Wonder Woman joins a mission to Venus aiming to making Man's journey into the wider universe a reality. A mystery explosion rocks the space station and one of the scientists is lost during attempts at repairs.
And that's the basic outline of the first of a two-part Wonder Woman story written by Alex de Campi and drawn by Neil Googe. The initial point of interest is the arrival of Diana, sporting a truly bizarre superhero look.
Not exactly the most practical costume for close-up fighting, but then, Sensation Comics allows for different takes on the Amazing Amazon - this must be a Muslim Wonder Woman. Odd, considering how closely tied Diana has always been to Classical mythology, but I'm open to anything.
A panel of two later, that idea goes out the window.
It's hijab as fashion choice. Er, OK. And then we have this bizarre piece of business.
Oh please. We know there are a few people in the real world who are this-kind-of-kinky but do we have to put this into a comic story that will be collected alongside more all-ages material? As for Wonder Woman's reaction, come on - she has access to all kinds of riches, she doesn't need to raise money for charity by facilitating some rich guy's jerk-off session (bad enough the story opens with the idea that the JLA are heroes for hire). It's a horribly ill-judged sequence, a gag that cheapens Wonder Woman.
This is Wonder Woman who isn't Diana Prince so much as Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw, worrying about cellulite, obsessed with fashion and making smutty jokes. At one point Wonder Woman makes a pointed comment around sexism in astronaut selection, but the rest of the chapter obliterated any message of empowerment that might otherwise be taken away.
Neil Googe's art is decent overall, but his Diana looks rather awkward - the face just looks strange, the smile too manic. And bad as the first costume is, the later astronaut Wonder outfit is much worse.
The meant-to-be-metal-but-looks-white arms and legs reminded me of this Seventies silliness.
Googe's storytelling is good, his backgrounds excellent and the other characters look fine, but Diana? Just wrong.
The rubbernecking reflex will bring me back for next week's conclusion. It has to be better than this ...