Posts Tagged ‘Wonder Woman’

There Was A Wonder Woman In Last Night’s Batman-Centric New Girl

October 23, 2013


Last night’s New Girl was all about Batman, from Schmidt’s fake penpal Michael Keaton to Jess dressing up as Batman in a drunken attempt to convince Schmidt that it actually was Keaton who wrote all those letters and not just his mom.  It was hilarious all around, but amid all the Bat-fun there was a Wonder Woman appearance.  In the background of Jess’ party, an extra was wearing a Wonder Woman dress with red tights.  She’s the one talking to the lifeguard, behind Jess’ Joey Ramona Quimby:


It’s a cute outfit.  I like how it’s just a dress, really.  I don’t think she’s even wearing a tiara, or even bracelets, bullet-deflecting or otherwise.  She played absolutely no part in the story, but it’s always fun to have Wonder Woman show up in random places.  Especially when that random place is one of your favourite TV shows.

The episode also featured some excellent points by Winston about why someone might want to be Robin instead of Batman.  Batman is way cooler, obviously, but I can see where Winston is coming from here:

Jess: You wanna be Robin?

Winston: He doesn’t have all the responsibilities of Batman, but he can take some of the glory.

Jess: Robin’s a joke.

Nick: Robin’s the joke.

Jess: I think we can all agree.

Winston: The kids look up to him, you know, in the community.

It’s a fair perspective.

So an enjoyable episode of New Girl was made even better by a random Wonder Woman sighting, and while there was no invisible plane, there certainly was a lot of discussion about the Batmanmobile.

Wonder Woman Sales: The Cheetah And The First Born Near The Bottom Of Villains Month

October 21, 2013


We’re going to eschew the usual charts and whatnot this month because Villains Month has everything all jacked up.  The charts in general were a bit of a mess; all of the Villains Month titles had two entries, one for the fancy 3D covers and one for the cheaper, non-3D covers.  I went through and added everything together, and while The Cheetah and The First Born issues did well relative to what Wonder Woman usually sells, they were at the back of the pack among the other Villains Month books.  Here are their numbers, with the last issue of Wonder Woman thrown in for comparison:

  • Wonder Woman #23: 34,747 copies sold, 55th place
  • Wonder Woman #23.1 – The Cheetah: 47,504 copies sold, 67th place
  • Wonder Woman #23.2 – First Born: 42,383 copies sold, 75th place

So yes, these issues sold better than the normal book does.  People love 3D covers, I guess.  But as you can see, they were much further down the chart.  This is because the other Villains Month books KILLED it.

DC set up Villains Month in a very smart way.  Instead of every title having their own issue, their better selling titles had multiple Villains Month issues and they left all of their lower selling books out of the mix.  So instead of a specific title for lower selling books like Superboy or Supergirl, there were four issues each for Action Comics and Superman. Wonder Woman was near the bottom of this sales cutoff.  The only series who had Villains Month books and sold less than Wonder Woman in August were Teen Titans, Green Arrow, and Swamp Thing.  With a million Bat-books and various other high selling series shipping multiple titles, the deck was stacked against Wonder Woman.

This showed in the numbers.  Among the 52 Villains Month books, The Cheetah’s combined total for 3D and non-3D issues was ranked 46th and First Born was 50th. It’s not a great showing, but this is what happens when you load up on the bestselling titles.  When you ship FOUR issues of Batman, everything else is going to slide down.

So despite selling better than usual, every other book selling better than usual pushed the two Wonder Woman titles down the charts, along with everything else.  Of the Top 80 bestselling books (where the Villains Month titles end) on the adjusted overall charts, 54 of them were DC books.  That’s just insane.  This stunt paid off for DC in a HUGE way, because I guess we’re all suckers who shell out the big bucks for largely irrelevant books with fancy covers.   We can moan about these stunts all we want, but they certainly sell.

Everything should be back to normal next month, and Wonder Woman should end up in a better spot, albeit with less sales, so we’ll leave this aberrant month behind us and pick up with the usual charts and such when the October numbers come out.

