I know what you are probably thinking: “This girl is reviewing yet another Wonder Woman comic?!”
Yes, I am. It is because for the first time, Wonder Woman is getting similar recognition that Batman and Superman do, and that is monumental. It makes me want to scream “Girl power!” but then that reminds me too much of the Spice Girls and the ’90s.
Anyway, back to “Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman.” This title started off with a digital release in August, where readers got to see Wonder Woman on a new adventure each week.
According to a IGN, senior VP of Vertigo and Integrated Publishing Hank Kanalz said in a press release, “With the success of ‘Legends of the Dark Knight’ and ‘Adventures of Superman,’ giving Wonder Woman her own digital anthology series makes perfect sense.”
Each new edition featured famed comic book writers and artists, giving them a chance to create unique, never-told Wonder Woman stories. Then, three of these tales were collected and printed into a physical comic, which is what I am reviewing today.
Famed comic book writer Gail Simone teamed up with artist Ethan Van Sciver to create the first two chapters of this inaugural issue.
This introductory story is a drawn-out production of the qualities of Wonder Woman: strong, kind, compassionate, human and brave. We get an inner-monologue of what Wonder Woman is thinking about herself, about Gotham and how she fights evil.
It’s a little campy but traditional to the original Wonder Woman comics. The art, however, is very modern and well-drawn. I think this makes the story a bit less campy and provides the action that the words are missing.
The second story, “Defender of Truth,” is written by Amanda Deibert. Again, this story is traditional: Circe is trying to fight Wonder Woman and is using her magical powers to make the gargoyles on the National Cathedral come alive and create other mystical enemies to fight Wonder Woman.
But that isn’t the moral of the story. The last two pages are heart-warming, and in the words of Wonder Woman, “Being true to yourself is never wrong.”
The artwork, done by Cat Staggs, is different than anything I have seen before, yet captivating and action-packed. I appreciate her version of Wonder Woman: Sexy, yet not falling out of her top; strong, yet doesn’t look like a massive body-builder.
I think this comic harkens back to the original “Sensation Comics,” which featured Wonder Woman as a prominent character but also included other “cross-over” characters from the DC universe. If this new title is anything like the original, Wonder Woman’s success will skyrocket, and she will finally get the recognition as a prominent superhero.
Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.