Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #20 Review

Written by: Alex De Campi
Art by: Neil Googe
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 24, 2014

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I have enjoyed Sensation Comics for what it is, a celebration of Wonder Woman.  Writers have told their stories of inspiration and adventure and most of the time. I've walked away with a smile on my face.  Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case lately.  Last week's tale missed it's mark, if you ask me, so I was hoping for a rebound this week.  Alex De Campi and Neil Googe give the reader Wonder Woman in Space and while the setting is awesome, the story comes across as a bit too mean spirited to inspire anything but a frown from me. Please DC, get back to what made this book so good.  I miss smiling.

This issue opens with a cool looking spaceship on it's way to Venus.  The first thing readers will notice is Neil Googe's art and they won't be disapointed.  It's cartoony goodness and when Wonder Woman shows up, it looks even better.  The one thing I loved about this issue is the idea of Wonder Woman having various outfits for any occasion.  She arrives on the spaceship after saving people in India and her outfit is fittingly great.  I wish I could say the same for the rest of the issue.

I'm still trying to decide if Alex De Campi was trying to be funny or just offend every Wonder Woman fan reading this issue. Maybe I'm off base here, but Wonder Woman making fun of Batman is one thing, but the thought of her changing her costume because she has cellulite is plain awful.  It gets worse.  In what I thought was reserved for the worst fan fiction, Wonder Woman brags about people paying her to punch them...and then admits to taking a guy up on the offer.  Really?!?

As for the story, it's pretty forgettable.  Wonder Woman is helping (for a fee?!?) set up a Venus space station when things go wrong.  She tries to help, a guy dies on her watch and then the cliffhanger suggests a bigger evil present in the clouds above the planet.  I have to admit, with all the awful things going on in this issue, I lost a lot of interest in the actual story.  I am not looking to next week's conclusion, but like the guy who paid Wonder Woman to punch him, I'll be back for the punishment.

Like I mentioned above, I liked Neil Googe's art.  It has an animated look and gives off a fun vibe even if the issue was far from that.  I'd like to see him in something that didn't make me cringe.

Bits and Pieces:

I don't know what Alex De Campi was going for her, but I felt dirty after reading this issue.  Sensation Comics often has inspirational stories, bit this one inspired me to take a shower.  And it wasn't even the week I usually do that!  Neil Googe's art was good, but this is one issue that every Wonder Woman fan should steer clear of.  Maybe I can pay Wonder Woman to punch De Campi.


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