Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman ’77 meets The Bionic Woman #1, Justice League (Rebirth) #10, Batman ’66 meets Wonder Woman ’77 #2

Well, that didn’t last long, did it? Just two months ago, the UN named Wonder Woman as one of its ambassadors. The move was a bit controversial, even garnering a petition for the UN to rescind her ambassadorship, but the UN still did it – happy 75th birthday, Wondy, we all thought. 

Except now, the UN has dropped her. Possibly because she’s a bit too sexy for them. Or maybe because they never read of the strips. Oh well. I hope she managed to do a little bit of ambassadoring in that time, at least.

Of course, if you think this is the thin end of the wedge, etc, etc, there is naturally a change.org counter-petition to the original petition that the illustrious likes of Phil Jimenez and Susan Eisenberg are supporting:


In other (Phil Jimenez) news, Wonder Woman will be among the DC, IDW and Archie Comics characters who will feature in Love Is Love, a 144-page anthology of more than 100 stories, the proceeds from which will go to the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. Organised by Wonder Woman ’77 writer Mark Andreyko, it will includes stories from more than 100 creative teams, including Jimenez, as well as Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and actor Patton Oswalt. The price will be $9.99 and it’ll be on sale December 28.

Love is Love

One of the contributors to the title will be artist Stephen Byrne, who’s also contributing to another new comic coming our way that follows hot on the heels of Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 by being a crossover. Slightly unexpectedly, it’s a Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers crossover

Wonder Woman and Mighty Morphin Power Ranger

Bet you didn’t see that coming.

But that’s it for this week’s news. After the jump, as well as the latest issues of Justice League (Rebirth) and the aforementioned new arrival Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77, we have another new Wonder Woman title. Indeed, it’s another Wonder Woman ’77 title and another crossover title. 

Brace yourself – you’re going to learn what happened when Diana Prince met Jaime Summers, aka The Bionic Woman…

Justice League (Rebirth) #10

Justice League (Rebirth) #10
Plot
Tracing the source of the hack of Cyborg and Green Lantern’s ring, the Justice League discover it’s a search AI on a child’s tablet that’s accidentally playing a game with its owner. Unfortunately, before the League can switch it off, the AI plays a new move in the game – it alerts the world’s supervillains to the League’s presence and puts up a bounty for them.

Is it any good?It’s jaunty fun and the AI sub-plot is intriguing, but it lacks the depth of Hitch’s previous stories.

For Diana, there’s not much to do but the two traditional Wonder Woman things: hit enemies and be sympathetic. Most of her dialogue involves being nice to the child’s family (“I’m very sorry for your loss”, “He’s telling the truth”), although what looks like her final line of the issue is at least a bit different, once the League’s ultimate foe shows up:

Now we're in trouble

So basically, a bit bog-standard for Diana, even if her old enemy, Giganta, does show up:

Giganta

Rating: 4/7 (Artwork: 7/7)

Batman '66 meets Wonder Woman '77 #2

Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #2Plot
Both Wonder Woman and a young Bruce Wayne must fight the Nazis and assassins who have invaded Wayne Manor during World War 2.

Is it any good?It’s basically the continuation of the story of the first issue, with little by way of addition. But it’s still not half bad.

Diana, Steve and Etta get to beat up some Nazis together:

Wonder Woman and Steve beat up some Nazis

The old one two

Although can we really be sure they’re Nazis if their German is so bad they say ‘Die Amerikaner’ rather than ‘Die Amerikanerin’?

Die Amerikaner

But that’s about it. Just about. Interestingly, though, Ra’s al Ghul knows that Wonder Woman is an Amazon…

The Amazon

I wonder what’s in that book in which he’s so interested?

Wondy to one side, some of the issue’s best bits actually come from the young Talia al Ghul, who’s quite a handy assassin in training.

Talia distracts

Talia smash

Basically, a good issue #2 but not a revolutionary one.

Rating: 5/7 (Artwork 3/7)

Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman #1

Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman #1Plot
Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman accidentally meet while saving people from a building. Later, agent Jamie Summers of the OSI and agent Diana Prince of the IDC are assigned to an inter-agency operation together. Unfortunately, while they’re away on a mission, someone breaks into the IDC…

Is it any good? 
It’s all right, but it’s not a great start.

Writer Andy Mangels obviously knows his stuff when it comes to both Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman, although his knowledge of Wonder Woman ’77  seems a little lacking, given he features other comics’ thought-controlled Invisible Jet, talking TV computer IRAC and ‘amusing’ TV robot Rover, none of which have yet featured in Wonder Woman ’77 AFAIK. He’s also able to give both characters equal amounts to do, and is able to feature the supporting cast of both as well (no Steve Austin, though).

But it’s all terribly inauspicious. There’s no real sense of import or excitement at the idea of such icons of 70s TV as Jaime Summers and Diana Prince finally coming face to face. It’s like the avowed fan Mangels is so used to them both as characters that the idea of building up to the moment of their meeting never even occurs to him.

Instead, it just happens:

When Diana Met Jaime

Hello

And that done, it’s off to the main story. It’s an odd way to kick things off, certainly, and if there were a top plot afterwards, maybe excusable. But instead, it’s a mission briefing, the two agents meeting again and then everyone heading off in different directions – Steve to handle a mission involving Bionic Woman villain Ivan Karp and Jaime and Diana to a meeting the bad guys have already got to. It’s all fighting, for this part, but amusingly, we actually get the Bionic Woman sound effects as it takes place:

Sound effects

If you’re a fan of Wonder Woman, the big shock is that when everyone returns to the office, Joe Atkinson is dead. He did, after all, appear in a goodly number of eps, so maybe there are teary eyed fans still reeling from that revelation. But if you’re only a regular reader of the comics or only watched The Bionic Woman, “Who he?” will be your probable response, particularly given how little build up to the moment Mangels puts in.

Joe Atkinson is dead

All in all, something of a wasted opportunity, with nothing beyond the two characters’ presence in the story to really justify its existence and relying on fan knowledge and conditioned excitement to get the story through its numerous lulls. The artwork is at least pretty good – certainly better than that of Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 – but in terms of story-telling, a bread and butter piece of work, rather than anything special.

Rating: 3/7 (Artwork: 5/7)

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