Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #38, Titans #19, Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For Special Edition #1

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including who plays her on TV in the comics

Another quiet week for Wonder Woman news, I’m afraid, assuming you don’t think a 12-strong march on Warner Bros to ask for a Zac Snyder cut of Justice League is news. Is it actually a march if there’s only 12 people? Isn’t it more of a throng or maybe a milling?

Sure, Wonder Woman‘s been nominated for the 2018 Producers Guild of America Awards.

But we’re still waiting to see if the movie could win an Oscar. What do you reckon the odds are? After all, if even the Teen Titans love Wonder Woman, surely the Academy must, too?

On the upside, though, lots of comics featuring our heroine this week and we’ll be looking at all of them after the jump. In Wonder Woman #38, we get the Rebirth version of old enemy The Silver Swan (who’s also an old friend). In Titans #19, Diana and the Justice League are a bit worried about Donna Troy – or at least her future self, Troia. And over in Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For Special Edition #1, Harley Quinn gets infinite wishes from a genie and decides she’d like to be Wonder Woman. But which Wonder Woman, hey?

All that after the jump…

Comics reviews

Wonder Woman #38

Wonder Woman #38

Plot

Diana saves a young Vanessa Kapatelis from dying at the hands of a supervillain, but the girl loses her ability to walk. Diana stays with her and becomes friends with her, but when other demands are placed on her, she can’t spend enough time with Vanessa any more.

When Vanessa is given Cyborg-inspired nanites, she recovers her ability to walk, but she’s started to go a bit crazy. And when she sees Diana has new friends whom she’s rescued, she kills them – becoming her greatest enemy, The Silver Swan! I assuming the nanites had something to do with her getting wings, otherwise that’s some top hobbies work.

Meanwhile, Jason’s moved in with Diana and is trashing her new home.

While Steve himself is off looking for the relics that Darkseid was after. I wonder if they’ll be useful.

Steve and the relics

Extra notes

I won’t go into the long and exciting history of The Silver Swan here, because I gave it my all back when Wonder Woman ’77 #1 came out. But what’s notable here is that after showing his love and devotion to all things 70s in previous issues, writer James Robinson here goes straight for the 80s version, rather than her predecessor, to resurrect George Perez’s creation Vanessa Kapatelis, who was the long-time friend of Diana in Man’s World starting from issue #3 of Volume 2.

Nessie

However, as with Robinson’s quick retelling, things all go a bit pear-shaped for Vanessa over the course of her time on the comic. Although things works out nicely at first, ultimately she ends up with the old brain warp and becomes Volume 2’s second Silver Swan, complete with cybernetic implants.

Vanessa as the Swan

It’s clear that both Robinson and artist Emanuela Lupacchino are referencing the issue #200 version of Silver Swan here:

Vanessa as the Silver Swan

As an issue, in common with Robinson’s previous issues, there’s some pretty horrendous dialogue:

  • “Hmm, just how I like my bullies. Helpless”
  • “I’m a superhero. I have enemies.”

Wonder Woman, as usual, is either reactive or only appear on TV. She’s a little better at fighting than before, actually winning for a change, but that’s not saying much. The fact that her errant father, Zeus, died in her arms in the previous issue appears not to be bothering her too much, either, compared to whatever Jason and his mates sicked up in the corner of that new house Steve gave her.

Even Orion was a better addition to the Wonder Woman cast than this.

On top of that, you have to wonder exactly what sort of medical treatments allow you to transform yourself into a supervillain. Is that a bug or a feature of the nanites? Did no one do any testing with them beforehand?

Still, what’s becoming apparent is that even if he produces comic book nonsense, Robinson can at least write a story, plunder continuity and develop a bad guy pretty well, even if he’s not that great at writing for Diana herself.

Other note: what’s happened to poor Steve? He appears to have transformed into a 16-year-old boy.

Rating: 4/7 (artwork: 6/7)

Titans #19

Titans #19

Plot

Everyone’s worried about Donna Troy’s future self, Troia, even the Justice League, so they come to see if she’s okay.

What does Diana do?

Offer to help Donna, although Donna suspects she has bad motivations.

Extra notes

There is no trial. Nor AFAIK, any determination of where this Donna Troy actually came from if everything in the nu52 related to the Amazons was purely imaginary. Any ideas?

