Review: Sensational Wonder Woman #1
The new year kicks off with a new digital-first series from DC Comics. Sensational Wonder Woman #1 puts the focus on Wonder Woman with an intriguing comic that slowly builds. Wonder Woman stands for so much and part of that is against misogyny and the repression of women. Sensational Wonder Woman #1 knows that and puts that front and center for an entertaining debut that has us wanting to see what’s next.
Writer Stephanie Phillips takes a familiar route with Diana, aka Wonder Woman, in a situation where she’s dreaming. Is this a coma? Has she been beaten to this point? That’s not mentioned but something has happened. Phillips teases that with glimpses of Wonder Woman in the real world. That only makes the issue even more interesting, you want to find out more of what happened.
There’s also some interesting aspects to what Phillips puts forth. In Diana’s dream state, she’s depicted in a subservient domestic situation. She’s the stereotypical wife, expected to have dinner ready. While this is likely the influence of what has put her in this situation, it’s interesting her battle against this and it’s through pain she awakens from her state.
Meghan Hetrick‘s art is fantastic. The designs are awesome and with the color of Marissa Louise it all pops on my iPad. Wonder Woman’s classic costume is translated into an everyday outfit that fits that stereotypical time period but with a bit of a modern twist to it. There’s some great layouts and use of panels to emphasize the situation that Diana is in until that explosive finale that really delivers a punch.
Sensational Wonder Woman #1 is a solid start to the series. There’s a build-up to that ending with teasing of the situation through the comic. It’s an interesting comic that uses its visuals to really set up the situation and world and has me sucked in to find out more about what’s going on.
Story: Stephanie Phillips Art: Meghan Hetrick
Color: Marissa Louise Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Story: 8.45 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review