Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 1 by Gail Simone and others - Book Review

From the publisher: She is Diana—Princess of Themiscyra, founder of the Justice League, ambassador for peace, and warrior for women everywhere. She is Wonder Woman—and in SENSATION COMICS, she's taking a turn in the spotlight with comics' biggest talents!

When an unholy alliance of Arkham Asylum's worst criminals clips the Batman's wings and takes over Gotham City, she's there to take back the night!

When alien masterminds menace the mighty young superheroines known as Supergirl and Mary Marvel, she's there to lead them to victory!

When her enemies strike with the speed of the Cheetah, the sorcery of Circe, and the hypno-horror of Doctor Psycho, she's there to bring them to justice!

Collects Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1-5.

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman is basically a collection of stories. Written by Gail Simone, amongst others, these tales look at Wonder Woman in varying situations, generally free from any backstory or continuity entanglements.  There are also multiple guest stars, including Mary Marvel, Supergirl, Oracle, Darkseid, Cheetah, Dr. Psycho, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, and Riddler.  They take place at various stages in time and place, as well.  Simone's story (my favorite of the group) is during the Zero Year event in Gotham, and causes Wonder Woman to empathize with Batman. Gilbert Hernandez writes a story that harkens back to the 40's and 50's, in both tone and art style.  There is a a tale that serves as a brief origin for Wonder Woman, and a conflict on Apokolips with Darkseid.

In addition to the various writers, their are multiple artists, each bringing a different style.  As stated, Hernandez represents the art style from early in Wonder Woman's career.  There is a very modern look to several of the stories, and even a cartoonish version, reminiscent of some of DC's cartoon television shows.

Because of the nature of the collection, there is no over-arching storyline.  There is also no real sustained character development.  The stories merely function as fun looks at Wonder Woman, in multiple settings.

I would recommend this to fans of Wonder Woman, or readers looking to sample Wonder Woman stories to decide if the main title is worth following.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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