Back on Wonder Woman Wednesday after a two week absence, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – reading Wonder Woman comics now, so you can decide whether to fork out for the trade paperbacks once the series have been cancelled due to low readership.
The past fortnight, you’ve probably been off watching Wonder Woman, judging by the half-billion dollar box office it’s now done worldwide, although not if you live in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia or one of various other countries that don’t like Israel that much. Warner Bros were a bit surprised by how well the movie did, in fact, expecting something much more modest, but it’s now all action stations to capitalise on the movie’s success. Geoff Johns is now working with director Patty Jenkins to write a sequel and rumour has it that Joss Whedon is currently doing lots of reshoots to add more Wonder Woman to Justice League.
Half a billion dollars is apparently enough to impress the Library of Congress in the US to have a special laying down ceremony for the script involving nothing other than Lynda Carter.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 18, 2017
In other movie news, the biopic of Wonder Woman creators William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, now has a US release date (October 27).
In the comic book world, however, the big news is that former Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone is revisiting the character in a new six-issue series starting in September. Simone, who’s spent some time writing Red Sonja, marries that recent barbarian focus with the new run to give us… a Wonder Woman-Conan The Barbarian crossover!
“I love crossovers, I love Wonder Woman, and being able to bring the undisputed greatest warriors of the DCU and Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age together for the very first time is a dream come true,” says Simone. “A major draw is getting to reunite with the great Aaron Lopresti, whose very favorite things to draw are Wonder Woman and barbarians. Its blades and bracelets, wizards and wonder and I couldn’t be more delighted.”
Meanwhile, remember how I mused a month ago about whether DC’s Rebirth reboot had wiped out everything from nu52 continuity or at least rendered it nothing more than divine fiction, including Diana’s brother Jason? Turns out, that’s still canon because starting from issue #31 of Wonder Woman, James Robinson, Carlo Pagulayan, and Emanuela Lupacchino will be starting a six-month run entitled ‘Children of the Gods’ that will be focused on Jason (and that will also guest-star Giganta):
Spinning out of the pages of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH and JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR, Robinson, Pagulayan and Lupacchino will answer one of the biggest questions of the year: Who is Wonder Woman’s brother? Taken away from Themyscira in the dead of night, the mysterious Jason (the only male ever born on the island) has been hidden somewhere far from the sight of gods and men… but his life and Wonder Woman’s are about to intersect in a terrifying way, bringing them face-to-face with a cosmic threat they never imagined!
But that’s all the news for now. After the jump, we’ll look at the past fortnight’s new releases: Wonder Woman #24, Wonder Woman (Steve Trevor) #1, Justice League (Rebirth) #22 and Dark Knight III #9.
Wonder Woman #24
Everyone returns from Thermyscira who can, although Diana has to leave her lasso behind. Cheetah’s still pissed off that she can’t go there so tries to kill Veronica Cale and Diana. Diana subdues her.
Is it any good?
It’s an odd way of Greg Rucka to say goodbye. He said almost all he needed to in issue #23. Now he’s just returning all the pieces to the board, moving a few others around and then kicking the ball over to the next writer, when honestly, he could have left them where they were last issue and given her a lot more to play with. Now everything’s tied off with bows and will need to be untied, some petrol added and everything cranked up if Ferdinand, Cheetah, Doctor Cyber et al are ever to be used again.
That said, it’s decent enough for what it is, with an oddly vicious Cheetah-Cale fight. But let’s just pretend Greg finished with #23.
Rating: 4/7 (Artwork: 6/7)
Wonder Woman (Steve Trevor) #1
Steve Trevor has to fly to Turkey to deal with a woman called ‘Saturna’ who might have found the secret to eternal youth.
Is it any good?
What an odd way to cash in on Wonder Woman. I mean, surely a new Wonder Woman comic carrying on the storyline of the DCEU Wonder Woman would make more sense than a one-off title dedicated to… Steve Trevor. Yet here we are.
Make no mistake though, this is very much a movie cash-in, albeit one that works in the opposite way to the one you’d expect: here it takes movie continuity and tries to retrofit it onto comic book continuity. We open with Steve Trevor essentially trying to square his entire nu52/DCYou/Rebirth/movie continuity in a single frame.
Yep, everything you’ve read about Steve Trevor or seen in the movie? All of it true.
Then he has a tongue-in-cheek fight with some ‘meninists’, aided by Diana – who’s equally squarely “the woman who doesn’t fully understand the ways of Man’s World” as with both the movie and the Rebirth universe (as you’ll see in Justice League #22 in a mo).
After that, he’s off to Turkey where he meets a whole bunch of his former clandestine colleagues. Call me crazy, but these guys seem rather similar to a certain movie roster I could name…
Largely, the issue serves as a metaphor, with Steve having to deal with another earthly paradise and the guilt of bringing Man’s World into that paradise, just as he did at Themyscira – as well as the guilt of taking a piece of that paradise back with him to have to deal with the crap of Man’s World. I’m not sure that needed a full issue of slapping around and giant red phalluses to spell that out, though.
One last thing: if you are a comics writer and you are planning on using a foreign language in your story, please don’t rely on Google Translate to get it right for you.
No. It. Doesn’t.
So, firstly, that’s not Ancient Greek, that’s Modern Greek. The Ancient Greek for fish was ἰχθύς. But to be fair, ψάρια does indeed mean fish, although it’s actually the plural of ψάρι, not a singular noun. Βόμβα – yep, that’s a bomb.
Φωτογραφίστε – well, does that mean shoot or not? Yes… but only if you’re a professional photographer. It’s the formal/plural imperative form of φωτογραφίζω (photographizo or ‘I photograph’) and if you were telling a photographer you didn’t know to ‘Shoot!’, that’s probably what you’d say.
Wanting to tell your friend to shoot your fish bomb? You mean ‘Πυροβόλησε’, don’t you?
Rating: 4/7 (Artwork: 4/7)
Justice League #22
Watchtower gets infected by something the Green Lanterns bring on board. And it’s up to them to sort it out.
Is it any good?
It’s pretty average fare, to be honest, so average that the author and editor have to flag up that an almost identical storyline is taking place in Trinity #9. What’s more notable is that this is Shea Fontana’s first take on the adult Diana since it was announced she’d be taking over from Greg Rucka on Wonder Woman, having previously only written her for DC Super Hero Girls.
And her Diana is basically the grown up version of that High School Diana that Fontana has been writing: a strange visitor from a strange land, whom all the other girls look up to but aren’t friends with. Lady Green Lantern is frightened of Diana during training and is always concerned that Diana is going to be a grinch.
But it turns out that Head Girl Diana is actually really cool underneath it all.
To be fair, Fontana does make the Justice League seem like they’re still all 17 years old, not just Diana.
Still, it’s going to be… erm… interesting to see what Wonder Woman is like next issue.
Rating: 3/7 (Artwork: 4/7)
Dark Knight III #9
What does Diana do?
Turn up. Really, that’s basically all she does – turn up to watch her daughter shoot off into the sun to kill a bad Kryptonian.
Rounding off the series, writers Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello also make the point that Diana is inspiring.
Fair dos, guys.
Overall, a mildly better if less consequential series than Dark Knight II, for sure, and not without some stand-out moments. But nothing in there that comes close to what The Dark Knight did.
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