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You Can Now Pre-Order Wonder Woman Unbound From Your Local Comic Shop With This Handy Form

January 31, 2014


The February 2014 issue of PREVIEWS (#305), the catalog from which comic shops order most of their comics and other cool items, came out on Wednesday and lists all of the items that will ship out this April.  And I’m in it!  My new book, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, is listed in the “Books” section on page 398.  Take a look:


It’s a decent spot too.  It’s right between a Walking Dead novel and a bunch of Doctor Who books, which is nice company.

So now that Wonder Woman Unbound is in PREVIEWS, you can pre-order it from your local comic book shop if you want to purchase it that way.  It’s available via Amazon and whatnot as well, but it’s always fun to support your local comic shop.  Now, you could talk to the folks behind the counter next time you’re in buying your comics, and tell them that you want to pre-order Wonder Woman Unbound, it’s in the February PREVIEWS, and the order code is STK634958. But that’s a lot of stuff to remember, so instead you could just give them this handy form:


Just click here to get the PDF: Wonder Woman Unbound Pre-Order Form

Then print it, fill in your information, and hand it to the folks behind the counter next time you visit your shop.  They’ll order it for you, it’ll come in with their April 2nd comics shipment, and you can pick it up at the store.  Easy peasy!

Thanks in advance for supporting the book!  I’d love to get it into lots of comic shops, and people pre-ordering is a great way to get it noticed by shop owners.

Wonder Woman Wednesday Interview #2: Kelly Thompson

January 29, 2014


It’s week two of our interview series leading up to the publication of Wonder Woman Unbound, where we talk to cool and interesting people about their favourite versions of Wonder Woman and how she relates to their particular fields and interests. This week we’ve got Kelly Thompson!

Kelly is the author of The Girl Who Would Be King, a novel about two teenage girls with superpowers, which was funded with a massively successful Kickstarter in 2012.  Her new book is Storykiller, a novel about the Last Scion, the only mortal who can kill the fictional characters who live among us.  Her Kickstarter for the project was funded in less than 72 hours, and is now moving towards some exciting stretch goals.  You should definitely go check it out and pick up a copy of the book; Kelly is a great writer, and she’s got a slew of fantastic artists who have done full colour illustrations for the novel.  Kelly also has a regular column, “She Has No Head!”, at Comic Book Resources, where she also reviews comics, she co-hosts the comics podcast “3 Chicks Review Comics,” and she contributes to Lit Reactor as well.

Kelly took a break from writing bad ass female protagonists to chat with me about the ultimate bad ass female protagonist, Wonder Woman:

Tim Hanley: What was your very first encounter with Wonder Woman?

Kelly Thompson: Well, I have no memory of this, but my mom assures me that I was a proud owner of Wonder Woman underoos, so my first exposure must have been very young. I don’t really remember the television show as anything I saw in real time – I think I must have been about 3 when it ended its run, so that makes sense. I’m of course aware of it after the fact, but I was not some hardcore Wonder Woman fan as a child.

I also didn’t start reading comics until I was 15/16, so I think my awareness of her was just that of anyone aware of an icon for most of my young life. I read her comic from time to time when I first started reading comics, usually because I’d be drawn in by a great cover. Adam Hughes was drawing a lot of Wonder Woman covers around that time if I recall correctly. But none of the issues I read stuck with me. I don’t know if I just happened to pick mediocre issues, or there was some other problem but for a long time I didn’t connect with her at all despite the fact that I WANTED to connect with her.

I started reading some of her runs in earnest later in life (my late 20’s and early 30’s) but it wasn’t until Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman run in 2008 where I finally started clicking with the character. Simone wrote her with more of a sense of humor than I’d seen in past iterations and something about that allowed me to relate to her a little more and start figuring out how awesome she was. After Simone’s run I went back and read a lot of other stuff (some of which I had read before) and fell totally in love with the character – most notably Greg Rucka’s great Diana stories stood out. To this day when I think of the Diana I adore it’s the Greg Rucka and Gail Simone versions of the character.

TH: What is your favourite version of Wonder Woman?

KT: Got to be the Greg Rucka and Gail Simone versions of the character. Ironically, I think my PERFECT Wonder Woman would be some strange hybrid of those two versions of the character. I’m not a huge fan of the Diana Prince secret identity persona that gets so much panel time in Simone’s stories and I prefer how Rucka portrays her as publicly out and in a more political sphere, which I find both interesting and realistic. At the same time, I would prefer Rucka’s version of Diana with a more developed sense of humor, as she is in Simone’s books, as I feel it softens her and is almost unexpected for the character.

