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Wonder Woman ’77 Comic, Based On The Lynda Carter TV Show, To Debut In December

October 13, 2014

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At the “DC Digital: Download This!” panel at New York Comic-Con this weekend, DC announced a new, second digital-first series starring Wonder Woman. Joining Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman on the digital roster, Wonder Woman ’77 will be based on the 1970s Wonder Woman television show starring Lynda Carter. Clearly inspired by the success of Batman ’66, the comic will debut digitally in December and run for six weeks, and then run sporadically in similar installments in 2015. The six digital issues will be published as two print issues.

While interior artists weren’t announced, Wonder Woman ’66 will be written by Marc Andreyko, who is currently the writer on Batwoman and is perhaps best known and generally beloved for writing Manhunter. I think he’s a great choice for the project, and I’m excited to see what sort of stories he comes up with. The comic will be set in the 1970s, like the second and third season of the show, and will incorporate Wonder Woman’s comic book villains along with those from the show. There was even talk of a possible Batman ’66 crossover during the panel.

The covers will be drawn by Nicola Scott, who illustrated the spectacular image above. Most recently, Scott has worked on Earth 2, but she did a run on Wonder Woman with Gail Simone a year or so before the New 52 relaunch. If the rest of the covers are even half as stunning as this first one, it should be a gorgeous run of issues. I’ve got my fingers crossed that she’ll do some interior art as well.

With Wonder Woman ’77 announced, I’m curious about which adaptations we’ll get next. I saw some folks on Twitter who were hoping for Lois and Clark ’93, which I would be onboard for. I’d also be really interested in Adventures of Superman ’52, preferably with Phyllis Coates Lois, but Noel Neill is cool too. I feel like Superman ’78 is going to happen at some point; that just seems like a no-brainer, if they can sort out all the rights. Maybe Batman ’89. There are a lot of ways to go.

Look for Wonder Woman ’77 in digital form this December, and in print in early 2015. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #9 Review: “Morning Coffee” by Ollie Masters and Amy Mebberson

October 9, 2014

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What I’m enjoying most about Sensation Comics thus far is the variety of artists we’ve gotten. There have been a few standard, superhero art types, but for the past few weeks especially we’ve gotten a more eclectic range of styles. Largely owing to her minimal comic book presence, the Wonder Women we’ve seen for the past few decades have been pretty normal superhero fare. Whereas characters like Batman and Superman have had a variety of books aimed at different audiences, and a wide range of styles therein, Wonder Woman has mostly just had Wonder Woman. There hasn’t been a lot of mixing it up. With Sensation Comics now showcasing Wonder Woman in different styles, I think the versatility of the character is really shining through.

This week’s digital issue of Sensation Comics features another unique take on Wonder Woman, this time from Amy Mebberson. She’s done work for Disney and drawn My Little Pony comics, so her style here is cute, fun, and cartoony. I’m not up on the nomenclature for exactly how to describe the art; chibi doesn’t quite seem right, but there are exaggerated proportions in that vein so as to achieve maximum cuteness:

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The story matches the art well. I don’t know much about Ollie Masters, apart from the fact that he’s got a Vertigo book out soon that’s drawn by Ming Doyle and sounds pretty cool. He’s constructed a fun story here, and brought in another of my favourite characters. Catwoman steals the Golden Fleece (yes, THAT Golden Fleece) from a museum in London, knowing full well that Wonder Woman will show up to stop her. Catwoman’s plan is to sneak away while Wonder Woman defeats the dragon she automatically summoned when she stole the Golden Fleece, killing two birds with one stone, and she almost gets away with it. But not quite! Wonder Woman is just too good at dragon wrangling, and has enough time to capture Catwoman before she hops a ride out of town.

The story is simple but enjoyable and well paced. It highlights both Catwoman’s cleverness and Wonder Woman’s strength, and is a fun showcase for both characters. Despite the short length, the story doesn’t feel rushed; Masters does a good job of using the limited page count effectively and setting up Catwoman’s plan. I’ve been critical of past dragon fights in Sensation Comics, only because they felt like filler in a two-parter, but this one is both entertaining and integral to the plot.

It’s also nicely drawn. It looks like Mebberson had a lot of fun with the dragon fight. Wonder Woman rips a street sign out of the pavement and then busts the dragon squarely in the chops with it before trussing the dragon with her golden lasso. It’s cartoony and fun, and I’d love to see it as an animated sequence. This whole issue would make for a great animated short, really.

Mebberson does a lot of good things with this issue. Her Catwoman has a definite Darwyn Cooke vibe, right down to how she illustrates the shine on her leather suit. Her Wonder Woman is good, though perhaps not as finely rendered as Catwoman. Mebberson went with a classic version of Wonder Woman’s suit that comes off a little basic next to Catwoman’s shiny finery. Her Wonder Woman’s not bad in any way; she just draws a really good Catwoman.

