Sensation Comics #2 (Comics Review)

Wonder Woman, as one of DC’s top three characters in terms of everything that really matters, got a second wind last week when DC launched Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman. Comics history buffs will recognize that the Amazon Princess made her debut so many damn years ago in the pages of Sensation Comics and now she’s back as DC puts out both an in-print ongoing and a digital-first comic featuring their most popular and recognizable female hero. The first issue by Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver was really good and I really couldn’t have asked for a better team-up for “Gothamazon“.

Sensation Comics #2 brings to a close the two-part “Gothamazon” arc, which also marks Gail and Ethan’s exit from the title for the present. The format for this series in print is going to be anthology-style, and I’m going to be a bit sad that these two fantastic creators are leaving, but all the same, at least their exit is great! The new issue is much more action-packed and it really gives you a look into Diana’s though processes and the comparisons with Batman are handled well. Plus the art is really good once again, though there were a few negatives scattered here and there, quite atypically Ethan Van Sciver.

Sensation Comics 002As if a more classic Wonder Woman wasn’t enough, as if the more classic look of the various villains wasn’t enough, or their characterisation even, in this issue Gail also gave to us classic Harley Quinn in her Batman: The Animated Series incarnation, something that I’ve longed to see for a good long while in the New 52. As a Harley fan, this was pretty much fan-service (and yeah, the art had a LOT to do with that), and I’m really glad that Gail and Ethan got to do the introductory arc on Sensation Comics like this.

In the last issue we saw that the Oracle had called in Wonder Woman to deal with Gotham’s supervillain menaces when Batman goes missing, presumed dead, and that right away the Amazon Princess had taken charge and pushed back Batman’s many nemeses. Now we see how it all plays out and just exactly how Diana’s strategy in dealing with all of them matures and evolves over the course of this story. One big wrinkle here is that the story is really fast-paced and that it could have used one more issue so that Gail could develop the story better, but I’m glad nevertheless that things happened as they did, because it presented a challenge as a reader to keep up with proceedings, and I’m kind of a sucker for that, more so when it is pulled off as well as it is here.

One of the other great things about this issue is how Gail contrasts Batman’s approach to Gotham and Wonder Woman’s as well. After all, the Oracle did call in Diana because her approach to villains and Bruce’s is somewhat similar though with the aid of different tools entirely, and that’s really the core of the story here. The best part among all of this was when we saw a probable future of what would happen if Wonder Woman dealt with the Riddler, Penguin, Joker, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy the same way that she dealt with Maxwell Lord all those years ago. Man, I shivered in those scenes, that’s the honest truth.

Female characters appear to be Gail’s forte, especially marquee characters like Wonder Woman and it is great to see her take on Wonder Woman, and putting her in a position that she is both ideally suited and most inappropriate as well. That development is certainly one of the biggest draws of this comic. Plus, she is Wonder Woman.

Ethan Van Sciver, Saida Temofonte, Marcelo Di Chiara and Brian Miller of Hi-Fi are back for another exciting installment of this series and like I said above, the art is definitely among the best that these creators have to offer when put together. I just couldn’t get enough of it, that’s for sure as well. For a story like this, with the version of characters presented story-wise, Ethan’s art was definitely a good choice, and that what this issue is about really, being awesome that is.

After Gail and Ethan’s great opening run on this title, the next installment is going to be courtesy of a different team altogether, and after the ending of this, I can’t wait to see what’s in store next.

Rating: 9/10

More Sensation Comics: #1.

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Posted on August 21, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

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