Art by: Drew Johnson and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 27, 2015
Cats Got Claws
I loved Wonder Woman '77 when it debuted way back in January and was upset and confused when it disappeared after only six issues. Even then, it came out so sporadically, that it took a bit of an effort to keep up with it digitally, but it was so worth it. Well, without little fanfare or notice from DC Comics, it is back and I couldn't be happier. I am still a fan of the 70's television show and it's great to read stories set in that universe by a writer who obviously shares my passion. Marc Andreyko nails the fell of the show from the characters and setting to...just about everything else. Throw in my favorite artist of the series so far, Drew Johnson, and this seems like the best way possible to get this series back up and going. So, was it? Let's find out...
The issue starts with Dr. Barbara Minerva looking mighty pissed off. This is a great opening for any Wonder Woman fan, knowing who she is (or will become) and guessing what she's so mad about. It's Wonder Woman, of course, and it fits so well into the book immediately. Dr. Minerva is jealous because she has to make room in the Madisonian Institute for a new Wonder Woman exhibit. Her protests fall on deaf ears, because it's all about the money and Wonder Woman is a cash cow. The conversation is cut short when Wonder Woman herself arrives and the Institute Director takes her on a tour while Barbara is left fuming.
Marc Andreyko does so much in so little time. We are introduced to Dr. Minerva, see that she is a passionate hot head, set it up that she has her own artifacts that she cares about and most importantly, she hates Wonder Woman. If this isn't a recipe for a great villain, I don't know what is.
The issue continues with the tour of the Institute and more specifically, the Wonder Woman exhibit. Diana may think it's a bit too much, but I disagree. It's awesome! Any exhibit with the Invisible Jet is a winner in my book and there is more...including Cheetah's costume. Nice. The tour is cut short by what appears to be some bumbling custodians, but it turns out to be a robbery. Boy, these guys picked THE worst day to pull their heist and before they know it, are captured by Wonder Woman. You would think that everyone at the Institute would be thankful, right? Wrong.
Marc Andreyko continues the great character work with Dr. Minerva as she looks on and even suggests that Wonder Woman set the whole thing up. She then goes about clearing out her artifacts and if it wasn't clear what was going to happen with her before, it should be now. She picks up a ceremonial dagger and then...you have to read it for yourself. I will tell you that if you are a fan of Wonder Woman and Cheetah, you will not be disappointed.
Just like the ending, I can't see anyone being upset at anything in this issue. We get Wonder Woman's most iconic villain and it all fits so well in the setting of the '77 comic. Andreyko continues to impress me with his grasp of the characters and the setting and the only thing I can find fault with is the length, but that's the nature of the digital titles and no fault of his. In fact, I give him kudos for getting so much in such a little space.
Drew Johnson also nails it out of the park. His art, especially the Linda Carter likeness of our main character is so good. He also does such a good job of getting the feel of the 70's in every car, piece of clothing and hairdo. I love it.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue is such a great way to kick off the return of Wonder Woman '77. We get the usually greatness of Marc Andreyko's continuation of the TV series with the added bonus of getting the introduction of Diana's greatest villain. Drew Johnson's art is so good and there really isn't much I could find at fault here. If you love Wonder Woman, grab this issue.