Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1: Wow, I was not real happy with this. I don’t like Ethan van Sciver’s art in general, and the lead story was illustrated by him. I wasn’t really that impressed with either script, either. Lots of weird fight scenes, not a lot of coherent story story, to me. Of course, I may have been in a bad mood because I read it right after three issues of…
I think I’m getting a lot more judgemental about print comics than about webcomics. Hmmm.
Finally, somneone else who didn’t like Gail’s story.
Oh, it was awful! I didn’t say much about it, because I only read it once, in the middle of reading six books, and if it was the weakest, the most incoherent and unimpressive, of the six, it was also the only one on its own, disconnected from the Marvel storylines I normally read, since I don’t normally buy DC now.
But the more I think about it, the worse it is. There are bizarre details that may have come from the artists’s desire to draw odd things, I guess? Langstrom is working with the Joker, apparently, never mind all the development of the Man-Bat family previously? Wondy is throwing W-shaped shuriken?
But overall, the whole thing stinks of dream-nonsense, and not just in the surreal way of an old whimsical children’s book; it feels like a not-quite-lucid dream before waking that’s half conversation and never quite real.
I follow Gail on Tumblr, and I can’t exactly message her and say, “What even happened to this script?” But this is one of the worst
stories—no, it’s not a story, it fails at being a story—hot messes with word balloons and artwork that I have ever seen her name on.
I kind of wonder if she had artistic differences with someone (artist or editor) and intentionally wrote something uninspiring and ridiculous.
Not that she would ever admit that.
Well it reads like one of two things happened. Someone came up to Gail and said either:
- ”Hey, you want to write a story for the out-of-dcnu-continuity WW title?”
- "Hey, you want to write a story for the out-of-dcnu-continuity WW title? Only it has to feature Batman because we’re rampaging cocks who don’t think it’ll launch successfully without a characterer people care about."
Option two is the more charitable interprettion where in either case she’s basically said “Fuck yeah, I can shoe-horn Oracle right into that without even trying hard!”. With maybe a side order of “Diana would totally succeed where Bruce routinely fails”.
Which I don’t mind so much because OOC shorts get to ignore the frustrating requirement of ongoing titles to preserve villains for return appearances, even if I didn’t really feel simply wrapping the Gotham rogues — with the noteable exception of the frequently murderous Harley Quinn — in the lasso and then saying “most of them got better or even became heroes” was in any way a logical or emotionally satisfying conclusion.