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The First Image Of Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman In Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

July 26, 2014

As I type, Warner Bros. is hosting a film panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, and they kicked off the show with Zack Snyder and the stars, a snippet of footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and, most relevant to my interests, a shot of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Let’s take a look:

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First off, this is definitely Wonder Woman, which is really good. She’s got a tiara, bracelets, a lasso, boots, all of the stuff we expect Wonder Woman to have. They haven’t screwed with the costume in any big ways, and any of the changes are about what you’d expect when a comic book costume is adapted for the big screen. They’ve stayed very faithful to the character, and I’m really glad about that.

They just put out a high resolution image, so let’s go through this with a fine tooth comb, starting at the top:

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I’ve got to be honest: I hate the tiara here. It’s needlessly complicated, and doesn’t look like Wonder Woman’s tiara should look. It’s a simple design that’s been roughly the same for 75 years. It comes to a point at the top, has no fancy adornments or lines or what have you, and there’s a red star in the middle. It’s rather iconic. This is not that, which I find a little bit disappointing. The tiara should scream “WONDER WOMAN!!” and this does not.

You’ll note there’s no choker, which is a change I do like. The choker’s she’s had since the New 52 began never really worked for me.

Let’s move down to the torso:

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The bodice is very much New 52 Wonder Woman, with a couple of tweaks I like. There’s also a belt/strap thing that I assume leads to a sheath for her sword or some such. It looks like they’ve gone with gold for the breast plate instead of silver, so hooray for the classic colouring, and they’ve opted for a smaller belt instead of a big plate sort of thing which looks good. They’re definitely going for an ancient armour vibe, and pulling it off nicely here. I think everything going on in the torso turned out really well.

To the skirt:

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It’s really, really short. They could have done briefs and we’d see just as much skin. But so it goes with Wonder Woman; you’re gonna get a lot of leg. And I like what they’ve done here. It looks functional and matches the bodice well, keeping that ancient armour aesthetic going, and while this picture has a general red/brown hue to it, it looks like the skirt is blue. There are no stars, but I really didn’t think there would be. It’s a tricky thing to have not look silly, especially given the ancient vibe they’re going for. Could be a little longer, but I like this too.

Now onto some classic Wonder Woman elements:

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The bracelets look really nice! I like the detailing, and the leather around the wrist. Straight, flat bracelets would probably be rather boring on screen, and these look cool, functional, and fit the rest of the outfit well. And there’s a lasso! I’m so glad there’s a lasso. It looks like a lasso should, and is on her hip where it should be. That’s very fun.

The sword is cool too. It’s looks a little stubby, but that may just be the angle she’s holding it. The metal’s a bit dull, but so is all of the metal in this picture. So it goes with a Zack Snyder movie, really.

Now the boots:

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It looks like they’ve gone for bracers more so than actual boots. The line down the middle is reminiscent of the white stripes that go down Wonder Woman’s boots, and I would have liked to see the white here, or something similar for a contrast, but these look cool. They match the rest of the costume, and look pretty bad ass.

My only real issue here is the heels. They’re not stiletto-esque, I suppose, which is something, but even as a sort of wedge heel it’s entirely impractical and unnecessary. After spending all this time constructing a cool, functional warrior outfit, the heels kind of undercut the effect. It’s really hard to fight in heels. It’s just not practical. The gal’s gonna twist her ankle.

But overall, I like it. The only thing I’m really irked about is the tiara, because I love the classic tiara and see it as such an iconic element of the character. I’m not wild about the colouring as well, but given how dull and grey Man of Steel was I’d have been an idiot to expect bright colours. This is just one picture, obviously, but the colours all sort of muddle into a brownish tone, and I hope that in the movie we’ll get more of a contrast between the red of the bodice, the blue of the skirt, the gold of the chest piece and belt, and what I assume is the silver of the bracelets (from this image, it’s hard to tell their exact colour). I think that Wonder Woman should be a bright character, but if you’re going to make Superman all dark and grayish then a less vibrant Wonder Woman continues that style.

I’m still super concerned about the movie as a whole. Man of Steel looked cool before it came out too, and then it was god awful. I also have serious reservations about Zack Snyder and David Goyer and how they approach female characters. But on the plus side, my bar for Batman v Superman is set so low that I now find myself pleasantly surprised when things turn out well. And I think that, all together, Wonder Woman’s costume turned out well. The outfit is good, and Gal Gadot looks pretty fierce and bad ass. I can’t wait to see her in action! The proof is in the pudding, and we’ve got a bit of a wait for that, but yeah, this picture makes me fairly happy.

Wonder Woman #33 Review OR War Begins Without The God Of War

July 23, 2014

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With only three issues of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s run on Wonder Woman left, the story seems to be kicking into high gear now after a few months of place setting and smaller skirmishes. We’ve been anticipating an Amazon assault on Olympus to defeat the First Born and end his reign of terror, but the tables turned in this issue. Let’s get into the details, but first:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to reveal EVERYTHING that happened in this issue!

And some cool stuff happened, so go read it first!

