Review: Superman/Wonder Woman Issue #1

SM-WW #1 Cover

On sale OCTOBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable” ― Neil Gaiman

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” ― Aristotle

“Let’s Get It On.” ― Marvin Gaye

Ahhh, love is in the air! Literally, it’s flying around in the sky. After many months of dancing around the entire relationship, DC Comics has finally made it official: Superman and Wonder Woman are sitting in a tree. Maybe a bit more background, huh?JL Cover

As seen in the pages of Justice League, The Man of Steel and The Amazon Princess are a thing. While it seems like a match made in Comic Book Heaven (isn’t that Asgard?), DC has certainly taken its time in REALLY making this a thing. There have been some great hints at a full-on relationship building, including some great images from JL, and some better warnings from the Dark Knight, but, now that it’s official, I couldn’t be happier.

Charles Soule’s (Thunderbolts, Swamp Thing, and Red Lanterns) writing shines. He has a really good understanding of these characters, and more importantly, gets relationships, romance and love, which is hard to believe when you find out Soule is a lawyer. Clarke’s being distant while waiting to go on his date and Diana’s girl-talk with Hessia really helped establish the excitement and apprehension found within all new romantic relationships, while the date itself was almost quaint considering the couple. Clark sharing his fear about the two coming out as a couple, and Diana’s desire to give him some combat lessons grounds each of them as the individuals we know and love. The “physical interaction” scenes were quite passionate, yet still tasteful, and while I could have actually done without any of the action in this comic, it worked very well. It IS a comic book after all.

All this was made even better by the marvelous pencil work of Tony S. Daniel. Although I did have an issue with just a panel or two, overall the artwork is simply brilliant. One page particularly stands out, as Daniel’s gives a spectacular insight on Diana’s feelings with only a concerted look followed by a joyful smile. The stunning tri-fold, wraparound cover is a cherry on this eye-candy sundae.

The Verdict

Go buy this! Seriously, this looks to Baby-Mama-Dramabe the start of something truly wonderful, and you can get in on the ground floor. You don’t have to know too much about anything going down in the DC Universe to get the gist of these characters, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But the possibilities this book offers are endless. Batman already warned Superman that he is the best check against an out-of-control Wonder Woman, suggesting anything romantic could lead to tough choices down the road; Supes and WW already have other love interests; and (dare I even say it?) there could, eventually, be some superhero baby-mama-drama down the road.


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