Thursday, April 10, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #7 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Paulo Siqueira, Barry Kitson and Eddy Barrows
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Is the Relationship Doomed?

Last issue of Superman/Wonder Woman ended with an explosive cliffhanger...literally.  They detonated an atomic explosion to stop Zod and Faora, but at what cost?  Little cost it seems. Unless you count the destruction of a chunk of the South Pacific,  which it seems nobody involved does or the fact that Superman is missing half his face.  It's really disgusting.

This is a prelude to Doomed and Charles Soule has a couple things to juggle before the event starts.  The first is introducing Doomsday.  Wait a second, didn't last weeks Action Comics introduce Doomsday?  Yes and no.  DC, as they have recently been prone to do, released Action Comics out of order so the Doomsday we saw attacking Polar Bears last week is actually introduced in this issue.  If this was a Quentin Tarantino movie I'd let it slide, but this my Friends is not Pulp Fiction.

Order aside, it was awesome to see Doomsday, but I question the group involved.  They release a beast they seem to know everything about and then try to contain it.  They really thought that would work?  Hmmm.  Well, he's out and about and the comic ends with his fist thrusting out of the ocean.  It is generic, cliche and...totally awesome!  Doomed is on and I for one can't wait.

The rest of the issue deals with Superman and Wonder Woman's relationship.  Not a surprise there.  What is a surprise is that this is the first time Charles Soule has gone full filler with it.  Remember the rule, never go full filler.  Nothing new to see here and I'd even argue the relationship may even take a bit of a step backwards.  I've loved this book because the two have been on equal footing with Wonder Woman even being the stronger of the two at points.  Not this issue.  Superman has taken the worst from the blast (remember, disgusting face), but still insists that he carry Diana away from the blast to safety.  She even says not to, but he insists.  What a jerk.  It comes off as Superman being the man so he has to do the carrying.  I really think Soule missed a golden opportunity to show the strength and equality of Wonder Woman in the relationship. Oh well, this issue is all about getting ready for Doomed and it does just that.

The art is a mixed bag which is no surprise because there are three artists involved.  I am a huge Tony S. Daniel fanboy so anyone but him on this book will upset me, but couldn't one artist take his place this month? The transitions between artists are drastic and what each gives the reader is not good on it's own.  This book and it's readers deserve better.

Bits and Pieces:

It was bound to happen eventually, I didn't enjoy Superman/Wonder Woman #7.  It is an average comic that sets up Doomed, but the rest gives fans nothing but a been-there-done-that feeling and bad art.  I in no way expect this trend to continue because Charles Soule is just too good, but this month was a bummer.


No comments:

Post a Comment