Unfortunately, it’s our last weekly round up of Wonder Woman appearances for the year, thanks to
DC’s continuing ‘War on Hellenismos’ my Christmas break, which means that unless I feel invigorated in the New Year, I’ll be missing out on the next issues of both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman and maybe even the first issue of Wonder Woman ’77, which are all due out in the next fortnight.
Let’s all pray to Dionysos for Christmas booze to fill me with life then.
Either way, I’ll be leaving you with a look at two comics. Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #18 concludes a three-part story in which Diana’s been off to Apokolips to
fill it with Christmas cheer rescue some Amazons and work out what Darkseid’s been up to.
Meanwhile, we also see the surprise return of Wonder Woman in year three of Injustice: Gods Among Us, she having spent the previous year in a coma, which turns out not to be quite what it seemed. No, it wasn’t Dionysos’ Christmas booze.
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #18
With a little bit of teamwork and the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman and the Amazons are able to stop the giant sewer dogs that were chasing them.
They trio beat a hasty treat back to Wonder Woman’s improvised HQ where it turns out that mysterious Lexcorp package was a bomb designed to cause Apokolips to implode – and the Amazons were in on it.
Unfortunately, they’re rumbled and are taken prisoner, but not before the Amazons are able to send the bomb on its way.
After some badinage with Darkseid, Diana is able to convince him to let her go and save his planet.
Diana saves the planet and returns to the surface, and Darkseid honours his agreement with her – in his own way.
Is it any good?
It marks a certain uptick in quality, providing a decent enough conclusion to the three-parter, but all the good and bad qualities of the previous two parts are still there in roughly the same amounts.
On the plus side, there’s some lovely artwork from Gabriel Hardman, whose dark, sketchy qualities are appropriate for Apokolips’ underworld. In terms of the writing, nothing too egregious happens and although I was worried about Diana’s compassion inspiring others into saving the day, we instead have a more heroic single-handed rescue of an entire planet by Diana.
Where it all starts to fall apart a bit is in Diana’s general weakness. Imagine the strip with Superman in her place and ask yourself: would Superman have needed help stopping the sewer dogs or found them in any way difficult to deal with? Would Superman have been captured so easily? Would Superman have needed a special suit to survive the fire? Would Superman have allowed the Amazons to be killed by Darkseid?
In all cases, the answer would have been no but here we have a Wonder Woman with no Wonder. The most she does is fly and doesn’t do that very well.
On top of that, the dialogue is pretty poor and characterisation weak. While some of the later attempts at humour work, we have a Darkseid who sounds like a middle manager, not an all-powerful, all-crushing New God: “Oh? You invade our world and then offer to save it? I think I’m entitled to a bit of skepticism on that score, don’t you?”
So in summary, someone who isn’t really Wonder Woman takes on someone who isn’t really Darkseid and fails in her mission. Oh well.
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #11
For the past year or so of Injustice: Gods Among Us, a sort of alternative reality DC Universe in which Superman and a group of like-minded superheroes tries to turn the world good by imposing a fascist state while another group try to stop him, Wonder Woman has been in a coma, having been caught in the explosion of Captain Atom.
The last mention we had of her was when Superman was visiting her on Paradise Island but since then, she’s been out of things, which meant she’s missed a whole load of outer space silliness involving Superman getting progressively more evil in the name of good, even joining the Sinestro Corp as a Yellow Lantern.
With outer space and the various Lantern Corps handled in year two, year three has seen the realm of the magical become the focus, with John Constantine and various goodish types taking on other mystical beings in an effort to stop evil Superman doing good. And given this is all a prequel to a video game involving superheroes thumping each other, it should be no surprise to learn that so far we’ve had the dead Deadman and the immortal Jason Blood killed.
No sign of Wonder Woman yet, but it turns out that there’s a prophecy she’s going to wake up soon – and that she might not have been asleep because of natural causes.
The Emperor (Superman) is going to sleep soon, but the Empress is about to wake. Looking forward to it…
See you next year – have a
good Saturnalia Merry Christmas!
Disclaimer: Owing to the small fortune it would take to buy every single DC comic each week, this is not a guaranteed rundown of all the comics that feature Wonder Woman. If you know of any I’ve missed, email me or leave a comment below and I’ll cover them the following week