Thursday, October 9, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #12 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Jack Herbert, Walden Wong and Cliff Richards
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

It's so Hard...

Like the power couple themselves, Superman/Wonder Woman has had it's ups and downs.  When allowed to breathe on it's own, Charles Soule gave fans a book that was a great combination of both characters and their Worlds.  Then along came Doomed. Unfortunately, the end of Charles Soule's run was dominated by the crossover event and he only gets this aftermath issue to say goodbye.  Thankfully, this issue is more of a fun one-shot that ties things together and made me smile.  I'll keep reading (and reviewing) this book, but I will miss Charles Soule.

Bearded Superman is in the house, well actually Wembly Stadium...where Wonder Woman is involved in one of the craziest sporting events I've ever seen.  That is just the start of a fun thrill ride that is a combination of Little Shop of Horrors, Gremlins, the Odd Couple and Swamp Thing.

This issue revolves around the fact that Wonder Woman is the worst plant owner ever.  I'll give her a bit of a break because Superman should have known better than to give a gift that turns into a hideous tentacled monster if you don't feed it oil.  Oil?!  I'm getting ahead of myself a bit, because before that, Charles Soule (and the artists) give us a wonderful recap of the series.  Just looking at the page made me miss Soule already.

Back to the monster, it gets pretty out of hand and while it wants to make the World's oil supply into it's dinner, Superman and Wonder Woman start fighting like an old married couple.  The scene doesn't feel right and Wonder Woman agrees and flies off.  Meanwhile, Superman goes off to hang with Swamp Thing.  It's such a nice touch adding another Soule character in the mix.

Wonder Woman solves their strife (with a capital "s"?) problem while Swamp Thing communicates with the monster (which I want as a plushy right now) and even if Swamp thing wants the world to go green, everything works out in the end.  In fact, Superman and Wonder Woman get to relax, watch the sunset and hold hands.  What a nice way for Charles Soule to say goodbye.

I wish I could say the art was great as well, but with three artists there was some jarring disconnect between each.  The last bit with Swamp Thing really didn't look good and threw me out of the issue.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a bizarre way to end his run, but I really liked what Charles Soule gave us throughout the series and in this issue.  The art was a bit off, but the story was a fun way to say goodbye.  I'm going to miss you, Charles.  Thanks for a great book.


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