Prediction For Next Month: I underestimated the public’s love for shoddy lenticular covers in last month’s predictions, and was under by about 7,000 issues for each book.  Not good.  But I’m going to try to shake it off and come back strong with this prediction: In October, Wonder Woman #24 will sell 34,050 copies, a drop of about 2% from the August total.  Check back next month to see how I did!

Wonder Woman #24 Review OR Setting Things Up For The Coming Year

October 17, 2013


Now that we’re done with all the lenticular covered fun of Villains Month, Wonder Woman is back on track, picking up where we left off in August.  Ares is dead, the First Born is captured, and Diana is the new god of war.  With this new status quo now established, there’s lots to play out in the coming year, and Wonder Woman #24 sets up the major plotlines.  It’s an uneventful issue, really, and somewhat awkward with so many pieces being put into place, but so it goes with set-up issues.  Let’s chat about what happened, but first:


Everything that happened in this issue will be revealed!

Right after this warning, it will be spoiler city!

If you haven’t read the issue yet, stay away!

So let’s run through the threads this issue sets up for us.  The biggest one is Wonder Woman’s new status as the god of war, which she seems none too pleased about.  Apollo demands her presence at a meeting of the gods, and she’s very irritated to attend, half because Hermes was sent to bring her and half because of the intrusion into her day-to-day life.  She refuses to take Ares’ seat, and to participate at all unless Hera is re-instated as a god.  Apollo refuses, and Wonder Woman leaves in a huff.

This sets up one major plot: Apollo, through his oracles, knows a war is coming, and he decides that Olympus will face it without a god of war.  That may not be the best decision.  I’m curious to see what the war will be.  Things seem relatively settled among the gods themselves, so I think their opponent might be Cassandra and whatever she’s up to (more on that momentarily), particularly given her connection to the First Born.  He’s still alive, so you know he’ll get free and start some stuff at some point.  My second guess would be a war with New Genesis, since they seem like a militant bunch, but Orion isn’t even in this issue so it’s a distant second for me.

The other big plot to come out of Olympus is that Strife has sworn vengeance against Wonder Woman.  She’s planning to kill Wonder Woman and take the god of war mantle for herself.  We’ve seen Strife’s powers before, and they’re considerable, though now that Wonder Woman has tapped into her divine abilities AND is the god of war, she’ll be a formidable foe to take down.  And obviously, the book is called Wonder Woman so I doubt she’s going to die.  Strife is always fun, though, and it could be an entertaining rivalry.  Also, I’d love to see Strife as the god of war, through means other than Wonder Woman’s death.  Having her as an Olympian would add a chaotic dynamic to the mix.

Down on Earth, Cassandra obviously has some sort of plot on the go, and step one is capturing her brother, Milan.  He has the ability to see the future, so he’s a definite asset for any plan, nefarious or otherwise.  From what we know of Cassandra, she’s a bit of an unstable sadist, once forcing dozens of people to kill each other just for the fun of it.  Lennox pulled out her throat to prevent her from controlling people with her voice, and I don’t think we’ve seen any powers from her new mechanical throat, but my bet is that she’s definitely up to no good and is probably planning to spring the First Born and stick it to the Olympian gods.

Back in London, Diana, Zola, and Hera have found themselves a new apartment after their old one was blown up a few issues back.  I doubt a housewarming party of some sort will be a big plot point, but a considerable chunk of this issue was devoted to Hera and her lack of godhood.  Hera is still distraught about it, and Wonder Woman’s based her Olympian participation on her reinstatement, so I imagine this will be a recurring issue throughout the next year.

I’m also hoping that the rehabilitation of Hermes will be part of the book as well.  I loved Hermes during Wonder Woman’s first year, and wasn’t sad about him stealing Zeke so much as I was sad that he was in the book way less.  I understand why he did what he did, keeping the baby away from Hera, and he had been my favourite character since the book began.  I hope he gets to play a bigger role this year, and that he ends up part of Wonder Woman’s team again.

Hermes also played in a role in perpetuating some of Azzarello’s less enjoyable tendencies.  First, Wonder Woman only appeared in 11 of the book’s 20 pages.  On the one hand, there was a lot to set up in this issue, with a lot of different characters.  On the other hand, this happens ALL the time.  Wonder Woman is lucky to show up in half of her book on a regular basis.  I can’t think of another titular hero who so rarely graces the pages of their own series.

