Comic Review: Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (DC Comics)

Wonder Woman is aging with grace and compassion, and DC Comics is celebrating her 80th Anniversary with a 100 page Super Spectacular. DC has assembled an interesting bundle of talented […]

Wonder Woman is aging with grace and compassion, and DC Comics is celebrating her 80th Anniversary with a 100 page Super Spectacular.

DC has assembled an interesting bundle of talented creatives for this issue; someone old, someone new, and that sort of thing. Well-known writers include: Steve Orlando, Becky Cloonan, Amy Reeder, Mark Waid, Tom King, Vita Ayala, Stephanie Phillips, and G. Willow Wilson!

The book reads as a truncated history tribute to WW’s decades in publishing and handles the chores well.

As usual, it’s not easy or realistic to provide a review of all of the material. But I can shine a light on one or two spots that especially stood out for me this time…

Dear Diana, written by Mark Waid, and illustrated by José Luis Garcia Lopez gives us a glimpse of a quiet, retrospective 1960s Wonder Woman, where she ‘Wonders’ what her strengths are… and the members of the JLA help her. It’s thoughtful, positive, and has heart. Garcia’s strengths in portraying cheerful, well-rendered heroes is a real glimmer of joy here.

Likewise, Dated, written by Tom King and illustrated by Evan Shaner, is a delightful throwback to the 1970s. Clark and Diana on a disco night out. The dialogue is fun and ‘realistic’, and the artwork and colouring is well crafted, with ‘on model’ (not grotesquely freaky or exaggerated) faces and figures. Comfortingly stable, even for the semi-parody that it presents.

The issue is sold with numerous cover variants and includes several ‘pinup’ pages too.

DC Comics, Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Spectacular, $10 for 88 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!