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Review: Superman/Wonder Woman #1

superman wonder woman #1 coverSuperman/Wonder Woman #1 begins a bold new series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess as rising star writer Charles Soule is joined by fan favorite artist Tony S. Daniel to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it—and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday!

When I first heard about the launch of this series, all I could say was “huh.” Some descriptions later, I scratched my head as to what to expect. What the talented Soule pulls off is a first issue that balances the human and super sides of these two characters and that’s exactly what I hoped this series would be.

Superman/Wonder Woman has a dual role, showing these two titans in their complicated life. The tone right off is fun and epic at the same time throwing the two against a villain that’ll amp up the excitement even more for the second issue.

In between the action sequences we get quieter moments of the two characters interacting with friends, and eventually each other, that adds and define who they are and more about their relationship. Too often other writers have focused on the super and not enough of the human, Soule nails the careful balance between the two.

This issue features an amazing wraparound gatefold cover that opens up to a triptych with Superman and Wonder Woman in the center and that kicks off Daniel’s excellent art. Not only does he capture the characters in both quiet and action sequences, but also uses angles and panels in an interesting way that captures the vibe of each moment. We see the two in the beginning peacefully flying through the air, with the dark clouds underneath, the tone of what we’ve been promised we can expect going forward.

Overall, just in this first issue Soule has made me understand the relationship between these characters much better and given us a hint as to what they might see in each other, and offer each other. In the first issue he’s given us some solid action mixed with humanizing interaction. Soule is adding depth to characters that can both use some in their other series. These are depictions of these characters I can enjoy and he’s got me hooked to see what’s in store next.

Story: Charles Soule Art : Tony S. Daniel
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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