Alternately, I was blown away by the Robert Valley Wonder Woman short we all saw last year. It was unbelievably stylish, badass, and smart, while being undeniably cool with inspired retro visuals. I would embrace the hell out of seeing more Wonder Woman like that.

TH: After enthusiastically reviewing the early issues of the New 52 Wonder Woman, you announced you would stop reading the series. What made you stop?

KT: Wow, how do you summarize the massive post I wrote about why I stopped reading New 52 Wonder Woman into a bite-sized answer!? Here goes nothing! While I was impressed with the creativity that Brian Azzarello brought to his Wonder Woman, and enjoyed the voice of his version of Diana, ultimately his vision of her world was too distressing, and too much a blow for the feminist in me (and Wonder Woman lover) to stick with it. This was made doubly difficult because Cliff Chiang is not only one of my favorite artists working in comics (and a hell of a guy) but he was turning in unbelievably good work on Wonder Woman and easily the best art of the entire New 52. So not supporting that was incredibly difficult.

But in issue #7 when Azzarello decided to portray the Amazons as liars, rapists, and murderers, it was a bridge too far for me. While there is certainly room to interpret the general myth of Amazons that way (there have of course been many interpretations and stories about Amazons over the years) the take Azzarello took was in direct opposition to what the DC Amazons have generally been, and SHOULD be. It was a particularly tough cross to bear in a New 52 that felt very anti-woman. I didn’t call my post about this issue, “Is the Destruction of the Amazons the Destruction of Feminism at DC Comics?” for nothing! Additionally, from a character point of view, even if I could have gotten past the treatment of the Amazons, it couldn’t understand how Azzarello expected us to believe that Diana was so good and heroic if raised by absolute monsters. It either made her galactically stupid (for not knowing the truth of where and what she had come from) or it made her complicit. Both were unacceptable to me on every level.

TH: Have you read another issue since then?

KT: No, actually, I have not gone back to Wonder Woman, and that has sometimes been very difficult. Especially with Cliff Chiang just killing those covers – and interiors. I admit to flipping through a few issues in my shop to see what was going on, but no purchasing and no actual reading more than a panel or two here and there. Just gorgeous stuff. In a lot of ways what they were doing in Wonder Woman made it a nearly perfect book for me – one that I could really invest in and be excited about – but I just couldn’t do it after issue #7. A real shame all around.

TH: Do you feel protective of Wonder Woman’s legacy? More so than with other characters that you love?

KT: I do feel very protective of Wonder Woman’s legacy. Absolutely. I’m sure some would say unreasonably so. I think I am protective of many comic characters I love, and especially female characters who are rarely as protected as their male counterparts. But yes, I’d say I’m more protective of Wonder Woman, if only because she is THE icon female superhero. She’s been doing on her own for a long time. There are no other female characters that come even close to what she has done – headlining her own book for 73 years, being a legitimate IP,  an icon that people know on sight the same way they know Superman or Batman, showing up in other media with regularity – no other female character even comes close. And so that legacy needs to be protected and continued. Scores of male characters have managed this, but she’s the only woman. It’s a big deal.

TH: You wrote two superpowered female characters with mythological origins in your novel The Girl Who Would Be King. Did Wonder Woman inspire or inform the book at all?

KT: Superheroes in general informed a lot of TGWWBK, but Wonder Woman was definitely a primary source of inspiration of course. I think while I drew from mythology and superhero stories pretty generally, with some specific nods here and there, when I created Bonnie and Lola in TGWWBK I wanted to create two women that had a chance at standing the test of time as fully functioning complex interesting women with superpowers in the same way that Wonder Woman has. Bonnie and Lola will never have the iconography that Diana does (and they can of course never catch up since they saw publication in 2012, not 1941) but Diana is so magnificently complex that I was certainly aiming for that same level of complexity for my own heroines.

TH: Finally, if Wonder Woman were to leave Paradise Island and come to our world for the first time today, what do you think she’d find most surprising about it?

