Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #41, Doom Patrol-JLA #1

Kristen Wiig

Every week, Weekly Wonder Woman keeps you up to date on everything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine

Movie news

The talk of the town this week is that Wonder Woman 2‘s main villain is likely to be Cheetah. Emma Stone has apparently already turned down the role, but Kristen Wiig is currently top choice. No news on whether she’ll have to do an English accent if she gets the part.

Comic news

Somewhere on the horizon there’s the horrific prospect of a sequel to Metal called No Justice.

Out of the ashes of Dark Nights: Metal, new Justice League and Teen Titans teams are born from the events of Scott Snyder’s Justice League: No Justice!

The cataclysmic events of Dark Nights: Metal has seen the universe’s balance of power snap. Brainiac arrives on Earth with a dire warning for the Justice League: there’s a threat coming to destroy Earth, one that the heroes are ill-equipped to handle. But the combined forces of Justice League, the Justice League of America, the Titans, Teen Titans and… the villains of the DCU certainly don’t think so. Splitting into different squads, including Batman, Lobo, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Superman, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Robin and more, these new Leagues must stop one of their gravest threats ever.

Written by Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson (The Flash) and James Tynion IV (Detective Comics) with sublime art by Francis Manapul (Trinity)

Sounds dreadful.

Comic reviews

I realise I probably missed the second issue of that Titans ‘trial of Donna Troy‘ storyline a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think I’ve missed much, though. So I’ll just focus on yesterday’s releases. Wonder Woman #41 continues James Robinson’s ambition to get every foe Wonder Woman has ever faced in her 75+ year history into the Rebirth universe, largely by talking about them a lot. Meanwhile, Diana gets insulted by a milkman a lot, as Milk Wars continues in Doom Patrol-Justice League of America #1.

Both of those after the jump.

Wonder Woman #41

Wonder Woman #41

Plot

Darkseid gets annoyed at the Furies for not retrieving the relics he wanted – that Steve Trevor stopped them – which means he can’t get to Thermyscira (ooh!). Meanwhile, Diana has been plagued by numerous old foes, sent by none other than Veronica Cale.

Extra notes

It’s another by-numbers James Robinson issue. We start in media res again. The Darkseid storyline largely involves him talking in very bad dialogue about his plans and dropping lots of continuity references.

Then Diana has some really quite poor fights against a plethora of enemies whom she talks about in flashback, rather than actually having an entire plot involving them. That gives Robinson the chance to put a very slight new gloss on ZaraBlue Snowman and Angle Man (now Anglette).

Zara Blue Snowman

Angelette

Just for a bit of variety, Veronica Cale was behind all the different villains. She explains all her poorly motivated plans to Diana.

Veronica Cale

Then Wonder Woman’s brother Jason pops up again after having been missing for all of 20 pages following his disappearance at the end of last issue. He’s got a shiny new superhero outfit.

Jason

Robinson tries to pepper this with an attempt by Steve Trevor to get Diana to open up about her feelings concerning the death of her father et al. But Diana doesn’t want to and that might involve some actual attempt at writing.

If you can’t tell by now, I’m bored. Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored. Robinson’s toolbox of tricks ran out months ago, he offers no real depth to his writing and he doesn’t even seem interested in Diana, beyond the fact she has a back catalogue of villains from the 70s and earlier, old comics being his one true love. Every issue seems like it’s been written by someone who ADHD who can’t stand to stay on a subject or an idea for more than a couple of pages, so nothing ever has any time to develop.

Settle down, Jim. Get a proper plot that features Diana at its centre, actually doing things. Flesh out the characters. Make us care.

Rating: 3/7 (Artwork: 6/7)

Doom Patrol-Justice League of America #1

Doom Patrol-Justice League of America #1

Plot

Don’t ask me. Something about reality getting rewritten, people stowing away in eyes and there being a clone of Superman who’s a milkman.

Extra notes

Nope. Didn’t follow this one at all. In part, that’s because it’s the continuation of Milk Wars and I’ve only read one of the preceding issues; in part, it’s also because it’s bonkers. In a good way again, but still bonkers.

Anyway, there’s something about a company called Retconn (mmm, hmmm), who’s been sanitising reality to make it an easier seller. This has included turning Wonder Woman into Wonder Wife and creating a Superman clone who’s a milk man.

Milkman

However, all the world’s superheroes have snuck into Retconn heaven in a cybernetic eye and they’re prepared to fight for reality.

The heroes arrive

For the most part, it’s Diana who fights Milkman, who comes up with various insults for her:

Greek centrefold

Summer Camp

Then through various mechanisms reality gets erased… then reassembled with a new artist.

What does it all mean? I’ve no idea. Maybe the Rebirth Universe has been rebooted again.

Ah, who cares? Even if it’s all far nothing, I love the fact that in some small part of DC, someone’s doing things this experimental with the medium.

If you’re in it just for Diana, you can probably skip this. If you want to see something exciting and interesting done with comics, this is a title to get. Even if it doesn’t make a whole load of sense.

Rating: 7/7 (Artwork: 7/7)

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