HIPP
On sale JULY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The epic “Darkseid War” event storyline continues with the critically acclaimed team of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! As Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor maneuver toward inevitable war, Wonder Woman leads the Justice League against a force that holds the answers on how to stop it – but the price might be Batman’s soul! Meanwhile, Mister Miracle faces off against a mysterious hero who has been fighting in the shadows for decades!

Wonder Woman is in the book every month, but I usually only spotlight it when she gets a good cover spot. I’m not reading the series, but from what I’ve seen of Jason Fabok’s take on her and her costume, I really like it. He seems to have a good grasp of the character. Also, in further spoiler news, it sounds like the Amazons may have a role in the upcoming “Darkseid War”, though not in a good way. Again, no direct spoilers here; head over to Bleeding Cool if you want to know what’s up.

Finally, Wonder Woman has a few guest spots lined up in July, but the one where she’s most prominently featured is Deathstroke #8:

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DEATHSTROKE #8
Written by TONY S. DANIEL and JIM BONNY
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL
TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY
On sale JULY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Godkiller” continues! Get ready for divine brutality when Slade’s contract on the Gods sends him smashing into combat against the one and only Wonder Woman!

The book is written and drawn by Tony Daniel, who spent some time with Wonder Woman when he helped launch Superman/Wonder Woman a while back. It’s not a terribly auspicious association with the character, and she looks oddly crazed here, but at least it’s nice to see Wonder Woman getting so much exposure in July. Weird she’s not in the new costume, though.

You better start saving up now to buy all these Wonder Woman comics in July! It could put a serious dent in your wallet.

Introducing Superman/Wonder Woman’s New Creative Team: Peter Tomasi And Doug Mahnke

August 15, 2014

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With Tony S. Daniel departing Superman/Wonder Woman for a new Deathstroke title, I assumed that we’d get an announcement about a new artist for the series sometime soon. Instead, we got a whole new creative team. Writer Charles Soule is leaving the book as well, and Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke are taking over the title in November.

Tomasi is probably best known for his current run on Batman and Robin, which has received solid reviews, but he also had a very good run on Green Lantern Corps and was an editor at DC before he turned to writing. Mahnke’s illustrated several top DC books, including Green Lantern, Justice League, Final Crisis, and many more. For the past few years, he’s been the go-to guy to fill in for high profile DC books when the assigned artist is running a bit behind.

Tomasi spoke to USA Today about taking over the title, and said:

“I want to stare hard into the heart of both of these characters and their true love and see what that love means to us, the DC Universe and the people of Earth,” Tomasi says. “Does it pose a danger or a threat? If two people like that are together and in love, where is the drama in that, and what repercussions does it have?”

The initial villains for the run will be Atomic Skull and Major Disaster, but Tomasi states that:

“Something wicked this way comes,” he says. “It’s really the initial salvo, and we’ll see these characters are the shock troops — they’re hitting the front line first, and there’s a lot bigger stuff behind them.”

I’m very excited to have a new creative team on the book. I haven’t been a big fan of Soule and Daniel’s run, in part because I don’t care for this relationship but also because I didn’t think either creator handled it particularly well. Wonder Woman’s role was minimal and often limited to blathering about her relationship, and the book focused largely on Superman’s villains before putting the full focus on the Man of Steel with the “Doomed” crossover with Action Comics. Soule and Daniel had the odd habit of putting very little on each page; the book was full of splash pages, plus several pages with two or three panels, all with barely any text. It made for a quick and unsatisfying read. Daniel’s art had flashes of greatness, but with so few panels he didn’t actually draw all that much, and it took him a while to get a decent handle on Wonder Woman. Even then, he had a tendency to objectify the character somewhat.

So yes, I am very ready for some new creators. My problems with the relationship itself remain, but perhaps Tomasi and Mahnke will have a different spin on it. I’ve enjoyed Tomasi’s work over the years, though I’m not a huge fan of Mahnke. I find his characters look harsh, and his Superman is particularly menacing, but on the plus side his Wonder Woman on the cover above is probably my favourite version of her that I’ve seen him do. That’s a very positive sign.

