Why does it always take some ridiculous stunt or other for the mainstream press to sit up and notice a well-written comic book character? The Death of Captain America is the most recent of these stunts that spring to mind, and people remembered him for all but a week. DC have followed suit with “Wonder Woman’s New Look”, and I can tell you as a long-time Wonder Woman reader, that it came completely out of the blue.
Archive for the Wonder Woman Category
Script by Greg Rucka ǀ Pencils by Nicola Scott ǀ Inks by Prentis Rollins, Jonathan Glapion, Walden Wong & Drew Geraci ǀ Colours by Nei Ruffino ǀ Letters by Travis Lanham ǀ Cover by Greg Horn ǀ Variant Cover by Ryan Sook ǀ Associate Editor: Adam Schlagman ǀ Editor: Eddie Berganza
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman is a surprisingly good series spin-off. Unlike the initial batch of tie-ins, Wonder Woman is in step with the status quo of Blackest Night proper. Okay, maybe one step behind, but it doesn’t hurt that celebrated Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka returns to the character for this three-parter. Rucka wisely resists the urge to drag Wonder Woman through the dirt yet again over events that occurred four years ago. Instead, he revisits the situation he himself created from her current emotional place; that is, one of remorse, but acceptance. It demonstrates a level of respect for the work of current Wonder Woman scribe Gail Simone, in acknowledging just how far she’s brought the character during her two-year tenure. The cover art by Greg Horn is nothing short of scintillating, and Nicola Scott proves yet again that no one can draw Wonder Woman like her. It would be remiss of me not to mention the work of colorist Nei Ruffino, whose brilliant light sourcing adds depth of field to each panel, and lifts the book’s aesthetic above the standard issue. In a story that centres around darkness and light, this is paramount.
Verdict: Buy it.
Lasso of Truth is your weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in the DC Universe. Each week, the Red Baron goes through his comics haul to tell you what’s worth buying and what’s best left alone.
Here’s the key:
Must have – there’s no question, you should buy this great book.
Buy it – a high-quality read that won’t disappoint.
Check it out – pick it up if you have some extra cash. May be an acquired taste.
Avoid – a disappointing read. Save your money and steer clear.
Batman: The Widening Gyre #2
Written by Kevin Smith ǀ Art by Walter Flanagan
The Widening Gyre, despite its wanky title, is shaping up to be an interesting deconstruction of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Silver St. Cloud’s return to Gotham is a pleasant surprise, and doesn’t feel at all forced.
Verdict: Buy it.
Green Lantern #46
Written by Geoff Johns ǀ Art by Doug Mahnke
The Green Lantern series refocuses on the uneasy alliance between Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and Carol Ferris. Sinestro returns to Korugar to reclaim his Corps.
Verdict: Must have.
Wonder Woman #36
Written by Gail Simone ǀ Art by Aaron Lopresti
Equal parts charm, wit and action, this is Wonder Woman as she always should have been.
Verdict: Must have.
A very vocal group of Wonder Woman fans have petitioned DC Comics to return their favourite comic book series to its original numbering. By their math, that would make the upcoming 45th issue number 600. They reason that as part of DC’s holy trinity, Wonder Woman deserves a numbering reflective of her standing in the industry. By way of comparison, both the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader are well on their way to issue 700.
Senior VP and Executive Editor of DC Comics, Dan Didio has thrown down the gauntlet, promising to meet those demands if he receives 600 postcards before the book goes to press. Which is rather big of him, considering his personal opinion on the subject:
“I believe the current numbering is more inviting to the casual fan who might want to come in and sample a series without feeling like the story is weighed down by over 65 years of history.”
A fair point, Dan; a fair point.
Still, if you feel that Wonder Woman deserves a landmark 600th issue, rise to the challenge and send a postcard to the following address:
- Dan Didio
c/o DC Comics, Inc.
New York, NY 10019
And do it quick, because Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti can’t hold off forever!