Second, we have yet another scene that makes Wonder Woman look bad.  I understand that Wonder Woman isn’t perfect, and that mistakes and imperfections make her human and help her grow, but it seems like there’s at least one scene per issue where she is tricked or outsmarted or smacked down by some harsh truth.  This time, it’s Hermes responding to Wonder Woman’s anger towards him.  She threatens him with swords, kicks him out of her apartment, and generally treats him with belligerence and fury in response to his calm, reasonable stance.  To Hermes, he was only protecting Zeke from Hera, fulfilling an oath he had sworn to Zeus, but Wonder Woman and Zola aren’t having any of it.  His response is rather damning:


The annoying thing is, he’s 100% right.  Hera DESTROYED the Amazons.  Paradise Island is empty, except for snakes.  She also tried, repeatedly, to steal Zeke, fully intending to kill him when she did so.  But now they’re all pals, living together in London.  If Wonder Woman and Zola can get past all of that, surely they can have some mercy for Hermes.  That’s what so bothersome about the cutting remarks and verbal smackdowns Wonder Woman’s received during this run: They’re often rather accurate.  I don’t want a perfect Wonder Woman, but one who doesn’t need a man to reprimand her for her behavior or point out her hypocrisy every other issue would be nice.

All in all, it’s a set-up issue so not a lot happened.  I miss Cliff Chiang’s art because he always elevates the book, making a good story great and a meh, moving the pieces issue into something visually interesting at least.  Goran Sudzuka is fine, and I like his art better than Tony Akins so far, but he wasn’t given much to do in this issue apart from a lot of standing around and talking.  Things should pick up next month, though.  I hope Strife coming after Wonder Woman is the first arc because Strife always makes the book more fun.

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #27 And Superman/Wonder Woman #4

October 15, 2013

DC Comics’ January 2014 solicits came out yesterday, so let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to in the New Year:


Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JANUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Diana returns to Paradise Island for the first time since the Amazons were wiped out…but do those ancient stones hold the answers she’s looking for?

More than two years after the Amazons were turned into snakes and her mother was turned into a statue, we’re finally getting some follow up on Paradise Island.  I thought this might have come up sooner, but I suppose that Wonder Woman’s been busy with Hades, Orion, the First Born, and now her role as god of war.  Perhaps this will lead to the return of the Amazons?

Speaking of returns, Cliff Chiang is back on interior art!  Goran Sudzuka is drawing the three fall issues, but Chiang will be back inside the book in January, and hopefully he’ll be around for a while.  No one draws Wonder Woman, and her New 52 universe, as well as Chiang.

Onto Wonder Woman’s other title:


On sale JANUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The secret of Superman and Wonder Woman’s relationship is out and the world’s reaction is mixed, but that’s the least of the power couple’s worries as Zod seeks to release Faora from the Phantom Zone!

Faora!  When they mentioned Zod in the December solicit, I had my fingers crossed that Faora would show up, and lo and behold she has.  That’s super exciting; Faora could be a great character, for this book and the DC universe generally.

Also, the relationship secrecy that Clark and Diana talked so dully about in the first issue hasn’t lasted, and it looks like they’ll be outed as a couple in Superman/Wonder Woman #3, with the fallout in this issue.  I hope this issue is one page of handling that and nineteen pages of Wonder Woman fighting Faora.

Finally, I’m betting this isn’t the final cover.  This is the preview image DC released when they announced the book last summer, and it might just be a placeholder because the actual cover wasn’t ready for the solicits and/or there’s something cool on the actual cover they don’t want to show yet.  It could be the actual cover, but I doubt it.  Know who should be on the cover?  Faora.

Look for Wonder Woman #27 and Superman/Wonder Woman #4 this January.  Chiang is back!  And so is Faora!  Wait, now I want Chiang to draw Faora.  How fun would that be?

