Written by Stephanie Phillips Pencils Meghan Hetrick Inks Meghan Hetrick Colored by Marissa Louise Cover by Yasmine Putri Purchase: comiXology – Amazon
During a battle with Doctor Psycho, Wonder Woman sacrifices herself to stop the villain, only to be hit with a psychic blast that traps her in an alternate reality. With the help of Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman has to remember who she is before it’s too late.
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
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A combination of fan-favorite storytellers and trailblazing new writers and artists are coming together to celebrate Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary with an all-new DC Digital First series,Sensational Wonder Woman. Published weekly, this reader-friendly, high action series is poised to deliver dynamic, standalone stories that are free of continuity, giving hardcore fans even more Wonder Woman action to love and new fans a fun starting point to enjoy stories and provide a gateway to discovering more about Princess Diana.
For the first digital arc, newly announced Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips, Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace artist Meghan Hetrick and colorist Marissa Louise pit Diana against the evil Doctor Psycho. During a battle with the villain, Wonder Woman sacrifices herself to stop him, the impact from his psychic blast trapping her in an alternate reality. With the help of guest-star Hawkgirl, Diana must remember who she is before it’s too late.
Future digital/print arcs will spotlight Diana teaming up with other allies from the Wonder Woman mythos, such as Cheetah, Steve Trevor, Hippolyta, Wonder Girl and others. The stories come from a host of talented creators, including writer/artist Colleen Doran, Alyssa Wong and Eleonora Carlini, Mirka Andolfo, Corinna Bechko, with more to come.
Sensational Wonder Woman #1 by Stephanie Phillips and Meghan Hetrick arrives on all participating digital platforms on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, with a main cover by Yasmine Putri. The print version arrives in comic book stores on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 and will also include a variant cover by EJIKURE.