Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #40, Shade: The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman #1

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including whether she likes milk

With Justice League about to come out on DVD, Blu-Ray et al, don’t be too surprised that the InterWeb™ has been flooded with clips, deleted scenes, featurettes and the like designed to promote the release. Here’s one going behind the scenes of Wonder Woman’s early rescue scene:

But also of interest is this one showing Superman’s deleted black costume:

And these of the mid- and post-credit scenes:

But maybe you just prefer images like this, of which I’m sure there are plenty on the DVD, too:

Green screen Wonder Woman/Superman

TV news

Etta Candy – aka Lucy Davis – has just signed up for Netflix’s new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series to play Aunt Hilda. If you don’t remember the original series, this was Aunt Hilda.

Comics news

Just in case you were wondering how well Wonder Woman was doing, January 2018’s chart reveals Wonder Woman #39 was the 48th most sought-after title. Which ain’t awful, I guess. But it’s not great.

Comics reviews

I spotted two issues out this week featuring our Diana. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the first is Wonder Woman #40, in which our Diana finishes playing with the Silver Swan and discovers if her brother survived the attack.

Somewhat more surprisingly, the second is a crossover with Shade: The Changing Girl as part of the ‘Milk Wars’ storyline. Don’t ask. You’ll be wanting to know about the nature of sanity and Aztec sacrifices next…

Wonder Woman #40

Wonder Woman #40

Plot

Diana discovers Jason heals as quickly as she does, so isn’t dead from his wounds after all.

Jason survived

After discovering Vanessa has killed everyone at her hospital, she realises that Vanessa will probably come after Jason and her again, so lays a trap. She defeats the Silver Swan in battle by submerging her.

Submerge the swan

However, Jason is now so convinced that he’s useless and gets in the way, he writes a note to her saying he’s leaving. But just as he’s finished it, he gets abducted!

Stupid note Stupid note Stupid note

Extra notes

1. Steve and the rest of the cast of Wonder Woman are still fighting the Furies in Turkey. That’s a pretty long fight. What’s that now? Three issues? There’s stamina for you, but you’d think someone would have come to have relieved them by now.

2. It turns out that James Robinson hasn’t quite forgotten that in the Rebirth universe, Diana is supposed to have got her powers from the gods. Jason, for his part, seems to think that Diana needs reminding who her father is.

Demeter?

Why Diana thinks Demeter would have anything to do with her ability to heal quickly, given that the god of healing, Apollo, was quite clearly present at her ‘power-granting ceremony‘ whereas Demeter wasn’t is a bit more mysterious though.

3. When Diana leaves the former Silver Swan in medical care following their battle, she might not have left her in the best hands – because look who Doctor Carne, ARGUS’s new specialist in psionics really is:

Dr Psycho

Yep, Dr Psycho‘s back in the Rebirth Universe, too!

4. Diana does at least do very well in a fight for a change, Silver Swan not even landing a blow on her this issue before Diana uses some actual battle tactics to subdue her opponent – woo hoo!

Fight

Fight

Fight

5. You’ll notice Robinson references the Cheetah’s Rebirth storyline, there. Has he finally caught up with his back issues?

6. However, Diana does say she’s not very good at planning. Let’s hope that’s a mistranslation…

Not a planner

7.  Then again, Jason – raised in Greece and writing to his Amazon sister – seems to want to write in English for some reason. Try Greek next time. Or DC square brackets.

8. Also, is he 50 or 30? Who writes letters these days? On paper? In the DC universe? No text? No email? He could probably even have DMed her.

Is it any good?

All in all, as with most of Robinson’s work, mercurial, flits between ideas, most of them involving continuity references, not especially great for Diana, but not too awful. All masked by some great artwork.

Rating: 3/7 (Artwork: 6/7)

Shade the Changing Girl #1

Shade the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman #1

Plot

Diana’s been turned into a 1950s stereotypical house wife called Wonder Wife who likes to spend her time around milk a lot. Fortunately, Shade the Changing Girl is around – several times – so might be able to help bring her back to reality and sanity.

Extra notes

Peter Milligan’s Shade the Changing Man is one of the great gulfs in my Vertigo knowledge, even though Steve Balchin used to go on about it to me all the time at university. Shade was an alien with a coat of madness who’s possessed a human being (or several human beings) is about all I remember. Now a girl from his home planet has his madness coat and she’s Shade the Changing Girl. Except when the story starts, she’s split into several different versions of herself.

It would be wrong to think of this as anything other than part 3 of an ongoing story that’s also seen Superman and Batman becomes 50s stereotypes, since there’s no introduction or explanation or what’s going on. It’s also far more of a Shade story than a Diana story.

However, the Shade iconography is marvellously bonkers – I should have listened to you, Steve, cos this is aces – so you owe it to yourself just to read the issue and look at the imagery. At the very least, it’s fascinating to watch two completely comic book genres smash into one another, thesis and anti-thesis uniting to produce a unique synthesis.

But if you’re a diehard Diana fan, unless you’re in it to watch Diana bathing in milk a lot, it’s also fun to read as a subversion of Diana’s iconography and what it could have been if she’d started in the 50s instead of the 40s.

Milk bath

Diana

Steve

Diana's Shadow

So not a huge plot, more a journey into madness for Diana, but a good issue to read if you want something a little different and with a bit more depth, a bit more humour and a few more Aztec sacrifices than the usual superhero punchfest.

Doom Patrol, you say? Steve Balchin used to go on about that a lot, too. Is Danny the Street still in it?

Rating: 5/7 (Artwork: 7/7)