Wonder Woman #24 Preview AKA House Hunters International

October 14, 2013

The Mary Sue seems to be the place to go for Wonder Woman related previews lately, and now they’ve got a peek at Wonder Woman #24.  Last we saw our intrepid hero, she had defeated the First Born and killed her mentor Ares, taking over his role as the God of War.  And now, it seems, she’s skipping out on her first day of godly work.  Let’s take a look:




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Hey, my favourite jacket is back!  I love that look for Diana; it’s all sorts of cool.  It looks like Azzarello is back to his old style of starting each issue with the gods conversing before moving on to Wonder Woman’s adventures, but it seems that now the two stories will quickly merge, since Hermes is there to take Wonder Woman to Mount Olympus for a family meeting.

Diana, Zola, and Hera are busy looking for a house in London, one that will fit their ever growing group.  With Diana being whisked off to Mount Olympus, you know what that means: Zola and Hera hijinks!  Hopefully they’ll get up to some fun shenanigans while Diana is off working her other job.

One last note: The cover lists the price of the comic as $3.99, when Wonder Woman is usually $2.99.  I don’t know if this is a misprint, or if DC had so much fun charging everyone four bucks for lame 3D covers last month that they’re going to keep doing it with their regular books.  The solicit lists the price as $2.99, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens when the book comes out on Wednesday.

Look for Wonder Woman #24 in comic shops everywhere this Wednesday, perhaps a little later in the day than usual if there are shipping delays from Columbus Day in the USA and Thanksgiving up here in Canada.  Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians, by the way!

Smallville Season 11 #18 Review OR All Hell Breaks Loose, Literally

October 10, 2013


Well, that escalated quickly.  What started out as a few easily stopped shenanigans from Felix Faust has turned into the hordes of Hades invading Washington, DC.  Oh, and zombies.  There are zombies in there too.  Things are pretty bonkers, so let’s discuss after the usual warning:


If you haven’t read this comic, don’t read any further!

And if you aren’t reading this comic, go check it out!

It’s really quite good.  I think you’ll like it.

So Faust has successfully released Hades, who is none too impressed with the progresses of humanity since he was last free and immediately sets about tearing it all down.  Faust accomplished what Bones was loathe to do, a failure that resulted in his bizarre skeletal state.  While Bones is hardly the good guy here, at least he’s not as evil as Faust, who quite literally made a deal with the devil in return for long life.  Hades is unleashed, his zombie army is roaming Washington, DC, the Washington monument is crumbling, and a giant monster is bursting out of the ground at the National Mall.  It’s a bad scene.

Luckily for the world, someone else has been unleashed as well.  It turns out Hippolyta wasn’t captured by Faust, as I thought when I read the last issue, but rather was held by Bones and the DEO in their secret base.  Clark Kent infiltrated the base, scanning it with his X-ray vision while pretending to take notes for a Daily Planet story, and found Hippolyta hidden in the Black Room in some sort of suspended animation.  Once freed, she wanted to go home with Diana, but Diana chose to stay and fight alongside her new friends, donning her mother’s armor to take on Hades:


This book is just so bonkers.  In between all of that overarching plot, Faust broke into DEO headquarters with a giant sea monster, Superman saved Lois and Steve from some zombies, and a new, Asian Cameron Chase showed up.  They really do pack a lot of stuff into these digital first books.

The Superman stuff was fine, and I liked Clark infiltrating the DEO base in plain sight, but Bryan Q. Miller and Jorge Jimenez’s take on Diana is what I love most about this book.  After she surrendered to Bones last issue, he had her placed in some sort of torture apparatus meant to electrocute her so he could test her powers.  The machine barely tickled Diana, who chatted amiably with Bones and found out the full story of what was going on with Faust and his connection to Hades.  When Diana hears that her mother has been found and that Faust is attacking the base, she busts out of the apparatus with ease and rushes to help.  Then, with Hades rampaging through Washington, she armors up to go fight him.

This Diana is tough and determined, ferocious but clear-headed, and smart to boot.  When her mother just wants to return home, Diana sees that Hades won’t stop with Washington and that Paradise Island would soon be a target.  She decides to deal with him now, and help millions of innocents in the process, rather than just waiting for the inevitable attack at home.

