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October 21, 2014

Weekly Wonder Woman: Justice League #35, Sensation Comics #10

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Justice League #35

It was all about Lex Luthor over at Justice League last week. The newest member of the League, he’s up to something so they’ve decided to keep him close to keep an eye on him. In turn, Lex has been learning what it means to be a goodie for a change – largely thanks to Wonder Woman. But what’s he been up to? Almost all is revealed this issue…

Also last week we had the latest issue of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, in which, with a little help from Atom, Wonder Woman goes all Giganta to deal with a Thanagarian villain in the entertainingly titled ‘Attack of the 50-foot Wonder Woman’. As you might expect, things don’t turn out quite the way you’d think.

Surprisingly, both are linked by a common theme. What might that be? I’ll tell you after the jump.

Sensation Comics #10

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October 14, 2014

Weekly Wonder Woman: Superman/Wonder Woman #12, Sensation Comics #9

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Superman/Wonder Woman #12

So it was the best of times and it was the worst of times at Superman/Wonder Woman last week. On the one hand, after months of the interminable ‘Superman Doomed’ storyline, things finally returned to normal, with writer Charles Soule once more being allowed to devote his attention to the Power Couple with a characteristically joyful little piece in issue #12.

On the other, Soule recently signed an exclusivity contract with Marvel, which means that his reign on the title is at an end.

And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

After the jump, then, we’ll look at Soule’s final issue, we’ll ask just how different from our Earth – particularly London – the DC Earth might be, and we’ll finally find out why Wonder Woman likes ice cream so much.

Also arriving in London last week was Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #9, together with a noted American master criminal – a certain Ms Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. More on what happens when she meets a very sleepy Wonder Woman after the jump.

Sensation Comics #9

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October 13, 2014

Wonder Woman '77 announced - so just who does read comics?

Posted on October 13, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Who reads comics? The standard response - indeed, stereotype - perpetuated by TV shows including the likes of The Big Bang Theory is this:

Comic Book Guy

Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons - a fat, white, straight male nerd.

Stereotype it may be, but is it true? To some extent, yes. A poll conducted by DC Comics into who bought comics in US comic book stores found that only 7% of purchasers were women. And a lot of women don’t feel especially welcomed by the average comic book store.

But that's all changing. Go to the average comic-con in the US and you will see people like this, for example:

Jay Justice as Wonder Woman

Yes, people who don’t fit the standard stereotype at all.

In part (but certainly not wholly) that’s because of online. No longer do you need to set aside an annexe of a house to collect comic books; no longer do you need to even step foot in a comic book store if you don’t want to. You can order graphic novels via Amazon or simply read them digitally on your tablet (or phone if you really just hate having perfect vision) using Comixology and other comic book readers.

So who reads digital comics? Increasingly, the answer is this:

A female nerd

Comixology’s sales figures indicate that as many as 20% of digital comic readers are young women, particularly outside the US. How about the remaining 80%, though?

You might think it's just young men, who are part of the digital generation who shun dead trees. But you’d be wrong. Or at least DC thinks you’re wrong, because although it’s been happy to push digital comic versions of younger-skewing TV shows The Flash, Arrow and Smallville, as well as tie-ins with cartoons such as Batman Beyond 2.0, it’s also seeing a good deal of success with Scooby Doo crossovers as well as Batman ’66 - a series based on the Adam West Batman of the mid-60s.

Batman 66

Batman ’66 is already a best-seller and doing well in both print and digital, which is where it started as an ‘enhanced’ comic - that is one that had animations as well as standard comic panes.

Now, you might think that Batman 66 is an exception, because you could stick a Bat on anything from Fairy Liquid through to piles cream and Batfans would still buy it; more so, the original show is still wildly popular among the general populace and is a real pop culture icon.

Except this weekend, DC announced another title in the same vein: Wonder Wonder ’77.

Wonder Woman 77

Based on the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman ’77 will be a digital-first title debuting in December. Now Wonder Woman has obviously been doing very well of late in the nu52 universe. Pre-nu52, there was one Wonder Woman title, Wonder Woman, and she’d occasionally pop up in Justice League or some other titles. But now, as well as Wonder Woman, we have Superman/Wonder Woman, the digital-only Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman ’77. That’s four concurrent Wonder Woman titles - more than there’s ever been before at any point in her 73-year history.

Clearly, she’s doing something right. But the question is: who will buy this new, digital-first title?

Undoubtedly, Lynda Carter is the platonic ideal of Wonder Woman as far as many fans are concerned, and there are aspects of the show that still define most people’s idea of who Wonder Woman is and the wonders she can do.

But largely, we’re talking about a show that never really entered the popular psyche and never got the re-runs in quite the same way as Batman. More so, it just wasn’t very good - try rewatching them, I dare you, because while the first season set during World War II is just about bearable, the latter two seasons are really hard going. Anyone coming to them fresh now is unlikely to be converted into an ardent fan by watching them.

On the other hand, I’ve got them all on DVD and iTunes, largely because I watched them all when I was a kid back in the 70s. So while I imagine there’ll be regular Wonder Woman fans giddy for any new Wonder Woman who’ll buy Wonder Woman '77, particularly those who hate the nu52, I doubt anyone young who is uncommitted would flock to this in the same way they might to Batman ‘66

And I don’t think DC thinks so, either. I think it's after a new group altogether from all the previous groups we've looked at - an older group that normally wouldn't enter a comic shop but who are now enabled by digital technology to read comics, particularly those based on shows they watched when they were kids.

Yes, DC is after the Silver Surfers. How ironic.

I’ll be buying it, of course. Will you?

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