Sensation Comics #6 (Comics Review)

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman has given me something I’ve wanted to in the New 52 since I gave up on Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman: a Wonder Woman title that I can actually have fun reading and not want to head-desk after. All the stories in this digital-first title have been short affairs, alternating between one-shots and two-parters, with each set of three then being collected in the print format. The stories have also been continuity-free and quite classic at times, which is just another big thing in the title’s favour.

The new issue this week sees the end of Ivan Cohen, Marcus To and Andrew Dalhouse’s two-parter Taketh Away. In the last issue we saw that after Diana spoke on national television about her gods, the Greek gods, not requiring the worship of the American people, she began to lose her powers, whether her strength or her beauty or something else. In this issue, Ivan Cohen solves the mystery for the reader and shows Wonder Woman at her best, as the title has done consistently in the past five issues. There’s a bit of hand-waiving involved here which didn’t work so well for me, but I loved the story and the art nonetheless.

We often see superheroes in stories where they lose their powers, whatever they may be, and they have to contend against their villains as… ordinary folks. To succeed, such stories need a good setup and a good execution to match, because without such, the stories are just going to end up being flat, uninspiring. Ivan Cohen’s setup for Taketh Away in last week’s Sensation Comics #5 was fairly good and it created a situation in which Diana began to lose her God-given powers one by one. She was deemed unworthy of her gifts and the Gods collected their due.

In this week’s issue, we see how Diana copes with her changed circumstances. She goes up against not just one but two villains, one of them being a classic Wonder Woman villain, Cheetah. Unfortunately, Barbara Minerva only cameos for a short while here, but her introduction and her railroading of Wonder Woman is something that is exciting and fun. I wish that the sequence could have gone longer, and that Wonder Woman had been tested a bit more than she actually was, but I’m quite happy that Cheetah was introduced in this title and that her introduction also presented the title with a chance to be a bit more violent than it has been thus far.

However, in the final pages we see the conclusion of the story and find out just how and why Wonder Woman lost her powers. The reveal fell flat for me because it involved too much hand-waiving and a dismissal of some of Wonder Woman’s dialogue, making it all come across as just something for convenience. It was a lazy solution, frankly. It could have been handled much better I feel, because it was heavy-handed and it also ran a little roughshod over what Ivan Cohen had built up to that point.

Still, all said and done, I liked his portrayal of Wonder Woman. She thinks things through and then acts on her theories. She doesn’t let clues slip by her, just because the plot requires her to. She is… aware and focused on the task at hand and that makes her the equivalent of any other such hero out there. In essence, what I’m trying to get at is, is that she’s a great role-model as a character. She doesn’t advocate violence, but has no problem getting down-and-dirty if needed.

The art team is the same as last time, with Marcus To on pencils, Andrew Dalhouse on colours, Deron Bennett on letters and Gene Ha on the cover. In this issue, there is far more use of unnecessary white-space since, especially early on, the panels aren’t slotted together properly and don’t match up to the screen-size either. Beyond that though, good work all around. A bit too much shine on the colours in some places, but that’s really it for the negatives, since overall this is a fairly solid team, and if it gets time to do some regular comics, then I’m sure the results would be much, much better.

On to the next adventure!

Rating: 8/10

More Sensation Comics: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.

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Posted on September 21, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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