Harley Quinn #1

Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For Special Edition #1

Plot

Harley Quinn gets access to a genie, who gives her infinite wishes.

What does Diana do?

Get rescued, along with the Justice League, by Harley from Lex Luthor and his super suit.

Get told off by Wonder Woman for killing Lex Luthor.

Bad Harley

Tie up Harley.

Tied up Harley

Extra notes

Obviously all that’s a load of fun and not 100% canon, as per usual with anything involving Harley and Diana. More interesting is when Harley wishes to become Diana.

Deadpool Harley

Yep, the genie knows about everything from Neal Adams’s kung fu Wonder Woman through to Cliff Chiang’s to Lynda Carter/Wonder Woman ’77, who might be the TV version of Wonder Woman in the DC Prime Universe by the looks of it. He even knows about the lunch box version.

Wowzers. He’s like Deadpool.




  • MasterWitcher088

    I don’t know how to feel about this issue. On one hand we are actually getting a Wonder Woman villain in Wonder Woman. On the other Vanessa’s origin felt so rushed with no real emotion put into it. I’m almost glad Julia didn’t get any lines, only for her to just die off page, its a shame she was a great addition to Diana’s supporting cast.

    I can tell somewhat that this doesn’t seem mandated by DC editorial all that much. I don’t know how to put it exactly…. with Darkseid the writing and the direction felt less like Robinson’s doing and more what DC wanted to do with Darkseid. Darkseid’s monologue was cringey as hell though as was that fight.

    To be fair Robinson said on an interview that Perseus did fight the kraken and rode Pegasus before that issue came out, so its not like accuracy with Greek myth was his forte to begin with.

    • If Rebirth is basically an attempt to do Volume 2 again for the sake of older fans… sorry, “recovering the spirit of love lost in the DC universe by the nu52 reboot”, then I can imagine Robinson’s desire to redo the Silver Swan et al as potentially having been mandated by DC. But there’s nothing really in the writing that says that, although given Robinson’s seeming reluctance to give Diana anything especially kick ass to do, her always being observed on TV indicating a certain authorial distance and so on, he really doesn’t feel like a fan of Diana, so why he’d be resurrecting old WW villains off his own bat, I don’t know. Maybe it’s low-hanging fruit for him – he doesn’t have to do much research and writing, simply regurgitate what Perez and co did.

      Or maybe he is a fan. Dunno. But certainly the compressed retelling of Vanessa’s story didn’t speak to me of great fondness. But then I never really liked what happened to Vanessa back in the day so maybe he’s trying to get the pain over with quickly

  • JustStark

    But we’re still waiting to see if the movie could win an Oscar. What do you reckon the odds are?

    It’s a superhero movie! They’re all shallow effects-laden mindless crowd-pleasing chewing gum for the eyes and ears! Even the greatest superhero movie ever made is only good when you compare it against other superhero movies, and is utter rubbish if you put it next to real films!

    Unless there’s something utterly different about this one, and I have seen nothing to suggest there is, then no, of course it’s not going to win an Oscar, except possibly in one of the Special Effects / Make-Up / Sound Editing categories.

    That’s not to say I think the movies that win Oscars are always great — what were they thinking with Manchester By the Sea, was it just ‘let’s give an award to whichever film has the most implausible series of disasters to heap on one family’? — but if a superhero movie, any superhero movie, wins one, that would be an utter travesty.

    • JustStark

      … although now I’ve calmed down from my initial reaction, they did give one and almost two to La La Land which was an equal travesty, so maybe the odds aren’t as out there as all that.

    • Maybe not best film or best screenplay, but best director’s always possible I reckon.

      • JustStark

        That’s what they gave bloody La La Land, isn’t it? So yeah I guess that would be possible. Still a travesty but no greater a travesty than that.

        • I guess that’s praising with faint damns

  • JustStark

    On top of that, you have to wonder exactly what sort of medical treatments allow you to transform yourself into a supervillain

    Actually if you bothered to read the leaflet it is listed under ‘possible side effects’, between ‘nausea’ and ‘constipation’.

    • I guess you never know whether you’ll get a super soldier or a super villain when you’re making a new medical treatment, it’s true