Celebrate Good Times, Come On!Written by: Various including Greg Rucka, Gail Simone and Brenden Fletcher
Art by: Various including Liam Sharp, Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon and Rafael Albuquerque
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: October 25, 2016
I love Wonder Woman! While I am not a person who loves big celebrations, I will let that pass to enjoy throwing accolades at my favorite Amazon. Really, I could try to wax poetic about the greatness and importance of Wonder Woman, but I live that to better wordsmiths than myself. There are plenty of those, believe me! What I will give you, however, is a review of this oversized comic book filled with pictures and stories that should put a smile on anyone's face, but will fill a Wonder Woman fan with pure glee. I am of the later and believe me, I am filled with glee (and tacos, but that's not important here). So, without further ado, I give you my review of Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1.
As you can tell from the credits up above, there are a ton of people contributing to this issue. A ton of very talented people that are obviously big fans of Wonder Woman. Things start out with a dark Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque story and continues with an awesome page of Jenny Frison art and then moves onto a Brenden Fletcher story that may be drawn like a Disney cartoon by Karl Kerschl, but again, is a bit dark. I say these are darker stories, but they both end with a better day thanks to Wonder Woman.
The issue continues in this manner...some full page drawings by various artists like Claire Roe and Annie Wu and quick stories that may not be a great introduction to the character, but certainly show how great she is, but also how much she is loved.
The two highlights for me were the Renae De Liz continuation (vol.2 prologue!) of her awesome Legend of Wonder Woman Digital First story and the Lois Lane interview of Wonder Woman "transcribed" by Greg Rucka. Both are awesome and at the expense of sounding like a broken record, they really show the love the creators have for the character and just made me smile.
While I mentioned at the start that the first couple of stories were dark, the book seems to get lighter as it goes on. By the time that Marcio Takara hits the reader with an awesome Wonder Woman page that I would pay to have framed and Gail Simone (I miss her at DC so much!) gives us a story that isn't just girl power, but everyone power, my face was hurting from smiling so much. I mean it! I don't smile that often so when it happens like this, my face doesn't know what's going on.
I'm not going to say that I loved every single thing here, but the great easily outweighs the pretty good. That's the best thing...even the "bad" stuff is pretty good and the good is awesome. For a Wonder Woman fan, this issue is awesome.
I don't think I can say that a non Wonder Woman fan (do they exist?) would like this celebration and it's not a jumping on point for someone looking to learn about the character's origin and history, but if you are looking to confirm why you love Wonder Woman from a group of people who feel the same way, pick this issue up. It's well worth the price tag.
Bits and Pieces:
If you love Wonder Woman than this issue is your invitation to celebrate what makes her great by a huge creative team that loves her just as much (or more) than you. It's an oversized issue stuffed with stories and art and I'm sure that everyone will find plenty to love. This isn't a history lesson for newcomers, but a true celebration of one of the best and most important characters ever created.