Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #5 Review

Written by: Ivan Cohen
Art by: Marcus To
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 11, 2014

Oh God(s), You Devil(s)

Since it began a few issues ago, Sensation Comics has been such a nice title for Wonder Woman fans.  Like the unfortunately canceled Adventures of Superman, this book is a great place for writers and artists to go and tell their own little Wonder Woman stories.  They can be gritty, fun, serious or lighthearted.  They can be long, short or somewhere in between.  That's the greatness of the format and the reason this book succeeds.  If you don't like a story then just wait a week or two for the next one.  Luckily, I've liked every story, including this one.

Ivan Cohen starts the issue with Wonder Woman on the DC Universe's answer to Rush Limbaugh.  Yea, the host may be better looking, but the result is the same.  He railroads Wonder Woman into an argument on Religion.  While Diana doesn't deny her gods, she kind of tells people it's okay not to worship them.  I know it sounds silly that they are fighting about worshiping Greek gods, but this is Wonder Woman and Zeus and Company tend to be a wee bit jealous and very unreasonable in these matters.

Cohen doesn't show us any reaction from Olympus, but after leaving the show, Wonder Woman starts feeling a little "underpowered". This continues when she responds to a shootout and actually gets shot herself.  She's defiantly off her game and it only continues.  The book ends with her being denied entrance to Themyscara and worse.  Well, worse may be up for debate, but Wonder woman seems pretty upset.  Pretty upset indeed.  Olympus seems to be taking revenge on our favorite Amazonian.

I like the idea of a culture clash between Wonder Woman and the rest of the World.  She's the daughter of gods that everyone considers make believe and that's bound to cause problems in this day and age.  I give Cohen credit for  teaching tolerance, but also for being realistic to what usually happens in these cases.  My guess is that Diana's lack of evangelism isn't to blame at all, but something darker is afoot.

There are a couple things I didn't like, however.  Cohen has a habit of "dialogue interruption".  Everyone seems to interrupt any conversation they can and they just trail off into oblivion.  I also wasn't a fan of the end.  If you have to explain it as superficial, then don't include it because it was.  After previous issues celebrated Wonder Woman's strengths, why do that?  That being said, I still enjoyed the story.

I was a little worried about Marcus To's art at first.  The first few pages were a bit rough, but he caught his stride and by the end, I thought it was pretty good.

Bits and Pieces:

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #5 was a good start to this two part story.  Ivan Cohen's story may have been a bit heavy handed, but I liked the concept and the underlying message of tolerance.  Marcus To's art gets stronger as the issue progresses and I am curious to see the what and why of what's happening to Diana.  I've said it before, but stories like this are why this book is around in the first place.


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