KT: I guess it really depends on what version of Wonder Woman shows up. If it’s the New 52 Diana then it’s probably a very different surprise than Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman. To be honest though, I think any GOOD version of Wonder Woman would be pretty surprised (and disappointed) by the lack of equality between men and woman, even in 2014. Even in countries (like the US) that think they’re pretty ahead of the curve when it comes to gender equality, we still have a ton of problems with everything from equal pay to sexual harassment. And in countries where it’s much worse for gender equality, women still can’t drive cars and can be stoned to death for being raped…the inequality is just astounding, it feels like the dark ages sometimes. I think these things would come as a pretty big shock to a woman raised solely by powerful independent women.

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Big thanks to Kelly Thompson!  Kelly is @79SemiFinalist on Twitter, and you can learn more about her many projects at her website.

The interview series continues next week with Janelle Asselin, and look for the next Wonder Woman Unbound preview panel this Monday.  Wonder Woman Unbound  itself is out this April!

Wonder Woman Unbound Preview #3: Damsels In Distress

January 27, 2014


Every Monday until Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine comes out this April, we’re taking a look at a comic panel that captures a key moment in Wonder Woman’s history and highlights an important point from each chapter.

Last week, we saw how Wonder Woman’s utopian origin led to a new type of superhero.  This week, we’ll see how Wonder Woman flipped the conventions of the new superhero genre with a special two panel preview.  Our first panel comes from Action Comics #5 from October 1938, and features Lois Lane and Superman:


The classic damsel in distress is madly in love with the superhero, but the superhero politely rebuffs this affection because they are entirely dedicated to their superheroic mission.  Wonder Woman continued this trope, but with a twist, as evidenced by this panel from Wonder Woman #1 from Summer 1942:


Wonder Woman’s damsel in distress was Steve Trevor, an Air Force pilot and war hero who nonetheless echoed the longings of Lois Lane uncannily.  Wonder Woman comics maintained a lot of the conventions of the superhero genre; they just swapped the genders to show that a woman could be as powerful and brave a hero as Superman and that a man could be as awestruck and enamored of this strength as Lois Lane.

To read more, you’ll have to wait until Wonder Woman Unbound comes out this April!  Be sure to come back next Monday, when we’ll look at a very bound and determined Wonder Woman, and also check out the second installment of my new interview series this Wednesday; we’ll be talking with Kelly Thompson!

Wonder Woman #27 Review OR Wonder Woman vs. A Godless Killing Machine

January 23, 2014


After nearly two and a half years of being subject to the fiendish machinations of the gods, I think Wonder Woman is starting to turn the tables.  With Zola and Zeke gone, Wonder Woman isn’t flying off half-cocked like we’ve seen in the past.  It looks like she’s got a plan, and she’s acting instead of reacting.  I’ve got more to say on the matter, but first:


I am about to reveal EVERY major plot point from this issue!

Do not read on if you haven’t read the issue yet!

Cliff Chiang is back!  Go enjoy his lovely art and then come back!

Before we get to Wonder Woman’s plan, let’s talk about the art for a minute.  Cliff Chiang is back, and boy oh boy does he kill it.  The man is just a premiere artist.  His page layouts capture the story perfectly, he communicates the serenity or brutality of a scene with equal skill, and I think he’s the best in the business when it comes to facial expressions.  The book is an absolute thing of beauty.

The facial expressions are particularly striking in this issue, and Chiang and colourist Matthew Wilson are doing some very cool work.  For most comic art, the inked line art stays black, but here a lot of the details have been coloured.  It’s a technique Chiang and Wilson have used before, but I don’t think they’ve done it to the degree we see it in this issue.  Look at this panel featuring Wonder Woman:


Her nose, eyelids, jaw line, and inner ear are all coloured with a darker flesh tone instead of the usual flat black.  It makes the book more visually interesting, taking great line art and making it even better with some clever colouring.

Wilson had a fantastic issue across the board, and he really makes the art sing with his colour work.  From the pale blue glow of Artemis to sunny warmth of Provence, each scene has a colour palette that communicates the feel of each setting.  Plus the colouring is ridiculously smooth; nothing is just one solid colour, but rather an array of highlights and shadows blending seamlessly.  It’s stellar work.

But back to the story itself.  I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say that Wonder Woman is a weird book.  In this issue alone, we had four pages of torture, an orgy in the woods, and a minotaur in bondage gear.  This most definitely is not a book for a younger audience, or even for squeamish adults.  Seeing someone already beaten and bloody get their back broken repeatedly is not for the faint of heart.