Chiang KILLED it, so you’ll definitely want to check out this one!

All right, so let’s pick up where we left off last issue. Wonder Woman stayed behind so all of her friends could escape, and as a result she’s been captured by the First Born and is being held on Mount Olympus, tied up in nasty sinewy bonds. The First Born wants Diana to be his wife and rule the world with him, but she’s not at all interested. Her outright refusal to have anything to do with the First Born is one of the issue’s several high points.

Compared to that weird, almost marriage thing with Hades from the first year of the run, Wonder Woman’s forceful defiance and withering disdain for the First Born is much more enjoyable. Azzarello’s dialogue has Diana unequivocally refusing the First Born at every turn, and Chiang’s communicates her complete disgust with the First Born and also a confident nonchalance despite the dangerous circumstances. This exchange is one of my favourite moments from the series thus far:

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That side eye! It’s so perfect.

And as a random sidenote, I love when Chiang draws Diana with her hair up. It’s a cool look that suits her well, and is a fun change given how often her hair is down. Plus her lasso is what keeps it tied up, which is a very nice touch.

As Wonder Woman continually refused the First Born, he launched an attack on Paradise Island, sending his weird jackal troops and then Cassandra and the minotaur. Despite the sizeable force, Wonder Woman was unperturbed and had complete faith in the Amazons to defeat their enemies. The First Born clearly thought that threatening the Amazons would force her to agree to be his queen, but it only steeled her resolve further.

Despite Wonder Woman’s immense faith, things didn’t go so great on Paradise Island. It started off well, with a strong moment for Aleka as she brushed aside her interpersonal conflicts and displeasure with the Manazons and declared that they would all fight together. I still completely hate the idea of the Manazons and the entire way it’s played out, but I liked the redemptive moment for Aleka, especially since she took a spear through the chest while protecting Zola. I’m glad that she and the rest of the Amazons banded together and showed their true honour when push came to shove; it’s nice to have Amazons who act like Amazons after their crap depiction thus far.

Aleka wasn’t the only casualty. Orion was gored by the minotaur, and the Amazons were overrun by the issue’s end. The First Born arrived on Paradise Island, having just stabbed Wonder Woman and leaving her to die, and things looked pretty bleak. But Zeke came to the rescue yet again. He brought the statue of Hippolyta back to life, or some sort of animated statue life, and her declaration of “No surrender… we are Amazons” made me grin ear to ear. Amazons being Amazons is just the best thing. Hippolyta’s resurrection was another high point of the series for me; this issue was big on awesome moments.

Also, Zeke has to be Zeus, right? Not even Hera could resurrect Hippolyta, but Zeke did it with his glowy eyes thing in an instant. As the chief god, it makes sense that he’d have the most power. Also the blue/white of his eye glow is reminiscent of the effect we’ve seen in flashbacks to Zeus using his powers, and when Wonder Woman goes all godlike. The baby has demonstrated powers beyond the rest of the gods, and I think that he’s a reincarnated Zeus of some sort is the only real explanation. Or he’s a genderswapped Athena, because for some mysterious reason Athena hasn’t showed up in the book yet.

So things are bad, but things are also good. Wonder Woman, Orion, and Aleka are either dead or dying, but Hippolyta is back. It looks like the tide is set to turn and the battle is about to get absolutely bonkers. I am very much onboard for this. Amazons fighting bad guys is a million time more fun than Amazon in-fighting.

I should also point out that this is the first issue where colourist Matthew Wilson gets a cover credit. Colourists rarely ever got their name on the cover of DC books before, but the publisher’s new payment plan has changed that policy. Matthew Wilson has been a rock star for Wonder Woman, and his cover credit is very much deserved. With so many fill-in artists over the past three years, Wilson’s colouring has been the key to keeping the look of the book consistent, and he’s done a great job of it.

This issue in particular showed off Wilson’s epic skills. The First Born’s Mount Olympus is a gross, fleshy monstrosity, and the colouring could have easily become a muddled pink and red mess. Instead, Wilson layered the colours beautifully to capture the fleshy look with a surprising amount of variety. The walls are pink, but shadowed with various hues of purple. There are reds throughout Olympus, but the lake of blood in the middle of the chamber was coloured black to add even more contrast. What could have been a monochromatic disaster instead became a creepily gorgeous setting.

We’ve only got TWO issues of Azzarello and Chiang’s Wonder Woman left (August and October; September is a special “Futures End” event issue), and it looks like they’re going to be pretty insane. Three years of stories are building to a head, and given Azzarello’s penchant for doing his own thing and writing Wonder Woman like it exists in its own universe, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get some shocking twists and turns and maybe some big casualties. I’m looking forward to seeing how everything unfolds.

Wonder Woman #33 Preview OR Hera Takes Charge

July 21, 2014

We’re in the final stretch of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s run on Wonder Woman, with only three issues left before Meredith and David Finch take over in November. That’s only 60 pages of comics, and thanks to Comic Vine we’ve got a look at the first 5 pages in this preview of Wonder Woman #33. Let’s check it out:

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Wonder Woman’s got herself in a bad spot, but remains uncompromising despite her predicament. I love how Cliff Chiang has drawn Wonder Woman in this scene; while she may be beaten and captured, she exudes defiance in the face of the First Born’s offers. I’m going to miss Cliff Chiang so bad.

