Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Superman/Wonder Woman #1 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Tony S. Daniel
Cover Price:$3.99
Release Date: October 9, 2013

Sitting in a Tree

I was not a fan of Young Romance or even Superman and Wonder Woman's relationship in Justice League so it's no surprise that Superman/Wonder Woman #1 was not high on my list.  When I heard Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel were the creative team, my interest piqued a bit, but still it wasn't full out on my radar.  Now that I've read it, I'm more impressed than I imagined I'd be, but I wonder if the book has legs.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is a good character study of two of the most powerful beings on Earth.  On one side you get the secretive, calm Superman.  He has spent his entire life hiding his true identity mainly to protect his loved ones.  On the other hand we have Wonder Woman, a fiery  Amazon who wants the world to know her identity to bring pride and honor to the Amazons.  It's no surprise that the two philosophies clash on the subject of whether or not to make their relationship public.  Can these gods on Earth overlook their differences and become more than friends or colleagues?   That's Superman/Wonder Woman #1 in a nut shell.  Then things ramp up with an awesome reveal on the last page.

Charles Soule does a great job in showing us Superman and Wonder Woman "behind the scenes".  We see that Superman may be the Man of Steel, but he still is nervous and unsure of himself when dealing with Diana.  We also get to see a Diana frustrated and a bit angry at Clark for not being willing to go public with their relationship.  Then Soule throws in a nice action sequence where the two are on more familiar ground.  Speaking of familiar ground, those not reading the regular Superman and Wonder Woman books may find themselves wondering a bit about some minor background information, but luckily if you know the two heroes, you know enough to begin enjoying this issue.

Tony S. Daniels art will be familiar to those of Action Comics.  I really liked his art on some of the later issues of that series so I'm glad to see it here.  It is a strong, classic look that fits the iconic characters.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is a real good start to the series.  Charles Soule does a great job fleshing out the two titans without getting too cliche and/or boring.  It's a character study with comics true power couple.  I just wonder how long a book like this will last.  Hopefully, the twist end will get even more people reading because it is real good.


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