Monday, April 20, 2020

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 (2014) Review

Gotham Princess

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Ethan Van Sciver
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 13, 2014

When DC announced this title I was so pumped.  A weekly Wonder Woman comic is great in and of itself, but one written by Gail Simone?  Awesome.  I couldn't wait.  Well, the wait is over and while I am still pretty excited by the prospects of this book, I was a bit disappointed by this first issue.

The main problem I have with this issue doesn't have anything to do with Wonder Woman.  She's fine.  Actually, she's pretty damn awesome.  She's part of the Trinity for a reason.  That's why it's confusing and a bit infuriating that this first issue takes place in Gotham.  You may be thinking to yourself, "Hey Jim, Wonder Woman in Gotham sounds pretty cool."  Yes and no.  It's always fun when heroes visit each other's cities for some skull-cracking, but Simone pretty much turns Wonder Woman into a female Batman here.  It just doesn't feel like Wonder Woman.  Then you throw the Gotham Rogues Gallery into the mix and suddenly Wonder Woman isn't even the most interesting character in her featured book.

It's a shame because, despite that, this is a pretty fun issue.  Wonder Woman gets to kick some ass and the cliffhanger promises even more action.  I just wish we could have had more of the spotlight on Wonder Woman herself with this first issue.

Ethan Van Sciver does his usual great job on the art.  His character work is great and everything has lots of detail and pop to it.  He seems to have fun with the iconic villains and Wonder Woman looks strong and awesome.

Bits and Pieces:

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 was a fun issue with an odd focus.  Setting the story in Gotham took too much of the spotlight off of Wonder Woman and onto Gotham Rogues.  It was still fun and Ethan Van Sciver's art was great.


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