Back on Paradise Island, Orion is being a jerk and trying to take control of the situation, and Hera isn’t having any of it. It was nice to see Hera standing up to Orion and shutting him down, but the look of concern on Zola’s face is very telling. As much as she’s learned since she lost her powers, now Hera has her powers back and her son has taken over Olympus. If she’s forced to choose between the First Born and her new kinship with Zola and the Amazons, it wouldn’t surprise me if she betrayed her friends for her family. Hera’s going to be a key player to watch out for as this arc comes to a close, I think.

Wonder Woman #33 is on sale this Wednesday in comic stores everywhere and online. You should definitely pick it up, because there are only three issues of Cliff Chiang drawing Wonder Woman left! Enjoy them while you can.

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.

DC Unveils New Wonder Woman Statue Designed By Cliff Chiang

July 11, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con is almost upon us, and DC Collectibles have revealed an array of new products that will be available at the convention, including a fantastic new Wonder Woman statue by Cliff Chiang. The statue shows Wonder Woman in the armour she received from Hephaestus during Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s current run on Wonder Woman:

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The sculpt perfectly captures the armour from the comics, and is a great representation of Chiang’s take on the character. I love the paint job on the metal especially; it looks aged and battle tested. And with her sword and her lasso, she’s clearly ready for a fight. Plus the base is the Wonder Woman symbol, which is pretty fun.

The statue is part of DC Collectible’s “Wonder Woman Art of War” line. Past statues have been designed by Adam Hughes, George Perez, Jim Lee, and Yanick Paquette, and DC also announced a Tony S. Daniel that will be available at Comic Con next weekend. The Chiang statue is my favourite thus far, partly because I love Chiang’s work and partly because it looks super cool.

You can pick up the statue at DC Entertainment’s booth at Comic-Con if you’re lucky enough to be at the convention, and if not it will be available via their online store, and probably in comic shops soon. The previous statues in the line sell for $79.95, so I’d expect the same pricing. My birthday’s in September, by the way, if any of you all are looking to get me something…

Wonder Woman Sales: Wonder Woman Holds Steady While Superman/Wonder Woman Grows

July 11, 2014

Today we’re looking at two months at once, April and May, and Wonder Woman remains rock solid. In April 2014, Wonder Woman #30 was in 69th place on the charts with 31,095 copies sold, a gain of 0.3% from March, while in May 2014, Wonder Woman #31 was in 72nd place with 30,655 copies sold, a drop of 1.4% from April. Here are the numbers for the issues, and the five issues previous:

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NOTE: The average sales total is based on all of the available sales data, which currently comprises every issue of the series since September 1996, for 204 issues in total.  The average rank isn’t given because rank is dependent on what other books came out that month, and that’s such a variable that an average really wouldn’t mean anything.

April’s gain was a surprise, given not much was going on with the book. There was no special event or notable creative change. The only thing different was a MAD Magazine variant cover, but many other DC titles were part of the same variant line and didn’t see an increase in sales. Wonder Woman #31 had a variant cover too, by Mike and Laura Allred, and the issue dropped (despite being a much nicer cover), so I’ll attribute this to market randomness. The numbers are so small both ways that it’s all rather inconsequential. The book is staying remarkably steady.

Wonder Woman fell only 7 spots on the sales charts from March to May, but fell 10 spots among DC’s titles, from 21st in March to 25th in April to 31st in May. However, considering how many books came out in that span, Wonder Woman is holding up very well. DC premiered two new weekly series, Batman Eternal and Futures End, which add 8 books to DC’s monthly lineup, all of which are ahead of Wonder Woman on the charts at this point (I expect Batman Eternal to stay ahead of Wonder Woman for its run, but wouldn’t be surprised if Futures End dropped below a few months in). There are two new monthly series ahead of Wonder Woman too: Justice League United and Sinestro (of the two, I predict Sinestro will fall below Wonder Woman by July or August).

Superman/Wonder Woman had an even better run, increasing in sales in both April and May. Here are the numbers:

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The April issue was a “Doomed” prelude, a lead-in to the crossover but not technically part of the crossover, while the May issue was the first proper “Doomed” issue. The event seems to be paying dividends for DC from the get go; Superman/Wonder Woman rose nicely, and its co-“Doomed” book Action Comics did as well.

Events are a nice sales boost, and one most comics are reliant upon every year or so to keep the series from perpetually dropping. Wonder Woman has been event-free since the New 52 began, making its solid numbers all the more impressive, but a big event is coming in November: David and Meredith Finch are taking over the series. I’m expecting a big jump when their first issue debuts, but steady sales until then.

Prediction For Next Month: Wonder Woman isn’t fluctuating much either way, so let’s go with a drop of about 1% for sales of 30,350 or so. Check back next month to see how I did!

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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