Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #19 Review

Written by: Amy Chu
Art by: Bernard Chang
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 18, 2014

Rescue Angel

Sensation Comics has been a consistently good book week after week.  It gives writers a chance to tell their own Wonder Woman stories free of continuity restrictions.  We've gotten stories of inspiration, fun little romps and a trip to Apokolips among others. This week we get a one-shot by Amy Chu that may be a little too "real" for my tastes, but fits well into the pages of this series.

First off, I'll warn you that there is not much Wonder Woman in this issue at all.  What little Wonder Woman we get may or may not even be real.  While that's not entirely unheard of in this series, usually there is a clear connection to Diana, but this one is a bit of a stretch.  Amy Chu's one-shot is a heavy handed story of the military in Afghanistan.

Lt. Angel Santiago is on her first tour of Afghanistan and she's thrown into duty as a Female Engagement Team in charge of talking to the Afghan females.  She visits a school, talks to the female teacher and sees that the Taliban can't stop the female spirit. Afterwards, her unit is attacked and without her, they all would have died.  The Wonder Woman angle?  First, Santiago's niece is a huge Wonder Woman fan and gave her a WW necklace.  Second, during the fire fight, Santiago "sees" Wonder Woman saving everyone.  Until this part and the cliched ending where her unit gives her WW comics, I didn't get the idea that she, herself, was a Wonder Woman fan, let alone a comic book one.  Can you guess the nickname she gets after her heroic actions?  Meh.

I really hope I don't come off sounding like the Dixie Chicks, but I wasn't a real fan of this issue.  I get enough misery in my real life, I don't need to see it in my comics.  Also, I really hate it when the misery is this real.

I was a fan of the art, however.  Bernard Chang does a fantastic job and I don't think it's a stretch to say this is the best looking issue in the series.  I hope he does some more issues.

Bits and Pieces:

You can't win them all.  Amy Chu's one-shot is a heavy handed and cliched story that just left me feeling down.  Bernard Chang's art, however, was fantastic and saved it from being a total bomb.  This is one of the first issues of Sensation Comics that I can't recommend.


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