Monday, January 19, 2015

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #21 Review

Written by: Alex De Campi
Art by: Neil Googe
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 13, 2015

Space Campy

The first issue of this two part story feels like it came out ages ago because it almost did. For some reason that even writer, Alex De Costa, couldn't explain, it was delayed.  While I really didn't like the way De Costa portrayed Wonder Woman in the first part, I did enjoy the Space and Venus setting and it ended with a pretty cool cliffhanger.  Well, the second part is here and I'm glad to say that De Costa saved face with an action filled issue that may be a bit sappy, but ended the arc in style.

The issue opens with Wonder Woman and Space Marine Scott space suited up and face-to-face with a huge Venus monster.  It's pure kaiju goodness.  Unfortunately, the monster didn't show up to chat, it showed up to wreak havoc on Wonder Woman and her space team.  While Wonder Woman heads to help the others, Space Marine Scott shows that he's the hero of the story by flying a suicide mission right into the monster's head.

While everyone tries to figure out what to do next, another monster shows up to join the party.  Up until now I was really into this issue.  Anytime a superhero goes into space, I am a huge fan and this was no exception and of course I'm a sucker for kaiju. Then things go a little off the rails.  It seems that Space marine Scott is the new monster.  What?!?  I guess jumping into the Venus atmosphere turns you into a giant monster.  I think that might be a downer for anymore plans to inhabit Venus.  You'd think that everyone would hightail it out of there, but the head scientist, wants to be a monster too.  Okay...

So now there are three monsters to deal with, but after talking to them, they help Wonder Woman find her Mother Box and the issue ends with everyone happy as can be.  I guess that the atmosphere doesn't change you into a monster if you are riding on one already.  I'm confused.  That being said, I liked this issue better than the first.  it's far from perfect, but at least it was fun.

I enjoyed Neil Googe's art in both issues and this one had some cool giant monster action which made it that much better.  Everything had a nice cartoony look and fit the adventurous space story well.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Sensation Comics is a big improvement from the last.  Alex De Campi gives readers a story that is fun and confusing all rolled up into one.  Neil Googe's art was good and fit the setting well, but in the end, this story arc ended up being a diversion at best.  Still, these crazy stories are the reason a book like Sensation Comics exists and I'm glad for it.


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