After the roar of a fortnight ago, everything’s returned to relative quietness in the DC schedules. There’s been a brief cameo in Future’s End #44…
…but Wonder Woman ’77 has been removed from the DC digital schedule…
…which means that after the jump, we’ll only be having a look at who’s been punching whom in Injustice, and seeing if Lois Lane and Wonder Woman can bond while fighting some beasties during a quick interview in a two-part Sensation Comics story.
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #22-23
As the fight continues between the two teams, it turns out the magical fight nearby is starting to screw with reality – and both groups’ powers. Which is probably the only reason Batwoman is doing so well in her fight with Wonder Woman.
Both camps decide to collaborate to end the problem, with the Flash dumping them in two separate mystical safe houses. Well, almost all of them.
How to end the fight, though? Diana suggests giving the sleeping Raven to her father Trigon, but it’s too late for that.
Problem is: with all the magic being sucked away, whatever’s been keeping Raven dormant is wearing off.
Are they any good?
It’s a little bit of a roller-coaster, with highly trained Amazon warrior Wonder Woman getting a pasting from slightly trained Naval officer Batwoman for no good reason, followed by Wonder Woman being one of the few to show any sign of intelligence or compassion in the whole thing.
All the same, there are some fun ideas, including the use of Billy Batson and Dr Fate, as well as the bonding of Poison Ivy and Swamp Thing. But at this stage, none of the characters are really themselves any more, just people with the same names, so we’re basically just waiting for the next big fight now.
Sensation Comics #26-27
Lois Lane is interviewing Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, the questions she’s been asked to give aren’t the best.
Fortunately, the interview gets interrupted.
Unfortunately, as well as being a digger, the robot has another purpose.
Wonder Woman tries to get Lois Lane out of danger.
Unfortunately for Lois, there are side-effects.
When the beasts get affected by dirt from a plant pot, Lois comes up with a solution to the problem.
With the city saved, Lois and Diana are free to relax:
Is it any good?
It’s a fun and jaunty little piece that’s relatively respectful of both characters and enjoyable enough if you don’t think about it too hard. If you do, you might question why Diana lassoed instead of flew Lois to safety, why Lois didn’t ask for an “anything containing earth” flash mob, why Lois was given all those rubbish questions to ask by Perry White, why Wonder Woman couldn’t quite easily get her own big pile of earth using her super speed and strength, and why Diana starts talking about herself in the third person.
It’s probably also not a good idea to compare the strip with the justifiably famous A Day in the Life, by Phil Jimenez, which similarly saw Lois Lane getting to interview Wonder Woman and see the person behind the name… and which was a whole lot better.
Those reservations aside, in part because this strip is intended to be less serious than Jimenez’s more reverential work, Cecil Castellucci’s two-issue strip does a good job of updating that Volume 2 story for the 21st century, giving us a Lois Lane now forced to ask the questions that a more trivial mainstream media would probably ask of Wonder Woman, and usefully counterpointing them with Wonder Woman’s uncomprehending reaction. It also gives Lois Lane more to do than simply ask questions, while managing to touch on while skirting the Superman-Lois Lane-Wonder Woman love triangle that was lurking in the background post-Crisis.
Diana comes across as a bit humourless and stern, Lois a bit weak and willing to use the “just following orders” defence, and the sub-text of different women coming together to fight their mutually enemies using their mutually complementary skills doesn’t exactly need a degree in Women’s Studies to spot, but it’s a good deal more enjoyable, subtle and meaningful than a lot of the issues have been of late.
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