As a sidenote, however, the First Born scenes are certainly effective.  I now sympathize with the First Born, despite the fact that he was nothing but a remorseless killer before he was captured.  I was glad he escaped, and I hope Apollo gets what he has coming.  So yeah, making the First Born someone I’d cheer for, even if it is just against another sadistic fiend, is quite a feat.  The systematic torture of the First Born has been gross, but now I’m on his side a little bit.

Nonetheless, this dark, horror tone and the, shall we say, mature content of the series is not my favourite.  I’m not averse to darker stories in any way; I just don’t think it’s the best way to present Wonder Woman (though Superman/Wonder Woman has ably demonstrated that there are, in fact, worse ways to present Wonder Woman).  It’s not a particularly accessible series in terms of its range of appeal, and moreover it’s a book where Wonder Woman is often the least interesting character each month.  The world that surrounds her has been far more vibrant and compelling than Wonder Woman herself, and being constantly overshadowed and ineffective against the horrors of this world has resulted in a weak depiction of the character.

Luckily for me, this might be about to change.  Wonder Woman is finally doing something.

Up to this point, Wonder Woman’s been reacting, responding to the actions of other characters rather than taking control of the situation.  But now, with Zola and Zeke gone yet again, she’s actually got a plan.  The fight with Artemis in bear form was fun (and beautifully coloured), but this final panel captured everything I’ve been missing about Wonder Woman:


The sly smile.  The knowing side eye.  For the first time in a long time, Wonder Woman is up to something.  She’s going to outsmart her enemies instead of punching them, and she’s going to dictate the action moving forward.  This is the Wonder Woman that I haven’t seen in two years.

When the book first launched, Wonder Woman was firmly in control.  She swooped in to save Zola, showed up Aleka in a sparring session, and busted up Strife at a rock show.  You didn’t mess with Wonder Woman.  Things took a quick turn when she learned that Zeus was her dad and all of the Amazons were wiped out, and Wonder Woman’s been reeling since.  She’s been angry and careless, punching before she thinks, manipulated by the gods at every turn.  As someone who wants a great Wonder Woman in their Wonder Woman, it hasn’t been the best time.

This issue, and that panel above, is the first time in ages that Wonder Woman has actually felt like Wonder Woman to me.  She’s had her moments here and there, mostly with cool fighting moves, but now she’s thinking.  She’s as strong as she’s ever been, what with her Zeus powers AND her god of war powers, but she’s not punching things anymore.  She’s got a plan.

If we can return to an in control, firing on all cylinders Wonder Woman, then all of my other issues with the book will quickly fade away.  A weak, flailing Wonder Woman in the midst of this grotesque horror story hasn’t been a fun book to read, but a strong, capable Wonder Woman putting an end to these horrors is a story I’m excited about.

Wonder Woman Wednesday Interview #1: Anne Elizabeth Moore

January 22, 2014


Every day is Wonder Woman day here at Straitened Circumstances, but for the next ten weeks leading up the publication of Wonder Woman Unbound we’re going to have a Wonder Woman Wednesday interview series.  I’ll talk to cool and interesting people about their favourite versions of Wonder Woman and how she relates to their particular fields and interests.  I’ve got a great group lined up, and leading off the series is Anne Elizabeth Moore!

Anne is a writer and cultural critic involved in a wide and fascinating array of projects.  She’s the founder of The Ladydrawers comics collective, a group of female, male, and non-binary artists, students, pros, and volunteers who research and publish comics about gender and labor.  Anne’s pet project is writing the “Ladydrawers” strip at Truthout, which is currently in the midst of “Our Fashion Year,” a yearlong look at international gender and labor issues.  She’s written two award winning books about Cambodia, Cambodian Grrrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh and New Girl Law: Drafting a Future for Cambodia, as well as an excellent and informative article about the recent garment worker demonstrations and deaths in Cambodia.  Plus, she’s the founding editor of the Best American Comics series.  In short, she’s pretty awesome.

Recently returned from Cambodia, Anne was kind enough to share some thoughts about Wonder Woman:

Tim Hanley: What was your very first encounter with Wonder Woman?

Anne Elizabeth Moore: I was a voracious reader of Superman comics when I was growing up in the 1970s. My dad must have collected old reprints for whatever reason—he was a doctor, and probably considered my interests in reading and drawing kind of a waste. So for whatever reason, I ended up with an old Superman reprint book collection that I read, over and over—the first half at least, because by the time Supergirl was introduced I was completely bored. I’d identified with Superman, you see, and for a character to all of the sudden be on offer that was both less than Superman and also supposedly aimed at me was insulting.

