Friday, September 26, 2014

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 Review

Written by: Sean E. Williams
Art by: Marguerite Sauvage
Cover Page: $0.99
Release Date: September 25, 2014

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Sensation Comics has been a great addition to DC's Digital First line of comics.  I've mentioned it before, but to me it is the perfect replacement for the (unfortunately) canceled Adventures of Superman.  Like that book, Sensation is a celebration of it's featured character and who deserves a celebration more than Wonder Woman?  No one, that's who.  Well, probably a couple heroes with Super and Bat in their names, but that's up for debate and doesn't fit this intro very well.  Where was I?  Oh one, that's who.   After six good issues, the book hits a bit of a snag this week.  Keep reading to find out why.

When this book was announced, DC promised we'd see Wonder Woman in crazy fun situations.  This week lives up to that promise as Wonder Woman is rocking the bass in the rock band, Bullets and Bracelets.  Now that's an awesome start.  I just wish the rest of the issue lived up to the opening scene and premise.

Sean E. Williams seems intent to tell the story of how Wonder Woman is nice to girls and guys everywhere are big assholes.  At least that's what I got out of it.  The girl part is pretty nice with Wonder Woman taking some young super fans out for a bite to eat.  The guy part is awful.  It starts with a douchebag calling Wonder Woman a slut.  Hold on right there.  I really thought this was an all-ages comic geared towards younger fans, especially girls.  That may be all in my mind, but the six issues that preceded this one fit the bill.  I really wouldn't want any young kid to read a comic where a guy calls Wonder Woman a slut.  It gets a little better when a guy steps in to defend her honor...

Until he gets pissed off at her for not liking him and tries to kill her with a shotgun.  What they hell is happening here?  I don't know what's worse, the guy or the glee the little girls get from watching Wonder Woman scare the crap out of him.  In the end, everything works out because everyone gets to take home some leftovers.  Hmmm.

If you couldn't tell, I did not like this issue at all.  It's so forced with everyone (even Wonder woman) being so two dimensional it's almost funny.  We get the whole "girl power" message, but do you need guys to be such over-the-top assholes to deliver it?  I would hope not.

All is not lost this week, however.  I love Marguerite Sauvage's art.  It's got an animated universe feel to it and looks so great.  It doesn't fit the tone of the book very well, but because it's so good, I'll blame the story on that one too.

Bits and Pieces:

This is the first Sensation Comics issue I can't recommend.  It's not just bad, it's downright offensive and crosses the line a couple of times.  If you looked at this as an all ages comic, skip this issue.  Actually, read it first and make your own assessment, but I know I'm not letting my young ones read it.  How could I, when I wish I hadn't read it myself.


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