She also captures a lot of humour with her art, using her expressive characters to communicate great bits like Catwoman’s sneakinesss or the lackadaisical ease with which Wonder Woman captures her. All together, the issue was very cute and a fun read, and I think it will be a hit with younger readers.

Finally, we follow last week’s programming note with ANOTHER programming note. This story was originally scheduled for the print issue of Sensation Comics #3, but it bears the cover of Sensation Comics #4 and Mebberson’s website says the story will be in that issue as well. So I’m not sure what’s happening here, printwise. The book’s not out until the end of the month, so I suppose we’ll find out then!

New Jae Lee Batman/Superman Action Figure Line Includes Wonder Woman

October 7, 2014

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For several years now, DC Collectibles has been creating action figure lines based on the artwork featured in some of DC’s better known comics. There’s a Jack Kirby “Fourth World” line, Jim Lee’s “Hush” collection was substantial, and lately figures from Greg Capullo’s Batman and Nicola Scott’s Earth 2 have come out. This week, DC has unveiled a new line featuring the artwork of Jae Lee, based on his current run on Batman/Superman. I heard rumours of these figures this summer from a pre-SDCC event and my interest was piqued. Lee’s got a cool style, and I was curious to see how it would translate to action figure form.

The line includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Catwoman, and you can get a closer look at all of them in this video:

I think the ladies come off a lot more interesting than the fellows here, particularly in the face. The lines they are using to capture Lee’s style look odd on Superman and Batman, while Wonder Woman and Catwoman both have a softer and more blended colouring. However, the cape work on the guys looks straight up amazing. Holy cats. That Superman may have a jacked up face, but his cape is impeccable.

The Wonder Woman figure looks pretty cool all around. Toy News International has posted a nice screengrab of the figure:

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She comes with a spear AND a sword, so that’s a lot of fun. I know absolutely nothing about this comic book, but given the outfit I’m going to guess that this is probably Earth 2 Wonder Woman? Or at the very least, not the primary universe Wonder Woman. She’s got a skirt, a golden tiara, silver boots, and some arm armour on one side that all seems very reminiscent of her Earth 2 outfit to me. The figure appears to capture Jae Lee’s artwork fairly well, though unfortunately she doesn’t get a cape. Can you imagine this figure with a Jae Lee cape? That would be spectacular.

Given her pale skin, dark hair, and heavy eye makeup, along with her somewhat dour expression, we appear to have a bit of a goth Wonder Woman. Which is cool; such is Jae Lee’s style. Catwoman’s got a similar vibe, along with the black outfit to match. All in all, this line presents a unique take on these characters, and it’s always cool to see something different on the toy shelves.

If you’re jonesing for these figures, you’ve got a long wait ahead of you. They’ll be out in Summer 2015. DC Collectibles figures usually price in the $19.95 to $24.95 range, and are easily available in comic book shops or online.

Superman/Wonder Woman #12 Preview OR Charles Soule Says Goodbye With Flower Power

October 6, 2014

This week’s issue of Superman/Wonder Woman is an epilogue to the “Doomed” storyline that I assume ended at some point in a book that was not Superman/Wonder Woman. I didn’t follow it in any of the other titles, so I missed half of what happened and the entire ending it seems. If someone wants to spoil the ending in the comments for those of us who only buy this book because it says “Wonder Woman” on it, I’d be much obliged.

Anyway, the “Doomed” stuff seems sorted, Superman is rocking a beard, and it looks like Wonder Woman and Superman are set to fight a flower creature. Let’s take a look at this preview of Superman/Wonder Woman #12 from Comicosity:

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That’s a lot of recapping and scintillating romance. These two just do not work together for me at all. I find the romance stuff so awkward. But a fight against a giant plant creature might be fun. I’m always game for a cool fight.

On the behind the scenes side of things, this is Charles Soule’s last issue of Superman/Wonder Woman. He’s signed an exclusive deal with Marvel, where’s he writing books like She-Hulk and The Death of Wolverine, so all of his DC work is wrapping up. Soule’s last issue is also artist Jack Herbert’s first issue on the series proper. He worked on the annual this summer, and drew bits of the “Doomed” storyline in other books. They’ll both be replaced next month by the series’ new creative team, Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke.

Look for Superman/Wonder Woman #12 in comic shops or online this Wednesday as we all bid a fond farewell to Charles Soule. Superman/Wonder Woman hasn’t been my cup of tea, but Soule seems like a swell guy and I wish him all the best at Marvel!