Her New 52 counterpart is presumably much older and more experienced, but it’s this Smallville Wonder Woman who comes off as the more mature and together hero.  The New 52 Wonder Woman is all over the place, making poor decisions and getting duped at nearly every turn, while the Smallville Wonder Woman is perpetually in control.  Even things that seem like a setback, like Bones taking her into custody in the previous issue, are well-managed and ultimately beneficial.  The torture has no effect, she learns what she needs to know from Bones, breaks free when she wants to, and gets her mother back.  This Wonder Woman knows what she’s doing.

Smallville Season 11 continues to impress me on every level.  Bryan Q. Miller’s writing is sharp and the story is entertaining and moves along quickly.  Jorge Jimenez’s art is fantastic, and he seems more interested in having his own take on the characters than rigidly adhering to resembling the actors from the show.  Carrie Strachan’s colouring and Saida Temofonte’s lettering are solid, and work in the best way possible: You don’t notice them.  It’s an odd compliment, but the best colouring and lettering is seamless, showcasing and elevating the art and moving the story along with ease so that each page flows and works like it should.  Poor colouring and lettering is jarring, sticking out like a sore thumb and disrupting the reading experience while in a well put together book, like this one, everything works together beautifully.

I’m excited to see how the story concludes next month, but I’m also very sad that it’s going to be over.  I really enjoy this Wonder Woman, and it’s one of my favourite versions of the character I’ve ever seen.  I’d love to read a book about her every month, and it’s a bummer that the most we’ll get is sporadic guest appearances in future Smallville issues.  It’s a Superman series, but Wonder Woman absolutely steals the book, which is a refreshing change of pace from the New 52 where Wonder Woman is often overshadowed by her enjoyably colourful supporting cast.  If someone has the power to give Bryan Q. Miller a regular Wonder Woman series, please do so.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1 Review OR Could Have Been Better, Could Have Been Worse

October 9, 2013


Given my many qualms about this series, I was expecting to be unimpressed by this first issue.  However, given my love of Wonder Woman, I set my qualms aside in the hope that it would turn out to be a well done, fun book that I enjoyed.  Turns out, neither happened.  It wasn’t bad, but nor was it particularly good.  While I liked a few things and others I didn’t care for, altogether it just felt bland to me.  More on this momentarily, but first:


I am about to tell you about all of the action AND all of the romance in this new series!

You’ll know it all!

So if you want to read it yourself first, run away!

Providing both action and romance, an adventure on the high seas is intermingled with a deep conversation about Clark and Diana’s relationship in this first issue.  Out on the ocean, a huge storm has kicked up, an airplane is in distress, and Doomsday is somehow involved.  Meanwhile, during the date night these aquatic shenanigans interrupted, Clark and Diana talk about whether or not to keep their relationship secret.  Clark likes the secrecy, Diana does not, and ultimately things appear to settle on the secrecy side before a move to the bedroom is postponed by the aforementioned oceanic disruption.

The action side of things is fine.  Superman gets punched straight out of the ocean and through an airplane, Wonder Woman angrily dismantles the guns on a naval ship, and then Doomsday shows up and fights Wonder Woman for a bit.  There’s no real explanation for the storm or Doomsday, but this is a set-up issue.  I’m sure we’ll learn more about that next month.  The action is nothing new or innovative, and they go a little hard with the splash pages and two-page spreads, but it’s not bad or anything.  Standard superhero fare, really.

The relationship side of things didn’t work as well for me.  I’m not a fan of the relationship in general because I just don’t find it interesting, and hearing them talk about it, Diana to a friend and then both Clark and Diana together, was kind of dull.  I just have no investment in it, so their issues and insecurities surrounding the relationship don’t do much for me.  The writing and art didn’t help either.  Again, it’s not bad by any means, but it lacked spark.  I wanted this book to sell me on this relationship, to show me what I’m missing in terms of why and how this is an interesting pairing, and I didn’t get that at all.

What’s worse, the way the relationship was discussed ultimately made me rather annoyed with both of them.  The New 52 has set up a universe where superheroes aren’t particularly beloved, and they’re out saving the world while humanity is more afraid and wary than grateful.  This can’t be fun, obviously, but Superman of all people should not get bogged down by this.  He’s SUPERMAN.  He should be able to let it go, and to understand the importance of rising above it.