But my parents maybe thought I was already too much of a tomboy, or straight-up too masculine, or whatever, and I think they—or maybe some other relative—tried to get me into Wonder Woman comics. But it was already the same thing. It was so obvious: oh, a superhero that is sort of less than, for girls. Eff you. But somehow the TV show made the character more appealing. Maybe the way those early strips were drawn didn’t hit me right, or something, but the live-action Lynda Carter TV show was somehow less offensive. I know my friends watched it, and a girl in my neighborhood used to make me play Wonder Woman with her. She always wanted to be the young, cute sidekick, Wonder Girl, or Wonder Woman Lite, or Wonder hottie, or whatever her dumb name was. I was like, Cool. You wanna be the cute one? I will totally be the ass-kicker. Have fun with that. She works in the pharmaceutical industry. I travel the world working with and writing about young women on media and democracy issues. Although I think she makes a ton of money so it probably works out for everyone in the end.

TH: What is your favourite version of Wonder Woman?

AEM: It’s funny because probably after the Wonder Woman game started, and stuff with my family got really crazy, I developed this invisible friend of Wonder Woman. I think it’s important to note that I was like a separate person from her, so this was no stand-in for me or anything—I was always for sure going to be the one who did things first, which media tends to cast as a masculine trait. But Wonder Woman was the person that I could be like, “Oh this was really hard for me today,” and she could be like, “Oh yeah, I get it because once I defeated an army of zombies on an island with a made-up name,” and I could go, “yeah, you’re right, dealing with my brother is kind of like that,” or whatever.

Plus, I figured, she could be my invisible friend and it was totally legitimate because of the jet, not like some of these other, less legitimate invisible friends running around, which were clearly just a sign of insanity among my peers. So there’s this way that, although I’m really not so interested Wonder Woman as a feminist role model—she would have to have been created by, produced by, and published by active women for her to be any sort of real role model for me—I do feel like I have this personal relationship with her. So my favorite version of Wonder Woman is the one I made up in my head, for sure.

TH: Wonder Woman was a mascot for Ms. magazine and its brand of feminism in the early 1970s. Is Wonder Woman a mascot for the Ladydrawers comics collective, four decades later?

AEM: Oh, we don’t need images of superheroes to aspire to—we have each other.

TH: You do a lot of work in Cambodia. Is Wonder Woman known/popular there, and if so how is she viewed?

AEM: No. Batman’s the only US superhero that’s really made it across that pond, and it’s only because of the movies. Wonder Woman would never fly there anyway: she dresses immodestly, she’s too aggressive. The image of a strong woman there is more subtle, although she definitely uses her mind far more than any physical prowess to get ahead. If Wonder Woman got some pants and a decent short-sleeved blouse and maybe traded in the jet for an invisible motorcycle, she might do OK, but she’d have to learn to speak very respectfully while she was rounding up baddies, and also have a husband and kids that were totally satisfied with her day job of saving the world.

TH: Finally, if Wonder Woman were to leave Paradise Island and come to our world for the first time today, what do you think she’d find most surprising about it?

AEM: Well, I’m going to go with what my favorite Wonder Woman version would do here—the one I made up myself. I think she’d be really flummoxed that so much of the stuff that goes on these days that is evil or committing injustice is actually committed by folks with no clue how evil their actions are. People that are just so not understanding the real way the world goes down that they justify doing horrible things, and they’re generally done out in the open, and lots of people buy in, equally “innocent.”

Take Goldman Sachs for example. I don’t just mean corporations, either, but the entire way that stuff happens under globalization. Neoliberalism in general. In comics, on TV, you need the hero to be evil. To be committing evil acts because they despise people, and that makes it all very easy to capture them and send them off to jail or punish them until they see people are wonderful and duly reform. I was just in Cambodia where the democratically elected government had five people killed largely because they were seen as a threat to continued economic prosperity after generations of national poverty. And the opposing political party sort of pushed it. Where’s the black and white there? Who are you gonna lasso for a confession? Everyone wants to survive, and thrive, and everyone wants power. Superheroes generally operate under the presumption that there is a difference between good and evil, but the world’s actually much more complicated than that now.

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Big thanks to Anne Elizabeth Moore! Anne is @superanne on Twitter, and you can learn more about her many fascinating projects at her website.

