Comic Review: Sensational Wonder Woman Special #1 (DC Comics)

Three stories inhabit the new Sensational Wonder Woman Special from DC. It’s a large (86 pages of reading) book, and each story has its strengths: Hell Hath No Flurry is […]

Three stories inhabit the new Sensational Wonder Woman Special from DC.

It’s a large (86 pages of reading) book, and each story has its strengths:
Hell Hath No Flurry is written by Paula Sevenbergen with art by Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, and Adriano Lucas; lettering by Pat Brosseau. A young boy dresses as Wonder Woman at an urban Super Hero party, earning him the scorn of a larger, pushier bully. But when an icy-cold villain named Blue Snowman starts freezing the neighbours in their tracks, Wonder Woman gets involved. It’s fun, playful, and colourful.

The Throne of Doom, written and illustrated by Scott Kolins (Ryan Christy letters) brings us to Themyscira, the “ancient and hidden paradise, home of the Amazons”. As Fate would have it, battle practice is interrupted when Wonder Woman is hailed and summoned to the Emerald Beach, on Coast City US. A large monster is wandering up from the ocean, attacking everything in sight. It’s an uneven tale, with thickly skinned scenes that crisscross and confuse the reader, all the while challenging us to read wildly varied lettering. It’s a test of our perseverance, perhaps less successful than we patiently wish for.

Finally, the book is rounded out by writer Stephanie Phillips, in Swapped, a ‘Freaky Friday’-themed story. Alitha Martinez, Dexter Vines, Vicente Cifuentes, Wendy Brooms, and Carrie Strachan contribute art and colour, with Becca Carey on letters. A tour of the Hall of Justice in Washington US is disrupted when Wonder Woman and Circe drop-in, in mid-battle. Before we know it, WW’s switched bodies and minds with a young woman on the tour! It’s great escapist fun, full of twists, turns and learning moments.

All in all, quite a good collection of stories for the Wonder Woman reader; and a reasonable value for their $10.

DC Sensational Wonder Woman Special #1, $9.99 for 82 pages of content = 12 cents per page.

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!!