In a new comic with two short stories, Wonder Woman battles against the worst criminals in Gotham City, and Circe, the sorcerer from Greek Myth.
What Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1 offers:
- Varied artwork, with visual effects that support the action in this comic book
- Insights into what drives Gotham’s rogues gallery
- Short messages at the end of each action story about truth
Artwork in both the stories featured in this comic is filed with action. Effective luminosity and blur effects build Wonder Woman’s short stories.
The first story seems to take place in a kind of meta DC universe that combines elements of the New 52 artwork, and elements from the old universe, before the new 52 arrived and brought so many changes.
Costumes match the old version of the DC universe. Wonder Woman wears gold once again. Oracle returns, in several striking scenes where she sits inside a bizarre room filled with emerald screens showing scenes from around Gotham city.
The city is experiencing and attack from several of the Batman’s rogues gallery combined. Artwork across this story is filled with action – It’s a showdown between Gotham’s worst criminals and Wonder Woman. Fire features prominently in many of the panels: the villains aim to burn down the city.
Art in the second comic shifts styles completely. Softer lines rather than hard inks change the tone. There’s effective use of blur effects to show Wonder Woman’s speed. Digital luminosity represents magic; Circe arrives in the new 52.
Villains and heroes in this comic have strong voices. Circe appears in the new 52 universe.
Circe is a powerful sorcerer from Greek mythology with the power of transfiguration. Namely, changing people into animals. Wonder Woman must stop her using her powers to cause havoc at the national cathedral in Washington D.C. Circe antagonises Wonder Woman. She’s only around for a few pages, however.
Characters in the first story have strong voices. Oracle returns, and has great dialog. Batman’s rogue gallery act as a unit in this comic, which is unusual. The opening narration from Oracle indicates that these villains chose to work together.
Wonder Woman makes a key decision in both comics that build her character.
She comments about how difficult The Batman must find fighting off the rogues without resorting to deadly force. She uses her lasso, and forces the villains to confront the truth about themselves.
In the Second comic, Wonder Woman banters with Circe about good and bad kings of attention, and about calling Superman for help.
While both stories are short, and centre on action only, Wonder Woman uses her lasso to find deeper truths that drive the villains of this comic.
Both Wonder Woman stories are action stories, without building a theme or value throughout the story. Close to the end of each comic, Wonder Woman makes a decision involving the use of her lasso to point out a key truth. The truth uncovered in these short scenes gives these short Wonder Wonder stories a short message:
In the first story, Wonder Woman’s use of the lasso to uncover the deep truth that drives Gotham’s rogues. The panels point out the deeper fear that each villain faces – by confronting their fear, they are rehabilitated.
In the second, Wonder Woman points out that despite peer pressure, “being true to yourself is never wrong”.
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 is published by DC Comics ($3.99 USD). Gail Simone and Amanda Deibert (W.) Ethan Van Schiver, Cat Staggs, and Marelo Di Chiara (A.) Brian Miller and John Rauch (C.) Saida Temofonte (L.) Cover Artwork by Ethan Van Schiver and Brian Miller.