Instead, he’s kind of antagonistic about it.  When Diana mentions sharing the wonders of his Fortress of Solitude with the world, segueing into a discussion of sharing their relationship with the world as well, Clark wants none of it.  He replies:

We give them everything.  This is ours.  At least for now.

There’s an irksome self-pity and self-aggrandizement in “We give them everything”, and a certain degree of entitlement in “This is ours”, like the world doesn’t deserve to know about his fortress or his relationship.  They’re too good and special for “them.”  To me, Superman is the last person in the universe who would have an us vs. them mentality when it comes to the rest of humanity, no matter how little he may be appreciated.

A similar frustration, and the us vs. them framework, show up again with Wonder Woman later in the issue.  When the naval ship shoots down the plane, thinking that Superman and Wonder Woman had attacked it, she angrily tears the guns off the deck, yelling:

WHY? We try to help you, and you fire on us?

Frankly, the naval crew just saw Superman blast through an airplane.  How were they to know he was punched out of the ocean by Doomsday?  It’s a reasonable mistake to make.  And yet there’s Wonder Woman losing her cool, furious at “them” for shooting at her and Superman.  Who the missile wouldn’t even hurt, by the way.  She’s a demigod and he’s the goddamn Man of Steel.  They would be FINE.  If she was mad that the pilots she rescued might have been injured, that would be understandable, but clearly that’s not the “us” she was referring to.

The rest of the issue was average, blandish superhero romance/adventure, but this antagonism towards humanity, this seeming inability to understand where they’re coming from and why they might be scared of superheroes, really rubbed me the wrong way.  When Diana offered to train Clark in combat because he’s more a wrecking ball than a fighter with any sort of finesse, she said:

You have things to learn, and I’m just the woman to teach you.

Initially I read that as a reference not just to combat but to Clark’s relationship with humanity and penchant for keeping secrets, that Diana would help him open up and share more with the world.  But then she flips out and starts wrecking a boat, furious at the stupid humans who dared misinterpret what was going on.  I know it’s not a huge component of the book, and I’ve blathered on about it longer than it deserves, really, but I hate when superheroes are dicks.  Both of them kind of were in this issue.

Of course, there’s much more going on in the book.  We get a look at the supporting cast, starting with Cat Grant, Clark’s website pal.  Clark Kent’s website is perhaps the least interesting Clark Kent story that’s ever been done (though on the plus side it did make me think of @CK1Blogs, an absolutely hilarious Twitter account), and the whole content/number of viewers discussion was just plain dull.  Cat is pals with Aaron Lord, though, who I think is a new character.  If he’s any relation to Max Lord, that could be interesting.  In the old DC universe, Max Lord took over Superman’s mind so Wonder Woman killed him.  In this universe, I have no idea what Max Lord has been up to, but perhaps some of the animosity will carry over.

What I did love was Diana’s supporting cast, an Amazon named Hessia who appears to be based in London.  It’s great to have another Amazon around, and I’m curious to hear the story of why she’s not on Paradise Island and turned into a snake like the rest of her Amazon sisters.  I think she could be a fun character, and I hope she gets more to do than dole out relationship advice to Diana.

All together, I feel pretty ambivalent about this book.  Charles Soules’ writing was okay, but just okay.  The pacing was sort of interesting, flipping back and forth in the story timeline and occasionally interweaving the date night/fight narratives.  He didn’t sell me on the relationship, or even pique my interest in it a bit, but the story moved along.

The art was fine, with occasional flashes of impressive work and occasional duds.  I don’t think that Tony S. Daniels quite has a handle on how he’s drawing Diana yet, and his work with her felt a little inconsistent, but that should come with time.  He also got saddled with a lot of scenes with people just standing around talking at each other, and it’s hard to make that exciting.  The action scenes were better, though they went to the splash page well a lot, and in close succession.

Overall, the issue added up to a fairly bland read for me.  I was neither enthused or outraged, and everything balanced out into a neutral, meh sort of feeling.  I hated the antagonism towards humanity and the us vs. them mentality, but I really like Hessia.  The action scenes were mildly interesting, and the romance scenes were mildly dull.  It all leveled out into an issue I neither cared for nor disliked.  I’m really curious to hear what everyone else thought about it, so please let me know in the comments.


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