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Wonder Woman’s April 2016 Covers and Solicits

January 25, 2016

DC’s April 2016 solicits went up last week, and we’ve got the usual assortment of Wonder Woman fun plus a fairly surprising collection that’s due out in May. Of all the classic Wonder Woman runs that are currently out of print, I wasn’t expecting to see a spotlight shone on this one. We’ll get to that momentarily, but let’s start out with Wonder Woman #51:


Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and SCOTT HANNA
On sale APRIL 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island and the Tartarus Pit in her quest to save baby Zeke. But as she betrays those she loves in her struggle to save Olympus, she slips closer to an abyss in which she may lose Wonder Woman entirely!

Sigh. Still the Finches. Though with the rumours of a DC relaunch in June making the internet rounds as of late, my hopes are up that we’ll see a new team on Wonder Woman soon. But for now, this Zeke story is still rolling along with the Finches at the helm.

I actually don’t mind the cover, if only because it promises a dragon or a basilisk or some such, and Finch is pretty good at drawing that sort of thing. If there’s a big dragon fight in this issue, I might be on board. We’ll see what happens.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #28:


Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and SCOTT HANNA
On sale APRIL 27 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
In part four of “Super League,” Wonder Woman and Superman encounter the being that was discovered in BATMAN/SUPERMAN #31. But will this person be Superman’s savior—or destroyer? And what is Ulysses’s role in all of this?

Hooboy, this sounds not great. Tomasi’s run on Superman/Wonder Woman has been rough stuff, and Superman is currently the WORST; he’s such a jerk right now. So an event written by Tomasi with Superman at the center does not make this sound like an issue I am keen to read. Plus, the fourth part of a crossover I’m not going to read the rest of is never a great time.

Also out in April, the fantastic Legend of Wonder Woman #4:


Written by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale APRIL 13 • 40 pg, FC, 4 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The seas have extracted a harsh price for Diana’s rescue of the outsider, casting her adrift upon the shores of Man’s World! A kind woman introduces her to this strange new home, and a new friend bolsters her confidence, but throughout the early days of her adventure, strange dreams of violence plague her nights.

I love this book! The digital issues are way ahead of the print, so I’ve already read two of the three digital installments that will be included in this print issue. And they’re GREAT. Etta Candy is in it in all of her classic, Golden Age glory, and it’s so much fun. This title is the best Wonder Woman comic on the stands, and if you’re not reading it, you’re missing out.

And finally, the aforementioned surprising collection:


Art and cover by MIKE DEODATO
On sale MAY 11 • 376 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Collecting Mike Deodato’s run on WONDER WOMAN from issues #85, 0 and 90-100! In her mother’s eyes, Diana has not lived up to the task of being Wonder Woman, and now the Queen of the Amazons sets in motion a contest where a new Wonder Woman will be crowned. But Diana sees things differently and decides take on any and all comers—until she is bested by Artemis!

This seems like an odd choice. There are so many other books I’d rather see new collections of. Maybe some of Rucka’s run, or Jimenez. But Deodato’s been a pretty hot artist at Marvel lately, so it makes sense that DC would reprint some of his early work. It’s not the best stuff, though. He’s pretty solid now, and I loved his recent Avengers work, but Deodato’s old Wonder Woman art makes me cringe. It’s the embodiment of 1990s hyper-sexualization, plus Wonder Woman ends up with a really dumb costume, even worse than that high collared thing she’s been sporting lately. It’s more an amusing relic than a classic run, though Artemis is kind of fun. Also, the page count seems very long for only 13 issues, so I’d expect a lot of extras with this one.

Look for all of these books this April (and May for the Deodato book) at comic shops everywhere!

The Time Wonder Woman Was A Space Pirate OR The Early 1990s Were Weird

November 29, 2012

I’ve been rereading early 1990s Wonder Woman comics, and came across a bizarre story I had forgotten all about.  After William Messner –Loebs took over the writing duties from George Perez, his first major story sent Wonder Woman into space.  Beginning in Wonder Woman #66 with artist Paris Cullins, Wonder Woman wasn’t just an astronaut, she was a space pirate!!

When a Russian cosmonaut was trapped in space and running out of air, Wonder Woman was her only hope.  So she spacesuited up in this classy outfit:

And took to the stars to rescue her.

But it was a trap!!  Wonder Woman had been set up.  Her ship exploded after she’d docked with the cosmonaut’s vessel, sending them hurtling into the depths of space.  And things just got worse from there.