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #8 Review: “Ghosts and Gods” by Neil Kleid and Dean Haspiel

October 3, 2014

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This review’s a little late because my cousin is getting married this weekend (congrats to Jeff and Heidi!) and I spent Thursday cooking food for various wedding functions and attending a mini-golf bachelor party (I came in second!). That may be for the better, though, because after a long day it was enjoyable to come home and read a fun, new Wonder Woman story.

This week’s digital issue of Sensation Comics reminded me of last week’s, in that it promised me one story and gave me another. Last week, we only got a couple of pages of rock star Wonder Woman before she went on to other things, and this week I was really looking forward to a Wonder Woman and Etta Candy team-up, only to have Etta sidelined by Deadman taking over her body. I love me some Deadman, but I love me some Etta Candy more, so that was a bit of a disappointment. But still, it was a pretty fun issue.

I mean, Wonder Woman and Deadman team up to fight Ra’s al Ghul. That’s just good comics. Neil Kleid told the story well, with a light touch that fit the art and the Silver Age hijinks vibe of the issue. There was a lot of busting up of goons and foiling of evil plans, which is always a good time. I also enjoyed Wonder Woman’s complete incredulity about the existence of ghosts. She was in no way onboard, and I loved the idea that she definitely knows there are supernatural things out there because of her Greek mythological connections but she’s still skeptical about ghosts. And also not completely closed minded, either. She came around.

The story was perhaps a bit too expository at times; I understand that you have to explain who Deadman is, given that it’s a Wonder Woman series, but the constant discussion of who he is and what he does went on a bit long. But what we didn’t get was an on the nose valuable lesson, which we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. While I usually like a good feminist lesson in a Wonder Woman story, recently they’ve been numerous and slightly obvious in Sensation Comics, and a story that’s just straight up adventuring is a fun change of pace.

Dean Haspiel’s art is a good fit for the story though, somewhat oddly, the highlight of this Wonder Woman comic book is his take on Deadman. I liked what he did with the emaciated, dead guy look; he’s dead and a little bit gross, but it’s in no way over the top. Haspiel went full on Golden Age with Wonder Woman’s costume, which I loved. The flat-bottomed tiara, white belt, and star-spangled shorts are a classic look. His Ra’s al Ghul was great, too. That green suit is hard to make work, but with this cartoonish style it really fit in.

All in all, this was a fun issue apart from the lack of Etta Candy. Your mileage will definitely vary on that point. For me, Etta is one of my favourite characters and I think she’s severely underused, so to have her here but not here for the story was a small letdown. However, some Etta is better than no Etta at all, and I really hope that future Sensation Comics stories will use her more.

Finally, a programming note for the print version. This story has the Adam Hughes cover that’s attached to Sensation Comics #4, out in November, not the Ivan Reis cover attached to Sensation Comics #3, out in October. The solicits confirm this, and we won’t be getting this story in print until November, even though stories in the October issue haven’t been released digitally yet. DC’s digital comics are usually a little wonky like that, so this is nothing new. Just pay attention to the covers attached to the digital releases; that’s the comic they’ll be in, usually.

Wonder Woman #34 Review OR Robot Elephants vs. Vengeful Gods

October 1, 2014

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I liked a lot of things in this penultimate issue of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman run, but I also wasn’t keen on parts of it. Luckily, the things I didn’t like were more at the beginning and everything got crazy and twisty and fun toward the end. Plus, I think the mystery surrounding a conspicuous absence that I’ve been harping about for a couple years now might be on the verge of being addressed. Before we dig into all of that, though, first I should declare:

SPOILER ALERT!!

I am about to reveal every cool moment in this comic book!

Go read it first! It’s Cliff Chiang’s second last issue! It’s so pretty!

Okay, so let’s start with what I didn’t like. First, I wasn’t keen on the dialogue. Azzarello is known for his stylized dialogue. He’s done a lot of clever things with the way he writes people talking, both in the construction of the language and how he transitions from scene to scene. At its best, like in 100 Bullets, it’s almost poetic, and a lot of fun to read. During his Wonder Woman run, he’s reined that in a bit, until this issue where it is on full display and not in a good way.

Several scenes read almost like a parody of Azzarello. I mean, Strife literally says that she brought Wonder Woman home to where she was raised so she could watch it get razed. That’s not good stuff. Nor was Hera’s reply to Zola when she said Hera turned the jackal people into glass: “It’s crystal. Clear?” Come on. I’m all for fun wordplay, but this is rough. Azzarello is usually much better at this sort of thing.

Also, Wonder Woman almost calls Strife a bitch again. Luckily, her mother cut her off before she could finish her sentence. The last time Wonder Woman called her a bitch I railed about it for about a thousand words, so I’ll spare you a lengthy rant here. Suffice it to say, “bitch” is not a word that Wonder Woman should ever say. It’s a gendered insult that denigrates women and she would have no part of that. Plus, Wonder Woman is clever. She can come up with a better insult.

