Weekly Wonder Woman’s back from its holiday on Themyscira everyone (Καλώς ήρθατε, WWW!). While it’s been on its sojourn, numerous Wonder-full comics have been published, including the likes of Justice League of America #3, Deathstroke #9, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Justice League #43, Superman/Wonder Woman #20, Wonder Woman #43, and new arrival DC Comics: Bombshells.
I’ll be reviewing precisely none of those today, since trying to play that much catch-up in one go lies on more or less the same ley line as barking insanity. However, as usual, I’ll probably catch each of them up once the next issue comes out.
Instead, today, I’ll content myself with looking at just last week’s issues and their continuing storylines: Injustice Gods Among Year Four #18 and Wonder Woman #77 #8. See you after the jump, once you’ve stopped ogling Gal Gadot in a new Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice promo pic and wondering why all the Wonder Woman pics are of her looking glamorous, while Supes and Bates just look moody and fighty.
Injustice Gods Among Year Four #18
When last we left the fighty superheroes, they were in a standoff with the Olympian gods. Since then, a lot’s happened. We’ve had a big globberfest that saw Superman kill Hercules (he was only a demi-god), Zeus take the Z from Shazam to reduce Billy Batson back down to teenage annoyance status, the gods take over the world and ban all other religions, Poseidon attack Themyscira, and Aquaman come up to see what was going on.
It’s all got a bit silly really, in other words.
Things get sillier this issue, with Poseidon beating up Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Mera…
…Supes rescuing Wonder Woman and Aquaman rescuing Mera.
Oh dear. Buccellato’s never been one for girl power but this is getting ridiculous. It gets even more ridiculous when Aquaman (seems to) kill the god Poseidon… ridiculously.
Unfortunately, that means the giant wall of water that was threatening to engulf Themyscira is now free to fall right on top of it and our heroes and heroines. Whoops.
Meanwhile, for those of you haven’t been doing the basic arithmetic, each year of Injustice has to present an even bigger, better threat that for reasons best known to itself couldn’t be bothered to do anything the previous year (year two: the Green Lanterns; year three: the masters of magic and demons; year four: the gods of Olympus) and we’re nearly at the end of year four. That means Brian has to do some ground work for next year.
Who or what can top the gods? Well, New Gods of course and it looks like Ares is making a pact with Darkseid.
Basically, daft. But that’s the nature of the title.
Wonder Woman ’77 #8
Wonder Woman ’77 does, of course, play digital tag team with Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman on Thursdays, and for the past fortnight, while Sensation Comics has been taking its own summer holiday in a non-canonical invisible jet, it’s been the turn of Wonder Woman ’77 to enliven our iPads/generic tablet devices.
As I realised when the last Wonder Woman ’77 story concluded, the aim of Wonder Woman ’77 isn’t to give us the continuing adventures of the Lynda Carter TV Wonder Woman. Rather, it’s to put Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman into a melange of all the high points of the old-school Wonder Woman continuities, ranging from all the TV versions through Volumes 1-3 of the comics, but nothing that won’t appeal to those with a very strong sense of nostalgia.
Seemingly out to prove that very point, we now have issues #7 and #8 giving us first the Golden and Silver Age Cheetahs and now a version of the Volume 2 Cheetah. We start with the opening of a Wonder Woman exhibit at a museum, something that annoys Barbara Minerva (Volume 2 Cheetah), whose own work must go into storage as a result.
Said exhibition includes a number of Golden Age/TV exhibits, including the costume of Wonder Girl, World War 2 Steve Trevor’s war record and the costume of Volume 1 Cheetah Priscilla Rich.
So miffed does Minerva get she takes the same route as her Volume 2 counterpart and uses an ancient African ritual to become something other than human.
And then, at the grand opening ceremony for the exhibition, she decides to do some recruiting.
Is it any good?
There have been numerous Cheetah origin stories over the years, just as there have been numerous Cheetahs. And this is… one of them.
It’s fine. It’s a basic retread of Volume 2’s origin story, without the high falutin’ George Perez text or subtext, or the nu52 character piece, but with the fun fluffiness of the TV Wonder Woman instead.
But to service all that nostalgia, there’s nothing novel here. Indeed, the turning the crowd into followers at the end of issue 2 of a three part story is almost exactly the same cliffhanger as that of issue #2 of Wonder Woman ’77, just with more Cheetah and less Silver Swan.
The artwork’s also been a bit variable. While issue #7 had the fine Drew Johnson from issue #1 as artist, issue #8 has the distinctly inferior Richard Ortiz, whose artwork is far more cartoony than his predecessors’.
Not bad, but essentially just the introduction of Cheetah to the Wonder Woman ’77 universe.
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