The Wonder Woman Wednesday interview series will continue next week, and be sure to look for the next Wonder Woman Unbound preview panel this Monday.

Wonder Woman #27 Preview OR The Search For Zola And Zeke Begins

January 22, 2014

Wonder Woman #27 is out already, but a decent preview wasn’t available until I got up this morning so here’s a peek inside the book.  You might want to click on that two page spread to get a bigger image:






So Wonder Woman’s pretty bummed about Zola leaving, but looks to be teaming up with Hermes and Hera, and possibly more people if that last line is any indication, to go get her back.  I’m all for more Hermes in the book, so this should be fun.

Plus, Cliff Chiang is back!  Holy cats, these pages are gorgeous.  I wish Cliff Chiang could draw all the comics.  Batman by Cliff Chiang.  Avengers by Cliff Chiang.  Hellboy by Cliff Chiang.  Sex Criminals by Cliff Chiang.  I’d buy them all.

Wonder Woman #27 is available in stores and online today, though if you’re on the East coast and in the middle of this blizzard, online might be the way to go.  My local comic book store is closed for the day, and I suspect a lot of others are closed as well.  Stay safe, stay warm, and read comics on a screen if you can’t wait!  I’ll have a review of the book up tomorrow, and another fun post later today so keep your eyes peeled.

Cover And Solicits For Wonder Woman #30, Superman/Wonder Woman #7, And Batman and Wonder Woman #30

January 21, 2014

The DC solicits were late again; I don’t know if this is just when they’re going to release them now, or if they’ve been running behind for two months straight.  Regardless, we now know what’s coming out in April, and Wonder Woman is starring in three different series.

First up is Wonder Woman #30, with some very welcome news:


1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman, the God of War, takes command of the deadliest army ever! The Amazons are back, and they have some scores to settle…

The Amazons are back!  Their return was inevitable, I suppose, but it’s finally coming.  On the one hand, HOORAY!  I love the Amazons, and I enjoyed what little we saw of them when the New 52 began.  On the other hand, watch out sailors!  Amazons be raping.

Goran Sudzuka is back on art for this issue, and while I’m all about Cliff Chiang, Sudzuka has been my favourite of the fill-in artists so far.  With the Amazons returning, I’m wondering if we’re nearing the endgame of Azzarello’s plan for Wonder Woman.  If he’s starting to tie up loose ends, perhaps his run is coming to a conclusion.

Wonder Woman’s romantic adventures continue in April in Superman/Wonder Woman #7:


Art and cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Doomsday has awakened and the Earth and heavens tremble! And discover how Superman and Wonder Woman survived a nuclear blast!

First off, I’m betting this isn’t the finished cover.  The art is pretty rough, and it’s either not finished or they’ve zoomed in tight on a smaller part of the cover.  Anyway, at least Wonder Woman’s on this one.  That’s a plus.

Paulo Siqueira is on art duties for this issue.  There have been rumours that Tony S. Daniel is leaving the book, but Daniel has refuted them and is saying that he’s just taking an issue off to get a jump on the next one.  I suppose we’ll know for sure what’s up when the solicits come out next month.

Finally, I think that the answer to “How do Superman and Wonder Woman survive a nuclear blast?” is “By being Superman and Wonder Woman.”

Wonder Woman is also the next in Batman’s series of rotating sidekicks in Batman and Wonder Woman #30:


Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The quest for Damian’s remains takes Batman to Paradise Island and into direct conflict with Wonder Woman!

I have no idea what’s been going on in this book since Damian died, but presumably something has gone awry with the boy’s remains and Paradise Island might have something to do with it.  This sounds like another “put two superheroes in a book and make them fight” issue, which is sort of cliché, but this series has garnered a lot of critical acclaim and Batman and Wonder Woman are always a fun pairing.  At the very least, it should be a better time than Wonder Woman’s romantic shenanigans with Superman.

Finally, Wonder Woman is also set to guest star in Batman Beyond Universe #9.  Apparently in this future universe, she’d been gone for a while and is now back and is acting somewhat shady.  This is the first issue of a four-part story, and while Wonder Woman isn’t on the cover perhaps we’ll see her on future issues.  Batman Beyond Universe #9 is out April 30, and will be out in digital first installments in the weeks before that.  Plus she’s still in Justice League, even though the team is now led by Lex Luthor.

April is going to be a big (i.e. expensive!) month for Wonder Woman fans.  Hopefully we’ll get some fun stories!


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