Tomasi and Mahnke start in Superman/Wonder Woman #13, out this November, and I for one am very happy to see a change. Hopefully it’s one for the better. Frankly, as a Wonder Woman fan, I don’t see how the book could get much worse.

Superman/Wonder Woman #11 Preview OR Didn’t Wonder Woman Used To Be In This Book?

August 12, 2014

I’m not entirely sure why they keep calling this book Superman/Wonder Woman when Wonder Woman is such a non-factor every month. Currently, she’s a background player in the big, Superman-centric “Doomed” storyline and in this five page preview of Superman/Wonder Woman #11 from 13th Dimension, she doesn’t even appear. Let’s take a look:

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Non and Mongul get a few pages, Superman and the Martian Manhunter are fixing to rescue some folks, and Wonder Woman is nowhere. Now, the book has fifteen more pages so I assume she’ll show up at some point, but the lack of Wonder Woman doing anything at all significant in this series is getting really tiresome.

We’ve also got some creator shake-ups this month. The book was originally solicited with Paulo Siqueira drawing it, but it looks like Thony Silas will be doing so instead. And the main cover is by Ed Benes instead of Tony S. Daniel, though Daniel did the selfie variant cover that I included above because I really like it. With Daniel moving to a new series, as far as I know DC still hasn’t revealed who will be the book’s primary artist moving forward, though perhaps the November solicits will give us some clues.

So yeah, “Doomed” continues on. Superman’s not infected now and is going to save his pals, while Wonder Woman is doing who knows what. You’ll have to pick up Superman/Wonder Woman #11 in stores or online tomorrow to find out if she gets anything to do this month.

Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 Preview: “Doomed” Rolls On

August 5, 2014

In an odd move that may irk some customers, DC Comics is continuing the ongoing “Doomed” crossover between Superman/Wonder Woman and Action Comics in a pair of $4.99 annuals this week. So to get the full story, you have to shell out another ten bucks on top of what you’re already paying to get both series each month. It’s a bizarre distribution method. I could see an epilogue or something in an annual, but a middle chapter of the story is unusual.

All that to say, Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 is out this week, written by Charles Soule with art by a team that includes Ed Benes, Tony S. Daniel, Pascal Alixe, and many more. Crave Online has a massive preview of the book, so let’s take a look:

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Annuals tend to be almost twice as long as a regular comic, which is probably why we got such a big chunk of the book. In terms of percentage, it’s about what we usually get in a preview.

Anyway, Superman is still all Doomsdayed up, but now he’s fighting Cyborg Superman. I have no idea what’s up with Cyborg Superman in the New 52; the whole past continuity with Doomsday and the Reign of the Supermen doesn’t exist, right? So I don’t know how we ended up with another Cyborg Superman. Or Steel, for that matter.

Wonder Woman is in three panels in this seven page preview, so that’s bothersome. Her name’s in the title, yet we’ve got two Supermen and barely any Wonder Woman at all. That seems a bit unbalanced. Hopefully she’ll have more to do in the rest of the issue. If she doesn’t, just go read Aquaman Annual #2 again; Wonder Woman had a bigger role there than she’s ever had in this series.

Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and online tomorrow, so if you’re following the “Doomed” crossover be sure to pick it up!

Wonder Woman’s October 2014 Covers And Solicits

July 14, 2014

October is going to be a busy and significant month for Wonder Woman. Not only are Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang wrapping up their run on Wonder Woman, they’re unveiling her New 52 origin story in Secret Origins as well. Wonder Woman’s two other series have new issues as well, so let’s get to the solicits. First up, Wonder Woman #35:

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WONDER WOMAN #35
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
MONSTERS Variant cover by AARON LOPRESTI
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s the grand finale of the historic WONDER WOMAN epic by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang! Saying more would spoil all the surprises – and there will be plenty!

Well, we’ve got no information whatsoever. But we’ve got an amazing cover from Cliff Chiang that showcases Wonder Woman and all of the book’s prominent female characters. Zola in a Wonder Woman shirt is awesome, and it looks like Aleka is sporting Wonder Woman’s Hephaestian armour. I wonder if she’ll be wearing the armour inside the book too? This book would be worth buying just for this great cover, but the inside should be something special too. I’m excited to see how Azzarello and Chiang wrap up their run. I’ve had my issues with their time on the book, but there’s been a lot of good too and I’m really hoping that they bring it home in spectacular fashion.