I still hate the Manazons, but I have to admit that the robot elephants were pretty cool. But Hephaestus could have just dropped by with some sweet robot elephants and we could’ve skipped the whole Manazon thing, because it is dumb dumb dumb.

What I do like about the Manazons, and this issue in general, is that all of the people Wonder Woman has interacted with over the course of this run, showing them mercy and offering them help, have come together to fight alongside her and defeat the First Born. Orion’s been in the mix since last issue, and Milan’s now swooped in to help. Hera looked to be heading back to capricious god status, but changed her mind and helped out Zola. Even Strife helped out, if only to rob Wonder Woman of the peace that death would bring her. Wonder Woman’s amassed a weird, dysfunctional family over the past three years, and now they’re all rallying behind her.

All this talk about Wonder Woman’s family brings us to Zola, who journeyed to Olympus with Wonder Woman at the issue’s end to put Zeke on the throne and rob the First Born of a lot of his power. When she arrived, Zola collapsed in pain and her eyes went all weird:

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So here’s my theory about what’s up. For years now, I’ve been repeatedly bringing up the conspicuous lack of Athena in Wonder Woman. Pretty much every other Olympian god has been in the book, and with a substantial role, but we haven’t seen Athena at all (apart from maybe an owl that popped up a few times in Wonder Woman #0). My main theory about Zeke has long been that Zeke is actually Zeus; there’s the Z-name connection, plus his MASSIVE powers that manifest sporadically. Mythologically, Zeus birthed Athena; technically, she sprang fully formed from the head of Zeus, but you get what I’m saying. So what if Athena is returning the favour? If Zeus is Zeke, maybe Athena is Zola, disguised and perhaps memory wiped in order to hide her father and protect him from the dangers he knew were coming. Look at the eyes in the panel above. They look like owl eyes, and owls are the animal most commonly associated with Athena. She’s usually depicted with one on her shoulder. So maybe Athena’s been in the book the whole time and we, and probably she, didn’t know it. That would be pretty cool. I suppose I’d be bummed to lose Zola as a character, though. She’s a lot of fun.

Finally, the big reveal at the end of the issue was Poseidon emerging from the pool of blood in Olympus, though his intentions were vague. His pronouncements seemed ominous, but final page reveals are usually tricksy. We’ve got a number of options here. Poseidon might be working with the First Born, and thus is set to fight Wonder Woman and her pals. Poseidon might be angling for the throne of Olympus for himself, and thus working against the First Born but also against Wonder Woman and her pals. Or maybe Poseidon is just being bombastic and came to actually help Wonder Woman and her pals, though that one seems a bit unlikely. Either way, he’s poised to be an important player when we get the conclusion of this run in a few weeks times.

So the end is almost here, and I’m very curious to see how it all comes together in the last issue. Wonder Woman #34 had some bits and style choices that bugged me, but ultimately I enjoyed how everyone came together and I’m intrigued by the implications of the last couple pages. And I feel like I’m onto something with this Zola/Athena thing. We’ll find out soon enough, I suppose.

Wonder Woman #34 Preview OR The Penultimate Issue For Azzarello And Chiang

September 30, 2014

After skipping its original August release date, presumably to give Chiang time to draw all of this issue and the next, Wonder Woman #34 will hit stores this Wednesday, followed by Wonder Woman #35 later this month. This is the second last issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s three year run, and everything looks to be coming to a head. AV Club has a five page preview of the issue, so let’s take a look:

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I’m so glad that Hippolyta is back, even if it’s just in statue form. She’s not taking ANY of the First Born’s guff at all. I have the feeling that if she’d been around for this run, the whole First Born thing would have been over a lot sooner. She’s one fierce lady.

Poor Wonder Woman is still tied up in the First Born’s gross lair, hallucinating and whatnot, and Strife showing up could go either way. She’s been trying to kill Wonder Woman for a while now, but deep down I think she likes her. I hope she helps Wonder Woman, because that would be a nice moment for a character I really enjoy. Wonder Woman will figure out how to take her down and escape if she has to, though, I’m sure.

Hera being so uncool is bumming me out. It’s absolutely the right call, of course; if this story has taught us anything, it’s that gods are capricious fiends. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a redemptive, heroic moment for Hera at some point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t get one. It would be fitting not to. It’s a dark book.

Also, with just two issues left, where is Athena?! She hasn’t shown up yet, and I’m still thinking there might be a deus ex machina with her at some point in these last couple issues. Her absence is very conspicuous.

Look for Wonder Woman #34 in stores and online tomorrow. Only two issues left before the Finches! Enjoy it while you can.


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