They were picked up by an alien vessel, sent to a prison camp, and forced to do slave labour.  Of course, Wonder Woman wasn’t having any of that.  After a few initial scuffles, she launched a successful attempt to seize a ship.  Once off the planet, did Wonder Woman and her cosmonaut pal head home to Earth?  Nope, they set out to shut down the entire slave labour organization.  Wonder Woman declared:

The KREEL made their empire out of DEATH and RAPINE and CHATTEL SLAVERY… and I mean to stop them!!

Thus was born Wonder Woman, space pirate:

Wonder Woman traced the slave trade back to the Sangtee, a race that had previously been all male but who were now producing females too.  They sent the females away when they were kids to train them to be like men and use them as slaves, and Wonder Woman was not at all pleased with this.  But instead of busting up the emperor, she explains how the Sangtee’s hatred of women had led them down a dark path to slavery and genocide that was rotting the empire from within.  And just like that, the emperor decides to end the slave trade, and Wonder Woman returns home.

Amusingly, Messner-Loebs followed up this epic space adventure with an extremely down to Earth tale.  When Wonder Woman returned, she learned that the Amazons had disappeared during her long absence.  Not wanting to impose on her friends, Wonder Woman got a job at the local fast food restaurant, Taco Whiz, so she could support herself:

It was quite the juxtaposition.  Comics from the early 1990s were bizarre.

Going from space pirate to taco jockey in the span of just three issues was an impressive turnaround.  And there was more to come in the Messner-Loebs era, including Wonder Woman losing her title to Artemis and the debut of artist Mike Deodato Jr. and his penchant for having the briefs of female characters pulled up to about their ribcage.  After her time gallivanting through the stars as a space pirate, Wonder Woman spent a good chunk of the 1990s dealing with a perpetual wedgie:

Luckily that didn’t last for too long, and John Byrne soon took over the series.  Byrne is his own special kind of crazy, but that’s another story for another day.

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s Preview

August 16, 2011

Newsarama‘s put up a five-page preview of the last Wonder Woman title from DC’s Retroactive line, DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s.  Written by William Messner-Loebs and with art by Lee Moder apparently (though Paris Cullins is the solicited artist, so there seems to be a bit of confusion there), the issue hits comic shops tomorrow.  And it looks kind of cute… Wonder Woman is hanging out with some girls in Boston, showing them how Amazons train and generally trying to run them ragged.  It could be fun.  Check out the preview:

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s Cover Revealed

July 5, 2011

DC unveiled the final Wonder Woman cover from the DC Retroactive series over at The Source blog today, giving us a look at this 90s-inspired image from Lee Moder, Dan Green, and Wes Hartman:

It’s a decent enough cover, but I’m really surprised that DC didn’t get Brian Bolland to do it.  If I think “Wonder Woman in the 1990s”, I think Brian Bolland covers… espeicially with William Messner-Loebs writing the book and Paris Cullins on art.  Though to be fair, when I think “Wonder Woman in the 1980s”, I think George Perez, so me and DC weren’t on the same page there either.  But yeah, it’s a decent cover.

I think Wonder Woman is holding the lasso at the wrong spot, though… she appears to be holding the loop instead of whatever you call the rest of the lasso. 

Regardless, DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s is on sale August 17th.  Lord knows why anyone would want to revisit comics in the 1990s, much less put out six of them, but I don’t run DC Comics.  The 90s may have sucked, but I’m getting the book anyway… it could be fun!!

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman ’80s And ’90s Artists Announced

May 4, 2011

We already know that Denny O’Neil and J. Bone are teaming up for DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The ’70s, which should be a fun pairing, and now DC has announced the artists for the next two books.  Here is the solicit for the ’80s:

Artist Rich Buckler teams up with writer Roy Thomas as Wonder Woman must battle Silver Swan to protect her secret identity from being revealed.

Roy Thomas wrote thirteen issues of Wonder Woman in the early 1980s, while Rich Buckler did a few covers for the series, and a bit of interior art in Wonder Woman #300.  I knew they were getting writers from the period to do the books, but it’s cool to see them getting artists where they can too.  Here’s one of Buckler’s first Wonder Woman covers, from January 1978:

Let’s take a look at the ’90s book:

Joining writer William Messner-Loebs is artist Paris Cullins to tell a defining story that shows why Wonder Woman is Princess of the Amazons.

William Messner-Loebs wrote Wonder Woman for three years, 1992 to 1995, during the period Brian Bolland was doing the covers.  I bet DC tries to get Bolland to do the cover for this book… it would be fitting, since Paris Cullins pencilled the early issues of this era.  It would be like getting the band back together!!  Here is some Paris Cullins art from Wonder Woman #65:

Look for the ’80s book on August 3rd, and the ’90s book on August 17th.

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