Azzarello and Chiang are back again a week later with Secret Origins #6:

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SECRET ORIGINS #6
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, CLIFF CHIANG, J.M. DeMATTEIS and CULLEN BUNN
Art by CLIFF CHIANG, GORAN SUDZUKA, KEVIN STOKES, IGOR LIMA and RUY JOSE
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
On sale OCTOBER 22 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The same month the acclaimed creative team on WONDER WOMAN exits that book, they arrive to tell the Amazon Warrior’s secret origin! Plus, the beginnings of Deadman by J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Stokes, and Sinestro’s origin by series writer Cullen Bunn and artist Igor Lima!

Oh man, that Bermejo cover is nice. I love Bermejo’s art, and this is a fierce work of beauty. And, seeing as we’ve got no plot details again, the cover is all we can really talk about. Luckily, it’s a great cover. Bermejo’s done some epic, iconic images with this series thus far, and his Wonder Woman is a fantastic addition to the line.

It also looks like Goran Sudzuka will be helping out Cliff Chiang with the art, which makes sense given that Chiang has his Wonder Woman finale to finish. This should be an interesting issue; Azzarello’s track record with the Amazons has not been good, so I’m a little bit worried about how he’ll handle Wonder Woman’s origin. That being said, I’m still eager to check it out.

Here’s a book I’m less eager for, Superman/Wonder Woman #12:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #12
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by JACK HERBERT
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
MONSTERS Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“SUPERMAN: DOOMED AFTERMATH”! Diana recovers from the events of DOOMED, and the sacrifices and betrayals made. Is love lost?

“Is love lost?” I sure hope so! Please do that, DC! I am loathe to read more “Doomed” stuff, but if it means Wonder Woman and Superman are through than I am all over it.

It’s an interesting art mix this issue. I have never heard of Jack Herbert, and I read the solicits every month, so this could be fun. I like checking out new work. Tony Daniel’s cover looks really phoned in, which is disappointing, but Bill Sienkiewicz is doing a monsters variant cover and that should be AMAZING.

Finally, we’ve got Sensation Comics #3:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #3
Written by GILBERT HERNANDEZ and SEAN E. WILLIAMS
Art by GILBERT HERNANDEZ and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
When Wonder Woman allows an other dimensional science-villain to capture her, she expects to swiftly deal with his android minions and save the day. But he’s able to brainwash her and that’s when things go haywire! Then, back on Earth, we share a rare moment from Diana’s rock-star days.

I put this up last week when it was revealed earlier, but I’m putting it up again just to have everything in one place. I’m very, very, very excited for this issue, and am generally so excited that this book exists.

Check out all of these books in stores or online this October! It should be a fun month for Wonder Woman fans.

A Look At August’s Superman/Wonder Woman #11 Selfie Variant Cover

July 9, 2014

It’s quite the week for Wonder Woman variant covers! Today we’ve got a peek at DC’s August line of selfie variants, a silly idea that I sort of love just because it’s so goofy. It reeks of “Hey, you know what the kids are into these days?” but I’m still into it; it’s fun, and it’s nice to see the characters smile for a change.

Yesterday, Tony S. Daniel revealed his selfie variant for Superman/Wonder Woman #11, and I’ve got to be honest with you: It’s a little bit cute:

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I absolutely hate this relationship, but come on. This is a fun cover. And a pleasant break from all the dark, “Doomed” stuff that’s been dominating the book’s covers lately. I could do with less cleavage from Wonder Woman; that’s a lot of chest. But apart from that, I don’t mind it. I sort of like it even.

The selfie variant for Wonder Woman #34 hasn’t been released yet, but it’s going to be drawn by Terry and Rachel Dodson so you know it’ll be great. They always do a fantastic job with Wonder Woman, and I’ll put up that cover as soon as I see it.

Superman/Wonder Woman #11 is out in August, so talk to your local comic shop about getting this cover if you’re interested. Variants can be hard to find.


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