This week, it’s the end of Convergence, now that DC has completed its move to the West Coast. Thank the gods for that. That means we’ve got a couple of leftover fights to deal with: over in Convergence: Action Comics #2, we have Red Son Wonder Woman versus some Power Girl or other; and in Convergence, we find out that all that fighting was pretty much for nothing because the status quo must be re-established.
Meanwhile, Diana spends her time goading people for no good reason in Injustice Gods Among Us #4 and we got from the sublime to the ridiculous in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #36. And that’s all after the jump, you lucky people.
Convergence: Action Comics #2
With the sides selected in issue #1, it’s time for Red Son Wonder Woman and Pre-Crisis Earth-Two Power Girl to defend their respective cities. At first, Communist Wondy uses Lex’s invisible jet. Except it turns out not to be as invisible as all that.
So it’s hand-to-hand… and foot-to-face for the two heroines.
And with her lasso, Wonder Woman is able to defeat Power Girl… until a new enemy shows up: Superman!
He’s able to convince the two heroines to stop fighting and to unite against their real enemy.
And while Wonder Woman is left to depose Stalin and arrest Lex Luthor, Superman and Powergirl head off to the main fight in Convergence #6.
Is it any good?
Continuing the trend of the other two-part Convergence titles, it’s really just a big fight to round off a relatively decent initial set-up. But as we’ll see from Convergence #8, none of these fights are without consequence and in fact they mark the establishment of new status quos for all the continuities involved, which means that unlike poor old bereaved Silver Age Wonder Woman, Red Son Wonder Woman actually gets a much happier ending than the one she had in her original title. Here, presumably, having got rid of Lex Luthor, she now gets to take over the USSR (with Superman?) and impose truth, justice and the communist Amazon way upon an entire country, which is more than she’s ever managed to do in any other continuity. And she got to beat up Power Girl, although that happens pretty much every time.
All the same, there is a certain copping out to the whole thing, since as with Convergence: JLI #1-2, rather than a decisive victory, once again we see the heroes and heroines coming to the realisation that they’re goodies and shouldn’t be doing anything too bad, so ending the fight before it gets good.
Generally, one of the better Convergence two-parters, but one that feels more like it’s prepping to hand over to Convergence proper than some other titles have done.
After reality started to fall apart last issue, following the intervention of Parallax Hal Jordan, it’s time for all the heroes to unite and fix it. So they do and before you know it, everyone’s returned to their own continuities (more or less), although everything that’s happened has happened. Poor old dead vampire Steve Trevor. The End.
Not much Wonder Woman this issue, beyond a couple of guest appearances of various Wonder Women, including Golden Age Wonder Girl, as well as Donna Troy. Not of them get any dialogue, though.
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Four #4
For the past few issues, neither Wonder Woman nor the gods have had much of a look in over in Injustice Gods Among Us, as Rene Montoya has pumped herself up superpower pills and has been punching Superman a lot.
This issue, though, as well as the Hera obviously in cahoots with Ares in some scheme to involve the gods in the affairs of mortals…
…Wondy’s turned up in a surprisingly authoritarian mood, laying down the law to first Montoya…
…and then, after Montoya dies of a heart attack having overdosed on super-steroids, to Clark when Bruce turns up to claim the body.
Basically, this issue, she’s there to be the person who gives Superman the chance to do the right thing, while she does the wrong thing. Oh well…
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #36
After the previous rather excellent three-parter concluded last week, this week we come down with a crash with a slightly daft bit of work written by Caitlin Kittredge and drawn by Scott Hampton.
After attending a Gotham City charity party, Wonder Woman leaves by herself.
However, after first being sexually harassed in the streets, she finds Echidna, the mother of monsters, beating up a random human.
It turns out that random human might actually have abducted three of Echidna’s children.
Wonder Woman agrees to help Echidna investigate the church that employed the man. There she finds someone shredding documents.
However, before she can fully interrogate him, she bumps into Batgirl, who tries to enlist her in a hunt for kidnapped children.
Is it any good?
It’s pretty poor to be honest. Firstly, let’s look at the art, which is okay, but it does look like it’s been rotoscoped, which while striking, does make me wonder why the subject chosen for Wonder Woman’s model was Agnes from Moonlighting.
It’s very odd.
Now we turn to the writing. Wonder Woman can play a bit fast and loose with Greek myth, but Echidna was
- ‘Half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin’
- Ate human flesh
- Her children were actual monsters, numbering Orthrus, the two-headed dog; Cerberus, the multi-headed dog of Hades; the Lernaen Hydra; and possibly the Chimera.
So no bonus points this week for correct use of Greek myth. But let’s let that slide for now and say a great big ‘Whatevs’.
The trouble is that the cave-dwelling mother of monsters comes up this sort of dialogue.
Apparently, Echidna is now so deeply engrained in American culture she actually knows what a ‘my-size Barbie’ is. I don’t know what a my-size Barbie is and even if I did, I wouldn’t assume an Amazon princess from Paradise Island would and use it as a put-down.
As you can see, it forces Diana to produce equally awful lines in return “You picking on innocent civilians does, believe it or not, deeply concern me” – so ungrammatical, not like a normal human talks, and using all kinds of very specifically American slang, too: “They don’t take kindly to freaks beating on the locals.”
Not very Wonder Woman at all.
But as Sensation Comics is supposed to deal with alternative continuity Wonder Women, perhaps this is the Wonder Woman of the 2011 NBC pilot. Okay, so the costume’s different, but we do have this scene:
Yes, as in that pilot episode, despite having a Lasso of Truth at her waist (okay, it disappears in a couple of frames, so maybe it’s a little bit elusive and unreliable in this continuity), Wonder Woman, who has the ‘strength of Hercules’, feels she should just hurl people who have done nothing wrong out of windows and threaten to beat them up unless they tell her what she wants to know.
And then, of course, we have the very atypical dialogue between Batgirl and Wonder Woman, where the two women posture, order, insult and threaten one another for no reason whatsoever.
Wonder Woman apparently knows who the Brady Bunch were and wants to use them as a putdown, too.
It almost feels like Kittredge hasn’t actually read any Wonder Woman before, but believes that once she’s given Wonder Woman the chance to comment excruciatingly on a feminist issue or two (this week’s guest Tumblr topics: high heels and street harassment)…
… that’s it, she’s nailed Wonder Woman’s character! No need to do any more work! Right… Wonder Woman – she’s a bit like Batman, right?
Anyway, it’s a two-parter, so we have another week of posturing, Batman pretending to be Agnes, and some unnecessary violence to work our way through on this one. Oh well.
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