In case you missed it: http://doctornvrmore.tumblr.com/post/11932041493/wonderwoman-1-2-back2back-thoughts #DCNEW52
In case you missed it: http://doctornvrmore.tumblr.com/post/11924198441/catwoman-1-2-back2back-read-review #DCNEW52
I just read issue 1 and 2 back2back… I thought both issues were interesting reads. Not enthralling by any means but interesting. I always liked the mythology in MARVEL comics, Thor and Herc… etc… That being said, I am liking the direction of Wonder Woman overall in what I read. Kudos to Brian Azzarello for that. The story is very cloaked in ambiguity to an extent… but as I have seen the buzz and controversy surrounding Diana on social media… I know (spoiler) that apparently Zeus will turn out to be Diana’s father. Therefore a bit of the story that is building is essentially ruined… but in the world of social media, that I choose to live in, it is just part of life. I am can’t be mad.
This comic was kind of billed as “dark” or even having a “horror” aspect to it by some… I guess I am missing the whole “horror” thing and while I do see the dark overtones -aren’t just about all comics “dark” to a certain extent these days? Okay, I guess some are just dimly lit.
I like the tone (I guess that goes back to the whole “dark” thing) of the book that is enhanced by the art of Cliff Chiang. Obviously, Mr. Chiang has a very stylized look to his work. I wasn’t sure it would work for WW as I was used to some very clean art by George Perez the last time I read some WW (quite awhile ago). I am still not sure the style totally lends itself to the character; it does totally works for the story being told, at least it feels right. Did I contradict myself? ha.
Wonder Woman by George Perez (above)
Gods and Amazons, I mean, what’s not to like? Oh yeah, there is the outcry against Diana getting a dad. I really don’t know how I feel about that. On one hand Superman’s parents have been messed with a bit through the years; on the other- Batman’s parents have never really been messed with… hmm… Well, I guess kinda, in Flashpoint, but obviously that shouldn’t count, I wouldn’t think. I will point out, and I think I am right, at times both Superman and Wonder Woman titles have had issues with not selling well. Of course, the whole DC line has had issues selling well, hence, the NEW52. Probably not Batman. When these problems exist the character is open to be tinkered with more and more to try to find a paying audience but tinkering should have a limit… Wonder Woman’s birth was totally unique and therefore anyone that is a long time fan of her, I could see being upset.
What I like about the idea of the Zeus/father story is connecting the Amazons more directly to Olympian gods and mythology. Of course, I could be wrong but I never thought there was a strong connection before. I envision lots of story opportunities for WW with the entire Olympian mythology there to be “tinkered” with… Of course, this is all conjecture until I read the actual story. For all we know Zeus might just say the clay was his DNA and no actual sex involved? haha… Nah, with all the shock value the DCNEW52 has been trying to dole out I am sure it will go beyond that. Regardless I will be reading to find out (for now).
So what did you think of Wonder Woman issue 1 and/or 2?
Back2Back Read & (Mini) Review: I read issue 1 & 2 back2back, never having got around to issue 1 before now. So, away we go…. Issue 1 got a lot of flack for misrepresenting who Catwoman is (er, was?) and generally sexualizing (I think that is the proper buzz word) another popular women comic book character. At least that is my impression from the comments I read via twitter and some via comic book website reviews. I can’t speak to who Catwoman is or how she should act… My biggest influence on who Selina Kyle is, is from Batman Returns… Michelle Pfeiffer… In that movie, she seemed very lustfully seductive and a very assertive kinda gal, much the way she appeared in these first 2 issues (of course, sans the half nakedness and the actual sexual romp with Bats).
Anyone reading one of my reviews for the first time should know I am new to the biggest part of the DCU and jumping on some books with the NEW52. Very “fresh” eyes when it comes to DC. I am a born and raised (literally) MARVEL reader, like my father before me.
All I can say is, while issue 1 was kinda slow and very sexually explicit in the last couple pages… issue 2 by comparison was a thrill ride… excellent dialog/story direction from Judd Winick and simply sexy art from Guillem March… seemed to improve with issue 2.
I thought reading the 2 issues together just made it work for me. I also waited and read Batman 1 & 2 back2back and that worked out great as well… this might be my new thing. ha.
The freakin’ BatFamily continues to be the best reading of the DCNEW52 for me so far and you have no idea how aggravating that it for me, unless you have read some of my other reviews. I mean Swamp Thing, Animal Man and Firestorm were interesting reads but Detective Comics, Batman, Batwoman and Batgirl… and now Catwoman have just been tremendous reads.
Next up Wonder Woman 1 & 2! Another Back2Back review to come.
What did you think of Catwoman 1 & 2?
I just read #Batman 1 & 2 (for the first time). Rock solid story by @Ssnyder1835 and marvelous art by Greg Capullo. Still would like to see more action but the action that was in the 2 issues was superbly integrated into the story. The dialog was outstanding throughout. I enjoyed all the character interaction. This book totally lived up to all the Twitter and review hype that I was seeing.
I posted a similar opinion rant before but again… How is it that Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Red Robin, Batgirl, Batwoman (Batwoman’s sidekick?)… How is it that all of these vigilante heroes operate out of Gotham (not to mention the Gotham Police) yet… crime is still incredibly rampant… Snyder starts off Batman #1 with the whole “Gotham is”… Damned, Cursed, Bedlam, Murderous, Villainous, a losing game, hopeless… etc… I would think that with all of these super-intelligent detective masterminds patrolling Gotham 24/7 that criminals/gangs/illegal activity would be cleaned up pretty easily. I mean Gotham has a reputation of being a hub of criminal activity… right? I would think, after all these years and all of his Bat Family, Bruce would be getting pretty depressed at the fact that he has not been able to clean up these streets still. lol. Obviously, this is a bit tongue-n-cheek. :-P
Is it just me or is it fairly obvious that the mayoral candidate is going to turn out to be a bad guy? I mean the guy is bigger than Bruce.
I liked this little interchange:
I have been having trouble getting my head straight and making time to read comic books. I have several titles where I now have issues 1 & 2 having read neither. Batman was one of those titles. So I read the 2 issues back to back. I have to say that worked out well. Reading 2 issues really gave me a better sense of satisfaction from the story then reading a lot of the NEW52 #1s that I have read thus far. Then again I probably would have enjoyed this @ssnyder1835 story regardless of how I read it.
The Bat Family, as much as I hate to admit it, is growing on me. I have always been a bit aggravated with the number of devoted batfans that say and believe things like “Batman is the best superhero ever, he can beat anyone given enough planning, he can beat Superman (without Kryptonite)” and other such statements. But I have to admit Detective Comics, Batman, Batwoman and Batgirl have all been in the top 10 of the NEW52s I have read so far.
Looks like I screwed something up with the formatting, but it’s all there is you just scroll down a little bit… :-/